Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:50

APD: Young Girl Abducted, Dropped Off Unharmed

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Akron Police are looking for a suspect who abducted an 11-year-old girl in the city's East Neighborhood Tuesday afternoon and then let her go unharmed.

The victim's mother says the girl was walking home from David Hill Elementary School on East Archwood Avenue about 2:35 p.m. According to reports, the suspect grabbed the girl from behind, covering her mouth, and threw her in the passenger side of his van.

The victim says the man who took her was yelling at her for screaming so loudly and then he dropped her off not long after - along South Arlington near East Wilbeth Road.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30's, wearing a navy blue shirt and black shorts. He's said to have been driving a black cargo van with no windows on the sides and possibly tinted windows on the front and back. Anyone with info is asked to call Akron Police.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:19

APD: Two Women, One Child Shot in Akron

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Akron Police are looking for anyone that may have witnessed a shooting along Hamlin Street Tuesday afternoon to come forward. 

According to the press release, two young women, 22-years-old and 19-years-old, were sitting in a car along with a 7-year-old girl, in the 800 block of Hamlin Street in Akron on Tuesday afternoon. At about 4:45 p.m., gunshots were fired from a passing vehicle, hitting all three of the victims inside the car. Two of the three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the third is reportedly in serious condition. Akron Police did not specify which of the victims was in serious. 

There is no description of the suspect or suspects at this time, so APD Detectives are looking for witnesses to come forward. 

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

Monday, 26 February 2018 10:24

Two Northwest HS Students Found Dead

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Two Northwest High School students from Jackson Township are dead after what police believe was a weekend murder suicide, or possibly a double-suicide.

The two students, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were found by the male victim's cousin in a wooded area in the Township Friday evening, around 8:30.

The Northwest Local School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Shreffler says counsellors are on hand on campuses today, adding that social media is not the place to go when looking for an accurate account of what happened.

The students' names haven't been released; the investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, 26 February 2018 07:41

Wahoo Week, Day 1

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Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:54

AUDIO: This Week In Tech w/ Jeanne Destro 2-23-18

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This week, we'll look at how the internet which brings us together with friends and family on social media--is also helping to tear our society apart, and threaten our very existence.

Sound extreme? Well, from the indictment of 13 Russian nationals charged with interfering with the 2016 Presidential election, to Akron-Canton area teens arrested over the past week for making online threats; social media is being used in ways that its creators never dreamed--and which for many--has become a nightmare. 


Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:31

Green Middle School Students Targeted in Threat

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office was tipped off to an online threat that was made against students from Green Middle School on social media. 

According to Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland, on Sunday, February 18th, the suspect, a 14-year-old former student at Green Middle School threatened to shoot students and then sent them a picture of a gun. 

Later that day, police arrested the teenager at his home in Bedford, where he lives currently with his family. 

When police searched the home, the reportedly did not find a weapon. 

The teeanage is charged with Telecommunications Harassment, a first degree misdemeaner, and booked in Summit County Jail. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:09

Ellet HS Teen Arrested in Online "Copycat" Threat

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Akron Police have arrested a 16-year-old Ellet High School student after making threats online that referenced the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentines Day. 

The student, whose name hasn't been released because he is a juvenile, allegedly posted a message to Snapchat indicating that he was going to "shoot up Ellet High School" and entitled, allegedly, the note "I hate Florida, part 2." 

Employees of Ellet High School, who also have parents that attend the school, notified police about the messages. 

Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department tells the 1590 WAKR newsroom that the student admitted to making the threat on the social media platform. 

The boy has been booked in Summit County Jail on the third degree felony charges of making terroristic threats. 

Akron Police were notified of another threat that was posted to Facebook referencing a past school shooting and claiming that the author of the post, very specifically, was going to carry out an attack on Firestone High School. The post even reference February 15, as the target date for such an attack. After investigating, it turns out that post was from one year ago and showed up in the caller's Facebook Timeline as a "memory." 

Still though, no arrest has been made in reference to that specific threat. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:06

UPDATE: Jackson Student Has Died

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Update: The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting that that the Jackson Memorial Middle School student who brought a rifle into the school and shot himself has died. 

According to the report, the 13-year-old student hid the gun underneath his clothing and brought it onto the school bus. When he arrived at the Jackson Memorial, he went into a bathroom and then shot himself. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where he died early Wednesday morning, just after 12:30 a.m. 

The Medical Examiner has released the student's identity, but our 1590 WAKR Newsroom has decided not to mention his name. 

Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink, during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, explained that the student get the rifle from his mother's house, but that they were still working on who it was registered to. Chief Brink added that the student was carrying a backpack that had bottle rockets, batteries, and "some ammo," but he did not specify how much. 

Chief Brink mentioned that the investigation is ongoing and that it would take a significant amount of time, saying that they are looking for a motive and the student's full plan for that day on campus. 


Update: All Jackson Local Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the day Tuesday.

Students are being sent home and all extracurricular activities for Tuesday have been canceled. 

There is still no word on the condition of the student that was shot. 


Jackson Local Schools are in lockdown protocol after a reported shooting on at Jackson Memorial Middle School. 

Reports are that a 7th grade student, who brought a gun to the middle school campus, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The student is being treated at an area hospital. 

Jackson Schools Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto sent an automated message to students and parents in the district notifying them of the shooting at the school and the lockdown, and posted the following to the district website: 




There has been no update on the status of the student who was shot. 

Stick with 1590 WAKR for updates on this story. 

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:34

Suspect Arrested in Toddler's Death

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U.S. Marshals have arrested Darnell Bitting, 31, of Akron, in connection to the shooting death of a young girl in the city last week. 

According to reports, the shooting happened inside a home in the 900 block of Mercer Avenue, Friday night around 10:30. Police say it appears the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute at the home. 

When police arrived, four children were inside a car with their grandmother. She told investigators that she and the children's mother arrived at the home to retrieve property from inside the house, but when no one answered the door, she says that the kids' mom broke out several windows. That's when a man came out of the house with a rifle and fired a shot that hit the car, and subsequently one of the children inside the car. 

Janaya Swain, 4, was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

On Saturday afternoon, U.S. Marshals arrested Bitting inside a home in the 749 block of Corley Street. He's been charged with murder and having weapons under disability. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:13

US Marshalls "Dirty Dozen"

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U.S. Marshalls have released an updated version of their "Dangerous Dozen" list of most wanted fugitives.
It includes Elijah Butler, who is from the Akron area, and is wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations. 
More details below.
February 2017
Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). A flyer is attached with the photo, name, date of birth, charge
and area of interest for the current “Dangerous Dozen”. With internet access, anyone can click on each photo on the flyer and view full wanted posters for each fugitive, which contain larger pictures and moreinformation on the fugitive. The public can also go to to view the fugitives and wanted posters.
The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:
Clarence Bennett is a Cleveland area fugitive wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals for homicide. In August of 2017, Bennett allegedly opened fire on a group of people gathered outside a Cleveland bar. As a result, one person was died and four others were wounded. Bennett has ties throughout Cleveland.
Courtney Ware is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted by the Mansfield Police Division of Police and the U.S. Marshals for assault. In November of 2017 Ware allegedly beat a female victim severally
causing her to lose consciousness. Ware has ties to the Richland County area. 
Elijah Butler is an Akron area fugitive wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations stemming
from a conviction of robbery. Butler had ties throughout the Akron area.
Demarkus Hodge is a Lorain area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Violations of Supervised Release stemming from a federal conviction of failure to register. Hodge is required to
register as a convicted sex offender as a result of a conviction of rape of a child. Hodge has ties in the Lorain area as well as Buffalo, NY.
Christopher Terry is a Canton area fugitive wanted by Canton Police Department and the U.S.Marshals for Rape. It is alleged that Terry used a firearm to force his victim to encage in sexual
intercourse. Terry has ties throughout Canton and New Philadelphia.
All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location
of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and cashrewards are available for information leading to the arrest of any of these fugitives. 
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