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Group painting Kent State rock orange for gun violence awareness

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 8:

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The number of human trafficking cases in Summit County is down slightly, but the crime may be evolving.

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Sexual assault cases that have gone unsolved in Akron will receive more attention thanks to a nearly $2 million grant.

The funding supports the Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a collaborative effort meant to provide the resources and training needed to better handle assault cases.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says the grant will allow her office to review cases and charge people more quickly.

Summit County Prosecutor Launches Sexual Assault Victim Awareness Campaign

Apr 3, 2019
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The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is participating in a national campaign to change the way people treat sexual assault victims.

The program is called “Start By Believing.”

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the local campaign aims to discourage victim blaming, as well as educate the community on how to properly respond to and support victims.

First Night Akron celebration

People ringing in the New Year in Northeast Ohio tonight will have several options for getting home safely.

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The Summit County Prosecutor’s office is allowing a law student to handle some felony cases, an arrangement which they believe could be the first of its kind in the county.

In 2009, the Ohio Supreme Court expanded the types of cases in which a legal intern could provide representation. Last summer, third-year law student Ashley Lanz was the first from the University of Akron to approach the Summit County Prosecutor’s office about handling low-level felonies. She says the experience is different from misdemeanors, since many of her cases are drug-related.

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 13:


For the first time, Summit County prosecutors have allowed defense attorneys to have early input in a death-penalty case.

Stanley Ford is charged with dozens of counts related to three house fires he allegedly set in his Akron neighborhood in just 13 months. The arsons killed nine people. While the case met the specifications for the death penalty, the prosecutor’s office allowed Ford’s attorneys to present mitigating evidence before going to a grand jury.

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The Summit County prosecutor’s office is launching a campaign to help immigrants and refugees who are victims of crime.

The new “We Can Help” campaign will feature brochures, signs and information in English, Spanish, Arabic and Nepali.

The languages were chosen with help from the International Institute of Akron. The city has seen rapid growth in the Nepali population and other refugees in North Hill.