Accused Ohio serial Killer Shawn Grate changed his plea to guilty to 15 charges, including rape, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, and more.
Common Pleas Court Judge Ron Forsthoefel explained in court on Wednesday that this means Grate is waiving his right to take the stand in his own defense and is no facing a minimum sentence of 50 to 72 years to life in prison.
Meanwhile, the same Ashland County Common Pleas jury will be brought back in on the other murder charges Grate is facing.
Read more on the story from WKYC.com.
The City of Akron announced Wednesday the purchase of 10 new thermal imaging units for the Akron Fire Department.
In a press release, City of Akron Press Secretary Ellen Lander Nischt describes the new devices as "life-saving" equipment that will help the City's fire department "advance its mission to protect the lives, property, and environment of the Akron Community."
Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker is quoted in the press release saying, “Heat-detecting cameras will allow our first responders to locate a victim in an environment with very limited or no visibility. For a firefighter searching for a trapped victim, little is worse than losing your ability to see due to darkness or dense smoke. In a rescue operation where every second counts, these units can make the difference between life and death, by enabling us to find victims faster and increasing their chances of survival.”
Akron City Council unanimously voted to approve the purchase of the equipment at an estimated cost of $50,000 for the ten thermal imaging units.
The new thermal imaging units were purchased with funds from the passage of Issue 4 last November.
“Once again, we thank the Akron community for their support of Issue 4, which has made critical safety investments like this possible,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “In the months and years to come, will continue to invest these funds in ways that make all our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”
A babysitter for two underage boys called 911 frantically asking for police at a home on Alden Drive in Streetsboro, saying that a young boy had been injured.
Streetsboro Police responded to the home around 9:30 Monday night, and say an 11-year-old was taken to UH Ravenna Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, and then later died. Shortly after responding, police arrested the victim's 13-year-old brother and charged him with aggravated murder, saying that the act was intentional.
The names of the victim and the suspect have been released, but the 1590 WAKR Newsroom is not revealing those names as they are both minors.
Investigators say the older brother stole a handgun from his grandfather's home, adding that "at one time" the handgun was locked away and "secured." The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and in a press conference later Monday morning, Lt. Patricia Wayne with Streetsboro Police said that more charges are pending.
Records indicate that police had been called to the home on Alden Drive multiple times in the past, including as recent at this past Thursday.
Below are the two press releases from the Streetsboro Police Department.
First Release: At 934pm this evening, Streetsboro Police and Streetsboro Fire Departments responded to Alden Dr for a report of a juvenile that had sustained a gunshot wound. Paramedics began life saving efforts and transported the juvenile to UH Ravenna where the juvenile was pronounced dead. A second juvenile is being questioned by investigators at this time. We are not releasing names at this point due to the ages of those involved and pending notifications. The cause of the gunshot would is still under investigation and more information will be released at a later time.
(Release Courtesy of the Greater Akron Chamber) The Greater Akron Chamber announced today that Steve Millard has been named President and CEO of the Chamber. He replaces Richard Norton who has served as Interim President since April 2017. Millard is expected to join the Chamber on or before June 4.
Currently Executive Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and Executive Director of its Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), Millard has been with GCP and its predecessor organization, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, since 1997 and has served as COSE’s President and Executive Director since 1999.
In addition to his work leading GCP’s small business initiatives, he has had responsibility for its portfolio of member products and services, small business advocacy efforts, member services and a number of economic development initiatives.
According to Marc Merklin, board chair of the Greater Akron Chamber and chair of the Chamber’s search committee, “Steve is an experienced executive with excellent knowledge of how to serve members of our Chamber, foster economic development and advocate for the business community locally, in Columbus and in Washington. He brings a depth of knowledge of the region to our market and will be able to collaborate with the political leadership, our educational institutions and business leaders here in the Greater Akron Area to advance our interests in fostering a growing and thriving business community. After a national search, we are fortunate to have found someone in our backyard capable of taking on the Chamber leadership role as we enter into our next strategic plan."
“I appreciate the confidence the Greater Akron Chamber’s leadership has in me and am excited about the opportunities ahead for Greater Akron and the coalition of innovative leaders that is working on a variety of transformational opportunities for the region. I look forward to being a part of that team and bringing my experience and perspective to the discussion,” Millard said.
“My work with GCP has brought me into frequent contact with leaders and institutions across the region and I have seen Akron making a generational shift in civic and institutional leadership that is driving new opportunities. The chance to be a part of that work is one of the key reasons I think this is the right opportunity at the right time for me,” he added.
Serving Summit, Medina and Portage Counties, the Greater Akron Chamber is dedicated to ensuring the sustainable economic growth of the Greater Akron region and provides membership benefits with a focus on regional economic development. Chamber members include global manufacturers, universities, local businesses and non-profit organizations.
William Knight, 64, of Streetsboro was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted earlier this month in the shooting death of 24-year-old Keith Johnson of Akron.
The following is a press release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office:
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O’Brien sentenced William Knight, 64, of Lady Catherine Street in Streetsboro, to life in prison for killing 24-year-old Keith Johnson.
Knight will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years of his sentence.
On April 10, 2018, a Summit County jury found Knight guilty of the following charges:
“Mr. Knight’s decision to fire his gun forever changed the lives of two families. Today, as Keith Johnson’s mother Laquita said, justice was served. I truly hope the Johnson family finds peace as they move forward,” said Prosecutor Walsh.
In the evening of March 20, 2017, William Knight shot and killed Keith Johnson. The shooting followed a dispute over a stolen dirt bike. Earlier that day, Knight’s son-in-law noticed his dirt bike, which had been stolen in February of 2016, was for sale on a social media site. Knight, his daughter and son-in-law went to Danmead Avenue in Akron to confront Keith Johnson and recover the dirt bike. When Johnson attempted to leave the area on the bike, the son-in law grabbed the dirt bike in an attempt to stop Johnson. Johnson was able to pull away from the son-in-law, but was subsequently shot in the head by Knight. The jury rejected arguments by William Knight’s attorney that Knight was acting in self-defense and defense of his family members.
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Akron Police are looking for the public's help finding a suspected bank robber.
According to a press release from the police, the suspect walked into the PNC Bank at 1 Cascade Plaza around 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and handed the teller a note. The note reportedly demanded $8,000 in cash and claimed that the man had a gun.
The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, between 40 and 45 years old, around 6 feet tall, approximately 190 pounds with a mustache.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
A $10 million dollar, low-interest loan the City of Akron made to the Akron Public Schools for their new school administration offices, is also going to help the city settle a long-owed debt to the schools.
Part of the loan will cover payments the city owed the schools, to make up for tax abatements for businesses that set up shop in town.
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's death penalty sentencing law is constitutional, and has upheld the conviction of Maurice Mason, who raped and murdered a woman in Marion County back in 1993.
The high court ruled that the process Ohio juries go through when deciding whether or not the death penalty is appropriate, is substantially different from death penalty jury procedures in other states where the US Supreme Court found them unconstitutuional.
Akron police investigating a homicide that happened Tuesday night, in the 800 block of East Exchange Street.
The shooting victim has been identified as Akron resident, 46 year old Jason Lamont Bradford.
The Akron woman who died as the result of a fire on Crouse Avenue over the weekend, has been identified as 89 year old Gertrude Stoebermann.
But, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office says they are continuing their investigation into the cause and manner of her death.
The legal age to buy tobacco products in Akron is now 21.
City Council passed a resolution raising the age limit from 18 to 21 last night. The new law also applies to e-cigarettes, vaping oils, and smoking paraphernalia.
The goal of the new legislation is to discourage teen smoking, and to help reduce the city's high rate of infant mortality.