AKRON

Man tells police he was

pistol-whipped, robbed

A 47-year-old Akron man reported to police that he was robbed and pistol-whipped late Thursday as he walked along West Exchange Street near South Rhodes Avenue.

The man said he was heading to a store when two men approached him about 10:30 p.m. One of the men pointed a handgun and demanded the man’s money, police said.

After the man turned over his cash, the man with the gun hit him in the face several times with the weapon, knocking the man to the ground, police said.

The suspects fled and then the victim walked to a nearby store to call for help.

He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General and treated for a cut lip, two missing teeth and bruising on his face.

Police are asking the public’s help to identify the men behind the robbery where the city's Highland Square and West Hill neighborhoods meet.

They ask anyone with information to call the detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP; the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED; or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

People may also text information to 274637 (CRIMES).

Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.

COLUMBUS

Governor delays execution,

orders look at other drugs

Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday delayed next month's execution of a condemned Ohio man and ordered the prison system to look at alternative lethal injection drugs.

The announcement by the Republican governor followed a federal judge's ruling this month that said Ohio's current execution protocol could cause the inmate "severe pain and needless suffering."

Warren Keith Henness was scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 13 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Henness was convicted of killing 51-year-old Richard Meyers in Columbus in 1992. Authorities say Meyers had been helping Henness find a drug treatment for his wife.

DeWine's order raises new questions about Ohio's troubled death penalty system, including the possibility of an additional round of delays lasting months or years.

It took Ohio more than three years to establish its current three-drug lethal injection protocol, in part because of the difficulty many states have had finding drugs. The state carried out the first execution under the current system in 2017.

The drug scarcity occurred over the past decade as multiple manufacturers and distributors put their drugs off limits for executions.

The first drug in Ohio's system, the sedative midazolam, has also been subject to lawsuits that argue it exposes inmates to the possibility of severe pain because it doesn't render them deeply enough unconscious.

Three additional executions are scheduled before September. It's likely attorneys in all those cases will ask for similar delays.

KENT

Police arrest man accused

of shooting his brother

A Kent man was arrested after police say he shot his brother Friday morning after a fight at the Kent man’s apartment.

John Hardaway Jr., 31, of 1128 Lake St., has been charged with felonious assault.

Kent police said Hardaway’s brother came to Hardaway’s apartment to check on him when they got into an altercation. During the fight, Hardaway shot his brother multiple times with a rifle, police said.

The brother, who police are not naming, was treated at Summa Akron City Hospital. His condition was not known.