Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

On Friday morning, just after 8 a.m., Green High School was placed on "modified lockdown" after a social media threat. 

Inspector Bill Holland with the Summit County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old male student of Green High made threats and posted pictures students online. Holland said that the student claimed to be on the campus at the time the threat was made, thus prompting the lockdown. It wasn't until nearly two hours  later, after the school was searched, that the student was found at an address nearby, not on school property. Inspector Holland was unable to comment whether or not that was the student's home. 

A "modified lockdown" means the students were not locked in classrooms, and essentially, the day went on as normal. The lockdown was lifted just before 10 a.m. 

Holland told 1590 WAKR that while the threats were not specific, charges are pending against the teenager. 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:55

Norton-Barberton Shooter Injured, Arrested

The 911 call came in to Norton Police just about 7 p.m. Tuesday; reports of a man with a long rifle standing underneath a covered storage unit at the Barber Road Storage facility in Norton. 

There were no reports of "shots fired" at the time. 

Norton Police, Barberton Police, and the SWAT team comprised of officers from Norton, Barberton, and New Franklin Police departments, arrived within minutes. The suspect, 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek, was there with an assault-style rifle waiting for police and opened fire when they arrived. Police returned fire. The exchange lasted several minutes and Havrilek was injured in the shootout. Police then were able to take him into custody and then he was transported to Akron General Medical Center. 

There is no word yet on the charges Havrilek, an Akron resident, is facing, but he is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal history, including charges for felonious assault and domestic violence, among others. 

Norton Police Chief John D'alessandro said in a press conference following the incident that "the good guys" prevailed Tuesday night. It was Chief D'alessandro's ascertation that Havrilek was attempting to lure responding officers into a wooded area near the storage facility, but officers responded in accordance to their training and did not take the bait. 

Barberton High School and Middle School were placed on lockdown, while the Barberton Sports Complex and two area businesses were evacuated. The all-clear was given and the lockdowns lifter at about 8:37 p.m. 

While the situation was still "active," an Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed and officers used infrared to confirm that there was not a second suspect. There was no second suspect, just Havrilek. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:17

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Akron Stabbing

Akron Police have arrested Crystal Bruce, 33, of Garfield Street, in the death of a man found with a stab wound to his chest on an Akron porch early Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday, around 12:45 a.m., APD was called to the home in the 700 block of Garfield Street. Upon arrival they found 44-year-old Shawn Belville with a stab wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Detectives ruled his death a homicide. 

Later in the day on Tuesday, APD arrested Bruce and she was charged her with murder, tampering with evidence, and illegal cultivation of drugs. She's been booked in Summit County Jail. 

Monday, 25 September 2017 11:36

Woman Found Stabbed in Falls Apartment, Dies

Cuyahoga Falls Police are investigating the second murder in the city within the past two months. 

The Medical Examiner's Office and Police say a 27-year-old woman was found stabbed inside an apartment in the Falls in the 1000 block of Howe Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the ME's report. She died about 30 minutes later, according to the report. 

Positive identification of the victim has not been released, pending an autopsy and notification of next-of-kin. 

Prior to the shooting death of Kevin Tiearney back in early August, the last murder recorded in the Falls was the 2014 stabbing death of Amanda Russell outside her home on Eighth Street. Her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Conrad, is serving a life sentence for her murder. 

The family of Anthony Jones, 36, along with the Akron Organizing Collaborative community group, is planning a vigil Friday night outside of the Summit County Jail. 

Jones, who was an inmate in the jail, died on September 2nd after an altercation with two Summit County Sheriff's Deputies inside the jail. And investigation into his death is ongoing, but his family is calling for justice and accountability from the Sheriff's Office. The family says that deputies and jail employees need more racial sensitivity training and training in dealing with inmates who suffer from mental illness. 

Jones's family says that he suffered from mental illness. 

The vigil is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. 

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:13

Life Without Parole for Akron Rapist

Convicted Akron rapist Roland Pyle, 52, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. 

Pyle's victim came forward to a school counselor recently, alleging that Pyle raped her back in 2013 on her 11th birthday. Pyle was charged with one count of felony rape of a victim under the age of 13 and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. 

Pyle is not eligible for parole. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:44

Gymnastics Coach Gets Probation for Imposition

Derek Waskowski, 30, of Stow, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday, after pleading guilty to inappropriate contact with a 10-year-old girl while he was a gymnastics instructor.

The incident happened back in 2015 when Waskowski worked for Little Leapers in Hudson. A Hudson Police report details the contact made on February 4, 2015. 

Waskowski pleaded guilty to one 3rd-degree-felony count of gross sexual imposition on August 7th. He was originally charged with three counts of imposition, but the other two charges were dropped. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands suspended a 42-month jail sentence; he was facing a maximum five years in jail. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:18

Prade Remains in Jail on OH Supreme Ct. Ruling

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

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.

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.

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