Tuesday, 10 January 2017 09:32

Ravenna PD Names Suspect, Victims

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Ravenna police have officially named a suspect and victims from a weekend shooting that left two dead and another person injured.

26-year old Javon Thomas of Akron is charged with murder; 20-year old Austin Tiller of Stow and 24-year old Brian Brack of Canton were found dead in an apartment on Woodgate Boulevard. A third shooting victim, 21-year old Destanny Dixon of Ravenna, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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(Ravenna PD) On January 7th, 2017, Ravenna Police Department officers responded to the apartment building at 731 Woodgate Blvd in Ravenna for a reported shooting. When officers arrived on scene two persons were found deceased from gunshot wounds. A third person was injured, suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

As a result of an argument between several persons inside one of the apartments at 731 Woodgate Blvd weapons were fired. The names of those involved can now be released as all next of kin notifications have been made.

The Ravenna Police Department has charged 26 year old Javon M Thomas of Akron, Ohio with Murder. Additional charges may follow pending Prosecutors review.

Deceased are 20 year old Austin J Tiller of Stow, Ohio and 24 year old Brian K Brack of Canton, Ohio. The injured person is 21 year old Destany Dixon of Ravenna, Ohio.

Ravenna Police Department Detectives are continuing their investigation. More details will be released when appropriate. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:48

Jackson PD Seeks 5-Year Old

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On this very inhospitable morning -- Jackson Township police are looking for a missing child who reportedly wandered away from her home. Five year old Ashley Zhao was last seen at a local business in the 49-hundred block of Portage Street NW. She's wearing a purple winter coat with gray leggings.

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(North Canton PD) The Jackson Township Police Department is investigating the disappearance of a five (5) year old female. The child was last seen in the 4900 block of Portage Street, NW, Jackson Township. It is believed she wandered out a back door of a business with unknown direction of travel. The child's name is Ashley Zhao, 5 years old, approximately 4" tall, 35-40 lbs, black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple winter coat and gray leggings. If you have any information please contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 330-834-3960 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 330-834-3967.

Monday, 09 January 2017 11:37

Woman Charged With Elderly Ripoff

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A Norton woman is facing felony charges for allegedly boosting her own bank account with more than $44,000 from an elderly relative. Summit County Sheriff's deputies investigated the case of an 85-year old woman who had turned over access to her bank account to 37-year old Shannon Shook of Norton. Shook was charged with taking the money for her own personal use and charged with Theft from the Elderly and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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(Summit Sheriff) In December of 2016, the Summit County Sheriff's Office received information regarding an 85 year old female that had allegedly been financially exploited by a family member. It was alleged that the suspect had access to the victim's bank account and had been utilizing the victim's funds for her own personal gain since July of 2016.

An investigation was initiated by the Sheriff's Office. The investigation revealed that Shannon M. Shook had been withdrawing funds from the victim's bank account for her own personal use. To date, investigators estimate
that the suspect has stolen over $44,000 from the victim. 

On January 8, 2017, Shannon M. Shook, age 37 of Norton was arrested and charged with Theft from the Elderly (F-2). She was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 12:37

Deputies Look For Hit-Skip

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An early morning Sunday hit-skip has Summit County deputies asking for help finding the driver of what's believed to be a Subaru Forrester who hit a man walking on South Main Street in Coventry Township.

The incident occured around 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of North Turkeyfoot Road; the victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was not carrying identification with him at the time he was hit. The unidentified man was taken to Akron General Hospital and police are also asking for help identifying the man as well as the driver of the hit-ski.

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(Summit Sheriff) On Sunday January 8, 2017, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of South Main Street near North Turkeyfoot Road in Coventry Township. The Summit Metro Crash Response Team is currently investigating the crash.

The victim is described as a white male and he had no identification with him at the time of the crash. He was transported to Akron General Hospital with life threatening injuries. The vehicle involved is believed to be a 2010-2013 Subaru Forrester.

Anyone with any information regarding this crash, including the identity of the driver of the vehicle or the identity of the victim is asked to contact Sergeant Lee Hoskins at the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2181.

Saturday, 07 January 2017 12:14

Ravenna PD Has Double Murder Case

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Two are dead, another person wounded after a shooting in Ravenna in the early morning hours. Ravenna PD reports the two dead were found inside an apartment at 731 Woodgate Boulevard, a third with what was described as "non-life threatening" gunshot wounds. No names have been released; one person is in custody for questioning and other potential witnesses are being sought. Portage County Deputies, Ohio BCI and the Coroner's Office are assisting.

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(Ravenna PD) At 4:35 AM today Ravenna Police Department officers responded to the apartment building at 731 Woodgate Blvd in Ravenna for a reported shooting.

When officers arrived on scene two persons were found deceased from gunshot wounds. A third person was injured, suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds. 

Early information learned in this investigation indicates an argument between several persons inside one of the apartments at 731 Woodgate Blvd led to weapons being fired. The names of those involved are not released due to notification of next of kin.

Ravenna PD has one person detained and is continuing to locate and interview additional witnesses. Portage County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene to assist Ravenna PD officers. Ohio BCI and the Portage County Coroner's Office are assisting with this investigation as well. 

Saturday, 07 January 2017 11:20

Calhoun Bagged In Steubenville

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David Calhoun has been on the lam since Thanksgiving week after police say he shot and killed a Ravenna Township couple and their unborn baby. Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force along with their counterparts from West Virginia and police from Steubenville caught the 25-year old hiding in a closet. He's expected to be brought back to Portage County.
 
Calhoun will be charged with murdering Lashaun Sanders, Sara Marsh and the unborn baby.
 
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DavidCalhoun(U.S. Marshal) U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott and Portage County Sheriff David Doak are pleased to announce that in the early hours of Saturday morning members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Mountain State Fugitive Task Force and the Steubenville Police Department, arrested 25 year old David Calhoun.
 
Calhoun was wanted by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals for a triple homicide as well as the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for a parole violation. It is alleged that on November 30th, 2016
 
Calhoun shot two people on Henderson Rd. in Ravenna. The victims were 33 year old Lashaun Sanders who died at the scene and 32 year old Sara Marsh who died at the hospital. Marsh was pregnant and the baby did not survive.
 
Task Force officers developed information that Calhoun was staying at a home near the 500 block of Lindin Ave. in Steubenville, OH. Task force members went to the house and saw a man fitting the description of Calhoun inside the home. Officers made entry and located Calhoun hiding in an upstairs closet. Calhoun was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he will wait to be brought back to Portage County.
 
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Calhoun was at the very top of our list due to the extreme violent nature of his crime. Task force members tirelessly pursued this criminal day and night until capturing him today. 
 
(photo: Portage County Sheriff's Department)
 
(Portage County Sheriff)Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak and Pete Elliot, US Marshall for Northern Ohio are pleased to announce today the arrest of David Darnell Calhoun Jr, age 25, with a last known address of 917 Mull Avenue Apartment 1R, Akron, Ohio. Calhoun was arrested for the murder of Sarah Marsh and Leshaun Sanders that occurred on November 30, 2016 in Ravenna Township, Portage County.
 
 
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:25

Reward Increased For Suspected Ravenna Shooter

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The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with Ravenna Police, have increased the reward to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest of David Darnell Calhoun Jr. 

Calhoun Jr. is wanted in the shooting deaths of 33-year-old Lashaun Sanders, 32-year-old Sara Marsh, and her unborn baby back on November 30, 2016, according to reports from Ravenna Police. 

Court documents show that Calhoun Jr. was on parole at the time of the shooting. 

He is believed to be armed and dangerous and police say he's likely in the Akron or Ravenna area. Anyone with informaiton is asked to call 866-4-WANTED. 

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 11:50

Record Increase In Summit Co. OD Deaths

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Summit County officials estimate that 2016 was a record-setting year for the number of drug overdose deaths in the county. 

Tests are still being conducted, and won't be completed until Spring, 2017, but officials estimate the total number of overdose deaths is somewhere between 225 and 250 for 2016. That would be an 11.3% increase over 2015, according to officials. 

Dr. Margo Erme with Summit County Public Health says, while the numbers are not surprising, there needs to be concentrated effort from health officials, law enforcement, and the public. "There is no one solution," Erme says. "We did not get to the situation overnight and it's multifactorial as to how we got here, so there is not going to be a single fix. 

Dr. Erme notes the number of visits to Summit County emergency departments that were attributed to drug overdoses was about 2,423. She says that has a lot to do with the prevalence of more deadly drugs, including fentanyl and carfental. 

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:22

Summa Swaps ER Doctors At Five Locations

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In an abrupt move, Summa Health Systems replaced 65 Emergency Department doctors under Summa Emergency Associates with doctors from US Acute Care Solutions at five different hospitals in Akron, Green, Wadsworth, Medina, and Barberton on New Years Day. The move comes after contract talks between Summa and the doctors union broke down. 

Now, there are concerns that the move is going to affect patient care, ER wait times, EMS response times, and more. 

Summa Health has issued a statement in response to questions about the move: "The situation with our Emergency Department physicians was a contractual dispute. We've moved to a new provider for emergency services. The transition has been seamless with no impact on patient care." 

Still, concerns from local officials and the public are being voiced. 

One report indicates that the contract talks halted when ED doctors were not given contract lengths and job security they felt they deserved. 

 

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:33

Suspects Rob Akron Walgreens

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Akron Police are looking for two suspects they say robbed the Walgreen's Pharmacy on Copley Road last Saturday, December 31st, of one bottle of medication.

According to a police report, the two black males walked into the store located at 1303 Copley Road, and walked around for about an hour. One of the suspects made a purchase at the front of the store, and reportedly acted as a loookout as the second suspect jumped through the small pharmacy window at the back of the store. Once through, the second suspect pointed a spray bottle, filled with an unknown liquid, and threatened the pharmacist and technician, saying, "Don't move or I'll shoot you guys." The suspect then grabbed one bottle of an undisclosed medication and the two feld the scene. 

Police are looking for two black males who fled the scene in a white sedan, likely a Toyota, southbound on South Hawkins Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.