Saturday, 24 January 2015 16:20

Computers Stolen from Kent State Apartment

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Kent Police are searching for suspects wanted in the theft of two computers from a Kent State University apartment.

According to police, the two desktop units were stolen on January 19 from an off-campus apartment building on South Lincoln Street.

NewsChannel 5 reports the two suspects are wanted for questioning.

The computers are worth $1,200 apiece.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police at 330-673-7732.


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Saturday, 24 January 2015 07:54

Man Dies In Single Car Medina Crash

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A one car crash on Route 303 in Medina County killed the car's driver.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Medina post says it happened early this/Saturday morning, at about 1:15, in Liverpool Township.

Troopers say 28 year-old Michael Setliff of Elyria drove the car over a railroad crossing atop a hill, which caused his car to go airborne...landing off the left side of 303 and hitting a number of mailboxes. The car then hit a couple of semi-trucks parked in a private parking lot.

Setliff wasn't wearing a safety belt, and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash...which is still under investigation.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 07:15

UPDATE State Sets Up Task Force To Find Couple's Killer

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UPDATE 10:17 AM 1/24/15: The Chumney family has issued a statement:

"The Chumney family would like to extend our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their prayers and encouragement as we go through this very difficult time. The many ways in which you have reached out to our family has been heartwarming and comforting. We are especially grateful for the many prayers that we know surround our entire family.

We encourage anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation to please contact your local law enforcement agency.

We also want to extend our gratitude to the many local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel for their continued tireless efforts. We also appreciate the efforts of the news media in respecting our privacy.

We would be most grateful if your family would continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ron Chumney, Diane Enama, Ed Chumney and Wesley Chumney"


(Earlier coverage) The State of Ohio will help to find who killed an elderly Strasburg couple.

Doyle and Lillian Chumney were found dead Thursday in their burned out car in the town of Bakersville in Coshocton County.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation will head up a task force including local law enforcement and officials from both Tuscarawas and Coshocton Counties.

The Chumneys were well known and loved in the small town of Strasburg, where a vigil was held last night.

NewsChannel 5 was there as the Chumneys' niece, LaVonne Debois, got support from over 100 people.

People collected donations to help find justice in the couple's death.


On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5,


Friday, 23 January 2015 14:32

Presidential Nomination: Two Weeks In Ohio?

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Democrats say they'll nominate their 2016 presidential candidate the week of July 25th next year.

That'll be a week after Republicans gather in Cleveland to select their presidential pick.

There's a chance that Ohio could be the heart of it all, political convention-wise, next year.

Columbus is one of three finalist cities to host the DNC in 2016, along with New York and Philadelphia.

Friday, 23 January 2015 14:23

Akron Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home

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Investigators are looking into the death of an Akron man found inside a house that caught on fire Friday morning.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's office says Akron firefighters found the man in his early 60's dead in the living room of the home on Georgia Avenue after they responded to the fire call at about 7:20 AM.

No further details about the victim have yet been released.

It was just a few minutes, but two Akron schools were placed on what the district calls a "School Safety Watch"...over concerns that it possibly wasn't safe outside the schools.

Akron police notified Sam Salem and Rimer CLCs that they were responding to a report of a shots fired call in the neighborhood.

The safety watch was lifted around 12:47 Friday afternoon, about 9 minutes after it started.

All students at both schools are reported to be safe and secure.

The Brimfield Township Police Department is moving forward after losing their now former police chief David Oliver. Oliver, known for his "babb announced his retirement last week after he was suspended following the release of accusations of bullying and mistreatment.

Although the department is dealing with the spotlight and new leadership, acting police chief Chris Adkins tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol that not much has changed.

"The programs don't stop," said Adkins. "Our service doesn't stop. Everything we've had in place continues. The one exception is Facebook which we're calling it a little bit of a timeout until things cool down, but we just continue what we're doing."

Despite new leadership and a break from social media, Adkins said not much will be changing.

"It's sounds odd to say 'nothing changes' after the way things have blown up in the past week, but we still have a job to do."

Adkins says the department's Facebook page will be back but if he's in control of it, it'll just focus on the facts with crime, weather and community updates.


Previous Coverage: 

Power, Gender & Bystanders In Brimfield Township

Brimfield Officer Speaks Out Against Chief

Brimfield Accepts Chief Oliver's Resignation

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver To Retire

Friday, 23 January 2015 10:39

Two Marijuana Grow Operations Found In C. Falls

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A pair of marijuana grow operations were found in Cuyahoga Falls following a search warrant at two locations on Thursday.

Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland said anonymous tips led authorities to the first location in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue.

The drug unit seized 30 mature plants, around $2,000 in cash, and marijuana grow equipment at a location in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 7-year-old child was found in that same location.

Thomas D. Coffman III, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested and charged with cultivation and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs.

Law enforcement officials also seized 55 starter plants, 40 mature plants, around $8,000-$10,000 in cash, and marijuana grow equipment at a second location on East Bath Road. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:56

Make It 11 Straight For LeBron

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The eleventh time the charm -- a remarkable run for Akron's LeBron James, named a starter for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. James led the balloting for the Eastern Conference front court with teammate Kevin Love pulling in the number six slot. Kyrie Irving came in fourth on voting for the guard position. 

The NBA All-Star game will be played Saturday, February 15th at New York's Madison Square Garden.

(NBA) Dramatic late runs by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors headline the final results of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. Curry (1,513,324 votes) edged the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (1,470,483) to become  the top overall vote-getter after trailing by 13,285 votes in the most recent balloting update. Curry, who started in last year’s NBA All-Star Game, is the first Warrior to be named a starter in back-to-back All-Star Games since Chris Mullin in 1991-92.

Lowry (805,290) rallied from a deficit of more than 100,000 votes at the last balloting update to overtake the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and join the Washington Wizards’ John Wall (886,368) in the starting backcourt for the Eastern Conference. Wall, making his second straight All-Star appearance and first start, is the first Wizards starter since Gilbert Arenas in 2007. This is the first All-Star appearance for Lowry, who becomes the first Raptor to start since Chris Bosh in 2008. The East will have two first-time starters in the backcourt for the first time since Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) and Eddie Jones (Charlotte) in 2000.

The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.

James, the top vote-getter last season, will start his 11th All-Star Game in 12 seasons. He was followed in the overall voting by the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (1,369,911), who finished with the most votes among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. At 21, Davis is the youngest starter in this year’s game, which features five first-time starters and 10 starters from 10 different teams. 

James, who this month became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 24,000 points, is joined in the East frontcourt by the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (974,177), an All-Star for the fifth time, and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (647,005), who earned his eighth All-Star nod. Anthony boasts the fourth-highest scoring average (21.1 points) in All-Star history and is the 10th player to earn four All-Star selections with two different teams (Denver, New York).

Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:51

APD Files Charges In Feeney Murder

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Akron police filed murder charges today against a 23-year old man for the execution-style slaying of local collectibles shopkeeper Patrick Feeney.
The body of Feeney, 54, was found in his home and business on East Exchange Street on January 5th by a friend who was visited to use Feeney's phone. Feeney's body was found, his arms duct-taped behind him, with a gunshot to the head.
Akeeme "A.J." Hayes, with a last reported address of Johnstown Street, is already in the Summit County Jail on weapons and drug charges unrelated to the slaying.
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(Akron PD) Detectives followed up on tips received and evidence collected and have signed charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary on Akeeme AJ Hayes, 23, with a last known address on Johnston Street in Akron. 
On January 5, 2014 shortly after 5:00pm, officers were dispatched to the 828 East Exchange Street for a homicide. The caller, an acquaintance, called police and stated he went over to the victim’s residence/business to borrow the victim’s phone.
The caller said the rear door was forced open. The caller went inside of the victim’s residence/business and found the victim, Patrick J. Feeney, 54, unresponsive, on the floor in the living area with his hands taped behind his back. Patrick Feeney died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Akeeme Hayes is currently in the Summit County Jail on unrelated weapons and drug charges. 
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