Wednesday, 09 September 2020 11:53

Operation Vapor Trail: Akron Police Seize Guns, Drugs, Cash

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(Akron Police) Members of the Akron Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, along with the DEA, FBI, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Portage, Stark, Medina, and Mahoning Sheriff’s Offices, US Marshals, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and US Attorney’s Office, Justin Herdman, served search warrants and arrest warrants reference 19N023, Operation Vapor Trail.

In February of 2019, the Narcotics Unit initiated an investigation into Christopher Mitchell, 40, and his Vape Store, Dubba Bubbas, located at 1252 E Tallmadge in Akron. The investigation was launched after receiving a citizen complaint that Mitchell was selling marijuana, THC vapes, and THC edibles from the shop.

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The investigation revealed Demarco Jones, 24, as one of Mitchell’s primary sources of supply. Jones, a former Akron resident, had taken up residence in Stark County. Jones’ illegal activities were found to stretch across Summit, Portage, Medina and Stark Counties.

In December of 2019, the investigation was adopted as Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case, sponsored by the DEA. The case was actively worked by the Narcotics Unit on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

On Thursday, September 4, 2020, the Task Force served three federal arrest warrants and eight search warrants in Summit and Stark Counties. Arrested on federal complaints were George May, 22, of Tallmadge, Tyrone Keith, 44, of Canton, and Demarco Jones, 24, of Canal Fulton. Also arrested on a state charge was DaShawn Jones, 45, of Kenmore.

“24-hours a day and 7 days a week law enforcement is hard at work to keep this community safe. This lengthy investigation is a great representation of that diligence. It also illustrates the power of collective effort and the meaningfulness of the shared work between the Akron Police Department and our federal partners. The suspects arrested in this operation are a threat to our community, as are the 18 guns, which were illegally possessed, and thousands of pounds of drugs. Thank you to the dedicated men and women that were responsible for these results” said Chief Kenneth Ball II.

“The defendants in this case allegedly went to great lengths to market, sell and transport marijuana and THC products, often designed to look like candies and cereals, to their customers in the Northern District and across the country,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “However, thanks to the hard work and partnership of numerous local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement agents were able to disrupt this drug trafficking operation and get significant quantities of marijuana product, illicit cash, and highpowered firearms off of our streets.

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In all, 18 firearms, 774 lbs. of marijuana, 422 lbs. of edibles, 1143 lbs. of THC vapes, 203 lbs. of shatter/wax/dabs, and over $250,000 in U.S. currency was seized. Some of the edibles seized included children’s cereal that had been infused with liquid THC, repackaged, and sold, creating a substantial risk to unsuspecting children.

“This was a sophisticated operation operating in northern Ohio,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin. “There is a misconception going around that marijuana is a harmless drug and that is simply not true. Many of the edibles were packaged in a way that would be very appealing to children, bearing a striking and frightening resemblance to popular breakfast cereals, candy and snack foods.”

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 11:00

Red Cross Encouraging Diverse Groups to Donate Blood

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The American Red Cross is encouraging members of the community of all races and ethnic backgrounds to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply. 

For a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same type of blood can be difficult. The vast majority of people are either A, B, O, or AB blood types, but there are some blood types that are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. 

That is why the Red Cross is calling on those with various backgrounds to donate blood. To find out when and where you can donate, click here, or to host of Red Cross Blood drive, click here.  

Below is more information on why diverse blood types are important: 

Blood and diversity

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 08:53

Donna Skoda on Vaccine Trials, Summit County Numbers

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The world is waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine, but how soon will it be available to the public? And if there is a vaccine, how effective will it be?

Donna Skoda is the commissioner inside the Summit County Health Department, and she joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the recent vaccine trials. One of those trials was from AstraZeneca, which had to put theirs on hold due to a patient experiencing a serious side effect.

Skoda also mentioned the cases inside Summit County, which have been steady, and she also looked at the upcoming flu season and how to tell the difference between that strain and the novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:25

Akron Mayor Looks At Downtown Construction Progress

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Orange barrels in Akron have essentially been part of the downtown aesthetic for some time, but a two-year project is nearing completion and those barrels will be moved uptown.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan touched on the end of phase one of the massive downtown construction project, and is looking at what will come during phase two. Main Street, which had been out of order to two-lane traffic from the Bounce Innovation Hub towards Lock 3, is now open to drivers, as well as between Bowery and Route 18.

Horrigan says phase two will head northward to Perkins Street. He says the city is working with the businesses along Main Street that were not only affected by the construction, but the pandemic as well.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about Mail-In Voting vs. Absentee Voting and a general preview of the November Election. 

Click the player below to hear the full interview from Friday, September 4th. 

Friday, 04 September 2020 06:38

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-4-20 Featured

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Advances in police surveillance, how the pandemic is putting a real crimp in facial recognition, a laptop shortage, and how Google is helping kids and teachers make the most of their remote learning experience.

This week's featured guest is Google Technology Expert, Katherine Williams, who explains how their "Teach from Anywhere" program for online learning has expanded and improved during the pandemic.

Friday, 04 September 2020 05:13

Missing Orrville Teens

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The Orrville Police Department posting an update to Facebook Thursday, September 3rd, regarind two missing teens from the city.

Not many details about Ariana and Kiara Nelson (pictured), other than that they are missing. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Orrville Police Department at 330-684-5025 or your local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 11:10

Another Illegal Gun Off the Streets of Akron

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Akron Police announcing the arrest of 19-year-old Darius McGhee Wednesday night. 

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According to the report, about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 2nd, officers pulled over McGhee, from Akron, near East Exchange Street and Arc Drive for an active warrant out of Barberton. 

When officers searched McGhee's vehicle they found 120 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in the car and a loaded shotgun and extra shells in the trunk. 

McGhee was arrested on site and booked in Summit County Jail on multiple weapons and drug charges. He will also face the initial charges out of Barberton.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 09:21

IBH - How the Pandemic Has Affected Patients in Recovery

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Meredith Myers, Clinical Director for IBH Akron, discussing how the pandemic and stay at home orders have impacted patients in recovery. 

She says isolation is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to relapse, and during a time when we are basically being told to isolate for our health, it's having an impact on those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. 

Click below to hear Ray Horner's interview with Meredith. 

Update: The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a Cuyahoga Falls man in connection to an attempted robbery at the Acme Fresh Market store on Massillon Road in Green. 
According to the report, North Canton Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vechile in the Acme robbery back on Wednesday, August 26th. 
He's been identified as 41-year-old Jason Bell and is now facing multiple charges related to the attempted theft of four steaks from the grocery store. 
The Summit County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspected thief, accused of robbing the Acme Fresh Market store in Green.
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About 2 p.m. last Wednesday the man, who was caught on camera, tried to leave the store with several items he was concealing, though it's unclear where.
He was approached by a Loss Prevention Officer, but after a brief struggle with the officer, the suspect drove off in a late model yellow Chevy Cavalier.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Office. 
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