Another black bear has been seen in Springfield Township.
Michelle Lushbaugh sent AkronNewsNow pictures of the bear along a lake off Canton Rd. near Springfield High School.
Springfield Township Police Capt. Ken Ray said officers tried to track the bear but it ran off into the woods. He said it did not come close to any people or damage any property.
The sighting is another in a long list of black bear sightings in Summit County over the last several weeks, including sightings in Stow, New Franklin, and Cuyahoga Falls.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources advises people not to approach bears. Ray said Springfield Township residents who see a bear should call police at 330-733-1061 or the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE.
A 51-year old woman from Springfield Township pleaded guilty to shooting her live-in boyfriend to death last July.
Sharon Hall entered a guilty plea Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors say Hall shot her live-in boyfriend, 55-year-old James Cody, multiple times in their home on July 12. He was already dead when first-responders arrived.
Hall will be sentenced in Judge Judy Hunter's courtroom March 26 at 1:30 p.m. She faces six to 14 years in prison and will not be eligible for early release.
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A Springfield Township boy is dead after he was struck by a car while walking near his home in Springfield Township.
The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol tells AkronNewsNow.com that Anthony Weakland, 16, was hit at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Weakland, who was walking eastbound on Albrecht Avenue at the time, died shortly after at the scene of the accident.
"We've got investigators out canvassing the neighborhoods and pending the autopsy on the 16-year old, maybe we're learning a little more," Sgt. Dean Christ said.
Christ confirmed that Weakland's home is a short distance from the accident site.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has planned to conduct and autopsy Wednesday.
A 16-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night in Springfield Township.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports Anthony Weakland, 16, of Springfield Township, was walking on Albrecht Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle "that did not stop" around 9:30 p.m.
Weakland was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the incident.
Detectives are investigating a homicide after a 55-year-old man was found shot to death in Springfield Township.
Police said James Z. Cody was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Gregory Drive around 6 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities arrested Cody's live-in girlfriend, 50-year-old Sharon L. Hall, and charged her with murder. She has been booked into the Summit County Jail.
The shooting remains under investigation.
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A 4-year-old girl was injured after she was struck by her grandmother's van Tuesday night in Springfield Township.
Troopers with the Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol said the 70-year-old grandmother was backing out of a driveway on Canton Road when she opened the driver's door to say goodbye to her granddaughter around 8 p.m.
Troopers said it appears the door struck the girl when the van was in reverse. The vehicle also hit several trees.
The 4-year-old was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.
The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
A six car injury crash on U.S..224 in eastern Summit County sent two drivers to the hospital.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Canton post says the crash at U.S. 224 and Ohio 532 in Springfield Township at the Summit-Portage County line happened at about 10 until 2 PM Saturday.
The patrol says 29 year-old Aaron Brna of Uniontown was driving westbound on U.S. 224 in his SUV, when he ran a red light and struck a Jeep driven by 39 year-old Amy Schrock of Mogadore...who was waiting for the light heading eastbound on 224.
Officers say after Brna ran into Schrock's vehicle, he continued westbound, and struck four other vehicles on eastbound 224.
Brna was transported to Akron General Medical Center with serious injuries, and Schrock was transported to Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.
Two other drivers, 36 year-old Amanda Szabo and 33 year-old Paula Mcatee of Mogadore, were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, and were not transported to a hospital. Another driver, 36 year-old Felicia Ulmer of Akron, and her two sons were not injured. A fourth driver had already left the scene.
The crash is still under investigation.
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Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in two separate car crashes in Springfield Township early Saturday morning.
The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports Jessica Thomas, 25, of Barberton was driving southbound on state route 241 near Massillon Road around 2:30 a.m.
Troopers say her car went off the side of the road striking a traffic sign, fire hydrant and an embankment before going airborne and striking a large tree.
Thomas was trapped inside the vehicle with her legs pinned under the steering wheel. She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, according to troopers.
Thomas had to be extracted from the car by Springfield and Lakemore EMS.
She was transported to Akron General Hospital with serious injuries.
Jeffrey Y. Spencer, a passenger in the car, was ejected from the vehicle. Troopers said he also was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. He was taken to Akron City Hospital and is listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
The second crash occurred in the same area while troopers were investigating the earlier crash.
Leeroy Lutz, 52, of Akron was driving northbound on state route 241 when he hit an unoccupied Springfield Township police cruiser parked on the side of the roadway.
The cruiser was blocking the road to secure the crash site.
Lutz was taken to Akron General Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers believe alcohol was a factor in both accidents.
Two suspects were arrested after a Springfield Township home was found engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to control the blaze in the 2400 block of Ladd St. Thursday morning, but the house is a total loss.
The homeowner was not at the residence at the time of the fire, but officers say witnesses lead them to two suspects seen leaving the home shortly before it started.
Both Doug Congrove Jr., 22, of Springfield Township, and Allen Keller, 21, of Akron, were taken into custody. The two were charged with felony burglary and theft. Keller also faces aggravated arson charges.
Following an investigation, police say it appeared they had burglarized the home, then set the fire and stood by to watch it burn.
Both are now being held in the Summit County Jail.
Two people were ejected from a car during a crash early Friday morning in Springfield Township.
The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened shortly before 1 a.m. on State Route 241, north of Killian Road.
Joshua E. Poulson, 23, of Hartville lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and struck a guardrail .
Both the driver and the passengers, Amber L. Helems, 23, of Akron were taken to Akron City Hospital.
The passenger is in critical condition and the driver only sustained minor injuries.
Authorities say they were not wearing seat belts and alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.
Troopers also found drug paraphernalia inside the Jeep.
The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.
It's a happy holiday ending in the "Lost and Found Department".
The Beacon Journal reports that a cloth bag with $12,000 was lost Wednesday in Akron, but was found a day later by a very honest Akron couple.
Police say the woman and her husband found the tan cloth bag lying in the middle of the road at an Ellet intersection and went to police, who went through paperwork inside to find the rightful owners - the Springfield Township couple who lost the loot.
They had it because they were going to buy a house out of state.
The couple isn't giving out their names, and aren't talking about any possible reward. The woman says - quote - "God kept his hand on that money."
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