A former Akron Police Captain is heading back to prison. Douglas Prade was released from prison last year after serving 15 years for his estranged wife Margo's murder in 1997. The release came after Judge Judy Hunter ruled there wasn't enough evidence linking him to the crime and that he'd been wrongfully convicted. In March however, the Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned Judge Hunter's ruling, and the Summit County Prosecutor filed a motion that Prade be returned to prison. The appellate court still has not decided whether Judge Hunter's order for a new trial is valid, but Prade remains in custody at this time.
Counterfeit money is being used in a local community. North Canton Police Chief, Stephen Wilder says they are investigating several incidents in which counterfeit 50-dollar bills are being used to purchase small amounts of merchandise in order to get the change back in legal currency. Wilder says the incidents began on July 12th with the last being reported on July 17th. The locations reporting the crime include Walgreen's on Market Avenue North, Marc's on North Main Street, Discount Drug Mart on North Main, Lucky Star Restaurant on East Maple Street and Smokers Outlet on North Main Street. Wilder says they are looking for a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. Of medium build, with tattoo sleeves on both arms .Wilder says the suspects right forearm has a flaming skull tattoo. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the North Canton Police Department.
Everything should be back to normal by the end of the day in Jackson Township following a hydraulic fluid spill in the city. Fire Chief, Tracy Hogue says it all happened Friday morning. He says it involved a trash truck and crews had to use absorbent pads to soak up the fluid. He says though they caught it in time. Hogue says there is absolutely no threat to residents in the area and everything is expected to be cleaned up and back to normal by Friday evening.
Police are investigating an early morning murder in which a 24 year old man was killed. Officers say it all happened just after 4:00 Friday morning at 17th Street and Sandwith Avenue SW in Canton. Zebulun Schoolcraft was shot and killed in the incident. Investigators say they believe the shooting stems from an argument between Schoolcraft and the shooter over a traffic accident that had append around 2:30 Friday morning in the 1500 block of Vine Avenue SW. Officials say Schoolcraft was shot multiple times in the chest and say he was still alive when officers arrived to the scene, but died later at an area hospital.
It's that time again, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival kicks off this weekend. Festival Director, Joanne Murray says it all starts Saturday morning with the concert and fireworks in Cornerstone Square in Downtown Canton. Murray says there's a lot of fun activities, but there will be a few road closures throughout the event. Beginning about 10:00 Walnut Avenue will be closed from Tusc going North to 5th Street and also the intersections streets 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed from Piedmont Avenue to Cherry. Murray says Saturday evening beginning around 6:00 Tusc will be closed down to 5th Street South and from Piedmont Avenue to Cherry. Murray says Saturday's events will include musical entertainment by JIMMY AND THE SOUL BLAZERS, plus a wide variety of food vendors, children’s activities including face painters and balloon twisters, and fun for all ages.
The Canton man accused of killing a 89 year old Pearl Harbor survivor seven years ago...is found guilty on all charges. Friday the jury found 34 year old Chester Crank guilty on all charges including aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2007 death of Bennie Angelo. Angelo was found shot to death in his home when firefighters arrived to put out a fire at the location. Prosecutors claimed Crank shot Angelo during a burglary and then the fire was set to try and cover up the murder. Crank was sentenced to 17 years in addition to life without parole.