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1/9/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Sheriff’s Office investigating shots fired in Green

GREEN — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving gunshots fired Jan. 6 in the parking lot of Briarwood Estates, located at 3942 Mayfair Road.

According to Sheriff’s Office Inspector Bill Holland, deputies and the Crime Scene Unit responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls at about 11:45 p.m. regarding shots being fired in the parking lot.

Law enforcement officials determined that approximately 25 to 30 rounds had been fired from a fully automatic rifle and a .40 caliber handgun, according to Holland. During the shooting, seven cars were damaged and rounds entered three different apartments, with one of those hitting the headboard of a bed where a 12-year-old boy was sleeping, he added.

Lexus Wilson, 21, of Akron, was arrested on the scene for obstructing justice by providing false information to investigators.

Sheriff’s officials have identified one of the shooters, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Another shooter’s vehicle has been identified as a silver or gray Hyundai with significant damage to the front of the driver’s side.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the incident, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Detectives Bureau at 330-643-2131.


Police seeking information on damages to Lockhart Field

Shown above are damages caused by someone driving through Lockhart Field, an athletic complex used by youth football, baseball and softball players.
Photos courtesy of New Franklin Police Department
NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Police Department officials are investigating damage caused to Lockhart Field, which is located behind businesses on West Nimisila Road near Manchester Road.

The athletic complex includes a football field and four baseball fields used by youth players. The property is owned by the Manchester Local School District, but due to its limited budget, the field is maintained by Manchester Youth Football and Manchester Youth Baseball/Softball League parents and volunteers, according to Police Det. Nick Bollas.

Bollas said a Manchester Youth Football official called police Dec. 26 around noon to report someone had driven through the fields, leaving deep ruts. Bollas said most of the damage was confined to the football field, but the outlying parts of some of the baseball fields also were damaged.

Manchester Superintendent Sam Reynolds said the property is insured.

“We are investigating this incident, but we do not have a lot of information to go on,” said Bollas. “The damage appears to have been done by a sport utility vehicle, but there are also tracks from an all-terrain four-wheeler in the field. Some big machines will have to be used to fix the damage. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into this field, and this is upsetting to many.”

According to Bollas, police are seeking information about the incident, and a reward of $200 donated by Manchester Youth Football is being offered to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the damage.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Bollas at 330-882-3281. Callers may remain anonymous, he said.


Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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