CRIME & SAFETY
Toledo double homicide suspect died of apparent suicide, police say
Police on Monday said a suspect in a Nov. 14 double homicide in central Toledo died of an apparent suicide in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving Day. Jorenzo Phillips, 19, was found in an apartment in the 700 block of Clanora Drive, a report said. The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office responded about 8 a.m. Officials said the cause of death was still pending and an autopsy was scheduled for later Monday. The Blade previously reported that Mr. Phillips was dead, though the circumstances were unclear. About a week ago, Toledo police had issued arrest warrants for the teenager following the killing of Kejuan Richardson and Jae’Juan Reid, both 21, in the 2400 block of Rosedale Avenue near Bluff Street earlier this month.
Business owner concerned after fatal shooting happens at shopping plaza
Taylor Holloway opened her own candle store just over a year ago at a shopping plaza in south Toledo. But she said that incidents at the plaza started raising alarms.
Second arrest made in shooting that left one dead, one injured in south Toledo
Kijuan Tarver, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with murder and felonious assault in a September shooting that killed James Miller and wounded a second victim.
Toledo Police Seek Public Assistance in Sunday Morning Homicide Investigation
Toledo police are seeking public assistance in solving the Sunday morning murder of 30-year-old Denzel Haron. Found shot at a local shopping plaza, no arrests have been made yet. Tips can be submitted anonymously with potential for a cash reward.
Trial dates set for several charged in kidnapped, murdered Toledo teens case
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Several people accused of kidnapping and killing two Toledo teens, whose remains were found in a burned down Toledo home, are set to go to trial. Court records show newly-set trial dates for five people charged in connection to the disappearance of Ke’Marion Wilder and Kyshawn Pittman, who went missing in December 2022. Investigators dug up a property on Chase Street and found their remains in the rubble of a burned down home there about two weeks after they were last seen.
Woodward Graduate Shot and Killed in South Toledo, No Arrests Made Yet
Breaking news from Toledo as the community mourns the loss of a 30-year-old Woodward graduate, found shot at a local shopping plaza. Despite immediate hospitalization, the individual succumbed to the injuries. No arrests have been made yet in this ongoing investigation.
Person shot, killed early Sunday in south Toledo
Denzel Herron was shot Sunday near Hill Avenue and South Reynolds Road around 3:45 a.m., according to Toledo police. Herron was pronounced dead at the hospital.
US Postal Carrier Lied About Being Robbed at Gunpoint to Get Out of Work, Ohio Police Say
Cory Reardon was arrested Saturday after falsely claiming he was robbed at gunpoint, police said.
Legislation pushed to suppress 'full-blown' fentanyl crisis
When Kevin Braun was a vice detective in the early 2000s for the Toledo Police Department, crack cocaine and heroin were the drugs of choice. “It used to be that you could experiment with different drugs — not saying that it’s good or bad — but you weren’t going to die,” said Mr. Braun, who is now deputy chief. Flash forward to today and it’s fentanyl that is flowing on Toledo streets, and every resource available is needed to fight this often fatal drug, he said. “Our community has been devastated by fentanyl abuse — just like every community across the nation — and we’re going to take all the help we can get,” Deputy Chief Braun said.
Gunshot victim dies from wound in Toledo
A man has died after police located him with a gunshot wound early Sunday in the 5200 block of Hill Avenue in Toledo, authorities said. Denzel Herron, a 30-year-old North Toledo resident, was transported after he was found at 3:45 a.m. to the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy performed Sunday revealed that Mr. Herron died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett, Lucas County coroner, said. The shooting, which is still under investigation, is the 37th homicide in Toledo in 2023.
Toledo postal worker lies about being robbed, authorities said
Court documents showed the postal carried lied when he told authorities he was robbed while working Saturday.
Suspect Arrested in Connection to Homicide of Security Guard at Euclid Bar, Mother Calls for Action Against Gun Violence
In an emotional interview, the mother of a slain security guard shares her grief and calls for action against gun violence. Andre McKinnon, a father of three, was killed while defending a woman at a bar. His alleged murderer has been arrested in Toledo.
Multiple pets die in house fire in Maumee
MAUMEE, Ohio — An investigation is underway to determine what caused a house fire in Maumee that killed multiple pets Monday afternoon. Maumee Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on West John Street. Crews at the said the home is an occupied structure, but the residents were not home at the time.
Vehicle strikes emergency personnel in Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio — On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Toledo Police Department responded to an incident on the 3900 block of Jackman Road. Upon arrival, deputies found that Michael Eck from the Toledo Fire Department had been struck by a vehicle. According to authorities Fire Engine 17 and a rescue...
I-TEAM: Lights out at Monroe intersection for weeks, back on after crash
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Traffic lights at the Monroe Street intersection connecting Barnes & Noble to the Franklin Park Mall have been off for weeks. They were turned back on the day after a car crash. “If my car had been turned a little bit differently, I might not be...
Weekly Safety Report: Homicide, Assault, and Shooting incidents in Lucas County, Ohio
This week in Lucas County, Ohio, several incidents occurred that require attention in the weekly safety report. These incidents include a man found dead in a burning car with a gunshot wound to the head, a man arrested for his involvement in a physical altercation that resulted in the death of an older man, a 17-year-old girl allegedly pressuring her boyfriend to kill his mother and then committing the act herself, a basketball player pleading not guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, a man being shot in a home in West Toledo, and a man wanted for a double homicide in central Toledo.
Toledo family remembers murder victim on their first Thanksgiving without him
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A Toledo family gathered for their first Thanksgiving since the murder of Antonio Gilmer, who was shot and killed in August. A family member who wants to remain anonymous is speaking out for the first time. “This hurts so much,” the family member tells 13 Action...
Robbers make off with thousands in Toledo safe-cracking case, police say
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Police are investigating a break-in at a Toledo supermarket where robbers got away with thousands in cash and security equipment in a safe-cracking case. Police records say employees at the Save-A-Lot in the 1700 block of Airport Highway called police Thursday morning to report a...
Victim recounts being pulled over by Toledo woman accused of impersonating cop
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A woman who police say was pulled over by someone accused of pretending to be a cop is calling the situation dangerous and chaotic. According to Toledo Police, Vita Bennett, 47, of Toledo, chased Jessica Siler in a black Crown Victoria with sirens and lights on, pretending to be an officer. Siler called 911 while the woman was following her.
TPD: Woman runs car into victim, sending her over the hood
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A Toledo woman was arrested Wednesday after police say she intentionally hit someone with her car. Lynaysa Willis, 23, of Toledo, is facing a Felonious Assault charge. A police affidavit alleges she threatened to shoot a victim then threatened to hit her with a car on Nov. 12. That’s when she allegedly ran into the victim with her Chevy Malibu, sending her over the hood of the vehicle.