Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

(Summit County Sheriff's Office) In February of this year the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering that occurred at a storage facility in the City of Green. An enclosed trailer (valued at over ten thousand dollars) had been stolen and this crime mirrored other crimes that had been occurring in different areas of Summit County.

Sheriff’s detectives began their investigation (assisted by information provided from Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Jones) and soon developed suspects with Detectives Jason Kline and Brian Breeden working various night and day hours to confirm the information they had received. Soon they developed suspects involved in several burglaries and thefts. The property taken in these incidents usually involved vehicles, boats, trailers and construction equipment, including a heavy duty Earth Mover, snow plows and power tools.

On April 3, 2019, suspect Jerry Stubblefield, 48, of Hunter Avenue, Munroe Falls, Ohio, was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Breaking and Entering, 5 Counts of Felony Theft, and Possession of Drugs-Methamphetamine. Suspect Jeremy Harnack, 39, of Gage Street in Akron, was arrested and charged with 3 Counts of Breaking and Entering and 3 Counts of Felony Theft. Suspect Mark Harkless, 52, of The Brooklands, Akron, was charged one count of Felony Theft and all have been booked into the Summit County Jail. Additional charges will also be addressed at Grand Jury.

Over one hundred thousand dollars worth of stolen property has been recovered over the past several weeks, with cases being cleared in several areas of the county. Sheriff Barry credits his deputies and entire detective bureau, along with the assistance provided by the Akron, Boston Heights, and Tallmadge Police Departments and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, 15 April 2019 12:00

City Announces Youth Violence Initiative

CITY OF AKRON: Today (Monday), Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Health Commissioner Donna Skoda joined together with community partners to mark the public release of Akron’s Youth Violence Prevention Strategic Plan.  The plan—which was developed after more than two years of research, data collection and community conversations with neighborhood stakeholders—calls for a 20%+ reduction in youth violent crime in Akron by 2023. The Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee is comprised of leaders from government, public health, recreation, education, law enforcement, corrections, and non-profit community organizations.                           

“We cannot allow violent crime among our youth to continue to devastate lives, families and neighborhoods,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Our young people are in crisis.  While we have dedicated non-profits, advocates, and law enforcement agencies in our community, we must do more to coordinate all our efforts around specific, shared goals and action steps if we are going to make real progress.” 

The Youth Violence Prevention Strategic Plan targets older youth, ages 15 to 24. The plan is intended to remedy the weaknesses in Akron’s continuum of comprehensive services for all at-risk youth by plugging the service gaps for youth in the targeted age range.

The Plan identifies key risk factors that lead youth to commit acts of violence, along with important protective factors that can diminish the likelihood of violent activity.  These findings were used, along with crime statistics and mapping, to develop specific action steps related to the following eight Recommended Approaches:

  • Mentoring
  • Recreation and Discretionary Time
  • Re-entry Support
  • Police-Youth Relations
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Supports and Treatment
  • Gun Access Reduction
  • Community Awareness and Involvement
  • Capacity and Infrastructure Development

Each approach will require the commitment of various community partners. Summit County Public Health will be the lead agency on coordinating implementation of the plan among all the partners.

Health Commissioner Donna Skoda says, “Youth violence is a public health issue. It comes in all forms, from bullying, to assault, to gun violence. It deeply affects the mental, emotional and physical health of our youth, causing a wide variety of issues that Summit County Public Health works to combat every day. Many organizations and community groups have a hand in reducing youth violence, and this strategic plan offers us a chance for true and meaningful coordination. This will be a living document, one that can be updated and adjusted to best fit the needs of the community, as our work progresses.”

The City of Akron will be leading the charge on several approaches, including reducing access to guns, increasing positive recreational opportunities, and enhancing police youth relations and community awareness

“It is essential that we continue to get guns off our streets, provide neighborhood services like Midnight Basketball, and build trust between our youth and law enforcement by creating opportunities for positive interaction and open dialogue,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “As the African proverb states, ‘it takes a village to save a child.’ Likewise, it will take our entire community to save our children from heading down a path of violence. Through true coordination and real action, I believe we can accomplish a meaningful reduction in violent crime and provide Akron’s next generation with the tools and opportunities to thrive.”

A full copy of the Youth Violence Prevention Strategic Plan—including Steering Committee and Workgroup members, data graphs and maps, and a list of resources currently serving local youth—can be found at www.akronohio.gov/preventyouthviolence.

 

Kevin Cook of Akron has been charged with felonious assault after police say he fired several shots at two women outside of the Northside Tavern on North Howard Street Friday night. 

According to reports, the altercation started inside of the bar and then spilled out into the parking lot. The two women tell police that Cook would not let them leave and then chased them outside. 

One of the victims tells police that as she was trying to drive away, Cook fired several shots, some that hit her car. She then got out of the car and ran away. 

Cook was arrested late Sunday night at his Kenmore home, and is currently being held in the Summit County Jail on several charges, including felonious assault.

Akron Police are looking for two, rather brazen theives, who stole an ATM from the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott at 41 Furnace Street downtown Sunday night.

The masked men ordered a hotel employee to lay down on the ground, then rolled the ATM out the front door and into an navy blue older model Jeep.

The employee didn't quite follow the thieves' direction, and immediately called 911. Too late, though, as the robbers had already driven off by the time police arrived. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

Thursday, 28 March 2019 05:05

UPDATE: Missing Barberton Girl Found Safe

Update: Police say that Ellie Ludwig was found safe late Wednesday night along with her bilogical mother Melissa, who does not have custody of the child. 

The girl and Melissa Ludwig were in Akron, and located by Akron Police. 

No further details have been released. 

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Barberton Police are asking for help finding missing 3-year-old Ellie Ludwig, who is believed to have been taken by her bilogical mother, 38-year-old Melissa Ludwig. She was last seen in the area of 7th Street North West.

Melissa Ludwig (pictured below), who has a last known address in California, is described as 5-feet-5-inches tall, about 140 pounds, with bleach blonde hair with pink and purple stripes, and brown eyes.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Baberton Police.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 05:53

Akron's Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Akron's infant mortality rate has decreased by nearly 9 percent since 2016, according to a data revealed at Mayor Dan Horrigan's third annual Health Equity Summit Tuesday.

The group Full Term First Birthday, created in 2017 at the direction of the mayor, has released details of their three-year strategic plan to improve those numbers even more, through focus on social influences on health and better coordinating the agendas of health agencies and community organizations.

See the full plan at AkronOhio.gov

An 18-year-old man was robbed of his cellphone in broad daylight Monday afternoon, around 3:30 at the intersection of Kenmore Boulevard and 13th Street Southwest.

The victim told Akron Police that a man walked up behind him, put him in a chokehold and slammed him to the ground, before taking off with the phone.

See more from the Akron Police below: 

(APD) Around 3:30pm yesterday afternoon, officers responded to a robbery at the intersection of Kenmore Boulevard and 13th Street SW.  The victim, an 18 year old male, reported the suspect approached him from behind and put him in a choke hold.  The suspect then threw the victim to the ground and stole the victim’s cell phone.  The suspect fled eastbound on Kenmore Boulevard.

The victim was not injured.

The suspect is a white male, 20 – 30 years old, 5’11”, thin, with blonde or strawberry blonde hair, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and white shoes.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS.  You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes).  Callers can remain anonymous.

Springfield Township Police have a new member of the team: K-9 Brodie!

The German Shepherd all the way from Jessen, Germany, was introduced last with alongside his handler, Officer Shawn Brady. The two will be attending an extensive, 6-week training in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and then Brodie will be ready to help patrol the Township.

All of Brodie's costs are covered by local donors at no cost to the tax payers. 

UPDATE: Tallmadge Police say Destiny Pritchett was found safe. Word from the department is that she ran awway last week. 

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The Tallmadge Police Department is asking for the public's help finding missing 17-year-old Destiny Pritchett. 

According to a release, Pritchett was first reported missing on March 13th. The circumstances, though, are not clear at this time. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tallmadge Detective Bureau at 330.633.4231. 

 

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 08:06

UPDATE: 100 Cars Involved in Rt. 8 Pile Up

UPDATE: A few more details from Tuesday's massive pile-up on Route 8 in Hudson, as officials now say that 25 people were transported to nearby hospitals with varying injuries. Still none that were life-threatening.

Now, the estimated number of cars involved are more like 100, opposed to the 60 initially reported by the City of Hudson.

Reports are that 60 of those nearly 100 vehicles had to be towed, and that 41 are a total loss.

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Major pile-up along Route 8 North before Route 303 in Hudson started about 3 o'clock with a car that spun out, causing a chain reaction that involved more than 60 cars, according to a release from the city.

Roughly 12 people were taken to area hospitals with varying injuries, none too serious though. Emergency crews from more than 8 surrounding communities responded to the crash that left Route 8 North closed for nearly 4 hours.

The city is asking anyone whose car was towed to call the Hudson Police Department after 8 this morning for more information.

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(City of Hudson) While we do not have many details at this point, here is updated information on the crash on Rt. 8.

 

  • The crash occurred around 3 pm this afternoon. Initial determination is that the incident was weather related due to icy road surfaces.
  • More than 60 vehicles involved
  • Approximately 12 individuals transported to area hospitals (exact number and who went where are not available at this time)
  • None of the injuries appeared life-threatening.
  • We anticipate SR 8 northbound to be open within the next ½ hour.
  • We called in mutual aid from more than 8 surrounding jurisdictions to help with the incident.

 

You can help us by asking any individuals who where involved in the crash to come to the Hudson Police Department AFTER 8 a.m. tomorrow morning or call HPD at 330-342-1800 tomorrow to obtain information about the location of your vehicle and to provide HPD with your information.

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