Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:19

Shooting Near U of A Campus

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University of Akron Police are investigating a shooting just off campus along South Adolph Avenue, just east of campus and Route 8. 

According to the police report, the shooting happened Monday afternoon about 1:15. One 26-year-old male victim was shot in the foot and transported to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the victim hasn't been cooperative with them and hasn't provided a suspect description. 

The only thing police know is that a male suspect fled the scene on foot, running through backyards toward campus. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD or University of Akron PD. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:00

U.S. Marshals Looking For Hudson Man

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Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is the offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Raymond Gates. 

Gates is wanted by U.S. Marshals and Summit County Sheriff's Office on a rape charge. He's accused of raping an elderly woman near her Northfield Center home earlier in February. A warrant was issued for his arrest on February 10th. He is listed as a white male standing 6 feet tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known address is in Hudson, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED to 847411. Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available. 

Monday, 20 February 2017 12:00

Woman Arrested On Motorized Shopping Cart

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Bath Police officers responded to a call of a woman operating a motorized shopping cart down the middle of N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. about 10:20 Sunday night. 

According to a Bath PD Facebook post, Officer A. Chapman arrested 33-year-old Melissa Bradley after she pulled into a nearby Lowe's parking lot. It was later determined that the cart came from a nearby Acme grocery store. 

Bradley, from Warren, was charged with fifth degree felony theft. She's booked in Summit County Jail. Police say alcohol was a factor. 

Monday, 20 February 2017 11:50

Huntington - FirstMerit Merger Completed

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The FirstMerit Bank and Huntington Bank merger is wrapped up and ready to go for Tuesday morning. 

The banks closed Saturday and remained closed for the President's Day holiday Monday to finalize the computer switch-over and replace signage at FirstMerit branches that will remain open as Huntington branches. 

According to the bank, customers will have full access to their account via ATMs, online, and in person, beginning Tuesday. New account and routing numbers will also be available Tuesday morning online and via the mobile Huntington banking app. If customers have received their new Huntington ATM cards, they can begin using them starting Monday. Once the new cards are activated, the old FirstMerit cards will stop working, according to the bank. 

The following is a list of the branches that will be closing and those that will remain open: 


  •  Huntington, 3630 Center Road, Brunswick
  •  Huntington, Medina West, 1065 N. Court St., Suite C, Medina
  •  FirstMerit, 102 Main St., Wadsworth


  •  Huntington, Brunswick Town Center Giant Eagle, 3440 Center Road
  •  Huntington, Wadsworth, 129 High St.
  •  Huntington, Wadsworth Giant Eagle, 825 Ambassador Drive
  •  FirstMerit, Brunswick Center, 1344 Pearl Road
  •  FirstMerit, Hinckley Township, 1296 Ridge Road
  •  FirstMerit, Lodi, 209 Wooster St.
  •  FirstMerit, Medina, 39 Public Square
  •  FirstMerit, Medina Extension, 125 W. Washington St.
  •  FirstMerit, Medina, 975 N. Court St.
  •  FirstMerit, Medina,1105 S. Court St.
  •  FirstMerit, Montville Township, 3460 Medina Road
  •  FirstMerit, Seville, 8 E. Main St.
  •  FirstMerit, Great Oaks, 950 High St.,Wadsworth
  •  FirstMerit, Wadsworth Crossing, 1081 Williams Reserve Blvd., Wadsworth
Monday, 20 February 2017 11:31

Kent Standoff Ends With Suspect Shot

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A standoff that lasted more than seven hours in Kent Sunday ended with a suspect shot by police. 

Kent Police responded to a call at about 2 p.m. regarding a suspicious person and suspected drug activity at an apartment complex located at 782 Silver Meadows Boulevard. Upon arrival, the police report states that Christopher D. Carter, 27, barricaded himself into the complex's basement laundry room and held a woman at knifepoint. 

Seven hours later, Kent Police SWAT rescued the female victim unharmed, but shot and killed Carter. 

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation and will determine whether or not the shooting was justified. 



Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:57

Toxicology Report Released In Hudson Shooting

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The toxicology report is back on Saif Alameri, the Case Western Reserve student from the United Arab Emerites who was shot by a Hudson Police Officer after a car-chase and foot-chase back in early December.

The Summit County Medical Examiner determined that Marijuana was the only drug found in his system.

After crashing his car on the Turnpike, Alameri fled to a nearby neighborhood. After a reported struggle with Hudson Officer Ryan Doran, who fired 5 shots, killing Alameri.

The investigation into whether or not Doran was justified is ongoing.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:39

Tallmadge Company Takes Huge Hit

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A Tallmadge company that provides health services owes more than $951 thousand dollars in reimbursements for overpayments of state Medicaid payments, including interest.

State auditors reports G. S. Burton Development was overpaid $895 thousand dollars between 2012 and 2014, at a time when the company received nearly $1.3 million dollars in payments for transportation and home care services.

Auditors also reported some services were performed for ineligible employees, iincluding two drivers who either didn't have a current license or were under license suspension.

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(State Auditor) Examinations of four northeast Ohio Medicaid providers identified more than $1 million in overpayments this week, according to reports released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

Auditors uncovered much of that amount at G.S. Burton Development, LLP in Summit County, where they calculated $895,617 in overpayments stemming from 860 service errors that occurred from 2012 through 2014.

During that time, the provider received nearly $1.3 million in reimbursements from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) for 22,357 services, mostly non-medical transportation and homemaker/personal care aide services.

Auditors determined 283 services were provided by 11 employees who were ineligible during the entire period and 17 employees who were temporarily ineligible. Reasons for those determinations included a lack of criminal background checks and drug tests, missing personnel files, no first aid and/or CPR certification, and failure to complete required annual training hours.

“These requirements are pure commonsense,” Auditor Yost said. “It’s disturbing to know that some Ohioans risk being in the care of individuals who lack basic but essential medical training and who haven’t even been properly vetted for the job."

”Additionally, two drivers went periods of time without having a valid driver’s license, one temporarily had a suspended license and another driver had a driving record with six points,“Yost said.

These standards are in place to protect people and are not optional,” Yost said.

Auditors discovered 297 errors in the provider’s service documentation, including 177 instances where the units billed exceeded those documented and 86 services with no supporting documentation. With the current amount of interest, the provider owes ODM $951,525.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:27

Warrant Issued In Akron Home Explosion

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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rodney Lee Hylton, 49, of Akron, in connection to the home explosion on Courtland Avenue at South Hawkins in Akron last week. 

Hylton, who was renting the home on Courtland, is charged with Aggravated Arson and Arson, both felony counts, in the explosion and fire. Hylton was inside the Courtland home at the time of the explosion and has been in the hospital since. 

The two counts are because the neighboring home on South Hawkins. 

Stay with WAKR.net and 1590 WAKR as more details are revealed. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:21

Three Suspected Heroin Dealers Arrested

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Stark County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshalls worked together on their latest bust of three suspected heroin dealers in the Akron area.

Two Massillon residents, Damon Marcus Slocum and Tiffany Angel Kegley are charged with involuntary manslaughter for providing the heroin that Sean Latham killed Sean Latham last May. Vernall Floyd Robinson was arrested for selling the heroin that resulted in a non-lethal overdose of another area resident. He's charged with Corrupting Another with Drugs, a second degree felony. 

Read the full press release from the Stark County Sheriff's Office below: 

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce several arrests as part of the ongoing effort to
combat the local heroin epidemic.

Sheriff George T. Maier commends the hard work and dedication of the employees of the sheriff’s office as well as
numerous partners in the effort to keep communities safe.

Sheriff Maier: “The indictments Tuesday are a direct result of our deputies and investigators working collaboratively
to combat the heroin epidemic here in Stark County.”

On February 14, 2017, Stark County Sheriff’s Major of Investigative Services, John Oliver, along with members of
the Metro Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, conducted two arrest warrants.
Major Oliver: “Our metro agents are committed to continuing to investigate all overdose related cases to their fullest
to hold those accountable for their actions.”

An arrest warrant was executed in Akron where deputies located and arrested 36-year-old Damon Marcus Slocum
and 31-year-old Tiffanie Angel Kegley at their home, each on a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter, a Felony 1.
Detectives determined Slocum and Kegley directly contributed to the death of Sean Latham in May, 2016 by
supplying him with the heroin that caused his fatal overdose.

A roughly three-month-long investigation led detectives to conduct a second arrest warrant at a home in Massillon.
23-year-old Vernall Floyde Robinson has been charged with one count of Corrupting Another with Drugs, a Felony 2;
and Tampering with Evidence, a Felony 3.

The charges come after a person overdosed on heroin in a public restroom. The victim was transported to the
hospital where he received long-term care for a serious medical condition caused by the heroin Robinson distributed.
The investigations represent a strong partnership between multiple law enforcement agencies and the Stark County
Prosecutor’s Office. Each play a critical role in keeping Stark County safe.

Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Scott offers this comment on behalf of County Prosecutor John Ferrero:
“As our county fights the heroin epidemic together, our office will do all we can to assist the justice system and
treatment community to sensibly rehabilitate heroin users. But, we will continue to work with law enforcement to
aggressively prosecute heroin traffickers and hold them accountable for the death and misery their deadly product


Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:10

Akron Man Guilty, Sentenced In Rape Case

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Billy Patterson, 19, of Akron plead guilty in Summit County Common Pleas Court Tuesday to breaking into his elderly neighbor's home and raping her. 

The charges against Patterson were 1st degree felony Rape, Aggravated Burglary, also a first degree felony, and Felonious Assault in the second degree. 

The incident in question occured back on September 24, 2016, in the middle of the night. Court documents show Patterson broke into the 71-year-old woman's home, hit her in the face multiple times, and choked here to near unconciousness. Then he proceeded to rape the victim, who she says she'd known for nearly 10 years. 

Immediately after his guilty plea, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield sentenced Patterson to 15 years in prison. He's also ordered to register as a sex offender with the local sheriff every 90 days after his release from prison. 

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