Facial reconstruction technology is not new to forensics, but it is new to Northeast Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
In a press conference at Akron Police headquarters downtown, DeWine along with Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker, Akron Police Captain Jesse Leeser who heads the Detective Bureau, Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler, M.D., and other law enforcement officials, DeWine unveiled the facial reconstruction of a human skull that was found at the scene of an Akron fire.
The fire in question happened at a vacant home at 1345 Marcy Street back in 2012. Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said that the department conducted their standard three-tiered sweep of the home and found no human remains. It was not until January 8, 2016, that the remains of John Doe were found. Captain Leeser said remains were found inside and outside the home. Just recently, forensic scientists with Ohio BCI and Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania were able to use facial reconstruction technology to put together the model (pictured.) It is their estimate that the John Doe is a white male, between 30 and 55-years-old. He's estimated at 5'9", but his weight, hair color and eye color remain unknown.
DeWine's office's hope is that someone might recognize the man and contact law enforcement.
As for the facial reconstruction technology, DeWine says it's been used in cases in Ohio before, but not in Northeast Ohio to this point.
The Summit County Medical Examiner has identified the man at the center of a four-hours-long standoff outside a home on Thurmont Road Sunday in Akron.
The report says Edward Earl Taylor, 54, died of a gunshot wound to the chest. They've further determined that the gunshot came from police and was not self-inflicted, as was suspected earlier.
Police were initially called to the home on Thurmont on a report of a woman inside the home being sexually assaulted. When they first arrived, they were met with gunfire, believed to be from Taylor. Police returned fire and then SWAT was called as the suspect didn't come out of the home. After four hours, SWAT entered the home and found Taylor dead inside.
No further details are available.
The 19-month-old baby boy who accidentally overdosed in his West Hill home in Akron last week has died.
According to police, the boy ingested heroin, fentanyl or another type of opiate after coming in contact with a baggie at the home.
At the time of the overdose, the boy's older sibling, a 9-year-old, dialed 911. He was given a dose of NARCAN at the home, but it had no effect. Afterwords, he was transported to Akron Children's where he was given another dose that revived him. Sunday night, the boy died in the hospital.
The mother of the boy was at the home when police arrived, but left shortly after. Akron Police were trying to find her before she showed up about 3 hours later at Akron Children's. She was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant out of Portage County, but hadn't been charged in the overdose of her son. That boy, and the woman's two other children were placed in custody of Summit County Children's Services until further notice. At that time, last week, Lt. Rick Edwards with APD said charges related to this most recent incident were very likely to be filed soon.
An autopsy is pending with the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
The man found shot multiple times off Cordova Avenue has been identified; 27-year old Stacy Parker of Akron was found along the street but died a short time after he was taken to Akron General. Motorists driving were the first ones to call 9-1-1. Police found a semi-automatic pistol with one round chambered in Parker's pocket.
The body of a 29-year old man was found on the side of the road near Cordova Avenue and Thurston Street after 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. The Summit County Medical Examiner says he was alive when found but died at Akron General from multiple gunshot wounds. A name is pending notification of relatives.
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(Summit County ME) The Summit County Medical Examiner and the Akron Police Department are investigating the homicide of a 29 year-old male.
On 5/9/2017, at approximately 4:15 pm, a passerby called Emergency 911 to report a body lying on the side of the road near the intersection of Cordova Avenue and Thurston Street in Akron.
Akron Police and Fire responded to the scene and discovered the male lying on the side of the raod with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Emergency Room at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center where he later died from his injuries at 4:47 pm on 5/9/2017.
Employees at the Greenstar Recycling Center on Exeter Road in Akron made a grisly discovery while sorting through recyclables: a dead body.
The body was found Thursday during the morning shift about 7:30 a.m. at Greenstar on a conveyor belt.
On Friday morning, the Summit County Medical Examiner came back with a positive ID on the body. He has been identified as 52-year-old David Moran of Akron. They are still working to determine the cause of death.
The Summit County Medical Examiner has released the identity of the recycling worker who died on the job in Akron last week.
On February 22nd, Eric Russell, 24, reportedly became trapped inside a baler machine at Greenstar Recycling at 1535 Exeter Road in Akron.
It has been ruled an accident. An investigation into how it happened is ongoing.
The toxicology report is back on Saif Alameri, the Case Western Reserve student from the United Arab Emerites who was shot by a Hudson Police Officer after a car-chase and foot-chase back in early December.
The Summit County Medical Examiner determined that Marijuana was the only drug found in his system.
After crashing his car on the Turnpike, Alameri fled to a nearby neighborhood. After a reported struggle with Hudson Officer Ryan Doran, who fired 5 shots, killing Alameri.
The investigation into whether or not Doran was justified is ongoing.
The 26 year old Case Western Reserve University student shot and killed in what is described as a struggle with a Hudson police officer was hit at least five times by bullets.
The Summit County Medical Examiner says autopsy results do not include toxicology tests at this time, but Saif Mubarak Alameri of the United Arab Emirates was shot once in the head, once in the face and three times in the left leg during the incident with police Officer Ryan Doran, a 12-year veteran of the Hudson Police Department. Dashcam video from that day has audio of six shots fired.
Alameri had flipped his vehicle on the nearby Ohio Turnpike then fled the scene on foot; witnesses say he had been "running wildly" when he went into a wooded area along Hudson-Aurora Rd. when Doran found him. In the dashcam video, a dog can also be heard inside the vehicle reacting to the sound of shots fired.
Alameri was not armed, investigators from Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation report. Doran remains on paid leave.
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(Summit County Medical Examiner) This is a update concerning the death of Saif Mubarak Alameri who was shot during a struggle with a Hudson Police Officer. The autopsy examination revealed a total of 5 definite gunshot wounds. One to the head, one to the face and three to the left leg. Toxicology testing is not completed at this time. There is no other information to release at this time
One person is dead after a crash on State Route 18 in the Montrose-Ghent area Wednesday afternoon.
Copley police report the accident involving multiple cars happened on Route 18 and Creekrun Drive just before 4:00 Wednesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said there were serious injuries involved accoring to NewsChannel 5.
The Summit County Medical Examiner confirmed the death after arriving on the scene about a half hour after the crash.
Route 18 was closed in the area for the remainder of the afternoon.
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