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Jay Miller, 50, was arrested Wednesday, charged with the attempted abduction of four girls at Weis Park in Canton.

According to the report from Canton Police, at about 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, Miller is alleged to have approached the group of children between the ages of 6 and 11-years-old and threatened to duct tape their mouths, hit them over the heads with a hammer, and drag them to his car.

Miller reportedly then drove off, but a witness got a picture of his license plate. He was arrested at a home on 32nd Street shortly after the incident late yesterday afternoon.

Miller's first court appearance is scheduled for Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Taylor Ceepo was just a quarter mile from the finish line of Sunday's Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, when she collapsed on the unseasonably hot day.

Medics on the scene responded immediately, and Taylor was taken to University Hospital's Cleveland Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Just 22-years-old, Taylor is a recent graduate of Walsh University where she majored in Biology, and double-minored in Psychology and Chemistry, and also played Soccer.

Taylor was originally from Medina, and graduated from St. V, where a mass was held in her memory this morning. She was a four-year member of the girls soccer team at St. V, who tweeted their disbelief and condolences Sunday night: 


No official cause of death yet, though the heat is likely a factor as the mid-to-upper-80's and humidity, proved problematic for many runners. Race officials say more than 70 had to be treated for heat-related illnesses. 

Late last week, according to News 5, Coventry Local Schools District noticed a data-stealing virus identified as a "trickbot" on the district's network. 

As a precaution, Coventry Schools Superintendent Lisa Blough announced that the entire district would be closed Monday, May 20th. 

As of early Monday afternoon, the FBI has reportedly been contacted to assist with the investigation into the source of the virus. The News 5 report goes on to say that while it doesn't appear that any school accounts have been compromised, two teachers' personal Amazon accounts have been accessed. 

The district has reportedly frozen all of its accounts as a precaution. 

As of early Monday afternoon, Superintendent Blough said that they were "nowhere near" having everything corrected. 

Akron Police are looking for help finding a woman they say assaulted and robbed her elderly grandfather. According to the report, about 8 o'clock Monday night, the suspect, 28-year-old Leandrea Wright tried to get her 86-year-old grandfather's wallet from him. He fought back, she pushed him to the ground, and then took off with the wallet and the $39 inside. Charges of domestic violence and robbery have been filed against Wright, who was last seen leaving her home on Bellows Street in Akron.

Akron Police, U.S. Marhals, and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are looking for the public's help finding this week's Fugitive of the Week, 26-year-old Chris Johnson. 

According to a press release, Johnson is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and APD for the murder of Brandon Belleville back on September 19, 2017. 

No details related to the murder have been released, but Johnson (pictured) has been described as a black male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, around 230 pounds, with a last known address in the 1300 block of Andrus Street in Akron. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 13 May 2019 09:21

BREAKING: Cavs Hire New Head Coach

An Akron Police Motorcycle Officer was seriously injured when he was pinned underneath the van of a suspected drunk driver after a crash Saturday night. 

According to the APD report, the officer was on his motorcycle and was attempting to stop another vehicle at the intersection of South Portage Path and Bloomfield Avenue, when Corrie Sharpe, 65, who was driving her minivan eastbound on Bloomfield, failed to yield to the officer. She collided with the officer's motorcycle, sending him off the bike and pinning him underneath her van. 

The officer was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with serious injuries. Other officers responding to the scene conducted a field sobriety test and gave Sharpe a breathalyzer, both of which she reportedly failed. The report states that her blood alcohol content registered at .125; the legal limit in Ohio is .08. Sharpe was arrested and charged with OVI, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, and Child Endangering, as her 11-year-old granddaughter was reportedly in the back seat of her van. 

As of Sunday morning, the officer involved in the accident was still listed in serious condition. 

Friday, 03 May 2019 07:11

Stow Police Looking for Missing Teen

The Stow Police Department are looking for help finding missing 17-year-old Lauren Nicole Sheppard who hasn't been seen since early March. 

According to a post to the Stow Police Facebook page, Lauren was last seen leaving her home in Stow on March 3rd, 2019. Her mother told police that she had a small duffel bag. Police report that she may be in the Akron area. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Stow Police Department at 330-689-5700. 

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 12:21

Assault, Resisting, and His 10th OVI

Todd Casten, 47, of Ravenna Township was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly drove his car into a Portage County Sheriff's cruiser... in reverse.

He was drunk... allegedly.

According to the press release from the Portage County Sheriff's Office, at about 1:20 Monday morning, one of his deputies was parked at the Circle K in Blackhorse, Ravenna Township, when he noticed Casten acting peculiarly. When he pulled out of the parking lot, Casten drove his car off the road, into a ditch. That's when the deputy turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop Caten, who put his car in reverse and hit the gas, ramming into the deputy's cruiser. Casten then pulled away, trying to flee, but the deputy followed him, calling for backup. Not too far from the Circle K, on Spring Street, Casten stopped his car, and attempted to run, fighting with deputies in the process. 

He was eventually arrested, charged with felony assault on an officer, failure to comply, resisting, and... his 10th OVI. 

He's reportedly still being held in the Portage County Jail. 

The Akron Zoo is mourning the loss, but more celebrating the legacy, of female Humbolt penguin Emmanuelle who was euthanized last week.

At 36-years-old, Emma, as she was known, was the oldest, zoo-born female Humbolt penguin in an accredited zoo. Emma, who's been retired since 2013, far-exceeded her life expectancy of 16 and a half years, according to a press release from the Akron Zoo.

The decision to euthanize was made last week as Emma was no longer responding to treatments she was being given for old age.

Born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1983, Emma has called the Akron Zoo home since 2004. 

See more about Emma at the Akron Zoo website

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