Kent State student dies at vacant Akron warehouse

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published:

A 19-year-old Kent State University student was pronounced dead at the scene after falling about 100 yards through the rafters of a vacant warehouse at 219 Annadale Ave., near the University of Akron campus, Saturday morning, said Akron police Lt. Richard Edwards.

Sharon Township resident Adrienne Ryba, a sophomore architecture major, was climbing on the abandoned building with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Collin Butler of Hinckley Township, and a few others when she fell.

According to police reports, Butler began "yelling and cursing" at police and paramedics when they arrived. He refused to cooperate when he was questioned about how he got in the building so paramedics could enter the same way. Butler started threatening officers and refused to provide any information about the incident. He was arrested on one count each of misconduct at an emergency and obstructing official business. Edwards said he was booked at the Summit County jail and released on bond.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, Edwards said. The investigation is being conducted by Akron police.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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