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Sheriff’s Office investigating Coventry shooting incident

2/6/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COVENTRY — Chelsea Schobert, whose former boyfriend is accused of killing her parents, was arrested on drug trafficking charges Feb. 4 at Newport Landings Apartment after a shooting inside her apartment the previous day.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Newport Landings Apartments Feb. 3 at about 5:15 p.m. after reports of shots fired. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, a resident reported hearing an explosion and believed a bullet had entered and exited the caller’s apartment. Sheriff’s Office investigators confirmed a bullet had entered and exited the apartment, and detectives determined the bullet had been fired from a Redcrest Lane apartment in the complex.

The apartment’s tenant was identified as Chelsea Schobert, 18, the daughter of New Franklin attorney Jeffrey Schobert and Margaret Schobert, who were slain allegedly by Eric Ford, 19, of Akron, last April. Ford is currently in jail awaiting trial. An Akron juvenile is also facing charges related to the incident.

After obtaining a warrant, deputies searched Chelsea Schobert’s apartment and found crack cocaine, evidence of drug trafficking and a 9 mm handgun, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

The Summit County Crime Scene Unit was called and determined two rounds had been fired from within the apartment, one from a 9 mm handgun and the other from a 7.62-caliber assault rifle, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

Witnesses saw Schobert flee the scene in a gray 2011 Toyota Sienna with a pink “9 mm” sticker in the rear window, along with an unidentified male passenger, according to Sheriff’s Office officials. Sheriff’s officials later determined the male was Chauncy Williams, 32, of Akron, who was arrested for parole violations. He is facing more charges pending the investigation.

Officials report detectives recovered the Toyota used by Schobert and Williams while allegedly fleeing the shooting incident, and they are still looking for an AK-47 assault rifle that reportedly was fired in Schobert’s apartment.

According to Sheriff’s Office officials, the investigation into the shooting incident led detectives to two different apartments in the 400 block of Rhodes Avenue in West Akron, and the Summit County S.W.A.T. team used a search warrant to enter them. The team found two handguns, a marijuana cultivation system, several marijuana plants and several grams of cocaine.

Sirjames McCormick, 36, of Akron, was arrested for illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal cultivation of marijuana. McCormick may face further charges pending the investigation, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

Also, Christopher Hunter, 24, of Akron, was arrested on a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.


Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

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