Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:56

Get Inside Akron City Hall

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You can't fight City Hall -- but Mayor Horrigan would at least like to have one you can talk with. The Mayor unveiling what he's calling the Akron Citizens Institute to give up to 25 citizens regular opportunities to meet with department heads to learn more about how city government works -- and give department heads more direct feedback, too.

Applications are now being taken online at the City's website.

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(City of Akron) The City of Akron is committed to directly empowering residents and educating the public about how their city government works for them. That's why Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class of the City of Akron Citizens Institute.

The Citizens Institute will provide Akron residents with an opportunity to gain an inside view of the operations of City government while engaging directly with City of Akron leaders. "If residents don't know or understand what is going on in the halls of their government, it can leave them feeling disconnected and disheartened," Mayor Horrigan said of the inspiration for this program. "It's our responsibility as government officials to engage residents by inviting them to the table, educating them about our rules and processes, and empowering them to give feedback."

Mayor Horrigan asked his staff to design a diverse City-government curriculum and turn City Hall into a "community classroom" where residents can learn and ask questions of City leaders, department directors, and front-line staff.

The City of Akron Citizens Institute will be a free, 10-week experience in which a group of approximately 25 Akron residents will meet once a week to engage with City departments and leaders and learn more about city programs and services. Residents will engage in discussions about the City's charter form of government, its responsibilities and duties, and its accountability to the public.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, or older, and must be current residents of Akron. The Institute will run from late August through early November, 2017.

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:27

APD To ID Husein Killer

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Akron police are expected to announce the name of the man they think shot and killed 21-year old Zak Husein a year and a half ago. They've called a news conference for 10:30 on the steps of the Stubbs Justice Center.

It's been a nightmare of not knowing for Ammar Husein, Zak's brother, talking with Channel 3 News.

 

The younger Husein, an international business studies student at the University of Akron, was gunned down after handing the gun-toting thief cash from the drawer of his family's pizza restaurant in December 2015.

Several reports say the suspect is currently doing time in prison on other charges and the shooter could be behind several other robberies.

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:16

WGC Bridgestone Field Taking Shape

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The lineup for this summer's WGC Bridgestone Invitational is starting to firm up with the world's best golfers making their way to Firestone Country Club the first weekend of August. Masters champ Sergio Garcia along with U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka and last year's British Open winner Henrik Stenson will be on the list.

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(PGA/WGC Bridgestone) On the eve of the third major of the year at The Open Championship, tournament officials at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational have announced that major champions Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson have committed to playing the Bridgestone Invitational, with both Garcia and Koepka in search of their first World Golf Championships title. The final World Golf Championships event of the 2016-2017 PGA TOUR Season, the Bridgestone Invitational returns to Firestone Country Club’s South Course Aug. 2-6, 2017.Garcia, who broke through for his first major title at the 2017 Masters, came close to lifting the Gary Player Cup in Akron in 2014. A second-round 61, which is tied for the low round in the history of the Bridgestone Invitational, led to the Spaniard taking a three-stroke lead into the final round. But after a closing 1-over 71, Garcia finished two back of eventual champion Rory McIlroy.In 51 previous appearances in a World Golf Championships event, Garcia’s solo runner-up finish represents his top result.Koepka followed Garcia as the second major champion minted in 2017 with his four-stroke triumph at the U.S. Open. Two starts removed from his win at Erin Hills, Koepka will return to Firestone Country Club for his second career appearance and first since 2015, where four rounds in the 60s yielded a tie for sixth.The now two-time PGA TOUR winner is currently No. 7 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. If he goes on to make his Presidents Cup debut at Liberty National in September, it will ensure a spot in the field at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational.While Garcia and Koepka’s career-defining wins from earlier this year are still fresh in their minds, Stenson has put a cap on a full year with the Claret Jug in his possession following his win at the 2016 Open Championship. The sweet-swinging Swede will look to regain the Claret Jug for another 365 days before making the trip to Akron for his ninth appearance in the Bridgestone Invitational. The winner of the 2007 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, Stenson has seemingly found a rhythm at Firestone’s South Course, logging top-10 finishes in two of his previous three trips to Northeast Ohio. Stenson fell short against a charging Tiger Woods in 2013 en route to a T2 result, and added a T6 finish in 2015.The next two weeks are critical for those players who have yet to secure a spot into the season’s final World Golf Championships event. Players still have the opportunity to qualify by either winning an event with an Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more or by being inside the top 50 of the OWGR as of either Monday, July 24 or Monday, July 31.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:43

Felonious Facebook Post

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Akron police have charged an 18 year old man with a felony for posting a nude picture of a 14 year old girl on Facebook.

Richard A. Anderson, Jr. of Rockaway Street in Akron, is charged with pandering sexual content of a minor.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:45

Portage Missing Child Found Safe

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Update: Savannah found SAFE! Thanks for your help and concern!

 

Portage County deputies issuing a "missing child alert" -- it's NOT an AMBER Alert that normally shows the child to be in danger.

Police are looking for 16-year old Savannah Hopper, last seen around midnight yesterday in the Slagle Road area in Windham. She's described a 5'4", abpit 115 pounds with blond or strawberry-blonde hair and blue eyes.

Again, this is NOT an AMBER Alert.

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(Portage County Sheriff) AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY PORTAGE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS:

STATEWIDE

WHILE THIS IS NOT AN AMBER ALERT, THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER.
SAVANNAH WAS LAST SEEN ON 7/18/2017 AT HER RESIDENCE IN WINDHAM, OHIO. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED FOR HER SAFETY.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM PORTAGE COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 8460 SLAGLE ROAD IN THE CITY OF WINDHAM AT 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM.

INFORMATION AS OF 07/19/2017 10:34 AM.

CHILD: SAVANNAH HOPPER
NICKNAME/ALIAS:
DOB: 5/29/2001 16 Yrs old
SEX: Female
RACE: White
HEIGHT: 5'4" WEIGHT: 115 lbs
HAIR: Blonde or Strawberry
EYES: Blue
LAST SEEN DATE: 07/18/2017 12:00 AM

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:00

Phillips Appeals To SCOTUS: Stop My Execution

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As expected, lawyers for three condemned killers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in after the full Sixth Circuit Appeals Court ruled against their bid to halt their executions.

Among the three is Akron's Ronald Phillips, scheduled to die July 26 for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's three year old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.

The defense lawyers say they need more time to appeal the state's use of a new drug execution method.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 06:24

Locals Make Dangerous Dozen List

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A couple of locals making the U.S. Marshal's northern Ohio "Most Wanted" list. Akron's Mark Clay has been wanted since April 26th when he was ID'd as one of two men who broke into a woman's home, held her at gunpoint and searched the home for valuables. He may still be in the Akron area. Canton's Maurice Stewart is wanted on a slew of drug and weapons charges since November of last year; he has a prior conviction for involuntary manslaughter of a police officer and is considered armed and dangerous, and is believed to be part of a drug ring that reaches into Detroit, Toledo and West Virginia.

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(U.S. Marshal) U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:

Joshua Pallitta is a Toledo fugitive wanted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Investigators believe Mitchell has ties in throughout Northwest Ohio and Upper Michigan.

William Shannon is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted for weapons offenses since April of 2017. Shannon has ties to the Mansfield area, however he may have fled the area after his warrant was issued.

MauriceStewart mugshotMaurice Stewart (seen at left) is a Canton area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the FBI for numerous counts of drug trafficking and weapons violations. In November of 2016, during a fugitive investigation, large quantities of heroin and crystal methamphetamine, as well as several firearms were located in a house where Stewart was living. Stewart is believed to be part of a larger drug trafficking operation with ties to Detroit, Canton, Toledo and West Virginia. Stewart has a previous conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter on a Police Officer. He is considered Armed and Dangerous.

Mark Clay (seen above) is an Akron area fugitive wanted for aggravated robbery, abduction and aggravated burglary. It is alleged that On April 26, 2017 Clay and an unknown accomplice broke into a 62 year old woman’s home. Clay and the accomplice held their victim at gunpoint until they searched her home for valuables. The men fled the scene in a grey SUV. Clay has strong ties throughout the Akron area.

Vincent Lee is a Lorain area fugitive wanted for a homicide that occurred in Lorain on January 4, 2017. Lee allegedly shot and killed a 26 year old male at a residence located on the 3300 block of Reid Ave. in Lorain. Lee has ties throughout Lorain but he may have fled the area.

All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Monday, 17 July 2017 06:43

Eight Year Old Drowns In Springfield Lake

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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. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:33

AUDIO Chilling 9-1-1 Uniontown Call Released

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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

 

 

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