West Side Police News & Notes
Suspects arrested in deaths of Fairlawn attorney, his wife
NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin and Akron police officials announced at a press conference April 4 that an Akron man has been charged in connection with the April 2 double homicide of a Rex Lake Drive couple.
Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret Schobert, 59, were found in the master bedroom of their home at 2:22 p.m. and were pronounced dead shortly afterward, according to New Franklin Police. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed both died of blunt force trauma to the head.
New Franklin Police Det. Mike Hitchings said Shawn Ford, 18, of East South Street in Akron, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and grand theft. Ford is reportedly the boyfriend of the Schoberts’ 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea Schobert. She is a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School, where her older sister, Jessica, 23, also attended.
On April 5, Hitchings said a 14-year-old Akron male also was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary in connection with the Schoberts’ deaths.
Summit County Juvenile Court Administrator Don Ursetti said Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio entered a “denial” plea on his behalf regarding the charges since an attorney had not yet been appointed for him during his arraignment hearing April 8. He added the prosecution entered a motion to relinquish the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to have the case tried in adult court.
Ursetti said a pretrial date for the juvenile has been scheduled for May 2 at 3:30 p.m., and he is being held at the Dan Street Detention Center.
New Franklin and Akron law enforcement officials were working to determine if the Schoberts’ deaths were related to a March 23 incident involving Chelsea Schobert. According to an Akron police report, on that date in the 1400 block of Andrus Street in Akron, Chelsea Schobert was stabbed with a knife repeatedly and suffered a skull fracture. Ford was initially identified as a witness in the incident, and Jamayne Ruiz, of Gaylord Drive, was arrested March 26 and charged with felonious assault. However, Akron Municipal Court documents reveal the charges against Ruiz were dropped April 4 and Ford was charged with felonious assault in the attack on Chelsea Schobert.
Ford remains in jail on a $2 million bond, according to Barberton Municipal Court officials.
Jeffrey Schobert worked for Hanna Campbell & Powell LLP in Fairlawn, leading the firm’s health care trial group, according to the firm’s website. He also has been a mock trial coach for students at Hoban, according to Hoban officials. A prayer service and Mass were held for the Schobert family at the school April 3.
According to the Schoberts’ obituary, a memorial service will take place tomorrow, April 12, at 1 p.m. at The Chapel in Green, 1800 Raber Road. Condolences may be sent through hummel-cares.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Archbishop Hoban High School’s Jeff and Peg Schobert Memorial Fund and Scholarship. Contributions will fund the mock trial team and give one member an opportunity to earn a college scholarship. Donations can be sent to 1 Holy Cross Blvd., Akron OH 44306.
VAP observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
AKRON — The Victim Assistance Program (VAP) will recognize the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21-27.
A free public Candlelight Vigil will take place April 21 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Chapel. St. Paul’s is located at 1361 W. Market St. in West Akron. The annual vigil is an opportunity to recognize those whose lives have been impacted by violent crime.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will be the keynote speaker at the Victim Rights Week Luncheon April 23 at the Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon. Prepaid reservations of $25 are required.
For reservations, send a check payable to VAP to 150 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44304; visit the website at www.victimassistanceprogram.org; or call 330-376-0040.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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