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‘Active shooter’ fires at police, hit by gunfire in northern Ohio

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:47 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 10:30 PM


UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

The suspect in what police called an “active shooter” situation was identified tonight as 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek of Akron.

Havrilek shot at officers and was hit in the exchange of gunfire, police in Norton said.

No officers were injured, and Havrilek was taken to Akron General Hospital after he was found behind a unit at Barber Road Storage, 3318 Barber Road in Newton, a city of about 12,000 10 miles southwest of Akron.

The incident prompted an emergency alert for residents to stay inside and a lockdown of two schools in the neighboring city of Barberton. Barberton High School is about one-third mile and Barberton Middle School a half mile from the storage business, Google maps show.

David Michael Havrilek

Local police activated their SWAT team, and multiple police agencies responded, including the Ohio Highway Patrol that searched with a helicopter equipped with infrared. Local law enforcement also was working with the FBI and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The suspect has an extensive violent criminal background, but it’s not clear what charges he faces for this incident. He was found in the rear of Barber Road Storage.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A suspect was shot and taken into custody tonight in connection to what police called an “active shooter” situation.

The suspect was taken to Akron General Hospital, but it was not immediately clear whether the gunshot was self-inflicted or by police.

The incident led to a lockdown at Barberton high and middle schools and residents were ordered to stay inside in the Norton community.

The suspect’s name has not been released, nor what charges he faces.

Law enforcement agencies from across the area, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, assisted in the incident.


Students have been released to their their parents after the high school and middle school were cleared following reports of an active shooter.

Preliminary reports indicate that a suspect in custody is headed to a hospital, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Police first were called around 7 p.m. to a report that a man with an assault rifle was walking around Barber Road Storage, according to a tweet from the Barberton Herald. There also were reports of shots fired.

Police shut down Barber Road and issued an emergency alert, ordering residents to stay clear of Barberton High School, near the storage facility, and to shelter in place.

The suspect is described as a white male standing 5 feet 9 inches. The last known photo of him showed a shaved head and goatee, police said.

Barberton police said all students were safe inside the schools on lockdown.

Thief unwittingly leaves wallet, photo ID at crime scene

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A thief unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General on 2312 N. Main St. in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

Dayton K-9 unit searching for armed robbery suspect

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.

Police continue to search for the suspect in a reported armed robbery at a Dayton Dollar General Saturday morning.

Dispatchers said police have yet to find a person matching the description of the suspect.


Dayton police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a South Gettysburg business at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were dispatched to the Dollar General at 888 South Gettysburg Avenue around 9:12 on a reported armed robbery. 

Initial reports indicate a man in a black ball cap robbed the store and left on foot in an unknown direction. 

Dispatchers reported police are using a K-9 unit to search for the suspect in the area. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Bombs, Ammo, School Maps Found In Florida Home, Man Arrested

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.

Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.