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A local man charged in the apparent mercy killing of his wife was in court today (Friday) to face several charges...
The Massillon man charged with shooting and killing his wife in the Intensive Care Unit of Akron General Medical Center has entered a not guilty plea to aggravated murder, murder, and felonious assault charges at his arraignment. Bond for 66-year old John Wise was set at ten percent of $500,000.
Wise allegedly walked into the ICU the evening of August 4th, shot his wife, and then peacefully surrendered to police.
A friend says his wife, Barbara, had been disabled by a stroke.
His case has raised questions about what kind of punishment prosecutors should pursue when a relative is suspected of killing a loved one to end their suffering.
Wise is scheduled to be back in court before Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands on September 5th.
A 50-year old Barberton woman has been charged with stealing medications from a 77-year old woman she was providing care to, and replacing them with veterinary drugs.
The Summit County Sheriffs Office has charged Amy Wiliamson with tampering with drugs, theft and assault. She was booked into the Summit County Jail.
The victim became ill after taking the veterinary medication. She is now recovering.
Williamson is also suspected of stealing medications prescribed to the elderly woman's husband.
Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland says the investigation beganafter detectives were contacted by a third party.
Holland tells AkronNewsNow "This just goes to show a lot of people will do anything to get their hands on these meds. Unfortunately seniors are often a target because for one they've got a lot of these narcotic pain meds. And even when they are a victim they don't report it because they feel some sort of shame."
A New Franklin man has been hospitalized after his trailer caught on fire Thursday night. NewsChannel 5 reports the fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. at a mobile home on East Buddy Street. Paramedics rushed the man to Akron City Hospital. His current condition is unknown.
New Franklin fire officials said the blaze began in the man’s trailer and spread, causing heat damage to two adjacent trailers, before being extinguished.
No one else was hurt.
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The re-trial of Denny Ross for the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill continued Tuesday in Summit County Court.
A witness for the prosecution testifying Thursday that she saw Denny Ross toss something out a window of his apartment on the night in 1999 when police found a bag containing Hannah Hill's clothes outside the window.
The woman also claiming that Ross raped her that night. She also testified of hearing Ross on the phone saying "I did it, I did it, She's gone.She's dead."
The woman who was 17 at the time had never given her testimony in court before. She says she was drinking with Ross for several hours that night .and into the next morning at his apartment in Springfield Township.
Pictures from Denny Ross's apartment that night showed more than a dozen beer cans in his living room.
That next morning was when Police found Hannah Hill's body in the trunk of her car, parked on a residential street in Ellet.
The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.
The murder re-trial of Denny Ross for the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill resumed Wednesday in Summit County Court. On the witness stand for the entire day was Hill's boyfriend Brad O'Born.
NewsChannel 5 in its daily blog from the courtroom reported O'Born testified that police took a letter from his house after Hannah Hill’s body was found on May 26, 1999. The letter said he didn't want to lose Hannah and that he loved her. "I was trying to save our relationship,” explains O’Born. He also apologized for his behavior in the note.
O’Born said when he found out Denny Ross was arrested in connection with Hannah’s murder he and some friends grabbed some guns and went to Ross's house to “get revenge.” He never stopped because police cars were at the Canton Road apartment.
Instead, they went home and smoked marijuana. O’Born says he doesn't remember what they did with the guns.
O'Born testified that at some point, he began living at the Canton Road apartment of Denny Ross under the condition he pay rent or give drugs as a payment. “There was never any food in the fridge,” O'Born says. At the time, Ross was just someone to “get high with,” explains O'Born. He says Hill came over to the apartment on a somewhat regular basis to party.
Jurors also saw pages out of Hannah Hill's journal where she wrote about fights with O'Born, going to Denny's house and how much she was hurt by O'Born reading her journal. O'Born doesn't recollect reading it.
O'Born says he was abusive to Hannah while he lived at Denny Ross's apartment, but he can't say if Ross saw the abuse. O'Born says he would kick Hill but never hit her."
O'Born told Ross's defense attorneys that Hannah would take pills he sold, including a muscle relaxer and that he's the reason Hill began using drugs.
Ross's attorneys have been trying to paint Brad O'Born as being the prime suspect in Hannah Hills murder.
An Akron taxi driver was the target of two robbers early this morning
Shortly before 4am a cab driver told police he was robbed in the 800 block of McKinley Avenue. The "Go 2 Go Taxi" driver reported a woman walked over to the cab and asked for help putting her belongings inside the taxi.. As the driver attempted to help, a man approached the driver from behind and placed an ax handle in his back. The man also had one hand in his pocket, as if he had a gun, and demanded the driver’s money. The woman then got into the cab and took the driver’s fare money and the company phone. The suspects fled. The cab driver drove to East Market Street and called police.
The first suspects is a white female, about 30 years old, 5’06” – 5’07”, 180 – 190 lbs., possibly wearing a brown wig and long rain coat. The second suspect is a white male, 20 – 25 years old, 5’08”, 160 lbs., wearing a red, white and grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
Akron Police are looking for another shooting suspect
Around 8:30pm Tuesday night, officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of Victory Street and West Miller Avenue. They found a man lying in the tree lawn with a gunshot wound to his lower back. The victim was transported to the hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.
Police have no suspects at this time. The shooting remains under investigation.
A tentative date has been set for a hearing on new DNA evidence in the case of former Akron Police captain Douglas Prade, imprisoned for the murder of his ex-wife.
WKYC Channel 3 News reports that in a status hearing Tuesday afternoon court officials set the hearing date for October 22nd.
Prade, was convicted of killing Dr. Margo Prade in 1997. His conviction was largely based on a bite mark on Margo Prade's lab coat that prosecutors say belonged to Prade.
Now new technology shows that DNA near the bite does not match Prade's. The judge could rule that evidence warrants a new trial.
It was In November of 1997, Margo Prade was shot six times with a .38-caliber pistol and found dead inside her van in the parking lot behind her Akron office.
A jury convicted Prade in 1998 of her murder. He was sentenced to life in prison and would be eligible for parole in 26 years.
Prade has always maintained his innocence.
The Ohio Innocence Project, on Prade's behalf, filed a petition for either his release from prison or a new trial.
It will be a slower go on I-76 from the Summit County line through Medina County for the next year.
Christine Myers of of the Ohio Transportation Department District Three says the speed limit will be reduced from 65 to 55 miles an hour until at least late 2013 due to the planned highway construction and the narrow median on that stretch of the interstate.
The speed limit has already been reduced to 45 miles an hour in construction zones in the eastbound lanes of I-76 through the late fall or early winter.
Myers says construction on the eastbound lanes, now in progress, should be complete by the end of this year.
That construction project has narrowed traffic to one lane eastbound from the Route 94 exit to past the Route 261 ramps.
The prosecution said in its opening statement that Denny Ross DNA had been found on Hill's clothing found in a garbage bag outside Ross's Canton Road apartment.
But the defense claimed trash bags inside Denny Ross's apartment didn't match the trash bag Hannah Hill's clothes were found in outside his apartment.
The first witness was Hanna Hill's mother, followed by an Akron Police Officer.
Kimberly Hill related how her daughter had a "scared" look on her face just before she left the house the night she was killed. She also stated that Brad Oborn was banned from visiting her in the hospital when she was being treated for a heart condition, because her family didn't trust Oborn.
The trial could last between six to eight weeks in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter's courtroom.
You can follow NewsChannel 5's blog from the courtroom on newsnet5.com
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