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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.
Two people died in a crash involving two semi on Interstate 76 last night.
Akron police report the crash happened eastbound on Interstate 76 near Grant Street when a semi-tractor trailer came to a stop because of traffic.
Lt. Rick Edwards says another semi-tractor trailer failed to control his vehicle and struck the right rear portion of the trailer.
The 40-year-old male driver and a 13-year-old passenger of the second semi died in the crash.
The driver of the first semi was taken to a hospital where his injuries do not appear to be-life threatening.
The identities of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies today.
Discussion is heating up over a new campaign to bring food trucks to the city of Akron. Currently, there's a law prohibiting the trucks from operating in the city.
Suzie Graham, president of the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP), said food trucks offer unfair competition when they set-up near local businesses.
"They take business away and then as soon as business slows down, they pick up and drive away," said Graham. "In the meantime, they have not been employing the number of employees that the restaurant has and in the meantime, they have not been paying the taxes into the Akron economy as the restaurant has."
Jeff Winer, co-owner of Orange Truk, a local gourmet food truck out of Copley said for the most part, they're competing with fast-food chains as opposed to sit-down restaurants.
"I'm not getting the customer who wants to sit down and have lunch. I'm getting the person who wants to come, get something that's restaurant quality, and gets it fairly fast."
Winer says he wants every business deserves a fair and equal opportunity to thrive in the city. "We're just asking for the city to be fair. Fair to all businesses. We want to support Akron. We want Akron to be a better place," said Winer.
Incorporating food trucks in the area can result in long-term investment in the city, according to Winer. Several restaurants have proven that theory in Cleveland including Hodge's and StrEAT Burger. Both have opened up a sit-down restaurant as a result of operating a food truck in the area.
Winer and co-owner Steve Sabo are planning to open their own sit-down restaurant in the future.
"Where we choose our restaurant is where we get the most support."
Graham says the Downtown Akron Partnership is looking for a balance.
"Respecting the need for those brick-and-mortar businesses to stay in business and also respecting the need to invite and support things that are trendy and exciting," said Graham.
According to Graham, DAP has reached out to food truck operators, inviting them to local events in the city.
Graham says they are still moving forward with open discussions and hopes new legislation can resolve some of the issues facing both sides.
A 24-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon.
Summit County Sheriff's Office reports it happened on Interstate 77 near the 122 mile post in Coventry Township Coventry Township where the motorcyclist, Ronald Rhome, 24, of Massillon, went off the left side of the roadway and hit a sign post around 2 p.m.
He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The crash remains under investigation, but authorities say speed appears to be a factor.
Could a reality show be next for popular Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver? He's already received two offers to do a reality show after many began following his humorous and honest Facebook posts on the department's page, but don't get your hopes up just yet.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver says he wants to keep the integrity of the police department and is not too keen on the idea of having someone follow him around with a camera.
"It is a fine line." said Oliver. "We cut up and carry on like almost every workplace does. I don't want this to become way out of control."
Oliver received an offer from a production company in New York and an offer from another company on the East Coast.
He joked about the idea of a possible reality show.
"The only way I would do it if they made it some sort of sitcom," joked Oliver. "I could do something like that."
The Brimfield Police Department's page currently has more than 63,000 "likes" on Facebook.