A mother last saw her eight year old son playing with ducks at Springfield Lake -- less than an hour before he was found dead in the water. Springfield police identified the boy as eight-year old Brandon Travis Kitts, Jr. of Bank Street in Akron.

The boy was recovered but pronounced dead at Akron Children's Hospital.

The Akron family had apparently warned children not to swim in the lake but the children were cooling off at Springfield Lakefront Park Saturday evening.

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(Springfield PD) While at the East End of Springfield Lake the juvenile had gone missing. The reporting party states it was 45 minutes since she had last seen him and that was was chasing ducks westward down the lake front the last time she saw him. The reporting party stated the child was not familiar with the area and did not know how to swim. Springfield Fire as well as Green Fire and Coventry Fire responded to assist with the search for lthe child, who was located in the water by the fire departments and was transported to Akron Children's Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Friday, 14 July 2017 13:32

Mystery Skull Subject of Facial Reconstruction

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Facial reconstruction technology is not new to forensics, but it is new to Northeast Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

In a press conference at Akron Police headquarters downtown, DeWine along with Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker, Akron Police Captain Jesse Leeser who heads the Detective Bureau, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler, M.D., and other law enforcement officials, DeWine unveiled the facial reconstruction of a human skull that was found at the scene of an Akron fire. 

The fire in question happened at a vacant home at 1345 Marcy Street back in 2012. Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said that the department conducted their standard three-tiered sweep of the home and found no human remains. It was not until January 8, 2016, that the remains of John Doe were found. Captain Leeser said remains were found inside and outside the home. Just recently, forensic scientists with Ohio BCI and Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania were able to use facial reconstruction technology to put together the model (pictured.) It is their estimate that the John Doe is a white male, between 30 and 55-years-old. He's estimated at 5'9", but his weight, hair color and eye color remain unknown. 

 

DeWine's office's hope is that someone might recognize the man and contact law enforcement. 

As for the facial reconstruction technology, DeWine says it's been used in cases in Ohio before, but not in Northeast Ohio to this point. 

The Stark County Sheriff is releasing more 9-1-1 recordings from Monday's police shootout on a domestic dispute call that led to a wounded police officer and the death of the man holding a gun with family members in the home. The chilling call from the father of 28-year old Ryan Probst is chilling and disturbing as he begs his family to get out of the house, while pleading with his son to drop the weapon. When asked if he'd called police, the father said yes and then told the dispatcher he'd been shot by what he thought were blanks. The call continued as Probst's father repeated he thought his son just had blanks in the gun as police were arriving at 11599 Lela Avenue NW.

During the exchange between the younger Probst and police, shots were exchanged. Sgt. David White of the Uniontown PD was hit four times and has undergone at least two surgeries at Akron City hospital. Uniontown police chief Harold Britt reports he is in stable condition and doing well, considering the circumstances. Probst died in the gun battle. Both White and the other Uniontown officer remain on paid leave; the Stark County Sheriff is investigating the incident.

WARNING some of the language in the unedited 9-1-1 call may be objectionable

 

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:31

Weekend Standoff Suspect Identified

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified the man at the center of a four-hours-long standoff outside a home on Thurmont Road Sunday in Akron. 

The report says Edward Earl Taylor, 54, died of a gunshot wound to the chest. They've further determined that the gunshot came from police and was not self-inflicted, as was suspected earlier. 

Police were initially called to the home on Thurmont on a report of a woman inside the home being sexually assaulted. When they first arrived, they were met with gunfire, believed to be from Taylor. Police returned fire and then SWAT was called as the suspect didn't come out of the home. After four hours, SWAT entered the home and found Taylor dead inside. 

No further details are available. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:03

Suspects on Camera Stealing TV's from Depot Lobby

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Akron Police are asking the public for help identifying three suspects who walked into the lobby of The Depot apartments at 80 E. Exchange late last month and walked out with two flat-screen TV's. 

In the surveillance video (below), three men are seen walking into the lobby of the apartment complex on June 29th, at 8:15 in the evening. After walking around for a few moments, two of the men are seen walking out with two 40-inch televisions. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 06:22

VIDEO Deputies Seek Green Car Thieves

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Green is looking for some light-fingered thieves ransacking unlocked cars -- getting away with cash, credit cards, purses and even weapons. Home video caught some of the thefts and the Sheriff's office is hoping you'll recognize one of the suspects and call them.

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(Summit Sheriff) The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating numerous vehicle break-ins and a motor vehicle theft which occurred throughout the City of Green.

The thefts occurred on the evenings of July 5th and 6th. The suspects entered unlocked vehicles and stole various items including but not limited to weapons, cash, credit cards, and purses. In addition, the suspects stole a white 2010 Lincoln Navigator, bearing Ohio Registration CLGO01. The vehicle contained several weapons.

The incident was captured on home surveillance video. One suspect appears to be a black male wearing glasses. Anyone with information should contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2131. Tips leading to a successful conviction may be eligible for a cash award through Summit County Crimestoppers.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:30

APS Board Votes to Allow Narcan in Schools

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On Monday, the Akron Public School Board voted 5-1 to allow school resource officers to carry Narcan on high school and middle properties in the district. 

Narcan, or Naloxone, is the opioid overdose antidote that is applied to an overdose victim by a nasal spray. The resource officers who work on Akron school campuses are employees of the Akron Police Department and have been trained on how to use the drug. Bravo says that after the policy is officially passed, the School Board will decide who else on staff will be trained on how to use naloxone and where it will be stored on school campuses. He's hoping that will be decided by the Fall, and the start of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Akron School Board President Patrick Bravo told the Ray Horner Morning Show, "The opioid epidemic is here; and I think you can either choose to arm yourself for a possible emergency at some point, or you can choose not to, and we chose to do something proactive." 

As for the cost of the Naloxone program at Akron Public Schools, Bravo says the vendor they are looking at provides the doses free for the high schools for the first year. At $100 per dose, and two doses per resource officer, Bravo says the cost for the remaining middle schools will be around $2,000. He says the board will come up with those funds for the Naloxone doses. 

The latest numbers from the Summit County Medical Examiner's office show an average of 9 opioid or opiate overdoses a day in Summit County. "We're here to look out for the safety and security of not only the 21,000 students that enter our buildings every day, but the 4,000 full time and part time staff and all of the adult visitors and children," Bravo added. 

 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:48

Stow Police Looking for Weekend Bank Robber

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Stow Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 911 Graham Road around 12:30 on the afternoon of Saturday, July 8th. He was wearing a mask over his face and jumped the counter, demanding money from the bank tellers, or he'd shoot them. 

While police say the suspect never showed a weapon and no one was injured, the man did get away with some cash. Before leaving the bank, the man forced employees into an office and then again threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop him from getting away. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Stow Police at 330-689-5700. 

Monday, 10 July 2017 12:37

Richfield Police Looking for Fake Fireman

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Richfield Police are looking for possible victims of a donation scam to come forward and help them find Gary Paul Thomas. 

Detective Amy Ellis with Richalnd PD says Thomas, who claimed to be "Wood Thomas" was in Richfield asking for donations from residents. He told them that he was a volunteer fire fighter with the Richland Fire Department, and with a $25.00 donation to the department, he'd provide them with and install on their vehicle a reflective address placard; something Thomas claimed was for "safety." 

Detective Ellis says one elderly resident had been watching Thomas and became suspicious when he'd seen him going back and forth to his unmarked civilian vehicle. When the resident approached Thomas and started asking questions, Thomas fled the scene. 

Another resident confirmed that they'd met Thomas and could describe him. 

The Richland PD then posted the notice with Thomas's photo to their Facebook page, asking others to come foreward (see below). 

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Detective Ellis says, so far, they have only the two reports, but they expect more to come forward. 

As for Thomas, he's no stranger to the law. He is a registered sex offender out of Barberton, for unwanted sexual contact with a minor. 

Monday, 10 July 2017 09:33

Suspect Dead After Standoff with APD

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A man suspected of attempting to rape a woman is dead after a standoff with Akron Police SWAT early Sunday morning. 

According to the report, at 4 a.m. Sunday, APD was called to 2070 Thurmont Rd. where a woman was being held at gunpoint and that the man who was holding her was trying to rape her. The victim managed to text a cousin who called 911. 

When police arrived, the suspect ran out of the house and fired shots at officers who then returned fire. The suspect then retreated back into the home. SWAT was called to the scene and tried to communicate with the suspect who was not repsonding. After about 4 hours of trying to contact the suspect, SWAT entered the home and found the suspect dead inside. 

The Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine whether or not the suspect died of gunshots from the police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name has not yet been released. 

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department protocol, while the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

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