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The grandaughter of the founder of the Quaker Oats company--Jean Hower Taber, has given the University of Akron its biggest ever donation---$20 million dollars.

University President, Matthew Wilson, says three quarters of the money will be used for scholarships for students studying Audiology, and for students in their Honors College.

This just the latest gift from the noted community activist and philanthropist, who, prior to her death this summer--had already donated $7.7 million dollars to the University.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:16

89 Yr. Old Man Gets New Bike From Cops

Akron Police gave an 89 year old Akron man a new bike today, to replace his bike that was stolen last week.

Thornapple Avenue resident, James Pint, says he was very happy to get the new bike, as his old one was stolen when he parked it in front of the grocery store last week. "It had a lock, but I didn't use it", he explained, noting that there isn't a bike rack in front of the store, so he parked it there unlocked. But, last Thursday, he says, when he was shopping, a store employee told him a kid had just stolen his bike. "I think he was 12 or 13", Pint says.

Akron Police Chief James Nice says after they he got the report about Pint's bike being stolen, they decided to replace it, and while they have often given bikes to kids in the past--he couldn't remember ever giving one away to someone Pint's age. "It's a wonderful thing to see folks still riding bicycles," he says, "especially on a day like today--it's an absolutely beautiful day. You'd hate to be without a bicycle, if you like riding."

As to Pint's reaction to the gift, he says "I'm really surprised, and I thank the police department very much". He adds that he rides about "3 or 4 times aweek and maybe more if the weather is nice", mainly to the grocery store, and to church. 

 

Bring your buns to the 12th National Hamburger Festival at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, August 12th and 13th, where you can sample more than 50 kinds of burgers, and even compete in a "Ninja Challenge" like they have on TV.

Plans are underway for the festival, which celebrates Akron's history as the originator of America's favorite beefy treat. Legend has it that Akronites, Frank and Charles Menches, invented the sandwich when they substituted beef for pork at the Erie County Fair, in Hamburg, New York, back in 1885. 

Today, Drew Cerza, of Buffalo, New York, is the founder of the festival, which is presented by the City of Akron, and sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubblly. Proceeds will go to support Akron Children's Hospital.

New this year, Cerza says, will be an "Akron Ninja Challenge" complete with an obstacle course like they have on the popular TV show, "American Ninja Warrior". They'll even have a couple of contestants from the show, James Wilson, and Patrick Hall, on hand. Wilson is currently on the show, and is based out of Cincinnati, OH. Hall, who is a two-time contestant, will lead the course.

The festival will also feature live music, from The Buck Naked Band, Justin Fabus, and Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts.

And, to promote the event, Drew Cerza and Akron RubberDucks owner, Ken Babby, will "bob for burgers" in a kiddie pool filled with ketchup at a Ducks game, sometime next week.  They did it a couple of years ago, and it became such a YouTube fan favorite; they're going to do it again this year--date and time, TBA.

Admission is $5, and children under 8, get in free. For tickets and information, go to www.hamburgerfestival.com or follow along at @HamburgerFest, and www.facebook.com/NationalHamburgerFestival.

 

 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:43

Felonious Facebook Post

Akron police have charged an 18 year old man with a felony for posting a nude picture of a 14 year old girl on Facebook.

Richard A. Anderson, Jr. of Rockaway Street in Akron, is charged with pandering sexual content of a minor.

The woman driving the car that struck and killed two 14 year old girls, and seriously injured a 15 year old boy in Coventry on May 28th--has been charged with a number of crimes in connection with that incident--including texting while driving.

24 year old Natasha Boggs of New Franklin, is also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of tampering with records, and one count of vehicular assault, and a charge related to marked lanes.

The teens were walking along the side of the road on South Main, when the accident ocurred.

Boggs was arrested today by the Summit County Sheriff's office.

A 23 year old Cuyahoga Falls man has been arrested, and charged with robbery for a hold up at the PNC Bank branch in Tallmadge on June 23rd.

Tallmadge police say Jacob K. Onusic jumped over the counter and demanded money from employees, and he was identified through traces of DNA left at the crime scene. He's in the Summit County jail now.

Still at large, though, is a suspect who drove the get-away car, in which Onusic is alleged to have escaped.

Friday, 07 July 2017 13:20

Big Savings On Akron Sewer Project

The City of Akron is saving $17 million dollars on the cost of its sewer improvement project, through a reduced interest rate on a loan from the Ohio EPA.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says the city is committed to meeting environmental obligations and improving water quality, while also finding ways to reduce the cost of sewer projects for Akron rate payers.

Meanwhile, work has begun on Cuyahoga Street, for the Carpenter Sewer Separation project.

The $2.3 million dollar project is part of the city's massive, federally-mandated effort to separate sanitary sewers from storm sewers.

Update: On Wednesday morning, Akron Municipal Court Judge Ann Marie O'Brien denied bond for Stanley Ford, 58, saying she's never seen such a heinous act in her time as a judge. 

Ford is due back in court Thursday morning for an initial appearance with his attorney. He is expected to enter a plea. 

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58-year-old Stanley O. Ford of Akron has been charged with one count of aggravated arson, and seven counts of aggravated murder in connection with the deadly fire on May 15th, that claimed the lives of seven family members on Fultz Avenue in Akron. 

He is described as a neighbor who lived on Hillcrest Avenue, close by the home on Fultz Street, that he allegedly set on fire.
 
Deputy Police Chief, Kenneth Ball, called it "one of the most heinous and costly crimes in the city of Akron's history", and Mayor Dan Horrigan says he will do "everything in his power to see justice is achieved in this case".
 
The family members who died from smoke inhalation from that deadly blaze are Dennis Huggins,Angela Boggs, and their five children; Cameron Huggins, Alivia Huggins, Kylle Huggins, Daisia Huggins, and Jered Boggs.
 
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Cleveland and Federal law enforcement officials are still on the hunt for Steve Stephens, the man who recorded himself shooting and killing 74 year old Robert Godwin of Cleveland apparently at random this weekend, and posting the video to Facebook.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says they do no know where he is, and they have expanded their search outside of the Cleveland area, and throughout the Midwest. He's asking Stephens to turn himself in, and is warning family and friends that they will face charges if they help Stephens hide or evade capture.

The US Marshall's Service and FBI are assisting in the search.

Meanwhile, Robert Godwin's family and friends are asking people not to contribute to any GOFUNDME, or other online solicitations for Godwin's memorial, because they are not behind them.

 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:52

Dirt Bike Case Shooter Indicted for Murder

The 63 year old Streesboro man alleged to have shot and killed 24 year old Keith Johnson of Akron in a dispute over a dirt bike recently, has been indicted on multiple felony charges by the Summit County Grand Jury.

William Knight is charged with two counts of murder, and two counts of felonious assault, for the shooting which ocurred on March 20th. Knight is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges next Wednesday, April 19th, in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

 

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