The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a three-car crash involving a Summit County Sheriff's and Springfield Township police cruiser.
Around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, a Summit County Deputy Sheriff was conducting a traffic stop in the right lane of Arlington Road south of Krumory road in Coventry Township when 44-year old James Aronhalt allegedly struck the rear of the deputy's cruiser and pushed it into the rear of the Springfield Township cruiser that was on the scene.
There were two Summit County Sheriff's Deputies and Springfield Township police stopped in the right lane southbound with emergency lights flashing overhead during the traffic stop.
All of the officers were outside their vehicles at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.
Aronhalt was arrested for OVI and was transported to the Springfield Township police department, where he later refused a breath test .
He was charged with OVI, assured clear distance and refusing a chemical test due to the fact that he has at least one prior OVI conviction within 20 years.
Aronhalt was issued a summons into court and later released.
Two people are in custody after police found an active meth lab and a 6-year-old child inside a Springfield Township home over the weekend.
Officers were called to investigate a suspected meth lab inside a home in the 1800 block of Oakes Drive. Police said they could smell the chemicals coming from inside the residence.
Police charged Tony D. Macchiarole, 33, of Akron and Kelly M. Bolyard, 23, of Springfield Township with assembly to manufacture drugs. Bolyard, the mother of the 6-year-old child, was also charged with felony child endangering. Macchiarole and Bolyard were booked into the Summit County Jail.
Police said the child is safe and in the care of family members.
Springfield Township Police are seeking the public's help in searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Speedway gas station at gunpoint Wednesday night.
On June 27, a man walked into the Speedway on Canton Rd around 8:40 pm. Police say he then pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money before the man took off on foot. No injuries were reported.
Police officials describe the suspect as a white man in his 20's standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Springfield Township Police Department.
Officers from the Springfield Twp. Police responded to Jubilee Donuts located at 916 Canton Rd., for an armed robbery call. The shop employee stated that a white male approached her and demanded she open the cash drawer. The suspect also told her that he was armed with a gun, although no weapon was seen. The suspect then fled the scene. A police canvass of the area produced a witness and vehicle description. Officers recognized the vehicle description and were able locate the vehicle and its owner. Further investigation and interviews led to the arrests of 28 yr. old Branden L. Willson, 27 yr. old Zachary A. Hutchison, and 24 yr. old Gwen M. Thatcher. All three suspects are currently being held at the Summit County Jail.
Former Springfield Township police officer Mark Dodez was told he may never walk again after being paralyzed from the waist down, is now making steps to a new beginning.
News Channel 5 had a chance to track the progress of Dodez in his home. Dodez can now use a walker to walk about 158 feet after doctors told him it was nearly impossible.
"They told my wife, 'one in a thousand chance' of me walking and I'm walking," Dodez said.
VIDEO Paralyzed Officer, Mark Dodez, Walking Again Through Physical Therapy
Dodez was struck by a drunk driver on March 31, while walking along South Arlington Road investigating a case.
He says he is staying strong and trying to move forward for his kids. he hopes to walk his daughters down the isle one day.
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