Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:09

Second Found Guilty In Kimlyn Circle Murders

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The man prosecutors said was an accomplice in a quadruple murder at a North Akron townhouse has been found guilty by a Summit County Jury.

22 year old Deshanon Haywood was found guilty of 13 counts of aggravated murder and mutliple counts including aggravated robbery, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Four people - Kem Delaney, Ronald Roberts, Maria Nash and Kiana Welch - were killed at a Kimlyn Circle townhouse in April 2013 in an execution style shooting.

Police say Derrick Brantley and Haywood were there to rob Delaney and Roberts of heroin and cash.

Brantley was found guilty in June and was sentenced to four consecutive life prison terms.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:13

Shots Fired At Canton Store - Again

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More shots were fired at the Canton convenience store where a deadly robbery took place on Sept. 22. The Canton Repository reports that police were at the Marathon station this (Wednesday) morning to survey the damage from the overnight shooting. Damage was also reported Friday night when a rock was thrown through a window. Police are still investigating.

Authorities recently tracked down the third robbery suspect, 19-year-old Darrell L. Newman, who is now facing aggravated murder and robbery charges. The other two suspected robbers, Ronnie Lawson and Antonio Gracia, were shot by a wounded store clerk. They later died at a an area hospital. The store clerk survived the shooting.

On the web: www.cantonrep.com

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:29

Country Club Toilet Cam

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Akron police are looking investigating a complaint from a woman who says someone used a cell phone to secretly record her using a restroom at Portage Country Club. 

The woman reported that she spotted the phone placed on the back of a toilet.  She was able to get a partial description of the guy who did it because the video includes some shots of him setting it up.  Police say the video was about seven minutes long but there are no other videos on the phone. 

The man appeared to be 25 - 30 years old and was wearing a wedding ring and a red shirt with a name tag.  The woman gave the phone to a manager, then called police when she got home.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:51

CAK: What Not To Bring

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While frying pans, firearms, and peanut butter may seem like completely different items, they all have one thing in common. They're not allowed in your carry-on bags at the Akron-Canton Airport. Those items were just a few out of many prohibited items surrendered at CAK's security checkpoint in the past six months.

On Tuesday, CAK and the Transportation Safety Administration presented some of the most recent items that were found at security checkpoints including a knife concealed as credit card and brass knuckles. TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell said despite a number of warnings, passengers are still bringing prohibited items inside their carry-on bags, pockets or wallets.

"I think we've gotten into a culture of rushing when we travel and I think that's part of the problem" said Howell. "People rush, don't take a look at what they have with them in their bags and the other part of it is people trying to avoid the baggage fees with some of the airlines."

Even though an item may be prohibted to be in your carry-on, it may still be allowed in your checked luggage.

TSA officials across the nation are noticing a significant increase in the amount of firearms that are found at secutiry checkpoints. Last year, TSA officials found 1,800 firearms. About 1,400 firearms were found from the beginning of this year through August. That's a 25 percent increase in comparison to the same time last year.

There's now an app for your phone that can help you find out which items are allowed in your carry-on bags and an online search engine on TSA.gov. And if you don't have time for that...

"Do the common sense test," said Howell. "If you held it over your head, would it cause panic on an aircraft? Or if you started swinging it around?"

For more information before your next flight click here.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:28

Guns On Bus - Sort Of

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It was a little scary for some students on a school bus this morning in Springfield Township when it looked like a 6-year old was carrying not one, but two guns. 

The bus driver, following procedure, called police.  It turns out that the first grader decided to bring a couple of toy cap guns to school.  Police let the child go home with parents and told the parents to handle it there - no charges will be filed, partially due to the child's age, according to Police Captain Ken Ray. 

The school district notified the parents of the other children, some of whom were upset.

Monday, 29 September 2014 19:45

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ohio's Extra Early Voting

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Expanded early voting in Ohio's general election has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 ruling put out Monday, the nation's top court granted a request from state elections officials in Ohio to restore a law that reduced the number of early voting days.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says that the ruling ensures that the state can run its own elections.

"This validates what I've long said, that Ohioans should vote by the same set of rules across the state," Husted tells WAKR, "and that Ohioans should make laws, not federal judges."

The ruling now means instead of starting tomorrow, early voting in Ohio will begin October 7th. A federal judge had earlier blocked the law passed by Republican lawmakers, and ordered expanded voting in Ohio.

Husted says that the restored voting laws offer plenty of time to vote in the November election.

"To have 28 days of voting, including the last weekend before the election," Husted says, "and continuing to mail out absentee ballot requests to voters 28 days before the election, which gives them essentially a month to vote, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

Civil rights groups sued, saying the new rules would make voting more difficult.

Monday, 29 September 2014 15:38

Akron Police Stop Speeding Car After Chase

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An Akron police cruiser almost got hit by a speeding car late Saturday night.

It happened at about 10:30 Saturday night on Vernon Odom Boulevard and White Avenue, when officers were responding to a call of shots being fired.

They say they then saw a car speeding around the corner. which almost collided head on with the cruiser.

Police say the driver led officers on a chase that ended when he crashed into two cars at Vernon Odom and Maillson.

The 17 year-old driver of 16th St. Southwest in Akron was arrested on charges including felonious assault and drug possession charges.

Officers say they found marijuana and a digital scale in his possession.

A 13 year-old passenger in one of the struck cars suffered a leg injury.

Monday, 29 September 2014 13:14

Akron Man Sentenced For Ricin Plot

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A 58-year old Akron man has been sentenced to six years in prison for possession of the biological toxin ricin for use as a weapon. Jeff Boyd Levenderis, was convicted on four counts -- one count of possessing a biological toxin for use as a weapon, one count of possessing ricin and two counts of making false statements to FBI agents -- earlier this year following a trial.

The evidence and testimony introduced at his trial showed that Levenderis produced ricin, a deadly toxin, at his home in Akron, sometime after 2000 and kept it in his freezer until it was recovered by FBI agents in January 2011.

The U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio says the evidence showed that Levenderis intended to make a "weaponized" form of ricin and planned to use it against his stepfather and against first responders who might respond to a fire Levenderis planned to set at his house as part of an elaborate suicide plan.

Testimony at trial confirmed that the substance Levenderis manufactured contained active ricin and that it contained hundreds of lethal doses if inhaled or injected.

Monday, 29 September 2014 12:27

Murder Admission

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An Akron man has admitted to killing a woman last year.  Jacob Umana, 38, will be sentenced next month, following a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce.

Stephanie Junius, 44, died of stab wounds from a screwdriver. Her body was found in a shed in the 600-block of Buchtel Avenue just two days before Christmas.  

Umana also pleaded guilty to a repeat violent offender scpecification. 

 

Sunday, 28 September 2014 17:08

The Black Keys Auction Guitar for Charity

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A couple of Rubber City rock stars are proving that LeBron is not the only one who can give back to Akron.

In between rocking arenas on their current Turn Blue world tour, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys signed a Special Les Paul electric guitar and other musical memorabilia to be auctioned off on the website CharityBuzz.com. Proceeds for the auction will benefit The Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund. The charity is a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare to mentally ill patients and is named after the man who gave the band their name.

In addition to the guitar, the lucky bidder will also receive two guitar picks and a set of drumsticks used by the band on their current tour.

The guitar's estimated value is $3,500. Biding will end on October 7th.

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