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Massillon police say they arrested a drunk driver after he allegedly struck a picnic table near a school Sunday evening.
On the department's Facebook page, officers say they found the man highly intoxicated after he backed into a picnic table and got stuck in the grassy area near Smith School on 17th Street NE shortly before 6:30 p.m.
He was arrested for OVI after officers conducted a standard field sobriety test.
A man making a promotional video inside a club where a man was fatally shot early Sunday morning says he captured the shooting on video.
The Beacon Journal reports Lavert Brown, a member of the Stop the Violence Akron Movement, was filming the video with a friend inside the Ace of Spades night club on Romig Road when the incident happened. The video reportedly shows someone falling to the ground following the sound of a crack.
Click here to view the video.
Brown told the newspaper that he did not see the shooting. He is planning to show the video to an Akron judge.
On early Sunday morning, a 26-year-old Desmond Ward was shot and killed inside the night club following an argument. No arrests have been made.
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A statewide Amber Alert has been canceled for a 17-month-old boy and his 20-year-old mother from Stark County. Both were recovered safely.
Previous coverage: The child, Otise Hasker, and his mother, Marshia Hasker, were last seen in the 1700 block of 14th in Massillon on Monday around 5 p.m.
Authorities believe three black males wearing grey hoodies or sweatshirts abducted the mother and the child.
The three suspects are reportedly driving a four-door, gold/tan Buick Century with a licenses plate from the state of Ohio.
The child is described as a black male, 2’4” tall, weighing 25 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Marshia Hasker is described as a black female, 5’5” tall, weighing 135 pounds.
The Massillon Police Department and the FBI are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or dial 911 if you see the child, the suspect or the suspect's vehicle.
It's our first taste of winter season. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until about 4 o'clock this afternoon for Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull,Wayne, Stark and Mahoning counties.
Parking bans are in effect for Wadsworth and Brunswick as plow crews begin to clear the roads. Parking on city streets is prohibited.
Accumulating snow, about one inch, is expected through Saturday morning. Strong winds may cause blowing and drifting snow on the roadways.
Click here for the latest weather updates and information.
Local fire officials are advising residents to pay close attention to detail when entertaining family and friends this holiday season.
Captain Al Bragg says when decorating the home, remember the three-foot rule:
"Anything that can burn should be at least three-feet away from anything might cause it to burn, which would be a candle," said Bragg.
Residents are advises to stay away from using extension cords as a permanent connection. He says a better option is a cord with a built-in circuit breaker.
"(Window candles) have the bulbs that get very hot. If a sheer or a curtain were to rest against that bulb, that's enough to cause a fire. So, make sure that you don't do that type of thing," said Bragg. "We want to enjoy the holiday season, we don't want to see the tragedy.
Bragg says to prevent a fire hazard, turn off your Christmas tree lights and electric window candles when the home is left unattended.
It's been a busy year at the Akron-Canton Airport.
November marks the 20th consecutive record-breaking month for the airport with more than 159,000 passengers flying in and out of the airport. If you add that number to the total amount of CAK customers this year, it makes 2011 the best year ever for the airport with more than 1,688,000 customers.
(CAK Press Release) Boy, do we have a lot to celebrate this holiday season! Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) busted through yet another monthly passenger record, making November 2012 the 20th consecutive record-breaking month. A total of 159,409 Customers flew to/from the airport during the month, an 11 percent increase over last year. And better yet, November’s number puts CAK’s yearly Customer total at 1,688,380, exceeding our all-time yearly tally (1,664,397) set in 2011. Annual records have been achieved 12 out of the last 15 years. To celebrate, the CAK Thank You Crew will be performing “Random Acts of CAKness”, delivering small tokens of our appreciation to travelers flying out of the airport today.
"Even after 20 months, we never tire of breaking records,” said Rick McQueen, president and CEO. "Our Customers are at the center of every decision we make, which is why we are pleased to offer Random Acts of CAKness. We will definitely have some fun today.”
During November, passenger traffic was up on all airlines serving the airport. Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) were up 11 percent compared to last year. Delta, flying to Atlanta and Detroit increased by 10 percent. US Airways, with flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Reagan) was up 11 percent compared to last year. Frontier Airlines flying nonstop to Denver saw passengers rise nearly 14 percent. United Express with flights to Chicago O’Hare increased by 1 percent.
If you are flying in/out of CAK today, be on the lookout for our “Random Acts of CAKness” team for a holiday treat. Join in the fun today by following our Thank You Crew at: www.facebook.com/akroncantonairport and twitter.com/cakairport.
FirstEnergy reported scattered power outages early Friday morning as the winter snowstorm moves in.
Officials said about 300 customers in Summit County were without power this morning in addit Save ion to about 100 in Wayne County.
FirstEnergy crews say they're keeping a close eye on the weather and will be ready to respond if outages increase throughout the day.
According to the FirstEnergy outage map, power has been restored to the majority of customers in the Akron area around 7 a.m.
Click here to view the latest power outages reported in Northeast Ohio.
You'll find a few more colors on the roadways this winter season as ODOT prepares to add green strobe lights to their snowplow trucks to battle rear-end crashes.
ODOT spokeswoman Christine Myers from District 3 says the addition of green and white strobe lights to its existing amber lights will be more detected by motorists.
"There were actually studies done to prove that green is one of the easiest colors for people to see at night.
ODOT will be one of the first departments in the nation to use a combination of colors including green strobe lights.
"Over the last few years, we had seen an increase of collisions with our trucks, between motorists and our turck, so we want to make the roadways safer during the winter time." Myers said. "We want people to be able to see us while we are out there working."
ODOT snowplow trucks are rear-ended nearly four times more often than snowplow trucks in Ohio’s neighboring states
"We are anticipating having about 500 trucks on the roads throughout the state of Ohio with these lights on."
Holiday travel is expected to pick up this year both on the roads and in the sky.
"We are projecting travel to be up from last year. Over 93 million Americans are going to take a trip of 50 miles or more away from their home," said Brian Thomas, president and CEO of the AAA Akron Auto Club, said.
Thomas says more drivers are taking advantage of the long holiday weekend.
"There is a little bit of a longer travel window this year the way that the holidays fall. So, the holiday travel season is really going from this Saturday all the way through to the following Tuesday which is the first of the year."
Kristi Van Auken, senior vice president of the Akron-Canton Airport, says about 4,000 customers will be flying in and out of the airport each day through the beginning of the year.
"It's not necessarily a number of new flights, it's just fuller airplanes than the beginning part of December," said Van Auken.
If you're flight is scheduled to leave before 8 a.m., Van Auken encourages customers to arrive early to catch your flight.
"Definitely give yourself at least 90 minutes. There's a lot of travelers this time of year who don't travel very often and might be taking gifts and packages and it just kind of slows the process down," Van Auken said.
Van Auken says morning travel on Christmas day is not crowded, but it gets heavier throughout the day.
"Starting at about 10 o'clock, we are full, full, full on every flight that's going out of here."
Akron police are invesitgating a shooting and a robbery that happened in the city last night.
Akron police say three men attempted to rob an elderly couple last night (Tuesday) at a car wash in the 1300 block of South Arlington Street.
Police say the couple was approached by the suspects armed with handguns after they pulled into the car wash around 10 p.m.
One of the victims ended up calling 9-1-1 when the suspects ordered him on the ground. The three men fled the scene before taking anything from the victims.
Only a vague description of the suspects was released.
Akron police are also investigating a shooting that happened on the city's north side Tuesday night.
A 53-year-old man told police someone fired several shots at his vehicle when he was pulling into his driveway in the 800 block of Springdale Drive shortly after 10 p.m.
The victim was not injured. No suspects have been identified.
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