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Fire in South Akron - UPDATE

Jul 28, 2014 -- 5:27pm

A series of explosions at an auto salvage yard rattled the area along the border between Akron and Coventry Township shortly after 3:30 Monday afternoon. Eyewitness Melanie Neal was working in an office building next door to Bumper-To-Bumper Auto Recycling at 66 West Waterloo Road when the first explosion occurred...which she says was followed by at least two more. Neal told WNIR News the debris was scattered around the area. Crews from Akron and Coventry Township were on the scene in minutes, but Akron Fire officials say they left the scene shortly afterward as it appeared Coventry had things well in-hand. There were no other details available and there was no immediate report of any injuries.



Fire in South Akron

Jul 28, 2014 -- 3:56pm

Fire crews from Akron and Coventry Township are on the scene of a working fire at 66 West Waterloo Road. A fire department dispatcher says the flames are in an area just west of South Main Street, along the border between Akron and Coventry Township, but had no other information to offer. The flames were reported just after 3:30PM in an area that includes an auto recycling business and a rental storage facility. West Waterloo is closed to traffic in the area while crews work the scene.



LeBron's Homecoming Party SOLD OUT

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:49pm

It didn't take long for the tickets for the LeBron James “welcome home” event to disappear. The City of Akron says all the tickets were gone within just a few hours after the online window opened on Monday morning at 10:00. By 2:35PM, they were all gone, according to City Spokesperson Stephanie York. The city says there may be a small number of additional tickets made available soon, if possible.The event is slated for Friday, August 8 at 7:15PM at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium, with gates opening at 6:15PM. The event is hosted by the City of Akron, the LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron.



Man Hospitalized after Falling off Car Hood during Robbery

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:27pm

A man who was beaten and robbed on Sunday afternoon somehow ended-up on the hood of his assailants' car, then fell off and remains hospitalized with head wounds. Canton Police say 24-year-old Matthew Young was attacked by two men who robbed him of his cell phone before climbing back into their car around 5:30PM in the 600 block of Dueber Avenue SW. Young apparently got off the ground and managed to get on the hood of the car before the driver hit the brakes, throwing him back to the ground and leaving him unconscious. He's in guarded condition at Aultman Hospital. Police are looking for a bark blue Pontiac Grand Am with possible damage to the windshield. Anyone with information, call Canton Police Detective Bureau.



Replacing “Smokey” won't be Cheap

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:25pm

State officials say they want to replace the 55-year-old Smokey Bear figure that greets visitors to the Ohio State Fair. The price tag, however, may give you a case of sticker shock. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the State Controlling Board to approve spending more than 80-Thousand dollars for a new one. The 14 and a half foot Smokey has stood as a symbol of fire-prevention at the Fairgrounds since 1959...and the ODNR says a Federal grant will be used to help pay for a replacement.



Pre-Trial Delayed for OH Lawmaker

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:25pm

Scheduling conflict led to a delay in Monday's pre-trial hearing for State Representative Pete Beck, who's facing felony theft and securities fraud charges in Hamilton County Court. The 61-year-old lawmaker from the Cincinnati area lost his chance to win re-election after being defeated in the Republican Primary and has refused calls for his resignation, saying he hasn't done anything wrong. A former business partner has already pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his role and has agreed to testify against Beck. He's due to go on trial in November.



One Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:24pm

Canton Police and agents from the US Marshals Service have arrested one of the two suspects wanted in connection with a shooting early last Friday morning that claimed the life of a Canton man. 20-year-old Alex Drescher of Wine Avenue SW was taken into custody following a short chase on Sunday evening, booked into Stark County Jail on charges of complicity to aggravated murder. Meanwhile, authorities were still looking for 18-year-old Xavire Cobb of 13th Street SE, wanted on an aggravated murder charge for the shooting around 4:00AM last Friday that claimed the life of 24-year-old Zebulun Schoolcraft near 17th Street and Sandwith Avenue SW.



One Dead, One Injured in Crash

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:23pm

The Warren post of the State Patrol says the driver died and his passenger was hurt in the crash of a pickup truck late Sunday afternoon in Trumbull County's Mecca Township. Investigators say 43-year-old Kenneth Hudnell of Bristolville was not wearing a seat belt when he lost control of the wheel on a rain-slick part of State Route 88 near Morrell Ray Road around 5:10PM. The truck hit a sign and utility pole before rolling-over and ejecting Hudnell from the cab. He died on the scene. A 51-year-old female passenger from Kinsman was wearing her seat belt and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.



Multi-Million Dollar Loss in House Fire

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:22pm

Mother Nature doesn't care how expensive your home is...evident with a lightning strike that sparked a blaze on Sunday, destroying a two-Million dollar home in Moreland Hills. Chagrin Falls Fire crews were called around 4:40PM to the home on Rydalwood Lane after the smoke alarms went off, then additional crews from Orange, Solon and Russell also arrived on scene...but were unable to knock-down the fire until the home and its contents were a total loss. No injuries were reported.



Midnight Robbery in Akron

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:05pm

A woman had a close call when she stared down the barrel of a handgun around Midnight Monday morning on Akron's south side. Police say the 27-year-old victim was approached near West Miller Avenue and Edison by a man with a gun demanding her property...then pulled the trigger. The gun didn't fire and the suspect ran-off with nothing. He's described as a black male between 20-30 years old.



Investigators: Fires may be Related

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:04pm

The State Fire Marshal’s office says a rash of arson fires in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this year may be the work of the same suspect. With eight fires over a six-month period, the locations include Brecksville, Independence, Peninsula and along several hiking trails. Along with grass fires, there have been blazes in two homes, a barn and a train that’s part of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic railroad. Anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible is in line for a reward up to five-Thousand dollars. Summit County CrimeStoppers has also chipped-in another two-Thousand dollars in reward money.



One Dead in Highway Crash

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:03pm

The State Highway Patrol is still investigating a one-vehicle crash that killed the driver in Ashtabula County. Troopers say 51-year-old Daniel Hall of Pennsylvania was driving on California Road near State Route 7 when his car went off the side and hit a concrete bridge. He was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital in Andover where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.



Tickets Available for LeBron’s Party

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:03pm

Tickets are now available for the big welcome-home party for LeBron James. While admission to the event will be free, you’ll need to score your tickets through The Akron Zips Athletic Department Ticketmaster website. The window opened at 10:00AM Monday. The event is slated for Friday, August 8 at 7:15PM at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium, with gates opening at 6:15PM. The event is hosted by the City of Akron, the LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron.


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SumCo Property Values Decline

Jul 28, 2014 -- 2:00pm

There’s been another drop in the average property value in Summit County. The Beacon Journal reports that the latest property reappraisal determined the average property value declined by 2.3-percent this year…representing about 500-Million dollars in lost value for both homeowners and farmers and a third consecutive annual decline. The Ohio Department of Taxation told the newspaper that northeast Ohio has been slower to recover than other areas of the state and was among the hardest-hit in the recent housing crunch.



Company CEO Killed in Plane Crash

Jul 28, 2014 -- 1:58pm

The crash of a single-engine plane near Findlay over the weekend claimed the lives of two people, including the CEO of a northwest Ohio manufacturing company. The Hancock County Sheriff’s office says Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the plane when it went down shortly after 1:00AM Sunday – clipping a power line and slamming into a ditch along a county road near Findlay. The plane was en route from Holland, Michigan to Bluffton when it went down. The name of a female passenger on board was not immediately released. The crash remains under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.



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