Akron Police believe a motorist was traveling fast when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into a tree Monday night.
The Akron Police Department reports Joseph Ahern, 36, of Akron was traveling westbound on West North Street when he lost control of his car and struck a tree around midnight.
The passenger, Jeremiah Hileman, 35, of Akron, was killed in the crash, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
The driver was taken to Akron General Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver and the passenger were not wearing seatbelts. Alcohol and speed appear to be a factor in the crash.
Police investigating an alleged rape, stumble upon what they called a crack house.
The Canton Repository reports officers arrived at a home in the 900 block of Fulton Road NW Thursday night and found three men in their 50s smoking crack cocaine.
All three were arrested via warrants on misdmeanor charges. Their names were not provided.
One of the three police arrested, had an outstanding warrant against him on lingering felony breaking and entering charges. Police confiscated his crack cocaine pipe.
On the web: CantonRep.com
Most of the residents at the Akron Zoo are embracing the cold temperatures.
While some zoo visitors may think the animals stay indoors or hibernate, close to 85 percent of the creatures are viewable all year round.
Akron Zoo Spokesperson David Barnhardt says the zoo has focused on obtaining animals that can endure snow and ice.
The South American penguins even have their bath drawn for them daily.
"We do heat their water to a certain temperature and they don't mind coming out at all," Barnhardt said.
The bright pink flamingos enjoy staying outside in the snow, but zookeepers do have to monitor them when it's icy.
"Because of those thin, fragile legs, they can slip on the, so if it's icy, we have to move them in," he said.
Wild Winters At the Akron Zoo by WAKR Lindsay McCoy
Zookeepers assist in moving animals that want a warm place to rest. Barnhardt says they often reorganize space at the zoo's animal hospital and inside additional buildings.
Starting this month, the zoo will host Saturday programs. On Saturdays in January, guests may visit the zoo for its Cabin Feaver Reilever program. The Akron Zoo is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April.
Click here for upcoming program details.
On the web: AkronZoo.org
Authorities say the drug growing operation discovered in Mantua Township was quite "sophisticated".
Sheriff David Doak says the Portage County Drug Task Force and Manuta police arrived to the home of Matthew J. Mathers Wednesday, to find 64 plants. The 31-year old was arrested on felony charges of trafficking marijuana.
"There was a garage out back that had two grow rooms in it, some pretty sophisticated equipment for the grow," Doak said. "An indoor grow, it takes quite a bit of equipment for those to operate."
Portage County Drug Raid by WAKR Lindsay McCoy
He says agents found a growing tools at his home in the 4600 block of Wayne Road, including a tent, lights, carbon dioxide tanks and generators from Mather's garage.
The investigation into the operation has been ongoing since November.
Children at the home are now in the custody of relatives. Additional charges are pending.
Doak says drug growing operations are not common, but he did admit that crimes related to drugs keep the department busy.
"Drugs are one of the major problems that we have here in the county and being able to collaborate with the other agencies, certainly we wouldn't have near the impact without the other agencies involved," he said.
A crash on State Route 57 in Rittman leaves two people dead.
State troopers say this is the second accident to take place near the intersection of Wadsworth and Sheets roads in the past two days.
A semi truck and another vehicle were involved in collision that took place at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim's names have not been released.
Flames shot through the roof of a commercial chicken house near Navarre last night.
Five fire departments assisted Wilmot firefighters in calming the blaze that destroyed the 75 foot by 100 foot structure on Lawnfield Street.
Wilmot Fire Chief Nich Schlabach tells the Canton Repository the fire started at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, and it wasn't fully extinguished until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
He says the efforts were "labor intensive" and added that firefighters were able to salvage recently installed milking equipment at the business.
The cause of the fire is not known.
The same suspect who police say robbed an Akron hospital employee is believed to be involved in two robberies in one day.
The Akron Police Department reports the first robbery took place on Tuesday morning at about 6:30 a.m., when an Akron General Medical Center employee was robbed by an armed suspect in a parking lot.
The victim tells police the suspect handed over his wallet and cash before they jumped into their getaway car.
Police describe the vehicle as a silver, four door car, with tinted windows.
At 1 p.m., police believe the suspect involved in the first incident joined a second suspect to rob two 17-year old males in the parking lot of Chapel Hill Mall. Police say they made off with a $40 watch.
Akron police descriptions of the suspects are vague.
Ohio's jelly and jam company is now officially the proud owner of a coffee brand.
J.M. Smucker Company announced on Wednesday that it has successfully aquired the majority of Sara Lee's coffee brand.
The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of a majority of the North American foodservice coffee and hot beverage business of Sara Lee Corporation ("Sara Lee") in an all cash transaction. The Company previously announced the agreement with Sara Lee on October 24, 2011.
The acquisition includes Sara Lee's market-leading liquid coffee concentrate business sold under the licensed Douwe Egberts® brand, along with a variety of roast and ground coffee, cappuccino, tea, and cocoa products, sold through foodservice channels in North America. In addition, the companies entered into a long-term innovation partnership to collaborate on liquid coffee technology for the foodservice market.
"We are pleased to complete this transaction which adds the market-leading liquid coffee concentrate business to the Smucker portfolio," said Richard Smucker, Chief Executive Officer. "The transaction further strengthens our position as a leading North American coffee company, provides new coffee technologies, and adds significant scale to our foodservice business. We are excited to welcome the nearly 475 new employees into the Smucker family."
A Cuyahoga Falls woman faces felony charges after confessing that she had sex with a teen.
Michelle A. Cooper, 24, was arrested on charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a Monday after she confessed to police to having sexual contact with a 16-year old teenage boy from Alliance.
The Canton Repository reports the boy is related to Cooper.
She first told police she was raped by the boy last week, but then later told police the encounter was no mistake.
Cooper was also charged with misdemeanor falsification.
On the web: CantonRep.com
The Akron area could see up to three additional inches of snow Tuesday morning. Temperatures are holding steady in the low 20s.
The Lake Effect Snow Warning expires at 12 p.m. Tuesday.
Still, the wind could blow fallen flurries with gusting winds up to 25 miles per hour.
Full Forecast Details:
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA
400 AM EST TUE JAN 3 2012
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST
* ACCUMULATIONS....ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS TODAY WILL AVERAGE 1
TO 3 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.
* TIMING...SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THIS MORNING ALONG
WITH SOME BLOWING SNOW. THE SNOW SHOWERS WILL TAPER OFF DURING
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH.
* IMPACTS...SOME DRIFTING OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN OPEN AREAS.
* TEMPERATURES...16 TO 20.
* VISIBILITIES...UNDER A MILE IN THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.
IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE REGION BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITY. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER
RADIO FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.
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