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Akron police are investigating a double homicide after two men were found dead inside an apartment early Wednesday morning.
Authorities say the two men were found dead at an apartment on S. Rose Boulevard during a welfare check just before 2 a.m. Police say the victims, a 53-year- old and 20-year-old, both had fatal stab wounds.
Police say one of the victims' cars is missing. It's a black 2006 Jeep Liberty, license plate number FID 1963. Anyone who has seen that Jeep is asked to call the Akron Police Department.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will release the names of the victims once positive identification is made and next-of-kin is notified.
Following last week's storms and sewer backups in Akron, several residents are stuck dealing with the cost and mess left behind.
Diane Mitchell says her home on South Hawkins Street was damaged by the sewer backup during Wednesday's storm on July 10.
"This has happened numerous times and the city...they just say it's overtaxing of the sewers," said Mitchell.
Mitchell reported about two feet of water in her basement which forced her to remove carpeting in the damaged area. She also replaced parts in her furnace and still has issues with several items that were damaged by the water.
"The only thing the city offered us for the problem we're having with the overflow is to come and disinfect and remove articles and sit them on the curb," said Mitchell.
Michelle Smith-Bey lives on the same street and says the same issue popped up about a year and half ago. In March of 2012, the city denied her damage claim, citing the issue on the "overtaxing of the city's sewer systems due to excessive flooding."
She recently contacted the city again to file a claim, but was told that she would most likely get the same response.
"When things like this happen, you have to have help. Last time I had to buy a washer, dryer, and a hot water tank all on my own," said Smith-Bey.
Smith-Bey says she learned her lesson last year and updated her homeowner's insurance policy to include protection against sewer backups.
It's going to be another hot and humid day with temperatures expected to reach in the 90s. The city of Akron announced plans to provide cold water and extend hours of operation for some community centers to help residents stay out of the heat.
Here's a list of community centers to seek shelter:
Hours of Operation thru 7/19:
Patterson Park – T-W-TH 9:00am – 9:00pm, Fri. 12 – 5
Ellet – T-W-TH 8:00am – 8:00pm, Fri. 8 – 4
Lawton – T-W-TH 8:30am – 8:30pm, Fri. 8:30 – 6
Summit Lake – T-W-TH-F 8:00am – 8:00pm
Firestone – (air being repaired today) W-TH 9:00am – 8:00pm, Fri. 11 – 4
“I am urging people to go to the mall, a friend’s house, or our Community Centers to get out of the heat,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “We do not want our residents that cannot tolerate this heat to risk their health by staying in their homes, without air conditioning or fans.”
UPDATED 3:39 p.m. The agency that tracks air quality says the hot and humid forecast could be a problem for residents of northeast Ohio with breathing problems. An Air Quality Advisory was issued for both Tuesday and Wednesday for people sensitive to air quality or suffering from respiratory ailments, such as asthma.
The advisory covers Summit, Portage and Medina Counties as well as Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s this week and local health officials are warning residents to take precautions to avoid heat stroke and heat-related illnesses.
According to Dr. Carol Cunningham, state medical director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS and an emergency physician at Akron General Medical Center, a child dies from heat stroke about once every ten days in the country because a they were left alone in a hot vehicle.
"About a third of these tragedies, a child was not locked in the car, but the child went in an unlocked car and was unable to get of the car in time."
Cunningham says never leave a child unattended inside a car, especially during hot weather.
With the summer concert season in full swing, Cunningham also says many should stay away from alcohol in the high heat.
"People think that drinking a beer will cool them off and may feel refreshing, but actually alcohol has a substance in it that inhibits your body to recognize that it needs to retain fluid," said Cunningham.
Prevention is key if you plan to spend time outside. Drinking plenty of water and taking more frequent breaks can help you avoid dangerous heat-related illnesses.
Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found inside a flipped vehicle in Nimishillen Creek early Friday morning.
Canton police tell the Canton Repository that they believe the man was driving "at an excessive speed" when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Ira Turpin Way NE. Officials say two boys riding their bicycles found the flipped vehicle in the creek.
Rescue crews were called out to the scene around 12:30 a.m.
The Stark County Coroner's office is investigating the cause of the man's death. Authorities do not know if the man, who is believed to be in his 40's, died from drowning or from the crash.
On the web: www.cantonrep.com
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.