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Fire investigators believe lightning caused a fire at a large storage barn in Streetsboro Wednesday afternoon.
Officials say they had to take an alternate route to the scene of the fire in the 300 block of State Route 303 due to heavy flooding in the area. The brick storage barn was fully engulfed in flames when the Streetsboro Fire Department arrived on scene around 5 p.m. The structure was a total loss.
Witnesses told fire officials that they noticed a large bolt of lightning in the area near the barn. Fire investigators believe a lightning strike was the cause of the blaze.
No injuries were reported.
Fire crews remained on the scene for an extended period of time extinguishing hot spots. The structure was demolished for safety reasons by the Streetsboro Service Department.
Stow police and firefighters helped rescue a 12-year-old boy after he apparently jumped over a wall and fell into a gorge near Kent Road.
Police say they were called shortly before 1 o'clock Tuesday morning in regards to a pair of juveniles in the area. When officers arrived on scene, the kids ran into a wooded area and one of the juveniles jumped over a short wall and fell about 10 feet down a rocky cliff into the gorge.
Police say the 12-year-old boy was rescued and taken to a local hospital with a head injury.
The other juvenile, a 15-year-old boy, was found hiding in a nearby residence after a 2 hour search.
Police charged both boys with curfew and obstructing official business.
((Press Release)) At 1245 a.m. on July 2, 2013, Stow Police Officers were dispatched to Kent Road near Darrow Road regarding juveniles in the area. Upon arrival, the juveniles ran from Officers when they saw the cruisers. Officers gave chase behind CVS pharmacy and ultimately behind the Tip Top restaurant.
The juveniles were observed running into the wooded area by the gorge. Officers found that one of the juveniles had apparently jumped over a short wall in an attempt to hide, but had fallen down a rocky cliff into the gorge and was bleeding from the head. He was approximately 10-15 feet down the gorge and was in danger of falling further. Officers, along with Stow Fire Department were able to rescue him and treat him for his head wound and other injuries. He told the paramedics that he had been temporarily knocked out.
Officers were unable to locate the second juvenile and were concerned that he may have fallen into the gorge. An exhaustive 2 hours search by Stow Police Officers and Stow Fire Department was conducted in the steep, rocky terrain for the second juvenile. Further investigation led officers to a nearby residence where the second juvenile was found hiding. He was unaware that his friend had fallen in the gorge and was injured.
The first juvenile who fell in the gorge was a 12 year old male and was from Munroe Falls. He was transported by EMS to Akron Children’s Hospital. The second juvenile, who was later located, was a 15 year old male and is from Cuyahoga Falls. He was arrested and transported to Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
Both boys were charged with Curfew and Obstructing Official Business and referred to juvenile court.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the two victims in a fatal crash on Interstate 76 in Akron Monday night.
Patrick Owen, 40, and Garret Bradley Han, 13, both of Pismo Beach, California, died in the accident involving two semi-tractor trailers on I-76 near Grant Street.
Police say Owen failed to control his vehicle in slow traffic and struck the right rear portion of another semi-tractor trailer.
Han was a passenger in the semi-tractor trailer driven by Owen.
Storms and rain accumulation over the past 24 hours has caused another delay for the dam removal project in Cuyahoga Falls.
Preparation and staging for the removal is complete, but officials say it's not safe for crews to begin working until the water level drops to around 200 cubic feet per second. It currently stands at more than more than 1,000 cubic feet per second.
Last week, high water levels forced officials to delay plans to remove the dams in the city. The first cut into the Sheraton dam due was scheduled for Wednesday.
No time has been set for when construction will begin.
City officials say the removal of the dams is expected to restore the river as it was 200 years ago, improving water quality and providing recreational activities for residents and visitors.
Richfield police say the 911 lines in the city are currently not working. The calls are being forwarded to the Bath Police Department until the issue is resolved.
Richfield police are still advising residents to call 911 if there is an emergency.
The Bath Police Department will contact the business lines for Richfield police to send appropriate help. The business line for non-emergencies is (330) 659-9500 and (330) 657-2911 for Peninsula.