Akron area motorists will start the New Year paying more at the pump.
Gas prices in Akron have risen 6.3 cents for a gallon of regular, bringing the average price to $3.37. Gas prices website AkronGasPrices.com reports the average last week was $3.35.
"Average gasoline prices are moving up as we enter the New Year, a trend that has held since 2008," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan, in a press release.
"The biggest problem with that trend holding true this year is that we're starting 2012 about 20-cents per gallon higher than 2011, breaking yet another high price record and setting up an ugly year for motorists," DeHaan said.
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Akron detectives are investigating a shooting of two people inside a car early Friday morning.
A 54-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman told police they were shot at twice through the door and windshield of the car after leaving a club on Moore Street around midnight. Police say they were driving on Interstate 76 near South Main Street.
The man was shot in the lower jaw and the woman was shot in the leg. Both victims were taken to Akron General Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives are still searching for the motive of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
A Perry Township woman admits to taking thousands of dollars from her former employer.
The Canton Repository reports Kathleen A. Craver, 52, pleaded guilty to the theft from her elderly employer and now she's being asked to pay it back.
While working as a secretary, Craver stole $300,000 from real-estate developer George Swallow and his company during a five-year period. Swallow died in 2009.
Police and FBI detectives were asked to follow the money after a review of Swallow's estate, the newspaper reports the numbers didn't add up.
Craver faces up to 10 years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for January. The Stark County Common Pleas judge handling the case is waiting for additional testimony to determine if she'll be eligable for probation.
On the web: CantonRep.com
Warmer December temperatures have stalled the start of the full-on season at nearby slopes.
"We're looking around and it's good to see we're not the only ones struggling at this point," Steve Mackle said, marketing manager at Boston Mills and Brandywine.
At this point, Mackle says the ski resorts and snow tubing hills are still doing okay, with two lanes open at Boston Mills and Polar Blast tubing this week.
While he says they'd like to be operating at 100 percent right now, the latest they've opened in years past is close to Jan. 6. Mid-December is the time most operations hope to see the slopes crowded.
This week, Mackle said skiers can hit the hills for a reduced price at $20 if they want to use the lanes that are open for business.
Even though the resorts can't control the forecast, they doesn't mean they don't have a handle on producing snow.
"The natural snow is alway a benefit or a plus for us," he said. "What really is important to us, are the cold temperatures."
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Early Wednesday morning the machines were revved up to take advantage of the below freezing temperatures. Mackle is looking forward to January for the best time for the chilly temps to drop.
On the web: www.bmbw.com
A complaint leads police to a suspect's digital devices and formal charges.
The Canton Repository reports police charged Ronald L. Whitmore, 59, of Canton, with the rape of a child under the age of 13. He also faces pandering sexually oriented material with a minor.
The Canton Police Department detectives bureau and agents from the FBI/Stark County Crime Task Force took him into custody Tuesday.
Investigators used a search warrant to obtain Whitmore's computer and digital camera.
On the web: www.CantonRep.com
Dropping temperatures and the threat for snow showers into the weekend begins Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, which goes into effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday and carries through Wednesday at 12 p.m.
The advisory covers Summit and Portage counties.
The warm, moist air from the Gulf will move out of the Akron-area region by the afternoon on Tuesday. Cooler temperatures are expected into the evening.
"As we head through the evening, we'll see that one to three, maybe four inches of snow accumulated," Tony Jackson said, Weather Channel meteorologist.
After this low pressure system moves out overnight, a new system will move in and could bring lake-effect snow showers through the weekend.
Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Wally Waffle in Akron Thursday night.
The Akron Fire Department reports crews were able to put out the kitchen fire at the eatery at 338 Locust Street. Firefighters found flames coming from one of the kitchen burners.
Firefighters arrived in time to prevent any structural damage.
It's not known how long this could impact business. News Channel 5 reports the restaurant sustained some smoke damage.
VIDEO See Wally Waffle after the blaze was put out
On the web: NewsNet5.com
Facing the fact that he would soon be handcuffed, an Akron robbery suspect probably had more on his mind than just a pending arrest.
Akron police say Anthony T. Ethridge, 22, shot himself in the head during a police chase Wednesday. Police report he was a suspect in a bank heist at a FirstMerit branch Wednesday morning in Akron.
Ethridge was out on bond after pleading not guilty Dec. 12 to an indictment, which listed charges of abduction and domestic violence.
On day later, a warrant was issued for his arrest on owed child support payments. Court documents show Ethridge was a no-show in court for his hearing Dec. 13, to explain why he was not paying.
Akron police say Ethridge shot himself in the head while officers were trying to catch him and two others under the All American Bridge. The names of the two other suspects arrested were not released.
8:03 p.m. Editor's note: the links to publicly-available documents in earlier versions of this story have been removed at the request of the party in the child support action.
VIDEO One Dead, Two Arrested After Bank Heist
Dead Bank Robbery Suspect ID'd
There's not an app this, but Akron police hoping citizens can help them track down two suspects in an online sale gone wrong.
Akron police report two men robbed a victim who planned on exchanging money for an iPad, that was posted for sale on Craigslist.
When the victim arrived to an East Exchange Street business Wednesday night to pick up the device, he described one of the suspects threatened to shoot him and had one hand in his pocket acting as if he had a gun.
The suspects ran to a black Chevy Bonneville and drove away.
Akron Police Suspect Descriptions:
The suspects are two black males, ages 22 to 25 years old. The first suspect might weigh between 180 to 200 pounds and stands almost 6-feet tall.
The second suspect is close to 6-feet tall as well. Police say he's thin and was wearing a black coat or hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information may contact the Akron police department.
A Canton woman is slapped with felony charges for smacking a police officer with her purse.
The Canton Repository reports the officer was trying to stop Lataija M. Parker, 18, of Canton, from leaving the Macy's at Westfield Belden Village Mall with stolen merchandise Wednesday afternoon.
She allegedly struck the mall security officer in the face. Police then tracked her down in the food court and she was arrested on felony robbery and assault charges.
Parker was booked into the Stark County Jail.
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