After a long morning waiting for conditions to improve for the safety of firefighters in their recovery efforts, seven victims have been indentified from the blaze on Fultz Street in the predawn hours.
The victims have been unofficially identified as:
Dennis Huggins, father and age unknown; Angela Boggs, mother; one year old Cameron Huggins; three year old Alivia Huggins; five year old Kylle Huggins; six year old Daisia Huggins, and 14 year old Jered Boggs. An 18-year old family member was not home at the time of the fire but was working in Sandusky. Official cause of death and ID's are pending release of the Summit County Medical Examiner but a grandmother of the children made the ID's.
A cause of the fire has not been determined, but Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said the death toll matched the city's previous most deadly fire. In December of last year, a family of four was killed when fire swept through their home on Tallmadge Avenue. Members of the Ohio Fire Marshal's office were in Akron to assist in investigating a cause of this morning's fatal blaze.
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Mayor Dan Horrigan issued a statement this morning:
"Early this morning the Akron Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 600 block of Fultz Street. The Fire Department acted quickly to extinguish the flames, but were unable to immediately access the upper level of the structure due to significant, internal structural damage. Tragically, multiple lives were lost in the fire. The Fire Department is on scene for ongoing recovery, investigation, and safety efforts.
My family, the Akron Fire Department, and the entire Akron community, are profoundly saddened by this devastating incident and this tragic loss of life. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who perished, and we pray for strength and healing in the difficult days to come. We will see to it that the victims' families are supported in this time of great sorrow and need.
I thank the Akron Fire Department for their bravery in quickly responding to this scene in the early hours of the morning. I offer my full support and confidence as the professionals work to investigate the cause of this fire."
Akron firefighters fear there are "multiple" fatalities involved in a single-house blaze that was reported at 2:46 this morning.
The status is unknown because the burned-out shell of what remains of the two-story home at 693 Fultz Street was still too dangerous to conduct a more involved search mission. Akron Fire continues to say there are multiple fatalities and the exact number isn't know.
There have been reports this morning of at least one, possibly others dead in the blaze based on accounts from neighbors, who said a family lived in the home. AFD Lt. Serjie Lash told News5 the interior was badly damaged, and firefighters would have to use ladders to access the second floor to do a thorough search.
Firefighters closed Fultz Street between Manchester and East Avenues; the smoke from the blaze could be seen from the nearby expressway early this morning.
Update: Medina County officials reporting Lauren Delcoma, 22, has been found safe. Her mother posted an update on Facebook reporting that she was home as of 7 a.m. Monday morning.
No other information is currently available.
Medina County Sheriff's Office is looking for missing 22-year-old Lauren Delcoma.
She was last seen at the Alchemy Music Festival at a camp ground off of Coon Club Road. Her phone and other belongings were left at the campsite, but she hasn't been seen since.
Delcoma is a graduate of Green High School.
Anyone with information is asked to call Medina County Sheriff.
Springfield Township police made two arrests in connection with a pair of fires dating back to December of last year that left both homes smouldering with more than $100,000 in damages.
There were no injuries, since the houses on Celia Avenue and Carper Avenue were vacant at the time. Police said both blazes still posed a significant threat to health and safety, especially to the firefighters answering the call to duty.
18-year old William Conley of Akron and 18-year old Mickey Thrasher of Springfield Township were charged with Breaking and Entering and Aggravated Arson. In addition, a 15-year old juvenile from Springfield Township was also arrested and charged.
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(Springfield Township PD) Detectives with the Springfield Township Police Department have made three arrests in two previously unsolved arsons within Springfield Township.
The fires at 483 Celia Ave. in December of 2016 and at 3440 Carper Ave. earlier this month, were intentionally set by the suspects with a combined loss of over $100,000. Both homes were vacant at the time of the fires but exposed firefighters to great risk in battling the blazes.
Arrested were 18 year old William Conley of Akron, 18 year old Mickey Thrasher of Springfield, and a 15 year old juvenile also from Springfield. All subjects were charged with Breaking and Entering and Aggravated Arson and are awaiting trial.
An Akron father can be grateful his fear at one o'clock in the morning didn't deprive him of his daughter.
Akron police say the man heard a noise before 1:00 in the morning at his home in on Onadago Avenue, and suspected it was an intruder. The man called out but got no response; when he saw a "shadowy figure" in the kitchen, he fired.
It turned out to be his 22-year old daughter who was supposed to be house-sitting somewhere else.
Police say she was transported to Summa's Akron City with non-life threatening injuries. At this point, no charges have been filed.
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(APD) Shortly before 1:00am this morning, officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of Onondago Avenue. The 42 year old male resident reported he heard someone entering his house and in the kitchen.
When the resident yelled to see who was in the kitchen, the person did not respond. The resident could see a shadowy figure, thinking it was an intruder, he fired a shot at the person. The person in the kitchen turned out to be his 22 year old daughter. She was transported to Akron City Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The daughter was supposed to be house sitting at another location. The shooting remains under investigation and no charges have been filed
Akron Police have identified the man who two passers-by found shot on Cordova Avenue in Akron Tuesday afternoon.
About 4:15 Tuesday, two people were driving down Cordova Avenue near Thurston Street in Akron when they noticed the man lying in the devil's strip, bleeding from a gunshot wound. They called 911 and when police arrived they found the man and loaded gun on the scene. He was transported to Akron General where he died from his wounds.
On Thursday, Akron Police identified the man as 27-year-old Stacy Parker of Akron, who is no stranger to the law according to records.
Police have not released any suspect information. The investigation is ongoing.
The NBA Finals schedule is up for your planning purposes -- the only thing left now is filling in the blanks of who and where.
The championship round starts Thursday, June 1st then the 4th, 7th, 9th and 12th, 15th and 18th if it goes beyond four games. The Cavs have to get past the winner of the Boston-Washington series first.
Game 1-City 1: Thursday, June 1
Game 2-City 1: Sunday, June 4
Game 3-City 2: Wednesday, June 7
Game 4-City 2: Friday, June 9
Game 5-City 1: Monday, June 12*
Game 6-City 2: Thursday, June 15*
Game 7-City 1: Sunday, June 18*
The man found shot multiple times off Cordova Avenue has been identified; 27-year old Stacy Parker of Akron was found along the street but died a short time after he was taken to Akron General. Motorists driving were the first ones to call 9-1-1. Police found a semi-automatic pistol with one round chambered in Parker's pocket.
The body of a 29-year old man was found on the side of the road near Cordova Avenue and Thurston Street after 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. The Summit County Medical Examiner says he was alive when found but died at Akron General from multiple gunshot wounds. A name is pending notification of relatives.
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(Summit County ME) The Summit County Medical Examiner and the Akron Police Department are investigating the homicide of a 29 year-old male.
On 5/9/2017, at approximately 4:15 pm, a passerby called Emergency 911 to report a body lying on the side of the road near the intersection of Cordova Avenue and Thurston Street in Akron.
Akron Police and Fire responded to the scene and discovered the male lying on the side of the raod with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Emergency Room at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center where he later died from his injuries at 4:47 pm on 5/9/2017.
U.S. Marshals, with the help of other local law enforcement found and arrested this week's Fugitive of the Week, Thomas Kellwood. About 3:30 Tuesday, Kellwood was found hiding under a trailer off of Stratton Road in West Salem. Marshal Pete Elliot said in a release it was tips that brought in Kellwood, who was wanted for assaulting his mother and two other young family members after an argument.
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(US Marshal/Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force) This afternoon at approximately 3:30pm, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Montville and West Salem Police Departments, and Medina and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Thomas Kellwood, 36. Kellwood has been wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lodi Police Department after he was involved in a domestic dispute.
During the domestic incident Kellwood allegedly assaulted several members of his family, including two children under the age of 16. Yesterday afternoon Kellwood was featured as the Fugitive of the Week. Within hours, numerous tips poured in regarding Kellwood’s possible whereabouts. Early this morning members of the task force began searching the 11100 block of Stratton Rd. in West Salem for Kellwood. Numerous law enforcement agencies, including Ohio State Highway Patrol air unit and special response team and Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit responded to the area, it was believed that Kellwood was hiding in a heavily wooded area.
After a few hours of searching, Kellwood was found hiding under a trailer. He was arrested without further incident and transported to the Medina County jail.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Tips on this case came into the task force and officers acted immediately, without the strong community cooperation and the excellent partnership with local law enforcement agencies this fugitive may still be on the run."
UPDATE 8:35 a.m.: Akron police say Darius Heard, Jr. was returned by his non-custodial father to the apartment where the boy's mother cares for him. The one-year old is safe. Police are still searching for Darius Heard, Sr.
UPDATE Akron police have released a photo of the toddler missing from a Callis Oval apartment after he was taken from his non-custodial father. Darius Heard, Jr. is one year old and last reported wearing a red-white and blue polo shirt and a diaper. His father, Dairus Heard, Sr. (pictured above) has warrants out for his arrest and has "violent tendancies" according to the AMBER Alert message broadcast earlier this morning. The public is asked to look for a silver Chevy Sonic which may have Texas license plates and bears and Enterprise rental car sticker on the driver's side, front windshield. If you see the car or Heard, please dial 9-1-1.
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Akron Police have issued a statewide Amber Alert for missing 1-year-old Darius R. Heard Jr. The young boy was last seen leaving the apartments on Callis Oval in Akron with Darius R. Heard Sr. The younger Heard was wearing a red, white, and blue Nautica Polo shirt and a diaper.
Darius R. Heard Sr. (pictured) has warrants for his arrest. He is driving a silver Chevy Sonic with Texas license plates; police say it is likely an Enterprise rental car.
Anyone with information or if you see Darius Heard Sr., the young boy, or the vehicle, you're asked to call 911.
This week's Fugitive of the Week, courtesy of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is Thomas Kellwood, 36, who's wanted by the U.S. Marshals and Lodi Police on a domestic violence warrant.
Kellwood's alleged to have assaulted several members of his family, including his mother, and 2 children under 16-years-old. Kellwood is listed 5'6", and about 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and it possibly in Lodi or Rittman. If you see Kellwood, call 911.
See more from the U.S. Marshas below:
FUGITIVE: THOMAS KELLWOOD The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Thomas Kellwood. Kellwood is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lodi Police. Kellwood is wanted for domestic violence. Kellwood allegedly assaulted several members of his family, including his mother and 2 children under the age of 16, following an argument. Kellwood is a 36 year old male standing approximately 5’06” and weighing 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Kellwood is believed to be hiding in the Lodi or Rittman areas. He has a previous address near the 100 block of River St. in Lodi. If you have any information in reference to Thomas Kellwood, please contact 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.
A scary situation for an 18-year-old girl shopping for prom at Summit Mall on Monday.
The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Senior says she was shopping when she was approached by a pair of men, one of whom asked her if she had a boyfriend and grabbed her hand to pull her closer to him. She says the man, who spoke with a thick accent according to the girl, asked to walk her to her car and then flashed her some cash, offering her money in exchange for a kiss.
Fairlawn Police investigated and no criminal charges were filed as the girl wasn't harmed. The two men were traced to a hair-product kiosk out of South Park Mall in Strongsville.
After the incident, the girl posted about it on social media. The story went viral and other local girls say they've had similar experiences with the same men.
Stark County deputies, along with member of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, has arrested a second adult in connection with a burglary that turned into a chase by police following a traffic stop. 19-year old Ja'lon Kirkland was picked up Thursday and joins fellow accused accomplice, 19-year old Raejon Marquell Williams, in the Stark County Jail. Police say Kirkland and Williams were both involved in a burglary in progress when they responded to the scene of a Plain Township home but fled, with one brandishing a weapon during a traffic stop on 30th Street NE.
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(Stark County Sheriff) Sheriff George T. Maier is announcing the arrest of 19-year-old Ja’lon Kirkland in connection with an aggravated burglary in Plain Township. On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 deputies responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Cathy Drive NE in Plain Township for an aggravated burglary in progress.
Witnesses stated the suspects brandished a firearm and then fled the scene in a box truck. Responding Deputies located the suspect vehicle in the area and initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle fled east on 30th St NE. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of 30th St NE and Willowrow Ave NE. Kirkland and 19-year-old Raejon Williams fled on foot. Williams was arrested Wednesday, shortly after the incident took place and was booked into the Stark County Jail on charges of Aggravated Burglary and Obstruction of Official Business.
Kikland was taken into custody by deputies at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. He was arrested at his home in Canton without incident on arrest warrants charging him with Aggravated Burglary and Obstruction of Official Business. He has been booked into the Stark County Jail.
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Stark County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Cathy Drive NE Wednesday. Two suspects entered the home and pulled guns on the residents. Then they loaded an ATV and a motorcycle into a box truck and sped off. Responding deputies noticed the truck and pulled the suspects over. That's when they fled on foot. One suspect, 19-year-old Raejon Marquell Williams was caught and arrested, the second suspect is still on the loose. After the fact, Deputies arrested a female juvenile in connection. She's been booking in Stark County Juvenile Detention Center. Inside the truck Deputies found a gun and an airsoft pistol.
A major leadership shakeup over at Summa Health going on now...with two top positions eliminated, and people filling those posts losing their jobs.
The Beacon Journal reports that the hospital, which has been through months of controversy following the abrupt replacement of their Emergency Room physicians group, and subsequent loss of acreditation for the ER Resident training program---is attempting to "remove layers of management, increase efficiency, and maintain high standards for quality, safety and operations."
That, according to a memo sent out to staff yesterday morning by Summa's Interim CEO, Dr. Cliff Deveny. He tells the newspaper it's "totally inaccurate" to link the controvery surrounding the emergency room earlier this year to the changes that eliminate the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer positions.
COO Valerie Gibson was close to former CEO Dr. Thomas Malone, while CMO Dr. Vivian von Guenigen was heavily criticized for a potential conflict of interest because her husand headed U.S. Acute Care Solutions, the company Summa replaced it's existing core of emergency room staff with in January. Neither are expected to remain in other capacities with the hospital system.
The Hard Rock Rocksino is growing -- into the gasoline business. Not only slots, concerts and dining but now a Rockstop Gas and Wash, a gas station and car wash specifically branded to the Hard Rock. Construction starts this month and should be wrapped up by mid-September.
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(Hard Rock Rocksino) Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced plans to open ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH, a new Hard Rock branded and first of its kind, state-of-the-art gas service station and car wash, as well as the addition of a third gaming and smoking patio, bolstering the Rocksino's economic impact in Northeast Ohio and enhancing its Players Club benefits and unique amenities. The two property enhancements equate to a more than $5 million investment.
Construction on ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH, started in early May with a planned completion date in mid-September, 2017. Construction on the new gaming and smoking patio is underway with an expected completion date in early June. The projects are expected to generate close to 100 construction jobs and over 35 new permanent jobs.
"On behalf of our owner Brock Milstein and Hard Rock International, we're proud to announce these exciting new economic investments in our hometown," says Mark Birtha, President Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. "We are committed to growing our property in a way that provides our customers, and our employees, unique experiences and unparalleled value. And, at the same time, reinvests in our local community to create employment and additional benefits to the overall economy."
According to Birtha, members of the Rocksino's Rock Star Rewards loyalty program and company employees will receive a discount on their gas purchases and car washes and may use their points to redeem services. "The Hard Rock's latest expansion shows the company's continuing commitment to the Village of Northfield and gives visitors another reason to patronize the Hard Rock property and the Village." says Jesse Nehez, Mayor, Northfield Village.
ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH will be located on the Northwest side of the Rocksino along Northfield Rd. (Rt. 8). The entire site will occupy 45,000 sq. feet including a 3,500 sq. foot retail/car wash building and have six doublepumps
– a total of 12 handles to dispense gas. The pumps will feature Hard Rock style lighting effects and LED TV's, allowing for the broadcast of music videos and commercials.
"ROCKSTOP GAS & WASH is the first Hard Rock branded gas station and car wash – right here in Northfield, Ohio," says Birtha. "Once again, Northeast Ohio sets the bar high in terms of launching new products and services. That's happening here in Northfield will become the prototype for similar amenities at Hard Rock International properties world-wide. "While it's important to add amenities, it's critical to refresh the ones we have. Over 3 million people visited the Rocksino last year. It's imperative that we continually reinvent, as well as expand our property to exceed customer expectations. And, that's our commitment to Northeast Ohio," says Birtha.
The new gaming and smoking patio will be located adjacent to the Rocksino's Constant Grind restaurant, a 24/7 bistro, increasing the total number of games at the Rocksino from 2,265 to more than 2,300.