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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Akron police are looking for a man who shot two people early Thursday morning, and then fled on a motorcycle.

Police say it happened at about 2 AM on South Hawkins Avenue.

Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards says the shooting victims, 47 year-old Alicia Shepard of Seward Avenue and 29 year-old Rayshawn Moore of Edmire Court, were involved in a verbal fight with the suspect at a bar on Vernon Odom Boulevard.

Lt. Edwards says the suspect followed the victims to the intersection of Thurston Street and South Hawkins Avenue, pulled up next to the victim's car and fired several shots into the car...then fled on a motorcycle in an unknown direction.

Lt. Edwards says Shepard was struck on the right hip and Moore was struck on the right shoulder, and were taken to the hospital. He says neither injury appears to be life threatening.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 25-35 years old, 5' 8" to 5' 10", weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, and say he was driving a motorcycle.

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Monday, 03 June 2013 14:45

Two Wounded In Weekend Shootings

Akron Police are investigating a couple of weekend shootings.

The first occurred around 1:30 Saturday morning. 25-year old David Moore of 21st Street S.W.told officers he was shot in the leg. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center. Moore claimed he was shot while walking near the intersection of West Thornton Street and Manchester Road, but two acquaintances says he was shot in the parking lot of 2500 Romig Road. Detectives are investigating.

The second shooting occurred around 8:30 Sunday night in the1000 block of Fairbanks Place. The 26-year old victim James Edwards tells police he was in an upstairs bedroom when a man walked into the house. The suspect ordered Edwards to "give it up" before firing two shots at him. Edwards was struck in the buttocks and leg. He was taken to Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Akron Police are looking for the suspect 31-year old Walter Kirkland III of Dover Avenue in Akron , on a felonious assault charge. Detectives say Kirkland should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Akron Police

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:16

Elderly Residents Robbed In Home Invasion

Akron police say a pair of elderly residents were victims of a home invasion robbery late Tuesday night.

Authorities say one of the residents recognized one the men who knocked on the door of the home in the 600 block of Springdale Street.

The victims let the two men come inside the home, but that's when the suspects pulled the hoods of their sweatshirts over their heads and forced the residents to the ground.

The suspects fled with the victims home phone, two television sets, house and car keys, a bank card and $300 in cash.

Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

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Akron taxpayers who have had to freeze their credit after a hacker attack on the city's website are getting some help.

Credit reporting agencies will charge to freeze your credit, but could waive fees if you file a police report.

The City of Akron has posted its own police incident report on the hack (link leads to PDF file on the city's website), which can be used by those who need a police report to share with credit agencies, banks and other institutions. There's also a copy of the report appended at the bottom of this story.

The report can be found on the city of Akron website, and is also posted on AkronNewsNow.com.

The city also says the website that originally posted the information has been disabled, and has no City of Akron taxpayer information.

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(City of Akron) Late last week, a cyber-attack was launched against networks across the country, including the City of Akron.  The attackers infiltrated the City of Akron’s computer network in spite of all of the efforts by the City to meet top national standards of intrusion protection systems, firewalls, and virus protection software.   The City is continuing to work closely with the FBI to determine how the City’s site was accessed and to determine the full extent of the information hacked.

Yesterday, the City of Akron filed a police incident report, Report Number 13-011564, which is attached to this press release.  Citizens can access this release for use with banking institutions, credit agencies, and to keep on file.

Also, the public website where the cyber attackers originally posted the stolen information has been disabled as of Saturday, May 18, 2013, and currently contains no City of Akron taxpayer information.

The City has already contacted 5,369 individuals by email, 5,714 individuals by Reverse Alert phone calls, and will follow up by sending a letter by mail to all affected individuals.

To find out whether your information was compromised, you should call 3-1-1 (330-375-2311 from a mobile phone) or call the City’s income tax office at 330-375-2290.

If you are on the list of individuals whose information was released, the FBI recommends that at this point, you monitor all your financial accounts very carefully until we have more information. 

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you protect your credit:

  The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit agency in San Diego, offers free victim assistance at 888-400-5530 or online at www.idtheftcenter.org.

   The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Identity Theft Unit can assist consumers after they’ve been ID theft victims by helping them straighten out accounts. Also, the office can provide a self-help assistance guide. A police report must be filed. Call 800-282-0515 or go online to www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

   Your Homeowner’s Insurance may include ID theft coverage.  If not, you may be able to add that coverage

You can also contact one of the Credit Report services and put a freeze on your credit.

   Equifax: 800-685-1111 (Option 3), Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or www.equifax.com

   Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742), Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen TX 75013 or www.experian.com

   TransUnion: 888-909-8872, TransUnion, Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834 or www.transunion.com

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Monday, 20 May 2013 12:57

Teens Rob Akron Restaurant

Robbers targeted another fast food restaurant in Akron late Sunday night. Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says several teens robbed the Church's Chicken at 700 South Arlington around 11pm..

The employees reported as they were locking up the store at closing time, five suspects approached them in the parking lot and forced the workers back into the restaurant at gunpoint. The suspects, ranging in age from 13 to 18, then demanded money from the restaurant's safe and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt.

The suspects are described as five black males, ranging from 5' 6" to six feet tall, and weighing between 130 and 160 pounds.


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Monday, 13 May 2013 12:36

Gunmen Rob Akron Pizza Shop

Police are looking for the robbers who hit the Domino’s Pizza, at 730 East Market Street in Akron , around 12:30 this morning. The suspects entered through an unlocked back door while an employee was outside smoking. The four suspects, armed with handguns, demanded money. They fled with an unreported amount of cash, the employees’ cell phones, a laptop computer and car keys.

The suspects were black males, 15 – 20 years old, wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.

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