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An 18-year-old Akron man died Wednesday night after officials say he hanged himself in a Medina County Jail cell.
The Beacon Journal reports deputies revived Michale Green when they found him around 8:30 p.m., but he died on his way to Medina General Hospital.
Green was being held on robbery and kidnapping charges in the jail since October 10th. The charges are in connection with a convenience store robbery on March 6 in Harrisville Township.
Prison officials say Green did not show signs of being suicidal.
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Akron City Council approved a new redistricting plan that would reshape its council wards this past Monday.
The most significant changes would include creating a new ward (Ward 1) that would cover most of the Highland Square area that was previously spilt among multiple wards.
"We just wanted to make sure that all of the wards were represented fairly, as far as population goes, but that they were represented as far as their own personal identification goes," Mike Freeman, Ward 9 councilman, said.
Ward 1 would encompass Highland Square, West Hill, Downtown Akron and The University of Akron; Ward 2 would become North Hill and Chapel Hill; and Ward 10 would become primarily Goodyear Heights.
Council members voted 11-2 on Monday to approve the redistricting proposal. Council members Bruce Kilby and Mike Williams voted against the plan.
Bob Dykes of Triad Research Group presented the plan to council members and the public last week to reshape the city's 10 wards at a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 29.
When the plan was introduced last week, councilman Bruce Kilby said the plan squeezes him into the same ward (Ward 2), as incumbent council member, Jim Hurley, and he called it a political move.
Redistricting is required following each census.
Police are investigating an overnight shooting and a crash that happened a short time later near Akron General Medical Center.
Detectives say one person was shot in the 100 block of South Street near a gentleman's club around midnight.
Akron Police Captain Dan Zampelli says the victim 24-year old Anthony Williams was not on scene, but was found later in the passenger seat of a car involved in a crash near the hospital on Exchange Street and Wabash Avenue. The driver fled the scene before officers arrived. Williams was undergoing surgery. His condition was not known.
Police do not have any suspects at this time.
Zampelli says there was what officers describe as a shootout" in the parking lot of the Dreamer's nightclub on South Street in which several cars were struck by bullets. Detectives are trying to determine if there were any other injuries and the cause and extent of the gunfire.
The shooting and the crash remain under investigation.
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(Above: Shooting location; Below: Crash location)
A Coventry Township man was cited for assault after he allegedly threw a cup of coffee in the face of another man during a political argument at a polling location Tuesday morning.
Summit County Sheriff Deputies said 58-year-old John Pegley was shouting obscenities at a man that was displaying political signs in front of polling site in the 700 block Portage Lakes Drive around 8 a.m.
The victim told Pegley that he was within his legal rights to hold the signs because he was more than 100 feet from the entrance of the building.
The argument continued and Pegley threw the drink on the victim.
Pegley was issued a summons for assault, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree.
Akron police are investigating the shooting death of an Akron man Tuesday evening.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports Brandon Given, 37, was shot to death by an unknown suspect in the 100 block of Lake Street shortly after 6:30 p.m.
Given was taken to Akron General Medical center where he was later pronounced dead.
No further details have been released.
The shooting death remains under investigation.
Troopers are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that claimed the life of a Ravenna woman in Portage County Tuesday evening.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 62-year-old Linda Cain was hit by a car on State Route 88 in Freedom Township shortly before 6:30 p.m.
Cain was life-flighted to Akron City Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
The driver of the car was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
People were lining up this morning, some with coffee in hand, for the last day of early voting.
Construction on Grant Street added to the traffic mess in front of the Summit County Board of Elections office. Some voters told AkronNewsNow that they waited more than an hour and a half in line to get inside the building. In-person voting on Monday was from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Music teacher Eva Mondragon is unable to vote tomorrow because of class, which is why she waited in the long line Monday morning.
"It's pretty chaotic. I wasn't expecting the line to be this long. I did try to get up earlier but that didn't happen," Mondragon said.
First-time voter Nathan Wesig, 20, was shocked when he found construction near the voting site.
"...I think I drove around three blocks to find somewhere to park," Wesig said.
The key issues voters were most concerned about were the presidential election and the school levys on the ballot. Supporters and opponents of each candidate and issue say they were willing to wait in the long line and the cold temperatures in order to make their vote count.
One woman says she came out to vote for the Akron Public Schools levy.
"I see a lot of things in the school system that needs to be changed and should be changed, but because we don't have the funding, they can't be changed. So, that's the first thing that I'm voting for," she said.
Most voters were dressed in their winter coats with a coffee or hot drink in hand to keep warm. One man said patience is the key to getting through the long line.
"Patience. Just be patient and get the vote in," one voter said.
UPDATE 4:06 p.m. - Akron police say it's still a mystery as to where the cash came from. There were reports of deposit slips also found but at this point there isn't a solid lead on who lost the cash, or where it was destined to go. Officers responding to the scene reported the money was gone by the time they arrived, with few other clues available.
Lt. Rick Edwards says he did get a possible clue from one caller who had originally called in the find.
"He had found some bundles of money that were bundled," Lt. Edwards tells AkronNewsNow.com, "that had tickets on the top that had 'Skill Games of Ohio'."
He hopes that the reference may ring a bell with someone.
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It wasn't an accident, but whatever it was, it sure caused some chaos on the roads Monday morning.
Akron police received several reports of money flying around on Interstate 76 West near Gilchrist Road causing delays for motorists on their morning commute.
Stephanie of Kent was driving past the busy intrastate on her way to work when she witnessed the strange series of events. "I just saw people picking, picking, picking, picking off the streets and I thought that's crazy. It's just like one of those comedies on TV," said Stephanie.
Motorists called Rubber City Radio with their traffic tips explaining the bizarre events of drivers pulling over to collect the mysterious floating cash.
According to another driver who witnessed the incident, people were pushing each other out of the way to get as much as they could.
Stephanie said she wanted to make it to work in time, which is why she didn't pull over.
"I was busy driving and I didn't want to be late for work and miss my parking space."
Akron police have released very little details. A dispatcher told AkronNewsNow that the department did receive calls about the incident.
Authorities are armed with 35 arrest warrants after a four-month-long undercover drug operation in Portage County.
The Portage County Drug Task Force led the undercover drug sweeps where authorities purchased heroin, meth, prescription drugs and marijuana to target those involved in drug trafficking.
The 35 arrest warrants include charges of more than 90 violations of State Narcotic Laws and other related charges.
Last week, task force agents arrested seven people Authorities have already made seven arrests for heroin related violations in Streetsboro and Ravenna.
On Tuesday, agents arrested Paul Quesenbery, 23, David Adkins, 38, Jerome Latimer, 26, and DeAngelo Frost, 23, all of Ravenna, for trafficking in heroin.
The Streetsboro Police Department also assisted with intercepting a vehicle that was transporting heroin from Cleveland to the Kent area.
Lowell Jerome Warr, 23, and Dustin Blake Whiles, 26, both of Kent were charged with trafficking in heroin. Amanda M. Hiner, 25, of Akron was charged with possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.
Assisting in the drug sweep were officers from the Summit County Sheriff's Office, Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security and the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.
It wasn't just a dream for one Cuyahoga Falls resident who woke up to the sound of someone breaking into his home early Thursday morning.
The homeowner quickly ran outside of his house in the 3100 block of Akron-Peninsula Road and called police around 4 a.m. But in an interesting turn of events, officers found the suspect asleep in the homeowner's bed. Police found the south side kitchen door window kicked in.
Police ended up tazing the suspect after a brief struggle when they tried to make an arrest. Jacob S. Parker, 22, of Akron, was charged with burglary and resisting arrest.
Police also found a purse and a cell phone belonging to the suspect's girlfriend in Parker's car which prompted a welfare check at her apartment. She was found unresponsive and extremely intoxicated, according to police. Cuyahoga Falls EMS were called to check up on the 21-year-old woman.
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