Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:44

Man Shot, Killed in Akron

Akron Police homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting Tuesday night near the intersection of Clark and Black Streets.

The call came in around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. When officers and EMS arrived, they found the 37-year-old victim unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the thorax area.

He was transported to Akron City where he died shortly afterwords, around 10:20 p.m. No ID on the victim yet, but the Summit County Medical Examiner says once next-of-kin is notified they will be providing an update. 

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Friday, 28 December 2018 11:25

Slightly Fewer Homicides in Akron 2018

There are still a few days left in the year, but Akron Police have released homicide and gun-related incident statistics for 2018, with a slight dip in the former.

So far this year, there have been 37 homicides in Akron; that's five fewer than last year. That said, there have been more non-homicide shootings in the city. As of Thursday, Police in Akron say there were 417 reported shootings not resulting in a death; 30 less than the same period of time in 2017.

APD adds that throughout the year, 798 guns were recovered or seized in Akron, averaging out to about 2 per day.

See more on the report from the Akron Beacon Journal

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Monday, 22 October 2018 12:02

APD Investigating Two Weekend Homicides

Another violent weekend in Akron, this time ending with two homicides. 

First, Friday night around 8:15, Akron Police were called to the scene of a car that had crashed into a building at the intersection of Osage Alley and Park Street. Upon arrival, officers noticed several citizens surrounding the vehicle, attempting to assist the driver who was unresponsive. EMS was called to the scene, where they determined that the driver had been shot, announcing him dead on arrival. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday night about 8:40, police were called to the 700 block of Merton Avenue for a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found that three people who were shot, one of whom was dead inside of a car and two others who suffered non life-threatening injuries. 

The investigation into both shootings is ongoing and neither victim's name has been released yet, pending positive I.D. and family notifications, according to Akron Police. 

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Akron Police updating us on the shooting at John's Barber Shop on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue last night, saying two black males walked into the shop just before 7 last night, and started an argument with the victim who one of them shot and killed.

Another victim was shot in the leg during the argument, after which the suspects fled. That second victim was taken to Western Reserve Hospital by a barber shop employee.

No more suspect information has been released, while Police say the investigation is ongoing.

See the full updated press release from APD 

Detectives are investigating a double shooting that occurred inside John’s Barber Shop, located at 226 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.

Shortly before 7:00pm, officers responded to shots fired at the barber shop. When officers arrived, they found a male inside of the barber shop with a fatal gunshot wound.

Another victim, a 33 year old male, called police and stated he was shot in the leg while inside of the barber shop. The victim fled the barbershop and was transported to Western Reserve Hospital by an employee of the barber shop.

According to a witness, two black males entered the barber shop and started an argument with the victim (deceased). During the argument, one suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots. The suspects fled.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy. The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The shooting remains under investigation.

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The Stark County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened Monday evening in Canton Township. 

Deputies responded to a 911 call just after 5:30 Monday night, to a home on 49th St. SW. Upon arrival they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center where shortly afterwords he was pronounced dead. 

The victim was later identified as Michael W. Christensen, 30. It's unclear if Christensen was a resident of the home where he was found. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have information on the shooting to call their office at 330-430-3800. 

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Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier held a press conference regarding the double-homicide Monday in North Canton. 

Rogell John II and his wife, Roberta, were found dead inside their home on Mount Pleasant Street NW Monday afternoon around 4:20. Their son found them and call 911. Deputies responded and they were both dead on the scene. 

Since that time, detectives with the Stark County Sheriff's Office determined that their suspect was 45-year-old George C. Brinkman of Brunswick. Sheriff Maier said, in his press conference, that Brinkman has been watching the Johns' home while they were away on vacation. Whether he was staying in the home or just checking in, and for how long, have not been determined yet, according to the Sheriff. 

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for two counts of murder for Brinkman. 

Prior to the warrants being issued, Brinkman was the subject of a police standoff outside a Brunswick home on Valley Forge Drive. It started around 9 Monday night and lasted through the early morning hours Tuesday. It ended, without incident, and with Brinkman in handcuffs. 

During the press conference Tuesday, Sheriff Maier said that his office received a call from North Royalton Police on Sunday afternoon regarding Brinkman. At that point, North Royalton PD had established Brinkman as a person of interest in connection to the triple-homicide on Ridge Road near Wallings Road over the weekend. Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer, were found dead inside that home on Ridge Rd. Saturday, but weren't found until the next day. Sheriff Maier says that North Royalton PD called his office because it was reported to them that Brinkman had sometimes stayed at a home in Stark County.

While charges have been filed out of Stark County, it appears no charges have been filed in North Royalton as of Tuesday afternoon, though Brinkman is being held in North Royalton Jail.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:39

APD Identifies Man Found Shot on Cordova

Akron Police have identified the man who two passers-by found shot on Cordova Avenue in Akron Tuesday afternoon. 

About 4:15 Tuesday, two people were driving down Cordova Avenue near Thurston Street in Akron when they noticed the man lying in the devil's strip, bleeding from a gunshot wound. They called 911 and when police arrived they found the man and loaded gun on the scene. He was transported to Akron General where he died from his wounds. 

On Thursday, Akron Police identified the man as 27-year-old Stacy Parker of Akron, who is no stranger to the law according to records. 

Police have not released any suspect information. The investigation is ongoing. 

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Monday, 30 January 2017 13:22

APD Investigating Weekend Homicide

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. 

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:25

Wayne Co. Sheriff Looking For Victim's Truck

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for murder victim Jeremy Lesh's truck.

Lesh's body was found in a wooded area behind a church and school playground in Chippewa Township. A woman walking her dog notice his body concealed under a fallen tree.

Lesh, 40, had been missing since Christmas Day. An autopsy revealed he was badly beaten and stabbed to death. The county coroner called it a "brutal attack."

The vehicle in question is an early model white Chevy S-10 pick-up truck with Ohio plates GUD-7192. Anyone with infor asked to call Wayne County Sheriff. 

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 09:30

APD Investigating Deadly Shooting

Akron Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect or suspects who shot a man on Monday afternoon. 

It happened on Ericcson Avenue in Akron Monday just before 3 p.m. The 25-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was apparently involved in a verbal altercation with a group of other men. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later passed away. 

No suspect information has been released and police say once an official autopsy is complete and family is notified, the victim's name will be released. 

Police asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward with information. The investigation is ongoing. 

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 17:49

Grove Street Body Found

The Summit County Medical Examiner is looking into the death of a man found dead in a parking lot on Grove Street just after nine Tuesday morning.

Akron police found the man unresponsive, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

The Medical Examiner says the shooting was a homicide.

No positive identification has been made, and none will be released pending notification of next-of-kin.

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Friday, 11 December 2015 11:10

Zak Husein: A Life By Example

It's been more than three days since the shooting death of 21-year-old Zakaeria (Zak) Husein who was shot in the chest during a robbery at his brother's pizza shop in Akron.

Family and friends have used social media as an outlet to share stories and remember the University of Akron student as a kind individual who was devoted to his faith as a Muslim.

It was clear to see the impact he had on friends and family members. Hundreds attended a prayer service for Zak at the Islamic Center of Akron and Kent this week and his Facebook page is flooded with with messages, describing the young man as a thoughtful, kind, accepting and genuine individual who had a bright future ahead.

"Zak is one of, if not the, nicest guys I have ever met," said Amal Almahd, Zak's cousin and president of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Akron.

But in the midst of many positive comments, one specific remark stood out to Zak's cousin and Muslim Student Association (MSA) President Amal Almahd. She said the comment, attached to a picture of Zak, referenced the young man as a Muslim "waiting to be radicalized."

"It just hurt me so much to see that the person went and even took his picture to make such a hateful comment."

While the comment was hurtful, Almahd believes the memories shared of Zak's life has been able to counteract the verbal attacks targeting Muslims.

"Through Zak's actions, I think everyone could see that whatever hateful comments, or whatever Donald Trump and anyone is saying, is completely wrong," said Almahd. "If anything, he (Zak) really was the best example of a Muslim."

Zak was studying international business at UA and was an active member of MSA. He was shot and killed during a robbery at Premium New York Style Pizza on Glenwood Avenue Monday night.

Akron police released surveillance video of the robbery to help track down the gunman who was wearing all black and a mask. Husein can clearly be seen handing over the money to the robbery suspect. Originally , the suspect was described as a black male, but police later confirmed that they were not ruling out the possibility that the suspect was a woman.

Zak's family has offered a $50,000 reward for anyone with information that would lead to the conviction of the person responsible in the fatal shooting.

More than $3,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe account that has been set up to help Zak's family pay for funeral expenses.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:43

Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of 19-Year-Old

Akron police say they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an Akron man over the weekend.

On early Sunday morning, Jaleel Jovon Woods, 19, of Endicott Drive was found with a gunshot wound to the head near Cordova and Courtland avenues.

Detectives arrested Jovonte A. Veal, 21, of Copley Road and charged him with murder. He was taken into custody Wednesday night and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:27

UPDATE Man Found Shot To Death In Parked Car

Akron police have launched their third homicide investigation in four days.

The latest fatal shooting was reported on Edward Avenue, where the body of 29-year-old Devon M. Anderson of Caddo Avenue in Akron was found in a car parked in a driveway.

He had been shot several times.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy, and says Anderson died of a gunshot wound to the torso, a homicide.

Akron police are investigating what happened.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 08:06

Man Shot, Killed At Akron Adult Club

Akron police are investigating the second homicide in as many days reported at an adult club in Akron overnight.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Officer reports a 32-year-old man was found shot following an altercations inside the Adult Entertainment Club on East Archwood Avenue shortly after midnight.

Further details and the victim's identity have not been released.

On early Sunday morning, a 19-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Cordova Avenue. Authorities haven't released a possible motive or suspect in the shooting. 

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