Security and training are the topics of discussion for local law enforcement following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

Akron Police Chief James Nice says the police department and the Summit County Sheriff's Office train regularly for similar events.

"Just this year for our in-service, we had active shooter training, which had to do with responding to live incidents like that," said Nice. "We have a team of people that have been specifically trained, even more in-depth." 

Nice says the department trains with many different agencies in Summit County including fire, EMS and federal law enforcement.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry says there's extensive training that goes into training a bomb squad.

"Our bomb squad is trained through federal means when they first join the team and their training is continuous ," said Barry. "And our guys are exceptionally trained and they do a terrific job."

Barry says it can be a difficult job trying to piece together events following an explosive, especially in a crowded area .

"It'll take a lot of time for it to be safely done and, like I said, they would have to utilize their resources," said Barry.

Akron Police Chief James Nice says federal and local law enforcement will use every tool they have to try and piece together critical information.

"{Law enforcement } will be using every tool in the box," said Nice. "Whether it's tire track marks, satellite information, camera information, they'll be brining every tool in humanly possible ," said Nice.

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Monday, 15 April 2013 14:53

Akron Murder Suspect Sought

Akron Police Detectives are investigating the death of 21-year old Anthony R. Smith, of Whitney Avenue in Akron. Around 12:30 Saturday afternoon, Smith was shot in the chest outside a home in the 1300 block of 8th Avenue. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.

A suspect has been identified and a warrant for aggravated murder has been issued for 21-year old Randy A. Thomas,with a last known address on 7th Avenue in Akron. Police say Randy Thomas should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Randy Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A reward is being offered in the fatal shooting of a McDonald's employee near downtown Akron over the weekend.

The $10,000 reward is for information or arrest of whoever's responsible for the shooting death of 28 year-old John Lehman of Akron.

He was shot to death late Saturday taking out the trash at the McDonald's at 390 West Market Street.

A suspect and vehicle description is online at

Summit County CrimeStoppers, the U.S. Marshals Office and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are teaming up with McDonald's to offer the reward.

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Saturday, 06 April 2013 10:52

Second Arrest In Double Homicide

New Franklin Police have made a second arrest in connection with the murders of 56 year old attorney Jeffrey Schobert and his wife Margaret in their Rex Lake Drive home tis week.

New Franklin Police with assistance from Akron Police arrested a 14 year old juvenile. The teen is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of aggravated burglary and was taken to Summit County Detention Center. 

Police are not commenting at this time on what role role the teen played in the double homicide.

The arrest comes after Shawn Ford, 17, was arrested earlier this week. He was charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Ford was dating the daughter of the couple, Chelsea Schobert. He was also charged with assaulting and stabbing Her. She is recovering in an Akron area hospital.

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A tip has led Akron Police to a new, different suspect, and a reported confession, in the hit-skip accident that injured a five year old boy.

Akron Police say the tip from the CrimeStoppers hotline led them to interview 38 year-old William Wilkes Jr. of North Hawkins Avenue, and police say he admitted involvement in the accident March 15th on Goodhue Drive.

Wilkes was booked into the Summit County Jail on felony hit-skip and suspended license charges.

A man previously arrested in the accident, 48 year-old Shaune Chesney, has been released...and the charges against Chesney have been dismissed. Police say at the time, a witness identified him as the driver.

The five-year-old boy was treated for a broken leg at Akron Children's Hospital.



3/22/13: Akron Hit-Skip Driver Arrested

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:17

Reward Offered For Fugitive's Arrest

The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking for the public's help for information that could lead to the arrest of Shawn Anthony Johnson.

Johnson is wanted for Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault. On March 29, of 2012. a man reported he was sitting in a van in the 900 block of Wall Street, when two men approached him. He was robbed of $1,000 in cash and then allegedly shot by Shawn Johnson. The victim was transported to Akron City Hospital where his injuries were not life threatening.

A reward is being offered by the Task Force for information lesading to Johnson's arrest.

Shawn A. Johnson has a last known address on Wall Street in Akron. He is 26 years old, 6’0” tall and 170 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Monday, 25 March 2013 16:48

North Hill Shooting Suspect Arrested

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the North Hill Shooting.

In late January, Wylene Edwards, 59, was traveling in her car on Elma Avenue when she saw two men walking in the roadway.

Edwards Flashed her headlights at the two people to warn that she was behind them. The suspects then walked off to the side of the road so she could pass.

After Edwards drove past the males, one of them fired several shots at the car striking Edwards in the upper shoulder and the back.

William B. Dawson, 21, of Cuyahoga Street in Akron has been arrested on charges of felonious assault and participating in a criminal gang.

Dawson was identified by physical evidence from the shooting and is already in the Summit County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Friday, 22 March 2013 10:20

Akron Hit-Skip Driver Arrested

Akron Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a hit-skip accident in which the driver allegedly struck a five-year old boy, apologized to the victim, and then drove away last week.  

Officers from the Akron Police Department Traffic Bureau arrested Shaune P. Chesney, 48, of Westgay Avenue in Akron on a felony charge of hit skip, and driving under a suspended license.

On the afternoon of  March 15th, Chesney allegedly struck the boy while the child was crossing Goodhue Avenue. Chesney reportedly stopped momentarily, asked the boy if he was alright, and then fled the scene. The five year old was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital by family where he was treated for a broken leg.

Chesney and he was stopped on West Market and Pershing Avenue Thursday afternoon, taken into custody and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Chesney is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Akron Municipal Court this morning, March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:10

Massillon Man Shot In Akron

Akron Police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 12:30am this morning in the 100 block of Stuber Street. The victim, Anthony J. Martin, 20, of Massillon, was transported to St. Thomas Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

No other information is available at this time. The shooting remains under investigation.

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Update 5:49 a.m. -

A standoff in North Hill has ended peacefully with the suspect in custody after a SWAT team surrounded a home following reports of early gunfire.

The original shots fired were reported on Patterson Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Two people were arrested early this morning. The third suspect was taken into custody after the standoff at a home on Zeller Avenue.


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A SWAT team is surrounding a house in North Hill, where officers believe a gunman is hiding.

The original shots fired were reported on Patterson Avenue, just west of State Route 8, around 2:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported, according to Akron detectives.

Police have two people in custody, but a third person is believed to be inside of a home off of Zeller Avenue.

Officers have a house surrounded.

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