On this Thursday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jim McIntyre of the American Red Cross speaks with Jasen on the fatal fire in Kenmore and emergency assistance (00:18), State Representative Thomas West talks about legislation on infant mortality (10:02), and PGA Pro Joe Leenheer offers up some golf tips (17:00).
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.
Someone is lighting up Kenmore -- and not in a good way. Akron police are digging to find out the firebugs who've been stealing and setting cars on fire the past two weeks; seven charred so far, including three right there in the driveway of the owner's homes.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it appears the targets are random and there's no apparent connection. Wednesday night an eighth vehicle was stolen and set on fire.
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(APD) Detectives are investigating seven vehicle arsons that have occurred in the Kenmore Community in the last two weeks. 2301 Romig Road,
- 1997 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Springfield Township, 4/15/2017
- 2274 10th Street SW, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/15/2107
- 940 West Wilbeth Road, 2012 Hyundai Genesis, taken from Jason Avenue in Akron, 4/15/2017
- 240 Diamond Drive, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Barberton, 4/18/2017
- 1409 Swinehart Avenue, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- 1389 Fawler Avenue, 2005 Chevy Uplander, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- Leeser Avenue/Samuel Avenue, unknown pickup truck, unknown if it is stolen, 4/26/2017
No suspect(s) description is available.
There are some new details in that officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon in Kenmore.
WKYC Channel 3 reports that a Humane Society officer was in his van making a phone call at about 2 PM on 18th Street Southwest, when police say a man came out and attacked the van window with a shovel, then attacked the humane officer in the stomach with a knife.
Police say the 33 year-old man then threw a barbell into the van window.
Akron police got to the scene and say the man was still holding and refusing to drop the knife, even after being tazed. The man was then shot in the stomach.
Injuries to both the Humane Society officer and the suspect are described as serious but not life threatening.
Charges are pending.
(Earlier coverage) Akron police are reportedly on the scene of a shooting involving an Akron officer in Kenmore this afternoon.
Cleveland.com reports that it happened at about 2 PM at 18th Street SW and Chandler Avenue.
The man shot by an officer was taken to a hospital, and his condition is not known.
Not much else is known about the shooting at this time.
Many officers are on scene, including police chief James Nice.
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