Monday, 14 December 2015 11:30

C. Falls Offers "Safe Zone" For Craigslist, Online Purchases

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The city of Cuyahoga Falls is offering a safer alternative for those who want to sell or purchase an item through Craigslist or other online sites.

Mayor Don Walters recently announced a new "safe zone" available for residents to meet up to complete online purchases inside the lobby of the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

The "safe zone" is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers recorded video and audio surveillance.

Walters hopes the safe zone will reduce the number of crime-related reports associated with face-to-face transactions.

"It's more visible than being somewhere in a parking lot, said Walters. "And if it was a stolen product, I think people would be more reluctant to meet at the police station and sell it."

Those interested in meeting at the "safe zone" don't need an appointment, but Walters does suggest people call the department ahead of time to alert officers on duty.

Sales involving alcohol, drugs, weapons, vehicles, boats or other large equipment are not permitted in the "Safe Zone."

Sunday, 13 December 2015 15:55

Akron Woman Charged After Hitting Officer With Mini-Van

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An Akron woman who hit a Tallmadge police officer Saturday with a min-van, after she reportedly was stealing in a grocery store, has been arrested.

The Tallmadge police said, the police officer confronted 47-year-old Yolanda DeBruce about the alleged theft in the parking lot of the grocery store located in the 200 block of West Avenue.

She then hit the officer with her car trying to escape. The officer fired a round that did not hit DeBruce.

DeBruce is charged with Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault on a officer and a number of lesser charges.

Police said the officer was treated and released at an area hospital.

She's been booked in Summit County Jail and will await a court appearance in Stow Municipal Court on Monday.

The officer is on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure following a use of deadly force, police said.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 23:05

Green Woman Injured in Hit-Skip Accident

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A Green woman suffered life-threatening injuries, after being hit by a car while she was jogging Saturday morning.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said, the 36-year old woman was jogging on SR 619 near Mayfair Rd. She was transported to Akron General Hospital by the Green Fire Department.

The suspect fled the scene, but the vehicle's mirror was left behind.

No information on the suspect or a description of the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is encouraged to call the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2181.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:55

Mount Union Title Bound Again

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Once again Mount Union will advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship.

The Purple Raiders defeated Wisconsin Whitewater by a score of 36-6.

The No. 1-ranked Purple Raiders (14-0) advanced to their 19th Stagg Bowl national championship game since 1993 and 11th in a row.

They'll play St. Thomas who defeated Linfield in their semi-final game.

The Stagg Bowl is Friday in Salem, Virginia.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:56

Update: Fairview Park Man Dies After Being Hit by Car

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Update:The 79-year-old man hit by a car in Macedonia Saturday has died, news channel 5 reports.

Lawrence Hain of Fairview Park died from the injuries suffered in the crash. The woman in the crash's injuries were critical and there is no update on her condition.


Previous Coverage

Macedonia police says an elderly couple was treated at an hospital with critical injuries, after being hit by a car Saturday

The 79 year-old man and 72-year old woman were crossing the street at Waters and Route 82 at about 10:30a.m. when they were hit by a car driven by an elderly woman.

The two were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

It's not known if the woman was charged or cited for the accident.

Police are investigating what exactly happened.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 11:14

Missing Adult Alert For Kent Man

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Update: The missing adult alert for the man who was missing in Portage county has been cancelled. The Brimfield Police Department says they cancelled the missing adult alert, after Donald Davis returned to his home on his own.

Release from Ohio Attorney General's Office:

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Brimfield Police Department statewide.


Information as of: December 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM


Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 12, 2015 at 3:30 AM, Mr. Davis left his residence and has not returned.


The incident took place in Portage County, OH State Route 43 in the city of Kent.


The adult's name is Donald Davis and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 83, is 6'02'' tall, weighs 235 lbs, has brown hair, and has brown eyes. Mr. Davis was last seen on 12/12/2015 at 3:30 am wearing a blue striped shirt and blue pants. Mr. Davis suffers from diabetes and other medical conditions that require medications.


The vehicle involved is a dark blue 2003 Chevy Silverado with OH plate number AY68YN. Photo is not actual vehicle


Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.


Saturday, 12 December 2015 10:21

Tamela Lee Denies Wrongdoing

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The Summit County Council member facing eleven bribery-related charges in a federal indictment is publicly defending herself.

Tamela Lee told the Beacon Journal that the indictment is full of lies about her.

She's accused of accepting money, services and items - like free cigarettes or food - from a convenience store owner in return for using some influence to help them in legal situations.

Lee says she did accept money but only as a loan that she agreed at the time to pay back. The co-owners of the store, Abdelrahman Abdelqader of Canton and Omar Abdelqader of North Canton, are also named in the indictment, along with Abdelrahman's son, Samir Abdelqader of Fairlawn.  Lee says she's known them since getting married about 14 years ago.

According to the newspaper, Lee has taken an unpaid leave of absence from her council position.

On the Web:

Previous Coverage: 

Former Council Member: Other Shoe to Drop?

Tamela Lee: Indicted Party Leader

Council's Tamela Lee Indicted



Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:40

WAKR Share A Christmas: $7,000

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The Akron area community is responding, again, to the needs of others during this holiday season.

In this case, it's to benefit The Salvation Army in Summit County and it comes in the form of Rubber City Radio Group's 57th Annual WAKR Share A Christmas.

Nearly $7,000 was raised, all of which goes directly to The Salvation Army.

Listeners had a chance participate in online auctions of items that were donated and not available for purchase.  Nice stuff, too!  A Cavs package that included a baseketball autographed by LeBron James, Goodyear blimp rides, lunch with Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, a Browns package that included going onto the field (no jokes, please!) as well as game experiences with the RubberDucks and Akron Racers.

WAKR's Share A Christmas is the longest running community help program in the state.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:32

Two Checkpoints, No Drunks

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Members of the Summit County OVI Task Force say they're thrilled to make no drunk driving arrests in either of last night's checkpoints, even after sending 19 vehicles into diversion areas for further investigation.

Of course, some people got in other trouble - three for driving under suspension and a couple for marijuana possession.

One checkpoint was held on South Main Street just south of North Turkeyfoot Road in Coventry Township. The other was on South Arlington, near East Turkeyfoot Road in Green. 

Officers say there were plenty of partiers but they noticed a lot of designated drivers, taxis and Uber.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:24

Zips Outkicked In Kansas City

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The University of Akron men's soccer team is not bringing home a national title.

The Zips fall short in the College Cup semi finals Friday night in Kansas City, KS, losing to Stanford.

"We didn't really create enough good chances and I think Stanford probably had better chances than us on the day," said Coach Jared Embick.

The game was scoreless after double overtime, so it came down to a shootout. Stanford landed on top, 8-7.

If the rest of the team agrees with Brad Ruhaak, a defender, they're still proud.

"There was a goal at the beginning of the year, obviously, to win a national championship," said Ruhaak.  "We came up a little short but getting to the College Cup, being one of the last four teams standing at the end here this weekend has been great for the program and it's been overall a great time except for the result here tonight." The comments were made at a post-game press conference:


Embick is disappointed, too, but says there are lessons to be learned that go beyond the game.

"Life's full of disappointments," said Embick. "It's just part of it and you think about it, you grow from it and you put it in perspective and at the end you handle it and even though it's a bad memory, you'll gain strength in character and that's more important."

UA won the national championship in 2010.

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