Police ID slain man
AKRON: Akron police have identified a suspect in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in East Akron.
Phillip Pope, 24, is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder and had not been taken into custody.
He is accused of shooting and killing Will A. Lamon, 21, of Akron.
Lamon was inside a car stopped near Buckingham Street and Fairbanks Place when police say Pope opened fire about 10 p.m.
Lamon died later at Summa Akron City Hospital.
Police said the shooting might stem from a domestic dispute. Pope is dating Lamon’s former girlfriend. The woman is also the mother of the victim’s child, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips can be left via the Internet at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.
Calls can also be placed to the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at (866) 4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411).
Callers can also contact Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
AKRON: An Akron man wanted on murder charges surrendered to police Thursday morning.
Lavaile Thomas Jr., 25, of Akron, was wanted in connection with the Nov. 19 shooting death of Deshawn D. Smith.
Smith, 23, was parked in a car on East Avenue when he was shot.
Suspected accomplice Dierre Laneal Robinson, 23, of Hillwood Avenue, surrendered to police Monday.
Both men are being held in the Summit County Jail.
Driver robbed again
AKRON: A Papa John’s delivery driver was robbed for a second time this week.
The latest robbery occurred at 12:30 a.m. Thursday when the driver, 33, was delivering pizza in the 300 block of Kline Avenue. He told police that two men, one carrying a gun, demanded his money and car. The robbers fled in the driver’s 2001 Honda Civic.
The car was later recovered in the 700 block of Moon Street. The Papa John’s delivery sign was found at Adolph Street and North Forge Street.
On Tuesday, the driver was robbed at gunpoint of $20 by two men while making a delivery in the 700 block of Alicia Walk.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Anonymous tips can be left via the Internet at http://akron ohio.gov/asp/tip.html.
Tree lighting at park
CLINTON: A Christmas tree lighting service will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park, 8005 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Clinton.
Visitors are encouraged to bring an ornament for the tree in honor of their hero and a toy or toys for the U.S. Marines’ Toys For Tots Program.
The tree will have 77 yellow ribbons for POW/MIA families in honor of POW/MIA from Ohio during the Vietnam War. Families can bring ornaments in honor of those who did not make it home.
Hot chocolate and desserts will be served. Singers from Grace Baptist Church will perform at the service.
For more information, go to www.ovmp.org.
Winter hours begin
New winter hours for the visitor centers in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park go into effect Saturday.
The Boston Store Visitor Center in Boston Township is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The Canal Visitor Center in Valley View is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends in December, January and February.
The Hunt Farm center in Cuyahoga Falls is closed for the winter.
The Peninsula Depot is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends from Dec. 1-9 and Jan. 19-Feb. 24. It will be closed from Dec. 10- Jan. 18.
The park’s Winter Sports Center in Boston Township is open weekends from Dec. 1 to 23 and Jan. 5 to Feb. 24 and the Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 federal holidays. There must be at least 4 inches of snow. Call 800-257-9477.
For more information, call 330-657-2752 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva.
Parlor suspect held
MUNROE FALLS: A suspect has been arrested in connection with last weekend’s robbery of Spin City Skill Games in Mogadore.
Brandon Scurry, 22, of Akron, was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by Mogadore police. Scurry is also a suspect in a robbery last month in Norton, police said.
Scurry is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held in the Summit County Jail.
Police said their investigation showed Scurry went inside Spin City on Mogadore Road about 3 p.m. Saturday and robbed a clerk at gunpoint of $4,000.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Detour for event
NORTH CANTON: The North Canton Police Department advises motorists of street closures from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday for the annual Community Christmas Sing and tree lighting event.
East Maple Street will be closed to traffic between McKinley Avenue Southwest and Main Street.
The northbound, curb-lane on Main street will be closed from Bitzer Street Southwest to Winter Street Northwest.
Staring at 1 p.m. various activities will be happening in the downtown area including Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck at 5:45 p.m.
Yule party Saturday
PLAIN TWP.: A Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Diamond Community Park, 2782 Diamond St. NE.
Throughout the park, trees will be decorated and Santa Claus will accept letters from children.
The free event will include bonfires, hot cocoa, ice sculptures and holiday music.
Children are invited to the Diamond Community Room to warm up and create holiday crafts.
AKRON: Crews from Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, have resurfaced two sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
A total of about 9,550 feet or 1.8 miles of the popular trail in Akron and Barberton were surfaced with fresh crushed stone, said park spokesman Rob Peters.
That included more than 2,800 feet at the Big Bend Area of Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron and more than 6,800 feet of the trail in Barberton.
The trail got about 1½ inches of new stone that was rolled smooth, he told the park commissioners at Thursday’s meeting.
The repair work took about a week in October and cost the park district about $18,800 or $1.97 per linear foot, he said.
The trail has been completed in Summit County but trail maintenance will be a continuing expense for the park district, said director-secretary Keith Shy.