Friday, November 16, 2012
Three of the men could receive stricter sentences because of the ruling.
An Akron judge has decided the bridge bomb plot should be treated as a terrorism attempt, the Associated Press and NewsNet5.com report. That means that Brandon L. Baxter, of Lakewood; Connor C. Stevens, of Berea; and Douglas L. Wright, of Indianapolis could receive stricter sentences than previously thought. The three pleaded guilty in September. A fourth suspect, Anthony Hayne of Cleveland, pleaded guilty in July and agreed to testify against the others if necessary. The four men, along with Joshua S. Stafford, of Cleveland, were arrested after attempting to blow up the state Route 82 bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on April 30. NewsNet5.com reports that the “terrorist enhancement” could mean that Baxter, Stevens and …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the 2011 crime stats from across the country.
Once again, Cuyahoga Falls participated in the FBI's crime reporting system in 2011. The stats, as reported by the FBI, are listed below. We're delving into the numbers and will provide more context soon. These are the known offenses in the city in 2011, tracked and reported by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department to the FBI. For more about these stats, click here. Are you surprised by any of these numbers? Tell us in the comments!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A grand jury in Cleveland returned an indictment charging Benjamin G. Gates, 33, of Canton, with six counts of bank robbery. Those include heists in Cuyahoga Falls and North Canton.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Suspected serial bank robber Benjamin Gates may not see the light of day anytime soon. On Tuesday, a Cleveland Grand Jury handed down an indictment charging Gates, 33, of Canton, with six counts of felony bank robbery, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Following a six-week crime spree, Gates was arrested last month in Canton by members of the Safe Streets Task Force comprised of FBI agents, officers from the Canton and Alliance Police Department, and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. His capture was due, in large part, to a witness who spotted him fleeing a U.S. Bank in Cuyahoga Falls on Aug. 16. “This case reflects the valued partnership between the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Gates, 33, of Canton, was hit with another felony robbery charge on Tuesday for allegedly robbing a U.S. Bank in Cuyahoga Falls on Aug. 16.
U.S. Marshals paid Benjamin Gates a visit in Stark County Jail on Tuesday and added another felony robbery charge to his rap sheet. The latest charge stems from Gates' alleged involvement in an Aug. 16 U.S. Bank robbery in Cuyahoga Falls. In a phone interview with Patch on Friday, FBI spokeswoman, Vicki Anderson, said several more charges will be filed within the next two weeks, presumably for the following robberies he's also suspected of committing: Immediately following his arrest on Aug. 16, the FBI charged him with one count of robbery in connection with the Aug. 10 holdup at a Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton. The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the FBI, Canton Police …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Cuyahoga Falls Police didn't initially specify whether Benjamin Gates, 33, of Canton, was suspected in Thursday's U.S. Bank robbery, but the FBI has confirmed his alleged involvement.
All it took was one witness to bring down Benjamin Gates, 33, of Canton; the alleged serial bank robber who's evaded multiple law enforcement agencies for weeks. Following Thursday's U.S. Bank robbery, the tipster reportedly spotted Gates getting into his car parked outside the Bailey Road Acme Fresh Market and immediately relayed his license plate number to authorities, according to FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson. Within hours, Gates was arrested without incident in Canton for his alleged involvement in up to six bank robberies over the past six weeks. As it stands, the FBI has charged him with one count of robbery in connection with an Aug. 10 holdup at Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton. "...It's…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Authorities arrested Benjamin Gates, 33, on Thursday afternoon for his suspected involvement in several recent bank robberies in the region.
They got him. On Thursday, the FBI arrested Benjamin Gates, 33, who they believe was responsible for a string of recent bank robberies in the area, according to Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI. Gates was arrested, without incident, Thursday afternoon by members of the Safe Streets Task Force comprised of FBI agents, officers from the Canton and Alliance Police Department, and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. Gates has already been charged with one count of robbery in connection with the Aug. 10 holdup at Huntington Bank, located within the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton. The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the FBI, Canton Police Department, Stark County Sheriffs …
Cuyahoga Falls Police and the FBI are investigating.
Another U.S. Bank in Cuyahoga Falls has been robbed. This time, it was the one located within the Acme Fresh Market at 2630 Bailey Road. Witnesses described the robber as a thin, dark-skinned man wearing a baseball cap. According to the Falls Police Facebook page, the man handed a note to a bank teller, which bluntly stated, “This is a robbery.” He then indicated he had a gun and fled the store with an undetermined amount of money. No injuries were reported. A similar robbery occurred July 20 at the U.S. Bank located inside the Graham Road Giant Eagle. During that incident, the robber walked into the supermarket, approached the only bank teller on duty, demanded all the cash from her drawer and fled. That robber was also a thin, dark-…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Local police agencies, FBI looking for serial robber who hit several banks in the area, including one in Cuyahoga Falls.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cuyahoga Falls police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other local law enforcement agencies are on the hunt for a serial robber who's held up five banks in the last six weeks. To date, he's only targeted banks located within grocery stores and is yet to be identified, according to Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI. The man is described as possibly a white male (dark complexion), 30-35 years of age, 5' 10" tall and approximately 175 pounds. The banks he's hit so far include: A reward is being offered for tips leading to his identification and arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-928-2181 or the FBI at 330-456-6200.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Media reports say that Anthony Hayne, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that one of the suspects in the alleged bridge bomb plot case has pleaded guilty. Anthony Hayne, of Cleveland, was charged with an attempted use of an explosive, with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and with an attempt to use that weapon to destroy a highway carrying interstate commerce. WKYC reports that Hayne pleaded guilty to all three charges in federal court Wednesday morning. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Hayne was arrested along with four other men on April 30 after allegedly attempting to blow up the state Route 82 bridge between Brecksville and Sagamore Hills in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The other men involved were Brandon L. Baxter, of Lakewood; Joshua S. Stafford…
The Cuyahoga Falls Police Detective Bureau and the Akron FBI are searching for a man who robbed a U.S. Bank located within the Graham Road Giant Eagle.
Updated 7.26.12 at 3:54 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls police detectives and agents from the Akron FBI office are on the hunt for a man who robbed the U.S. Bank located within the Graham Road Giant Eagle. On July 20 at 3:41 p.m., the robber walked into the supermarket, approached the only bank teller on duty and demanded all the cash from her drawer, according to a Falls police report. During the robbery, there were no threats made and "no weapons seen or implied," the report stated. Once he received the money, he fled from the store in an unknown direction. The man is described as roughly 35 years old, possibly Middle Eastern descent, 5' 8" tall with a thin build. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call the Cuyahoga Falls …