Edward L. Esposito

Edward L. Esposito

Edward "Ed" Esposito is vice-president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group. He oversees news and public affairs programs for www.AkronNewsNow.com, 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation; a former chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation and a former president of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He's also served as a member of the Akron Press Club , Kent State University Student Media Advisory Board, Ohio Open Government Coalition, Northeast Ohio AMBER Task Force. He's lectured on broadcasting and journalism for the University of Missouri in China, as well as across the country for RTDNA and RTDNF. You can reach Ed through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or by email eesposito@rcrg.net

Friday, 28 April 2017 08:21

Drug Drop-Off Day Saturday

Tomorrow marks the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day where residents can safely get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers to keep them out of the hands of addicts.

It's a no-questions-asked service and free; locations include local police stations and event Metro RTA's visitors parking lot. Drop-offs will be accepted between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon. 

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(Senators Portman & Brown) Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors. That’s why the DEA and thousands of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners are holding another Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., at over 5,000 sites around the country, including more than 270 sites in Ohio.The service is free of charge, no questions asked. Both U.S. Senators are backing the effort as a way to support taking prescription painkillers out of household medicine cabinets.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose, and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. More than 6.4 million Americans age 12 and over -- 2.4 percent of the population -- abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last fall. That’s more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Locations around greater Akron:

AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT AKRON METRO REGIONAL TRANSIT CENTER 
VISITOR'S PARKING LOT
631 S BROADWAY STREET AKRON      
AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT AKRON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 
CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY
215 W. BOWERY STREET AKRON      
SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF / DRUG UNIT SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE / DRUG UNIT 393 E. TURKEYFOOT LAKE ROAD AKRON      
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT 2465 CANFIELD ROAD AKRON      
BARBERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT THE OLD FIRST MERIT BUILDING 480 WEST TUSCAWARAS BARBERTON      
CUYAHOGA FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT WESTERN RESERVE HOSPITAL 
MAIN ENTRANCE
1900 23RD ST CUYAHOGA FALLS      
TALLMADGE POLICE DEPARTMENT TALLMADGE POLICE DEPARTMENT 53 NORTHEAST AVE TALLMADGE      
TALLMADGE POLICE DEPARTMENT GIANT EAGLE 205 WEST AVENUE TALLMADGE      
TALLMADGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ACME FRESH MARKET 600 SOUTH AVENUE TALLMADGE      
COPLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT COPLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT 1280 SUNSET DRIVE COPLEY      
SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM GREEN MEDICAL CENTER 1835 FRANKS PARKWAY UNIONTOWN      
STOW POLICE DEPARTMENT STOW POLICE DEPARTMENT 3800 DARROW RD STOW      
BATH POLICE DEPT. BATH POLICE DEPT. 3864 W. BATH RD. AKRON      
MEDINA COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE WADSWORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT 120 MAPLE STREET WADSWORTH      
SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM WADSWORTH-RITTMAN MEDICAL CENTER 195 WADSWORTH ROAD WADSWORTH      
HUDSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT HUDSON ACME PLAZA 
IN FRONT OF THE ACME GROCERY STORE
116 W. STREETSBORO ST. HUDSON      
BRIMFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT BRIMFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT 1287 TALLMADGE RD KENT      
KENT POLICE DEPARTMENT KENT POLICE DEPARTMENT 
PARKING LOT
319 S. WATER ST. KENT OHIO KENT      
             
SOLON POLICE DEPARTMENT SOLON SENIOR CENTER 35000 PORTZ PARKWAY SOLON      
MEDINA COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE MEDINA TWP. P.D. 4877 FENN ROAD MEDINA      
AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT 100 S. AURORA RD AURORA      
PORTAGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PORTAGE COUNTY WATER RESOURCES 8116 INFIRMARY RD. RAVENNA      
UH PORTAGE MEDICAL CENTER UH PORTAGE MEDICAL CENTER 
DAVID FRASE
6847 N. CHESTNUT ST RAVENNA      
             
             
             
             
             
       
Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:16

Kenmore Car Firebugs Sought

Someone is lighting up Kenmore -- and not in a good way. Akron police are digging to find out the firebugs who've been stealing and setting cars on fire the past two weeks; seven charred so far, including three right there in the driveway of the owner's homes.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it appears the targets are random and there's no apparent connection. Wednesday night an eighth vehicle was stolen and set on fire. 

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(APD) Detectives are investigating seven vehicle arsons that have occurred in the Kenmore Community in the last two weeks.  2301 Romig Road,

- 1997 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Springfield Township, 4/15/2017
- 2274 10th Street SW, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/15/2107
- 940 West Wilbeth Road, 2012 Hyundai Genesis, taken from Jason Avenue in Akron, 4/15/2017
- 240 Diamond Drive, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, stolen from Barberton, 4/18/2017
- 1409 Swinehart Avenue, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- 1389 Fawler Avenue, 2005 Chevy Uplander, burned in the driveway, 4/26/2017
- Leeser Avenue/Samuel Avenue, unknown pickup truck, unknown if it is stolen, 4/26/2017

No suspect(s) description is available.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:12

Galonski Wins 35th District Nod

A panel of Ohio statehouse Democrats picking Summit County Magistrate Tavia Galonski to fill the unexpired term of 35th District State Representative Greta Johnson. The screening committee recommendation must still be approved by the full slate of Ohio House democrats but that's expected to be a formality.

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(Ohio Democrats) State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the House Democratic screening panel tasked with finding a replacement for the 35th House district seat, previously held by Greta Johnson (D-Akron), has recommended Tavia Galonski to fill the remainder of Johnson's term.

The panel recommended Galonski after interviewing eight applicants for the 35th House district seat.

"Among the many qualified applicants, Tavia's leadership and experience make her the best possible representative for the thirty-fifth district," said Cera. "We are confident constituents will have a real advocate for their future in Mrs. Galonski."

Galonski, a magistrate in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, has served the state in a legal capacity for over 15 years. Formerly appointed as magistrate of the county's domestic relations court, she currently serves as magistrate of the county's juvenile court.

"I believe my professional experience will enable me to be an effective advocate in Columbus for the families, children and working people of the thirty-fifth," said Galonski. "Everyone deserves to be heard, but too often Ohio children and families feel like they do not have a voice at the Statehouse. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to promote innovative policies that put people back to work, improve our education system, instill fairness in our justice system, and create good-paying jobs."

In addition to her extensive background in public service, policy and legal issues, Galonski is also a member of Leadership Akron, The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association, the Barristers and the Ohio State Bar Association. She was appointed to serve as the juvenile court representative for the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, which earned her the 2014 Ohio Fatherhood Center Achievement Award.

Galonski received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta. After attending the University of Nottingham in the U.K., she completed her Juris Doctorate at the University Akron School of Law in 1995. Galonski worked as a judicial attorney in Summit County for several years before being appointed as a magistrate.

The screening panel that recommended Galonski was led by Democratic Caucus Dean Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and included Reps. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Leader Nick Celebrezze (D-Parma) and Assistant Minority Whip Emilia Sykes (D-Akron).

The screening panel's recommendations will be presented to Democratic legislators on the House floor Wednesday, May 10 for an official vote of appointment.

Summit County deputies say a man who tried to get into the Summit County Courthouse bearing a handgun and with a child in handcuffs will face a battery of charges for impersonating a police officer -- and they're hoping other children who may have taken part in a fake "Scared Straight Program" will come forward.

Deputies and Akrn police say 26-year old Christopher S. Hendon of Akron claimed he was a "Resource Officer" and dressed in "tactical police attire," including a weapon. He was stopped on April 6th, and a subsequent search of his home yielded a handgun, a fake firearm, handcuffs, a tactical vest and items with police labels. Charges range from weapons charges, criminal trespass and impersonating a peace officer. He's being held in the Summit County Jail.

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HendonVest(Summit County Sheriff) On April 6, 2017 the Summit County Sheriff's Office was contacted by court personnel in reference to an individual attempting to gain entry into a County Courthouse with a firearm. The suspect had a child in handcuffs with him and the suspect claimed to be a Resource Officer working as a part of a "Scared Straight Program."

The Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Akron Police Department. During the course of the investigation, investigators identified the suspect as Christopher S. Hendon. It was determined that on 4 occasions, Hendon attempted to gain access to a County Courthouse while dressed in tactical police attire and carrying a firearm. Each time, he had children in handcuffs and he portrayed himself as a "Resource
Officer." On one occasion, Hendon attempted to gain entry into the Summit County Jail with handcuffed children.

It was determined that Hendon is not a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio. On April 24, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant at Hendon's Akron residence. During the search, investigators seized a handgun, a simulated firearm, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment, a tactical vest, and items labeled with police insignias (photos attached). Christopher S. Hendon, age 26 of Akron was arrested and charged with (4) counts of Illegal Conveyance of a Deadly Weapon into a Courthouse (F-5), (4) counts of Criminal Trespass (M-4), and (4) counts of Impersonating a Peace Officer (F-3).

He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

If you know of a child that participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

Friday, 07 April 2017 06:55

Hopefuls For 35th District Line Up

Statehouse Democrats have the weekend to review resumes and applications from those interested in replacing Greta Johnson as the 35th District's representative covering parts of Summit County. The District includes Barberton and Akron's wards 6, 7, 9 and 10.
 
Johnson stepped down to take a job with the County. 
 
Among the applicants: Summit Council's Tim Crawford of Norton, although he's not in the district. Summit County Magistrate Tavia Galonski, who would have to leave her job with the court under judicial rules and Barberton council members Frederick Maurer and Shannon Conrad-Wokojance.
 
Others include lawyers Adam VanHo, Bradford Carlton and marketing executive Aimee Cooper, Tallmadge teacher Lori Michalec, and Akron city worker Susan Culver. 
 
Interviews will be held in Columbus next week.
Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:53

Norton PD Issues Missing Adult Alert

Norton police issued a Missing Adult Alert for an 89-year old man yesterday after he failed to come home Monday night. Police say Allen Combs left his Marnie Street home in a white 2003 Ford F-150; the family says he suffers from Dementia and Alzheimer's.

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(Missing Adult Alert) The Norton Police department is trying to find missing 89-year-old Allen Combs. Combs was last seen on April 3rd. He left his home on Mamie Street in Norton around 10 p.m.

He is described as:

  • White male
  • 89-years-old
  • 5'9"
  • 200 lbs.
  • Gray hair
  • Blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing jeans, a button-up long sleeve shirt, a baseball cap and boots. Combs also suffers from Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and may be confused.

The vehicle involved is a white 2003 Ford F-150 with OH plate number DFE8933, his vehicle is a Lariat Edition. The vehicle show in the story is not the actual vehicle involved.

If you see the adult or the vehicle you are asked to call 911.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 07:54

Pharmacy Board Approves New Opioid Limits

It didn't take Ohio's Board of Pharmacy to implement Governor Kasich's desire to cut down on opioid prescriptions. New rules were approved a week after Kasich announced efforts by the regulatory boards overseeing doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists to use "commonsense" limits on using opioids to treat acute pain. Supporters hope to cut the number of doses in Ohio by more than 100 million annually.

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(Ohio Pharmacy Board) The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the approval of rules to help implement proposed limits on opiate prescriptions for acute pain. Announced by Governor Kasich and leaders of Ohio's healthcare regulatory boards last Thursday, the rules will support efforts by the Medical, Nursing and Dental Boards to place commonsense limits on the use of opiates for the treatment of acute pain.

"The Board is proud to play its role in helping to reduce opiate prescribing in Ohio" said Steven Schierholt, Executive Director of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. "It is estimated that the state could see an annual reduction of 109 million opiate doses once the new limits are in effect."

The rules adopted by the Board will require prescribers to include a diagnosis or procedure code on every controlled substance prescription. This information will then be entered into Ohio's prescription monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), by dispensing pharmacies to monitor compliance with the limits.

The rules will follow the Board's standard rule adoption process, including input from stakeholders and the public.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:20

VIDEO Remembering WAKR's Bob Allen

For generations Bob Allen was a fixture on WAKR, as the co-host of the "Adam and Bob Show" from 1978 to 1991 that woke up Akron to later in his career as the solo morning host and program director on 1590 WAKR.

Bob retired from WAKR in 2010 and recalled an entire show broadcast from the Goodyear Blimp over Akron as one of his most memorable broadcasts. He was 77 years old.

Allen, who's real name was Gordon Van Waes, died yesterday according to family members. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

 

 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:14

Akron Man Makes Most Wanted List

An Akron man is the latest to make the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive most wanted list. Police are looking for 26-year old Jevonte Walker for aggravated robbery for holding a woman at gunpoint as she was sitting in her car last month. He's also facing various parole violations.

Walker is hard to miss; he has tattoos on his neck and face, and is believed to be hiding out in the Akron area.

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(US Marshal) The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Jevonte Walker.

Walker is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Akron Police Department for aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability. He is also wanted by the Adult Parole Authority for various parole violations. On March 12 of this year, Walker allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint while she was sitting in her car. He then fled in a silver car.

Walker is a 26 year old black male standing approximately 5'08" and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and browneyes. Walker also has numerous tattoos on his neck and face. Walker is believed to be hiding in the Akron area.

If you have any information in reference to Jevonte Walker, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Friday, 31 March 2017 09:33

Gun & Grenade Bust In Springfield

Springfield Township police found more than they bargained for during a traffic stop on Massillon Road.

Officers reported seeing a semi-automatic handgun within reach of the driver; it turned out to be a loaded .45 caliber weapon. Police also say they spotted what they thought was an active hand grenade in a rear side door and called the Summit County Bomb Squad.

It was determined the grenade wasn't active and no danger, but 20-year old Lane Spraggins faces felony charges and was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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(Springfield PD) On 3/31/17 at approx. 12:21 AM, Officers stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 2400 block area of Massillon Rd.

Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a semi-automatic handgun in the back of the vehicle, within the drivers reach. Further investigation determined the firearm was a loaded .45 cal. semi-auto. Also located in the rear drivers side door was what appeared to the officers as an active hand grenade.

The Summit County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and determined the grenade to be inert and of no danger. The driver, 20 year old Lane Spraggins was charged with Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, a Felony of the 4th degree. Mr. Spraggins was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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