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 Stark County Sheriff is releasing more 9-1-1 recordings from Monday's police shootout on a domestic dispute call that led to a wounded police officer and the death of the man holding a gun with family members in the home. The chilling call from the father of 28-year old Ryan Probst is chilling and disturbing as he begs his family to get out of the house, while pleading with his son to drop the weapon. When asked if he'd called police, the father said yes and then told the dispatcher he'd been shot by what he thought were blanks. The call continued as Probst's father repeated he thought his son just had blanks in the gun as police were arriving at 11599 Lela Avenue NW.
During the exchange between the younger Probst and police, shots were exchanged. Sgt. David White of the Uniontown PD was hit four times and has undergone at least two surgeries at Akron City hospital. Uniontown police chief Harold Britt reports he is in stable condition and doing well, considering the circumstances. Probst died in the gun battle. Both White and the other Uniontown officer remain on paid leave; the Stark County Sheriff is investigating the incident.
WARNING some of the language in the unedited 9-1-1 call may be objectionable
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.
Akron Police are asking the public for help identifying three suspects who walked into the lobby of The Depot apartments at 80 E. Exchange late last month and walked out with two flat-screen TV's.
In the surveillance video (below), three men are seen walking into the lobby of the apartment complex on June 29th, at 8:15 in the evening. After walking around for a few moments, two of the men are seen walking out with two 40-inch televisions.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Green is looking for some light-fingered thieves ransacking unlocked cars -- getting away with cash, credit cards, purses and even weapons. Home video caught some of the thefts and the Sheriff's office is hoping you'll recognize one of the suspects and call them.
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(Summit Sheriff) The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating numerous vehicle break-ins and a motor vehicle theft which occurred throughout the City of Green.
The thefts occurred on the evenings of July 5th and 6th. The suspects entered unlocked vehicles and stole various items including but not limited to weapons, cash, credit cards, and purses. In addition, the suspects stole a white 2010 Lincoln Navigator, bearing Ohio Registration CLGO01. The vehicle contained several weapons.
The incident was captured on home surveillance video. One suspect appears to be a black male wearing glasses. Anyone with information should contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2131. Tips leading to a successful conviction may be eligible for a cash award through Summit County Crimestoppers.
On Monday, the Akron Public School Board voted 5-1 to allow school resource officers to carry Narcan on high school and middle properties in the district.
Narcan, or Naloxone, is the opioid overdose antidote that is applied to an overdose victim by a nasal spray. The resource officers who work on Akron school campuses are employees of the Akron Police Department and have been trained on how to use the drug. Bravo says that after the policy is officially passed, the School Board will decide who else on staff will be trained on how to use naloxone and where it will be stored on school campuses. He's hoping that will be decided by the Fall, and the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Akron School Board President Patrick Bravo told the Ray Horner Morning Show, "The opioid epidemic is here; and I think you can either choose to arm yourself for a possible emergency at some point, or you can choose not to, and we chose to do something proactive."
As for the cost of the Naloxone program at Akron Public Schools, Bravo says the vendor they are looking at provides the doses free for the high schools for the first year. At $100 per dose, and two doses per resource officer, Bravo says the cost for the remaining middle schools will be around $2,000. He says the board will come up with those funds for the Naloxone doses.
The latest numbers from the Summit County Medical Examiner's office show an average of 9 opioid or opiate overdoses a day in Summit County. "We're here to look out for the safety and security of not only the 21,000 students that enter our buildings every day, but the 4,000 full time and part time staff and all of the adult visitors and children," Bravo added.
Stow Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 911 Graham Road around 12:30 on the afternoon of Saturday, July 8th. He was wearing a mask over his face and jumped the counter, demanding money from the bank tellers, or he'd shoot them.
While police say the suspect never showed a weapon and no one was injured, the man did get away with some cash. Before leaving the bank, the man forced employees into an office and then again threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop him from getting away.
Anyone with information is asked to call Stow Police at 330-689-5700.
Richfield Police are looking for possible victims of a donation scam to come forward and help them find Gary Paul Thomas.
Detective Amy Ellis with Richalnd PD says Thomas, who claimed to be "Wood Thomas" was in Richfield asking for donations from residents. He told them that he was a volunteer fire fighter with the Richland Fire Department, and with a $25.00 donation to the department, he'd provide them with and install on their vehicle a reflective address placard; something Thomas claimed was for "safety."
Detective Ellis says one elderly resident had been watching Thomas and became suspicious when he'd seen him going back and forth to his unmarked civilian vehicle. When the resident approached Thomas and started asking questions, Thomas fled the scene.
Another resident confirmed that they'd met Thomas and could describe him.
The Richland PD then posted the notice with Thomas's photo to their Facebook page, asking others to come foreward (see below).
Detective Ellis says, so far, they have only the two reports, but they expect more to come forward.
As for Thomas, he's no stranger to the law. He is a registered sex offender out of Barberton, for unwanted sexual contact with a minor.
A man suspected of attempting to rape a woman is dead after a standoff with Akron Police SWAT early Sunday morning.
According to the report, at 4 a.m. Sunday, APD was called to 2070 Thurmont Rd. where a woman was being held at gunpoint and that the man who was holding her was trying to rape her. The victim managed to text a cousin who called 911.
When police arrived, the suspect ran out of the house and fired shots at officers who then returned fire. The suspect then retreated back into the home. SWAT was called to the scene and tried to communicate with the suspect who was not repsonding. After about 4 hours of trying to contact the suspect, SWAT entered the home and found the suspect dead inside.
The Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine whether or not the suspect died of gunshots from the police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name has not yet been released.
Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department protocol, while the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
At about 10:16 p.m Sunday, two Uniontown Police Officers responded to a domestic violence call at 10599 Lela Avenue NW. When the officers arrived, the suspect, 28-year-old Ryan Probst opened fire on them. Both officers returned fire, killing the suspect, but not before Sergeant David White with UPD was hit four times.
(Ryan Probst, 28 - Photo Credit: Stark County Sheriff's Office)
After the shooting, the officers called for back-up and the Stark County Sheriff's office, along with other Uniontown Police officers arrived on the scene. Sgt. White was transported to an Akron-area hospital. He had surgery at about 5:30 a.m. Monday and has since been listed in stable condition.
During a press conference Monday morning, Stark County Sheriff George Maier noted that this was not Probst's first encounter with the law. He'd been arrested for violent offenses in the past and had a long RAP sheet. Sheriff Maier added that this wasn't the first domestic incident that they were called for at the home on Lela.
Both Sgt. Smith and the other officer involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Sgt. Smith is a 25-year veteran of law enforcement and had been with the Uniontown Police Department since 2002.
Beginning Friday, July 7th, the Akron Zoo is the first zoo in Ohio, and only the second in the country, to be certified sensory inclusive by KultureCity out of Birmingham, Alabama.
Sensory inclusive means the zoo is now accessible and accommodating to those with sensory needs, including autism. Upon entry, the zoo is now offering sensory bags that include noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, and weighted blankets. The zoo now features five quiet zones for guests who need a break from the everyday commotion that is common at the zoo. There is also a guest comfort station, which is a private room for guests only, giving them a place to relax.
"One of our goals is to make the zoo accessible to everyone," Akron Zoo President and CEO Doug Piekarz said in a statement. "By partnering with the very effective team at KultureCity we know that the zoo is more welcoming to all families and we are now equipped to offer a better experience for families with sensory needs."
(Akron Zoo President and CEO Doug Piekarz, Akron Zoo Marketing and Group Sales Manager Elena Bell, Amy Belles, Carson Belles, Jeff Belles)
This isn't the first venture KultureCity has taken up in Northeast Ohio. With the help of Amy and Jeff Belles of Akron, KultureCity worked with Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers to make Quicken Loans Arena sensory inclusive. The Belles family, including 12-year-old Carson, who was diagnosed with autism at 2-years-old, worked with employees and helped train them, both at the Q and at the Akron Zoo, to be more sensory inclusive.
Training for all Akron Zoo employees lasted about 6 or 7 months, and now they're equipped to help make those with sensory needs more comfortable when they walk through the zoo.
See more at AkronZoo.org.
Known for her dazzling play on the field for the Akron Racers, star outfielder A.J. Andrews is featured in this year's edition of ESPN the Magazine's "Body Issue" that is due to hit the newsstands Friday, July 7th.
Andrews, coming off of a Gold Glove award in her first season with the Racers, is a Florida-native who played her college softball at LSU. She is the first ever female to win a Gold Glove award and she took home the 2016 Golden Spikes award for stealing a league-leading 15 bases.
This year's edition of the "Body Issue" features former Ohio State Buckeye Ezekiel Elliot on the cover. Elliot currenly plays running back for the Dallas Cowboys.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love appeared in the issue two years ago.
Jackson Township police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old boy, who was found unresponsive in the Motel 6 on Sunset Strip Avenue Northwest early Thursday morning.
The baby was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The mother of the boy 26-year-old Stephanie M. Buchanan and Jasmin P. Nance, 25, were both arrested on separate Obstruction of Justice charges. Police say both Buchanan and Nance lied to them during their investigation, but it does not say that the charges are currently related to the child's death.
An autopsy is scheduled with the Stark County Coroner's Office to determine the cause of death and the Stark County Prosecutor is handling the investigation.
Jackson Township Police Chief, Mark Brink, that both Buchanan and Nance could face further charges, depending on autopsy results.
The boy's three older sisters, ages 4, 6, and 9, and one brother, age 6, have all been placed with Stark County Protective Services.
Investigators say that drugs and alcohol played a factor in a deadly two-car crash in Plain Township early Wednesday morning.
According to the report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Michael D. Elsass, 26, of North Canton, drove through a red light at a high rate of speed around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. He struck a Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Lawrence E. Dobbins. After the collision, Elsass's Chevy Malibu ran off the side of Cleveland Avenue and into a a group of trees along the roadway.
When Highway Patrol and EMS arrived on the scene, Elsass was pronounced dead on the scene. Neith Dobbins nor his passenger, Lynda Dobbins, were injured in the accident.
Highway Patrol investigators from the Canton Post believe that drugs and alcohol played a factor in the deadly crash. The investigation is ongoing.