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Attorneys in both sides of the Chardon High School shooting case want psychiatric testing for the 18-year old accused of killing three students in the school's cafeteria.
NewsChannel 5 reports the request will determine if accused shooter TJ Lane is competent to stand trial.
The request was filed last Friday by Lane's attorneys and was backed by the prosecution.
In 2012, before the case went to adult court, a juvenile court judge ruled Lane was mentally competent despite evidence he suffered from psychosis, hallucinations, and fantasies
No trial date has been set as of yet.
Prosecutors allege Lane, who was 17 at the time of the incident, fired 10 shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria in February of last year. Lane was at the school waiting for a bus to take him to his alternative school.
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The Barberton Fire Department is investigating a fire that occurred around 10 a.m.Tuesday morning on W. Hopocan Avenue.
The blaze spread from a vacant home in the 500 block of W. Hopocan Avenue to another vacant home right next door. One of the homes was slated for demolition.
There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The Barberton Fire Department has no estimate on the damage to both homes.
No word on what started the fire.
More information will come as soon as its available.
Akron Police are seeking the public's help in trying to locate a man said to be responsible for robbing a pizza shop at gunpoint on East Avenue
The APD released a video showing a masked gunman entering the Little Caesars on East Avenue around 10 p.m. Feb 3.
Once inside, he walked behind a counter and pointed a handgun at two workers, demanding money from the pizza shop's safe, the workers themselves, as well as cash from the register.
The man took off with an unreported amount of money and ran out of the rear door.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred around 11:00pm Monday night near the intersection of Garth Avenue and Madison Avenue on the city's west side.
Akron Police are saying 21-year old Celena White of Palmetto Avenue was allegedly shot by another passenger while riding in a 1997 Chevy van.
White was being transported to Akron General Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.
Police don't have much detail on the incident, but the shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
The City of Akron has adopted its capital budget for 2013, with the vast majority being used to treat the ongoing the combined sewer overflow problem.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco says nearly $100 million will go towards the federally mandated water and sewer projects, which will have an affect on not only the budget itself, but the citizens of Akron.
"There's over 700 cities out there that have this type of issue and the majority of those cities have 25-30 years to take care of it," he says.
"We're told by the government to take care of our combined sewer overflow in 18 years, and that of course would have an adverse affect on our capital budget and absolutely on our rate payers."
Much like 2012, a large portion of the budget was used to repair the city's aging sewer system. The city plans on putting nearly $900 million into the project over the next 18 years.
The city's $222 million dollar budget is up from last year's budget of $208 million.
Council unanimously passed it's budget during their meeting Monday night.
Aside from the sewers, Fusco says part of the budget will go towards economic development, namely the Goodyear and Bridgestone projects, which he says is vitally important to Akron's long term future.
"This represents hundreds and hundreds of jobs here in our city that will stay in our city along with the many support jobs that go along with that," he said.
Approximately $46 million will be used towards economic development initiatives.
Other projects on the horizon include the construction of the Highland Square grocery store. Fusco said that the city has applied for a low-interest federal loan to help move the project forward.
The city is currently working with the developers on drawings and paperwork in regards to the store.
"What we've applied for is the HUD 108 funds, which is $3.8 million," Fusco said.
"It's something that's been needed in that neighborhood for a long time."
Council along with the administration took a couple of weeks to look at the budget to see where the funds would be allocated to. Councilman Fusco said that was a big help to see which funds were set aside to certain projects within the city.
On a story we first reported earlier, the body of a North Canton man who was allegedly murdered by a Barberton man was recently found in Tuscarawas County.
In late January, Barberton Police Detectives became aware of a homicide that happened on W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road on or around Jan 4. After further investigation, search warrants were obtained and officers arrested 52-year old John Yanik of Barberton in connection with the murder of 36-year old John Smith January 30.
Smith's body was recovered in the Conotton Creek on Somerdale Road in Tuscarawas County February 8 by Barberton Police.
They (Barberton Police) were assisted by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation in the recovery.
Police say 46-year old Stephen Batdorf of Akron, 46-year old Paul Wright of Akron, and 22-year old Trisha Copley of Barberton were also arrested for their alleged roles in Smith's murder. They are facing charges of tampering with evidence.
All four individuals are currently being held in the Summit County Jail on $250,000 dollar bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
Previous Coverage: Barberton Authorities Arrest Murder Suspect
A 48-year-old Lima woman was found guilty in Summit County court Friday of felonious assault for not disclosing her HIV status.
Prosecutors said the charges stemmed from Kelly Bean not telling two men she had sex with that she was HIV positive before having sex with them
Bean will be sentenced by visiting judge Robert Brown on March 11 at 8:30 a.m.
A 22-year old Akron man will be spending some time behind bars for his role in two robberies in Highland Square in December of 2011.
Judge Tammy O'Brien sentenced Evin Collins to eight years in prison for the crimes late Thursday. He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery with a firearm, and kidnapping charges on Jan 10.
Collins along with three other men kidnapped a woman at gunpoint as she was getting out of her car in her garage in Highland Square. The men took the woman to an ATM to withdraw money and stole her jewelry before letting her go.
They also robbed a woman and her two adult children at gunpoint in their home on Johnland Avenue.
Collins' accomplices entered their guilty pleas to their various charges January 7.
One Akron mother was arrested after police say she was hostile towards officers following the arrest of her 19-year-old son.
40-year-old Sarina Lawrence is facing charges of obstructing official business and misconduct at an emergency. She was being held at the Summit County Jail. Summit County Sheriff's officials say she was released around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
Carr is currently being held at the jail.
Police say Lawrence's son, 19-year-old Ragheem Carr and two teen boys, ages 16 and 13 allegedly robbed a 28-year-old man at a bus stop near Lovers Lane and Inman Street around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The man told police he was robbed of $30, his iPhone, a silver chain, and three bus passes.
Police arrested Carr and the 13-year old. The 16-year old was not taken into custody and now has a warrant for aggravated robbery in connection with the incident.
Akron Police say while Carr was being held inside a police cruiser , his mother tried to approach the vehicle. She was told by officers to move away from the cruiser, prompting her to continue yelling at police and told her son, “Don’t you talk to the [expletive] cops," according to police.
A 38-year Akron man was found guilty of cooking meth at Kenmore Blvd apartment complex last October.
Daniel Mack was found guilty Wednesday of manufacturing meth, illegal assembly of chemicals, and aggravated possession of drugs in judge Tammy O'Brien's courtroom .
Akron Police went to an apartment in a four-unit building on Kenmore Blvd after acting on an anonymous tip in early October. Officers found ingredients and equipment commonly used to manufacture meth as well as meth residue once they got inside .
Prosecutors say Evidence and testimony from Mack’s landlord, a tenant and Akron Police officers revealed that Mack had been using and cooking meth in the apartment for months.
Mack will be sentenced February 21.
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