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Bath police say a seat belt saved the life of an 18-year-old Akron woman after her vehicle rolled over on Interstate 77 Thursday evening.
Police say the driver lost control after being forced off the roadway near Ghent Road. Her vehicle went up a hill causing the rollover crash.
"This proves the point that seat belts are very important to wear," said McNeely.
He said the woman walked away from the crash with minor injuries.
"If she had not had the seat belt on, she would have probably been ejected and that's when you see the severe injury or traumatic death."
Canton police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened overnight.
It happened in the 900 block of 7th Street N.E. shortly before 12:30 a.m.
Captain Dave Davis says one person was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Further details have not been released. No suspects have been identified in the fatal shooting.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Canton Police Detective Bureau at (330) 489-3144.
The reward has been doubled for information that leads to locating 19-year-old Taylor Robinson of Akron who has been missing for more than three months.
The additional funds collected by SACS Consulting & Investigative Services and Accurate Investigative Services in Akron doubled the initial reward of $2,000 offered by Summit County Crime Stoppers to $4,000.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, said he has teamed up with Tom Fields of Accurate Investigative Services in Akron to help find Taylor.
"There's no reason for the people out there to not come forward," said Dimoff. "We know for a fact that several people know what happened."
Taylor was last seen on the night of May 3. She was dropped off at a house on Kipling Street where she went to work as a home health care aide.
Carmilla Robinson, Taylor's mother, made another emotional plea for help in in the search for her daughter.
"If you were in my position, you would want me, if I knew anything, to call," said Robinson.
Dimoff is hoping someone will come forward with information that will help the case.
"People are tight-lipped and we need people to loosen up and say 'hey it's more important to talk about Taylor than it is about keeping a secret,'" said Dimoff.
The National Hamburger Festival is making its eighth appearance in Akron this weekend with more than 50 different varieties to try with family and friends.
Drew Cerza, founder of the festival, said this year will bring together a list of vendors that offer "culinary diversity." In all, there will be 23 hamburger vendors including a list of new additions this year like food trucks, which has been a topic of discussion among many in the city. (Left Photo: Max and Erma's show off their hamburger at a press conference Wednesday at Lock 3 to kickoff events this weekend.)
A list of vendors can be found at the end of this article.
Brian Bailey, co-founder of Smoke the Burger Joint, will be launching some creative ideas at the festival including the "Dirty Vegas," which he describes as a burger that has a balsamic mayo spinach , caramelized onions, bacon and a fried egg.
"Something to wash all of your sins of your night in Vegas," said Bailey.
Bailey says the new restaurant offers a different taste to the classic hamburger.
"This concept was born out of love for smoking barbecue , so we actually smoke our hamburgers."
The restaurant is set to open this September in Carrollton and the second location will open in North Canton later this year.
The vendors attending this year's festival include, Max and Erma's, Retro Burger (right photo), and the Orange Truk.
This year's festival will also include several competitions including the "Fire and Vice hamburger Throwdown" between the the Akron Police Department and the Akron Fire Department.
The festival will take place at Lock 5 on August 17-18.
More information is available at www.hamburgerfestival.com
2013 Hamburger Vendors:
Backyard Kettle Korn
Eat n’ Park Restaurant
Green Machine Food Truck
Honey Gourmet/Miller’s Kona Ice
Krav Food Truck
Legend’s Sports Pub
Max & Erma’s
Midway OH Boy
Smoke, the Burger Joint
Steel Trolley Diner
The Orange Trùk
The Stray Dog Cart
The second body found in a wooded area in Tallmadge over the weekend has been identified 5-year-old Peyton Ralston. Peyton is the son of 31-year-old Wendy Ralston, whose body was identified late Monday night.
Tallmadge police held a news conference Tuesday morning. Lt.. Ronald Williams said no suspects have been identified in the case, but they did confirm that they have several "persons of interest." A 39-year-old live-in boyfriend, who is also Peyton's father, was interviewed, but he has not been labeled as a suspect at this time. Police said the man has been cooperating with authorities.
Police confirmed that they have responded to the home multiple times related to domestic issues.
The bodies of Wendy Ralston and her 5-year-old son were found wrapped in bedding inside a duffel bag outside of their home on Stone Creek Drive Saturday. They were reported missing since August 7, but police said family members haven't heard from her since July 23. The last contact made was in a Facebook post on July 23.
Tallmadge police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were on scene Monday searching the home on Stone Creek Drive. Lt. Williams said it's likely that Wendy Ralston was killed inside the house.
Ralston also has a 13-year-old daughter who is currently in the custody of her grandmother.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tallmadge Police Department at (330) 475-7638.
It's about that time again to pull out the back-to-school shopping list.
Every school supply list is a little different, but for the most part, you'll find the usual school items like crayons, colored pencils, notebook paper and 3-ring binders.
Chances are you'll be spending about $20 to $30 to fill up a backpack.
Below is a third grade supply list from the Akron Public School District.
2. Box of crayons
3. Glue sticks
4. #2 pencils with erasers
5. Large eraser
6. Washable markers
7. Plastic school box
8. Pack of notebook paper (wide-ruled)
9. Pocket folders
10. Ruler with standard and metric units
11. Zippered pencil pouch
12. Box of tissues
You can expect that number to increase for miscellaneous items, which can vary for each grade. If your child needs a new backpack, be prepared to spend around $30.
The total cost can add up to about $50 to $75 per student heading into the new school year. Those numbers don't include clothing or any extra supplies requested by your child's teacher.
If your child is entering high school, adding a graphic calculator could cost between $30 to $80.
On the web: www.akronschools.com