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Council urges citizens to search for Robinson

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Councilman Ken Jones (D-Ward 5) promised May 16 not to let the city forget Taylor Robinson. Each week thereafter, at the conclusion of the Council meeting, he reminded his colleagues that the 19-year-old Akron woman remains missing.

At the July 1 meeting, he announced it had been 59 days since she had been seen last, and Council subsequently approved a resolution declaring tomorrow, July 5, “Get Out and Search for Taylor Robinson Day.”

According to the Akron Police Department, Robinson, of East Archwood Avenue, was last seen late May 3 when she was dropped off at a residence in the 700 block of Kipling Avenue for her job as a home health care aide.

She is a black female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray leggings and a white and black bandana around her head. Her hair was in a ponytail. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at 330-375-2530.

Community members are urged to search their neighborhoods and scour the area where Robinson last was seen, as well as pass out and post fliers, which are available at the following community centers: Lawton Street, Patterson Park, Joy Park, Summit Lake and Firestone Park.

“We wanted to do something that could involve the whole city,” Jones said. “We wanted to show our support to this family.”

Robinson family members were in attendance at the Council meeting but did not address Council. Jack Streeter, a youth pastor at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in West Akron, who accompanied the family, said an upcoming youth trip to Cedar Point will present another phase of the search. Young people will pass out cards with Robinson’s information printed on them while at the amusement park.

“At 59 days out, this might be more than a local search,” Streeter said. “We don’t know where she is. We don’t know what’s happening with her.”

Council President Garry Moneypenny (D-Ward 10), a former law enforcement officer, added a grim footnote: “There is no container too small that you don’t want to look in it,” he said, urging searchers to re-search areas already scoured and “look in every nook and cranny.”

In other action, Council approved a Development and Ground Lease Agreement with Adkins Holdings providing for the lease of property with the option to purchase for redevelopment. The city-owned property at 1559 S. Main St. is planned to house an Internet company and bring in 20 jobs.

“We’ve got millions of dollars going into the South Akron/Firestone Park area, and this is a great addition for the community,” said Councilman Donnie Kammer (D-Ward 7), in whose ward the parcel is situated.

Also at the meeting, Councilwoman Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8) congratulated the organizers of the health fair that had taken place the previous weekend in Parkway Estates and complimented the block watch in that neighborhood.

Councilman Jeff Fusco (D-at large) also complimented Councilwoman Margo Sommerville (D-Ward 3), of West Akron, who recently was named Young Democrat of the Year by the Summit County Democratic Party.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place July 8 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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