Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:28

Teen Arrested For Rape In Child Neglect Case

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Summit County Sheriff's Detectives respoded to a home in Coventry Township last month after they received information of children being sexually abused.

Detectives and Summit County Children's Services found 9 kids living in the home in "deplorable" conditions. They've since been removed from that home and an investigation found that 18-year-old Cody Haupt was abusing three of the young children, including a 5-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl, and an 8-year-old boy.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, Haupt is the half-brother of the victims. He has been arrested, charged with three felony counts of rape and more charges are pending. He's in Summit County Jail.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:33

One Confirmed Dead In Medina Apartment Explosion

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An explosion at a Medina apartment complex early Thursday morning has reportedly left one man dead and more injured. 

At about 3:15 a.m. Thursday, an explosion at the Medina Village Apartments on Springbrook Road is what started a fire that burned for hours. The man who died is reportedly an 18-year-old resident of the apartment complex and was bed-ridden. Reports say that both of the man's parents were badly burned in the fire and transported to Metro Health in Cleveland.  

As of 9 a.m., the gas company was waiting for Medina Fire crews to put out "hot spots" inside the complex. 

The investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.

In Akron Wednesday, a home exploded at the corner of Courtland and South Hawkins Avenues. That investigation is still ongoing. 

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 12:14

Akron House Explodes, Leaves One Hospitalized

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Akron Fire is investigating after a house at Courtland Avenue and South Hawkins Avenue exploded Tuesday night around 7:30. 

Crews responded to the fire and had flames put out by about 10 p.m., according to the press release. 

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the explosion and ensuing fire, but they believe that it was a natural gas-related incident. 

One man was seriously injured and remained at Akron City Hospital as of Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:41

Akron Man Sentenced In Carfentanil Death

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Rashon Williams, 22, of Akron pled guilty to his part in the overdose death of Megan Carlson, who was six months pregnant, back in August of 2016. 

Williams appearing in Summit County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, was sentenced immediately to 8 years in prison by Judge Christine Croce for two cunty of Involuntary Manslaughter, Trafficking in Heroin, and also Possession of Cocaine stemming from another case. 

Megan Carlson died form ingesting carfentanil, a deadly animal tranquilizer often mixed with heroin to make it more potent. She was 6-months pregnant at the time; her unborn baby also died. 

Back in January Williams, who was on bond on the Involuntary Manslaughter charges, was caught with cocaine. 

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 07:53

Three Inmates Overdose At Medina Co. Jail

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Medina County Jail officials investigating how three inmates overdosed in a holding area at the jail last Friday. 

It happened in a pre-booking area at the jail that has no cameras in it. A deputy was walking by the room and noticed two of the three inmates on the ground. 

The room is also an area where inmates are held prior to going through a full-body scanner. 

Officials think it was heroin that one of the men had hidden inside him. 

Now, Medina County looking at changing their booking process. 

 

Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:45

Akron Man Pleads Guilty In Wife's Death

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Phillip Battle, 52, has pled guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Anita Heard. 

Akron Police report that Battle called police to their home back on October 11, 2016, claiming that the two of them heard voices in the house. Officers responded to the disturbance call at the home on Johnland Avenue. 

The next day, Battle called 911 again and told police he shot his wife in the head. He was arrested shortly after. Heard died about a month later.

On Wedensday, in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Battle entered a guilty plea to charges Involuntary Manslaughter with a Gun Specification, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Comply, and Domestic Violence; all felony charges. 

He is due back in court for sentencing on February 22nd. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame announcing some changes to the Hall of Fame Game and weekend, most notably moving the game to Thursday night.

This year it'll be Thursday, August 3rd. Gold Jacket Enshrinement happening Friday the 4th, and Saturday, August 5th, will be the parade and concert.

An enshrinement ceremony for the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also take place Saturday night. 

Read the full press release below: 

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have worked in a spirit of collaboration for the past 53 years as our community celebrates the induction of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This year is no exception, with several schedule changes that will be instituted as part of the continuous effort to maximize the guest and visitor experience.
 
Notable changes this year include that the Hall of Fame Game will be played for the first time ever on a Thursday night, August 3rd.  Friday, August 4th will feature the annual Fashion Show Luncheon, and the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where the Class of 2017 will receive their Gold Jackets during the nationally televised event.
 
Saturday, August 5th, will kick off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade and conclude with the Enshrinement Ceremony at newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Fans are in store for another big day on Sunday, August 6th starting with the Enshrinees’ Roundtable and concluding with the third annual Concert for Legends.
 
The full schedule is below (subject to change as details are confirmed).  Some of the events are ticketed, many are free, and all are guaranteed to be fun.

 

Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:25

Barberton Teacher Suspended For Slur

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Barberton City Schools has suspended a male high school teacher after reportedly using a racial slur directed at a student. 

Superintendent Patty Cleary notified parents of the situation Tuesday about 4 p.m., saying that other students heard the comment. She said the teacher, whose name has not been released, is on administrative leave while they investigate the situation. 

No other information was made available at this time. 

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:48

Email Threat Sent To Firestone Teacher

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Firestone High School was on heightened alert Wednesday morning after a "non-specific" threat was emailed to a teacher Tuesday night. 

Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security Dan Rambler confirmed that the email was sent to a specific teacher, but was so vague and non-specific in nature that they couldn't pinpoint any specific threat. "It's an email address that nobody has been able to determine the source yet," Rambler tells 1590 WAKR.

While non-specific, Akron Public Schools, the high school, and Akron Police were not taking any chances. A robo-call was made to parents of Firestone High School students Tuesday night to notify them of both the threat and security measures being taken at the school. 

Those security measures, Rambler said, were mobile metal detectors the school has on site, placed at entrances and throughout the school. He confirmed they will likely remain in place throughout the remainder of the week. 

No arrest has been made and Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives are working to determine the IP address of the email. 

We'll have updates on this story as they are made available. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:51

Reminder: Akron Closures For Sewer Repair

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Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017, H.M. Miller, KCI and the City of Akron will be closing the south bound side of S. Portage Path between Crosby St. and W. Exchange St. They will also be closing the center lanes of W. Exchange St. between S. Portage Path and Hyde Ave. These closures are for sanitary sewer repair work, which is currently expected to take 3 weeks to complete, but this may change, depending on the extent of the repairs that are needed.

See detours below: 

On S. Portage Path, south bound traffic will be detoured using W. Market St., S. Rose Blvd. and W. Exchange St.
On W. Exchange St., traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Drivers are urged to obey all road construction signs and to use caution as they proceed through the work zones.
Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

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