AKRON: An Akron man wanted on murder charges has surrendered to police.
Gracshawn Thomas, 22, surrendered to detectives Thursday afternoon, accompanied by his attorney, Robert Meeker.
Thomas was being held in the Summit County Jail on a charge of aggravated murder pending an initial court appearance.
Police said Thomas fatally shot Alfonso Golden Jr., who was found dead inside his 2005 Dodge Magnum in the 400 block of East Waterloo Road. He had been shot multiple times.
Golden, 28, had been driving west on East Waterloo when another driver, inside a tan-colored SUV, pulled up next to him and fired shots, police said. The SUV driver then continued west.
Police hurt in crash
AKRON: Two Akron police officers were injured early Friday when their cruiser collided head-on with a minivan on East Avenue.
A man and his son inside the Chrysler Town and Country were also injured. All four crash victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and were being treated at area hospitals, authorities said.
Police said the crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. while the officers were traveling south on East Avenue en route to a burglary call on 17th Street Southwest. Police said the minivan driver was northbound on East Avenue and made a left turn in front of the cruiser.
Police said the crash remains under investigation. Names of those involved were not immediately released pending notification of family, police said.
Arrests in slaying
AKRON: Two suspects have been arrested in the Sept. 22 strangulation of an Akron man whose body was dumped outside a West Miller Avenue apartment.
Jerel Knights, 22, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Doniere Love, 23, is accused of tampering and abuse of a corpse. Both men were being held in the Summit County Jail.
They are accused in the strangulation death of Clarence Keyes, 50, whose body was found Sept. 22 outside an apartment in the 400 block of West Miller Avenue.
Police said an anonymous tipster contacted the U.S. Marshals Service and identified Knights as Keyes’ killer. Detectives said Knights and Love were subsequently questioned and then arrested based on information obtained during the interrogation.
Police Lt. Rick Edwards said the three men were acquaintances and that Keyes was inside the men’s apartment on West Miller Avenue on Sept. 21 when a dispute took place.
At some point, Knights strangled Keyes, Edwards said. Afterward, Knights and Love moved the body outside, he said.
AKRON: Construction in the 3500 block of Gilchrist Road will begin Monday and continue for about three weeks.
Traffic lanes may be reduced during the work.
Candidate to speak
CUYAHOGA FALLS: City Council president and mayoral candidate Don Walters will hold a news conference at noon Tuesday at the clock tower at Falls River Square.
Walters will announce his 10-point plan for the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
The clock tower is located at Broad Boulevard and Front Street.
COLUMBUS: University of Akron graduate and retired Army Col. Tim Gorrell will become the head of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services on Nov. 1.
Gorrell, who served as a professor of military science at UA, was announced by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday. Gorrell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army in field artillery in 1982. He served in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kuwait, where he was chief of staff for the U.S. Third Army.
“Ohio veterans deserve someone of his distinction fighting for them, to make sure they get services our country owes them as well as to provide them the support they need to succeed in the civilian workplace,” Kasich said in a news release. Currently, Gorrell serves as deputy inspector general for Ohio and before that he was command inspector general for the Ohio National Guard.
Crossing to close
ORRVILLE: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the closure of the Township Road 500/Schrock Road railroad crossing in the city.
Norfolk Southern Railway and the city will be responsible for completing the project by Dec. 16, the agency said.
The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices.