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.

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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.

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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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An Akron man is wanted in connection with an assault at a local bar.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, a 55-year-old man and a 53-year-old man were assaulted with a pool stick at the King Sportsman Tavern on West Waterloo Road.

Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says police have issued felonious assault warrants for 25-year-old Bradley Sherman of Akron.

A bar employee reported to police Sherman was told to leave the bar earlier becaise he tried to take a beer.

Sherman returned with two other men and allegedly used a cue stick to attack two men seated at the bar.

Both men suffered head injuries after the incident. One was transported to Barberton Citizens Hospital and the other was treated on scene by paramedics.

Sherman is a white man, 25-years-old, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.

Anyone with information about Sherman’s whereabouts is asked to contact Akron police.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:43

Police Searching For Hit-Skip Vehicle

Akron police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-skip accident early Saturday morning.

Police said a 42-year-old man was driving his motorcycle in the 2100 block of Akron-Peninsula Road where a black SUV drove left of center and struck the motorcyclist .

The driver of the SUV fled the scene. The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Police said they're looking for the vehicle, possibly a black Jeep Laredo with damage to the front and left side.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the traffic bureau at (330) 375-2506.

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Friday, 14 June 2013 16:23

Aggravated Robberies In Akron

Akron Police had to deal with two different Aggravated Robberies as they wrapped up the week.

On Thursday morning, Scion M. Martin, 27, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault.

The victim, a 23 year old, met Martin at his Thornapple Drive home to sell a Playstation. When inside, Martin hit the victim in the head, stealing his Playstation, cell phone, and some beer.

Captain Dan Zampelli with the Akron Police Department says the victim suffered facial injuries including a fractured orbital and a broken nose.

Martin was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Akron Police then responded to another Aggravated Robbery at the corner of Greenwood and Stoner Ave.

The 20 year old victim was walking down the street when someone fired several shots out of a car in his direction.

As the suspect approached the victim, he shot two more times, then pistol whipped and robbed the victim of his cell phone prescription drugs and a large amount of money.

Akron Police are still investigating this incident, if you have any information, contact APD.

 

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Friday, 14 June 2013 17:18

New Search For Missing Akron Woman

A search has been organized for 19-year old Taylor Robinson of Akron, missing for the last six weeks.The search effort, organized by a friend of the Robinson family, will start at Arlington Plaza Shopping Center at 1400 South Arlington Street at 2 Saturday afternoon. The public is invited to participate.

There's been very little progress to report in the investigation by Akron Police and the FBI to find Robinson, according to her mother Carmilla Robinson. " I think it (the investigation) is at a standstill because of the lack of any more information, tips and you know eyewitness help," says Carmilla. But she says hopefully the search will keep her daughter's case top of mind with the community.

Robinson fears the evidence trail to find Taylor is growing colder with each passing day. " That's your fear every day, that every minute that goes by, the more time, the less answers. So time is not always kind."    

Flyers have been distributed across the city in the effort to find her. Carmilla Robinson says it wasn't like her daughter to just disappear without contacting her family.

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Monday, 10 June 2013 15:38

Abreu Pleads Guilty

Former University of Akron point guard Alex Abreu pleaded guilty to third-degree felony drug charges Monday.

Akron Police say on March 7th he accepted a package containing five pounds of marijuana.

Attorney Bob Meeker confirmed that Abreu pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana and was given a two year prison sentence, but that was suspended.

"He has done everything he could to show his good faith between the time he was arrested and now. He's finished the semester, he's gotten himself religiously involved in the Broken Chains Ministry" Says Meeker.

He's been placed on probation for 18 months and fined $5,000 but the fee was waived because he sign a poverty affidavit.

Meeker also said that "He's doing a pretty good job on getting his life back together and it was tough for him to admit this but he stood up like a man and entered his plea of guilty and Judge Rowlands saw enough merit in what he's done and placed him on probation and we're grateful for that."

Earlier this year The University of Akron basketball team won the MAC Championship, sending them to the NCAA Tournament. Then lost in the first round to VCU 88-42.

"He'd prefer to stay at Akron, he'd prefer to play his senior year at Akron, now wether thats at all possible I have no idea. But he has a year of eligibility left" Concluded Meeker.

The University has made a statement on Abreu's case as it stands now, saying that "University of Akron junior guard Alex Abreu remains suspended indefinitely from the men's basketball team following today's verdict.

Both The University of Akron and the Department of Athletics will review his case and will determine his status at a later date.

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