It's not often a robbery suspect takes a "selfie" cell phone picture in the course of a robbery, but that's exactly what Canton Police say he did today.

Police say the suspect was getting away with the victim's cell phone when he took the "selfie"...from the angle of the picture, the picture may have been accidential. He then dropped the phone and ran.

Police say the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweats and carrying a black duffel bag.

He's considered dangerous, and if you see him, don't approach Canton police instead.

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You might remember that body cam video of Canton police playing basketball in the neighborhood. There's a lot more involved.

Canton police's "Community Interaction Team" does a lot more than playing hoops.

The eight-officer team is lead by Lt. John Gabbard. He says that "CIT" uses a simple concept...see the neighborhood like they lived there.

"Look around the neighborhood and if you lived here, what solutions would you come up with," Lt. Gabbard tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "How would you make this neighborhood acceptable for you to live here"

Lt. Gabbard says it's not just about talking to people in the neighborhood about police issues.

"We do that by going door to door in those neighborhoods," Lt. Gabbard says. "We speak to people about not only law enforcement issued but about quality of life issues."

He says the main goal is improving that quality of life, and changing perception of police officers in the community.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:32

UPDATE Canton Missing Man Found

UPDATE 6:11 a.m. - Canton police report Donald Davis was located by officers and returned home safely.

Previous Coverage:


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

(Ohio Attorney General) Information as of: January 21, 2015 at 11:42 PM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On January 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM, Mr. Davis left his residence and has not returned.

The incident took place in Stark County, OH on 41st Street Northwest in the city of Canton.

The adult's name is Donald Davis and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 83, is 5' 09" tall, weighs 142 lbs., has grey hair, and has blue eyes. Mr. Davis suffers from Alzheimer's and may be in need of medication. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, white shoes, and may be wearing a lime green beanie cap.

The vehicle involved is a blue 2002 Saturn L200 with OH plate number CRD6691. Similar vehicle listed. The vehicle should have a handicap placard hanging from the rearview mirror and an AAA auto club sticker on the passenger rear bumper.

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 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:

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:08

Canton Police Seek Missing Adult Autistic Male

UPDATE 7:20 a.m. Friday, November 14: Canton Police report Zachary Porter was located at the Pilot Travel Center on Faircrest St. SW by a Canton PD detective. At this time there is no report of injury.

Previous coverage Thursday, November 13:

Canton Police are looking for a missing autistic male. Zachary Porter was last seen leaving the 2900 block of Strauss Lane SW at about 9:30 this morning.  Porter is white, 6 foot 2, and 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans, a blue and red Tommy Hilfiger Jacket, a striped knit hat, and black shoes. If you have any information, you're being asked to call the Canton Police Department at 330-649-5800.

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Sunday, 09 November 2014 13:07

Canton Man Found Shot In Car After Crash

A man was found shot in his car following a crash in Canton.

Canton police responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. on Penn Place Northeast. The car had crashed into the porch of someone's home.

The driver was found inside of the car with a gunshot wound to the head. The Stark County Coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information on this shooting is encouraged to contact the Canton Police Department at 330-489-3144.

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Superman could stop a speeding locomotive, and apparently, so could an 11 year-old boy in Canton, though not with his strength.

Canton police say the boy was on the Norfolk Southern train tracks at Maryland Avenue Southwest last month.

The train's conductor saw the kid putting rocks on the track and stopped, but the 11 year-old started throwing rocks at the train when it got close.

The boy then threw rocks at the conductor when he got off the train, striking him in the face.

Canton PD officers were nearby, and recognized the 11 year-old...they arrested him for the assault and interference with a train.

It's no small feat stopping that speeding could weigh as much as 240 tons.


On the Web: Canton Police Department (Facebook),

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:47

Canton PD Issues Missing Adult Alert

UPDATE: Mr. Alexander was found by his sister and safely returned to his residence.

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Previous Coverage:

Canton PD issuing a missing adult alert overnight in the search for a disabled 46-year old man. Gary Alexander was reported missing; he suffers from seizures and need medication. Alexander was last seen on McKinley Avenue in North Canton.

He was last seen with a black and grey hoodie, black thermal shirt and blue jeans and walks with a limp.

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(Canton PD) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Canton Police Department for Stark County.Information as of: March 11, 2014 at 2:16 AMBe on the lookout for a missing adult. On March 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM, Mr. Alexander left on foot his residence and has not returned.The incident took place in Stark County, OH McKinley Avenue North in the city of North Canton.The adult's name is Gary Lewis Alexander and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 46, is 5'9" tall, weighs 140 lbs, has brown hair, and has blue eyes. Mr. Alexander suffers from seizures and is easily disoriented and is need of his medication. Mr. Alexander was seen wearing a black and grey hoodie, grey hat, black thermal shirt and blue jeans and walks with a limp.Call or dial 911 if you see the adult. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 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: unsubscribe reply to this email with "unsubscribe" as the subject or call (800) 325-5604.

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Sunday, 01 December 2013 17:31

Explosion, Hazmat At Canton Plant

Canton police, fire and hazmat crews responded to the scene of a reported chemical explosion on Sunday afternoon.
NewsChannel 5 reports that crews were sent to Hydrodec, a chemical processing company, on Steinway Boulevard SE. The report came in at about 4:10 Sunday afternoon.
There are no reports of injuries, and Canton police tell the television station that all Hydrodec employees have been accounted for.
There's also no word of any evacuation of nearby homes, as fire crews knock down the blaze.
Hydrodec's website says the company "secures and re-manufactures specialty mineral oil products and provides environmentally sustainable petrochemical materials management."
On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5,
Hydrodec Group,
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Sunday, 10 November 2013 13:43

One Dead, Three Hurt In Canton Bar Shooting

One man is dead, and three others wounded, after a shooting at a Canton bar.
Canton police say it happened in the parking lot at the Whistle Stop bar on West Tusc at around 2:30 on Sunday morning.
Dead is 26 year-old Terrell Lamar Skinner of Canton. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Stark County Coroner's Office.
Three others, 27 year-old Amanda Depasquale, 45 year-old Juanita Depasquale, and 24 year-old Vanessa Van Almen, all of Canton, were treated for gunshot wounds.
Police arrested 45 year-old Dwight Ellis of Canton when they arrived at the scene. He was charged with aggravated murder and three counts of felonious assault.
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Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:19

Canton Funeral Home Director Investigated

A Canton funeral home director is under investigation for allegedly ripping more than $90,000 off of his clients.

WKYC Channel 3 News reports that Vanessa Niekamp, executive director for the state of Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, says officials have been looking into Robert A. Lewis, the owner of the Welch Sekeres Lewis Funeral Home, formerly located on Tuscarawas Street., for the last year.
According to a report filed with the Canton Police Department this week, Lewis allegedly inappropriately used funds from pre-paid funeral expenses for personal gain.

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