Teen girls arrested

AKRON: Two teenage girls were arrested on robbery charges after the mother of one of the girls told police they were involved in the assault and robbery of a woman.

The girls, ages 16 and 14, were arrested following the robbery Thursday afternoon near Johnston and Windsor streets.

Akron police say the mother approached officers shortly after the robbery in which a 26-year-old woman was punched in the face and robbed of her wallet about 3 p.m.

The mother told police the girls were involved and the teens were subsequently arrested. Each admitted their involvement, police said.

The wallet was also recovered. The victim suffered a swollen lip, but declined medical treatment, police said.

Man shot in leg

AKRON: A 19-year-old man was being treated at Akron General Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the leg Thursday afternoon.

The man told police that he was in the 800 block of Jenkins Boulevard about 3 p.m. when he was shot.

He could not provide a description of the shooter.

Police described the wound to the man’s left leg as nonlife-threatening.

I-77 crash kills man

AKRON: Akron police and the Summit County medical examiner were investigating the traffic death of a 65-year-old man early Friday morning.

The man was driving south on Interstate 77 near Vernon Odom Boulevard at 1:06 a.m. when his vehicle went off the road to the right, struck a guardrail, crossed the highway and struck a concrete barrier in the median strip.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:28 a.m.

The victim will be identified once the next of kin have been notified, officials said.

The highway was closed for several hours, officials said.

Call to freeze credit

AKRON: Potential victims in the hacking of the city’s website can call a toll-free number to the Experian credit bureau for a credit freeze or to be reimbursed for a freeze already obtained.

The number is 800-232-8081.

Callers will need complete identification, including Social Security number and date of birth and addresses for the past two years and the credit card or check used if you already purchased a freeze.

To mail a request, send the above information to: Experian, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX, 75013.

City receives funds

AKRON: The city is getting $5 million in state financing to improve energy efficiency at three city-owned buildings.

The project will be funded by federal tax-exempt bonds and federal tax-credit bonds issued by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

The funds will be used on the city’s Municipal Building, the Stubbs Justice Center and the CitiCenter.

They will get new lighting and improvements to heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

Estimates are that the work will reduce energy bills by 23.5 percent and save the city nearly $210,000 a year.

The project will be handled for the city by Honeywell Building Solutions.


Road to be closed

BATH TWP.: Revere Road, between Smith Road and Yellow Creek Road in Bath, will close for one day starting at 7 a.m. Monday for road work.

Detours will be posted.


Motorcyclist killed

COVENTRY TWP.: A Canton man died Friday morning in a motorcycle crash on a ramp to southbound Interstate 77.

Damien Everett, 36, was traveling west on U.S. 224 when he lost control of the motorcycle about 2 a.m. on a ramp approaching I-77 and crashed into the guardrail.

Everett was transported to Akron General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., said Gary Guenther, spokesman for the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Summit County sheriff’s crash team, medical examiner and Akron police were investigating.

Kidnapping alleged

COVENTRY TWP.: A former Coventry Township man is accused of kidnapping and forcing a woman at gunpoint to travel with him to southern Ohio.

Anthony Phillips, 35, was arrested Thursday in Cuyahoga Falls. He was being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of kidnapping and menacing by stalking.

Earlier in May, Summit County sheriff’s deputies investigated the abduction of a woman who told detectives she was assaulted, threatened and forced at gunpoint to drive with Phillips to southern Ohio.

The woman eventually escaped and contacted sheriff’s deputies.

Detectives say Phillips also had arrest warrants for menacing and telephone harassment.

Rape charges filed

COVENTRY TWP.: A Coventry Township man was arrested Friday on rape charges involving two girls.

David Greathouse, 32, was charged by Summit County sheriff’s detectives in connection with sexual assaults against two girls. Detectives said the charges involve one victim under the age of 13.

Greathouse is charged with seven counts of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition, and single counts of sexual battery and possessing sexually oriented material involving a minor.


Credit union robbed

JACKSON TWP.: Two masked men robbed a Jackson Township credit union just before noon Friday, police said.

There were no injuries reported, and no suspects had been identified.

Police said the men, one of whom was armed with a chrome pistol, went inside the Community One Credit Union, 6583 Frank Ave. NW, and demanded money.

The two then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI’s Canton office and the Navarre K9 unit assisted in the search for the robbers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Jackson Township detectives at 330-834-3960.


Warrant issued

NORTH CANTON: Police on Friday issued an arrest warrant for a man they say left explosive devices in the basement of his longtime residence before he disappeared May 20.

Thomas R. Ward, 51, is charged with inducing panic and possession of dangerous ordnance.

On Wednesday, police were called to Ward’s former residence on Sunford Avenue when a cohabitant reported finding suspicious devices in the home. The Summit County Bomb Squad along with other federal and local authorities removed several items from the house.

On Friday, North Canton police said three of the confiscated items were confirmed as improvised explosive devices capable of causing serious injuries.

Ward, who lived at the home for about five years with a cousin, last was seen May 20. Police said he suffers from mental health issues.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 330-499-5911.