Man shoots wife outside Kent firm

By Julie Pavelich, Deanna Hohler Bottar and Debora Published:

Ronald Hambright, 49, of Notman Road, Deerfield, was arrested in Springfield Township before within two hours of the shooting.

Hambright allegedly approached his estranged wife, Melody Hambright, 45, at 6:44 a.m. today as she was arriving to work at the Euclid Garment Manufacturing Co. at 333 Martinel Drive, according to Kent police.

Euclid Garment Manufacturing Co. is located in the Davey Industrial Park, off of Franklin Avenue and Cherry Street.

After a brief argument, Hambright allegedly shot his wife with a handgun and fled the area as employees called for help, police said.

Mrs. Hambright was transported to Akron City Hospital where she was in critical condition this morning.

After the shooting, Hambright, who owns the Mason-Dixon Barber Shop in Alliance, went to a house in Springfield Township where he was arrested by Springfield police. He was taken to St. Thomas Hospital for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition, police said. The relationship of Hambright and the homeowner in Springfield Township was unknown, said Lt. John Altomare of the Kent Police Department.

Hambright, was involved in a standoff with Portage County Sheriff's Deputies in July and released from the Portage County Jail Aug. 15 where he had been held since the incident.

Hambright was charged with four counts of felonious assault in connection with the armed, three-hour standoff. The charges were dismissed this month in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna and were to have been heard by a Portage County grand jury later this month, according to court records and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

After the standoff, Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley said Hambright was upset because his wife had served him with divorce papers the week before the incident.

At the time of the standoff, Hambright was involved in a struggle with his son, Curtis W. Hambright, 20, of Springfield, Kaley said.

Hambright also was charged with inducing a panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, in connection with the July standoff. He was released on a $5,000 personal signature bond Aug. 15 and was scheduled to appear for a pretrial on that charge in Portage County Municipal Court Sept. 11, according to court records.

"We had a pretrial Friday on the four felonious assault charges, and the case was not able to be resolved in municipal court," Vigluicci said. "It was scheduled to go to the grand jury this week or next."

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