Jeanne Destro

Jeanne Destro

This week, we'll look at how the internet which brings us together with friends and family on social media--is also helping to tear our society apart, and threaten our very existence.

Sound extreme? Well, from the indictment of 13 Russian nationals charged with interfering with the 2016 Presidential election, to Akron-Canton area teens arrested over the past week for making online threats; social media is being used in ways that its creators never dreamed--and which for many--has become a nightmare.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:10

Police Seek Teens in Akron Murder

Akron police are looking for two teens in connection with the murder of 18 year old Shpetim Ramadani of Inman Street, Tuesday night.

He was shot in the 1000 block of Herberich Avenue.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 16 year old John Smith, East Archwood Ave.; and 18 year old Tyler Morgan of Talbot Avenue.

If you have any information about the shooting; please call Akron police.

(More information below.)
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Detectives are asking for the publics help in locating two males involved in the shooting death of Shpetim Ramadani. Warrants were signed for murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery on John Smith, 16, with a last known address on E. Archwood Ave.; and Tyler Morgan, 18, with a last known address on Talbot Ave. Smith and Morgan are wanted in the recent shooting death of Shpetim Ramadani, 18, of Inman St. in Akron.

Around 7:00pm Tuesday night, officers responded to the 300 block of Margaret St. for a shooting. The victim, Shpetim Ramadani, was found in the back seat of a Chrysler 300 with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.

The other individuals in the car reported they stopped to talk to two males in the 1000 block of Herberich Ave. One of the males pulled out a handgun and fired it into the Chrysler, striking Ramadani in the torso. The driver drove off and called police on Margaret Street.
John Smith is a white male, 5’9”, 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Tyler Morgan is a black male, 5’11”, 150 LBS., with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous. If you see the suspects, they should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS! Do NOT approach; call 911.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:13

US Marshalls "Dirty Dozen"

U.S. Marshalls have released an updated version of their "Dangerous Dozen" list of most wanted fugitives.
 
It includes Elijah Butler, who is from the Akron area, and is wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations. 
 
More details below.
 
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U.S. MARSHALS TASK FORCE
“DANGEROUS DOZEN”
February 2017
Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). A flyer is attached with the photo, name, date of birth, charge
and area of interest for the current “Dangerous Dozen”. With internet access, anyone can click on each photo on the flyer and view full wanted posters for each fugitive, which contain larger pictures and moreinformation on the fugitive. The public can also go to www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives to view the fugitives and wanted posters.
 
The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:
Clarence Bennett is a Cleveland area fugitive wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals for homicide. In August of 2017, Bennett allegedly opened fire on a group of people gathered outside a Cleveland bar. As a result, one person was died and four others were wounded. Bennett has ties throughout Cleveland.
 
Courtney Ware is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted by the Mansfield Police Division of Police and the U.S. Marshals for assault. In November of 2017 Ware allegedly beat a female victim severally
causing her to lose consciousness. Ware has ties to the Richland County area. 
 
Elijah Butler is an Akron area fugitive wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations stemming
from a conviction of robbery. Butler had ties throughout the Akron area.
 
Demarkus Hodge is a Lorain area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Violations of Supervised Release stemming from a federal conviction of failure to register. Hodge is required to
register as a convicted sex offender as a result of a conviction of rape of a child. Hodge has ties in the Lorain area as well as Buffalo, NY.
 
Christopher Terry is a Canton area fugitive wanted by Canton Police Department and the U.S.Marshals for Rape. It is alleged that Terry used a firearm to force his victim to encage in sexual
intercourse. Terry has ties throughout Canton and New Philadelphia.
 
All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location
of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and cashrewards are available for information leading to the arrest of any of these fugitives. 
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:13

US Marshalls "Dirty Dozen"

U.S. Marshalls have released an updated version of their "Dangerous Dozen" list of most wanted fugitives.
 
It includes Elijah Butler, who is from the Akron area, and is wanted dor drug trafficking and parole violations. 
 
More details below.
 
________________________
 
U.S. MARSHALS TASK FORCE
“DANGEROUS DOZEN”
February 2017
Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). A flyer is attached with the photo, name, date of birth, charge
and area of interest for the current “Dangerous Dozen”. With internet access, anyone can click on each photo on the flyer and view full wanted posters for each fugitive, which contain larger pictures and moreinformation on the fugitive. The public can also go to www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives to view the fugitives and wanted posters.
 
The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:
Clarence Bennett is a Cleveland area fugitive wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals for homicide. In August of 2017, Bennett allegedly opened fire on a group of people gathered outside a Cleveland bar. As a result, one person was died and four others were wounded. Bennett has ties throughout Cleveland.
Courtney Ware is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted by the Mansfield Police Division of Police and the U.S. Marshals for assault. In November of 2017 Ware allegedly beat a female victim severally
causing her to lose consciousness. Ware has ties to the Richland County area. 
 
Elijah Butler is an Akron area fugitive wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations stemming
from a conviction of robbery. Butler had ties throughout the Akron area.
Demarkus Hodge is a Lorain area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Violations of Supervised Release stemming from a federal conviction of failure to register. Hodge is required to
register as a convicted sex offender as a result of a conviction of rape of a child. Hodge has ties in the Lorain area as well as Buffalo, NY.
Christopher Terry is a Canton area fugitive wanted by Canton Police Department and the U.S.Marshals for Rape. It is alleged that Terry used a firearm to force his victim to encage in sexual
intercourse. 
Terry has ties throughout Canton and New Philadelphia.
All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location
of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and cashrewards are available for information leading to the arrest of any of these fugitives. 

An Akron Firefighter has been charged with felonious assault after a domestic dispute inside a home in the 700 block of McKinley Avenue last week.

Police say 31 year old Enrique Green was visiting a female friend, when her ex-boyfriend showed up, and there was an argument.

When the ex threw a brick at Green; Green allegedly shot him in the shoulder. Green, who does not have a concealed carry permit, has been with the city of Akron's fire department for six years, and is currently on unpaid leave.

 

 

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences for Richard Beasley, the Akron man who posted fake employment ads to Craigslist, luring four men to a rural property in southeastern Ohio, killing three and attempting to kill the fourth.

Scott Davis managed to escape Beasley after being shot; he'd eventually testify against him. Brogan Rafferty, who Beasley claimed was his nephew, was an accomplice to the crimes when he was just 16, was sentenced to life in prison.

This week, we're taking a look at an ambitious new retail and online initiative in Akron, that's a first-ever for the US, efforts to make Ohio ready for self-driving vehicles, and the second scary emergency mobile alert in the past month.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 13:42

This Week in Tech With Jeanne Destro-2-2-18

This week, we're taking a look at what is possibly THE most significant Cybersecurity issue--ever--and what's being done about it, some cutting edge medical technology out of the University of Akron, what social media providers are doing to protect users from horrible, graphic videos, and new guidelines for using drones to fight crime.

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Friday, 19 January 2018 12:32

Kucinich Picks Samples as Running Mate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich has picked Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples as his running mate.
 
The two will face a crowded field in the May primary, including former federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director, Richard Cordray and his running mate, former Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neil, whose running mate is Chantelle E. Lewis of East Cleveland, former State Rep. Connie Pillich and running mate Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer, and State Senator Joe Schiavoni, and his running mate, Stephanie Dodd.
 
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who had previously announced she was running for Governor, dropped out of the race last week, pledging her support to Richard Cordray.
 
Kucinich is well-known statewide as a result of his high-profile years as Mayor of Cleveland, as well as his time in Congress from 1997-2003. He also ran for President in 2004 and 2008.
 
Samples has represented Ward 5 on Akron City Council since 2013. 
 
Kucinich and Samples joined The Jasen Sokol Show for their first radio interview after the announcement:

Editor's note: A previous version omitted the names of Connie Pillich and Scott Schertzer.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:38

New Court Program To Battle Opiod Addiction

Summit County Common Pleas Court has partnered with Greenleaf Family Center, to provides addiction and mental health assessments for low-risk criminal offenders, in an effort to steer them into intervention and recovery--instead of jail.

Judge Amy Corrigall Jones explains, ""If you address the underlying issues, albeit drugs and alcohol, mental illness, or intellectual disabilities; ultimately, you're going to reduce recidivism, poor decision making, and reduce crime. In the end, that will save our taxpayers money".

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