AKRON

Youth advocates invited

to meeting at Mustard Seed

Youth and family advocates in Akron are assembling at 4 p.m. Sunday in the cafe at the Highland Square Mustard Seed Market at 867 W. Market St.

Ward 7 council candidate Tammy Cummings, who organized the event, said anyone interested in positive change for Akron’s youths is welcome to attend the free event.

Grass-roots community advocates and organizations have committed to attending, including the Fallen Fathers Foundation, Dreams Academy, NJ Akbar, Darrita Davis of the Womb, Brandon Campbell of Changing Lives Youth Center and Sheri Yearian, who is launching Y2A (Youth to Adult), a youth program to promote a change in thinking, the benefits of good credit and a career path to viable trades.

Police say tale of gunman

in Impala is a false rumor

Police say a false rumor began spreading on social media over the weekend: Someone in a black Chevrolet Impala was driving around the city shooting at people.

It's not true, they said. Police said they have fielded several calls from worried people because black Impalas are not uncommon in the city.

The rumor appears to have started after Victor Varner II, 37, was shot to death Saturday night inside Edgewood Village Apartments. A second man, a 27-year-old, was also shot inside the apartment and was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and later released.

Police at the time said someone fired several bullets into the apartment building, which is part of a large group of housing near the Akron Zoo.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. People can also text TIPSCO with information at 274637 (CRIMES).

COLUMBUS

Police: Stormy Daniels'

arrest wasn't political

The 2018 arrest of Stormy Daniels at a Columbus strip club was improper but not planned ahead of time or politically motivated, according to an internal police department review released Friday, the Associated Press reported.

The investigation looked into allegations that police officers who support President Donald Trump conspired to retaliate against the porn actress over her claims she had sex with Trump before he became president.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested in July on suspicion of inappropriately touching an undercover officer. Prosecutors dropped charges hours later, saying the law cited in Daniels' arrest applied only to those who regularly performed at the club.

Officers who went to Sirens strip club that night were targeting the club as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged illegal activity, according to the head of the city vice squad. Those alleged activities including human trafficking, underage drinking and drug dealing, the report said.

But the investigation that night shifted to a narrower investigation of alleged illegal touching of customers by dancers, according to the report.

Officers chose to obtain evidence for such touching "by placing themselves, unnecessarily, at risk and potential for physical contact with Ms. Clifford," the report concluded.

NORTON

Boy with rifle on Instagram

charged with inducing panic

Police on Friday arrested a 14-year-old boy for inducing panic after he threatened fellow students and Norton Middle School.

It's unclear what alerted police to the boy, but detectives discovered his Instagram account featured a photo of "an assault style rifle," police said in a news release.

"Several students reported they were threatened with violence from the firearm observed in the photo," police said.

Police did not say whether the boy had access to a weapon pictured on his Instagram or what threats he made against the school.

The boy was taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

WAYNE COUNTY

Ashland County man killed

in Old Lincoln Way crash

A 21-year-old Jeromesville man was killed Friday in a one-vehicle accident on West Old Lincoln Way in Plain Township, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol news release.

Adam H. Michael was westbound about 1:50 p.m. when his 1998 Chevy pickup traveled off the south side of the road and struck a guardrail. The release said Michael's truck overturned and came to rest in a creek. Michael, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

It was unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, according to the release.

The crash remained under investigation.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com; Associated Press