Teen pleads guilty
in shooting death
A 19-year-old Akron man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday for the June 2017 shooting death of another Akron man.
Antonio Poole was scheduled to go on trial April 22 in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands’ courtroom. Poole instead pleaded guilty Monday under an agreement with prosecutors to involuntary manslaughter and having a weapon under disability. The involuntary manslaughter charge includes a gun specification.
Poole, whose original charges included aggravated murder and murder, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. May 2.
Prosecutors say Poole, who was 17 at the time, lured Deontae Henderson, 26, out of his Sumner Street home and shot him in the head. Henderson was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital, where he died.
Poole was bound over from Summit County Juvenile Court to Common Pleas Court to be tried as an adult.
He is represented by attorneys Erik Jones and Andrea Whitaker.
Crime lab reports
increase in meth
When local police seize suspected drugs, more and more of those samples are testing positive for methamphetamine.
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab in 2018 detected methamphetamine in almost twice as many samples as in the year before, according to the lab’s annual report released Friday.
“I think we expected an increase in meth because of the trend, the trend was changing, and it was going to be a little bigger, but I was still a little surprised it was that big,” said Jay Spencer, a forensic scientist at the lab.
The 1,047 samples positive for methamphetamine were almost 20 times the number of samples in 2012.
The lab found marijuana and its derivatives in 30 percent of the 5,236 samples it tested last year. Twenty percent of samples tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine or opioids.
Some samples tested positive for more than one substance.
The lab had 1,140 samples test positive for marijuana and its derivatives, a 59 percent increase from 2017.
Spencer said that could be due to an influx of items that are legal in other states, but not in Ohio.
The lab noted a slight increase in samples positive for cocaine or crack and a slight decrease in samples positive for opioids.
Event to support
Summit Liberty House, a nonprofit that supports homeless female veterans, will host a fundraising event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at Gavin Scott Salon, 4960 Darrow Road, Stow.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration includes manicures, margaritas and a mariachi band.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 and can be purchased at HCBpreparty.com.
Former JV baseball coach
accused of sharing photos
A former Waterloo junior-varsity baseball coach is accused of sending a photo of a sex toy and a woman’s breasts to 10 Waterloo baseball players in a Snapchat group chat on March 13.
Corwin D. Smith, 20, of 1411 Viola Parkway NW, Canton, was charged Monday with 10 counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, each a first-degree misdemeanor. He has been issued a summons so he can turn himself in, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Smith cooperated with the investigation. Court records indicate the victims were between 14 and 17 years old.
Smith resigned March 19 and the Board of Education approved the resignation at its April 11 board meeting, Superintendent Shawn Braman said.
"We are cooperating with Portage police as always and we believe the situation is in their hands and will be handled accordingly and professionally," Braman said.
He declined to say whether the school is conducting its own investigation.