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Akron man charged in OD deaths of two Stow women

From Staff Reports Published: January 25, 2017 10:58 AM
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An Akron man has been arrested and charged in connection with the overdose deaths of two Stow women.
On Jan. 24, officers from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Vernell Lavon Curry, 28, of Akron, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection with the June 2016 deaths of the two Stow women.
 Acording to Stow Police Lt. Anne Stirm, the investigation by the Stow Police Department began on June 21, 2016, when Abigail Hackett, 22, and Sara White, 25, were found deceased in Ms. Hackett’s apartment. At that time, indications were present that the women had died within moments of each other from a suspected drug overdose. On Oct. 24, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office released its Report of Investigation for both victims. The cause of death for both women was listed as acute fentanyl toxicity.
ATM receipts helped to develop a timeline of victim activities leading up to their deaths. Further investigation developed a suspect who was eventually identified as Curry and charges were authorized.
Curry was arrested, booked at the Stow Police Department, and transported to Summit County Jail. He is facing two first-degree involuntary manslaughter charges and a fifth-degree drug trafficking charge.

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