One man was arrested in Springfield Twp. Friday after police say he dropped in on a convenience store... literally.

Investigators believe 41-year-old Scott J. Riggs got into the D Mart Convenience Store on Massillon Rd through the roof and then crashed through the ceiling.

Riggs faces charges of vandalism and breaking and entering. 

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An Akron man was arrested Thursday after police say he spray painted anti-semitic messages onto a Springfield Township mausoleum.

56-year-old Slavko Mazibrada faces a felony charge of vandalism after leaving the graffiti in the Hillside Memorial Park on Canton Rd.

Springfield Township Police say damage estimates are around $7,000.


(Springfield Township Police)  On Thursday, the Police department received a report of a male spray painting Anti-Semitic messages on  a mausoleum at Hillside Memorial Park located at 1025 Canton Rd.  Officers quickly responded and traffic stopped the suspect on Albrecht Ave. near the cemetery.  Witness statements and evidence on the scene lead officers to arrest 56 year old Slavko Mazibrada of Akron.  Mr. Mazibrada was charged with felony vandalism and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Cemetery employees are in the process of cleaning the damaged monuments but early figures estimate the damage at approximately $7,000.00.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 06:06

Wild Weather Causing Mosquito Problem

The high heat and rain seen in the Akron area over the last two weeks means mosquitoes are about to become a much bigger problem than usual.

Summit County Public Health District spokesman Terry Tuttle said on WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show the mosquitoes heading our way bite multiple times very quickly. Tuttle blamed last week's floods for the sudden hatching and said the increase in mosquitoes could last for as long as a month.

"When we get a flood or rainfall, these eggs that have been laying around for a year or two will hatch off," he said. "So you're getting a couple years of mosquito hatching."

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The eggs will often lay dormant for several years before hatching. The high temperatures in the Akron area since the flooding made the mosquitoes hatch even faster.

"Where it usually takes ten days to hatch, it may come down to six or seven days to hatch," he said.

Although some mosquitoes are carriers of West Nile Virus, Tuttle said the ones hatching in Summit County do not carry the virus and are simply nuisances.

Crews are out spraying with special emphasis on the areas that flooded, but Tuttle said the spray does not kill all the mosquitoes in an area. The spray only travels about 150 feet away from the spray truck and must come in contact with the mosquito to kill it.

"When you have a hatchoff over the southern part of the county, our spraying is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg," he said.

Tuttle suggests draining any standing water from areas such as pool covers and downspouts and wearing a DEET-based bug repellent to ward off the mosquitoes.


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Another black bear has been seen in Springfield Township.

Michelle Lushbaugh sent AkronNewsNow pictures of the bear along a lake off Canton Rd. near Springfield High School.

Springfield Township Police Capt. Ken Ray said officers tried to track the bear but it ran off into the woods. He said it did not come close to any people or damage any property.

The sighting is another in a long list of black bear sightings in Summit County over the last several weeks, including sightings in Stow, New Franklin, and Cuyahoga Falls.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources advises people not to approach bears. Ray said Springfield Township residents who see a bear should call police at 330-733-1061 or the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 15:52

Fake Police Officer Arrested

The Summit County Sheriffs Department has arrested a Springfield Township man on charges of impersonating a police officer.

On March 11th, an automobile repair shop reported that a customer asked a mechanic if he would be able to install police lights on his vehicle. The vehicle was a white Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with “K9” stickers on the rear and both sides of the vehicle. The mechanic described the contents of the vehicle as a bag labeled, "POLICE," handcuffs, and a police baton. The driver was wearing a vest that said, "POLICE" and he had a badge on his belt. He told the mechanic he was a police officer.

On March 15th, the Crown Victoria was observed in the Green Giant Eagle parking lot in the City of Green. The inside of the vehicle contained emergency flashing lights, an emergency siren, dash camera, and what appeared to be police radios. The license plates were expired. Area shoppers were concerned that the subject may have been impersonating a police officer.

On March 25th , the driver of the car, 48-year old Sean Duffy was arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer. He also went by the alias of John Kidd. The investigation revealed that Duffy has never had formal police training and has never been employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio. Duffy was in possession of numerous items used by law enforcement personnel. He had been pulled over at least four times in the previous week and on one occasion, stated he was a retired Sheriff’s Deputy and on another occasion, he claimed to be a retired Canton Police Officer.

If anyone has information regarding these incidents or has had contact with Sean Duffy where he has portrayed himself as a law enforcement officer, please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office 330-643-2147.

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A 51-year old woman from Springfield Township pleaded guilty to shooting her live-in boyfriend to death last July.

Sharon Hall  entered a guilty plea Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Hall shot her live-in boyfriend, 55-year-old James Cody, multiple times in their home on July 12. He was already dead when first-responders arrived.

Hall will be sentenced in Judge Judy Hunter's courtroom March 26 at 1:30 p.m. She faces six to 14 years in prison and will not be eligible for early release.


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A Springfield Township boy is dead after he was struck by a car while walking near his home in Springfield Township.

The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol tells that Anthony Weakland, 16, was hit at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Weakland, who was walking eastbound on Albrecht Avenue at the time, died shortly after at the scene of the accident.

"We've got investigators out canvassing the neighborhoods and pending the autopsy on the 16-year old, maybe we're learning a little more," Sgt. Dean Christ said.

Christ confirmed that Weakland's home is a short distance from the accident site.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has planned to conduct and autopsy Wednesday.


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A 16-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night in Springfield Township.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports Anthony Weakland, 16, of Springfield Township, was walking on Albrecht Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle "that did not stop" around 9:30 p.m.

Weakland was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the incident.


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Detectives are investigating a homicide after a 55-year-old man was found shot to death in Springfield Township.

Police said James Z. Cody was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Gregory Drive around 6 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities arrested Cody's live-in girlfriend, 50-year-old Sharon L. Hall, and charged her with murder. She has been booked into the Summit County Jail. 

The shooting remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:54

4-Year-Old Struck By Grandmother's Van

A 4-year-old girl was injured after she was struck by her grandmother's van Tuesday night in Springfield Township.

Troopers with the Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol said the 70-year-old grandmother was backing out of a driveway on Canton Road when she opened the driver's door to say goodbye to her granddaughter around 8 p.m.

Troopers said it appears the door struck the girl when the van was in reverse. The vehicle also hit several trees.

The 4-year-old was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.


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Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:33

Two Seriously Hurt In U.S. 224 Crash

A six car injury crash on U.S..224 in eastern Summit County sent two drivers to the hospital.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Canton post says the crash at U.S. 224 and Ohio 532 in Springfield Township at the Summit-Portage County line happened at about 10 until 2 PM Saturday.

The patrol says 29 year-old Aaron Brna of Uniontown was driving westbound on U.S. 224 in his SUV, when he ran a red light and struck a Jeep driven by 39 year-old Amy Schrock of Mogadore...who was waiting for the light heading eastbound on 224.

Officers say after Brna ran into Schrock's vehicle, he continued westbound, and struck four other vehicles on eastbound 224.

Brna was transported to Akron General Medical Center with serious injuries, and Schrock was transported to Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.

Two other drivers, 36 year-old Amanda Szabo and 33 year-old Paula Mcatee of Mogadore, were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, and were not transported to a hospital. Another driver, 36 year-old Felicia Ulmer of Akron, and her two sons were not injured. A fourth driver had already left the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.



3/31: UPDATE U.S. 224 Open At Summit/Portage Line After Crash

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