Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Friday, 01 July 2016 10:37

Akron House Fire Leaves One Dead

UPDATED Akron Fire is reporting one person dead after a house fire located at 1020 Victory St. Firefighters found the body of James Johnson, 69, who owned the house. His family told the Akron Beacon Journal he lived there for more than four decades, even purchasing nearby lots while neighbors abandoned their homes in the South Akron neighborhood. He turned those lots into a buffer zone of park-like settings.

A call notifying the Akron Fire Department of the fire came in at 4:06 a.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time Akron firefighters arrived on the scene. Johnson was pronounced dead at about 5:15 a.m.  

Stark County Sheriff's Office has issued a Missing Adult Alert for 65-year-old Charles Frederick Wrenz. 

Mr. Wrenz walked out of his home on Winona St. NE in Alliance around 10:30 Thursday night and has not been seen since. 

He is described as a white male, about 5' 7", with brown hair and green eyes. There was no description of the clothes that he was wearing. 

Mr. Wrenz suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. If you see him, you are asked to call 911 immediately. 

Teamsters from across the U.S. are pledging big bucks to an Akron-based nonprofit that is dedicated to awareness surrounding the heroin epidemic that is plaguing Northeast Ohio and the entire country. 

Travis Bornstein, along with two others, started the Breaking Barriers nonprofit after the overdose death of Bornstein's 24-year-old son Tyler in 2014. Bornstein, who is the head of the Teamsters Local 24 in Akron, spoke at a national Teamsters convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He spoke about his son and the growing heroin problem. After his speech, Bornstein says the donations began pouring in to the amount of $1.4 million. Going into the event, the fund at Breaking Barriers didn't exceed $10,000, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. 

In 2014, Bornstein's son Tyler's body was found in a vacant lot in Coventry Township, where he fatally overdosed on heroin. During his speech to the Teamsters, Bornstein said his goal is to build a treatment facility on that lot. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:43

A New Look At Promotions For Akron Fire

Akron Fire will do away with the exam it once required for promotions throughout its departments and will lean on education, training, and seniority for advancement.

On Tuesday, Mayor Dan Horrigan, along with Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations Randy Briggs and Local 330 Lieutenant Russ Brode, announced the result of negotiations between the unions and the city; most of the recommended changes came from the Blue Ribbon Task Force, commissioned by the Mayor himself.

Ten years of legal battles over the now obsolete promotional tests have prevented the department from giving its city employees raises. The new education-based procedure provides a "roadmap for firefighters coming in now, to show how they can become officers in this department," says Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations Randy Briggs.

Mayor Dan Horrigan said, during the press conference outside Memorial Station 4 on E. Thornton St., "It's an historical day. I think we've reached an unprecidented partnership with our local unions." He went on to say of the new process, "The true focus is on talent development."

Along with Atlanta, Arlington, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia, Akron is only the fourth city in the U.S. currently implementing this education and training-based promotion system. That makes them part of the "A-Team" as Deputy Mayor Briggs pointed out at the press conference outside Station 4 on E. Thornton St. downtown.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:05

New Evidence In Amy Mihaljevic Case

The Cleveland FBI, along with Bay Village Police, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty held a press conference today in regard to new evidence in the nearly 27-year-old case of Amy Mihaljevic. 

During Thursday's press conference they said a curtain, that was initially found near where Amy's body was found in Ashland County, is what Amy's body was wrapped in and came from the location where she was murdered. Investigators made the connection through hair from the Mihaljevic family dog that was found on the curtain. The curtain was described as homemade, turned into a curtain from a blanket. 

"This lead will solve the case. If you connect this curtain to a location, they will finish the job," McGinty said at the press conference. 

Amy went missing from her Bay Village home on October 27, 1989. Her body was found in a ditch along a road in Ashland County in February of 1990. 

It's the first major sports championship the Northeast Ohio area has seen in 52 years, so naturally thousands and thousands of fans flocked to the IX Center and Cleveland Hopkins Airport in Cleveland to witness LeBron James and the rest of the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers bring it home. 

The festivities at the IX Center parking lot kicked off early, with the team expected to touchdown aroun 12:30 p.m. The mood was vibrant and the crowd was excited, hoping to get within eyeshot of the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The energy level was maintained by the Cavaliers Dance Team, the Scream Team, the Q-Stix, and in-game announcer Ahmaad Crump, who was the emcee for the event. Despite the heat (it was about 86 degrees on the first day of Summer), the crowd was hyped and stuck it out throughout the day. 

Then, the Champs landed... And the crowd erupted with collective chants of "Let's Go Cavs!" and "MVP", for Akron's own LeBron James. 

As the mobile staircase rolled up to the plane and the door opened, one-by-one the Cavaliers players made their way to flat ground, back in The Land. 

In true fairytale fashion, LeBron was the last player to exit the plane, holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy high above his head, for every Cavs fan to witness. While donning an "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt, no doubt a jab at the now second-best team in the country, the Golden State Warriors, LeBron swelled with pride as he was finally able to keep his promise and bring his hometown a World Championship.

After recently announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer, Summit County Executive Russ Pry underwent successful surgery to remove a tumor. 

Pry's Chief of Staff announced on Friday that Tuesday's surgery at Cleveland Clinic Akron General went well and Pry is recovering. He added that the cancer had not spread beyond his colon and had not reached an advanced stage. Pry will take the next 6 weeks to recover and is expected to return to work August 1st, when Summit County Council returns from their summer recess. 

Pry, 58, was diagnosed with colon cancer after a routine exam. He is using his diagnosis to stress the importance of continuing routine check-ups and exams. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:28

Akron Woman Shot While Driving

Akron Police are looking for two suspects after they allegedly shot at a woman who was trying to drive around their illegally parked vehicle. 

The incident happen Wednesday evening around 7:30, when police say the 48-year-old victim was driving down Frederick Boulevard.

NewsChannel 5 reports the suspect's vehicle, a red Dodge Charger, was illegally parked in the 1100 block of Frederick. As the victim attempted to circumvent the Charger, police say one or possibly both of the males inside the car fired opened fire. The woman, whose name has not been released, was hit in the left arm while her car was hit with several more bullets. She was transported to Akron General Medical Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com


Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:21

Ohio Prison System Enters New Dairy Deal

It does a body good, despite whether that body is incarcerated or not.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has entered a contract with four Ohio dairy farms, worth $2.6 million, to provide roughly 1.3 million gallons of milk for inmates per year.

Prior to the deal, the Ohio prison system had their own farms that were maintained day-to-day by prisoners, but sold roughly 1,000 cows and closed those farms. The announcement was unexpected as a $9 million plan to improve prison farms was in its final stages. 

A spokesman for the prison system in Ohio says the farms were closed due to security concerns and because the practice of training and preparing inmates for farming jobs is outdated.

Akron Police are asking the public's help in identifying an indecent exposure suspect they say grabbed a woman after exposing himself to her. The incident happened back on June 3rd, at Allyn St. and Exchange St. around 5:45 a.m. The police report contends that the suspect exposed himself to the victim and the grabbed her shoulders as she tried to run away. 

The suspect is described as a black male, between 22 and 29-years-old, between 5'5" and 5'7", and 125 to 140 pounds. The video below was surveillance video from June 7th along E. Exchange St. 

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Akron Police Department. 


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