Massillon Police say that the man who shot a cardiologist in the parking lot of Affinity Medical Center Monday afternoon targeted the doctor because of a shared love interest.
Dr. George Seese was walking out to his vehicle that was parked in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot Monday afternoon. When he reached his Denali, Dr. Seese was approached by Michael Wood, who police say then fired five shots at Seese, hitting him several times. After the shooting, Wood returned to his car, which was parked behind Seese's in the lot, and then turned the gun on himself.
Dr. Seese died from his wounds, as did Wood.
Area schools were placed on lockdown for a brief period following the shooting, but Massillon Police say that Dr. Seese was the only intended target and there was no immediate threat to the public.
Dr. Seese was a cardiologist for 20 years and leaves behind 13 children and 13 grandchildren, according to reports. One of Dr. Seese's sons is a colleague at WAKR and Rubber City Radio Group.
Akron Police are investigating two separate shootings in the city within a few hours of eachother.
The first happened around 9:40 p.m. Thursday night at a home in the 800 block of Sumner Street. According to the APD report, a 17-year-old male walked up onto the porch of the Sumner Street home and knocked on the door. There were two other males waiting outside, closer to the street. A 24-year-old male stepped out of the house and after a short conversation, multiple shots were fired. The victim, that 24-year-old, who was later identified as Deontae D. Henderson of Storer Ave. in Akron, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.
Two other males, a 23-year-old and a 30-year-old, came out of the house after hearing the gunshots. They were shot, taken to the hospial by acquaintances. One victim is listed in critical condition; the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Neither of their names have been released yet. The 17-year-old who approaced the house was also shot. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards tells 1590 WAKR that they are unsure who fired the shots and that the investigation is ongoing.
The second shooting happened early Friday morning, around 3 a.m., outside a gas station in the Valley, along Merriman Road near Portage Path.
According to the Akron Police report, a large crowd gathered in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven as the bars in the Valley were closing. Multiple shots were fired and two men, a 23-year-old and a 29-year-old were wounded. Friends of the two victims drove them to Akron City Hospital. Their injuries were reported as non-life-threatening. Their names have not been released. APD is still investigating that shooting.
Dawud E. Spaulding of Akron, currently on death row in Ohio for killing two people and paralyzing another in a 2011 shooting, has been granted 10 more pages to present his argument for reopening his case.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of his lawyers' request to remove the page-limitation on an appeal for a new trial. Spauling was originally set to be executed in March of 2014, but the automatic appeals process has extended that date to this point.
Now, this request for re-opening the case must not exceed 25 pages.
University of Akron Police are investigating a shooting just off campus along South Adolph Avenue, just east of campus and Route 8.
According to the police report, the shooting happened Monday afternoon about 1:15. One 26-year-old male victim was shot in the foot and transported to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the victim hasn't been cooperative with them and hasn't provided a suspect description.
The only thing police know is that a male suspect fled the scene on foot, running through backyards toward campus.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD or University of Akron PD.
Two men were shot inside the Clutch Gentleman's Club on South Arlington early Sunday morning. Now police asking for help finding two suspects. The police report states an altercation started inside the club just after 3 a.m. and then one, or possibly both suspects opened fire. A Canton man and a man from Detroit were both shot; both transported to Akron City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Below is the press release from APD:
Shortly after 3:00am Sunday morning, two males were shot inside the Clutch Gentleman’s Club, located at 1890 South Arlington Street. The victims reported they were involved in an altercation inside of the club when the suspect fired several shots. The first victim, 33 year old male from Canton, was shot in the abdomen and upper leg. The second victim, 33 year old male from Detroit, was shot in the upper right leg. Both victims were transported to Akron City Hospital by a friend with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are two black males. The first suspect is about 30 years old, 6’1” – 6’3”, 240 – 250 lbs., with black braided hair, beard, mustache, and was wearing a camouflage pants and gray shirt. The second suspect is 5’7” – 5’9”, wearing a knit hat with a white emblem on the front, a light colored hooded sweatshirt and jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact our department.
UPDATE: Police have identified the victim of the police-involved shooting at 61-year-old Philip B. Hasan who lived at the apartments located at 1000 Florida Avenue. The autopsy revealed that Hasan died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Akron Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect who refused officers' orders to not reach for a rifle.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon around 3:30 when police were called to an apartement parking lot along Florida Avenue in Akron. The inital call was regarding an altercation between a 61-year-old man and another resident of the apartment complex. The victim called police saying the suspect clammed his arm in a car door during the altercation.
When police arrived on the scene, the suspect was walking toward a van parked in the lot. Officers ordered him to stop when they saw him reaching for a rifle that was stashed in the van. The man refused and that's when one of the two responding officers opened fire, hitting the man with several shots in the torso. The man, who's name has not been released, was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he later died.
The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol for the department while the investigation is ongoing. No officers were injured during the incident.
Willie S. Hicks, III has been sentenced to 18-years-to-life in prison after entering a guilty plea in the shooting death of Lentheric Caldwell back in January of 2016.
The shooting happened at the Hi-De-Ho Lounge on Vernon Odom Boulevard in Akron. Witnesses say 44-year-old Hicks entered the bar, pulled out a gun, and then shot the 39-year-old Caldwell in the chest. Hicks fled the scene, but was caught up with by police shortly after.
Hicks entered a guilty plea to one count of murder and one firearm specific violation. In court, it is reported that Hicks took responsibility for the crime and apologized to Caldwell's family. He was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Scot Stevenson to 15-years-to-life for the murder charge and an additional 3 years on the firearm violation.
The impact of the deadly shooting in Dallas is hitting local communities. The Cleveland Police Deparmtent has ordered officers to patrol the streets with a partner and the Akron Police Department is also following those orders.
"...officers will be only two-man cars, which for us is not typical for our daytime patrol officers. But until further notice, we will be operating on two-man cars." said APD Major Kenneth Ball.
The department has been involved in a number of training programs -- including training on implicit biases.
For the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the department is focused on remaining vigilant.
"We're going to stay vigilant," said Barry. "We've had a heightened awareness level for a while now due to the problems throughout the country and we're going to continues to proactively approach it that way."
Sheriff Steve Berry says training continues to be an important priority of the department, especially ahead of the Republican National Convention where they will be sending between 20 to 40 deputies.
Tallmadge Police arrested four people - including two juveniles - in connection to armed robberies and drive-bys.
Police first responded to an armed robbery call when a taxi driver was held as knife-point while pumping gas.
The driver doused the robber in gas as the suspect fled into a getaway car and was able to get the car's license plate.
Police arrested 19-year-old Abdual-Fattah Sallora and a 17-year-old at a home on Norton Drive and another 16-year-old juvenile at the address the license plates were registered.
Cell phone video evidence recovered in the arrests linked 18-year-old Adam Zesiger to three unsolved drive-bys.
He's charged with three counts of Complicity in the shootings
Here's the press release provided by the Tallmadge Police Department.
On Saturday morning at 5:30 Tallmadge Police responded to an Armed Robbery of a taxi driver on Tallmadge Circle. A 41 year old Akron resident reported that he was pumping gas when approached by a masked person brandishing a knife and demanding his money. The victim responded by dousing the suspect with gasoline. The suspect and two others fled in a tan Honda. The victim was also able to provide responding officers with the license plate on the car.
A seventeen year old Tallmadge juvenile and Abdul-Fattah Sallora, 19 of Tallmadge, were arrested at a residence in the 900 block of Norton Drive. A second juvenile was located in the 400 block of Helena Drive in Tallmadge where the license plate returned. During the arrests, evidence was found linking the 17 year old and an adult male to three unsolved drive-by shootings in Tallmadge. One April 12 at 10pm, several shots were fired into a residence in the 100 block of Antone Drive. Sometime Thursday night homes in the 700 block of Treat Blvd. and the 600 block of Newton Street were struck by gunfire from a moving vehicle. All three homes were occupied and no one was injured. Witnesses reported seeing a silver Jeep and hearing “firecracker” like sounds.
The seventeen year old robbery suspect is also alleged to have shot at all three houses. There is cell phone video linking the youth to the shootings. He is incarcerated at the Summit County Juvenile Detention facility along with the 16 year old who was present during the robbery. Adam J. Zesiger 18 of Tallmadge is charged with three counts of Complicity in the shootings. He was allegedly the driver and has been incarcerated in the Summit County Jail. Sallora is in the Summit County Jail charged with Complicity and Conspiracy in the robbery case. He and Zesiger will have initial appearances in Stow Municipal Court on Monday.
*No video or photos are available in either case until Monday
Akron police are dealing with an early morning shooting that left a man fighting for his life.
Police say 23 year-old Carlton DA Stafford of East Crosier Street was shot in the shoulder after an argument in the 800 block of Eller Avenue around midnight, and police said earlier that his injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
An update lists Stafford in serious condition at Akron City Hospital.
Police don't have a detailed description of the suspect.
A murder warrant has been issued for a 31-year-old man --- accused of fatally shooting a man at a house party on early Valentine's Day morning.
Police say Antoine C. Bennett should be considered armed and dangerous. His last known address was on East 97th Street in Cleveland.
Police say shots were fired at the party on North Howard Street after a fight. They say the 25 year-old victim was found inside the house shot in the chest died later at Akron City Hospital.
Another man, 25 year-old Malcolm Washington of Baird Street, flagged down police nearby and said he was shot in the foot.
The man killed hasn't yet been identified. An autopsy will be conducted by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
Akron police are providing a description of Bennett, and ask for help finding him:
"Bennett is a black male, 5'10", 245 lbs. with black medium length hair, a beard and moustache. He should be considered armed and dangerous."
"Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Antoine Bennett is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous."
(Earlier coverage) A house party led to a fatal shooting in Akron on Valentine's Day.
Police tell NewsChannel 5 that they're looking for the person who shot and killed a man at a North Howard Street home around 2 a.m.
A 25-year-old flagged down police to let them know what happened and said he was also shot in the foot.
A warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Antoine C. Bennett. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Kent police say they've arrested the second teen in connection with the murder of a Kent State University student.
NewsChannel 5 reports a 17-year-old was taken into custody last (Wednesday) night and booked into the Portage County Juvenile Justice Center. He's facing a delinquency by aggravated murder charge and is being held without bond.
Another 17-year-old Stow-Monroe Falls High School student was arrested earlier this week in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Nicholas Massa.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
Akron police say a man who suffered a gunshot wound while driving was placed under police guard at a local hospital. Police say it turns out JuJuan Weems, 23, of Akron had a warrant out for gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.
Capt. Dan Zampelli says it took some time to find the shooting victim after a shooting was reported at West South Street and Princeton Avenue.
"They did speak to neighbors in the area who indicated that a male had been driving a car, the car stopped abruptly, a male got out and went into a local market," said Zampelli.
Police say Weems went to the hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest. He's under police guard until he's released and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Details related to the possible shooting suspect were not released.
The man who's accused of killing Canton police K9 officer Jethro appeared in Canton Municipal Court this morning for his arraignment.
A preliminary hearing for Kelontre Barefield has been scheduled for January 22nd at 1:30 p.m. and his bond remains at $5 million.
Barefield is accused of shooting K9 Jethro three times during a burglary at Fisher Foods in Canton last weekend.
Hundreds attended Jethro's funeral service Thursday afternoon.
Akron police say a man who drove to sell marijuana last night, and instead of money, he got shot.
Police say it happened at around 10 PM Monday night at Washburn Street and Tressel Avenue - the would-be pot seller was in his car when someone fired several shots at his car.
The man was struck in the torso and arm, and called police after driving to a business at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road.
Police say the victim is in stable condition at Akron General Medical Center.
There's no description of the shooter.
Cops say they found 65 grams of marijuana in the man's car, and he was charged with attempted drug abuse.
An investigation is underway in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Kent early Thursday morning. Kent police say officers responded to a disturbance call shortly before 4 a.m. at a Virginia Avenue home.
NewsChannel 5 reports the cousin of 25-year-old Douglas Yon told police dispatchers that Yon refused to leave the house and was armed with a machete. She also reported that Yon was going to run toward officers and "make them shoot."
Kent police say four officers responded on scene. Police say Yon "engaged officers, wielding a machete." Officers fired an unknown amount of shots at the man. An ambulance was called in to administer first-aid, but Yon was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities did not release the names of the officers involved or how many officers fired their weapons.
The Portage County Sheriff's Office is conducting an independent investigation and BCI is assisting with the collection of evidence.
The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
Update 2:51 p.m. Law enforcement has captured a man who is accused of fatally shooting his wife at a nursing home in Canton near Meyers Lake.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier says 37-year-old Dragan Sekulic was apprehended on 77 Southbound near Cambridge.
Sekulic is charged with shooting his estranged wife Celjka Sekulic in the parking lot of Astoria Nursing Home on 12th Street NW.
Maier says that Dragan Sekulic had dropped off a rental car at the Akron-Canton Airport, switching to the car that was pulled over by the state trooper near Cambridge.
(Earlier coverage) Deputies with the Stark County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man who is accused of fatally shooting his wife at a nursing home in Canton near Meyers Lake.
Officials confirm that Celjka Sekulic, 37, was shot in the parking lot of Astoria Nursing Home on 12th Street NW.
The suspect has been identified as Dragan Sekulic, 37, the estranged husband of the victim. He fled and was last seen in a white 2016 GMC Terrain with a Kentucky license plate 714VBC. The suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stark COunty Sheriff's Office at (330) 430-3800 or the anonymous tip line at (330) 451-3937.
Updated 1:34 p.m. Police say the gunman pictured in the surveillance video below appears to be one of the two people who robbed two Family Dollar stores on Saturday night by pistol-whipping employees.
They say one suspect could be a female.
Akron CrimeStoppers is offering a reward in the crimes.
NewsChannel 5 reports that Husein's family is offering a $50,000 reward in addition to a reward offered by Akron CrimeStoppers.
(Previous coverage) The shooting death of a 21-year-old at an Akron pizza shop is under investigation.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports the man was shot at Premium New York Style Pizza on East Glenwood shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night. He is identified as Zakareia Husein, 21, from Springfield Township. He suffered a fatal wound to the chest.
Updated 11:50 a.m. Akron police released surveillance video of the robbery as the gunman, clad in black with a mask covering his face, approached the cash register demanding money. Husein can clearly be seen handing over the money. The video does not include the shooting.
Police have also released surveillance video of the Family Dollar robbery on East Tallmadge Avenue on Saturday night, and the Family Dollar robbery a half hour later on South Main Street.
Husein was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Police are asking for the public's help identifying the gunman.
Akron police are investigating the shooting death of a man on the city's west side Friday night.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports a man was shot at a home on Storer Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 p.m.
Further details and the victim's identity have not been released.
Akron police say they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an Akron man over the weekend.
On early Sunday morning, Jaleel Jovon Woods, 19, of Endicott Drive was found with a gunshot wound to the head near Cordova and Courtland avenues.
Detectives arrested Jovonte A. Veal, 21, of Copley Road and charged him with murder. He was taken into custody Wednesday night and booked into the Summit County Jail.
The man convicted in the fatal shooting of Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner was officially sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus an additional 65 years, Wednesday morning.
Judge Alison McCarty followed the jury's recommendation last week to sentence Kenan Ivery, 36, to life in prison over execution.
"You will never again walk among us as a free man," said McCarty.
Justin Winebrenner's father, Rob Winebrenner, was the first of many family members and friends to give a victim impact statement before Ivery's sentencing.
"Finally, I want you to know as a parent, I am content standing here as a proud father of a hero that is no longer with us, knowing the last good deed that Justin did as a police officer is getting you off the streets forever."
Ivery shot and killed Winebrenner during a fight at Papa Don's Pub last November and also wounded four others. Ivery claimed it was self-defense when he pulled the trigger. He walked back into the bar with a gun after he was asked to leave.