‘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.

Springboro boy sentenced in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

A Springboro boy was sentenced for selling LSD to classmates in a case also involving his mother, a local teacher.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: A Springboro boy was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Warren County Detention Center, ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program and placed on probation for drug charges in a case also involving his mother, a teacher in the Springboro Schools.

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The boy was led out of the courtroom to begin his detention. He was given credit for 15 days already served.

Judge Joe Kirby also fined the boy $250 and ordered him to remain on probation, possibly until he turns 21.

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Prior to sentencing, the teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him, and Kirby found him delinquent.

EARLIER: The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced this morning in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

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Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.

2 dead after shooting at Penn State Beaver campus

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:26 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:26 PM

Penn State Beaver campus in Center Township, Pa.
Penn State Beaver 
Penn State Beaver campus in Center Township, Pa.(Penn State Beaver )

Two people died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting at Penn State’s Beaver campus in what police described as a domestic situation, WPXI confirmed.

Man accused of shooting at Trotwood officers withdraws insanity plea

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

            William Gibson’s attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Gibson is accused of shooting at Trotwood police officers during an October incident. MARK GOKAVI/Staff
William Gibson’s attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Gibson is accused of shooting at Trotwood police officers during an October incident. MARK GOKAVI/Staff

The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has been ruled competent to stand trial and his attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said Wednesday that the forensic evaluations of William D. Gibson’s mental condition indicated Gibson was not insane during his alleged crimes and that he is fit to stand trial.

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Defense attorney Michael Pentecost told Adkins he would withdraw the NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) plea and go forward with a not guilty plea. A suppression hearing was scheduled for next month.

Pentecost had filed motions last month for a mental competency evaluation and to plead NGRI. Adkins said those reports were finished Dec. 7 and provided to counsel.

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Gibson, 42 — being held in Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond — was indicted on 10 counts of felonious assault against a peace officer, six counts of having weapons while under disability and five counts of discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

At about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Gibson called 911 to say his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg. When police arrived and started treating his wife outside the residence, police said Gibson told them they had one minute to leave or he would start shooting.

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Gibson fired a shot inside the residence at 4645 Wolf Creek Pike, according to Trotwood police Chief Eric Wilson, who said his officers then felt they were being targeted in what officials said was an active shooter situation..

Numerous agencies including multiple SWAT groups and the Dayton Bomb Squad responded after Trotwood officers dropped a “99” signal for additional assistance.

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Miami Valley Hospital nurse reports assault by patient

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:23 PM


A Miami Valley Hospital nurse said Tuesday she was assaulted by a patient in the medical center’s bariatric ward, according to a Dayton police report.

The 59-year-old male suspect was told by police he would receive a summons for assault. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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“The incident involving one of our nurses has been turned over to the Dayton Police Department,” said Sharon Howard, the hospital spokeswoman, in a statement. “Any and all further action will occur as a result of their (DPD) internal processes.”

The nurse told police she entered the room to check on the patient and discovered him on the floor of the room with his left arm still secured to the bed by a restraint a previous nurse applied to him, according to the report.

Additional hospital staff entered the room and, in an attempt to place the patient back into bed, released the arm restraint, according to the report.

The nurse told police that the patient “reached up, grabbed the bottom front of her shirt and pulled her down on top of him,” according to the report.

Other staff then freed the nurse from the patient, who the nurse said appeared ready to strike her or pull her hair, according to the report. The staff then placed the patient in a four-point restraint.

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The nurse told police that prior to the incident the suspect said that “he better be released today or he’s gonna do something bad,” according to the report. She also told police that the patient had assaulted a doctor a day prior, but that the doctor did not wish to call police, according to the report.

The suspect told police that he wants to be released from the hospital and did not wish to be there anymore.