AKRON

Police identify man found

shot to death near home

Police on Wednesday released the identity of a 29-year-old man whose body was found in the backyard of an Edgewood Avenue home on Christmas Eve morning.

Nino Thomas III of Akron was found in a yard in the 400 block of Edgewood Avenue. Police received a call at 9 a.m. Monday of a “man down” and found Thomas with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said no weapon was found at the scene.

No suspects have been identified.   Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

People can also text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers can remain anonymous.

AKRON

Woman, 36, is found   shot on Christmas Eve   A 36-year-old woman was shot Christmas Eve afternoon in East Akron.

Akron police said they found the woman in the 600 block of Arden Place about 1 p.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The woman, who was not named, told police she was standing outdoors when she was shot. She was not able to describe the shooter, police said in a news release Wednesday.

Akron police did not provide additional information, including the woman’s condition.

The shooting location off Arden Place is in a residential neighborhood near Arlington Street, between Delos and Milton streets.

CINCINNATI

Three suspects arrested

in 2017 mass shooting

Authorities arrested three men in a July 2017 shooting that left one woman dead and eight wounded at a gender reveal party in Ohio.

Police near Cincinnati announced Wednesday the arrests of Roshawn Bishop, James Echols and Michael Sanon.

A grand jury indicted them on a variety of charges in the shootings at what was believed to be a pregnant woman's gender reveal party.

Court records do not show whether the three men in custody have attorneys.

The gunfire at a home in Colerain Township killed 22-year-old Autum Garrett of Andrews, Ind.

Police said the shooting was targeted and drug-related. Three children and a dog were among the wounded.

Authorities have said a 21-year-old woman who claimed she lost her child after being shot wasn't pregnant.

COLUMBUS

Death sentence is upheld

in mother's 2013 killing The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Brunswick man convicted of murder in the 2013 beating death of his mother.

The high court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's decision on James Tench's murder charge, finding the evidence of his guilt is overwhelming. Justices did dismiss an aggravated robbery conviction in the case.

The then-30-year-old man was convicted five years ago of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the death of his mother, Mary Tench, 55.

Prosecutors said he fatally beat his mother after she confronted him about using her credit card, including forging advance checks.

Mary Tench was found dead inside her car in the 2800 block of Carquest Drive about 1 mile from her Camden Lane home.

The Medina County coroner said Mary Tench died from several blunt trauma injuries that fractured her skull.

RICHFIELD

Man drowns in motel pool

at Days Inn in Richfield

Police are investigating the apparent drowning death of a Cleveland man at a motel swimming pool Wednesday morning.

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. at the Days Inn on Brecksville Road.

According to Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland, the man accidentally paddled into the deep end of the pool where he got into trouble and shouted for help. His family was at the pool, but they couldn't save him because none of them could swim, the television station reported.

A guest from a nearby hotel room heard the commotion and found the man at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, authorities told the television station. Staff pulled the man — who has not been publicly identified — out of the water and performed CPR, but it was too late.

Associated Press