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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.
A prayer vigil and fundraiser will be held tonight in Akron for 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who has been missing since May 4th.
Pastor Shawnte Davon Hardin of the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church is one of the organizers of the event Tuesday night. He hopes the community will come together to pray for the safe return of Taylor Robinson.
"We set up the vigil for Ms. Robinson and this family, first of all, to unite our community together in prayer," said Hardin. "We as a faith-based community still believe that God touches our community through prayers and that God still answers prayers."
Hardin says in addition to the vigil, a fundraiser will take place to help raise money for the family to assist with the investigation process. He also hopes the community will release any information that could potentially help investigators with the case.
The Akron Police Department is currently investigating the case involving 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who was last seen at a home on Kipling Street where she was working as a home health aide on May 4. Police said Taylor's shoes and coat were left inside the home.
Thomas Fields is working with Taylor's mother, Carmilla Robinson, as an independent investigator.
"Fortunately and unfortunately, at the same time, sometimes there are those in the community that are just more comfortable with sharing information with me because they know me," said Fields.
Fields says he doesn't want to interfere with the Akron Police Department's investigation and plans to contact detectives with any new information he receives. He's following-up on several strong leads, but has yet to act on the leads because of the lack of funds available.
The prayer vigil and fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 825 Buchtel Avenue.
Akron detectives are investigating a burglary after a safe with $40,000 in cash inside an apartment wall was reported stolen.
Detectives say the burglary happened in the 300 block of Moon Street. The victim told officers that he left a female acquaintance at his apartment when the safe was stolen.
Police say the money was obtained through student loans.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Coventry Township in connection with last week's robbery at an Akron bar.
Akron police said Eric D. Jones was charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly putting a gun to a bartender's head and demanding money at Glen's Bar on East Glenwood Avenue. Police say Jones took about $2,500 in cash during the robbery on June 11.
He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Detectives are also following up on a possible second suspect involved in the robbery.
Akron police are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-skip accident early Saturday morning.
Police said a 42-year-old man was driving his motorcycle in the 2100 block of Akron-Peninsula Road where a black SUV drove left of center and struck the motorcyclist .
The driver of the SUV fled the scene. The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police said they're looking for the vehicle, possibly a black Jeep Laredo with damage to the front and left side.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the traffic bureau at (330) 375-2506.
High water levels have forced Cuyahoga Falls officials to delay plans to remove two dams in the city.
"Right now, the water is at a level at which it would be unsafe to have workers in the river to start the demolition process," said Valerie Waxx Carr, service director for Cuyahoga Falls. "...just because of the rainfall we've had and the velocity of the water at this point. So, we are watching the gauges and we hope that it will subside."
The project was scheduled to begin June 17th, but the delay may last for about a week before crews can begin the demolition process.
Once the demolition process begins, Carr says residents can track the progress of the project using the "Dam Cam" that the city will set up on their website, which will broadcast a live feed.
City officials say the removal of the dams will restore the river as it was 200 years ago, which will improve the water quality and provide new recreational activities for residents and visitors.
Cuyahoga Falls received a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the dam removal project.