A Ravenna NRA instructor was arrested Monday, charged with issuing fake concealed carry permits to participants of his class.
According to reports, Anthony Drago, 47, forged concealed carry training certificates without providing the required training, that by law must include at least 8 hours of class time and two hours of range time.
The Record Courier is reporting that Drago's charged with four counts of tampering with records, four counts of falsification to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit, and four counts of forgery.
Drago was arrested Monday and arraigned in Portage County Court before he was released on $20,000 personal recognizance bond.
Youngstown State University officials are reporting the campus is locked down due to a report of a person with a gun on campus.
Below is an update posted to the YSU Facebook page:
Updated 12/3 11:52 AM: Please note that the Youngstown State University campus is currently on lock down. The university was alerted to an individual on campus with a firearm. University police are in the process of investigating the report. There are no reported injuries of any sort. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
The subject we are currently looking for is a black male, red hoodie, with red and white lettering, dreadlocks and black backpack. If you have information, please contact YSU Police immediately 330-941-3527
ALERT: Campus is in lockdown. A suspect is currently at large with a firearm. Last seen by Rec Center. No description. YSU Police is investigating. Please shelter in place and lock all exterior and office doors.
Meanwhile, St. E's hospital, St. Ursuline High School, the Youngstown Diocese, and Ohio Living Park Vista have also been placed on lockdown.
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Three businesses in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood were targets for robbers over the weekend, and Akron Police believe it was one suspect that hit two of them.
According to the report from APD, a man jumped over the front counter at the Rite Aid at 1047 Kenmore Boulevard Friday morning around 8:30, demanding cash from the register. The employee working refused and the suspect took off running.
Later Friday evening, around 7, Police say that same Rite Aid was targeted again. According to the report, an employee approached the suspected shoplifter (pictured) who had been seen stuffing items under his shirt. When the employee asked the man to lift up his shirt, he refused while items were falling out of his clothing. The man then attempted to punch an employee while running out the front door, but the door was locked. That's when he pulled out a metal wire and stabbed at the employee's arms, demanding cash. The employee gave him money and he ran out the back door.
Then Saturday night, around 7:30, the Tansations Tanning Salon at 1262 Kenmore Boulevard targeted by a man who pulled a knife and demanded money. That suspect, believed to be the same man in the second Rite Aid robbery, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner are investigating a fatal accident from early Monday morning, around 3:30 a.m. at Goodyear Boulevard near Kelly Avenue.
According to the Medical Examiner's report, four people were riding in a car westbound on Goodyear Boulevard, when the car went off the road and hit a cement wall, eventually bouncing back across the roaod into a light pole and catching fire.
All four inside the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
A semi-trailer that was hauling a bulldozer along I-76 Eastbound hit the East Avenue Bridge before 6:30 Monday morning, causing major backups during the rush hour commute.
See the full release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol below:
Akron, Ohio – On December 3, 2018 at approximately 6:21 AM, The Akron Post of The Ohio State Highway Patrol was requested by the Akron Police Department to assist with a two vehicle non injury crash that occurred at 06:21 AM and has closed Interstate 76 eastbound at the East Avenue Bridge.
The drivers’ names of the vehicles are unknown at this time. The vehicles involved are a semi-truck and trailer hauling a bulldozer which struck the East Avenue Bridge causing the bulldozer to come off of the trailer. A passenger car then struck the bulldozer
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Akron Police Department, Akron Fire Department and The Ohio Department of Transportation are on scene.
Interstate 76 eastbound at the East Avenue bridge (mile Marker 20) will remained closed for an unknown amount of time. The detour set is 76 eastbound Kenmore leg to IR 277 eastbound to IR 77. Please check OHGO.com for the latest traffic updates
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Josh Fleming from Woodridge High School.
“Josh epitomizes what we want Woodridge Basketball to represent,” Blevins said.
“He is a tireless worker and a great teammate as well as an excellent student and we always know Josh will give 100% in any situation.”
One unique thing about Josh is his volunteer work during the Polar Express in Peninsula during the holiday season.
Late Wednesday night Akron Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue to a call about a shooting in the basement of that home.
When officers arrived, they found two teenagers, one 15, the other 14-years-old, with gunshot wounds, reportedly to the head. Both teens were transported to Akron General Hospital. Initial reports stated that both teens had died at the hospital.
On Thursday morning, the Akron Police Department released a statement correcting the information from Wednesday night, saying that the 15-year-old teen was pronounced dead, but despite their report, the other teen was listed in critical condition and is actually alive.
The APD maintains that their initial report was accurate in that the 15-year-old accidentally shot the younger teen and then turned the gun on himself. The Summit County Medical Examiner has since identified the victim.
Read the most recent report from Akron Police below:
The Akron Police Department takes pride in only furnishing accurate information. Last night we received inaccurate information from multiple reliable sources that both teens had died at the hospital. The department would like to apologize to the victims’ families. The department feels terrible for the families of the victims of this tragic event and our thoughts are with them during this difficult times.
Shortly after 7:00pm this evening, officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Officers arrived and located two teenage males, 14 and 15 years old, with gunshot wounds to their heads. The victims were transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where the 15 year old was pronounced dead and the 14 year old is listed in critical condition.
Initial reports state the juveniles were in the basement of the house on Grand Avenue. The 15 year old male pulled out a handgun and accidentally fired a shot, striking the 14 year old male in the head. The 15 year old male then turned the gun on himself.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
More lane changes and closures coming to I-76, courtesy of ODOT.
See the press release from the Akron Police Department below:
As part of the Interstate 76 and Main Street project, ODOT currently plans to flip the westbound traffic of I-76 over on to the eastbound side on Sunday, December 2nd.
The on ramp to 76W from the southbound side of S. Main St. will be CLOSED until late fall of 2019.
For a period of time during the day, the existing off ramp from 76W to Broadway and downtown will close in order for the contractor to do some required paving. Traffic will be detoured using Dart Ave., Thornton and S. Main St. Once this work is completed, traffic will then exit on to the new Broadway off ramp.
In Streetsboro, police are still looking for a 16 year old girl who's been missing since May.
They posted photos of Samantha Castro, and a male they say she might be with, on their Facebook page earlier this week.
Anyone with information is asked to call Streetsboro Police.
More information below.
Streetsboro Police Department
November 27 at 2:41 PM ·
Samantha Castro is still missing, she was last seen in Streetsboro on 5/27/2018. Social media posts show she has ties to the Canton area and may be with the male pictured below. If you have information on her location, please contact Dispatch at 330-626-4976, comment here or direct message. Investigators have not been able to locate her based on her social media presence. Castro will be 17 in December, she is 5'2", approximately 120 pounds, brown hair. She has a heart tattoo with flowers on her right arm and unknown words on her right ankle.
(The University of Akron) The U.S. Army positions itself as “Army Strong,” an expression that can go beyond distinguishing the men and women in the service branch who spend long nights on patrol or parachute out of airplanes into combat.
“Army Strong” can also describe one of The University of Akron’s most enduring programs – Akron Army ROTC, which turns 100 years old this academic year.
In 1918, just a month after the end of the First World War, UA President Dr. Parke Kolbe and the Board of Trustees applied to the U.S. Department of War to establish a reserved officers’ training corps unit at the University. The following year, the Board approved a resolution to agree to the mandates and responsibilities set by the War Department in order to maintain its new ROTC program.
Lt. Col. Trevor S. Liverpool
Over the past century, Akron ROTC, also known as the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Battalion, has continued to meet, and even exceed, those mandates. In fact, Akron ROTC still encompasses a four-year academic curriculum, annual summer training camps at Fort Knox, and cadets still train on Buchtel Field on Brown Street where yesteryear’s cadets once trained.
“Our program has performed well to meet the standards of the U.S. Army because we want to be the best in the country,” said Lt. Col. Trevor S. Liverpool, commander of Akron ROTC and chair of the Military Science and Leadership Department. “Akron ROTC was recognized this summer as the top-performing program in the critical area of cadet evaluations in our brigade. And last year, an Akron cadet was the distinguished graduate for Airborne. So, the determination to be among the best in the country has contributed to Akron ROTC’s success and longevity.”
Cadet Alex Spangler, a senior majoring in respiratory therapy, demonstrates the proper way to safely disassemble and maintain a rifle during weapons familiarization and safety training in Schrank Hall South at a leadership lab.
UA’s program, originally proposed as a volunteer course, was compulsory for all freshman and sophomore male students from fall 1919 until 1972. The four-year curriculum consisted of field fortifications, hippology (the study of horses), field sanitation, map reading and infantry tactics. Cadets began attending summer camp at Fort Knox in Kentucky in 1923, and most new officers attended six months of full-time training before serving part-time in the Army Reserve.
After World War II, the U.S. Air Force established a separate ROTC detachment at UA in 1947. (In June 2005, the detachment was integrated with Kent State University’s Air Force ROTC program.) Also, veterans took advantage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (aka the G.I. Bill) to fund their higher education at Akron ROTC, which commissioned its 1,000th graduate in 1955.
Female students held supportive roles in auxiliary groups in the early days of Akron ROTC, but they didn’t participate as cadets until the fall of 1970. Anne Marie (Connell) Freund ‘77 was the program’s first female graduate and the first female cadet commander of troops at UA. Female cadets now participate from across all majors and make up 41 percent of student participation in Akron ROTC.
Today, Akron ROTC has 112 undergraduate and graduate students, many of them pursing degrees in physical sciences, nursing, business and liberal arts.
ROTC is a college elective program where cadets can pursue the degree of their choice while learning valuable leadership skills. Upon completion of a degree, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army and receive an average starting salary of about $51,000. Graduates can choose to serve in active duty, the Army Reserve or the National Guard.
Over the past 15 years, UA has supplemented funding from the U.S. Army with slightly more than $4 million in generous scholarships that assist with expenses such as tuition, fees and books.
“Akron ROTC provides unmatched apprenticeship in leadership; students are given a chance to challenge themselves to meet standards in accordance with the Army’s Leadership Requirements Model,” said Liverpool. “This model focuses on not only what a leader knows, but also what a leader does and what attributes they possess. Akron ROTC is an immersive program, from freshman all the way to senior years. It is designed to give the students and cadets leadership experience in real-life situations, so they become agile and adaptive. We produce some of the best cadets in the nation.”
Non-stop service from CAK to Detroit is no more, as of Monday evening's final Delta Airlines departure.
The Canton Rep is reporting that Delta is now only serving Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport out of Akron-Canton.
Director of Marketing for CAK tells the paper that they will continue working with Delta, though, to "explore other opportunities."