The Portage County Drug Task Force is following-up after four people overdosed in rapid fashion at Nelson ledges Quarry Park last Friday. The Sheriff's office announced on Monday afternoon that deputies went to the park on State Route 282 in Nelson on a reported overdose, arriving to find EMT's administering a Narcan hit to the victim on the scene. Shortly after arriving, they were told of a second OD victim when the third was brought to them by park staff. Yet another was brought to them for treatment before crews left the scene. Three victims were taken to UH Portage Medical Center while the fourth refused treatment. Investigators determined all four victims had been given the hallucinogenic drug “Molly,” and are still interviewing people in an effort to identify the source of the drug. No suspect has been named and the investigation is ongoing.
The past weekend was a busy one for the Akron Police Burglary Division. Detectives are following-up a half-dozen break-ins that happened at various locations.
The first was early Saturday at Luei's Market in the 100 block of Hammel Street, where someone bumped-out a window air conditioner to get inside, stealing the cash register and cigarettes.
Ripper Owens' Travelers Tavern was broken into early Saturday in the 2700 block of Manchester Road, with the intruder climbing through a second-floor window, damaging a surveillance camera and several items inside.
Nearby, M.T. Pockets Bar in the 2700 block of Manchester had some door damage after someone tried to get inside around the same time as the other break-in next door.
Eat-N-Run restaurant in the 1300 block of Kenmore Boulevard was burglarized shortly before 5:00AM Sunday.
Kick's Lounge in the 1400 block of South Arlington Street was hit in a smash-and-grab around 5:30AM Sunday. A vehicle was driven through the front windows to allow bandits to steal clothing from inside.
The final break-in happened at a neighborhood market in the 900 block of North Howard Street, where a drive-thru window was broken allowing thieves to steal video games, meat, lottery tickets and a shotgun.
Akron Police quickly arrested a man who had allegedly broken into a home in Firestone Park. Police said on Monday that officers were called to the 1600 block of Glenmount Avenue around 7:00AM Friday, where the intruder apparently tapped a couple of sleeping women on the shoulder to wake them up in the basement of the home...then fled up the stairs and out the back door. Police located 38-year-old Andrew Hayes of Canton and booked him into Summit County Jail on a burglary count. He had been arrested previously by the APD on April 15 on charges of menacing, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest after allegedly following another woman home from a gym.
Detectives in Akron are investigating after a man was shot while sitting in a car early Monday morning. Police say the 22-year-old victim was in the passenger seat around 2:00AM in the driveway of a house in the 900 block of Owen Avenue when someone walked-up, then fired several shots into the car. The victim was hit in the back and suffered what police called serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The driver took him to Cleveland Clinic AGMC for treatment. The suspect is a black male around five-feet-eleven, 140 pounds and was wearing a gray Nike jump suit with something covering his face. Police need tips to make an arrest at 330-375-2490.
Another pizza delivery driver was robbed in Akron over the weekend. The latest hit came around 11:00PM Sunday in the 100 block of Winston Road on the west side, where Akron Police say the driver was walking up a sidewalk to a home when he was hit in the face, with the suspect demanding he empty his pockets. The robber got-away with 20 dollars and a warming bag containing the food that was being delivered. Police are looking for a black male around 22 years old, five-feet-nine, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.
A Cleveland-area woman was hauled into Summit County Jail on charges following a dust-up that happened over the weekend on Akron's south side. Akron Police on Monday reported that two women got into it around 5:00AM Saturday at a location on Bachtel Avenue, where one of them drew a knife and cut the other woman several times. 24-year-old Passion Shaw of Euclid was arrested on the scene, charged with felonious assault. Police say the victim apparently didn't require medical treatment.
The State Highway Patrol on Monday released the results from an OVI checkpoint that was conducted over the weekend in Streetsboro. The Patrol says a total of 485 vehicles rolled through the stop that was set-up Friday night along State Route 14, where one person was arrested for OVI while two others were busted on drug-possession charges. The Portage County Post noted that several drivers passing through the stop commended the effort to help wrangle those who get behind the wheel while under the influence.
Well over two-Thousand backpacks loaded with school supplies will be distributed to Akron Public School students, thanks to the donations and volunteer efforts of area businesses. United Way of Summit County announced on Monday that one-Thousand backpacks would be filled on Tuesday in the “Stuff the Bus School Supply Sort-A-Thon” at McEbright Community Learning Center on Cole Avenue. Once full, those packs will be consolidated with another 12-hundred-50 that have already been filled by corporate volunteers with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, FirstEnergy Corporation and Steere Enterprises, Incorporated. Work in filling the packs was expected to be finished by Noon Tuesday.
A Butler County Grand Jury has decided that no charges are warranted for a police officer who shot to death a knife-wielding robbery suspect in a pharmacy confrontation. The County Prosecutor announced on Monday that no indictment was returned against the Hamilton Police officer who confronted 34-year-old Kelley Forte on August 22. Officers were called to a Walgreen's store after dispatchers were told that Forte had jumped the pharmacy counter...then arrived to find him holding a knife to the throat of a female pharmacist. He was shot to death when he refused to drop the weapon.
The recent explosion in overdose cases in the Cincinnati area appears to have slowed – and first-responders could use a break to catch their breath. The head of the Hamilton County Drug Coalition Heroin Task Force announced on Monday that OD cases fell to a count of 10-15 per day over the weekend after hospital ER's had reported 174 cases in a six-day period...though they noted that not all of the cases involved heroin abuse. Samples of heroin that were recently confiscated have been sent-off for testing in an effort to determine the source. Investigators believe the bad batch was mixed with carfentanyl, a powerful painkiller normally used on large zoo animals.
Some postcards that were sent to a Cleveland woman so many years ago have been sold for a pretty penny at a California auction. A total of 16 hand-written cards were sold as a set...cards that had been penned by the late civil rights activist Malcolm X in 1957, 1958 and 1964. They had been sent to Gloria Owens, the sister of a secretary at the Temple of Islam in New York shared by Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan. Total price at auction last week in Los Angeles: 56-Thousand, 426 dollars and 25 cents.
The Green Party candidate on this November's Presidential Election ballot will be making a campaign stop in our area this week. Jill Stein is expected to join US Senate candidate Joe Demare on Friday evening with an event that's due to get under-way at 7:00PM at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium – at 2345 Fourth Street. Among the Green Party platform issues are a push for a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and college that's tuition-free. Doors for Friday's event open at 6:00PM.
Gasoline prices ticked slightly upward over the past week here in Ohio. AAA reported on Monday that the average cost of a gallon of regular fuel was $2.19...two cents more than the rate we were paying last week and 15 cents above month-ago levels. Last year at this time, Ohio drivers were paying an average cost of $2.49 a gallon.
A body that was found in a wooded area of Perry Township over the weekend is thought to be the remains of a man who went missing last Tuesday. The Stark County Coroner's office says the remains were discovered around 8:00PM Sunday off Partridge Street NW, not far from the home of 57-year-old Phillip Kirkbride Jr. Police went to his home last week when family members became concerned for his welfare. A hand-written note referencing suicide was found in the house. The Coroner's office says dental records will be used to make a positive ID and that the remains were badly decomposed, apparently having been on site for a few days. No cause of death was determined pending the outcome of an autopsy, slated for Tuesday.
Authorities have identified both the woman who was shot to death on Saturday morning and the alleged gunman following a two-vehicle crash in Solon. Police say 53-year-old Deborah Pearl of Twinsburg was driving north on Richmond Road at Solon Road around 7:20AM when a Jeep driven by 29-year-old Matthew Desha of North Ridgeville apparently ran a red light and the vehicles collided. The Jeep rolled-over several times and both drivers got out of their cars – Desha toting a rifle he allegedly used to shoot Pearl several times. She died at UH Bedford Medical Center about an hour later. On Monday, Desha was formally charged with murder and was arraigned in Bedford Municipal Court – bond set at one-Million dollars.
A small fire department in northern Summit County will be out of business by mid-September, when the task of providing fire and emergency response falls under the umbrella of a neighboring department. Macedonia will take-over providing coverage for Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills Disrict 27 effective September 15, putting 28 staff members on the original force out of a job. While officials with Macedonia say they'll be given a chance to apply for new jobs, NewsNet 5 reports that most of them have decided to move-on. The Macedonia Fire Department will keep the firehouse open in order to provide quick response to people in the neighborhood. Voters in Northfield Center recently rejected a six-Million dollar operating levy that would have kept the local department operating.
Fire crews trying to get a grip on a working house fire in Sharon Township had the extra concern of live ammunition going-off inside due to the heat. The Medina Gazette reports that crews were called to a home in the 1500 block of Ridgewood Road around 11:15 Friday morning, arriving to find the place totally involved with Thousands of rounds of live ammo detonating inside. The flames were not brought under control until around 5:30PM. Crews from 12 departments worked the incident. The Fire Chief told the newspaper that homeowner is also a gun owner and that there didn't appear to be anything unusual about the manner in which the ammunition was stored. The home valued at over 187-Thousand dollars was reported a total loss, with additional damage to several cars, a tractor, a boat and a barn that were nearby. The cause is still under investigation.
A Trumbull County man was found and arrested in West Virginia, charged with shooting his girlfriend here in northeast Ohio. 53-year-old Douglas Enlow of Niles was tracked-down by West Virginia State Police and the Marion County Sheriff's office on Sunday afternoon, about 14 hours after he allegedly shot the woman around 3:00AM in the home they shared. The victim was taken to St Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and underwent surgery after suffering numerous bullet wounds. The name of the victim or her condition were not released by authorities and Enlow is being returned to Ohio to face charges.
Officials haven't yet issued an official cause or damage estimate after flames damaged a duplex home in Jackson Township. Emergency responders were called to the scene in he 7800 block of Hills and Dales Road NW around 4:45PM Friday, where the fire apparently began in the kitchen area of one of the units. The flames then spread to a couple of bedrooms on the second floor before they were brought under control shortly before 5:30. One child was treated on the scene for burns to his hands and everyone else inside the structure managed to escape.
A motorcycle rider who was injured in a crash with a car died over the weekend, nine days after the incident. 63-year-old Richard Briggs of Lorain died Saturday at MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was taken following an August 18 crash on Baumhart Road in Brownhelm Township. The State Highway Patrol reported that a 23-year-old Sandusky man headed the opposite direction turned left to North Ridge Road, into the path of the victim's motorcycle and caused the crash. Briggs wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck. The driver of the Jeep wasn't hurt and charges are pending.