Thursday, 29 August 2013 22:15

Akron Shooting Leaves One Dead

UPDATED August 30, 2013 1:01 p.m. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim of Thursday afternoon's shooting at a parking lot located at South Arlington and Lovers Lane. 

Paris D. Wicks, II, 23, was from Wall Street in Akron.

The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the torso, and the death has been classified as homicide.

(Summit County Medical Examiner) The male victim that was shot on 8/29/2013 in the driveway of 1034 Lovers Lane has been positively identified as  Paris D. Wicks, II, a 23-year-old male from Wall Street in Akron.

The autopsy has been completed and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso.  The manner of death is Homicide.

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Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner are investigating a late Thursday afternoon shooting that left one person dead and another wounded on South Arlington Street at Lovers Lane.

Shots were fired following an argument between two men in the parking lot of a business near the intersection. Detectives and the Medical Examiner have released no further details on the shooting.

The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification of relatives.

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Monday, 26 August 2013 16:46

Search Continues For Missing Akron Teen

The search continues for missing Akron teen Taylor Robinson.

A search Monday led private investigators, volunteers and a tracking dog through a wooded area behind Spring Hill Towers at 1221 Everton Drive.

The group met Monday morning at Sunrise Drive and Thorton Street.

"There was a call that came in over the tip line. We weren't successful at locating her, but thats a good thing" says Tom Fields, a private investigator for Accurate Investigative Services.

Fields tells AkronNewsNow they are receiving a steady stream of information in the effort to locate Taylor.

"We're getting a stream of information that we were hoping for and it seems as time goes by the information is getting to be more and more on point" he says.

Robinson was last seen on May 4th at an Akron home where she worked as a home health aide.

Fields concluded with "I just want to encourage the community to keep their eyes and ears open and if they hear of anything or see anything that might be of interest regarding Taylor, I'd have to tell you to contact Akron Investigative Services."

Cadaver dogs did find some clothing and a scent of a human body. It turns out it was a pair of grey shorts belonging to a homeless person, not connected to Robinson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Investigative Services.

There's also a tip line you can call, the number is 1-877-836-1288.

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Friday, 23 August 2013 19:22

Teen Flips Car In Chase

A 14 year old Akron boy lead police on a short high speed chase Friday morning.

It ended on South Hawkins Avenue with the child upsidedown in the vehicle he was driving.

Akron Police pulled the vehicle over at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road around 3:30 a.m. for a traffic violation, according to News Channel 5.

As officers approached the car, the boy sped north, hitting speeds above 60 mph.

Attempting to turn right onto Thurston Street, the boy flipped the car onto it's roof, landing in a yard.

Police realized it was only a 14 year old driving when they pulled him from the flipped car.

The boy was taken to the hospital but officers say he appeared uninjured.

The car was not reported stolen and police believe it belonged to a family member.

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Akron Police have seen just about everything when it comes to criminals and drug users trying to hide the evidence. But an Akron woman thought she had hidden her drugs where no one would find them.

Tina M. Burmeister, 33, of Fairbanks Place. was charged with Possession of Meth, Drug Instruments, and Drug Paraphernalia after officers say they observed her in a drug transaction in a parking lot on Mogadore Road. They saw Burmeister allegedly stuffing contraband in her crotch area. Officers recovered a small amount of meth, a bundle of heroin, a needle and a digital scale.

Burmeister’s 8 year old son was present in the vehicle.

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Friday, 09 August 2013 16:47

Akron Man Gets Nine Years

An Akron man has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Hermaine Powell, 38, of Wakefield has been found guilty of Aggravated Burglary, Felonious Assault and Disrupting Public Services.

In April, Powell waited for a female acquaintance at her home. Once she arrived, he dragged the women from her car by her hair, then started punching and kicking her.

Powell continued to beat his victim, dragging her into the apartment where she was able to call 911.

The police arrived and Powell fled, only to be captured attempting to climb a fence.


Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Judge Alison McCarty sentenced Hermaine D. Powell, 38, of Wakefield in Akron, to nine years in prison.

On April 6, Powell was waiting for a female acquaintance when she arrived home. He dragged the woman from her car by her hair and hit, punched and kicked her. Powell then dragged the woman into her apartment, where he continued to beat her and ripped out a large chunk of her hair. The woman called 911, but Powell grabbed the phone and hung up.

When police arrived, Powell ran from the apartment. He was captured attempting to climb a fence.

A jury found Powell guilty of Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree; Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree; and Disrupting Public Services, a felony of the fourth degree, on July 16, 2013.

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Monday, 05 August 2013 12:18

Computer Link Between APD And UAPD

University of Akron Police and city of Akron police are strengthening their partnership with a technology upgrade.  UAPD Chief Paul Callahan says linking the two departments through computers will keep both sides up-to-date on any matter that they both need to know about.

"All of the information that our officers develop and Akron officers develop will be almost instantaneously shared by the two departments," said Callahan.

Callahan says it started out as a way to improve officer safety, but he says the benefits reach beyond the ranks.  Callahan says, for example, the the Computer Aided Dispatch component allows both departments to hear calls from dispatchers in the UA area, allowing whoever is closest to the scene would respond first, regardless of whose turf.  Without the system, Akron officers, for example, were unlikely to be aware of a complaint on or near the campus until they were alerted minutes later. 

"We work so close together as it is and just the sharing of information is so critical with law enforcement agencies across the country, to this is just one more step in that direction," said Callahan.

According to Callahan, information about non-arrested suspects, which could include threatening behavior, now reaches the other department instantly, rather than a couple of days later when a handwritten card would arrive.

Callahan says the new system also adds efficiency to crime reporting and analysis through the Record Management System portion of the electronic addition.



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Friday, 26 July 2013 18:25

Firestone Park Road Closures

Akron Police want to inform the public on road closures that will effect the Firestone Park area Sunday morning from 7am to 11am.

The following streets will be closed for a short time during the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure.

Wilbeth Road between Firestone Parkway and South Main Street.

South Main Street from Firestone Boulevard to Swartz Road. Southbound lanes will be closed. Northbound traffic will be allowed.

Swartz Road from South Main Street to Harrington Road.

Harrington Road from Swartz to Warner Road.
Warner Road from South Main Street to Arlington Road. Access for emergency vehicles and residential traffic will be maintained to the west of Harrington Road and the east of Laforge Drive.


The following streets will be closed for a short period of time during the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure on Sunday, July 28, 2013, between 7:00 and 11:00 AM.

Wilbeth Road between Firestone Parkway and South Main Street.

South Main Street from Firestone Boulevard to Swartz Road. Southbound lanes will be closed. Northbound traffic will be allowed.

Swartz Road from South Main Street to Harrington Road.

Harrington Road from Swartz to Warner Road.
Warner Road from South Main Street to Arlington Road. Access for emergency vehicles and residential traffic will be maintained to the west of Harrington Road and the east of Laforge Drive.

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A police chase through Akron early Thursday morning ended when the driver crashed into a utility pole.

NewsChannel 5 reports it started around 4 a.m. near Interstate 76 and East Market Street and ended about 15 minutes later at the intersection of East York Street and Patterson Avenue.

The driver wasn't hurt and was taken into custody. Power wasn't knocked out in the area but the pole will have to be replaced.

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The Akron man accused of making powerful explosives that seriously injured another Akron man is now out of jail and says he's not to blame for the incident.

NewsChannel 5
cameras caught up with  66-year-old Wayne Jones, who said he was shocked by what happened outside of his Grand Avenue home Monday night.

"I think they're blaming me for what happened to him, but he's a grown man. I didn't have anything to do with it," Jones explained.

Akron Police say Jones has been charged with illegal assembly of chemicals/explosives, possession of criminal tools, manufacturing explosives, and other charges. Jones posted a $5,000 bond.

34-year-old Kevin Skubic suffered injuries while loading fireworks into his truck in front of Jones' home.

He is currently being treated in the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital as friends say he lost his left hand, may lose his right hand, sustained burns all over his body, and suffered eye damage.

Police were called to Jones' home after reports of a loud explosion. He then gave authorities consent to search his home where they found explosive materials, scales, and other related items.

Police and investigators said they believe Skubic left the home and was carrying a substantial amount of fireworks when the explosion occurred. However Jones says it was Skubic himself who made the explosives and he went to the house Monday night to pick up some fireworks he had stored there.

The blast has Skubic's friends upset and worried.

Brittany Goff, a friend of Skubic's says he's the father of two girls.

"I'm just worried about the youngest one. She might not get to play catch with her dad. It's just sad to me," Goff said.

Officers tell the TV station they don't know what set off the blast, but it shattered the windows of nearby homes and rattled neighbors.

Jones is set to appear before a magistrate July 19.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Two Akron city employees could face charges of misusing money coming into city recreation centers.        

Not following proper cash handling procedures taking in money at the centers is one thing, says Mayor Don Plusquellic. But he says auditors and Akron police are investigating two rec department employees for possibly misusing money. The mayor says one employee is on paid leave now and could be suspended without pay soon. Neither are yet being named. Summit County's internal audit department is looking into the scope of the rec center cash handling issue.

News Release From The City Of Akron

Today, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced an ongoing investigation by Summit County’s Department of Internal Auditing and City of Akron Police into the handling of cash transactions by employees in the City’s recreation centers.
“Earlier this year, it came to our attention that employees at some of our recreation centers may not be handling cash transactions in accordance with our established procedures,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “We first notified the police and asked for an investigation into the matter, and then we entered into an agreement with Summit County internal auditors to review what had transpired.”    

Currently, police and Summit County internal auditors are interviewing employees, and the internal auditors are additionally reviewing financial reports and cash handling procedures.  

In 2003, there was a similar issue at Good Park golf course. A complete audit was performed at each location and specific cash handling procedures were put into place. Since then, the City’s internal auditor and several key finance department employees retired. Due to the economic downturn, they were not replaced. 

“It appears that policies were not followed. If it turns out that there was a misuse of funds in this instance, the details will be flushed out by the police and the internal auditors and appropriate action will be taken,” noted Mayor Plusquellic.

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