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An 8-Year-Old Akron Boy in Critical Condition after His 9-Year old Cousin Shot Him

An 8-Year-Old Akron Boy in Critical Condition after His 9-Year old Cousin Shot Him

AKRON, Ohio — An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after police say he was shot by his 9-year-old cousin.

 

ohio shootingThe shooting happened at around 1 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 1200 block of Marcy Street.

 

Akron police said the boys were playing video games when the 9-year-old went to the kitchen to get something to eat.

 

According to the authorities, the 9-year-old found a handgun in the cupboard and shot the 8-year-old in the stomach.

 

A 14-year-old boy who was also in the house heard the shot and ran outside to have someone call for help.

 

The 8-year-old boy is being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.

 

The shooting remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time, police said.

A $1 Million Bond is Set for Mentor Man who Called Police and Reported His Murder

A $1 Million Bond is Set for Mentor Man who Called Police and Reported His Murder

MENTOR, Ohio — A Mentor man who called the police to report that he had killed his girlfriend in a fight has his bond set at $1 million during his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

 

ohio newsRussell Fritz, 38, faces murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, Kristen Laux, Mentor police said. Investigators found the 35-year-old Laux her home Thursday afternoon with evidence that she was beaten and stabbed to death, Mentor police said.

 

Fritz appeared at an arraignment hearing Friday morning before Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets. He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing, court records show.

 

Authorities released 911 calls made by Fritz following the incident.

 

“I killed my girlfriend,” Fritz can be heard telling a dispatcher. “I killed my girlfriend. She came at me and wouldn’t leave. I’m sorry.”

 

Fritz said that his girlfriend came at him and started to scream that’s when he tried to hold her down but started punching and stabbing.

 

“I grabbed a knife and stabbed her, so she’s dead.”

WiFi Devices and Sensors for Gunshot Detection and Police Alert

WiFi Devices and Sensors for Gunshot Detection and Police Alert

Kerry McCormack, city Councilman urged the city on Wednesday to employ other smart technology as it prepares to replace its streetlights with modern LED lighting.

 

At a meeting of council’s Utilities Committee, McCormack suggested that the city provide WiFi that would open unserved areas to Internet access and install sensors that could detect gunshots and alert police.

 

cleveland police camerasMcCormack, whose Ward 3 includes downtown, Ohio City, and Tremont, made the remarks as the committee considered and eventually approved Mayor Frank Jackson’s plans for upgrading street lights.

 

Jackson wants to replace all 61,000 of Cleveland’s streetlights with LED lighting and mount hundreds of security cameras on the polls to improve safety around recreation centers and on streets.

 

The effort, dubbed the Safe Smart CLE Initiative, will enable police to brighten lights in trouble spots and monitor camera-covered areas in real time. The new lights will also alert the city when they malfunction.

 

Lights will be equipped with controls that will allow the city increase or decrease the brightness remotely so officers in district police stations and at headquarters can make better identifications of people in trouble spots.

 

“To me, it’s a great plan,” McCormack said. The LED lights are more efficient than the incandescent lights used now, are better for the environment and will save the city money because they use less electricity and last longer.

 

“The city needs to pay attention to other technologies as well”, said McCormack.

 

City Council already has approved borrowing money for the lighting project. The ordinance approved by the Utilities Committee would allow the work to proceed. City Council could give the allowance final approval before beginning its summer recess in early June.

 

Once council acts, Utilities Director Robert Davis said, upgrading the lights will take about 18 months. The city also plans to remove old, unused light poles.

 

The estimated cost of the installation is $25 million.

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