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Stow Police on the Hunt for Alleged Gunman

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said it appears the shooting was drug-related.

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker told the Stow Sentry Monday the department is "cautiously optimistic" that its investigation will yield arrests in connection with Saturday night's shooting.

Dirker said the shooting was likely drug-related given that a substanial amount of marijuana was found at the crime scene: 4034 Osage St.

Five shell casings where recovered from the scene, but Dirker wouldn't specify the type of gun that was used. The men who were shot -- Jason Hoy, 20, and Andrew Brown, 21 -- are from Stow, but it appears they don't live at the residence in question.

When Hoy and Brown were interviewed Saturday night, they told Stow detectives they were shot by a black man who had two black accomplices.

However, it's not immediately clear whether the information Hoy and Brown provided to police was accurate. 

The pair suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting.

As of Monday night, no arrests were made and no charges were filed.

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Two Shot in Stow Saturday Night (Update)

James Thomas March 05, 2013 at 02:21 PM
LIKELY? "Dirker said the shooting was likely drug-related" HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa
Castor Troy March 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
People get shot every day over stupid beefs. So he is absolutely right to use the word "likely". What I find a little bit strange is how the term "substantial" amounts of marijuana keeps being reported. Substantial could mean less than 100 grams which by Ohio law could be considered personal consumption. Obviously the scales and such bump it up to a distribution charge but there is a huge difference between a few ounces and a few pounds.
Leigh Peterson March 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I never believed the "three black men" story. Please. They know who did this and I hope they are charged for lying to police.
Castor Troy March 05, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Maybe. I think it's totally plausible though that some guys heard through word of mouth these Stow kids were incredibly vulnerable. It was either personal revenge, a deal gone bad, or a random jack move.
Maria Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Substantial amount found but no arrest???
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Well, from what I heard at least on of them had a prior record. I know for a fact that there were shenanigans involving drug deals at the house before the night in question. The only thing that made these kids "vulnerable" was the fact that they weren't expecting it. They were definitely playing the game, got burned and risked the lives of roughly 25 children that lived within 6 houses of that house.
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 02:29 AM
I'll say this as one of the neighbors close to where this incident took place. The immediate response from several of the councilman including John Probonic and Brian Loudermilk, the Summit county fiscal office, Law Director Reali, Chief building Inspector Tony Catalano, the Stow police and Mike Rasor (plus a few others) was awesome. There was a ton done following this incident that people really don't know about. Unfortunately, there were people in higher positions that SHOULD have made personal contact and didn't but, that's neither here nor there. I'm going to reserve judgement until after the investigation is complete. Incidents like this (drug related or not) put over 25 children within 6 houses of where this took place, in grave danger. If it would have been a little warmer, or if it was the middle of summer and this shooting took place outside? Well, I'll leave that up to the imagination. This cannot be aloud to continue and we as a community need to do something about it! I don't care who gets their feeling hurt!
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Can't believe I forgot the most important thing. The quick action of the neighbors in the area of this incident through collaboration and phone calls brought a quick end to any immediate danger that may have transpired in the following day or two. These people are to be commended and lessons must be learned. It doesn't take much for a neighborhood to take care of itself and be safe and prosperous!
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Dirker is being responsible---in addition to not putting the city and department in a situation where they can be sued. All of these things you know nothing about, which you constantly make obviously by your trolling (posts). And which you'll probably further solidify with a just-as-clueless response.
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:17 AM
So when will this house be declared a "nuisance" and be torn down?
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 01:11 PM
From what I'm assured, the house will no longer be a rental property, at least for it's next transaction. I'm told that it is going to be remodeled and sold.
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Well, that's good. I thought I saw some neighbors commenting that the current owner didn't really care the type of renters he was renting to.
Castor Troy March 06, 2013 at 05:19 PM
What would you have us do to combat these problems Matthew? As I see it, the city and citizens of Stow make heavy use of the StowPD's anonymous tip line. Since the supreme court has ruled anonymous tips aren't probable cause, I would argue 7 out of 10 anonymous tips are completely wasting the time of the police in this city. I would further argue some citizens of this City try to use the anonymous tip line as their personal justice force. Personally I think if you see something illegal going down, grab your camera phone and file a real police report. Use your real name and actually stand up for what you think is right. Of course that takes some effort and a little bit of a risk. Is it not worth it though?
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM
There definitely was a feeling that a quick buck was trying to be turned Joe. By the way, when I say I was "assured", I mean I was simply told that by the owner. Now, whether he goes through with it with as much enthusiasm as he presented? That's a different story but, the pressure to do right by the house for the sake of the community (especially the children) is on high. I'm proud to say again that the support of all the city officials has been great so far. The response from our immediate area has done wonders and we intend to use this near tragedy as a springboard to introduce new ideas and action to stop the encroachment of undesirables in our neighborhoods. The next neighborhood watch meeting for the city of Stow is March 19th. I urge as many people as possible to attend. Some new and exciting ideas are going to be coming up. It's time to organize our communities legally, responsibly and without "politics".
Jilly Jones March 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Matthew, I was under the impression that the woman who owns this house was "renting" it to her daughter and some of her friends. If that is the case how likely would it be that this rental would change anytime soon.
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Castor, I understand your frustration, and your right. Getting the attention where it needs to be is extremely difficult at times. Half the battle though is making sure that the "real problems" get attention drawn too them by as many people who have collaborated together and reported and incident, or a problem area. Since this incident on Osage, and after witnessing how effective just a few neighbors sharing information along with making calls and observing what's happening has made, I decided to put together a group of neighbors and have a very organized "neighborhood watch" just in my immediate area. Kind of like a block watch. It will involve just a few streets. It will be small enough to effectively share information, know your immediate community and act together as a group to give police legitimate information about a problem area. I started a facebook group that grew quickly, and will be starting a website this weekend. I call this group the "Stow Community Action and Protection Group". It's pretty simple really but is still in it's infancy considering I just started it 3 days ago. I'd really like the idea to take off city wide and will be introducing the idea to community leaders and more importantly, community members, Though we have a "neighborhood watch", it is somewhat disorganized and weak from what I've seen. You can't blame this on anyone other that the community not acting (myself included).
Matthew Gabanyic March 06, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Jilly, I can assure you that it already has changed. They moved out today. The problem dealing with this particular residence is what is indeed going to happen now? I was told by the landlord that the house was going to be remodeled and sold. A neighbor just told me they heard different. I really don't care what they do, it's their house but I can tell you this. A ton of pressure is being applied, and will not be dialed down until the safety of the kids around here is dang near guaranteed. It isn't just this house though, it's the neighborhood that's crapping out a tad. It's still a relatively safe place to live but, things over the last few years are starting to mold it into something it's really not.
Castor Troy March 07, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Great idea with the Neighborhood Watch Matthew. I commend your initiative and resolve. Not to detract from what you find most concerning, but there are some other issues in this city I feel don't get enough attention. All the theft. It seems like everyday we hear about a house, or car being broken into with items stolen. The Retail outlets in this city have just as much theft going on. I know simple possessions aren't as important as our lives, but why is there no call to action about all the theft? Where is the Article, how to know if your neighbor is a thief? According to the statistics posted on this very same domain. Theft is our biggest crime in this city.
Matthew Gabanyic March 07, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Your point is well received Castor. I am well aware of those problems and many, many more. I don't wish to get too political. With what I'm trying to do, any politics that can be avoided, will. I mean, I'm a political nightmare, and many can't stand me because of it but, with this "program", I want as much participation as possible. Now, that being said I'll make one political observation. All of these other problems you bring to light seem to correspond directly with "gun control" and those stupid signs that are like arrows for criminals that point the way. You know, the "Gun Free" signs? Alright, back to my point. I am just one person. I've managed to assemble very quickly a group of people that have had it from both sides of politics who can agree that the sharing of information on mass from observation is the way to go. Me putting pressure on a problem area does very little if anything. 30 people putting pressure (many anomalously) on a problem area creates unbelievable pressure on that particular area. If you are looking for a place to buy a house or rent a house in which you plan to conduct illegal activity, and you know your going to be scrutinized every second of every minute of every day, are you going to want to live there? If you are renting out a house, are you going to want to rent irresponsibly knowing that your tenants actions may very well come back to bite YOU because of the pressure of the majority in the neighborhood?
Matthew Gabanyic March 07, 2013 at 04:47 PM
It's my opinion that many of these home invasions can be curbed from just such a program. A bit rocky and dangerous at first but, people NEED to come together QUICKLY to get the ball rolling. I've also had many people, over the last few years, inform me of corruption withing various departments of the city. Well, I'm a believer that all things are possible. I don't believe it or disbelieve it, but I am more than willing to wipe the slate clean in order to protect the hundreds (or thousands) of children in the community. If city corruption gets in the way, WAY more than just I have connections to powerful people (In government and media) to expose or embarrass the party's involved, and this will occur, and nobody will have a clue where it came from. However, the cooperation of city officials so far has been exemplary. Yesterday, some people returned to the house on Osage to retrieve their belongings (didn't know the reason for the return at the time). We were told prior, that the only people that would be at the house were the owners. With community action, and an unresponsive call to the landlord, a decision was reached by several community members to inform police. the police were there almost immediately to assess the situation. I see no reason at present to think that the city isn't on the side of protecting the community. Perhaps they just need a little help from the community in an organized and effective way.
James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM
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James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM
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