Girl rescued from fire

still in critical condition

Five days after a fire engulfed her Laffer Avenue home in Akron, a 6-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Akron Children’s Hospital, fire department spokeswoman Lt. Sierjie Lash said Tuesday.

The house in the 1200 block of Laffer Avenue was in flames Thursday when firefighters arrived around 7 p.m., and the girl had to be rescued from the basement.

Lash said firefighters are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

Motorcycle cop released

from hospital after crash

The Akron police motorcycle officer, who was injured Saturday night after an allegedly intoxicated grandmother pulled her minivan out in front of him, has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The officer, Jason McKeel, 23, was ejected from his motorcycle, suffering a broken leg, two broken ribs and a broken vertebra, Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said Tuesday.

McKeel underwent surgery for the leg at Cleveland Clinic Akron General sometime before Tuesday, Edwards said.

McKeel was struck by a vehicle driven by Corrie M. Sharpe of Akron on Portage Path in Highland Square.

Sharpe and her passenger, an 11-year-old granddaughter, were not injured.

Police said Sharpe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.125, which is above the state limit of 0.08.

She was arrested and charged with failure to yield, operating a vehicle under the influence and aggravated vehicular assault.

Teen to be tried as adult

in Good Samaritan holdup

An Akron teen, one of two people accused of stopping to help an elderly couple in the snow in January and then robbing them at gunpoint, will be tried as an adult.

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio bound over Royal Oliver, 16, to Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. He is charged with aggravated robbery.

Police say a man and woman were backing out of their driveway on Brighton Avenue in South Akron on Jan. 21 when their vehicle got stuck in the snow. Two males stopped to help them, but one pulled out a handgun and demanded their property. The man handed over his wallet and his wife’s purse. The robbers then fled.

Officers tracked footprints and arrested Oliver and Treyvon Wright, 20, who also is from Akron.

Charges against Wright include aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

Bullet grazes man walking

to parked car in West Hill

A 27-year-old man’s left arm was grazed by a bullet Monday morning in the 400 block of West Market Street in Akron's West Hill neighborhood.

Akron police officers responded to a call about a shooting around 9:30 a.m.

The man told police he was walking to his car in a parking lot when a man walked toward him and fired a couple of shots at him.

The gunman fled. Paramedics treated the man at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-375-2490.

Authorities ID man found

dead along train tracks

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified Richard Wey of Twinsburg, as the man found dead Saturday near train tracks near Summa Akron City Hospital.

Wey, 54, died of blunt force trauma, officials said. 

Foul play is not suspected.

Councilman plans forum

Wednesday for Ward 2

Ward 2 Councilman Bruce Kilby will host his monthly community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave.

A representative from Summit County will talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for seniors. Akron police will give a crime report.


City plans river cleanup

and outdoor play event

The city is coordinating a 2019 Great American River Day Cleanup and Beautification Project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will clean up litter, pull garlic mustard and plant flowers and trees at designated locations. The event is in conjunction with 2019 Kids-to-Parks-Day, a national day of outdoor play designed to connect kids and families with local, state and national parks.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to register by Wednesday by emailing mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com. Registration is required.

New community garden

is planned at Galt Park

A community garden is being installed at Galt Park, 2000 Oneida Ave., Cuyahoga Falls.

Starting Wednesday, 24 garden plots are on sale for $10 each (one plot per household). The plots measure 15 feet by 15 feet. Purchases can be made over the phone at 330-971-8225 or at city hall.

Planting can start May 25.