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Newton Falls resident shot to death in Stark County

UNIONTOWN — A Newton Falls man has been identified as the victim in a fatal shooting Sunday in the Stark County community of Uniontown.

Nicholas Oostdyk, 41, was pronounced dead about 8:10 p.m. after he was taken to Akron City Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the news release from Uniontown police.

Police responded to a report of a shooting about 7:27 p.m. at a home on Starlight Circle in Uniontown. Upon arrival, the news release stated, officers found a suspect outside the home. He was identified as Alfred Lee Johnson, 74, who lived at the home.

Johnson later was placed under arrest after questioning and then transported to the Stark County Jail. The report states Johnson is charged with murder. Police said the victim and Johnson were related, but investigators did not say what led to the shooting.

Johnson was arraigned on the charge Tuesday morning in Canton Municipal Court. Judge Mary Falvey set Johnson’s bond at $750,000 and scheduled a status conference in the case for Feb. 22. Johnson was represented in court by a public defender.

The Summit County medical examiner conducted an autopsy on Oostdyk on Monday and ruled his death a homicide. According to Gary Guenther, chief investigator, Oostdyk died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

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