Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:54

Endangered Red Wolves Move to Akron Zoo

The Akron Zoo has welcomed two new red wolves, Waya and Mohe. The male wolves arrived from Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo in Greenbay, Wisconsin and are now out in the zoo’s red wolf habitat daily.

Waya, which means “wolf” in Cherokee, and Mohe, meaning “elk” in Cherokee, are four years old. The brothers were born on May 22, 2014 at the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo.

Red wolves are one of the world’s most endangered canids, with only 60 wolves estimated to be left in the wild. Native to the eastern U.S., red wolves can now only be found in one protected area in North Carolina. Red wolf numbers have rapidly declined in past years due to predator control programs, as the red wolf is often mistaken for a coyote.

The Akron Zoo partners with the Red Wolf Coalition – an organization that focuses on raising awareness and protecting red wolves in the wild – and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to protect the species through the Red Wolf Recovery program. On Nov. 5, a federal judge ruled that red wolves in the wild will continue to reside in their protected reserve in North Carolina, a huge victory in the protection of the species.

The Akron Zoo also participates in the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a scientifically-based breeding program to ensure a healthy, genetically-diverse population of red wolves in zoos. The Akron Zoo participates in 45 SSP programs as an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facility.

With Waya and Mohe’s arrival, the zoo’s current male red wolf, Itabi, who arrived at the Akron Zoo in 2016, has moved to Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo with a breeding recommendation from the Red Wolf SSP. The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

 

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. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:27

No Charges after Akron Fright Fest Investigation

Springfield Township Police say no charges will be filed after the investigation into the "Akron Fright Fest."
 
The report (below) called the actions of some of the actors at the haunted house "inadvisable," but concluded that there was no physical evidence to prove a crime had actually been committed.
 
That said, there has been no update on the lawsuit that was filed by an Akron couple who claimed they were physically injured at the Fright Fest, and that one of them was subjected to a "mock rape" scene.
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(SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP PD) In October the Springfield Township Police Department was tasked with investigating criminal claims in connection with the "Akron Fright Fest" haunted houses. 
 
After a thorough investigation, several interviews, and discussions with prosecutors, it was determined that no charges would be filed in the cases. 
 
There is no doubt that the actors of the haunted house used poor judgement in their use of body and spoken language during Akron Fright Fest.  Although their actions were inadvisable, there was no physical evidence to substantiate allegations of a crime being committed. 
 
All parties involved in this investigation were contacted and advised of these findings.
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:11

Missing Rittman Teen Found Safe

UPDATE: The Rittman Police Department posted the following to their Facebook page

MIKAYLA HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE AT THIS TIME.. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ALL THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND THE SHARING OF THIS POST AND ASSISTANCE.

There are no futher details on where she was. 

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Rittman Police, along with other local authorities, are looking for missing 15-year-old Mikayla Van Kirk. 

According to Police, Mikayla was first reported missing Sunday, November 11th after she left her home. Before she left, Police say she left behind a suicide note, and that she may be with her adult boyfriend. 

She does not have her cellphone with her and Police believe she may be in danger. 

See more below: 

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:13

Missing Adult Alert Lorain County

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Elyria Police Department statewide.

Information as of: November 13, 2018 at 6:58 PM

 

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Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On November 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM, Mr. Mathis drove away from his residence and has failed to return.

The incident took place in Lorain County, OH on Morgan Avenue in the city of Elyria 44035.

The adult's name is Peter Mathis and the individual is missing. The adult is a Black male, age 61, is 5'6" tall, weighs 309 lbs, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Mathis suffers from Dementia and other medical issues. He was last seen wearing light grey sweatpants and a black jacket. 

The vehicle involved is a black 2016 Ford Focus with OH plate number 719XSG. The vehicle pictured is not the actual vehicle involved. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

To unsubscribe reply to this email with "unsubscribe" as the subject or call (800) 325-5604.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:41

AFD Celebrating 40 Years of EMS in Akron

Akron Fire is celebrating 40 years of providing Emergency Services to the community with an anniversary celebration Tuesday.

Since the program was first initiated in 1978, the EMS squadron has grown to 14 ambulances that cover the Akron area, responding to a little more than 100 calls per day on average. 

Members of Akron's first EMS squads will be in attendance at Tuesday's event at the Akron Firefighters Credit Union.

In a press release, Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker and District Chief of EMS, Joe Natko say they are “proud that our paramedics continue to serve our community with excellence and a high standard of care. This has provided a powerful legacy for those who paved the way many years ago.”

 

Monday, 12 November 2018 12:43

UA on Lockdown Briefly Saturday Morning

The University of Akron was locked down briefly after a gun accidentally went off in a dorm at the Exchange Street Residence Hall early Saturday morning.

According to UA Police, the call of a gunshot that was heard coming from a campus dorm was made about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, they found that a 19-year-old from Bedford was shot in the stomach after a gun that a 17-year-old was carrying and reportedly went off accidentally.

The victim, identified as Tommy Micah Lavette was transported to Akron General, there's been no update on his injuries. The 17-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been released, was arrested, charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, and taken to Summit County Juvenile Center.

The lockdown was lifted around 2:15 Saturday morning. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident is reportedly still ongoing.

Below is the full press release from the University of Akron. 

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The University of Akron (UA) cares deeply about our campus community, and we are steadfast in our commitment to the safety and security of our students, employees, visitors and guests.

The University of Akron Police Department’s preliminary investigation of an incident that occurred early this morning shows that two non-University of Akron individuals were let into the Exchange Street Resident Hall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning by as-yet unidentified person(s). During a visit to a room of an acquaintance in the residence hall, there was what appears to have been an accidental discharge of a handgun, resulting in a wound to the abdomen of the victim, 19-year old Tommy Micah Lavette of Bedford, Ohio. He was transported to Akron General Cleveland Clinic Hospital where he is being treated for his injury. No one else was injured. The suspect, a 17-year old male, also of Bedford, was taken into custody and transported to the Summit County Juvenile Center. He has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm. Both the police investigation and the University’s review of the incident are ongoing.

UA prohibits firearms in residence halls and requires resident students to have responsibility for the actions of any guests. This incident underscores the importance of this policy.

We understand that this situation was very concerning for many people and University representatives from the Division of Student Affairs and Residence Life and Housing have been on scene and providing support to other UA students. They also will be discussing campus safety and additional ways to improve our efforts with students in the days ahead.

We appreciate the cooperation of all parties as University officials and the University of Akron Police Department (UAPD) continue the investigation. As a community, we also encourage students to remain diligent advocates for safety.  If you have information that can assist investigators, please notify UAPD at 330-972-2911.  

Counselors will be available for students by calling 330-972-7082 or visiting Simmons Hall 306 on Monday. Students seeking immediate assistance should contact Residence Life staff who will connect them to the counselor on-call.

Monday, 12 November 2018 09:51

Canton Police Looking for Missing Teen

Stark County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Canton Police are looking for a missing Canton teen.

There isn't much information right now, and we're not sure where 16-year-old Christa Hicks was last seen, but a missing child poster was issued this morning.

She is said to frequent the Alliance area.

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

Friday, 09 November 2018 11:32

Wooster Man Arrested in Online Sex Sting

The FBI has arrested 46-year-old Luther Nash of Wooster for allegedly using Facebook to lure a 13-year-old boy for sex.

Turns out, that boy was a Wooster Police detective who had created a fake online profile and sent Nash a friend request back in September. Since then, Nash had sent inappropriate photos and even arranged to meet the fictitious teen.  

Now the FBI is asking the public for more information, specifically whether or not anyone else has had contact with Nash online. 

See the full press release from the Cleveland Division of the FBI below: 

Canton Resident Agency, the Wooster Police Department, Canton Police Department and United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Ohio, announce the arrest of Luther Nash, 46 years old, of Wooster, Ohio.

On September 24, 2018, Wooster Police Department was notified from an anonymous source that he/she had created a fake Facebook Profile identifying as a 13 year old boy. According to the complaint, Nash sent nude images of himself to what he believed to be a 13 year old boy.

On September 28, 2018, an undercover Facebook account using a persona of a 13 year old boy was created by law enforcement. A friend request was sent to Luther Nash. Within two hours Nash accepted the friend request and asked if the 13 year old had a boyfriend. The initial online conversation with the persona of the 13 year old boy resulted in Nash providing a nude photo of himself and asking, “Can I be your daddy”.

According to the complaint, Nash discussed meeting the “13 year old” at a park to engage in sexual activity. The online interaction included the 13 year old boy persona stating, “I wish I was older than 13 years old…”, Nash responded, “Stay a kid and my Babyboy”.

On October 5, 2018, Nash was contacted and placed into custody at his employment by Wooster Police Detectives. Nash admitted to sending nude photos to someone he believed to be 13 years old.

Nash was transferred from local custody to federal custody on Thursday, November 8, 2018 without incident. Nash remains in federal custody and will appear in US Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke’s court room for a detention hearing on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Law enforcement is asking the public if anyone had interaction with Luther Nash online to please contact the FBI at 330-456-6200. It is believed that Nash may have had other interaction attempting to persuade, induce and/or entice young boys online.

Update: 

A report from the Record Courier is that two students, one from the Ravenna School District and another from a nearby district, are in custody in connection to Friday morning's lockdown at Ravenna High School. 

Superintendent Dennis Honkala confirmed to the paper that there were no guns involved in the lockdown, adding that a Ravenna High School student saw an unspecified threat that was posted to Snap Chat Thursday night, and first thing Friday morning, reported that threat to the school resource officer. That officer then tracked down the student that allegedly made the threat and found that student with the student from the other district. 

Earlier: 

The lockdown at Ravenna High School has been lifted, and all students and staff are reported safe. 

Earlier Friday morning, around 8:30 a.m. the school was placed on lockdown due to an unspecified threat. Several law enforcement officers responded to the school, including Ravenna Police, Portage County Sheriff's deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kent Police and Kent State University Police. Students were reported beeing seen leaving the school around 10 a.m. as parents were outside of the school waiting for their children. 

WKYC-TV spoke with several students and parents regarding the situation. 

There are unconfirmed reports that students from another school were on the Ravenna High School campus and placed under arrest after threats of a shooting at the school. Law enforcement, as of noon Friday, had not yet confirmed that. 

Below is an update posted to the Ravenna Schools Facebook page just before 11 a.m. Friday morning: 

All clear, Ravenna High School is out of lock down.

The Ravenna Police Department has finished clearing the Ravenna High School building.

During this morning’s situation, no one was injured. Everyone was safe.

The school day will now proceed as usual.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We would like to thank the Ravenna Police Department and everyone who supports our community and schools.

#RavenPride

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Ravenna High School was placed on lockdown earlier Friday morning after an incident, though the details are unclear. 

See the message that was posted to the Ravenna School District's Facebook page from Superintendent of Ravenna Schools Dennis Honkala below: 

As some of you may be aware, this morning there was a situation at Ravenna High School that required us to lean on our training and conduct a lockdown for students and staff.

No one was injured. No one is in danger.

The police are in the process of clearing the building. As soon as we are able, we will send out an All Call with an update as well as update everyone here on Facebook.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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