US Marshalls are on the hunt for their fugitive of the week--Mark Eugene Clay, and an unknown accomplice, who who held a 62 year old Akron at gunpoint while they robbed her home last month. The victim told police she recognized Clay as a friend of her son's.
Clay is wanted on aggravated robbery, abduction, and aggravated burglary charges. Marshalls say he's armed and dangerous, and a reward is being offered for his arrest.
(U.S. Marshal) The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Mark Eugene Clay. Clay is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Akron Police Department for aggravated robbery, abduction, and aggravated burglary. On April 26, Clay and an unknown accomplice broke into a 62 year old woman's home. Clay and the accomplice tried to tie her up with but when that didn't work they held a gun to her head until they searched her home for valuables.
The men fled the scene in a grey SUV. Clay is a 24 year old black male standing approximately 6'03" and weighing 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Clay is believed to be hiding in the Akron area and should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information in reference to Mark Clay, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available
The University of Akron has some reason to celebrate Monday as one of the two missing "Zippy" costumes has been returned safely.
Still no word, though, on the status of the second costume.
According to the University, the one costume was returned by a student who is part of the Zippy program, and thought he'd returned it after an event; he did not. As of Monday morning, that costume was returned unharmed.
The University says they're still looking into the missing mascot.
The following is the statement from University of Akron's Dan Minnich:
"An individual in the Zippy Program who originally believed he did not have one of the costumes realized yesterday he had forgotten to return a costume after performing at an event. That costume is in the process of being returned. One Zippy costume remains missing."
After more than five years without, Downtown Akron will now host food trucks every Wednesday throughout the summer, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Cascade Plaza.
Years ago, then-Mayor Don Plusquellic put heavy regulations on the mobile eateries, essentially barring them from operating within Akron's downtown. Many say that this drove local food truck operators to neighboring communities, like Cleveland, that had much more relaxed regulations.
There was also the concern that food trucks would take away lunchtime business from the brick-and-mortar stores in the downtown area. Akron City Councilman Jeff Fusco tells us that with the lifting of these regulations on food trucks, they will continually be working on ways to make it better for both the trucks and brick and mortar restaurants operating in the same area.
Akron, Ohio, May 18, 2017– The City of Akron will be hosting a food truck huddle on Cascade Plaza downtown from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM every Wednesday through September 27th. Each Cascade Cucina event, sponsored by PNC Bank, will feature at least six food trucks along with fun activities and entertainment, including yard games, and music courtesy of 91.3 The Summit.
“I encourage Downtown workers to step out of the office for that much-needed afternoon break to check out the delicious and diverse offerings of Cascade Cucina on the Plaza,” Mayor Horrigan said. “We are proud to feature a fantastic array of food trucks from Akron and Summit County for lunch every Wednesday this summer.”
The Cascade Cucina on the Plaza series builds on recommendations from Phase I of the City’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan. “For the Downtown neighborhood to thrive, we must continue to activate our public spaces, particularly on Main Street, and provide a vibrant mix of street-level activities that serve the whole community,” Mayor Horrigan said. “I am confident the Cascade Cucina food truck huddles will be a welcome new addition to the Downtown scene this summer, and encourage the public to explore Downtown and rediscover all the great shops and restaurants it has to offer.”
“At PNC, our goal is to enrich the lives of those around us, and Cascade Cucina on the Plaza was the perfect opportunity,” said Kevin Thompson, regional president for PNC Bank in Akron. “Having food trucks downtown each week enhances the experience for downtown workers and residents while also helping build the city’s core.”
The following food trucks will be participating in Cascade Cucina on the Plaza, on rotation:
The Square Scullery
The Orange Trük
The Beachcomber Truck
The Stone Pelican
The Slop Truck
A Twist of Leona P
Wholly Frijoles Mexican Cafe
Arnone Street Foods
For more information and a weekly list of food trucks, please visit www.Lock3Live.com.
Akron Police are looking for 41-year-old Denise Myles of Akron who they say gave her name and phone number to a Family Video store clerk before holding the store up for cash.
It happened about 3 p.m. at the store located at 1117 South Arlington Street in Akron. Police say Myles, who was later identified, walked in and approached the counter. After an exchange with the store clerk, Myles gave up her phone number so the clerk could look up her account. Shortly afterwords, Myles reportedly held her hand under her shirt as if she had a weapon, and demanded cash from the drawer.
There is no word on whether she actually had a gun or not, and police did not specify how much cash Myles got away with.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD.
Around 3:00pm yesterday afternoon, the Family Video Store, located at 1117 South Arlington Street, was robbed. The employee reported the suspect entered the store and shopped for a video. The female then approached the checkout counter, gave her phone number so the clerk could look up her account, then placed a note on the counter stating she had a gun. The female suspect had her hand under her sweatshirt, as if she had a gun, and demanded money. The clerk opened the cash drawer and handed the female an unreported amount of cash. The suspect fled.
Detectives followed up on the robbery and were able to identify the suspect as Denise Myles. A warrant for aggravated robbery was signed on Denise Myles. Denise Myles in 41 year old, 5’04” and 200 lbs. She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
The mild winter is leading to unwanted guests for the spring and summer -- and Metro Parks is among those hoping you don't get too "ticked" off. Naturalists say there's been an explosion of ticks, bringing with 'em pain and even illness from the bites. That includes deer ticks, the American dog tick and the lone star tick found in southern Ohio. Deer ticks are about the size of a sesame seed and love the woods, dog ticks like meadows. If you pick 'em off you with tweezers save 'em -- Metro Parks says that can help doctors if you get sick later.
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(Summit Metro Parks) Summit Metro Parks officials want visitors to be prepared, not ticked off. Ticks are unwelcome guests, and bites from the little arachnids can cause pain and possible illness. “The last couple of mild winters have resulted in a small explosion of ticks in the county,” Summit Metro Parks biologist Rob Curtis said. “One of the best things we can do for the public is make them aware, so they can be prepared.”
Spokesperson Nathan Eppink said the park district is sharing information about ticks on social media, on its website – summitmetroparks.org – and in park kiosks in locations where ticks may be encountered. Ticks can be picked up on low-growing vegetation any time temperatures are above freezing, but they are most active in spring and fall. Ohio has three types of hard-bodied ticks. The most common is the American dog tick, followed by the blacklegged tick, which is often called the deer tick. The lone star tick is generally only found in southern Ohio. Deer ticks, which are black and often have a rust colored crescent, are about the size of a sesame seed, prefer the woods and can be active year-round. Dog ticks are larger, are brown with a light ornamentation or pattern on their backs, and prefer grassy areas like meadows and prairies.
Ticks are blood feeders, meaning they must find a host, take a bite and then drink their meal. They need to feed for at least 24 hours before disease transmission to the host is possible, so the best way to prevent illness is to prevent ticks from even getting on you – and on your dog. Ways to reduce tick encounters include:
-Use a bug spray containing at least 25% DEET.
- Wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants tucked into your boots or socks.
- Stay on designated trails and avoid brushing up against adjacent vegetation.
- Wear clothing that is light in color so you can easily see and remove ticks. Tumble dry clothing or gear on high heat for an hour to kill any ticks you may have missed.
- Keep pets leashed and on trails during walks. (Leash laws apply in the Metro Parks anyway. The maximum length is 8 feet.)
If you are bitten by a tick, here’s how to safely remove it:
- Using a pair of tweezers, firmly grasp the tick near its head.
- Using even pressure, pull the tick straight out until it is no longer attached. Check the tick to make sure its head came out, too.
- After the tick has been removed, wash the area with soap and water.
- Do not throw the tick away. Place it in a plastic bag, and then put it in the freezer or a container with rubbing alcohol. This way, if you go to the doctor, you can give them the tick that bit you.
Summit County deputies say it was a 52-year old woman killed in a crash on I-271 in Northfield Township yesterday morning. She was in a 2012 Toyota Corolla that hit a construction trailer that was being unloaded on the berm as she was heading south on the freeway.
She wasn't wearing a seat belt and speed appears to be a factor.
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(Summit Sheriff) On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash in Northfield Center Township. The crash occurred on Interstate 271 south at the 16.5 mile marker.
The Summit Metro Crash Team responded to investigate the crash. A 2012 Toyota Corolla driven by a 52 year old female was traveling south and subsequently exited the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a construction equipment trailer that was being unloaded on the right berm. The female was pronounced dead on scene from the injuries sustained in the crash. One lane of Interstate 271 south was closed for approximately three hours.
The driver of the Toyota was not wearing a seatbelt. Speed appears to be a factor. The crash continues to be under investigation by the Summit Metro Crash Response Team
A pick-up basketball game at Ellet's Davenport Park courts turned ugly, as fisticuffs and shoving led to gunfire. That was enough as far as Mayor Dan Horrigan was concerned; he ordered the nets taken down, the court gates chained and increased police patrols. Neighbors say the courts have been a problem for the Ellet area.
Horrigan released a statement saying ""I have heard the concerns of the Ellet community and am aware of the unsettling events at Davenport Park last night. I have temporarily shut down the basketball courts to alleviate community concerns while we gather additional feedback from residents. The future of the basketball courts at Davenport Park will be a community-driven decision. City parks are community assets that are designed to be enjoyed, accessible, and, above all, safe."
Akron police say they've only had one report of a fight since March and a handful of other neighborhood complaints. Ellet Councilman Bob Hoch says he's wanted changes for at least two years, including not only the basketball courts but also other facilities used for football, baseball and softball. A Facebook video showing the original fight and then the sound of gunshots has since been taken down.
Hudson Republican Frank LaRose is setting his sights on a statewide office. The State Senator is running for Secretary of State, using YouTube to get his message out to supporters.
He also joined The Jasen Sokol Show to discuss why he's running and what he plans to do if elected.
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(LaRose Campaign) Ohio Senator Frank LaRose today officially declared his candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State. LaRose is a two-term state senator from northeast Ohio and decorated combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces. His candidacy was announced through a video posted on FrankLaRose.com and sent to supporters.
“I am running for Secretary of State because of my great respect for the power of free elections. Because of this, I have an unwavering commitment to protect the integrity of our elections and defend Ohioans access to this fundamental right,” said LaRose. “I believe our elected leaders must aspire to civility, find common ground and work together while still upholding their deeply held briefs. As a principled conservative, I have endeavored to work with my colleagues on opposing sides of an issue while holding true to my core beliefs.As Secretary of State, I will work to foster cooperation and inspire confidence in Ohio’s election system and those who administer it.
”As a Senator, LaRose has authored laws that protect the integrity of the ballot box, modernize voter registration and prevent voter fraud. His successful legislative initiatives include Ohio’s new online voter registration system and state funding for electronic poll books. LaRose has also authored legislation to reform Ohio’s redistricting process.In addition, LaRose has sponsored legislation eliminating antiquated business regulations and streamlining the interactions between state government and small business owners.
During the Iraq War, LaRose earned the Bronze Star for his service as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces. As a Green Beret and also as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, he defended American interests in several troubled areas including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and on the southern U.S. border.
“In Iraq and Kosovo, I had the privilege of witnessing dedicated men and women taking great risks to exercise their right to vote,” said LaRose. “I witnessed first hand their sacrifices in order to vote and have a voice in their government’s future for the first time in history.
As Ohio Secretary of State, those experiences will continue to inspire me as I work to administrator fair, free and open elections.”In advance of his candidacy for Secretary of State, LaRose has shadowed board of elections directors in multiple counties to learn more about their Election Day responsibilities. In recent months, he has visited with local Republican leaders in 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties and attended 38 local Republican Party events, such as Lincoln Day Dinners.
LaRose is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He lives in Hudson with his wife Lauren and their three young children.
LaRose key legislative initiatives include:
• Sponsored legislation that created Ohio’s first online voter registration system, enhancing access while combating fraud;
• Successfully pushed for state funding of electronic poll books;
• Championed legislation to reform Ohio’s legislative and congressional redistricting processes;• Sponsored legislation enhancing transparency by requiring electronic filing of campaign finance reports by local candidates;• Sponsored legislation to fund the replacement of aging voting equipment;
• Sponsored cost-savings elections legislation that would eliminate primary elections when only one candidate appears on a partisan ballot;
• Sponsored legislation eliminating antiquated small business regulations and streamlining communication between state government and small business owners; and• Co-sponsored legislation that reduced filing fees for new business registrations at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
LaRose career highlights include:
• Currently serving his second term in the Ohio Senate representing citizens in Stark, Summit and Wayne counties;
• Awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a Green Beret in Iraq; and• A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the U.S. Special Forces, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class
An Akron man who admits to lying on his immigration papers will be deported. 59-year old Ilija Josipovic also got eight months of house arrest on top of the deportation order. When he came to the United States in 2002, prosecutors say he neglected to mention his military service was in a unit involved in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
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(US Justice Department) An Akron man was ordered deported for failing to disclose his involvement in a military unit engaged in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, HSI Detroit Acting Special Agent in Charge.
Ilija Josipovic, 59, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of immigration documents procured by fraud. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson ordered Josipovic removed from the United States. He was also sentenced to eight months of house arrest.
"This defendant hid the fact that he was a member of a unit involved in atrocities in the former Yugoslavia," Sierleja said. "He does not deserve the protections and rights of a U.S. citizen when his conduct flew in the face of our nation's founding ideals."
"The United States will never serve as a place of refuge for individuals seeking to distance themselves from their pasts," Francis said. "HSI will continue to use its unique authorities to ensure that alleged war criminals are brought to justice. "
Josipovic, on Feb. 1, 2012, possessed a Permanent Resident Card in his name, which he knew to be procured by means of a false claim and statement while obtaining an Ohio driver's license at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office 7744, located at 1030 East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron. On Sept. 10, 2014, he possessed a Permanent Resident Card in his name, which he knew to be procured by means of a false claim and statement while at his residence in Akron, according to court documents.
In 2002, Josipovic omitted or failed to disclose his military service in the 6th Battalion, Zvornik Infantry Brigade, Army of the Republic of Srpska, which began around May 25, 1992 and continued until approximately 1996, according to court documents.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Katz following an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations
Family members of Angela Boggs and Dennis Huggins are taking to GoFundMe.com to help raise money for funeral and other expenses. WAKR has confirmed the accounts were verified as coming from the family.
As of Wednesday morning, the accounts set up by daughter Brittany Boggs and neice Destiny Huggins had raised a total of nearly $40,000; their targets were $45,000.
Brittany wrote on her "My Life is Everything" page "On May 15th 2017 I lost everything and everyone I had. My mom, step dad, cat, dog and my 5 younger siblings in a house fire. I have nothing towards their funeral expenses and desperately need all of you guys help. Im reaching out to everyone to get the help I need seeing I have to bury 7 people. Please if you could donate anything to me as this time is very rough I will appreciate anything!! Please share."
Destiny wrote "They had 4 young children (Daisia, Kyle, Alivia, and Cameron) that also lost their lives. Angela's eldest son, Jared also lost his life in this tragic fire. There is a family of 7 that funeral arrangements will need to be made for. Dennis has a surviving son, Tyennis (20), and Angela has a surviving daughter, Brittany (18). We are asking for donations to assist with funeral arrangements and funds for the surving children. All prayers and donations are appreciated. Dennis is the brother of Pastor Tony Huggins, Sr. (Pastor of Shelton Temple Prayer COGIC)."
Brittany Boggs' GoFundMe
Destiny Huggins' GoFundMe
UPDATE Thursday, May 18 7:14 a.m. Akron police are disputing the characterization of Patrick Boggs as a "person of interest" in the case, but haven't gone into more details following Boggs' arrest on a parole violation hold by Portage County deputies. The Portage County Sheriff's Office is referring media inquiries regarding Boggs to Akron police.
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The man described as either the ex-husband or estranged husband of one of the Fultz Street fire victims is being held in the Portage County Jail on a parole violation charge.
Channel 3 News is reporting Patrick Boggs served a 12 year sentence for arson and on domestic violence charges after threatening to kill Angela Boggs by dousing her with kerosene and threatening to set her on fire in 2001.
Police say he's not "considered a suspect", according to the Channel 3 Report, but a "person of interest" and referred any questions to the Akron Police Department.
Angela Boggs was among the seven left dead after the blaze Monday morning. Also killed was Dennis Huggins, father to four of the five children who died in the fire. They were identified as one year old Cameron Huggins; three year old Alivia Huggins; five year old Kylle Huggins; six year old Daisia Huggins, and 14 year old Jered Boggs.
An 18-year old family member was not home at the time of the fire as she was living in Sandusky.
Akron Public Schools had a crisis team including counselors at Helen Arnold CLC, where six year old Daisia attended elementary school classes. 14-year old Jered was reportedly an online charter school student.
Official cause of death and ID's are pending release of the Summit County Medical Examiner but a grandmother of the children made the ID's.
After a long morning waiting for conditions to improve for the safety of firefighters in their recovery efforts, seven victims have been indentified from the blaze on Fultz Street in the predawn hours.
The victims have been unofficially identified as:
Dennis Huggins, father and age unknown; Angela Boggs, mother; one year old Cameron Huggins; three year old Alivia Huggins; five year old Kylle Huggins; six year old Daisia Huggins, and 14 year old Jered Boggs. An 18-year old family member was not home at the time of the fire but was working in Sandusky. Official cause of death and ID's are pending release of the Summit County Medical Examiner but a grandmother of the children made the ID's.
A cause of the fire has not been determined, but Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said the death toll matched the city's previous most deadly fire. In December of last year, a family of four was killed when fire swept through their home on Tallmadge Avenue. Members of the Ohio Fire Marshal's office were in Akron to assist in investigating a cause of this morning's fatal blaze.
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Mayor Dan Horrigan issued a statement this morning:
"Early this morning the Akron Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 600 block of Fultz Street. The Fire Department acted quickly to extinguish the flames, but were unable to immediately access the upper level of the structure due to significant, internal structural damage. Tragically, multiple lives were lost in the fire. The Fire Department is on scene for ongoing recovery, investigation, and safety efforts.
My family, the Akron Fire Department, and the entire Akron community, are profoundly saddened by this devastating incident and this tragic loss of life. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who perished, and we pray for strength and healing in the difficult days to come. We will see to it that the victims' families are supported in this time of great sorrow and need.
I thank the Akron Fire Department for their bravery in quickly responding to this scene in the early hours of the morning. I offer my full support and confidence as the professionals work to investigate the cause of this fire."
Akron firefighters fear there are "multiple" fatalities involved in a single-house blaze that was reported at 2:46 this morning.
The status is unknown because the burned-out shell of what remains of the two-story home at 693 Fultz Street was still too dangerous to conduct a more involved search mission. Akron Fire continues to say there are multiple fatalities and the exact number isn't know.
There have been reports this morning of at least one, possibly others dead in the blaze based on accounts from neighbors, who said a family lived in the home. AFD Lt. Serjie Lash told News5 the interior was badly damaged, and firefighters would have to use ladders to access the second floor to do a thorough search.
Firefighters closed Fultz Street between Manchester and East Avenues; the smoke from the blaze could be seen from the nearby expressway early this morning.
Update: Medina County officials reporting Lauren Delcoma, 22, has been found safe. Her mother posted an update on Facebook reporting that she was home as of 7 a.m. Monday morning.
No other information is currently available.
Medina County Sheriff's Office is looking for missing 22-year-old Lauren Delcoma.
She was last seen at the Alchemy Music Festival at a camp ground off of Coon Club Road. Her phone and other belongings were left at the campsite, but she hasn't been seen since.
Delcoma is a graduate of Green High School.
Anyone with information is asked to call Medina County Sheriff.
Springfield Township police made two arrests in connection with a pair of fires dating back to December of last year that left both homes smouldering with more than $100,000 in damages.
There were no injuries, since the houses on Celia Avenue and Carper Avenue were vacant at the time. Police said both blazes still posed a significant threat to health and safety, especially to the firefighters answering the call to duty.
18-year old William Conley of Akron and 18-year old Mickey Thrasher of Springfield Township were charged with Breaking and Entering and Aggravated Arson. In addition, a 15-year old juvenile from Springfield Township was also arrested and charged.
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(Springfield Township PD) Detectives with the Springfield Township Police Department have made three arrests in two previously unsolved arsons within Springfield Township.
The fires at 483 Celia Ave. in December of 2016 and at 3440 Carper Ave. earlier this month, were intentionally set by the suspects with a combined loss of over $100,000. Both homes were vacant at the time of the fires but exposed firefighters to great risk in battling the blazes.
Arrested were 18 year old William Conley of Akron, 18 year old Mickey Thrasher of Springfield, and a 15 year old juvenile also from Springfield. All subjects were charged with Breaking and Entering and Aggravated Arson and are awaiting trial.