Wednesday, 10 May 2017 07:44

Fugitive Found Under Trailer

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U.S. Marshals, with the help of other local law enforcement found and arrested this week's Fugitive of the Week, Thomas Kellwood. About 3:30 Tuesday, Kellwood was found hiding under a trailer off of Stratton Road in West Salem. Marshal Pete Elliot said in a release it was tips that brought in Kellwood, who was wanted for assaulting his mother and two other young family members after an argument.

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(US Marshal/Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force) This afternoon at approximately 3:30pm, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Montville and West Salem Police Departments, and Medina and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Thomas Kellwood, 36. Kellwood has been wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lodi Police Department after he was involved in a domestic dispute.

During the domestic incident Kellwood allegedly assaulted several members of his family, including two children under the age of 16. Yesterday afternoon Kellwood was featured as the Fugitive of the Week. Within hours, numerous tips poured in regarding Kellwood’s possible whereabouts. Early this morning members of the task force began searching the 11100 block of Stratton Rd. in West Salem for Kellwood. Numerous law enforcement agencies, including Ohio State Highway Patrol air unit and special response team and Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit responded to the area, it was believed that Kellwood was hiding in a heavily wooded area.

After a few hours of searching, Kellwood was found hiding under a trailer. He was arrested without further incident and transported to the Medina County jail.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Tips on this case came into the task force and officers acted immediately, without the strong community cooperation and the excellent partnership with local law enforcement agencies this fugitive may still be on the run."

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:06

AMBER Cancelled: Missing 1-Year-Old Akron Boy

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UPDATE 8:35 a.m.: Akron police say Darius Heard, Jr. was returned by his non-custodial father to the apartment where the boy's mother cares for him. The one-year old is safe. Police are still searching for Darius Heard, Sr. 


UPDATE Akron police have released a photo of the toddler missing from a Callis Oval apartment after he was taken from his non-custodial father. Darius Heard, Jr. is one year old and last reported wearing a red-white and blue polo shirt and a diaper. His father, Dairus Heard, Sr. (pictured above) has warrants out for his arrest and has "violent tendancies" according to the AMBER Alert message broadcast earlier this morning. The public is asked to look for a silver Chevy Sonic which may have Texas license plates and bears and Enterprise rental car sticker on the driver's side, front windshield. If you see the car or Heard, please dial 9-1-1.


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Akron Police have issued a statewide Amber Alert for missing 1-year-old Darius R. Heard Jr. The young boy was last seen leaving the apartments on Callis Oval in Akron with Darius R. Heard Sr. The younger Heard was wearing a red, white, and blue Nautica Polo shirt and a diaper. 

Darius R. Heard Sr. (pictured) has warrants for his arrest. He is driving a silver Chevy Sonic with Texas license plates; police say it is likely an Enterprise rental car. 

Anyone with information or if you see Darius Heard Sr., the young boy, or the vehicle, you're asked to call 911. 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 05:39

FOTW: Man Wanted for Assaulting Family Members

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This week's Fugitive of the Week, courtesy of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is Thomas Kellwood, 36, who's wanted by the U.S. Marshals and Lodi Police on a domestic violence warrant.

Kellwood's alleged to have assaulted several members of his family, including his mother, and 2 children under 16-years-old. Kellwood is listed 5'6", and about 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and it possibly in Lodi or Rittman. If you see Kellwood, call 911.

See more from the U.S. Marshas below: 

FUGITIVE: THOMAS KELLWOOD The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Thomas Kellwood. Kellwood is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lodi Police. Kellwood is wanted for domestic violence. Kellwood allegedly assaulted several members of his family, including his mother and 2 children under the age of 16, following an argument. Kellwood is a 36 year old male standing approximately 5’06” and weighing 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Kellwood is believed to be hiding in the Lodi or Rittman areas. He has a previous address near the 100 block of River St. in Lodi. If you have any information in reference to Thomas Kellwood, 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.

Friday, 05 May 2017 11:37

High School Girl Harassed at Summit Mall

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A scary situation for an 18-year-old girl shopping for prom at Summit Mall on Monday.

The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Senior says she was shopping when she was approached by a pair of men, one of whom asked her if she had a boyfriend and grabbed her hand to pull her closer to him. She says the man, who spoke with a thick accent according to the girl, asked to walk her to her car and then flashed her some cash, offering her money in exchange for a kiss.

Fairlawn Police investigated and no criminal charges were filed as the girl wasn't harmed. The two men were traced to a hair-product kiosk out of South Park Mall in Strongsville. 

After the incident, the girl posted about it on social media. The story went viral and other local girls say they've had similar experiences with the same men. 

Friday, 05 May 2017 07:18

Stark Deputies Pick Up Second Suspect

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Stark County deputies, along with member of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, has arrested a second adult in connection with a burglary that turned into a chase by police following a traffic stop. 19-year old Ja'lon Kirkland was picked up Thursday and joins fellow accused accomplice, 19-year old Raejon Marquell Williams, in the Stark County Jail. Police say Kirkland and Williams were both involved in a burglary in progress when they responded to the scene of a Plain Township home but fled, with one brandishing a weapon during a traffic stop on 30th Street NE.

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(Stark County Sheriff) Sheriff George T. Maier is announcing the arrest of 19-year-old Ja’lon Kirkland in connection with an aggravated burglary in Plain Township. On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 deputies responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Cathy Drive NE in Plain Township for an aggravated burglary in progress.

Witnesses stated the suspects brandished a firearm and then fled the scene in a box truck. Responding Deputies located the suspect vehicle in the area and initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle fled east on 30th St NE. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of 30th St NE and Willowrow Ave NE. Kirkland and 19-year-old Raejon Williams fled on foot. Williams was arrested Wednesday, shortly after the incident took place and was booked into the Stark County Jail on charges of Aggravated Burglary and Obstruction of Official Business.

Kikland was taken into custody by deputies at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. He was arrested at his home in Canton without incident on arrest warrants charging him with Aggravated Burglary and Obstruction of Official Business. He has been booked into the Stark County Jail.


Stark County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Cathy Drive NE Wednesday. Two suspects entered the home and pulled guns on the residents. Then they loaded an ATV and a motorcycle into a box truck and sped off. Responding deputies noticed the truck and pulled the suspects over. That's when they fled on foot. One suspect, 19-year-old Raejon Marquell Williams was caught and arrested, the second suspect is still on the loose. After the fact, Deputies arrested a female juvenile in connection. She's been booking in Stark County Juvenile Detention Center. Inside the truck Deputies found a gun and an airsoft pistol. 

Friday, 05 May 2017 06:16

Another Summa Shakeup

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A major leadership shakeup over at Summa Health going on now...with two top positions eliminated, and people filling those posts losing their jobs.

The Beacon Journal reports that the hospital, which has been through months of controversy following the abrupt replacement of their Emergency Room physicians group, and subsequent loss of acreditation for the ER Resident training program---is attempting to "remove layers of management, increase efficiency, and maintain high standards for quality, safety and operations."

That, according to a memo sent out to staff yesterday morning by Summa's Interim CEO, Dr. Cliff Deveny. He tells the newspaper it's "totally inaccurate" to link the controvery surrounding the emergency room earlier this year to the changes that eliminate the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer positions.

COO Valerie Gibson was close to former CEO Dr. Thomas Malone, while CMO Dr. Vivian von Guenigen was heavily criticized for a potential conflict of interest because her husand headed U.S. Acute Care Solutions, the company Summa replaced it's existing core of emergency room staff with in January. Neither are expected to remain in other capacities with the hospital system.

Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:23

Rocksino Gets Gas

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The Hard Rock Rocksino is growing -- into the gasoline business. Not only slots, concerts and dining but now a Rockstop Gas and Wash, a gas station and car wash specifically branded to the Hard Rock. Construction starts this month and should be wrapped up by mid-September.

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(Hard Rock Rocksino) Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced plans to open ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH, a new Hard Rock branded and first of its kind, state-of-the-art gas service station and car wash, as well as the addition of a third gaming and smoking patio, bolstering the Rocksino's economic impact in Northeast Ohio and enhancing its Players Club benefits and unique amenities. The two property enhancements equate to a more than $5 million investment.

Construction on ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH, started in early May with a planned completion date in mid-September, 2017. Construction on the new gaming and smoking patio is underway with an expected completion date in early June. The projects are expected to generate close to 100 construction jobs and over 35 new permanent jobs.

"On behalf of our owner Brock Milstein and Hard Rock International, we're proud to announce these exciting new economic investments in our hometown," says Mark Birtha, President Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. "We are committed to growing our property in a way that provides our customers, and our employees, unique experiences and unparalleled value. And, at the same time, reinvests in our local community to create employment and additional benefits to the overall economy."

According to Birtha, members of the Rocksino's Rock Star Rewards loyalty program and company employees will receive a discount on their gas purchases and car washes and may use their points to redeem services. "The Hard Rock's latest expansion shows the company's continuing commitment to the Village of Northfield and gives visitors another reason to patronize the Hard Rock property and the Village." says Jesse Nehez, Mayor, Northfield Village.

ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH will be located on the Northwest side of the Rocksino along Northfield Rd. (Rt. 8). The entire site will occupy 45,000 sq. feet including a 3,500 sq. foot retail/car wash building and have six doublepumps
– a total of 12 handles to dispense gas. The pumps will feature Hard Rock style lighting effects and LED TV's, allowing for the broadcast of music videos and commercials.

"ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH is the first Hard Rock branded gas station and car wash – right here in Northfield, Ohio," says Birtha. "Once again, Northeast Ohio sets the bar high in terms of launching new products and services. That's happening here in Northfield will become the prototype for similar amenities at Hard Rock International properties world-wide. "While it's important to add amenities, it's critical to refresh the ones we have. Over 3 million people visited the Rocksino last year. It's imperative that we continually reinvent, as well as expand our property to exceed customer expectations. And, that's our commitment to Northeast Ohio," says Birtha.

The new gaming and smoking patio will be located adjacent to the Rocksino's Constant Grind restaurant, a 24/7 bistro, increasing the total number of games at the Rocksino from 2,265 to more than 2,300.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:20

Police Looking for Springfield Township Man

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UPDATE Police arrested Marock Wednesday evening.

Springfield Township Police are looking for 55-year-old John Michael Marock. A warrant has been issued for Marock on on assault, robbery, burglary, and violation of a protection order charges. He's a white male, 6'2", 200 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a black goatee. Police believe he may be in the Akron area and are asking to keep a look out and call 911 if you see him.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:11

Parents Charged in Child's Accidental Overdose

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The parents of a two-year-old who accidentally overdosed on a synthetic opiate back have been arrested, according to Akron Police.

On March 7th, around 1 a.m., 27-year-old Randy Boggs found the toddler unresponsive in the home and called 911. He and 21-year-old Catelynn Smiley of Akron are charged with felony child endangering. They've been booked in Summit County Jail.

Read the full press release from Akron Police below: 

Child Endangering/Unintentional Overdose:

Detectives arrested the parents of the 2 year old that overdosed on a synthetic opiate around 1:00am on March 7, 2017. The 2 year old male was found unresponsive by the father at his residence in the 500 block of Brittain Road. Detectives charged Randy Boggs II, 27 and Catelynn Smiley, 21, both of Brittain Road, with felony child endangering. They were booked into the Summit County Jail.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:15

Chance for New Trial for Akron Killer

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Dawud E. Spaulding of Akron, currently on death row in Ohio for killing two people and paralyzing another in a 2011 shooting, has been granted 10 more pages to present his argument for reopening his case.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of his lawyers' request to remove the page-limitation on an appeal for a new trial. Spauling was originally set to be executed in March of 2014, but the automatic appeals process has extended that date to this point.

Now, this request for re-opening the case must not exceed 25 pages.

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