United States Army Corporal Thomas Cole Walker, of Conneaut, Ohio, was one of three soldiers killed during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia early Sunday morning.
The military members, identified as Cpl Walker, Sfc. Bryan Andrew Jenkins, of Florida, and Pfc. Antonio Gilbert Garcia, of Arizona, died when their vehicle rolled over into a stream around 3:20 a.m. All three were pronounced dead on the scene and three others were injured, one who is still hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation and U.S. Army officials have said they would release more information as it becomes available.
On Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine ordered all U.S. and Ohio flags to half-staff on all public buildings in Asthabula County and at the Statehouse and other Columbus buildings until the funeral services for Corporal Walker are completed.
Akron, Ohio, October 21, 2019 – City of Akron leaf removal will begin Monday, November 4 in Ward 3. Signs will be posted in wards prior to pick-up dates. We remind residents not to rake leaves into the street until the day before scheduled leaf pickup.
For residents wishing to have leaves removed prior to or after their scheduled pick-up date, the City offers three annual free curb service bulk pick-ups. Leaves must be bagged for early pick-up. To schedule, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 3-1-1 or (330) 375-2311.
We ask residents to comply with the following guidelines to make leaf removal safe and effective:
Each of the wards will take more than one day to complete. Leaves must be on the street by the dates listed – if they are not out, they may not get picked up. This schedule is subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the akronohio.gov homepage. For more information, visit the Leaf Removal page on the City website or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 3-1-1 or (330) 375-2311.
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Akron Police are investigating an armed robbery after two men bumped their car into another vehicle and then stole that car.
About 6:45 Wednesday evening, a man and a woman were sitting in their car in the area of Work Drive and Wildwood Avenue when another car ran into their's.
The victims tell Akron Police that the passenger of the suspect vehicle got out, walked up to their car and pulled a gun on the couple, demanding their wallets and that they get out of the car. Then, the armed suspect took off in the victims' car while the driver of the suspect vehicle, a black Chevy Impala, drove off.
The suspects are described as two black males between 20 and 25, one with short dreadlocks and a lazy eye. Both are to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department.
(AKRON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL) Beginning this week, Akron Children’s will offer flu vaccines in a dozen school districts, making it easier and more convenient than ever to get children immunized.
“The best way to minimize or avoid the spread of influenza is to get an annual flu vaccine,” said Michele Wilmoth, director of School Health Services for Akron Children’s. “The vaccine protects against the new strains of the flu so it's important to get vaccinated annually.”
Akron Children’s partners with an organization called Health Heroes to provide the flu vaccine to all children whose parents consent to it, regardless or their health care coverage.
Flu vaccines are provided at no cost to students, parents, schools or local/state government. Medicaid and private insurers will be billed, however, students or their parents will never be billed for out-of-pocket expenses or deductibles. Qualifying uninsured students can be given the vaccine at no charge.
The participating schools and school districts are:
“This is a win-win for everyone,” said Wilmoth. “We can save parents a trip to the doctor and keep kids in class. If we get more kids immunized, we can reduce the risk of influenza in our schools and communities and we can especially reduce the risk for our more vulnerable children, such as those with chronic health conditions.”
The process of giving the flu shots should be as easy and orderly as each school’s student picture day, says Wilmoth.
The vaccinations will be administered by state-licensed nurses.
Health Heroes takes care of collecting consent forms and will bill private insurance carriers and Medicaid for the cost of the vaccine. The organization’s business model allows it to absorb the cost of vaccines for uninsured children. Teachers and school staff will also be offered the vaccine.
Someone broke into a home in Akron's Firestone Park neighborhood around midnight, Monday, and stole a semi-auto rifle, ammo, and clothing with the word "sheriff" printed on them.
Ring surveillance video caught the man in the back of the home rummaging through a van that was unlocked in the driveway.
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Below is the full press release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office:
During the early morning hours of October 14, 2019, a burglary and a subsequent theft occurred in the area of East Ido Street in the City of Akron. Included in the items taken were a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, and various clothing with the word “SHERIFF” printed on them.
The suspect is believed to be a black male who was wearing reddish shoes and a dark colored jacket with a gray hood. Video footage of the suspect is attached to this email.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2147 and/or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-643-8665.