Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:18

Prade Remains in Jail on OH Supreme Ct. Ruling

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In a 5-1 ruling Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Summit County Prosecutor's decision to uphold a 2014 ruling that put convicted murder, and former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade back in prison. 

Back in 2013, new DNA testing of a lab coat Prade's former wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was wearing at the time of her murder in 1997 was ordered. In a subsequent hearing in Common Pleas Court, Prade was found not guilty of the murder he was convicted of in 1998. At that point, Prade had already served 15 years of his life sentence. 

Immediately following the 2013 ruling, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh filed an appeal and in 2014 Prade was ordered back to jail after his original conviction was upheld. 

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court said that Walsh was justified in her appeal, and upheld the original conviction once again, leaving Prade in jail to serve his original life sentence. 

Click here for more from the Ohio Supreme Court. 

 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:19

Craigslist Killer Appeals Death Sentence

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Richard Beasley, who was sentenced to death for the murders of three men he lured to a southern Ohio property through a Craigslist Ad for a job, is appealing his sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court. Beasley, who posted the ads from a room he rented in Akron, claims he didn't receive a fair trial because of the pre-trial publicity surrounding the case that made it impossible to select an impartial jury.

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Death Sentence for One of Two Craigslist Killers Examined


Richard Beasley was accused in 2011 of using the classified advertising website Craigslist.org to list a job on a farm in southeastern Ohio to lure interested candidates and kill them for their belongings. His case and the trialof his co-defendant, a minor named Brogran Rafferty, attracted national attention. Rafferty was convicted first, in 2012, and sentenced to life in prison. In March of the next year, a jury convicted Beasley for the murders of three men, the attempted murder of another man, and robbery, kidnapping, theft, identity fraud, and weapons offenses. He was sentenced to death.

In State v. Beasley, his appeal directly to the Supreme Court, Beasley argues he didn’t receive a fair trial because a “maelstrom” of pretrial publicity made it impossible to select an impartial jury in Summit County. Representing the state, the Attorney General’s Office maintains that Beasley never presented evidence to the trial court to support this claim, and his case isn’t a rare or extreme one that justifies moving the trial to another location.

Among several other arguments, Beasley also challenges testimony from several witnesses about what the victims and others said to them. Noting his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him, he describes this testimony as hearsay and argues none should have been admitted at trial. The state responds that all the statements qualified as exceptions to the hearsay rule and were properly allowed by the court.

Monday, 18 September 2017 09:14

APD Investigating Shooting in U of A Commuter Lot

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Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect. 

The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim. 

The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP. 

See the press release from the University of Akron below: 

 

City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about 2:30 this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.

A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.

 

The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.

 

The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

 

If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.

 

You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.

 

The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.

 

The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the service at 330-972-7263.

Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 16:06

Dumke Suspended Pending Charges

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Summit County IT employee and former WAKR News Director Rob Dumke has been suspended with pay pending rape charges. Sources tell WAKR Dumke would turn himself in to custody tomorrow. County officials say should Dumke be indicted, he would remain on suspension but without pay.
 
Sheriff's deputies reportedly investigated a domestic incident at his home in Uniontown. The incident report was not released by the Summit County Sheriff because it was still considered an active investigation. The Sheriff's Department had no comment on the incident or the investigation. 1590 WAKR was told Dumke would report to police tomorrow and would be charged with a class one felony and would likely face other counts depending on presentation of the case to a Grand Jury.
 
Dumke was a familiar face and voice for Akron broadcast followers with stints at both Channel 23 and WAKR Radio; until 1998, he was news director for the Rubber City Radio Group, which owns WAKR, and also anchored the morning news program. He joined the county and oversaw the public website and remained with Summit County, most recently in the Information Technology (IT) department handling computer and Internet issues.
 
County Executive Ilene Shapiro issued this statement this afternoon:
 
"Yesterday, upon receiving notification that Mr. Dumke would be charged criminally as a result of an incident reported to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, he was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. It is the practice of the County for an employee charged with a serious off-duty criminal offense to place the employee on paid administrative leave until such time as the employee is indicted on serious criminal charges.
 
At that time, the County’s practice is to place the employee on unpaid leave during the course of the criminal proceedings. I have spoken to the other members of the Information Technology Board, and, in the event Mr. Dumke is indicted, we will follow the County’s prior practice and place him on unpaid administrative leave until the resolution of the criminal proceedings.
 
We will not have any further comment during the pendency of the investigation and the criminal matter."
 
**Ilene Shapiro is the Chair of the Summit County Information Technology Board, which is the appointing authority for employees of the Summit County Office of Information Technology.**
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:42

APD Looking for T-Mobile Store Thief

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Akron Police are looking for help finding a suspected T-Mobile store robber. 

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Police provided surveillance photos from the July 12th robbery of the T-Mobile store on North Hawkins Avenue. According to the report, the suspect pointed a gun at employees and demanded the cash from the register. That suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash and stolen equipment. 

Anyone with information, or who may recognize anything from the photos, is asked to call Akron Police Detective Doney at 330.375.2490. Police are considering the suspect armed and dangerous and caution to not approach him. 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:31

Indians Release 2018 Schedule

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In the midst of an historic winning streak, the Indians are looking ahead to next season... Not really, they just released their 2018 schedule as it's now been set. 

Some notables: 

- The Indians open the season on the westcoast, with a series in Seattle against the Mariners on Thursday, March 29th. 

- The Home Opener is Friday, April 6th, against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. 

- In a rematch of the 2016 World Series, the Indians host the Cubs April 24th and 25th, and play two at Wrigley Field May 22nd and 23rd. 

See the full schedule below: 

2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

 

 

MARCH              

March 29 @ Seattle

March 31 @ Seattle

 

APRIL

April 1 @ Seattle

April 2 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 3 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 4 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 6 v Kansas City

April 7 v Kansas City

April 8 v Kansas City

April 9 v Detroit

April 10 v Detroit

April 11 v Detroit

April 12 v Detroit

April 13 v Toronto

April 14 v Toronto

April 15 v Toronto

April 17 @ Minnesota (San Juan)

April 18 @ Minnesota (San Juan)

April 20 @ Baltimore

April 21 @ Baltimore

April 22 @ Baltimore

April 23 @ Baltimore

April 24 v Chicago-NL

April 25 v Chicago-NL

April 26 v Seattle

April 27 v Seattle

April 28 v Seattle

April 29 v Seattle

April 30 v Texas

 

MAY

May 1 v Texas

May 2 v Texas

May 4 @ New York-AL

May 5 @ New York-AL

May 6 @ New York-AL

May 8 @ Milwaukee

May 9 @ Milwaukee

May 11 v Kansas City

May 12 v Kansas City

May 13 v Kansas City

May 14 @ Detroit

May 15 @ Detroit

May 16 @ Detroit

May 18 @ Houston

May 19 @ Houston

May 20 @ Houston

May 22 @ Chicago-NL 

May 23 @ Chicago-NL

May 24 v Houston

May 25 v Houston

May 26 v Houston

May 27 v Houston

May 28 v Chicago-AL

May 29 v Chicago-AL

May 30 v Chicago-AL

May 31 @ Minnesota

JUNE

June 1 @ Minnesota

June 2 @ Minnesota

June 3 @ Minnesota

June 5 v Milwaukee

June 6 v Milwaukee

June 8 @ Detroit

June 9 @ Detroit

June 10 @ Detroit

June 11 @ Chicago-AL

June 12 @ Chicago-AL

June 13 @ Chicago-AL

June 14 @ Chicago-AL

June 15 v Minnesota

June 16 v Minnesota

June 17 v Minnesota

June 18 v Chicago-AL

June 19 v Chicago-AL

June 20 v Chicago-AL

June 22 v Detroit

June 23 v Detroit

June 24 v Detroit

June 25 @ St. Louis

June 26 @ St. Louis

June 27 @ St. Louis

June 29 @ Oakland

June 30 @ Oakland

JULY

July 1 @ Oakland

July 2 @ Kansas City

July 3 @ Kansas City

July 4 @ Kansas City

July 6 v Oakland

July 7 v Oakland

July 8 v Oakland

July 9 v Cincinnati

July 10 v Cincinnati

July 11 v Cincinnati

July 12 v New York-AL

July 13 v New York-AL

July 14 v New York-AL

July 15 v New York-AL

July 16-July 18 – MLB All-Star Break

July 20 @ Texas

July 21 @ Texas

July 22 @ Texas

July 23 v Pittsburgh

July 24 v Pittsburgh

July 25 v Pittsburgh

July 27 @ Detroit

July 28 @ Detroit

July 29 @ Detroit

July 30 @ Minnesota

July 31 @ Minnesota

AUGUST

August 1 @ Minnesota

August 3 v Los Angeles-AL

August 4 v Los Angeles-AL

August 5 v Los Angeles-AL

August 6 v Minnesota

August 7 v Minnesota

August 8 v Minnesota

August 9 v Minnesota

August 10 @ Chicago-AL

August 11 @ Chicago-AL

August 12 @ Chicago-AL

August 13 @ Cincinnati

August 14 @ Cincinnati

August 15 @ Cincinnati

August 17 v Baltimore

August 18 v Baltimore

August 19 v Baltimore

August 20 @ Boston

August 21 @ Boston

August 22 @ Boston

August 23 @ Boston

August 24 @ Kansas City

August 25 @ Kansas City

August 26 @ Kansas City

August 28 v Minnesota

August 29 v Minnesota

August 30 v Minnesota

August 31 v Tampa Bay

SEPTEMBER

 

September 1 v Tampa Bay

September 2 v Tampa Bay

September 3 v Kansas City

September 4 v Kansas City

September 5 v Kansas City

September 6 @ Toronto

September 7 @ Toronto

September 8 @ Toronto

September 9 @ Toronto

September 10 @ Tampa Bay

September 11 @ Tampa Bay

September 12 @ Tampa Bay

September 14 v Detroit

September 15 v Detroit

September 16 v Detroit

September 18 v Chicago-AL

September 19 v Chicago-AL

September 20 v Chicago-AL

September 21 v Boston

September 22 v Boston

September 23 v Boston

September 24 @ Chicago-AL

September 25 @ Chicago-AL

September 26 @ Chicago-AL

September 27 @ Kansas City

September 28 @ Kansas City

September 29 @ Kansas City

September 30 @ Kansas City

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:13

APD Investigating a Fatal Tuesday Morning Shooting

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Update: The Summit County Coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Najae Monique Jeffries. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police still have not named any suspects or provided any description. 

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Akron Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Channelwood Village. 

According to reports, the victim was shot and killed near the corner of West Thornton Street and Dunbar Avenue early Tuesday morning, around 2:45 a.m. 

Police have not released the name of the victim and aren't saying much about a suspect yet. 

Their investigation started near the intersection, but later moved to the Channelwood Village apartments. 

 

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:15

Life Sentence in UA Student's Kidnapping, Assault

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On Tuesday, Cedric Murphy, 60, of Akron, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a University of Akron student. 

Court documents show that in November of last year, Murphy offered a ride to the victim who was walking home from a night out with friends. The female victim agreed to the ride back to her dorm, but while she was inside Murphy's car, he assaulted her and refused to let her out. The victim eventually jumped from the moving car. She then ran home and called 911. 

A later investigation found DNA evidence on the victim that lead to Murphy's conviction in July, 2017. He was found guilty on first degree kidnapping, third degree abduction, and two counts of fourth gross sexual imposition. 

Murphy, sentenced by visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove in Summit County, is not eligible for parole until 10 years into his life sentence. 

Monday, 04 September 2017 08:43

One Dead, Stow Officer Injured

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Details are emerging from a fatal shooting in a parking lot behind Akron's Haven of Rest Ministries involving a Stow police officer and an unnamed suspect.

The suspect was killed, the officer was injured but treated and released from a local hospital.

In a news release from Stow police, the suspect was reportedly knocking on the door of a residence on Meadowbrook Boulevard at 10:46 p.m. Sunday night asking for cigarettes. He fled the area, but officers located him nearby and decided to transport him to the Haven of Rest Shelter.

While in the parking lot behind the shelter, police say the suspect became aggressive and the officer requested backup from Akron police; before they arrived, the officer called in "shots fired" on his radio.

The subject was taken to a local hospital where he died.

The incident is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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(Stow PD) At 2246 hours on Sunday, 09/03/17, officers of the Stow Police Department responded to the area of Meadowbrook Boulevard to locate a male subject who had approached a residence, beat on the door, and, when the occupants answered, asked for cigarettes. He then fled the area.

The subject was located on an adjacent street and it was determined he would be transported to Haven of Rest in Akron, Ohio. Following the arrival in the parking lot of Haven of Rest, the officer requested back up from the Akron Police Department as the subject had become aggressive. Before they arrived, the officer reported shots had been fired and the subject was injured. The officer also was injured.

The subject, who will not be identified at this time pending notification of next of kin, succumbed to his wounds at an Akron hospital. The officer was treated for his injuries and released.

The incident occurred in Akron and will be investigated by Ohio BCI. All questions or inquiries should be referred to BCI.

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:32

Streetsboro Man Competent for Akron Murder Trial

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William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was ruled mentally competent to stand trial in the case of the shooting death of Akron man over the online sale of a dirt bike. 

According to court documents, Knight responded to an online ad for a dirt bike for sale that he says was stolen from his son-in-law a few months before. In March, Knight agreed to meet Johnson at a home on Danmead Avenue in Akron to buy the dirt bike, reportedly for $4,000. When the two met, Knight confronted Johnson and the two argued. A physical altercation ensued, and Knight pulled a gun, which he has a permit for, and opened fire, allegedly as Johnson tried to drive off on the dirt bike. 

Knight called 911, saying that he had no choice but to shoot Johnson, claiming self defense. He was arrested shortly after the shooting, and charged with murder and felonious assault. He's currently being held on $50,000 bond.

Initially, Knight's attorney entered a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity plea, but withdrew that plea after Wednesday's evaluation. Knight is due back in court for another status hearing in November and will meet with another psychologist in October. 

Johnson's family claims the shooting was racially motivated. Knight's family protested after he was charged in the shooting.

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