AKRON

Gunman hits clerk in face

in store robbery attempt

Police were searching for a masked man who hit a convenience store clerk in the face with a handgun during an attempted robbery before 8 a.m. Thursday.

A man wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun entered Kenmore Food Mart at 187 Ira Ave. in the city's Summit Lake neighborhood. The robber ran behind the counter and ordered the clerk to open a cash register, police said.

The clerk became flustered and was unable to get the drawer open, and the robber struck him in the face with the handgun and fled the store without taking any money, police said. The clerk was treated by paramedics and transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People also can text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers can remain anonymous.

 

Officers arrest suspect

in killing of mother, son

An Akron man accused of killing a mother and her son at their West Akron home three years ago was arrested Thursday afternoon, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force said.

Jayshaun Holley, 19, and two other men entered the house May 1, 2016, and are accused of shooting to death Sonia Freeman and Christopher Lee-Freeman. Freeman was shot once. Lee-Freeman was shot multiple times.

Authorities had put out a public plea this week for help in locating Holley.

The task force, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, arrested him at a residence near the 900 block of Delia Avenue in Akron.

“Law enforcement worked together to ensure the identification and apprehension of this homicide suspect," U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said in a prepared statement. "Because of their efforts and the efforts of our task force, the family of Sonia and Chris Freeman have a chance to get the justice they deserve.”

 

NORTHEAST OHIO

Student volunteers sought

to help Crossroads Hospice

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Northeast Ohio is seeking college and high school students to be caring hospice volunteers. By providing comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally ill patients and their families, hospice volunteering gives health-career-minded students firsthand experience with patient care, the hospice said.

By donating as little as 45 minutes per week, students can gain insights into the hospice and palliative care industry and other health care fields, the hospice said.

Volunteers share their favorite activities like reading, playing cards or other games, listening to music, or arts and crafts. They can also run errands and provide respite for family members.

Volunteers are also welcome to help staff plan a “Gift of a Day,” which asks a patient to describe a perfect day and then makes it a reality, and writing life journals that chronicle the history, events, and blessings of a person’s life.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Ashley Green at 330-899-9100 or Ashley.Green@crossroadshospice.com or visit CrossroadsHospice.com/Volunteering.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Sobriety checkpoint to be

Saturday night in Summit

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night in Summit County.

The location will be announced Saturday morning, the patrol said.

 

TWINSBURG

Route 91 to close Saturday

for sanitary sewer project

State Route 91 will be closed just north of Ravenna Road from 5 a.m. until about 8 p.m. Saturday for a sanitary sewer project.

The city said traffic will be detoured to Ravenna Road and Officer Joshua T. Miktarian Parkway.