Monday, 06 March 2017 08:38

Security Guard Shot, Killed At Bar

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An Akron bar security guard is dead, two men in custody but charged with obstructing justice. The call came in from the Game 7 Bar and Grille on South Arlington around nine Saturday night.

No ID on the guard, who was shot in the hip and died at City Hospital. 19-year old Thomas Dunn III and 21-year old Anthony Cox are due to be arraigned on the obstruction charges later today.

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(APD) Shortly after 9:00pm last night, a 33 year old male, working as a security guard, was shot outside the Game 7 Bar and Grille, located at 627 South Arlington Street. The security guard was standing near the front, westside door, when the suspect(s) fired a shot from the southwest corner of the nightclub striking the victim in the hip. The victim was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.

The victim's name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

Two males, Thomas Dunn III, 19, of Longview Street and Anthony Cox, 21, of Edmeyer Court both of Akron, were charged with obstructing justice and booked into the Summit County Jail. No suspect(s) have been positively identified in the shooting and no charges have been filed.

Around 2:30am on January 28, 2017, detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting death of D'Cortez Taylor, 23, of Manchester Road. Taylor was found shot to death inside of his vehicle in the parking lot of the Game 7 Bar and Grille, located at 627 South Arlington Street. No suspect(s) have been identified or charged in Taylor's death.

Friday, 03 March 2017 09:05

B&E Leads To Drug Bust

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Summit County deputies came away from a call on a breaking and entering with a bigger haul than they expected in Coventry Township.

Deputies arrested the homeowner, 29-year old Charles Kalail of Kingsley Avenue, after reports a neighbor and suspected thief were in a chase and the suspect fired a couple shots.

When police arrived at the home, they did a search for a second suspect who may have remained in the house after the homeowner returned as deputies were securing the area around the home. They didn't find the second person, but they did find bags of marijuana and secured a search warrant. Deputies say they found even more drugs including Xanax and other drug paraphernalia, along with three firearms.

Kalail remains in the Summit County Jail on drug charges.

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 (Summit Sheriff) On March 1, 2017, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary in progress on Kingsley Avenue in Coventry Township. The reporting party notified the Sheriff's Office of a male suspect forcing entry into his neighbor's house. The suspect had removed an air conditioning unit and broke a window as he attempted to gain entry into the residence.

The reporting party confronted the suspect at the window and the suspect fled on foot. The reporting party gave chase until the suspect turned and fired two rounds from a handgun. The suspect continued to flee in an unknown vehicle.

The homeowner, identified as Charles Kalail, arrived at his residence as deputies were securing the area. The residence was checked for evidence of the burglary and the possibility of a second suspect inside the house. No suspects were located inside the house.

However, deputies located multiple packages of Marijuana in plain view. The marijuana was packaged and ready for sale and shipment. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched for additional evidence. The search warrant was executed and additional packages of Marijuana, Xanax, drug paraphernalia, cash and three firearms were recovered.

Charles Kalail age 29 of Coventry Township was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Drugs-Marijuana (F-5). He was booked into the Summit County Jail. Additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:03

Spaulding's Execution Postponed

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The Ohio Supreme Court stayed Dawud El Spaulding's execution, that was scheduled for 2021, pending appeals.

Spaulding was sentenced to death for the 2011 killings of his ex-girlfriend Erica Singleton, 28, and Earnest Thomas, 31, of Akron.

At the time of her murder, Singleton had a protection order against Spaulding, who had stalked and terrorized the woman before killing her and her boyfriend, Thomas.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:39

Rep. Johnson Joins Shapiro's Office

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Ohio State Representative Greta Johnson (D-Akron) announced Thursday that she'll be resigning her office to join Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's office, effective the end of March. 

The press release states that Johnson will take on the role of Deputy Law Director for Summit County. 

Johnson was elected to the State House in 2014 and took office January 2015. 

In a statement release from Johnson's office, she said of the position, “Ilene has been a mentor to me for many years and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of her team. I am excited to join in her vision for Summit County and I will bring my skills as an attorney and an advocate for working class people to the executive’s office."

She'll officially start her new role on March 27, 2017.  

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:31

Akron Mayor's State of The City Address

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During his "State of the City" address today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan promised to do more with less, and to continue efforts to revitalize the city of  despite continued economic challenges.

Horrigan pointed to action he's taken over the past year to reduce spending on city health care benefits, to increase collection of funds owed to the city, and to cut the cost of the city's massive sewer improvement project, as examples of progress.

He also pledged that support for basic city services such as police, fire, and road maintenance, will remain strong.

The State of the City event also included an appearance from Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, who presented a $50,000 check for a law school endowment to University of Akron President, Matthew Wilson.

The money will be used for scholarships, and was given to the University in honor of former County Executive, Russ Pry, who passed away last year.

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:39

Deceased Akron Recycling Worker Identified

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has released the identity of the recycling worker who died on the job in Akron last week. 

On February 22nd, Eric Russell, 24, reportedly became trapped inside a baler machine at Greenstar Recycling at 1535 Exeter Road in Akron. 

It has been ruled an accident. An investigation into how it happened is ongoing. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 10:29

Gas Leak Linked To Deadly Medina Explosion

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The State Fire Marshal's Office has confirmed that the cause of the Medina Village Apartments explosion that lead to a fire was related to a gas leak in the building.

The explosion and subsequent fire the morning of February 9th left 18-year-old Jacob Drake, and later his mother Sheila, dead. Jacob was bed-ridden and suffered from autism. His father was also badly injured in the fire. Sheila died at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland 11 days after the incident.

Kelly Stincer, Public Information Officer for the Fire Marshal, said, "This is not the final determination of the cause; they just know that the two are related." 

Following the explosion, inspections of the other units in the Medina Village Apartments revealed 63 other gas leaks in the complex that houses 100 apartments.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Monday, 27 February 2017 12:12

OH Report: 126 Non-Citizen Voters Since 2011

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A new report released Monday shows since Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted took office in 2011, 821 non-citizen voters have been identified in Ohio, and 126 of them have actually voted in elections. 

Eighty-two of these non-citizen voters cast ballots in one election alone. 

Husted said that those who have illegally cast ballots in elections have been or will be referred to law enforcement. As for those who are illegally registered, but haven't voted, they will be notified and given 30 days to cancel their registrations or face penalties under the state law. 

Husted reinforced that voter fraud in the state is rare. There are nearly 7.9 million registered voters in Ohio, with roughly 5.6 million of them casting ballots in the last election. 

Friday, 24 February 2017 11:33

Summa Names Interim CEO

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Amid fallout from Summa's decision to change ER doctor providers at the New Year, and following the resignation of Dr. Thomas Malone, the health system announced Friday that Dr. Cliff Deveny will take over as interim President and CEO, effective March 13, 2017. 

Dr. Deveny is a former senior leader at Summa, and according to a press release is "absolutely expected" to be among those considered to hold the position permanently. 

Most recently, Dr. Deveny comes to Summa from Locus Health in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he served as president. His focus was on software as a means to support population health efforts, according to a report from Crains

Summa Health has been the target of severe backlash and concern for patient care and effectiveness. Efforts are being made locally on behalf of the Summa Health Board of Directors and politicians, including Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosely-Samples, among others. 

The Summa board says Dr. Deveny will hold the position while they take the next "three to six months" to find a permanent replacement. 

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and City Council President Marilyn Keith released a statement, saying, in part, "As community partners, we must commit to offering Dr. Deveny the support, confidence, and assistance he will need to lead this great institution through this transition and into its next chapter. It is our responsibility to be part of the solution. We have full confidence that if we roll up our sleeves and get to work, we can heal relationships, both internal to Summa and within the larger community. We look forward to working with Dr. Deveny to create new jobs, invest in our City, and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro also reacting, calling the move "exciting and positive news for our county's largest employer." 

Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:18

Akron PD Looking For B&E Suspects

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Akron Police looking for a group that broke into the Community Builder Incorporated at 212 East North St. February 20th about 7 o'clock that evening.

They got away with some checks after breaking in through the back door. They were caught on surveillance video (below).

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.