Four people are indicted in the death of an Akron toddler.
17-month-old Patrick Lerch died from meth intoxication after he was discovered unresponsive at an Akron home in late February.
Now his mother 20-year-old Heather Lerch has been indicted on a list of charges including complicity to commit murder.
The three other men at the home: Ronald Legg, Randy Legg and Allen Kostra also face charges including three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
If convicted on all charges, Lerch and Ronald Legg could spend the rest of their lives in prison. Randy Legg and Kostra could be sentenced to 22 years behind bars.
The first shooting took place in the 900 block of Wall Street. The victim told police he was sitting in his van when two black males approached him. After forking over the cash, suspects fired a shot at him.
It sent the victim to the hospital for a non-life threatening injury.
Police decribe the suspects:
The first around 25-years old, 5’0” to 5’04”, 150 pounds, with black braided hair and wearing dark clothing. The second suspect is 22 to 23-years old.
They got away in the victim’s van, a dark blue 2001Chevy Venture with Ohio plate number FMD1250.
The second shooting near South Hawkins Avenue and Thurston Street happened at 5 a.m. Friday morning.
The 48-year old male victim reported he was walking home when a silver SUV pulled up next to him.
After a brief struggle, one suspect fired a shot and struck the victim in the shoulder. The suspects then got back into the SUV and fled. The victim was taken to Akron General Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
The vehicle was possibly a silver Lincoln Navigator.
So embarassing, the cops were called to cut off the cuffs. It seems a patron at an adult entertainment store in Orange, Connecticut, locked himself into a pair handcuffs.
Store employees couldn't get them off, so they called the fire department and then police. But the officers keys didn't work ... the cuffs were eventually cut off with bolt cutters.
Birds in the pants -- means a big hit to the wallet.
Authorities say a Texas man trying to smuggle baby parrots into the U.S. has been fined $2,500.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the little, green birds were in the man's pockets and his backpack as he was was returning to the U.S. from Mexico on Sunday.
Officials say the birds can't be brought across the border because of concerns about disease.
A masked man dressed as the caped crusader who turned heads. He wasn't cited ... the man usually visits hospitalized children in the Washington D.C. area to cheer them up.
And a few officers even posed for a few photos with the Batman. I'm sure those are posted to Facebook.
But a Wyoming basset named Flash loves to raid the fridge.
They say he once took a box of frozen corn dogs into the yard and ate them all.
Now, Flash is working off the pounds as part of The Biggest Loser: Pet Edition.
Flash has dropped almost 16 pounds in just six weeks.
That's the message National Parks Service rangers had for a man in Arkansas.
They found the man leading a search for the rumored tall and hairy man/animal. He was fined about $500, but that's not much compared to the $500 apiece that 30 people paid to join the search for the hairy fellow.
He and his buddies moved all of his stuff-- by bike.
They hauled a sofa, a dinette set and a bed five miles. He estimates they moved a ton of his things cross-town.
Flores tells the Bellingham Herald he's been living car-free for a decade.
That caravan must have looked pretty crazy!
And that's your Dirty Laundry!
WXYZ-TV reports the mystery knitter has covered a bus stop sign post and tree stump with yarn creations.
Yarn bombers have left their mark in public spots from California to Australia.
The Huffington Post reports that cops say the 41-year old man was driving yesterday with his wife to get his nicotine fix when he lost control.
It's the creation of Pennsylvania woman.
She's the winner of the 2012 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.
The dish is made with Pillsbury Crescent dough sheets, canned pumpkin and cream cheese. Click here for a link to her recipe!
Police discovered two meth labs, cash and chemicals while following up on complaints of odors seeping out of an Akron home.
"Officers following up on a citizen complaint for possible drug activity on North Main Street in Akron, arrested five individuals for the manufacturing of methamphetamines," Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
During a traffic stop at 4 p.m. Monday, officers attempted to question a person leaving the home in question in the 1000 block North Main Street. Then additional officers obtained a search warrant to enter the home after smelling a strong odor of chemicals.
Officers found two meth labs and $11,000 in cash.
Edwards says the home had "a very large amount of chemicals" inside.
Police arrested Shawn C. Smith, 37, Michael C. Stewart, 47, Caitlin J. Sullivan, 28, Aaron P. Leslie, 36, all of Akron and Michael R. Small, 46, of Tallmadge.
Each suspect faces illegal manufacturing of methamphetamines , illegal assembly of chemicals, trafficking in methamphetamines and possession of methamphetamines .
All five were taken to the Summit County Jail.
A group of suspects are now in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center after Akron Police say they're linked to a string of Sunday robberies in town.
Three alleged armed robberies were reported in Akron within minutes of one another.
The first incident was reported at 3:15 a.m., near the intersection of North Hawkins Avenue and Kingsley Street. A victim told police that he was riding his bike, when suspects approached him, pointed a gun and demanded his belongings. The victim gave up his cellphone and guitar case before the suspect left in a green Honda Civic.
The second incident took place at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Grace Avenue and Peckham Street. A victim tells police suspects took her purse at gunpoint.
The third reported robbery happened in the 600 block of West Market Street, where a victim said he was approached for his backpack. He said the suspects pointed something at him during the incident at 4:10 a.m.
Following the third incident, officers say they spotted the green vehicle described. When they attempted to pull the car over, three suspects got out of the vehicle to run away. Officers caught up with two of the suspects after a foot chase.
The third suspect was taken into custody Monday morning. The fourth suspect turned himself in to detectives Tuesday morning.
"The vehicle used during the robberies was reported stolen out of West Akron," Lt. Rick Edwards said.
All four are charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.
An Akron man is listed in serious condition at Akron City Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds while playing video games.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says Dennis Withrow, 28, of Brittain Road, told police he was shot by three masked male suspects while playing video games with two other men at about 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Edwards says Withrow told them the suspects forced their way into the apartment in the 1200 block of Brittain Road and opened fire.
"The shooting remains under investigation and no suspects have been identified," Edwards said.
The two males who were playing video games with Withrow were charged with possession of cocaine.
"They were charged after officers recovered over 100 grams of cocaine, both inside the apartment and outside the apartment in a flower pot," Edwards said.
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