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A kidnapping suspect fires a round at sheriff deputies before he was taken into custody.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office reports 52-year old James Maffei of Coventry Township is charged with kidnapping for allegedly holding a 17-year old girl at his home from Saturday until Monday.
The Sheriff's Office reports the victim and a friend stopped by Maffei's home on Dollar Drive on Saturday. The friend and Maffei had a fight over a debt.
Deputies say Maffei shot the victim's friend, who ran away, as the victim was held hostage. The victim escaped Monday night and she told authorities she was held against her will and an assault took place over the weekend.
A search warrant was used by sheriff deputies to enter Maffei's home. That's when officials say Maffei fired a round of shots at them before he was arrested.
Maffei is now sitting in the Summit County Jail and additional charges are pending as deputies continue to investigate the incident.
Police in Wooster say two shootings that happened over the weekend were related.
WKYC Channel 3 News reports 21-year-old Clifford J. Johnson was shot in the 500 block of E. North Street at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.
Police have identified a suspect and are searching for him.
A second shooting is believed to be connected to this incident. The gunfire for the second shooting happened on Washington Street Sunday morning in Wooster. No one was injured.
As Wooster police investigate both crimes, anyone with information may call the detective's office at 330-287-5720.
Wooster Police Looking Into Homicide
A Highland Square beauty shop owner arrived to her business Thursday afternoon to find a symbol on her front door.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says the Akron Gang Unit interviewed Bobbi Smith, the owner of A Beautiful You Hair Salon Thursday afternoon, regarding the symbol she told the Beacon Journal "offended" her.
The marking is described to look like a Nazi swastika, about two inches wide and police say it was created with a black permanent marker.
"Our gang unit is very good with these types of investigations," he said. "First, you have to determine if this is a tagging incident or is it graffiti, and according to our gang unit, this would be graffiti."
Edwards said this is the only incident of its kind for some time.
"We have not had any other reported incidents like this," Lt. Edwards said. "Our gang unit is going to be following up on it."
Anyone can access the shop located inside the Highland Square Apartment complex at 733 W. Market St.
Edwards said Smith was troubled by the incident and anytime residents are concerned, he said they will try their best to get to the bottom of it.
"Anytime that we have these types of incidents and somebody's concerned about, obviously we take it serious and we're going to look into it," he said.
The gang unit is investigating if any former customers or anyone Smith knows are at all responsible and why. Edwards said they've requested surveillance tapes outside the shop to see if a suspect can be spotted.
An investigation into a number of complaints leads to the arrest of two on drug charges.
The Akron Police Narcotics Unit used a search warrant to enter an Akron home at 860 Avon Street. On Wednesday evening, authorities found more than 40 grams of crack cocaine and almost 80 grams of the drug in powdered form. More than $3,000 cash accompanied the drugs.
Detectives then arrested Letroy Graham, 28, on trafficking cocaine charges, among other charges. April Stoyer, 20, was also arrested on the same charges. The two Avon Street residents were taken to the Summit County Jail, putting an end to the month-long investigation.
The police search for a wanted Barberton man ends in handcuffs.
19-year old Michael S. Spears Jr. was arrested late last night in Akron near the intersection of Thornton Street and South Rhodes Avenue.
He was arrested by Akron police officers and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on charges of domestic violence, felonious assault and discharging a firearm.
He was taken to the Summit County Jail.
Earlier this week, police say Spears Jr. and his father had a verbal fight that turned sour when Spears Jr. allegedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots. Police reports one of the shots was directed toward the father.
No one suffered injuries.
Barberton Man Wanted For Shooting At Dad
It's the last original retail business along Main Street in downtown Akron. The Peanut Shoppe opened in the 1930's and has stayed in place, even as the number those flocking to the downtown changed over the years.
Owner Marge Klein now says crowds are coming into her store.
"They always seem to come back," she said of her loyal followers.
Klein also credits Lock 3's winter activities for drawing families downtown.
"Lock 3 has been a real asset for us, it's really helping us get through," she said.
"Any of the events they have over there, it brings people downtown and they always seem to come across the street to us. It does increase our foot traffic immensely ."
While she relies heavily on holiday sales, Klein said it's important during the season for her to spread the word that she's open year-round.
Klein favors the blanched, salted peanuts and she's selling lots of nuts. This year, the most purchase items include honey and regular cashews, the bridge mix and the holiday chocolate-covered pretzels.
More gift-givers are picking up almond butter and natural peanut butter than they have in years past.
"It seems like that is more popular today than it's ever been," she said.
Even after the holiday pass, Klein said she expects business to stay steady thanks to the ice skating and tubing across the street.
Akron Chocolate Maker Confident In Holiday Sales
Despite losing four wholesalers during the recession, Larry Temo says his Akron business is doing better.
"We can survive," he said.
"We can tell by Christmas tree we sell outside the store and the store here, we have a pretty good, steady clientelle that knows our product and come just about every year."
Working seven days a week, Temo hand dips thousands of chocolates during the Christmas season at his West Exchange Street location.
His top seller: an open-faced, hollow Christmas tree, that's filled with treats.
"We fill those with assorted chocolates, we overwrap that and we box that," he said.
While the tree is his more "stable" item he manufactures, Temo said a number of his loyal customers bulk chocolate in bulk.
On the web: The Peanut Shoppe
Since the kick-off of the holiday shopping season in Fairlawn, Summit Mall is still seeing plenty of festive foot traffic.
"It's going to be a very successful season for us in the fact that the National Retail Federation is projecting holiday sales to rise by 2.8 percent," Kate Anderson said, mall marketing manager.
"We fully expect to reep the benefits too."
With a steady stream of shoppers, Anderson said the newest additions can only help add to this year's success.
"I'm sure our newest retailers like Sephora, BareEssentails, Franchesca's Collections and Aveda and Soma are adding to the traffic," she said.
Anderson says the Apple store is always busy and credits the store for luring more customers to the mall.
A total of seven new retailers joined the mall in 2011. As for food, The Rail restaurant and Taco Bell are new additions this year.
On the web: Summit Mall.
A boil alert is in effect for residents and businesses in Cuyahoga Falls.
The alert is for those located along Bailey Road from Van Buren Avenue to Graham Road.
It lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday morning as the city is looking at having to repair a water pipe.
Residents in the affected area are asked to boil water for a minimum of two minutes before using.
Akron Police report the following incidents took place over the weekend:
Police say Maynard ran off with the cash that they later discovered hidden on his body.
Police say Maycon G. Alavez, 26, of Clark St. in Akron, kicked in the door of a Chittenden St. home. It's reported Alavez ran into the bedroom of the home and pointed a gun at a victim. Another person entered the victim's bedroom with a bat. Police say Alavez hit that person with the gun and ran off. Alavez was tracked down by the K-9 unit and was arrested on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
Two Akron men face aggravated robbery charges stemming from an incident over the weekend.
Police tried to pull over a vehicle on Cooledge that was approaching Darrow Road. The vehicle did not stop and headed south to a Metro Park. After the three suspects jumped out of the vehicle, that's when police nabbed two of the suspects.
Richard M. Reed, 29, and Obie Hairston, 26, are now facing aggravated robbery charges, among other charges.
Authorities believe they've identified the third victim in the so-call Craigslist killings.
The Associated Press is reporting that Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum said Saturday that the body of Ralph Geiger was discovered in a shallow grave-- close to where the body of another jobseeker was found.
An ongoing gag order is in place and Hannum did not immediately tie Geiger to the phony farm job ad posted on Craigslist.
Hannum told The Associated Press this investigation is "still ongoing".
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