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
A fire in an electrical vault underneat the Everett Building located at 39 E. Market Street in downtown Akron lead to about 220 FirstEnergy customers sitting without power for about an hour Monday morning.
According to Akron Fire Department, the fire started just before 7:30 Monday morning. As Akron Fire crews responded, FirstEnergy was called to the building to shut off power. Due to heavy smoke, Mark Durbin with FirstEnergy says crews could not access the vault to shut off power. They were forced to de-energize the nearest substation, which in turn shut off power to roughly 220 downtown FirstEnergy customers, Durbin says.
As of 10:30 a.m., power to those most all of those customers had been restored. Durbin said power at the Everett Building and two nearby buildings was still affected at that time.
Akron Fire was still on the scene as of 11:30 a.m., Monday, and power to the Everett Building had not yet been restored.
Meanwhile, Akron Municipal Court offices closed their operations for the remainder of the day, Monday, as of 10 a.m. In a press release, Akron Municipal Court advised anyone with scheduled court business call the office on Tuesday for rescheduling instructions.
Stay with WAKR.net for updates on this story.
The four members of a family killed in last weekend's fatal fire on East Tallmadge Avenue will be remembered and laid to rest Monday in a service at Akron's Celebration Church.
Celebration Church is on Dan Street. The church is holding visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 Monday followed by a Celebration of Life from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
37-year old Omar Riley, 34-year old Shirley Wallis and their two daughters, nine year old Aniyla and eight year old Shanice Riley all perished in the blaze December 3 which started in the back of their rented home.
Akron firefighters couldn't find evidence of any smoke detectors in the home.
A 12-year old daughter of Wallis', Shaniya, is recovering from her burns and injuries at Akron Children's Hospital. Akron firefighters pulled her from the fire and brought her back to life.
Another woman living in the home, Jennifer Grubbs, escaped by getting out of the burning house from a second floor window.
An Akron man is dead following an early morning crash on South Cleveland Massillon Road in Copley.
The State Highway Patrol reports the one-vehicle wreck happened just north of N. Sunnyfield Drive. 32-year old Darrelle Fisher of Pine Knolls Drive, Akron, was behind the wheel when the vehicle went off-road and hit a utility pole. Fisher was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.
A passenger, 22-year old Shaquilla Thomas of Akron, was also injured in the accident and taken to Akron General with non-life threatening injuries. Troopers say she was only wearing a lap belt and didn't have the shoulder strap in use.
"Driver impairment" is suspected.
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(OSHP) Copley Township- The Canton Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 00:29 A.M. on South Cleveland Massillon Road just north of N. Sunnyfield Drive.
Darrelle Fischer, age 32, of 750 Pine Knolls Drive, Akron, Ohio was operating a 2002 Pontiac Montana northbound on South Cleveland Massillon Road. Fischer had a right front passenger who was identified as Shaquilla K. Thomas, age 22, of 746 Baird Street Akron, Ohio. The investigation determined Fischer's Pontiac traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole just north of N. Sunnyfield Drive. After impact, Fischer was ejected from the vehicle.
Fischer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Summit County Coroner's Office. Fischer was subsequently transported to the Summit County Coroner's Office.
Thomas sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Akron General Hospital by Copley Fire Department. Thomas was only wearing a lap belt and wasn't utilizing the shoulder strap provided. The crash currently remains under investigation. Driver impairment is suspected in the crash.
A Norton police officer is recovering from minor injuries suffered when the cruiser he was in was hit by another vehicle while on a traffic stop.
Norton Police Chief John Delassandro issued a statement saying the officer was on I-76 westbound near Medina Line Road at 4:00 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by a female motorist. Both were injured and transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
The Akron man who's been on death row since 1993 may have just over a month left on earth.
The Ohio Parole Board today recomended no clemency for Ronald Phillips, who first began serving his sentence 23 years ago after he was convicted of the rape and murder of his then-girlfiend's three year old daughter.
The crime was horribly brutal; an autopsy found "severe trauma" in the death of Sheila Marie Evans, including damages to her internal organs and more than 120 bruises over her tiny body. Prosecutors said the injureis reflected several hours of a severe beating, then rape, before she died days after she was hospitalized.
The recommendation now moves to Governor John Kasich, who hasn't been receptive to considering Phillips' case in the past. Barring any last-minute court appeals, Phillips will die by lethal injection on January 12, 2017 in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville, Ohio.
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(Summit County Prosecutor) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that the Ohio Parole Board voted to recommend convicted murderer Ronald Phillips be denied clemency. Phillips' clemency request and the Board's recommendation now go to Ohio Governor John Kasich, who makes the final decision to grant or deny clemency.
In 1993, a Summit County jury found Phillips, then 19, guilty of Aggravated Murder, Felonious Sexual Penetration and three counts of Rape. In January of that year, Phillips brutally assaulted and raped three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans. Evans died as result. Among her injuries were severe trauma to her internal organs and more than 125 bruises to her face, torso, arms, legs and genitalia.
"Phillips brutally beat and assaulted Sheila Marie over several hours. She suffered for days before dying from her injuries. Phillips deserves the ultimate punishment for what he did," said Prosecutor Walsh. "This is the third time the Ohio Parole Board has denied Phillips clemency. My hope is that Governor Kasich follows the Parole Board's recommendation and denies Phillips clemency and gives peace to Sheila's family."
In its recommendation against clemency, the Board cited several reasons, and again called the repeated beating and rape of Sheila Marie Evans "clearly among the worst of the worst capital crimes."
Phillip's execution is scheduled for January 12, 2017.
UPDATE Orrville police reported this afternoon Ralston had been found safe and returned to her home.
Orrville police hope you'll help find a woman missing since Wednesday night. 55-year old Patricia Ralston suffers from mental disabilities, last seen walking on Hostetler Road. She's described as white, 5'4", about 150 pounds.
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(Orrville Police) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Orrville Police Department for Wayne County.
Information as of: December 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM
Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM, Ms. Ralston left her residence and failed to return.
The incident took place in Wayne County, OH On Hostetler Road in the city of Orrville.
The adult's name is Patricia Ralston and the individual is missing. The adult is a White female, age 55, is 5'04 tall, weighs 150lbs, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Ralston suffers from mental disabilities.
Call or dial 911 if you see the adult. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.
"The Buchtelite," the independent student newspaper of the University of Akron, will halt publication starting next semester, according to a press release today.
Information provided says that with two of the paper's nine editors graduating and four more either studying or working abroad, the paper simply cannot operate with the remaining staff. It's the second time in less than three years the paper has gone on hiatus.
Temporary advisor of the paper, Val Pipps, says they're looking to hire someone who can select and manage a staff so that when they are back up an running they don't run into the same issues.
Below is the press release from The Buchtelite:
The Buchtelite, the 127-year-old independent student newspaper of The University of Akron, will suspend publication at the beginning of next semester, marking the second time in less than three years that the paper has gone on hiatus.
“The Buchtelite is important to the University, it’s important to the school,” said Theodore Avtgis, director of the School of Communications since July 1 of this year. “We will seek out alternatives to keep the paper alive for next semester.”
But with two of the paper’s nine editors graduating, and another four going out of the country to either work or study, it is unclear how long this suspension will last.
The paper’s current temporary adviser, Val Pipps, is leading the search for a new adviser next semester, who will be able to reconfigure the paper for what will likely be a full comeback in the fall of 2017.
“We’re looking for someone who will be able to hire a staff, work with that staff, and also sort things out on the organizational side of the paper so that, when it does come back, it won’t run into these same problems again,” Pipps said.
The Buchtelite is an independent student newspaper, which further complicates the matter of its continuance. Without any clear and established oversight, it falls into a “sort of no-man’s land,” as described by one of the paper’s former advisers, Roger Mezger.
Because general oversight (i.e., accounting) falls to UA’s Student Affairs, and the School of Communication hires and pays the adviser, neither entity is totally invested in the paper, Mezger added.
The Buchtelite’s status as independent also means that it does not receive any funding from the University itself, but relies only on revenue generated by its own business staff.
This business staff has not had any sort of professional guidance since 2013, when an Accounts Coordinator, who was a part-time University employee and managed the business side of the paper, left after a dispute with her superiors, according to a document from Mezger.
Two other factors have contributed to The Buchtelite’s funding issues: the University-wide cutbacks under former President Scott Scarborough in fall of 2015, which caused several key UA employees, who had an interest in keeping The Buchtelite running, to leave; and a changing media landscape in general, in which people turn more toward national, digital media and less toward local print media.
UA’s student newspaper, in short, does not make enough money to continue publication in the same form, nor generate enough incentive to have a steady, secure business and editorial staff.
“This year, it was difficult for us, a staff with over a year of experience, to even run the paper because, to say it simply, people don’t care very much,” managing editor Logan Lane wrote in an emailed statement. “The paper is treated as a campus novelty, something that needs to be kept alive because [people] feel like it should be. There’s no faculty or departmental effort to monitor or even keep the paper running.”
When The Buchtelite does return, it could be in a different format than the current one, which publishes two print issues per week and maintains a website.
One option, which many other college newspapers have taken up, is to go entirely online. Another option is to retain a print format, but reduce the numbers of issues per week and change the style of the printing.
Another possibility is for the paper to align with the University’s other student media, WZIP and Z-TV, which would act as a sort of organizational umbrella, one of whose functions would be publishing a newspaper.
More important possibilities regard the paper’s funding and editorial model, according to Pipps. Though it is now independent from the University, The Buchtelite could drop this status and merge into the College of Business Administration (for business and advertising) and the School of Communication (for an editorial staff and writers), becoming a laboratory enterprise for experiential learning.
Currently, only Buchtelite editors are paid; all writing and photography contributions come from volunteers. So unlike other area universities with a student newspaper, including Ohio State, Kent State and Youngstown State, communications students at UA are not required to contribute to The Buchtelite.
“I would say that that was the main problem this year,” said News Editor Kristina Aiad-Toss. “It’s very difficult to get students to volunteer their time and effort when they’re already involved in so many other things.”
If the paper were to become an experiential laboratory, some such problems might disappear.
“I’m saddened to hear [the news],” said UA Dean of Students Michael Strong, who worked for a student newspaper when he was in college. “As a member of our community I read The Buchtelite and I look forward to seeing it.”
Ashley Ritter, a senior public relations student who infrequently reads the paper, says she thinks it important nonetheless.
“I like that students can get experience [in writing for] publications, and I think a lot of students enjoy seeing what their peers are thinking about,” Ritter said.
Chris Horne, editor of Akron’s main cultural newspaper, “The Devil Strip,” expressed a similar sentiment.
“Student-run publications are always at risk because of attrition,” Horne wrote in an emailed statement, “[but] I’m usually going to side with there being more voices [in the community], not fewer…I think this is a loss to our community but I’m hopeful it isn’t a permanent loss.”
John Zipp, president of the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors, has often added an important perspective to various Buchtelite articles over the past two years.
“An engaged student press is an extremely important voice for students, and I hope that The Buchtelite comes back even stronger in fall 2017,” Zipp said. “With limited resources, I think that the paper has repeatedly produced well-done…articles.”
UPDATE Medina police update the story; Lane returned home and is safe.
Medina police issuing a Missing Adult Alert late last night; they're looking 82-year old Edgar Lane, last seen on Liberty Street around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. He was last heard from in a phone call a few hours later. Lane suffers from Dementia and other health issues.
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(Medina PD) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Medina Police Department statewide.
Information as of: December 7, 2016 at 10:01 PM
Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Mr. Lane left his residence and hasn't returned. His last contact by phone was on 12/6/16 at 6:30 PM.
The incident took place in Medina County, OH On Liberty Street in the city of Medina.
The adult's name is Edgar Lane and the individual is missing. The adult is a Black male, age 82, is 6' 03" tall, weighs 220 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Lane suffers from Dementia, other health issues and may be in need of medication. Law enforcement is concerned for his safety.
Call or dial 911 if you see the adult. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.
To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert
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Matthew Uhr, 42, has been extradited to Summit County from Shreveport, Louisiana after being arrested for failing to pay more than $33,000 in back child support.
Back in February, 2012, a Summit County Grand Jury indicted Uhr on charges of non-support and a warrant was issued for him after he was a no-show in court.
The Summit County Child Support Enforecement Agency tracked Uhr down in Sherveport after learning that his mother lived there.
Upon his arrest, the mother of Uhr's child received $15,000. Uhr still owes more than $18,500 and is currently in Summit County Jail.
Sam Salem CLC was evacuated just after the morning bell Wednesday after a small fire in a boys' bathroom.
Mark Williamson with Akron Public Schools says that while the fire and all of the damage was contained to that one room, smoke had spread to other areas of the school. That is why they had to evacuate the building.
As of 9:30 a.m., all 350 students were safely transported to nearby Kenmore High School while Akron Fire assessed the damage. Students' parents were notified via robocall, Williamson said, and were told that they can pick up their kids at Kenmore H.S. any time. Williamson said Kenmore would accomodate the students as long as possible and that parents would need to bring a valid ID with them when they pick up their children.
As for how the fire started in the bathroom, Williamson told 1590 WAKR, "At the grade school level, you kind of wonder; who has matches at a grade school? But we have to figure that out still, and the fire department can figure that out for us."
Williamson says the school district will notify parents regarding the status for classes on Thursday.
The Summit County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man shot by a Hudson Police Officer Sunday afternoon after fleeing the scene of a car accident on the Turnpike.
Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, 26, is said to have died as a result "homicide," according to the M.E. report.
According to the police report, Mubarak Alameri side-swiped a vehicle along the Turnpike and flipped his own car. He then allegedly fled the scene on foot to a residential area near Hudson Aurora Road. An officer in pursuit located Mubarak Alameri near a home and a struggle ensued. The responding officer shot him, killing him on the scene. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating whether or not Mubarak Alameri had a gun.
Mubarak Alameri, a citizen of the United Arab Emerites, was a student at Case Western Reserve University.
Below is the official press release from Summit County:
The individual that was shot in the 3200 block of Hudson Aurora Road in Hudsonafternoon, following a struggle with a Hudson Police Officer has been positively identified as Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, a 26 year-old male from Cleveland, Ohio.
The autopsy has been completed and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death is homicide.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will not be releasing any more information at this time. For any other information regarding this case contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
University of Akron student Duncan Unternaher, 23, was allegedly stabbed by his roommate in their apartment on Grant Avenue on campus. Police say it happened on Saturday, December 3, juat about 12:30 a.m., and stemmed from an argument that started over fast food.
A third roommate called 911 to report that his roommate, 22-year-old Kendall Scheid, stabbed Unternaher.
Unternaher, from Newark, Ohio, was transported to Akron City Hospital where he died from his injuries on Monday, December 5.
Scheid was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail on Felonious Assault charges. Bond has been set at $1,000,000 and he is reportedly facing more charges following the death of Unternaher.
The Monday Unternaher died, University of Akron students held a candlelight vigil outside of the Phi Delta Theta house on campus, where students remembered him as fun-loving, outgoing, and friendly to everyone.