Phillip Battle, 52, has pled guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Anita Heard.
Akron Police report that Battle called police to their home back on October 11, 2016, claiming that the two of them heard voices in the house. Officers responded to the disturbance call at the home on Johnland Avenue.
The next day, Battle called 911 again and told police he shot his wife in the head. He was arrested shortly after. Heard died about a month later.
On Wedensday, in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Battle entered a guilty plea to charges Involuntary Manslaughter with a Gun Specification, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Comply, and Domestic Violence; all felony charges.
He is due back in court for sentencing on February 22nd.
Pro Football Hall of Fame announcing some changes to the Hall of Fame Game and weekend, most notably moving the game to Thursday night.
This year it'll be Thursday, August 3rd. Gold Jacket Enshrinement happening Friday the 4th, and Saturday, August 5th, will be the parade and concert.
An enshrinement ceremony for the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also take place Saturday night.
Read the full press release below:
Barberton City Schools has suspended a male high school teacher after reportedly using a racial slur directed at a student.
Superintendent Patty Cleary notified parents of the situation Tuesday about 4 p.m., saying that other students heard the comment. She said the teacher, whose name has not been released, is on administrative leave while they investigate the situation.
No other information was made available at this time.
Firestone High School was on heightened alert Wednesday morning after a "non-specific" threat was emailed to a teacher Tuesday night.
Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security Dan Rambler confirmed that the email was sent to a specific teacher, but was so vague and non-specific in nature that they couldn't pinpoint any specific threat. "It's an email address that nobody has been able to determine the source yet," Rambler tells 1590 WAKR.
While non-specific, Akron Public Schools, the high school, and Akron Police were not taking any chances. A robo-call was made to parents of Firestone High School students Tuesday night to notify them of both the threat and security measures being taken at the school.
Those security measures, Rambler said, were mobile metal detectors the school has on site, placed at entrances and throughout the school. He confirmed they will likely remain in place throughout the remainder of the week.
No arrest has been made and Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives are working to determine the IP address of the email.
We'll have updates on this story as they are made available.
Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017, H.M. Miller, KCI and the City of Akron will be closing the south bound side of S. Portage Path between Crosby St. and W. Exchange St. They will also be closing the center lanes of W. Exchange St. between S. Portage Path and Hyde Ave. These closures are for sanitary sewer repair work, which is currently expected to take 3 weeks to complete, but this may change, depending on the extent of the repairs that are needed.
See detours below:
On S. Portage Path, south bound traffic will be detoured using W. Market St., S. Rose Blvd. and W. Exchange St.
On W. Exchange St., traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Drivers are urged to obey all road construction signs and to use caution as they proceed through the work zones.
Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
A Grafton man is under arrested after claims he exposed himself to kids, recorded a simulated sex act, and made offensive gestures to kids attending a field trip to a YMCA camp over the summer.
The incident in question happened back in September, 2016, at Camp Y-Noah in Green. Just on January 25th of this year, Summit County Sheriff's Office received information from the Principal of Midview East Intermediate School that Scott J. Wuensch, 40, was the chaperone who allegedly committed the aforementioned crimes.
Wuensch was arrested January 30, 2017, after a investigation. On Monday, he was charged in Barberton Municipal Court with Public Indecency, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Disorderly Conduct, all misdemeanors. Wuensch is booked in Summit County Jail.
Akron Police investigating a murder in Akron over the weekend.
According to police reports, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 600 block of S. Arlington St. He had suffered mutliple gunshot wounds and was dead on arrival.
APD has not released any suspect information and is asking for any witnesses to come forward.
Summit County Sheriff's Office reporting one man died in a single-car accident in the City of Green over the weekend.
On Saturday just about 12:30 p.m., police say the 75-year-old male driver of a Chevy Silverado drove off the left side of Mayfair Road and hit a tree. When EMS arrived, the man was already dead.
The Sheriff's Office has not released the victim's name. They say they do no suspect alcohol was a factor.
Per the State of Ohio, Medina County Jail is making room for more nonviolent felony offenders.
State officials have told county judges that across the state, nonviolent offenders need to stay in county jails. Medina County, through the help of a T-CAP (Targeting Community Alternatives to Prison) grant, is opening up a wing of the prison currently reserved on an "as-needed" basis.
The state says most of the nonviolent felons are drug offenders and the state can't keep them.
The grant money totals $592,166, and will cover the costs for 8 months. The state and county are likely, according to sources, to renew another 12 months at the end of that period.
Once again, Akron's Ronald Phillips breathes easier because a judge has stepped in to halt his last breath.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz ruled Ohio's plans to use a new three-drug cocktail to deliver the lethal injection that would kill Phillips is unconstitutional, a victory for opponents of capital punishment who've successfully out-maneuvered states where lethal injection is the form of execution by denying access to lethal drugs previously used because pharmaceutical and chemical companies won't sell them for the purposes of executions.
Phillips has been on Death Row for over a generation for raping his then-girlfriend's three year old daughter; Sheila Marie Evans died weeks later from the severe injuries. He had been scheduled for execution in the Death Chamber at the Ohio Correctional Insitution in Lucasville in January, but appeals put that schedule on hold until a scheduled February 15th date. Now that schedule is also on hold.
Ironically, the ruling by Judge Merz came almost to the day of the anniversday of the death of Evans on January 18, 1993.
Lawyers for Phillips and two other inmates argued before Merz that the use of a sedative, midazolam, couldn't meet a U.S. Supreme Court threshold of not causing "serious harm." Merz also barred the use of the two other drugs, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride, ruling the State was not consistent in his offerings in the past on the new lethal cocktail as an alternative. The first two chemicals sedate and paralyze the inmate, while the potassium chloride stops the heart.
The 44 year old Lorain man charged in connection with the hit-skip death of Cleveland Police officer David Fahey earlier this week, appeared in Cleveland Municipal court for the first time today.
Bond was sent at $500 thousand dollars for Israel Alvarez, who is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, and felony hit-skip.
He is accused of leaving the scene after hitting Officer Fahey, who was setting up road flares at an accident site on I-90 in Rocky River, on Tuesday morning.
UPDATE: Thursday night, police located Khadijah Naseer in Washington D.C. No word on how she ended up there. Her parents called police Monday after Khadijah didn't come home from school.
Kent Police have issued an Endangered Missing Child Advisory for Khadijah Naseer, 17, who was last seen Monday, January 23.
Her family told police that the circumstances surrounding her disappearance were unusual, and now law enforcement is asking for the public's help.
Khadijah was last seen on Athena Drive in Kent about 9:30 a.m. Monday. She is an African American female, 17-years-old, 5'7", 193 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a dark colored hoodie, purple shirt, black leggings, burgundy coat, and possibly carrying a green backpack.
Anyone with information or who has seen Khadijah is asked to call 911 immediately.
UPDATE Portage County law enforcement now say they have an ID on the suspect.
Previous: Apparently "drive thru" doesn't mean 24/7. Portage County deputies are looking for a man thought to be 40 to 50 years old who forced his way into Mike's Drive Thru in Deerfield Township; the same individual may have also broken into a Sebring convenience store a day later. Video images taken from that robbery show him as a white male, balding and wearing glasses wearing a sweatshirt with "Timberland" on the front. A photo taken from the heist at Mike's Drive Thru is displayed above.
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(Portage County Sheriff) Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a subject who is a person of interest in a recent Breaking and Entering incident that had occurred in Portage County on January 13, 2017. During the early morning hours of this date, forced entry was made to Mike’s Drive Thru located at 9458 SR 224 in Deerfield Township.
On January 14, 2017 a subject was observed at a convenience store in Sebring, Ohio in possession of some of the items taken during the Breaking and Entering. The subject is described as a white male, wearing glasses. He is seen wearing a white sweatshirt that has the word TIMBERLAND on the front. This subject has a goatee and is partially balding. He is approximately 40 to 50 years of age.
This subject was seen to be driving a full size Chevy SUV, maroon in color. Anyone with information as to the identity of this subject is urged to contact the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 330-296-5100
A 28 year old Akron man wanted in connection with the deaths of two women last June, has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and drug trafficking.
Vernell Lavon Curry was arrested by officers from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, who have been looking for him since 22 year old Abigail Hackett, and 25 year old Sara White--both from Stow--were found dead in his apartment from overdosing on fentanyl.
He's being held now in the Summit county jail.
(Stow PD/Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force) Force, located and arrested Vernell Lavon Curry, age 28, of Akron, Ohio, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection with the June, 2016, deaths of two Stow women. The investigation by the Stow Police Department began on June 21, 2016, when Abigail Hackett, age 22, and Sara White, age 25, were found deceasedin Hackett’s apartment. At that time, indications were present that the women had died within moments of each other from a suspected drug overdose. On October 24, 2016,the Medical Examiner for Summit County released their Report of Investigation for both victims. The cause of death for both women was listed as acute fentanyl toxicity. ATM receipts helped to develop a timeline of victim activities leading up to their deaths.
Further investigation developed a suspect who was eventually identified as Vernell L.Curry and charges were authorized.Curry was arrested, booked at the Stow Police Department, and transported to Summit County Jail.
Charges: Involuntary Manslaughter, O.R.C., 2903.04(A), felony of the first degree, x2;
Drug Trafficking, O.R.C., 2925.03(A) (2), felony of the fifth degree.
Arrested: Vernell Lavon Curry
280 Grand Ave.
Akron Ohio 44302