Masked Men Spotted off State Road; Falls Pipe Bomb Maker Sentenced: Crime Blotter

The following was supplied by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

Attempted robbery?

On April 14 at about 2:20 a.m., a 19-year-old Kent man was about to make an after hours deposit at the State Road PNC Bank when he noticed two men in ski masks running past the bank's drive-thru area.

The man, startled by the suspected robbers, drove across State Road and called 911; however, officers were unable to locate the pair, according to a Cuyahoga Falls police report. 

Masked Man Attempts Papa John's Robbery, Fails

No money was taken from the bank or other nearby businesses, there are no suspects or leads and no weapon was seen.

The matter remains under investigation, said Falls Police Lt. Steve Guldeman. 


Bomb maker sentenced

David A. Dougherty, 41, was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge Christopher A. Boyko on April 17 in US District Court, Northern district of Ohio (Akron).

Last October, Cuyahoga Falls Fire and EMS requested backup when Dougherty resisted paramedics that had entered his home to treat him for a medical emergency.

As Cuyahoga Falls police arrived, paramedics said they found what appeared to be pipe bombs in Dougherty’s home, located at 1116 Washington Ave., according to Falls Police Lt. Steve Guldeman.

Summit County sheriffs, the Summit County Bomb Squad and ATF agents responded to the scene and cordoned off the area. 

Once the bomb squad removed the makeshift explosives, officers issued a search warrant and found a machine gun, silencer and a marijuana grow operation. 

Dougherty was convicted of unlawful possession of destructive devices (five pipe bombs), possession of a firearm (silencer), possession of a machine gun and one count of manufacturing of marijuana with intent to distribute. 


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