Firestone High School was on heightened alert Wednesday morning after a "non-specific" threat was emailed to a teacher Tuesday night.
Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security Dan Rambler confirmed that the email was sent to a specific teacher, but was so vague and non-specific in nature that they couldn't pinpoint any specific threat. "It's an email address that nobody has been able to determine the source yet," Rambler tells 1590 WAKR.
While non-specific, Akron Public Schools, the high school, and Akron Police were not taking any chances. A robo-call was made to parents of Firestone High School students Tuesday night to notify them of both the threat and security measures being taken at the school.
Those security measures, Rambler said, were mobile metal detectors the school has on site, placed at entrances and throughout the school. He confirmed they will likely remain in place throughout the remainder of the week.
No arrest has been made and Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives are working to determine the IP address of the email.
We'll have updates on this story as they are made available.
Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017, H.M. Miller, KCI and the City of Akron will be closing the south bound side of S. Portage Path between Crosby St. and W. Exchange St. They will also be closing the center lanes of W. Exchange St. between S. Portage Path and Hyde Ave. These closures are for sanitary sewer repair work, which is currently expected to take 3 weeks to complete, but this may change, depending on the extent of the repairs that are needed.
See detours below:
On S. Portage Path, south bound traffic will be detoured using W. Market St., S. Rose Blvd. and W. Exchange St.
On W. Exchange St., traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Drivers are urged to obey all road construction signs and to use caution as they proceed through the work zones.
Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
A Grafton man is under arrested after claims he exposed himself to kids, recorded a simulated sex act, and made offensive gestures to kids attending a field trip to a YMCA camp over the summer.
The incident in question happened back in September, 2016, at Camp Y-Noah in Green. Just on January 25th of this year, Summit County Sheriff's Office received information from the Principal of Midview East Intermediate School that Scott J. Wuensch, 40, was the chaperone who allegedly committed the aforementioned crimes.
Wuensch was arrested January 30, 2017, after a investigation. On Monday, he was charged in Barberton Municipal Court with Public Indecency, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Disorderly Conduct, all misdemeanors. Wuensch is booked in Summit County Jail.
Akron Police investigating a murder in Akron over the weekend.
According to police reports, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 600 block of S. Arlington St. He had suffered mutliple gunshot wounds and was dead on arrival.
APD has not released any suspect information and is asking for any witnesses to come forward.
Summit County Sheriff's Office reporting one man died in a single-car accident in the City of Green over the weekend.
On Saturday just about 12:30 p.m., police say the 75-year-old male driver of a Chevy Silverado drove off the left side of Mayfair Road and hit a tree. When EMS arrived, the man was already dead.
The Sheriff's Office has not released the victim's name. They say they do no suspect alcohol was a factor.
Per the State of Ohio, Medina County Jail is making room for more nonviolent felony offenders.
State officials have told county judges that across the state, nonviolent offenders need to stay in county jails. Medina County, through the help of a T-CAP (Targeting Community Alternatives to Prison) grant, is opening up a wing of the prison currently reserved on an "as-needed" basis.
The state says most of the nonviolent felons are drug offenders and the state can't keep them.
The grant money totals $592,166, and will cover the costs for 8 months. The state and county are likely, according to sources, to renew another 12 months at the end of that period.
UPDATE: Thursday night, police located Khadijah Naseer in Washington D.C. No word on how she ended up there. Her parents called police Monday after Khadijah didn't come home from school.
Kent Police have issued an Endangered Missing Child Advisory for Khadijah Naseer, 17, who was last seen Monday, January 23.
Her family told police that the circumstances surrounding her disappearance were unusual, and now law enforcement is asking for the public's help.
Khadijah was last seen on Athena Drive in Kent about 9:30 a.m. Monday. She is an African American female, 17-years-old, 5'7", 193 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a dark colored hoodie, purple shirt, black leggings, burgundy coat, and possibly carrying a green backpack.
Anyone with information or who has seen Khadijah is asked to call 911 immediately.
Akron Police looking for the suspect in an attempted robbery of a Dollar Tree store on Vernon Odom Boulevard.
According to the police report the suspect walked in, approached a checkout counter, and demanded the clerk empty the cash register drawer. The clerk refused and the suspect fled with nothing.
The suspect is a black male, between 20 and 25-years-old, about 6 ft. tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a cmouflage hoodie under a navy coat and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation announced Wednesday that 41 employers in Ohio will share more than $942,000 in federal safety grant money.
The cash infusion will be dedicated to purchasing or upgrading equipment designed to reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illness. The money was designated to these companies because of their ongoing commitment to worker safety.
The employers operate in 28 Ohio counties, including Stark, Wayne, and Portage Counties.
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced 41 employers will share more than $942,000 in grants to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.
“BWC commits $15 million to the safety grant program each year to partner with businesses that make safety a part of their plans to thrive and grow,” said Morrison. “By investing in workplace safety, they’ll have fewer injuries and a more stable workforce.”
The Safety Intervention Grants were approved in December. The recipient employers operate in 28 counties around the state, including:
Vernell Lavon Curry, 28, of Stow, has been arrested after nearly seven months on the run.
U.S. Marshalls and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force took Curry in Tuesday, January 24, in connection to the overdose deaths of two women in his apartment back in June. He's being held in Summit County Jail on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and Drug Trafficking.
In June, 2016, Abigail Hackett, 22, and Sarah White, 25, both of Stow, were found dead inside Curry's Stow apartment. An autopsy showed the two women died within minutes of one another of acute fentanyl toxicity. Curry wasn't connected to the case until October when the autopsy results came back on the two women.