After a five-hour manhunt, a missing Akron toddler was found safe in Springfield Township early Tuesday morning.
The toddler was reported missing from her driveway in the 100 block of Lake Street Monday around 8 p.m.
Akron police say the child's aunt and her boyfriend took the 2-year-old in hopes of getting $15 they recently loaned the child's mother.
Tremaine Watters, 24, and Bianca Martin, 21, both of Akron, were arrested and charged with abduction.
They were booked into the Summit County Jail.
Several KFC restaurants will close in Akron after a financial dispute between the company and a franchise owner.
The Beacon Journal reports several Akron-area locations will close by the end of May including restaurants in Stow and Wadsworth.
KFC sued a Columbus-based Rao's Hospitality for alleged copyright infringement and failure to pay about $175,000 in royalties and fees.
The franchisee filed for bankruptcy and filed a motion for a settlement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Rao's Hospitality was ordered to close the restaurants by May 31.
The KFC on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls has already closed its doors. Restaurants on South Arlington and West Market will also close.
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A downed power line caused a sewer fire in Akron Monday afternoon.
The Akron Fire Department responded to a call about a downed wire burning a tree in the 1200 block of South Arlington Street just before 1 p.m.
Fire officials said an electrical spark caused a broken gas line to catch fire.
Akron police blocked of the road and evacuated several nearby businesses.
The power line was knocked down by heavy winds, according to fire officials.
No injuries were reported.
An Akron murder suspect entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man.
Anthony Hill Jr., 20, of Akron, is charged with murder and felonious assault . He is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond.
Authorities used tips and scanned hours of surveillance to track down Hill. Police found him outside a home on East Avenue at 6 p.m. Monday.
On Saturday morning, Richard A. Coryell was discovered on the sidewalk with a fatal gunshot wound outside of Old Haunts Tavern off of East Market Street.
Hill's next court appearance is set at 8 a.m. May 4th in Summit County Common Pleas Court. ..
Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man in Akron over the weekend.
The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals’ Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony T. Hill Jr., 20, of Akron, after following up on a tip and hours of surveillance.
Hill was found outside a home on East Avenue around 6 p.m.
Richard A. Coryell was shot and killed early Saturday morning during a fight in the parking lot of Old Haunts Tavern on East Market Street.
Hill has been charged with murder and felonious assault. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Akron Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Several homes were struck by bullets in three separate incidents within 24 hours in Akron.
Akron police said they received the first report early Wednesday around 3:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Wyandot Avenue.
A resident told police that someone fired several shots striking her home and vehicle.
No suspects have been identified in the shooting.
About 9 hours later, officers found two homes struck by bullets in the 900 block of Bacon Avenue.
A resident told police the suspect was firing at another man near the area. Officers found the suspect a short time later carrying a .22 caliber gun on Copley Road.
Maurice M. Arnold, 19, of Grand Avenue was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Police responded to another call early Thursday morning around 2:30 a.m. A resident woke up to the sound of gunshots fired at their home in the 400 block of Rexford Street.
No injuries were reported in the shootings.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
Drivers will start to notice a few more orange barrels on the roadways as the construction season kicks off.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that construction crews will be working on over 90 projects in District 4 worth a total of $341 million across six counties including Ashtabula, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumball counties.
Brent Kovacs, spokesman for ODOT District 4, said drivers should be prepared for the closure of I-277 eastbound for about 28 days between the Kenmore Leg and I-77 later this month.
“The main reason we are doing this is to expedite construction and give the contractor full access to the roadway, so they can get the work done in the 28 day period,” said Kovacs.
ODOT plans to close the westbound lane of I-277 in June.
Construction projects for 2012 include:
ODOT is also focusing on the importance of communicating with businesses along heavy construction sites to create “Business Friendly Construction.”
District 4 Deputy Director Anthony Urankar said ODOT has found a way to keep Ohio's economy moving forward during heavy construction periods.
“The businesses are important, but the key is for us to let them know what we are doing beforehand so they can make adjustments,” said Urankar.
ODOT partnered with the city of Green to keep communication alive during the heavy construction project along Arlington Road.
“Every business was guaranteed that their entrance would remain open. Every business was guaranteed that there would be lots of signage alerting the public that they were open,” said Green Mayor Dick Norton.
Norton said businesses and residents are able to track every step of the construction process with online updates on the city’s website.
ODOT plans to partner with more cities in the future to ensure that businesses are not severely impacted by large construction projects.
Click here to find the list of projects ODOT has planned.
If you haven't heard of Hatch Show Print, chance are you've seen a poster made with the iconic letterpress design.
Jim Sherraden, chief designer of Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, is presenting his work and "131 years of Letterpress History" to an audience Wednesday afternoon at Musica in downtown Akron.
Sherraden says hatch print is gaining some attention from the younger generation.
"It was taught in technical schools up until the '70s and it's enjoying a tremendous revival because of kids being interested in what I would call 'outmoded technology,'" said Sherraden.
Hatch is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America and is a division of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
"We don't take it for granted," said Sherraden. "We are grateful to be in the entertainment industry and provide a product that you can't get on a computer."
Hatch Show Print customers include B.B. King, Neil Young, Coldplay and Alan Jackson. Companies who have used Hatch designs include The New York Times, Nike and Golf Digest.
Sherraden's presentation will begin with the very first poster printed at Hatch along with more than a hundred years of hand-set graphic designs.
Click here to watch how a poster at Hatch is made.
A natural gas explosion destroyed an Akron home Saturday night.
Akron firefighters responded to a house fire in the 500 block of Anderson Avenue around 8 p.m.
Captain Al Bragg said fire crews found the home fully engulfed in flames with evidence that the fire started from an explosion.
A natural gas leak above a basement dryer caused the fire, according to the Akron Fire Department.
"It found an ignition source in the kitchen that led to the explosion," said Bragg.
No one was injured in the fire. Officials determined the house was a total loss valued at $60,000.
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UPDATE 1:09 p.m. ODOT has re-opened the 76 west ramp to I-77 south.
An overturned truck in Akron on I-76 west forced authorities to close an exit ramp during morning rush hour Wednesday.
Police say a truck was found on its side blocking the I-77 south exit ramp shortly before 6 a.m.
Akron police say the ramp will be closed for several hours.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area. A suggested detour is I-76 west to Interstate 277/US 224.
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