This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Plucinski, a junior football player for Barberton High School.
The 911 call came in to Norton Police just about 7 p.m. Tuesday; reports of a man with a long rifle standing underneath a covered storage unit at the Barber Road Storage facility in Norton.
There were no reports of "shots fired" at the time.
Norton Police, Barberton Police, and the SWAT team comprised of officers from Norton, Barberton, and New Franklin Police departments, arrived within minutes. The suspect, 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek, was there with an assault-style rifle waiting for police and opened fire when they arrived. Police returned fire. The exchange lasted several minutes and Havrilek was injured in the shootout. Police then were able to take him into custody and then he was transported to Akron General Medical Center.
There is no word yet on the charges Havrilek, an Akron resident, is facing, but he is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal history, including charges for felonious assault and domestic violence, among others.
Norton Police Chief John D'alessandro said in a press conference following the incident that "the good guys" prevailed Tuesday night. It was Chief D'alessandro's ascertation that Havrilek was attempting to lure responding officers into a wooded area near the storage facility, but officers responded in accordance to their training and did not take the bait.
Barberton High School and Middle School were placed on lockdown, while the Barberton Sports Complex and two area businesses were evacuated. The all-clear was given and the lockdowns lifter at about 8:37 p.m.
While the situation was still "active," an Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed and officers used infrared to confirm that there was not a second suspect. There was no second suspect, just Havrilek.
The Barberton Magics are getting ready to hit the hardwood tonight against Kent Roosevelt in a Suburban League tilt.
The Magics will be getting ready to head to Copley for a playoff matchup against the Indians in March.
Head coach for Barberton Jack Greynolds Jr says things are going well in the Magic City for his team.
For the full interview, click here.
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.
The Barberton Magics and Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers will be in their "Battle for the Bell" tonight at Clifford Stadium in Cuyahoga Falls.
Cuyahoga Falls Head Coach Sean Flaherty spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell about what challenges the Magics bring for his ballclub.
The Black Tigers are 1-1 on the season.
For Barberton, head coach Tony Gotto says his team will be prepared to go on the road and take care of business.
The Magics are 2-0 heading into Week 3. These two teams have played since 1911.
The high school football season is just weeks away and many teams are looking to improve off of last year's success and one of those teams that is looking to do just that is the Barberton Magics.
Tony Gotto spoke with me during Suburban League Media Day to talk about his squad, the tough Suburban League slate, and some of the key young men who will be playing under the lights for the Magics this year.
"We've had a great offseason and we're looking forward to the season," he said.
The Magics were 7-3 in 2015 and are continuing to build their program with tough kids who play disciplined football.
A familiar name will be patrolling the sidelines in Barberton this coming basketball season, and he hopes to bring the "magic" back to one of the area's more known programs.
Jackie Greynolds, Jr. will be the next head coach of the Barberton boys' basketball team, and he plans on making his imprint on the program.
"I'm really excited," Greynolds said. "It really hasn't sunk in yet, and it doesn't matter who my dad was, if you don't get the job done."
Jack Greynolds Sr., Jackie's dad was a legendary coach of the Magics who guided the team to a state title in the 1976.
For the full interview with Coach Greynolds, click here.