The suspect in a dramatic police chase that tied up traffic on I-77 Thursday afternoon for more than an hour White Pond Drive and Brecksville Road has been charged with a laundry list of crimes including fleeing and eluding, drug posession and trafficking, and felonious assault on a police officer.
The Ohio State Patrol says Michael Hodge, 24, from Maple Heights, intentionally slammed into two highway patrol cruisers, and refused to pull over when they tried to stop him for multiple traffic violations. After a pursuit that crossed from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes on I-77, Hodge's car was eventually stopped when he wound up in the median at 77 and Brecksville Road while trying to avoid spike strips. That's where he got out of his car and tried to run. Troopers, with the help of Bath Police, caught up to Hodge.
The State Patrol says they found cocaine, heroin, and digital scales in Hodge's car, as well as ammunition along the side of the road which they allege he threw out of his car window
A Cuyahoga Falls man shot in a dispute at a home near Woodridge High School two weeks ago is now facing his own charges.
The Beacon Journal reports that Fred Fleischer faces child endangering and drug-related charges.
38 year-old Jason Beavers of Ravenna was arrested earlier for shooting and wounding Fleischer, in an apparent dispute over marijuana growing equipment.
Police looking into the shooting found evidence of a grow operation at the house on Quick Road.
They say Beavers used to live there, but didn't remove the growing equipment.
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Akron police say that a home invasion robbery in East Akron Friday night led them to a drug house.
The robbery happened at about 9:30 on Friday night at the home on Concord Avenue. One 19 year-old man was shot in the left forearm and to that side of his body, and was taken to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers responding to the robbery and shooting say they saw narcotics in plain sight...and recovered marijuana, scales and a bong after serving a search warrant.
Three suspects are being sought in the robbery.
Five people living in or visiting the house were charged with occupying a drug premises.