Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:45

APD Looking For Robber Who Knew Victim

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Akron Police are looking for 24-year-old Mark E. Clay of Akron and his accomplice on aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and abduction charges.

About 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, according to an Akron Police report, Clay and another man allegedly entered a home on Jason Avenue. The 62-year-old victim, and resident of the home, immediately recognized Clay; she said he's a friend of her son's. The other suspect was reportedly wearing a mask, and the victim was unable to identify him. During the home invasion, Clay and the other suspect allegedly attempted to tie up the victim, and ransacked the home, stealing her cell phone and then fled the house.

Afterwords, the victim walked to a neighbor's home and called police, identifying Clay (pictured). Anyone with information on Clay or the second suspect is asked to call the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490. Tipsters call also call the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4- WANTED;or the Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous. Callers can remain anonymous.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:37

National Rx Drug Take Back Day Saturday

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Saturday, April 29th, marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and Ohio's U.S. Senators are making sure Ohioans know where they can drop off their unused or expired prescriptions. 

With more than 270 locations across the state, residents of Summit and the surrounding counties have a few options: 

Summit

Akron

Springfield Township Police Department

2465 Canfield Road

Summit

Akron

Akron Metro Regional Transit Center Visitor's Parking Lot

631 S. Broadway Street

Summit

Akron

Summit County Sheriff's Office/Drug Unit

393 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road

Summit

Akron

Bath Police Department

3864 W. Bath Road

Summit

Akron

Akron Children's Hospital Circular Driveway

215 W. Bowery Street

Summit

Barberton

The Old First Merit Building

480 West Tuscawaras

Summit

Copley

Copley Police Department

1280 Sunset Drive

Summit

Cuyahoga Falls

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1900 23rd Street

Summit

Hudson

Hudson Acme Plaza, In Front Of The Acme Grocery Store

116 W. Streetsboro St.

Summit

Stow

Stow Police Department

3800 Darrow Rd

Summit

Tallmadge

Acme Fresh Market

600 South Avenue

Summit

Tallmadge

Tallmadge Police Department

53 Northeast Ave

Summit

Tallmadge

Giant Eagle

205 West Avenue

See the full press release with a link to all locations across the state below: 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced more than 270 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse has devastated Ohio communities. Too often, individuals can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from family and friends who no longer use the medicine they were legally prescribed,” Brown said. “That’s why this DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Day is so important in Ohio. All prescription medications—especially addictive opioid painkillers—should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.”

“Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. That’s why it’s so important to safely dispose of any and all unnecessary prescription medications,” said Portman. “I’m pleased that so many communities in our state are participating in this annual event and I urge all Ohioans to clean out their medicine cabinets and take advantage of Drug Take Back. Together, we can turn the tide of addiction and ensure that every Ohioan can reach their God-given potential.”

In April, Brown and Portman spoke jointly about their efforts to combat Ohio’s opioid epidemic. Brown has introduced the INTERDICT Act, legislation that would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) with additional hi-tech screening equipment and lab resources to detect fentanyl before it enters the U.S. Portman has introduced the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, new legislation designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States. Both bills work together to help block deadly synthetic opioids from reaching Ohio communities and are supported by both Senators.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:16

Kenmore Car Firebugs Sought

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Someone is lighting up Kenmore -- and not in a good way. Akron police are digging to find out the firebugs who've been stealing and setting cars on fire the past two weeks; seven charred so far, including three right there in the driveway of the owner's homes.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it appears the targets are random and there's no apparent connection. Wednesday night an eighth vehicle was stolen and set on fire. 

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(APD) Detectives are investigating seven vehicle arsons that have occurred in the Kenmore Community in the last two weeks.  2301 Romig Road,

- 1997 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Springfield Township, 4/15/2017
- 2274 10th Street SW, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/15/2107
- 940 West Wilbeth Road, 2012 Hyundai Genesis, taken from Jason Avenue in Akron, 4/15/2017
- 240 Diamond Drive, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Barberton, 4/18/2017
- 1409 Swinehart Avenue, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- 1389 Fawler Avenue, 2005 Chevy Uplander, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- Leeser Avenue/Samuel Avenue, unknown pickup truck, unknown if it is stolen, 4/26/2017

No suspect(s) description is available.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:12

Galonski Wins 35th District Nod

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A panel of Ohio statehouse Democrats picking Summit County Magistrate Tavia Galonski to fill the unexpired term of 35th District State Representative Greta Johnson. The screening committee recommendation must still be approved by the full slate of Ohio House democrats but that's expected to be a formality.

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(Ohio Democrats) State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the House Democratic screening panel tasked with finding a replacement for the 35th House district seat, previously held by Greta Johnson (D-Akron), has recommended Tavia Galonski to fill the remainder of Johnson's term.

The panel recommended Galonski after interviewing eight applicants for the 35th House district seat.

"Among the many qualified applicants, Tavia's leadership and experience make her the best possible representative for the thirty-fifth district," said Cera. "We are confident constituents will have a real advocate for their future in Mrs. Galonski."

Galonski, a magistrate in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, has served the state in a legal capacity for over 15 years. Formerly appointed as magistrate of the county's domestic relations court, she currently serves as magistrate of the county's juvenile court.

"I believe my professional experience will enable me to be an effective advocate in Columbus for the families, children and working people of the thirty-fifth," said Galonski. "Everyone deserves to be heard, but too often Ohio children and families feel like they do not have a voice at the Statehouse. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to promote innovative policies that put people back to work, improve our education system, instill fairness in our justice system, and create good-paying jobs."

In addition to her extensive background in public service, policy and legal issues, Galonski is also a member of Leadership Akron, The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association, the Barristers and the Ohio State Bar Association. She was appointed to serve as the juvenile court representative for the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, which earned her the 2014 Ohio Fatherhood Center Achievement Award.

Galonski received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta. After attending the University of Nottingham in the U.K., she completed her Juris Doctorate at the University Akron School of Law in 1995. Galonski worked as a judicial attorney in Summit County for several years before being appointed as a magistrate.

The screening panel that recommended Galonski was led by Democratic Caucus Dean Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and included Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) and Assistant Minority Whip Emilia Sykes (D-Akron).

The screening panel's recommendations will be presented to Democratic legislators on the House floor Wednesday, May 10 for an official vote of appointment.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:47

Medina Co. Says "OK" to CCW in County Buildings

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Medina County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed handgun in county government building Tuesday.

The county is now in-line with the state law that was passed back in December of last year.

Some are opposed to the ruling. County Auditor Mike Kovack took issue with the resolution, saying he'll fight to ban guns on the third floor of the county admin building, where his offices are located. 

In the state law, it is colleges, local governments, and others can decide whether to allow or not allow concealed handguns on their respective campuses. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:05

NEXUS Awards Stark State With Scholarship

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Stark State College has announced that NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, has presented the school with a $50,000 scholarship donation during a presentation ceremony Tuesday.

The college's campus is near where NEXUS is looking to route its pipeline, pending approval from the federal government, and offers relevant training for students in the oil and gas industry programs. Stark said, in a press release, that the money will be put toward industry-related programs, scholarships, or facility improvements for students in that field.

The NEXUS pipeline proposal has been met with local opposition, including from the City of Green and local activist groups.

Read the full press release below. 

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CANTON – NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS) presented Stark State College with a $50,000 scholarship donation during a check presentation ceremony held earlier today.

Stark State is located near the proposed NEXUS route and offers relevant training for many careers in the oil and gas industry. As indicated by the college, the one-time donation will be used to support industry related programs, scholarships or training facility improvement for students pursuing certification and training to work in the oil and gas industry.

“We are grateful for this donation and the ability to use it to directly support hands-on training activities related to OSHA Safety Classes, Environmental Compliance Sampling of soils, water and air, and Department of Transportation (DOT)-required Operator Qualification training,” said Stark State College President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “These skills and certifications are critical components of the labor force needs related to gas, water and other infrastructure projects throughout the region.”

The college executed a memorandum of understanding with NEXUS to ensure that funds are allocated to directly benefit students specializing in training for the oil and gas industry. If dollars are allocated for a student scholarship, Stark State officials will select the recipient and determine how the funds will be distributed.

“We value the role that Stark State College plays in educating and training the labor force in the region,” said NEXUS Spokesman Adam Parker. “Stark State has a positive reputation for attracting and retaining the most talented students and we are proud to support their efforts. Our investment today is rooted in our commitment to help build a highly skilled employee base in communities where we work and operate.”

The NEXUS Project is a proposed 255-mile natural gas pipeline that would run from eastern Ohio to existing pipeline system interconnects in southeastern Michigan. The proposed pipeline has been under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) review and permitting process since 2015. A decision on the Project’s Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is currently pending.

Construction of the NEXUS project is estimated to support 6,800 jobs, more than $650 million in wages, and $830 million in total economic activity. In its first five years of operation, NEXUS will generate an estimated cumulative tax revenue of $412 million, of which approximately $116 million will go directly to local school districts in Ohio.

To learn more about NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC and the proposed pipeline, visit www.nexusgastransmisison.com.  More information about Stark State’s Oil and Gas programs can be found at https://www.starkstate.edu/oilandgas/.

Summit County deputies say a man who tried to get into the Summit County Courthouse bearing a handgun and with a child in handcuffs will face a battery of charges for impersonating a police officer -- and they're hoping other children who may have taken part in a fake "Scared Straight Program" will come forward.

Deputies and Akrn police say 26-year old Christopher S. Hendon of Akron claimed he was a "Resource Officer" and dressed in "tactical police attire," including a weapon. He was stopped on April 6th, and a subsequent search of his home yielded a handgun, a fake firearm, handcuffs, a tactical vest and items with police labels. Charges range from weapons charges, criminal trespass and impersonating a peace officer. He's being held in the Summit County Jail.

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HendonVest(Summit County Sheriff) On April 6, 2017 the Summit County Sheriff's Office was contacted by court personnel in reference to an individual attempting to gain entry into a County Courthouse with a firearm. The suspect had a child in handcuffs with him and the suspect claimed to be a Resource Officer working as a part of a "Scared Straight Program."

The Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Akron Police Department. During the course of the investigation, investigators identified the suspect as Christopher S. Hendon. It was determined that on 4 occasions, Hendon attempted to gain access to a County Courthouse while dressed in tactical police attire and carrying a firearm. Each time, he had children in handcuffs and he portrayed himself as a "Resource
Officer." On one occasion, Hendon attempted to gain entry into the Summit County Jail with handcuffed children.

It was determined that Hendon is not a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio. On April 24, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant at Hendon's Akron residence. During the search, investigators seized a handgun, a simulated firearm, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment, a tactical vest, and items labeled with police insignias (photos attached). Christopher S. Hendon, age 26 of Akron was arrested and charged with (4) counts of Illegal Conveyance of a Deadly Weapon into a Courthouse (F-5), (4) counts of Criminal Trespass (M-4), and (4) counts of Impersonating a Peace Officer (F-3).

He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

If you know of a child that participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

Monday, 24 April 2017 11:57

Fugitive Of The Week: Akron Murder Suspect

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has named Kenneth Lindsey of Akron this week's Fugitive of the Week. 

Lindsey is wanted in connection to a murder last week on Pine Knolls Drive. It happened Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. Police say it started as a verbal argument and then Lindsey allegedly shot the victim in the chest. 

U.S. Marshals say Lindsey is likely hiding out in the Akron area. They're offering a reward for any information leading to Lindsey's arrest. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 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, 21 April 2017 11:46

Akron Man Sentenced In Fentanyl Death

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Derrick Sales, 24, of Akron, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for selling the fentanyl that killed a Cuyahoga Falls woman back in June of last year. 

Court documents show that Sales sold the deadly opioid to Sheena Moore who was found dead in her home on June 9, 2016. An autopsy later revealed it was in fact fentanyl that killed her. Sales was arrested a charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Having a Weapon Under Disability, and Aggravated Trafficking in Fentanyl and Carfentanil, all of which were felonies. He was found guilty in Summit County Common Pleas Court on April 14, 2017. 

In a statement released Friday, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said, “These drugs have devastated our community and these dealers of death need to be held accountable. We will fight every day for people like Sheena Moore. Sheena never had a chance to live her life. Sheena’s grieving family is forced to pick up the pieces because these drug dealers have no regard for the destruction they leave behind.”

Moore was 31-years-old. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:13

Horrigan Proposes Medical Marijuana Restrictions

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On Monday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan proposed legislation that would regulate any potential medical marijuana facilities, including dispensaries or grow houses, within the city limits.

The move is ahead the State of Ohio issuing licenses to businesses for cultivation, processing, testing, and despensing of medical marijuana. 

In his proposed regulations, Mayor Horrigan outlines guidelines that restrict any medical marijuana facility operating within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground, or park, and requires City Council to issue a special conditional use of medical marijuana business before it can operate in the city. The ordinance also implements a melti-step local licensing process and give cart blanche to Akron Police to inspect any medical marijuana facility at any time. 

Back in September of 2016, one month after the State of Ohio passed medical marijuana statewide, Mayor Horrigan placed a one-year moratorium on the "issuance or processing of any license, building permit, certificate of occupancy, conditional use or other authorization that would enable the cultivation, processing, or dispensing of medical marijuana within the City of Akron." 

A public hearing before Akron City Council regarding the proposed zoning regulation of medical marijuana factilities is scheduled for Monday, May 1. 

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