Two Akron Police officers were sent to the hospital Thursday night after a crash.

It happened at 5th Avenue and South Arlington Street around 9:00 p.m. The other car involved was a Buick that was turning onto South Arlington when it struck the police cruiser, which wound up on the steps of Bethel Baptist Church.

Officers at the scene say the woman driving the Buick appeared to be intoxicated. She was taken to the hospital. Both officers in the crash were treated and released. 

The police inside that cruiser were on their way to a robbery in progress at Church's Chicken in the 700-block of S. Arlington.

"Unfortunately, due to the traffic accident and delaying the responding officers, the robbery suspects were not apprehended," said Lt. Rick Edwards.

Police can offer only a vague description of the robbers.

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Monday, 13 January 2014 17:52

Akron Man Sentenced to Life

An Akron man pleaded guilty Monday to murder, felonious assault and endangering children.

On June 19, Tyvon D. Ward, 22, of East Emerling Street found out that one of his girlfriends was 34 weeks pregnant. Later that day, he attacked their four year old son, throwing him around the room. A few hours later, Ward assaulted the girlfriend, punching her in the stomach and face.

The woman was transported to the hospital the next day, where doctors discovered that her baby had died as a result of the beating. While the woman was at the hospital, Ward and another girlfriend left his severely injured four-year-old son home alone. Akron Police found the boy laying on the carpet.

After being taken to the hospital, doctors found fractures in the boy's face that were caused by the beating the day before.

Judge Lynne Callahan immediately sentenced Ward to life in prison. He'll be eligible for parole in 20 years.


Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Tyvon D. Ward, 22, of East Emerling Street in Akron, pleaded guilty today to Murder; Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree; and Endangering Children, a felony of the second degree.

On June 19, Ward learned that one of his girlfriends was 34 weeks pregnant. That same day, he attacked their four-year-old son, throwing him around the room. A few hours later, Ward assaulted the girlfriend, punching her in the stomach and face. On June 20, the woman was bleeding and in so much pain that she had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance. The doctors there discovered that her baby had died as a result of the beating.

While the woman was at the hospital, Ward and another girlfriend left his severely injured four-year-old son home alone. When Akron police officers went to Ward’s home to question him about his girlfriend’s injuries, they found the little boy home alone, laying on the carpet. The officers took him to Akron Children’s Hospital, where they learned that Ward’s attack the previous day caused fractures in the little boy’s face.

Judge Lynne Callahan immediately sentenced Ward to life in prison. He will first be eligible for parole after serving 20 years in prison.

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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:06

Akron PD Unveils New Cruisers

The Akron Police Department is ready to roll out a new fleet of police cruisers that look much different. The department is trading in their old white vehicles with blue and gold decals that bore the police badge prominently on the door for a more traditional black with blue and metallic gold lettering.

Captain Dan Zampelli tells AkronNewsNow the new design is the result of input from the department, community, and city employees. 

The current vehicles in the department’s fleet will retain the white with blue and gold stripes until they are replaced with the new vehicles, which will take about four years. 

Zampelli says the lettering and decals on the new cruisers will be reflective allowing for better visibility at night.

The new vehicles will be Ford Interceptor police SUVs and modified Ford Taureses and should be seen on Akron streets within the next few months. They will be unveiled to the public Saturday at Winterfest at Lock 3 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 05:50

Woman Shot During Akron Robbery

Akron Police are investigating a home invasion and shooting on South Rhodes Avenue.

NewsChannel 5 reports men got into a home through a window early this (Thursday) morning and told a woman they wanted personal items, then they shot her in the leg.

She's in stable condition but her home was ransacked.

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Monday, 02 December 2013 15:51

Akron Police Seek Help

Akron Police are looking for a couple of thieves and need your help.

The BP gas station on Merriman Road was robbed on November 29th and the suspects were caught on tape.

The first suspect on the video appears to be a Black light skinned or Hispanic female, 18-25 years old, 5'04" - 5'05", and 200 - 220 lbs.

She was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and white gloves.

The second suspect on the video was wielding a gun, and has a similar description. 18-25 years old, 5'10" - 6'00" tall and 140 - 160 lbs.

He had on a black hooded sweatshirt with a red logo and dark colored pants.

Both suspects should be considered armed and exteremly dangerous.

If you have any information, contact Akron Police or Detective Stephens at (330)-375-2490. You can also leave tips at

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:43

Akron Police Arrest Four In Armed Robbery

Akron Police report that shortly before midnight Tuesday night, two men were robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of Power Street and Kling Street. 
The victims reported a black, four door Mitsubishi passed them, then turned around and the driver and front seat passenger exited the car. The suspects approached the victims and demanded their belongings at gunpoint.
The suspects took the victims’ wallets, keys, debit cards, cell phones and $30.00 in cash, before they got back into the Mitsubishi and fled.
Officers found the suspects’ vehicle near the intersection of East Market Street and East Buchtel Avenue. 
Officers arrested Omar T. Mustin, 21, of Atwood Drive in Cleveland; Asante R. Sharp, 19, of Crosby Street in Akron; London T. Campbell, 23, of North Thomas Road in Tallmadge; and a 17 year old boy from Akron. They were charged with robbery. 
The adults were booked into the Summit County Jail and the juvenile was placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
The pellet gun used in the robbery was found inside of the car.
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An elderly couple in the 800 block of Easter Avenue became victims of a home invasion robbery Thursday morning. The 81year old man told Akron Police he heard a knock at his front door. As he walked to the door, he heard two men enter the house through his patio door. The suspects were armed with handguns and demanded money from the victim. He told them he didn’t have any money. The suspects then searched the house and took items from the victim’s wife’s purse and a flat screen television before fleeing.

The suspects are three black males. The first suspect is a light complexioned black male, 17 – 20 years old, 5’07” – 5’10”, thin, wearing saggy pants with aqua shorts underneath and a black mask covering the lower half of his face. No description of the second  suspect. 


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Monday, 18 November 2013 16:06

VIDEO Akron Police Seek Teenage Thief

Akron Police are asking the public's help in finding a teenage thief.

Around 3:00pm Friday afternoon, a 21 year old female was robbed of her cell phone after being pushed against a building.

The victim was near the business in the 800 block of West Market Street when she was approached by the suspect.

It's estimated that the suspect is between the ages of 13 to 15 years of age, 5’06” – 5’08”, 130 – 140 lbs., and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, khaki colored pants and flip-flops with white socks. 

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Monday, 18 November 2013 15:39

Akron Police: Weekend Shootings

Akron Police had a two different, unrelated shootings to deal with over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, police responded to the El Camaleon, a night club on South Arlington Street for a fight with shots fired.

While police were on scene, they learned of a 37 year old shooting victim at Akron City Hospital.

The victim was shot in the arm while sitting in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of the night club.

His injuries are non-life threatening, call APD with any information.

Earlier that same morning, a 31 year-old female was shot in the arm following a verbal altercation with her live in boyfriend, Demetrius U. Felder, 32, of Gaylord Drive.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with felonious assault , domestic violence, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability.

Felder was booked into the Summit County Jail and scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Akron Municipal Court, Monday morning. 

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Monday, 11 November 2013 15:54

VIDEO Akron Police Seek Public's Help

Akron Police are asking the public for help in locating a man who robbed the Burlington Coat Factory on Howe Avenue on October 23.

The suspect, a black male between the ages of 28 and 32, was exiting the store without paying for his merchandise when he was confronted by a store clerk.

When confronted, the suspect told the clerk "Don't come any closer or I will pop you."

The suspect had on a dark skull cap, dark jacket, khaki pants, and tan work boots.

If you have any information please call Akron Police.

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