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A plea deal is a possibility in the case of an Akron father accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son.
The Beacon Journal reports Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter scheduled a trail date for 49-year-old Terrance Allen for July 15. The deadline for reaching a plea deal has been set for July 9.
On January 23, police say Allen's 4-year-old son, Jamarcus Allen, got a hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself inside a car.
Allen is also facing charges including child endangering, tampering with evidence and possessing a weapon under previous felony disability.
Court records show a burglary conviction in 1996 in Cuyahoga County barred him from carrying or owning a gun.
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Akron police say four people were robbed during a home invasion late Monday night.
The victims told police that suspects knocked on their apartment door in the 1800 block of South Arlington Street and entered armed with handguns.
The suspects fled in a 2013 Dodge Charger, which belonged to one of the victims. The victims' cell phones, $100 in cash, a pair of shoes and keys were also taken in the robbery. No injuries were reported.
Police found the vehicle a short time later. They charged Quamaine RJ Young, 23, of Akron with receiving stolen property.
Detectives are following up on Young’s arrest to see if he is also involved in the home invasion.
Akron police are looking for a 31-year-old man who is suspected of punching another man in the head with brass knuckles following an argument Monday night.
Police say Charles N. Hunt, 31, of Akron is wanted for allegedly assualting a 44-year-old man multiple times with brass knuckles, which had spikes on the end.
The victim had injuries on the back of his head and on both hands. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information on Charles Hunt’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
A fatal crash closed a portion of Interstate 77 in Broadview Heights Tuesday morning.
NewsChannel 5 reports the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that two people were killed in the accident near State Route 82.
The dead were identified as: David Starr, 33, of Barberton and Gail Bradley, 57, of Medina.The Ohio Department of Transportation reported the closure shortly before 9 a.m. Richfield police extended the closure to the Ohio Turnpike.
The highway was reopened to traffic around 2:00 this afternoon.
A portion of I-77 southbound at Wallings Road was also closed for a short time as part of the investigation. ODOT crews are repairing a damaged guardrail. All lanes will remain open.
A fire destroyed a Canton auto shop early Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the fire at Auto Specialties in the 2100 block of Cleveland Avenue around 6 a.m.
Battalion Chief Tom Garra with the Canton Fire Department says the fire started in the basement, which was fully engulfed in flames.
Several nearby homes were evacuated as a safety precaution. No injuries have been reported.
A number of used cars for sale surrounded the structure at Auto Specialties. Fire officials have not evaluated the amount of damage to the cars outside the building.
Garra says the building is considered a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Auto Specialties sells used cars and offers repair and towing services, according to their website.
Construction begins today on a new critical care tower at Akron Children's Hospital, which is the centerpiece of a $200 million expansion project.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says the new tower will house several departments including a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient surgical suites.
The emergency department will remain open during the construction phase, but Locust Street between Exchange Street and Buchtel Avenue will close.
Street signs will be posted throughout the area to help drivers get around the closure.
"So we're suggesting that people use their GPS to get close to campus and then once they get on campus, they follow all the signage," said Gentile.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says they're still in the demolition phase.
"You won't see any walls going up or anything that looks like a building anytime soon. It'll take a little while."
The expansion project also includes a new six-level, 1,200 space parking deck.
Akron police are investigating a robbery that happened Thursday evening.
Police say a man approached a 38-year-old woman at an ATM machine at a FirstMerit Bank on North Main Street and attempted to grab the money from the ATM. The woman told officers she slapped the suspect's hand when he said "I don't want to hurt you, just give me the money."
The suspect ended up fleeing with $120 in cash.
Police describe the suspect as a white male, 20 – 25 years old, 5’09” – 5’11”, 170 – 190 lbs., wearing a white t-shirt, gray sweat pants, with tattoos on his left arm down to the wrist.
Akron police say a 24-year-old man was shot while driving in the city's east side Thursday evening.
Police say the victim was shot in the right hand and left shoulder while driving near the intersection of Hammel and Corice streets around 5 p.m.
The victim drove to a nearby store where he called police. He told officers that he was shot following an argument that occurred earlier in the day.
He was taken to Akron City Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Cleophus Thompson Jr., of Akron. Detectives have signed a warrant for his arrest for felonious assault. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau, at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.