An Akron Police cruiser that was escorting a funeral procession along Darrow Road, just a block from the Newcomer Funeral Home, was hit by another driver, according to police.

The officer had to be extracted from the cruiser, and was taken to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other driver, a 21-year-old woman, had minor injuries, and was cited for several violations, including driving under a suspended license.

 

See the full release from the Akron Police Department below: 

(APD) Accident involving cruiser doing a funeral escort:

Shortly before 2:00pm this afternoon, an officer in a marked cruiser was doing a funeral escort for the Newcomer Funeral Home, located at 131 North Canton Road.  As the procession drove north bound on Darrow Road, about a block north of the funeral home, the cruiser was struck by a Chevy Malibu driven by a 21 year old female from Dudley Street in Akron.  The officer was confined, due to the damage of the cruiser.  The officer was removed from the cruiser and transported to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 21 year old female driver and her passenger where transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver was cited for left turn approaching traffic, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and right of way for a funeral procession.  The driver also had a warrant for driving on s suspended license from Copley Police Department.

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Akron Police are looking for two, rather brazen theives, who stole an ATM from the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott at 41 Furnace Street downtown Sunday night.

The masked men ordered a hotel employee to lay down on the ground, then rolled the ATM out the front door and into an navy blue older model Jeep.

The employee didn't quite follow the thieves' direction, and immediately called 911. Too late, though, as the robbers had already driven off by the time police arrived. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

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An 18-year-old man was robbed of his cellphone in broad daylight Monday afternoon, around 3:30 at the intersection of Kenmore Boulevard and 13th Street Southwest.

The victim told Akron Police that a man walked up behind him, put him in a chokehold and slammed him to the ground, before taking off with the phone.

See more from the Akron Police below: 

(APD) Around 3:30pm yesterday afternoon, officers responded to a robbery at the intersection of Kenmore Boulevard and 13th Street SW.  The victim, an 18 year old male, reported the suspect approached him from behind and put him in a choke hold.  The suspect then threw the victim to the ground and stole the victim’s cell phone.  The suspect fled eastbound on Kenmore Boulevard.

The victim was not injured.

The suspect is a white male, 20 – 30 years old, 5’11”, thin, with blonde or strawberry blonde hair, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white shoes.

Anyone with information 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.

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:24

Woman Overdosed with Baby in the Back Seat

On Wednesday afternoon, Akron Police Officers responded to a call of a woman overdosing at a gas station on Mogadore Road about noon, according to the report. When they arrived, they found the woman passed out in the front passenger seat of a Buick and an 11 month old baby boy in the back seat.

Paramedics responded to the scene, reviving the woman with narcan, and then transporting her to Akron City.

While police were still there, the child's father, 29-year-old Andrew C. Carter of Mogadore, was arrested when he returned to the car. He's been booked into the Summit County Jail on felony child endangering charges. The baby, meanwhile, is in the custody of Child Services.

The woman later told police they'd bought Fentanyl along Manchester Road.  

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(APD) Around noon yesterday, officers responded to an overdose at a gas station in the 2500 block of Mogadore Road.  When officers arrived, they observed an unresponsive female in the front seat of a 1998 Buick Century.  Officers then observed the female’s 11 month old son in the back seat of the car.  While paramedics were administering Narcan to the female, the male driver came over to the car.

Paramedics revived the female and transported her to Akron City Hospital for further treatment.  The adult male, Andrew C. Carter, 29, of Herbert Street in Mogadore, was charged with child endangering and booked into the Summit County Jail.  The child was placed into the custody of the Summit County Child Services.

The female stated they bought Fentanyl on Manchester Road.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:26

APD: Suspected Bank Robber Arrested

Tuesday afternoon a man walked into the PNC Bank at 181 Massillon Road, armed with a knife, demanding money. He jumped the counter and proceeded down the line of tellers, taking money from each of the cash drawers and stuffing it into a backpack he was wearing on his chest. 

After the robbery, the suspect got into a black Chevy Malibu and drove away from the bank. 

Not too long after the robbery, Akron Police Officers spotted the Malibu pulling into a parking lot in the 500 block of Sherman Street. That's when they arrested 22-year-old Darrion L. Powers (pictured) of Akron, who is now charged with armed robbery and more. 

Addiitonally, Police Detectives charged Powers in connection to the January 4th robbery of the Huntington Bank on South Arlington Street. Both robberies played out the same. 

Powers has been booked in the Summit County Jail, and according to Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards' press release, he's likely responsible for several other robberies in Cuyahoga Falls. So far he's charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. 

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 12:53

Akron Police Ramp Up Recruiting Efforts

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has announced changes to the process for recruiting police, fire, and EMS, including an increase in the maximum age for new hires.

As of Monday, the maximum age to be hired as a police officer is up from 35 to 40, while the max age to be hired as a firefighters is now 35, up from 31. Also on Monday, thanks to funding from Issue 4, the Akron Police Department is able to host an in-house police academy, opposed to farming out the academy to other departments, including Columbus, as they've done since 2008.

The minimum wage for new recruits has gone up to $26.22 per hour, according to the press release (read below), thus making the job more attractive to young and older cadets. 

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Akron, Ohio, February 4, 2019 – Today, Mayor Horrigan is announcing several changes to the process for recruiting police officers and firefighter/medics, including increasing the maximum age for new hires and bringing the police academy back in-house.

“As a city, we are competing for qualified candidates for public safety positions, and I am committed to attracting and retaining the most qualified, diverse, and dedicated personnel to Akron,” Mayor Horrigan said. “These changes are designed to widen and deepen the pool of potential candidates and make the process more accessible.”

First, the Department of Human Resources will be increasing the maximum hiring age for an Akron police officer to 40 years of age (from 35), and the maximum hiring age for an Akron firefighter/medic to 35 years of age (from 31). 

“Expanding the age range for qualified candidates will help us recruit individuals who may be pursuing a second career or who have recently retired from the military,” Akron Police Chief Ken Ball said. “More mature applicants are likely to have an increased sense of purpose, greater life experiences and deeper community ties that can help them succeed in serving our neighborhoods.”

In addition to expanding eligibility, the City will once again be hosting a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy for new police recruits. 

Due to funding restraints, the City stopped holding an internal police academy in 2008.   Instead, for several years the City sent new recruits to Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) academies hosted by other agencies. New recruits would not be formally hired or receive a paycheck from the City until after they graduated with their OPOTA certification (approximately 24 weeks). The financial burden of this unpaid training period discouraged or prevented some recruits from pursuing a career as an Akron police officer.

“We knew that a lack of an internal police academy was negatively impacting our ability to recruit qualified, diverse candidates,” Mayor Horrigan said. “We knew we had to do something. Thankfully, the funds provided by Issue 4 will help us once again host a police academy and compensate our new recruits appropriately.” Now, new APD recruits will be hired by the City and paid a starting wage of $26.22/hour from the first day of the training academy. 

The next entrance exam for Akron police officers is slated for April 2019.  The next entrance exam for Akron firefighters will likely be held this fall. 

“Making these changes demonstrates that we are serious about building public safety forces that better reflect the diversity of our community,” Council President Margo Sommerville said.  “I look forward to working with the administration to continue to improve our recruiting strategies and policies to compete for the best candidates available.”  

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Monday, 04 February 2019 12:36

APD Looking for Attempted, Robbery Suspect

Akron Police are investigating one attempted robbery and another actual robbery, both committed Friday night within a couple of hours of one another and within just about 5 miles of one another, too. 

First, just after 7 o'clock Friday night, a man wearing a ski mask walked into Two Monk's Brewery Company at 352 Massillon Road. Walking toward the bar, and motioning to his waistband like he was pulling out a knife, demanded money. That's when the bar owner pulled a handgun and the suspect fled. 

Later Friday, at about 9:30, a suspect walked into Italo's at 1910 Brown Street, jumped the counter, and actually pulled a knife, demanding money from the register. In the second robbery, the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

According to the police report, though, APD says that during the second robbery the suspect dropped the knife inside the restaurant. 

It's hard to get a spot-on description, given the suspect was wearing a mask in both incidents, but APD has released a description of a black male, between 18 and 23, wearing a black mask, all black clothing, standing between 5'10" and 6'. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:44

Man Shot, Killed in Akron

Akron Police homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting Tuesday night near the intersection of Clark and Black Streets.

The call came in around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. When officers and EMS arrived, they found the 37-year-old victim unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the thorax area.

He was transported to Akron City where he died shortly afterwords, around 10:20 p.m. No ID on the victim yet, but the Summit County Medical Examiner says once next-of-kin is notified they will be providing an update. 

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Akron Police are investigating yet another robbery that happened during a planned sale of a cellphone. 

The latest case was from Wednesday night around 8, when a 43-year-old man who drove to a public business along South Arlington Street to meet the seller of a cellphone he'd seen through an ad on Facebook. 

The victim met the seller inside, inspected the phone, and laid cash on the counter. That's when the suspect, identified as Dwayne A. Nixon, 18, of Triplett Boulevard in Akron, took off with both the phone and the cash. 

The victim immediately called police and officers, with the help of K9 officers, were able to track down Nixon and arrest him. He's been charged with two counts of theft and more, and booked into Summit County Jail. 

This is the ninth case in recent weeks of someone being robbed during a meeting that was arranged through social media, but Akron Police aren't saying whether Nixon was involved in any of the previous thefts. 

Akron Police, now, are offering tips to anyone who is looking to purchase a cellphone, or anything else, through social media: 

• Review the buyer or seller’s profile before agreeing to meet.

• Communicate with the buyer or seller through the social media site only.

• Choose carefully where you agree to meet.

• Select a location that is a public place, well lit, surveillance cameras, and a large amount of traffic.

• Never agree to meet at their residence and don’t invite people to your residence.

• If you agree to meet them at a public place, take a family member or friend. Never go alone.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:51

APD Warning: Be Cautious Of Social Media Sales

Akron Police are warning residents to be cautious when buying or selling things online, as there's been a rash of robberies during recent meet-ups in the city.

Since December 30th, Akron Police says there have been eight robberies involving victims meeting someone they met through social media trying to buy or sell things like cellphones, tablets, or other electronics.

Detectives have narrowed down the recent thefts to a certain part of Akron around Donald, Virginia, Barbara, and Sylvan Avenues.

APD says internet buyers and sellers are welcome to plan meet-ups in front of the police station to make it safer for everyone.

See the full release from the Akron Police Department below: 

The Akron Police Department is investigating multiple thefts and robberies involving individuals using social media sites to buy and sell items in the Akron area.

Officers have taken eight police reports since December 30, 2018 involving the theft/robbery of individuals trying to sell cell phones or other electronics in the Hillwood Homes area of Akron. The streets mostly involved are: Donald Avenue, Virginia Avenue, Barbara Avenue, and Sylvan Avenue. The thefts and robberies appear to be committed by several people, possibly a group working together. The victims have reported they listed a cell phone or electronic device or want to buy a cell phone or electronic device on social media sites. The victims then agreed to meet the potential buyer/seller at a location of the suspect’s choice. When the victim arrives, they are met by the buyer/seller, who is on foot. The suspect asked to see the phone or electronic device or the cash. The suspect then grabs the phone or cash and runs away. During the most recent incident the suspect acted like he was reaching for a handgun; however, no gun was seen.

The suspects are black males in their late teens to early twenties.

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Monday, 07 January 2019 05:13

Police Looking for Akron Bank Robber

(Akron Police) A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the bank robbery at the Huntington Bank, located at 1411 South Arlington Street. 

Around 12:30pm this afternoon, the Huntington Bank was robbed. The employees reported the suspect entered the bank, jumped over the teller counter, and demanded money. The suspect, armed with a knife, took an unreported amount of cash from two tellers and fled out the rear door of the bank. He was last seen jumping over a fence into the back yards of the Rosemary Apartments. He was then seen getting into a black, 4-door vehicle. 

The suspect is a black male, 20–25 years old, 5’11”–6’01”, 150–170 lbs., and was wearing a black ski mask, a black wind breaker jacket, all black clothing, purple latex gloves, and carrying a black backpack with red strings. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, the FBI at 330-535-6156, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; 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. If you see the suspect, consider him ARMED and DANGEROUS. Do not approach; call 911.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:05

ARRESTED: Fugitive of the Week Caught

Update: Wednesday afternoon, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Randy Fitzgerald on a traffic stop on Route 8 in Macedonia.

The task force was assisted by officers from Boston Heights, the Summit Count Sheriff's Office and the Macedonia Police Department.

Although several tips were submitted on this case, the arrest was not a result of a tip.

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is looking for Randy Fitzgerald, of Akron, who is this week's Fugitive of the Week.

U.S. Marshals and Akron Police are reporting that Fitzgerald is wanted for Weapons Under Disability in connection to an incident that left a small child shot in the stomach.

Back on May 20th, three children, ages 8,9 and 12, were left alone in a home on Marcy Street, when one of those children found one a gun, believed to belong to Fitzgerald, and shot another child in the stomach. The child lived. In the home, responding officers found another gun, drugs, and body armor. A warrant was issued for Fitzgerald who has been on the run since.

Anyone with information regarding Randy Fitzgerald, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847-411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

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Friday, 28 December 2018 11:25

Slightly Fewer Homicides in Akron 2018

There are still a few days left in the year, but Akron Police have released homicide and gun-related incident statistics for 2018, with a slight dip in the former.

So far this year, there have been 37 homicides in Akron; that's five fewer than last year. That said, there have been more non-homicide shootings in the city. As of Thursday, Police in Akron say there were 417 reported shootings not resulting in a death; 30 less than the same period of time in 2017.

APD adds that throughout the year, 798 guns were recovered or seized in Akron, averaging out to about 2 per day.

See more on the report from the Akron Beacon Journal

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Friday, 14 December 2018 11:52

UPDATE: Toys for Tots Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: Akron Police say Calvin T. Hunter turned himself in Friday evening, and has been charged with felony theft in connection to the Monday, December 10th theft of roughly $1,000 worth of toys that were meant for the "Toys for Tots" campaign in Akron. 

The day of the theft, Hunter posed as a volunteer at the First Faith Development building on Easter Avenue, and walked away with the donated toys.

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Akron Police Detectives have signed a warrant for felony theft on Calvin T. Hunter (pictured), 46, of Akron. 

There is no last known address for Hunter, who police say signed up as a volunteer for the USMC "Toys for Tots" campaign at the First Faith Development - Toys for Tots building at 790 Easter Avenue on Monday. 

Throughout the day, Hunter was observed on surveillance camera taking more than $1,000 worth of toys out the back door and loading them into a vehicle. He left with them later Monday. 

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Akron Police are investigating a theft of about $5,000 worth of toys that were supposed to be donated to families in need for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

According to a press release from USMC Staff Sergeant Phillip Greer, the theives posed as volunteers and were taking higher end toys, bikes, and more out the back door of the First Faith Development Corporation building on Easter Avenue in Akron Monday night.

They were caught on surveillance video, but haven't been caught yet. Staff Sergeant Greer says that in spite of the loss, they still expect to meet the needs of the more than 15,000 children and families they serve every year.

Anyone with more information, meanwhile, is asked to call Akron Police.

See more details from the full press release below: 

[Akron, OH, December 11] – Last night, people who had volunteered to help count and sort toys collected by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program stole approximately $5,000 worth of toys. The individuals in question were working to prepare toys for the less fortunate children of Akron. Instead, they began to move toys and bikes to the back door where they then began to remove them without permission. One of the persons managing the warehouse noticed some of the higher value toys missing and investigated. She caught the individuals in the act of removing the toys for their own gain. Those involved then ran off with the toys and bikes.

The loss of the toys will have an impact on the Toys for Tots program’s ability to help the children of Akron. With the program reaching 15,000 registered children, the volunteers are hard at work preparing requests. The Marines involved in the program are working hard to ensure that no child is left without a Christmas this year. The Toys for Tots Coordinator, Staff Sergeant Greer, is confident that his Marines will be able to meet the needs of the community and execute a successful Toys for Tots season for the citizens of Summit County.

The Toys for Tots program is the Marine Corps’ nonprofit agency to provide toys to less fortunate children in local communities across the United States. 

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(University of Akron) - More than 100 local youth will team up with police officers representing The University of Akron, Akron City, Copley Township, Fairlawn, Bath Township, Summa Health and the Summit County Sheriff’s Department to enjoy ‘Christmas with a Cop’ this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Referred by local school districts, these youngsters will have the opportunity to enjoy a ride to Fairlawn in a cruiser, complete with lights and sirens, where they will enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on a $100 shopping spree at the Walmart in Fairlawn.

Officers have been raising money for the event since September by selling raffle tickets.

Officer Pamela Helmick, a 21-year veteran of The University of Akron Police Department, looks forward to the event each year. “Giving back to the community is important, and I am so happy that I get to be part of it,” she said. “It’s wonderful to spend time with the kids and see the excitement this event brings to them.”

While participants are encouraged to shop for gifts for themselves, many often prefer to purchase gifts for family members in need. “It is heartwarming to see how much they want to help their own family,” Helmick said. “We always have some extra gift cards on hand to make sure they can still buy something for themselves.”

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:33

Man Assaults, Robs Elderly Father

Akron Police were called to ManorCare Health Services at 1211 West Market Street on a call of a domestic robbery Tuesday afternoon. 

According to the report, the victim, a 75-year-old man, told police that his son, 38-year-old Kahli Murphy (pictured), showed up to his residence asking for money. When the victim told Murphy that all he could give him was $20, Murphy became aggravated and left. About 10 minutes later, Murphy allegedly returned to the room and physically assaulted his father, choking him, and then took his wallet from his back pocket and ran. 

A short time later, police found Murphy at his house on South Rhodes Avenue, and arrested him on domestic violence and robbery. Murphy was booked in Summit County Jail Tuesday night and was scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday morning, according to police. 

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:00

APD Looking for Toys for Tots Thieves

Akron Police are investigating a theft of about $5,000 worth of toys that were supposed to be donated to families in need for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

According to a press release from USMC Staff Sergeant Phillip Greer, the theives posed as volunteers and were taking higher end toys, bikes, and more out the back door of the First Faith Development Corporation building on Easter Avenue in Akron Monday night.

They were caught on surveillance video, but haven't been caught yet. Staff Sergeant Greer says that in spite of the loss, they still expect to meet the needs of the more than 15,000 children and families they serve every year.

Anyone with more information, meanwhile, is asked to call Akron Police.

See more details from the full press release below: 

[Akron, OH, December 11] – Last night, people who had volunteered to help count and sort toys collected by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program stole approximately $5,000 worth of toys. The individuals in question were working to prepare toys for the less fortunate children of Akron. Instead, they began to move toys and bikes to the back door where they then began to remove them without permission. One of the persons managing the warehouse noticed some of the higher value toys missing and investigated. She caught the individuals in the act of removing the toys for their own gain. Those involved then ran off with the toys and bikes.

The loss of the toys will have an impact on the Toys for Tots program’s ability to help the children of Akron. With the program reaching 15,000 registered children, the volunteers are hard at work preparing requests. The Marines involved in the program are working hard to ensure that no child is left without a Christmas this year. The Toys for Tots Coordinator, Staff Sergeant Greer, is confident that his Marines will be able to meet the needs of the community and execute a successful Toys for Tots season for the citizens of Summit County.

The Toys for Tots program is the Marine Corps’ nonprofit agency to provide toys to less fortunate children in local communities across the United States. 

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Monday, 10 December 2018 10:31

FOW: Akron Man Wanted in August Rape

The Akron Police Department, U.S. Marshals, and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking the public's help finding Coren Harris Sr., who they say is wanted for kidnapping and rape. 

Harris Sr. (pictured) is wanted for the rape of a woman at his last known address on Cuyahoga Street in Akron back in August. 

He's a 43-year-old black male, about 6 foot 1 inch, weighing about 250 pounds. 

Akron Police detectives believe that Harris Sr. is still in or around the Akron area and consider him to be armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information 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.

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Three businesses in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood were targets for robbers over the weekend, and Akron Police believe it was one suspect that hit two of them. 

According to the report from APD, a man jumped over the front counter at the Rite Aid at 1047 Kenmore Boulevard Friday morning around 8:30, demanding cash from the register. The employee working refused and the suspect took off running. 

Later Friday evening, around 7, Police say that same Rite Aid was targeted again. According to the report, an employee approached the suspected shoplifter (pictured) who had been seen stuffing items under his shirt. When the employee asked the man to lift up his shirt, he refused while items were falling out of his clothing. The man then attempted to punch an employee while running out the front door, but the door was locked. That's when he pulled out a metal wire and stabbed at the employee's arms, demanding cash. The employee gave him money and he ran out the back door. 

Then Saturday night, around 7:30, the Tansations Tanning Salon at 1262 Kenmore Boulevard targeted by a man who pulled a knife and demanded money. That suspect, believed to be the same man in the second Rite Aid robbery, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 10:38

Four Dead in Fiery Akron Crash

Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner are investigating a fatal accident from early Monday morning, around 3:30 a.m. at Goodyear Boulevard near Kelly Avenue. 

According to the Medical Examiner's report, four people were riding in a car westbound on Goodyear Boulevard, when the car went off the road and hit a cement wall, eventually bouncing back across the roaod into a light pole and catching fire.

All four inside the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 11:28

Teen Shooting: Victim Reported Dead, is Alive

Late Wednesday night Akron Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue to a call about a shooting in the basement of that home. 

When officers arrived, they found two teenagers, one 15, the other 14-years-old, with gunshot wounds, reportedly to the head. Both teens were transported to Akron General Hospital. Initial reports stated that both teens had died at the hospital. 

On Thursday morning, the Akron Police Department released a statement correcting the information from Wednesday night, saying that the 15-year-old teen was pronounced dead, but despite their report, the other teen was listed in critical condition and is actually alive. 

The APD maintains that their initial report was accurate in that the 15-year-old accidentally shot the younger teen and then turned the gun on himself. The Summit County Medical Examiner has since identified the victim. 

Read the most recent report from Akron Police below: 

The Akron Police Department takes pride in only furnishing accurate information. Last night we received inaccurate information from multiple reliable sources that both teens had died at the hospital. The department would like to apologize to the victims’ families. The department feels terrible for the families of the victims of this tragic event and our thoughts are with them during this difficult times.

Shortly after 7:00pm this evening, officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Officers arrived and located two teenage males, 14 and 15 years old, with gunshot wounds to their heads. The victims were transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where the 15 year old was pronounced dead and the 14 year old is listed in critical condition.

Initial reports state the juveniles were in the basement of the house on Grand Avenue. The 15 year old male pulled out a handgun and accidentally fired a shot, striking the 14 year old male in the head. The 15 year old male then turned the gun on himself.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:20

Lane Shifts, Closures on I-76 this Weekend

More lane changes and closures coming to I-76, courtesy of ODOT. 

See the press release from the Akron Police Department below: 

As part of the Interstate 76 and Main Street project, ODOT currently plans to flip the westbound traffic of I-76 over on to the eastbound side on Sunday, December 2nd. 

The on ramp to 76W from the southbound side of S. Main St. will be CLOSED until late fall of 2019. 

For a period of time during the day, the existing off ramp from 76W to Broadway and downtown will close in order for the contractor to do some required paving. Traffic will be detoured using Dart Ave., Thornton and S. Main St. Once this work is completed, traffic will then exit on to the new Broadway off ramp.

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UPDATE: Akron Police Detectives have officially charged Danny A. Hamby, 39, of Springfield Township, and Toni Kenney, 31, of Warren, with murder in connection to the death of Samantha Guthrie, 18, of Akron. 

Both Hamby and Kenney are already in Summit County Jail on charges related to Guthrie's disappearance on November 4th, where she was seen at a home in the 300 block of Lillian Street. 

According to the Summit County Medical Examiner, she died from a gunshot wound to the head. 

The Akron Police Department says that the missing person/homicide case is still under investigation. Two others were arrested in the case as well. 

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has positively identified the body that was found in a wooded area along Rex Hill Road in New Franklin early Sunday morning just after midnight as that of missing 18-year-old from Akron, Samantha Guthrie.

The cause of death, according to the report, was a gunshot wound to the head.

Guthrie was last seen November 4th at a home near the Akron Zoo, according to reports, where two people who were arrested say that they were there when she was shot. Akron Police have arrested two others, totalling four people in connection to Guthrie's disappearance.

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Akron Police, along with the New Franklin Police Department and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating after woman's body was found just after Midnight Sunday morning in a wooded area near Rox Hill Road in New Franklin. 

The victim's name is being withheld, pending an autopsy that scheduled for Monday. 

Meanwhile a Facebook page dedicated to the search for missing Akron woman, Samantha Guthrie who was last seen at a party at a home near the Akron Zoo on November 4th claims that her body was found as of Sunday morning. No confirmation from Akron Police.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:19

APD Looking for Missing Akron Woman

Akron Police detectives are looking for missing 18-year-old Samantha Guthrie, whose mother first reported her missing back on November 5th. News 5 though reports that Guthrie's mother said she turned 18 back in May and left her home. 

According to reports, Guthrie was last seen leaving a home in the 300 block of Lillian Street, and believe that her disappearance is "suspicious." 

Guthrie (pictured) has a tattoo of an owl on her right forearm and a tattoo that reads "Believe" surrounded by a design on her left forearm. 

Anyone with more information on Guthrie's disappearance or whereabouts is asked to the Akron Police. 

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 11:12

Man Assaults Roommate Over TV Volume

Akron Police were called to a home in the 500 block of East South Street, Monday night around 11:30, on a report of a man who was assaulted by his roommate. 

When officers arrived, they found the 59-year-old victim who had been hit in the head with a wrench, allegedly by his roommate, 56-year-old Gary J. Thompson. 

The victim was transported by EMS to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the police report. 

Thompson, meanwhile, has been booked into the Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault. Included in the report was that Thompson attacked his roommate over the volume of the television. 

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Monday, 22 October 2018 12:02

APD Investigating Two Weekend Homicides

Another violent weekend in Akron, this time ending with two homicides. 

First, Friday night around 8:15, Akron Police were called to the scene of a car that had crashed into a building at the intersection of Osage Alley and Park Street. Upon arrival, officers noticed several citizens surrounding the vehicle, attempting to assist the driver who was unresponsive. EMS was called to the scene, where they determined that the driver had been shot, announcing him dead on arrival. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday night about 8:40, police were called to the 700 block of Merton Avenue for a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found that three people who were shot, one of whom was dead inside of a car and two others who suffered non life-threatening injuries. 

The investigation into both shootings is ongoing and neither victim's name has been released yet, pending positive I.D. and family notifications, according to Akron Police. 

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Monday, 22 October 2018 11:34

FOW: Akron Man Sought in July Murder

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Bryan Esters.

Esters is wanted by the United States Marshals Service and the City of Akron Police for Murder and Felonious Assault. Esters is believed to have committed the homicide in the 300 block of Pioneer Street, Akron, OH that occurred on July 1, 2018. Esters, 33, is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 190 pounds.

Esters has ties throughout Akron area but his last known address is the 600 Block of Fern St. Akron. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information in reference Bryan Esters, 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.

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Monday, 22 October 2018 07:05

VIDEO: APD Arrest Goes Viral

Akron Police have reportedly launched an internal investigation into an incident involving several APD officers who were involved in an arrest 

WKYC.com is reporting that officers were seen tasing the suspect, and as seen in the video below, at least one officer punched the suspect several times while he was on the ground. 

CONTENT WARNING: 

No officers have been suspended, according to the report. 

The WAKR Newsroom has a call in to Akron Police for comment. 

 

 

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 07:09

Akron Man Killed, Father Charged

Akron Police busy over this past weekend, responding to shots fired outside a home in the 900 block of East Archwood Avenue, a felonious assault early Saturday morning  at the Parklane Manor apartments on Wren Walk that left one man shot with serious injuries, two breaking and enterings, and murder.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, Police were called to a home in the 1000 block of Silvercrest Avenue on a report of a shooting and found a man dead in the driveway.

The victim's name hasn't been released pending the results of an autopsy, but police confirm that it was his father, Leon Portis Senior, 75, who was taken into custody, was charged with murder.

According to the APD report, Portis told detectives that he and his son got into a fight and that he shot him.

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(City of Akron) The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, awarded  the City of Akron a 3-year Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant. The purpose of the grant is to develop a multidisciplinary working group that will be trained in a victim centered, trauma informed approach to review, prioritize, investigate, and prosecute sexual assault cold cases.

The grant will provide for:

  • Personnel to support a 3-year program including 3 investigators and partial funding for an administrative assistant, a victim advocate, and a prosecutor
  • A case management system database specifically designed for cold case SAK investigations and compatible with those used in the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office
  • Technology and supplies to increase the efficiency of investigations 

Chief Kenneth Ball, Akron Police Chief, states, “The Akron Police Department is thrilled to receive this grant. The process was very competitive.  Our selection represents an organizational goal of providing the very best services for crime victims and our community.  There are still challenges ahead, but this is a very positive step toward securing justice in these cases.”

Currently, APD doesn’t have adequate staffing to support a comprehensive response to cold case sexual assault cases. Beginning in 2012, the Akron Police Department began assessing every sexual assault kit collected since 1993 in order to submit or re-submit the kits for DNA testing under the 2011 Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. All SAKs in APD’s inventory were submitted and returned.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has tested and returned 1,822 tested sexual assault kits (SAKs) to the Akron Police Department (APD)—847 of which returned a CODIS eligible profile—from cases 1 year or older. 975 kits did not return a DNA profile, but additional evidence (clothing, linens, etc.) may exist that could be tested. There is a great need to provide follow up investigation for all kits and—where possible and desired by the victim—prosecution.

Mayor Dan Horrigan added, “This is an amazing accomplishment for our Akron Police Department. This will allow us to better meet the needs of victims of sexual assault and truly hold their abusers accountable.”

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Monday, 17 September 2018 11:57

Bond Set at $2M in Ex-Girlfriend Slaying

Bond has been set for David Callaghan who is charged in the murder of his ex-girlfriend whose body was found in a shallow grave in his Crouse Street home over the weekend.

During an initial appearance, that lasted just a couple of minutes in Akron Municipal Court via a live video feed from the Summit County Jail, Judge Annalisa Williams put the bond at $2 Million. 

 

Robin Freitag had been missing since July. Police say she was killed August 6th, and that's when Callaghan buried her body. Local authorities dug up her remains Friday in the back yard of the home at 606 Crouse Street. 

Judge Williams announced that she would appoint an attorney for Callaghan. 

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Monday, 10 September 2018 12:31

Akron Man Admits to Killing Girlfriend

Akron Police have arrested 35-year-old Jordan DeHaven for killing his girlfriend. 

According to the report, Amy Rowan, 41, was reported missing by her mother, whom she lived with on Darrow Road, Friday evening around 6:30. Initially, after APD had contacted DeHaven, he denied knowing anything about it. Later Friday, around 9:30 p.m., police went to DeHaven's home on Tompkins Avenue and asked if they could search the property. DeHaven reportedly consented and then confessed to stabbing Rowan to death and hiding her body in his basement. 

Police in fact found Rowan's body wrapped in a blanket in the basement. During their search they also found the murder weapon, a knife. 

The Summit County Coroner had scheduled an autopsy for Monday and DeHaven's been booked in Summit County Jail on aggravated murder charges. 

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(University of Akron) City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to two incidents that occurred between 3:15 and 4:15 a.m. today behind businesses in the 400 block of East Exchange Street.

In the first incident, a victim was reported to have been shot in the leg. The suspect is described as a light skinned black male wearing red pants with a white stripe and a white shirt. The victim, who is not a student, is being treated.

In the second incident, four or five men reportedly robbed a man and fled south of Exchange. The victim, also not a student, said he saw a gun. The suspects were described as black, possibly all wearing green bandannas. One was wearing gray sweats, a green bandanna and had short dreadlocks.

If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.

You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.

The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.

The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the service at 330-972-7123.

Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police

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Friday, 31 August 2018 12:03

Local "Drugstore" Owner NOT on "Cloud 9"

A local mom and pop "drugstore" next to Summa Akron City Hospital is closed for the foreseeable future after a raid by Akron Police Narcotics agents earlier this week.

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that police seized marijuana, edibles, CBD oil, cocaine, and a handgun during the raid at "Cloud 9 Herbal Gallery."

Lt. Rick Edwards with APD told the Beacon that resident filed multiple complaints about the store that advertised on Facebook, offering "everything you need to... elevate yourself."

DeShawn Stafford, who's registered on the lease of the building, is already in Summit County Jail on cocaine trafficking charges. 

Another employee of the store was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and drug trafficking. A warrant has been issued for another woman on drug charges as well. 

 

 

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Akron Police updating us on the shooting at John's Barber Shop on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue last night, saying two black males walked into the shop just before 7 last night, and started an argument with the victim who one of them shot and killed.

Another victim was shot in the leg during the argument, after which the suspects fled. That second victim was taken to Western Reserve Hospital by a barber shop employee.

No more suspect information has been released, while Police say the investigation is ongoing.

See the full updated press release from APD 

Detectives are investigating a double shooting that occurred inside John’s Barber Shop, located at 226 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.

Shortly before 7:00pm, officers responded to shots fired at the barber shop. When officers arrived, they found a male inside of the barber shop with a fatal gunshot wound.

Another victim, a 33 year old male, called police and stated he was shot in the leg while inside of the barber shop. The victim fled the barbershop and was transported to Western Reserve Hospital by an employee of the barber shop.

According to a witness, two black males entered the barber shop and started an argument with the victim (deceased). During the argument, one suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots. The suspects fled.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy. The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The shooting remains under investigation.

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Monday, 27 August 2018 11:59

APD Looking for Akron Shooting Suspect

Early Saturday afternoon, Akron Police were called to the 900 block of Baughman Street on a report of a fight between two women, reportedly over a man.

According to the police report, the man that the two women were arguing over, identified as 24-year-old Shaquille L. Jones of Nesbitt Avenue (pictured), pulled a gun, pointed it at one of the females, and threatened to shoot her. That female victim fled the scene, followed shortly after by the second female.

Later that night, around 10:30, police say Jones was identified as the suspect who shot an 18-year-old man in the head and chest on Orrin Street. That victim was taken to Akron General, his status is unknown. Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for Jones. 

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; 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.

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Friday, 24 August 2018 11:28

Shots Fired into Akron Home

Akron Police are asking residents along Sumner Street to come forward with any information about someone who fired multiple shots into a home in the 800 block last night.

According to the police report, the shooting happened about 9:30 p.m.

The resident of the home said several bullets went through the front wall of the house, near where her three children, ages 9, 11, and 16, were in the downstairs. No one was injured in the shooting, and police have no leads as of this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:47

Two Men Rob Akron Man of U-Haul Truck

Akron Police have little to work with as they're looking for two men who assaulted and robbed an Akron man early Tuesday morning on the southwest side of the city.

According to report, just after midnight in the 900 block of West Wilbeth Road, two suspects approached the 36-year-old victim from behind and pistol-whipped him. Then, the two took off in the man's U-Haul truck. 

The victim couldn't provide a description of the suspects, but told police the truck was a 2011 Ford E-450 with Arizona plate AE-20969. No word on whether or not there was anything in the truck.

Anyone with information as asked to call the Akron Police. 

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 12:08

Akron Mother Wanted in Drive-By Shooting

A warrant has been issued for 22-year-old Kayla Lenoir of Akron in connection to a Tuesday afternoon driveby shooting along Storer Avenue.

Police say Lenoir, who's a mother of three, was inside the car that drove by the victim's house in the 400 block of Storer. The 34-year-old man, who was the target of Lenoir, was standing on the porch along with two other men, none of whom were injured. The man Lenoir was targeting, according to reports, is the father of Lenoir's three children. 

Lenoir is wanted on two counts of felonious assault, discharging firearm into an occupied structure, and domestic violence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.

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Akron Police are warning area residents of an Apple iTunes scam, where theives are asking for over-the-phone payments for unpaid taxese, hospital bills, bail money for a family member and more.

One victim told Akron Detectives that he received an email he thought was from his boss ordering him to purchase $500 worth of iTunes gift cards and send them through email. That victim contacted Apple, who told them to file a police report.

See the full press release from APD below: 

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(APD) The Akron Police Department would like to warn our residents of a scam that has been hitting the Akron area.

A string of scams are taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collections, and utility bills. The scams are committed using many methods, from phone calls to emails.

In the most recent scam, the victim reported he received what he thought was an email from his boss to go purchase $500.00 worth of iTunes gift cards to be given to select customers at the business. Once the victim got the gift cards, he was instructed to take a picture of the gift card codes on the back of the cards and send them back to the email address. The victim did just what the email instructed to do. When the employee got back to work, he talked to his boss. The boss had no idea what the victim was talking about. That’s when the victim realized he was scammed by an unknown person. The victim immediately contacted Apple about the scam and was told to make a police report

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Monday, 16 July 2018 11:51

Teen Homicide Victim Identified

The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified a weekend shooting victim as 15-year-old Tyrone Phelps of Akron.

According to the report from Summit County Foresnsic Investigator Supervisor Amy Schaefer, Akron Police and EMS responded to Noah Avenue and Copley Road in Akron just before 10:30 Sunday night. That's where they found Phelps with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Akron Children's where he died about a half hour later.

No suspect information has been provided. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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Former Akron Police Chief James Nice is suing the City of Akron, Mayor Dan Horrigan, and current Police Chief Ken Ball for defamation of character according to the suit that was filed in U.S. District Court in Akron Tuesday.

In addition the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is looking to get Nice's guilty plea that was filed in February, tossed out. In the lawsuit, Nice said that he only pleaded guilty attempted unlawful use of property to avoid prosecution for more serious meritless offenses.

The City of Akron released a statement, pointing out that Jim Nice voluntarily resigned his position last August after "serious allegations" of conduct unbecoming an officer. The statement went on to say that "at no point did the City misrepresent any information or mislead the public" regarding those allegations.

Read the full text from the lawsuit and the full response from the City of Akron below: 

James Nice Complaint Filed

City of Akron Response: 

James Nice voluntarily resigned from the City of Akron on August 27, 2017, following serious allegations that he engaged in conduct unbecoming of a member of the Akron Police Department.  When asked to respond to the allegations against him, James Nice chose to resign rather than face disciplinary action. James Nice later pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense related to his criminal misuse of a police database and surrendered his Ohio Peace Officer Training Certification. Throughout this period, the various allegations against James Nice caused the City of Akron and the men and women of the Akron Police Department significant unwanted disruption and embarrassment.  At no point did the City misrepresent any information or mislead the public in any way regarding the former Chief’s apparent misconduct.

In 2018, the City of Akron and the Akron Police Department have moved on from that unfortunate chapter and are rightly focused on doing the critically important work of the Department – making Akron’s neighborhoods safer, protecting Akron homes and businesses, and improving the lives of Akron residents through engaged community policing.  While it is unfortunate that any additional taxpayer resources will be spent responding to a frivolous lawsuit by the former Chief, the City and Akron Police Department will not be distracted from fulfilling the work the community expects and deserves - responding to the pressing needs and concerns of our citizens and pursuing meaningful solutions to those truly important issues facing our city.

 

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:15

APD Looking for Three Drive-By Suspects

Akron Police are looking for three suspects in a drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday evening, around 5:30, in the 800 block of Beardsley Street.

According to the APD report, a 43-year-old man was shot, though it is unclear how many times. He was taken to Akron City Hospital, treated, and eventually released.

The suspects are described as three black males in a silver or gray Dodge Stratus.

Police say the shots came from the front passenger-side window.

Anyone with information is asked to please call Akron Police.

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Akron Police are looking for the suspect in an attempted armed robbery of the Valley Mart at 1752 Merriman Road Monday afternoon. 

According to the APD report, the suspect walked into the Valley Mart with a scarf covering his face, threw a plastic bag in the clerk's face, pulled out a gun, and then demanded money. 

The clerk complied, and put an undisclosed amount in the bag. That's when the suspect took off running, but didn't realize the clerk was running after him... armed with a broomstick! The clerk chased down the suspect and hit him over the back of the head with the broomstick, causing the suspect to drop the bag of cash and continue running away northbound on Weathervane Lane. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 25-30 years-old, between 5'10" and 6'0" tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a black scarf over his face, black hoodie with white horizontal stripes, black shorts, and flip flops. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department. 

 

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An Akron man is under arrest, facing multiple felony charges, after Akron Police say he held his girlfriend against her will and threatened her life. 

According to the APD report, police were called to the home at 26 West Dalton Avenue around 9 a.m. Tuesday. As officers pulled up to the home, they noticed 56-year-old Leon J. Newsome on the porch and a woman running from the home. That's when Newsome reportedly ran back into the home and locked the door. 

The female, who is believed to be Newsome's girlfriend, told Police that Newsome had held her against her will all night, that he had a gun and that he held the gun to her head and pulled the trigger... For some reason, Police say, the gun did not fire, sparing the woman's life. 

S.W.A.T. was called to the home and after a short time Newsome surrendured without further incident. He's being held in Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault, aggravated menacing, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault, having weapons while under disability, and menacing.

 

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Akron Police have identified one of two suspects in a deadly shooting outside the Spring Hill Apartments on Everton Drive back on June 5th. 

Police first responded to the call of a man shot around 5 p.m. June 5th, and found 27-year-old Diamond Smith of Everton Drive lying near the apartment's pool area with several gunshot wounds. He was shortly after pronounced dead on the scene. 

Detectives spoke with Smith's girlfriend after the shooting who said two men broke into her apartment, pushed her around, and then took cash. Smith, the robbery victim's boyfriend, ran after the two men and was shot while he chased them. 

APD Detectives have since identified one of the two men as Cenqunn Woods (pictured), who is listed at 5'9" and 150 pounds. Anyone with more information on Woods whereabouts, the shooting, or the other suspect, is asked to please call APD Detectives Bureau at 330-375-2490. You can find more information here

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Akron Police believe they have the man who stole an AMR Ambulance from St. Thomas Hospital early Tuesday morning. 

According to the APD report, officers responded to the hospital at 444 North Main Street Tuesday around 1:30 a.m., regarding a stolen medical unit. An EMS worker, employed by Physicians and Surgeons (AMR), told them that while they were dropping off a patient inside the hospital, someone jumped into their ambulance and drove off. 

While taking a report at St. Thomas, APD Officers were notified of an accident involving an ambulance at Merriman Road and Treaty Line Road. The suspect reportedly crashed the ambulance into a utility pole and then fled the scene. 

Later Tuesday morning, around 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the University of Akron, Polsky's Parking Deck about a suspicious person. Shortly after, APD found 32-year-old Durelle Johnson of Cuyahoga Falls. With him, Johnson had a backpack with him that contained medical supplies that was taken from the EMS unit. 

Johnson is currenly charged with receiving stolen property, but is facing additional charges pending the investigation, according to APD. 

 

 

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:14

Akron Taxi Driver Pepper Sprayed, Robbed

An female Akron taxi driver was pepper sprayed by a female passenger early Monday morning, according to an APD report.

The driver, who works for Rides-4-Less, picked up two women along Noah Avenue, and after driving for about half a mile, one of them sprayed her in the face while the other reached over the seat and grabbed her purse. Both passengers then jumped out of the back and ran.

This is the second Rides-4-Less driver that's been robbed in the past few months; a driver back in October was hit with a stun-gun.

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Akron Police are looking for the public's help finding a suspected bank robber. 

According to a press release from the police, the suspect walked into the PNC Bank at 1 Cascade Plaza around 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and handed the teller a note. The note reportedly demanded $8,000 in cash and claimed that the man had a gun. 

PNC 1

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, between 40 and 45 years old, around 6 feet tall, approximately 190 pounds with a mustache. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police. 

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Watch your speed along Akron City streets in the coming months, as APD is starting to crack down on speeders. 

The request is coming from Akron City Council, who will be working with the Police Department's Traffic Commander to decide which areas to target. 

Akron Police Chief Ken Ball tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the department is adding three, four-hour patrols each weekday, to rotate between Akron's 10 wards. Typically, shifts will run late afternoon, which is a high-volume time around the city. 

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