Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Akron Police have named a suspect in the deadly shooting along Silvercrest Avenue Thursday evening, just before 8 o'clock.

According to the report, police say a woman was shot in the head while sitting in the front seat of a car in the 1000 block of Silvercrest. That witness told detectives that the victim and another woman who was driving were there to meet a man, who has been identified as 42-year-old Coley Richardson of Silvercrest Avenue (pictured). 

The witness says Richardson got into the back seat of the car and then shot the victim in the head, after which he ran from the scene. 

Richardson hasn't been caught yet. Akron Police say he's armed and dangerous.

The victim has not been identified yet, pending an autopsy and notification to the family, according to the Medical Examiner. 

Anyone with information about Coley Richardson’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375- 2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

The suspect in last week's shooting outside of a Summit Lake convenience store is this week's Fugitive of the Week.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is now looking for 24-year-old Eugene Wells, who is wanted for the murder of Walter Matthews Junior, who was shot and killed in broad daylight on Monday, June 3rd.

Wells is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 165 pounds. His last known address is near the 100 block of Fulton Street, Akron, Ohio.

Wells is to be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information in reference to Eugene Wells, 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.

(City of Akron) – As another school year comes to an end, Mayor Dan Horrigan is proud to announce that the City of Akron Recreation Bureau, in partnership with Akron Public Schools Child Nutrition Services, will once again be participating in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program this year.

“There is nothing more important than making sure our young people have the nutrition they need to grow, learn, and live healthy, productive lives,” Mayor Horrigan said.  “Research tells us that children who are hungry or food insecure are less likely be in good health, to form friendships, to be curious, and to learn. Through the Summer Food Service Program, we are able to continue to offer our children these essential meals at no cost throughout the summer, so that our students can return to class in the fall healthy and ready to learn.”

All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months. A list of participating program sites is attached. 

The City of Akron will once again be partnering with the Akron Public Schools (APS) and Summit Education Initiative (SEI), to host its successful summer reading program, starting June 10th and continuing through August 8th.  All children are eligible to participate, but the program is targeted at helping Akron students in kindergarten through second grade practice their reading with support from a community volunteer. For the convenience of families, all twelve summer reading sites are also sites offering free lunch. 

“Our Summer Reading Program, which includes one-on-one sessions with volunteer tutors, helps stem the tide of reading loss and sends students back to school in the Fall, prepared to start the new school year off right. This also aligns with the work of the United Way of Summit County’s ‘bold goal’ around third grade reading readiness,” Mayor Horrigan added. “I thank our partners at Akron Public Schools, Summit Education Initiative and The EX[L] Center at The University of Akron for supporting these critically important programs for Akron’s future leaders.” 

The Summer Reading Program partners are also seeking volunteers to read to students. “This is a great opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a young person,” Akron City Councilman-at-large Jeff Fuso said of the program. “We encourage everyone to consider volunteering to read with a student—whether for just one hour or throughout the summer.”

"Learning and good nutrition can’t take the summer off, but for quite a few of our students, one or both really do," added David W. James, superintendent Akron Public Schools. “We’re grateful for the community team that’s looking out for students when they’re on an extended break.  We must make sure kids keep up with learning and have healthy meals so they can have energy and enjoy every day.”

Parents interested in registering their children for the Summer Reading Program and community members interested in volunteering should contact Roberta Rogers, Summer Reading Program Coordinator, at (330) 812-7878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers can register for a location and a time slot at bit.ly/akrontutor19

For information or about summer meal program sites or details, please contact: Robert Dowdell, City of Akron Food Service Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (330) 375-2832.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the food service program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Jay Miller, 50, was arrested Wednesday, charged with the attempted abduction of four girls at Weis Park in Canton.

According to the report from Canton Police, at about 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, Miller is alleged to have approached the group of children between the ages of 6 and 11-years-old and threatened to duct tape their mouths, hit them over the heads with a hammer, and drag them to his car.

Miller reportedly then drove off, but a witness got a picture of his license plate. He was arrested at a home on 32nd Street shortly after the incident late yesterday afternoon.

Miller's first court appearance is scheduled for Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Taylor Ceepo was just a quarter mile from the finish line of Sunday's Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, when she collapsed on the unseasonably hot day.

Medics on the scene responded immediately, and Taylor was taken to University Hospital's Cleveland Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Just 22-years-old, Taylor is a recent graduate of Walsh University where she majored in Biology, and double-minored in Psychology and Chemistry, and also played Soccer.

Taylor was originally from Medina, and graduated from St. V, where a mass was held in her memory this morning. She was a four-year member of the girls soccer team at St. V, who tweeted their disbelief and condolences Sunday night: 

 

No official cause of death yet, though the heat is likely a factor as the mid-to-upper-80's and humidity, proved problematic for many runners. Race officials say more than 70 had to be treated for heat-related illnesses. 

Late last week, according to News 5, Coventry Local Schools District noticed a data-stealing virus identified as a "trickbot" on the district's network. 

As a precaution, Coventry Schools Superintendent Lisa Blough announced that the entire district would be closed Monday, May 20th. 

As of early Monday afternoon, the FBI has reportedly been contacted to assist with the investigation into the source of the virus. The News 5 report goes on to say that while it doesn't appear that any school accounts have been compromised, two teachers' personal Amazon accounts have been accessed. 

The district has reportedly frozen all of its accounts as a precaution. 

As of early Monday afternoon, Superintendent Blough said that they were "nowhere near" having everything corrected. 

Akron Police are looking for help finding a woman they say assaulted and robbed her elderly grandfather. According to the report, about 8 o'clock Monday night, the suspect, 28-year-old Leandrea Wright tried to get her 86-year-old grandfather's wallet from him. He fought back, she pushed him to the ground, and then took off with the wallet and the $39 inside. Charges of domestic violence and robbery have been filed against Wright, who was last seen leaving her home on Bellows Street in Akron.

Akron Police, U.S. Marhals, and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are looking for the public's help finding this week's Fugitive of the Week, 26-year-old Chris Johnson. 

According to a press release, Johnson is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and APD for the murder of Brandon Belleville back on September 19, 2017. 

No details related to the murder have been released, but Johnson (pictured) has been described as a black male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, around 230 pounds, with a last known address in the 1300 block of Andrus Street in Akron. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to call 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.

Monday, 13 May 2019 09:21

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An Akron Police Motorcycle Officer was seriously injured when he was pinned underneath the van of a suspected drunk driver after a crash Saturday night. 

According to the APD report, the officer was on his motorcycle and was attempting to stop another vehicle at the intersection of South Portage Path and Bloomfield Avenue, when Corrie Sharpe, 65, who was driving her minivan eastbound on Bloomfield, failed to yield to the officer. She collided with the officer's motorcycle, sending him off the bike and pinning him underneath her van. 

The officer was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with serious injuries. Other officers responding to the scene conducted a field sobriety test and gave Sharpe a breathalyzer, both of which she reportedly failed. The report states that her blood alcohol content registered at .125; the legal limit in Ohio is .08. Sharpe was arrested and charged with OVI, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, and Child Endangering, as her 11-year-old granddaughter was reportedly in the back seat of her van. 

As of Sunday morning, the officer involved in the accident was still listed in serious condition. 

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