UPDATE 4/12/13 3:55 PM: Akron water department workers are looking at a water main break that flooded part of a West Akron neighborhood last night.
Akron city service director John Moore says that they're examining the burst main to see how extensive the damage is.
"The main has been secured," Moore tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and we're in the process of pulling dirt away from the break so we can see exactly what's going on in the hole."
Moore says the pipe to repair the main is being ordered from Chicago, and it should be in Akron late Friday or early Saturday. Water has been routed around the broken section since Thursday night.
Moore says the boil water alert for Akron water customers Copley and Fairlawn will be in effect at least through Saturday evening, with water sample testing taking place through then.
He says the water line is a transmission line that generally doesn't serve local customers near the line, but feeds Akron water customers in the Copley/Fairlawn area.
The American Red Cross' local chapter says it will keep its emergency shelter for residents affected by the water main break into the weekend.
Though one family got the OK to return home, two other families in the Valley Street area are awaiting the "all clear" to return home.
(Earlier ANN coverage) A busted water main pumped enough water to turn one West Akron neighborhood into a small lake on Thursday night.
Akron Fire Captain Michael Scott likened the inundation to a flash flood.
(Earlier ANN coverage) Akron police are asking motorists to avoid the area of West North Street near West Market Street due to a broken water main.
Police dispatchers tell AkronNewsNow that water has been "just flowing downhill" due to the water main break.
Swift water rescue teams were called to the scene, and people have been stuck in their cars or on porches of homes.
Cars have been unable to get down Valley Street due to the water levels.
UPDATE: 5:42 a.m.
A serious crash closed West Market Street just outside Summit Mall Thursday.
Fairlawn Police say it was an accident involving a stolen SUV and a telephone pole.
Power lines were knocked down as a result of the crash. Both the driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital.
West Market Street between Smith Road and Ghent Road opened around 1 a.m. Friday morning.
Authorities are continuing to investigate.
A serious crash has closed West Market Street just outside Summit Mall.
Fairlawn Police say it was an accident involving a car and a telephone pole. Power lines were knocked down as a result of the crash. Crews are looking to restore power in the area.
Police tell AkronNewsNow.com a car flipped over in front of the mall, taking out the power line.
Authorities say at least two people have been injured.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area of W. Market Street between Ghent and Smith Roads until the utility company can replace the telephone pole.
Check back with AkronNewsNow.com for more information.
Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are looking into a fatal shooting at a West Market Street fast food restaurant.
Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards says it happened to an employee at the McDonald's at 390 West Market Street on Saturday night at just before 11 PM.
Lt. Edwards says the employee was taking out the trash, when he was confronted near the back door and then was shot several times.
The victim, identified as 28-year old John Lehman of Crosby Street in Akron, was taken to Akron General Medical Center, where he died.
Police describe the suspect as a medium complexioned black male, 22 to 27 years old, 5’ 7” – 5’ 10”, 150-180 lbs., with a moustache, and say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Lt. Edwards says the suspect was seen in a dark colored SUV with tinted windows,possibly a Ford Expedition or Cadillac Escalade, traveling southbound on Valley Street towards Crosby Street.
Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to call the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshal's Service at 866-4-WANTED, or Summit County CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
Akron police say a woman was choked during a robbery Friday evening.
An employees at Retro Home Decor on West Market Street told police that a man walked into the store and wanted to sell some spoons around 5:30 p.m. The man left when the woman told him they are not buying any items because the store is going out of business.
The suspect returned a few minutes later, knocked the woman to the ground and started choking her before taking money from a cash box and fleeing the scene.
The victim was treated on scene by paramedics, but she refused to go to a hospital.
The suspect is described as a black male, medium complexioned, 50 – 60 years old, 6’0” – 6’02”, 200 – 220 lbs., partially gray hair and wearing a black coat, possibly leather, a red shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
Akron police are looking for a 41-year-old robbery suspect who allegedly put a knife to a victims throat and fled from officers Sunday evening.
Police says Joe Dalton demanded money from a 68-year-old man around 5:30 p.m. on Beck Avenue.
The victim had minor cut on his chin but refused medical attention.
Dalton shoved the victim to the ground and took the victims keys, cell phone and car.
Officers found the car later that day on Copley Road near Storer Avenue.
Dalton was found on West Market Street and he fled from police after they tried to handcuff him.
Dalton is wanted for aggravated robbery, escape, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.
He is described as a black male, 6’0” and about 175 lbs.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dalton is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
Might be a slower commute on your way home tonight if you are using West Market.
A big water main break closing one lane in each direction in the 2400 block. Traffic is still moving through the area, but using the two westbound lanes.
The City hopes to have repairs made and the highway fully re-opened by seven o'clock this evening.
News release - City of Akron
Water Distribution crews are repairing a break in the 8” water main, located in front of 2424 W. Market St. The break was discovered at approximately 12:00 noon today. During this repair work, traffic is being restricted to one lane in both directions, via the 2 west bound lanes. Repairs should be completed and traffic returned to normal conditions by about 7pm this evening. A handful of residential customers will be without water service until repairs are completed.
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