Friday, 25 October 2013 11:48

Akron Hit-Skip Driver Arrested

The hit-skip driver being sought by Akron Police for striking and seriously injuring a construction worker on I-77 has been captured. Akron Police and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive task Force tracked 40-year old Tamika Perkins down at her home. She was found hiding behind the furnace in her basement. She was arrested without incident.

Perkins was driving a tan SUV that struck the worker in a construction zone on I-77 near Vernon Odom Boulevard last month.. She then fled the scene. Perkins was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Perkins, of Hollinger Street in Akron is charged with felony hit skip, driving under a suspended license, driving on a closed road and failure to control.  

Around 8pm on September 9th Tamika Perkins was driving a tan SUV northbound on Interstate 77 at Vernon Odom Boulevard, when she drove into the construction zone and struck a worker. Perkins fled the area. The victim suffered serious injuries.

Tamika Perkins has been booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Monday, 21 October 2013 12:43

Akron Police Investigate Weekend Robberies

Akron police are investigating two separate robberies that happened over the weekend.

Police say two suspects, armed with handguns, attempted to rob a 32-year-old man near the intersection of East South Street and Allyn Street Sunday night. When the victim told the two suspects that he didn't have any cash, one of the suspects shot the victim in the leg. The suspects fled on foot.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where his injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Police say the suspects are between the ages of 13 and 15. Only a vague description of the suspects was released.

The second robbery happened near the intersection Lovers Lane and Inman Street around 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old man told police he was walking home when two suspects approached him from behind. Police say one of the suspects punched the victim in the head and another man took his belongings. The victim told police that one of suspects held a gun to the his head during the robbery.

Police say the suspects got away with $12.00 in cash, cigarettes and a cell phone.

Authorities say the victim's injuries are non-life threatening.

Police says the suspects are two black males, 20 – 25 years old. Police say the first suspect is 5’07” – 5’11”, thin, wearing blue jeans, button up shirt, hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask. The second suspect is 6’0” – 6’02”, wearing all black clothing.

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Friday, 18 October 2013 15:49

Detectives Sign Murder Warrant

Akron Police have signed a murder warrant in the case of 53-year-old Lori Patch. She was found dead with severe head trauma behind a vacant South Street business.

Tyrone Benford, 41, of Ira Avenue in Akron has been linked to the case by DNA evidence, he is currently in the Summit County Jail on unrelated charges.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says Benford was found shortly after the discovery of Patch.

"Shortly after Lori Patch was found dead, several other officer responded to the Akron Masjid located on Old Main Street for a break in," said Lt. Edwards.

Benford broke in through the front window of the Mosque, and was later found hiding in a small bathroom.

Bond was set at $1 million, after his appearance in court Friday.

See our previous coverage: On Lori Patch and Tyrone Benford.

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Friday, 04 October 2013 17:49

Arrests Made In Recent Homicide

Two men have been arrested by Akron Police thanks to a tip from the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Jerel Knights, 22, and Doniere Love, 23, both of West Miller Avenue in Akron, have been charged with murder, tampering with Evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

Knights and Love were allegedly involved in the murder of Clarence Keyes of Russell Avenue in Akron.

Keyes was found on September 22 in the 400 block of West Miller.

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Friday, 20 September 2013 16:07

Finding Singh's Family

Update 6:20 p.m. Family has been located by the Medical Examiners Office. Relatives living in the New Jersey area have been notified.

No additional information has been provided.

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The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is still looking for family of a man shot and killed last week on Alphada Avenue.

Amandeep Singh, 21, was killed during an altercation with another man September 12th.

A native of India, Singh lived alone on East Tallmadge Avenue.

Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler spoke with AkronNewsNow and said her office knew finding Singh's family was going to be a difficult process.

"When someone comes into our office, we have an idea of who their potential next of kin is. In this case, we were advised early on that his parents were deceased and there were no known living relatives" Said Kohler.

Singh also lived at a Fairway Park apartment in Copley Township, and was recently paroled from prison after serving two years for robbery and assault.

Kohler says "I don't know if it's an issue of where he was originally from or is it just the fact that he is now alone and has no parents living or any siblings, but that's what were hoping to find out if there's another relative living in the area."

Akron Police have made an arrest in the case, Marcus Turner, 36, is being held in the Summit County Jail on aggravated murder and felonious assault charges.

"Then we would be able to go forward with final arrangements based on having made a diligent search for family. We would arrange with the jurisdiction where he lived to take care of the burial arrangements" Said Kohler.

Anyone that may have information on Singhs family is asked to contact the Medical Examiner's Office.

Kohler concluded in saying "If anyone has information, please call our office. The number is 330-643-2101. Gary Gunther is my chief investigator and he's helping facilitate this search."

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Akron police have recovered six stolen vehicles from a BMW dealership on West Exchange Street.

Lt. Rick Edwards says several suspects broke into Dave Walter BMW sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

The suspects allegedly broke out a lower panel of the the garage door and then pried open the key drop-off box at the dealership. The suspects took several sets of car keys belonging to customers who had dropped their vehicles off for service.

All six vehicles that were taken from the dealership were located in various locations in the city. Police say several vehicles had minor to moderate damage.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the theft. Detectives are following-up on several other suspects in the case and additional charges are expected.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:37

Woman Robbed At Traffic Light

Akron police say a 30-year-old woman was robbed while stopped at a traffic light early Wednesday morning on the city's west side.

Captain Dan Zampelli says it happened in the 700 block of Edgewood Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m.

The woman told police that she was stopped at a traffic light in the 700 block of Edgewood Avenue where a man stood in front of her car and told her that she had a flat tire.

When the woman stepped out of her car to check the flat tire, the man grabbed her purse and fled the scene. A description of the suspect was not available.

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Monday, 09 September 2013 13:19

Burglars Hit Former Akron Elementary School

Akron Police are looking for the suspects who broke into the former Heminger Elementary School on 11th Street Southwest Sunday night. The burglars cut a whole in a fence and broke a window and tried to take a lot according to Captain Dan Zampelli. Zampelli tells AkronNewsNow officers found a box truck and a pick-up truck filled with items taken from the school, including air conditioners, fountains and metal cabinets.

Zampelli says detectives are trying to develop leads on who may have broken into the school and then fled before they could drive the items away.

The city of Akron plans to construct senior citizen housing units at the location. Heminger was closed in 2005.

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Friday, 06 September 2013 14:17

Akron Man Shot In Car

Akron Police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 2 Thursday afternoon at the intersection of East Avenue and Diagonal Road. The victim, Sergio Noel, 26, of Russell Avenue in Akron, reported he was sitting in a car at the intersection when he was shot in the hip by an unknown black male. Noel drove to Akron General Medical Center; where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Anyone with more information on the shooting is asked to call Akron Police,

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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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