Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Friday, 19 January 2018 10:31

APD Investigating Thursday Night Shooting

When Akron Police arrived at the home in the 1100 block of Bethany Avenue Thursday night on a call of a man shot, they found the victim sitting on the porch of the home with mutliple gunshot wounds, holding a gun. 

The call first came in around 10 p.m. The victim was sitting on the porch and had suffered gunshot wounds to the face, chest, and arms. Upon approaching the home, officers noticed that the man was holding a handgun. They secured the gun and then the victim was transported to Akron City Hospital. According to the APD report Friday morning, the victim, whose name hasn't been released, was in serious condition. 

According to that report, detectives were not given any suspect description or any more information. Now, they're asking for anyone who may know something to call them. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:38

UPDATE: KSU Denies White Nationalist Speaker

UPDATE: Kent State University has rejected the request from white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on May 4th at the Multicultural Center on campus. 

In a release, the college says they simple couldn't accomodate Spencer's request as April 30th through May 12th is an "exceptionally busy" time on campus. 


White Nationalist Richard Spencer, who is known for speaking tours at college campuses across the U.S., is reportedly part of a request to reserve the Kent State University Multicultural Center, on May 4th of this year, for a speech. 

KentWired.com is reporting that a Tweet sent out by Kyle Bristow (posted below), a lawyer who represents Spencer's National Policy Institute, acknowledged that Spencer's tour manager Cameron Padgett is working on the reservation, and that Padgett would have Spencer speak at the event on May 4th. 


May 4th, 2018, would be the 48th anniversary of the shooting of four unarmed college students by National Guardsmen on Kent State's campus during a Vietnam War protest. 

Spencer, meanwhile, is suing both University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University for not allowing him to speak on campus. 

Read more from KentWired.com



Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:38

Former Summit Sheriff Warren Dies

Former Summit County Sheriff Richard "Dick" Warren passed away over the weekend at the age of 78.

Warren, who served as sheriff from 1994 through 2001, first joined the department at a reserve deputy in 1961, and wasn't even being paid. In 1974 was a promoted to deputy, then to sergeant by 1980, and inspector in 1992.

In 1994, was appointed Sheriff by the Democratic Central Committee, and then ran unopposed again in 1996. He served through 2001. 


Warren was 78 years old. 

We have an update on the shooting in Akron's West Hill neighborhood this morning.

According to the report, just before 5 this morning Akron Police responded to the 300 block of Gold Street near Nickel, on a call about a shooting.

There were two male victims that were shot; one in the head, the other in the arm. The first victim is at Akron General in Critical Condition, while the second was taken to Akron City Hospital and is in serious condition. A short time later, Akron Police arrested Hedy Moss, 49, who fled the scene after the shooting, and charged her with two counts felonious assault.

She's in Summit County Jail.

The victims' names have not been released, pending the notification of their families. 

Akron Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Waterloo Road Friday night around 11:30 about a man with a gun, inside the home, acting irradically, possibly on drugs, and threatening to shoot someone. 

The female caller, who hasn't been identified, said that Michael Higgins (pictured) was acting crazy and tearing up the home. She could be heard in a recording sent the the WAKR Newsroom by Akron Police yelling at Higgins, telling him to get out of the house. 

When police arrived, Higgins opened fire, to which Akron Police officers returned shots. After the shootout, Higgins reportedly barricaded himself inside the home. Akron SWAT was called, but it is unclear if they were needed, as Higgins gave himself up peacefully shortly after he locked himself inside. 

Higgins was arrested and taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with a minor injury; he reportedly was grazed with a bullet from an Akron Police officer's gun. He's charged with felonious assault on a police officer and more charges are expected. Higgins was booked in Summit County Jail. 

The officers involved in the shootout have been placed on adinistrative leave, per APD protocol. The incident remains under investigaiton. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 11:52

Former Akron Police Chief Nice Charged

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice has formally been charged after a months-long investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office into his inappropriate behavior while on the job for the City of Akron. 

The charge is Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Police Database, a first-degree misdemeanor. The WAKR Newsroom has attempted to contact Nice's attorney, Henry Hilow. 

Nice, a former FBI Supervisor, was Akron's Police Chief from 2011 up until he abruptly resigned, at the request of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, in August of last year. 

There were also allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer, and accounts of Nice's inappropriate language and conduct in the office, and allegations that Nice attempted to interfere with an investigation into his nephew, Joseph Nice, involving the car dealership he owns in Akron. There is no confirmation on whether or not that investigation is what the charge is stemming from. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 10:49

SCPH Releases Updated Flu Numbers

Summit County Public Health has released an update on the Flu Status in our area, warning residents the bug has gone widespread.

The Department is reporting 5 deaths in our area; 4 adults, and 1 child.

They're urging everyone to get their flu shot, that there is still time.

Below is the full press release from SCPH: 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Flu Status In Summit County Akron, Ohio – Summit County Public Health (SCPH) warns Summit County residents that the flu is widespread across Ohio as well as 46 other States. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. Summit County has had 5 deaths (4 adults and 1 pediatric) from the flu so far this season; compared to ten adult deaths during the entire flu season last year. The CDC estimates that each year around 36,000 people die from flu.

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses so it is important to know the difference. If you or a family member has a respiratory illness contact your medical provider for evaluation.

It is still not too late to get your flu vaccination. Flu vaccinations are still available at most healthcare providers’ offices and retail pharmacies. There are currently no vaccine shortages in Ohio.

Other ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include washing hands frequently; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues; coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. Persons with flu like symptoms should not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes. For more information on flu please visit www.flu.ohio.gov or www.scphoh.org. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:36

Small Plane Crashes in Wadsworth

A single engine plane crashed near the Wadsworth Municipal Airport, according to multiple reports.

It happened in the area of Route 57 and Seville Road around 11:30 this morning.

An airport spokesperson tells Channel 3 News that the plane was coming in for a landing, and came in too low, eventually crashing.

No word on how many people were on board or of any injuries at this point. 

A former employee at the Portage County Family and Community Services is suing the deparment, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, and a former Sheriff's Major, claiming she was forced to quit her job after she was sexually harrassed by that major.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Akron, details comments allegedly made by Major Dennis Missimi, who the woman claims asked her to take pictures of herself while she was in the bathroom, among other harrassing comments or actions.

The Akron woman shared an office with the Sheriff's Department between January and May in 2017. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.  

Executive Director of Family and Community Services Mark Frisone told the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, "Obviously, we're going to take this very seriously." 

U.S. Representative Jim Renacci is dropping Ohio Governor's Race to challenge Sherrod Brown in the U.S. Senate Race in Ohio.

In a statement released Thursday, Renacci said he attended a meeting at the White House earlier this week, when he was asked to drop out of the Governor's race, and run for U.S. Senate.

The former Republican challenger to Brown, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he is suspending his campaign for the U.S. Senate due to his wife's health. 

Below is the is the official statement from the Renacci Campaign: 

Dear Friends, 

As many of you know, after spending most of my career in the business world, a few years ago I chose to run for Congress because I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington. 

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across Ohio, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.  However, it was sense of duty to restoring effective, conservative leadership to government that drove me into national politics in the first place—and it’s that sense of duty that has guided my approach towards public service ever since. 

And as many of you also know, several months ago, after witnessing years of dysfunction in Washington, I announced my intention to leave the House of Representatives to run for Governor Ohio.  Yet, while I believe as firmly today as I did then that my decades of experience in the business world would deliver needed stewardship to our state, true leadership requires a willingness to always put country first and answer a call to action in service to the nation.

Earlier this week I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House, at which I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump’s agenda by entering Ohio’s 2018 race for the United States Senate.  While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President’s agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America. And for that reason I’ve agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate. The drive to change the status quo is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I have received from Amy Murray, who served as the Lieutenant Governor candidate on our ticket, and who will now serve as the statewide Chair of my campaign for the United States Senate.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state.  I thank you sincerely for your support and please keep an eye out for news coming directly from our Senate campaign, which we are launching today.  It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator.  


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