Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Kent State University has announced a "tuition guarantee" program, similar to the University of Akron and Youngstown State University, along with several other statewide universities and colleges, that made announcements on their plans recently.

The tuition increase, which will be rolled out for incoming freshman starting Fall semester, 2018, and will freeze undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board rates, including meal plans, for four years. Eric Mansfield with KSU says that there could be additional costs for specific programs, but the tuition guarantee applies to the base tuition.  

The Kent State Board of Trustees is meeting again in March of 2018 to discuss what the tuition hike will be. Mansfield added in an interview with the Ray Horner Morning Show on 1590 WAKR that while in-state, undergrad tuition has not increased since 2014, and the tuition guarantee does not affect current students, the Board will discuss in that meeting in March what will happen with the tuition for current students. 

 

Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:22

New Details On Missing 14 Year Old Girl

Update:12:14-17

Akron police have issued an arrest warrant for the mother of the 14 year old Barberton girl who went missing last week, and is with her 33 year old cousin, who is a fugitive now being sought by Federal Marshals. 


Police say 36 year old Helena Clay initially lied about where and how her daughter took off with her cousin, who has charges pending against him in eight different jurisdictions, and has a number of past felony convictions, including manslaughter. 
 
Authorities are concerned about the girl's safety, say she may be missing important medication, and that she is pregnant--by her cousin, Louis Jakob. See below for more info.
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US MARSHALS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING JUVENILE GIRL BELIEVED TO BE WITH WANTED FUGITIVE Cleveland, Ohio –The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Louis Jakab and the recovery of missing juvenile Annalys Clay. Jakab, 33 is wanted by the United States Marshals Service on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions charging him with interference with custody, robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. Jakab is also wanted for violating his parole, and he has a prior conviction for manslaughter. Clay, 14 is a reported missing juvenile from Barberton. On Dec. 4, Helena Clay reported her daughter Annalys missing to the Akron Police Department and believes she is with Louis Jakab. Helena Clay reported that her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab, who is her cousin, is believed to be the father. It is believed that Clay is currently with fleeing fugitive Jakab. They were last seen in a 2017 Black Audi A3, with Ohio license plate HED-3844. The plates had previously been reported as stolen in Cleveland. Investigators believe that they are still together and have left the State of Ohio. Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1- 866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

Update: 12-11-17

US Marshall's are on the trail of a 33 year old wanted fugitive believed to be on the run with a 14 year old girl from Barberton, and they're offering a reward for information leading to his capture.

Louis Jakab is wanted on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions, including parole violation, robbery, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. He also has a past conviction for maslaughter.

Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head andblue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tipto TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html.

See below for more detailed information.

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  US MARSHALS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING JUVENILE GIRL BELIEVED TO BE WITH WANTED FUGITIVE

Cleveland, Ohio –The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of fugitive Louis Jakab and the recovery of missing juvenile Annalys Clay.

Jakab, 33 is wanted by the United States Marshals Service on felony warrants in 8 different jurisdictions charging him with interference with custody, robbery, theft, fraud, passing bad checks, and receiving stolen property.
Jakab is also wanted for violating his parole, and he has a prior conviction for manslaughter.

Clay,14 is a reported missing juvenile from Barberton.
On Dec. 4, Helena Clay reported her daughter Annalys missing to the Akron Police Department and believes she is with Louis Jakab.

Helena Clay reported that her daughter is pregnant, and that Jakab, who is her cousin, is believed to be the father.

It is believed that Clay is currently with fleeing fugitive Jakab. They were last seen in a 2017 Black Audi A3, with Ohio license plate HED-3844. The plates had previously been reported as stolen in Cleveland.

Investigators believe that they are still together and have left the State of Ohio.

Jakab is a white male standing approximately 6 feet 4 inches, weighing approximately 190 pounds, with a shaved head andblue eyes. Clay is a white female standing tall 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 125 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tipto TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/ohn/index.html.

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According to reports, Annalys was driving with her mother on the highway Sunday, and the two were arguing. During the argument, Annalys reportedly exited the car and got into 33-year-old Louis Jakab's car. Jakab, 33, of North Royalton, was reportedly driving behind Annalys and her mother in a silver Cadillac STS with Ohio license plates HAA8369

Reports indicated Annalys was last seen in Barberton with Jakab. 

A warrant has been issued for Jakab on Interference with Custody charges. 

This is not an Amber Alert, but police again believe that Annalys is in danger. Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:49

UA Student Sentenced in Roommate's Stabbing

Kendal Scheid, 23, who pleaded guilty to First Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter in the stabbing death of his University of Akron roommate, 23-year-old Duncan Unternaher, was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday. 

Back on December 3, 2016, Scheid stabbed Unternaher in the chest during an argument over fast food, according to witnesses. A third roommate called 911, and said that the two had been drinking and began arguing. That is when Scheid stabbed Unternaher multiple times; he died a couple of days later in the hospital. 

After his death, there was an outpouring of support for Unternaher and his family from students across the University of Akron, who called him a sociable, friendly, and kind person. 

“This was a horrible tragedy. No one expects when they send their child off to college that they will be stabbed to death by their roommate,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “In his 23 years, Duncan left behind a legacy of helping others as well as his positive outlook on life.  The outpouring of love and support for Duncan from the community has been truly heartwarming, and a testament to his kindness and generosity.”

According to a release from Walsh's office, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands stated during sentencing that she would consider judicial release for Scheid in six months, the first time he would be eligible. Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of eight years.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:21

Indians To Extend Safety Net at Progressive Field

The Cleveland Indians announced Wedensday that they will extend the safety netting at Progressive Field to the ends of each dugout before the start of the upcoming 2018 season. 

According to a press release, the mesh netting will extend from section 164 along the third base line around to section 140 down the first base line. 

The move comes after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made a push for all ballparks around the league to do the same, after a young girl was hit with a foul ball, reportedly traveling 105 miles per hour, during a game at Yankees Stadium in New York back in September. She suffered multiple facial fractures. 

In a press release, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations Jim Folk said, "We remain committed to delivering the best experience for our fans at Progressive Field. Safety is our number one priority and these measures should balance that commitment to safety with the interactive nature of our game, something we know is important to our fans." 

 

Friday, 01 December 2017 07:28

An Inside Look at Haven of Rest Ministries

For more than 70 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has been serving Akron and beyond, providing faith-based services and programs that cater to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men, women and children in need. 

Throughout the 70-plus-year history of Haven of Rest, the ministry has not taken a single federal dollar, relying solely on grant money, and more importantly, donations. 

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Back in 1943, Reverend C.C. Thomas and his wife, Marjorie, opened the ministry in a small storefront on North Howard Street. In 1952, Haven broke ground on a new facility on East Buchtel that housed a clinic to treat people suffering from alcohol addiction and withdrawal. The ministry upgraded to a more modern Rescue Mission in 1974. 

After his passing in 1976, Reverend C.C. Thomas was succeeded by his son, Reverend Curtis Thomas. In 2003, Rev. Thomas retired, handing over the leadership to Reverend Ben. W. Walker. In 2011, Reverend Jeffrey Kaiser took over as executive director, and has been running Haven of Rest since. 

Over the past year, Haven of Rest Ministries has served nearly 270,000 and have hosted 59,800 nights of shelter in Akron. Rubber City Radio Group visited the Haven of Rest this week, ahead of the annual WQMX Tree of Lights campaign, and Reverend Jeff Kaiser told us that roughly 6,000 volunteers worked at the facility this last year. 

Currently, there are 30 men in the extended program at the Haven of Rest, and is housing 17 different families, including 27 children, at the Harvest Home

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For nearly two decades, in a tradition that began with the old WSLR at the O'Neil's Building, WQMX has been lighting up Akron with the annual Tree of Lights campaign raising money to help the homeless and needy in our area through Akron's Haven of Rest Ministries Akron,OH. Every donation lights a bulb on the 3 story Tree of Lights on our building. For more information on our charity visit www.havenofrest.org.

TREE OF LIGHTS

How You Can Help:
1) Stop by the WQMX Studios during our 2 -day live broadcast Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 9am-7pm at 1795 West Market St. in Akron 44313. Make a donation & say hello to our WQMX staff members

2) Donate online at https://donate.havenofrest.org/for/tol/

3) Call our statewide toll free hotline during the radiothon Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 6am until 7pm 1-855-254-2819

Schedule of Events Friday, December 1st
4-7pm- Live Reindeer courtesy of Spring Mist Farms in Brunswick

Schedule of Events Saturday December 2nd
12:30-2:30pm- Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus - suggested donation $5.00
7pm- We Light the Star!

Monday, 20 November 2017 11:37

Akron Woman Arrested for Murder after Crash

A crash in Akron ended with an arrest for murder, according to Akron Police. 

On Saturday morning, just after 7 a.m., Police and EMS responded to a single car crash into an abandoned building at 781 Grant Street. When they arrived, they found the 2007 Pontiac G6 had plowed into the side of the Grant Street building. The driver, 27-year-old Jelicia M. Wilder, was outside the vehicle, while her passenger, a 27-year-old male, was still in the car and had a stab wound to the neck. 

The male was immediately transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital where he passed away shortly afterwords. 

Wilder later told Akron Police investigators that she and the victim were fighting and she stabbed him in the neck. She was driving him to the hospital, traveling north on Grant trying to turn right onto East South Street, when she lost control of her car and crashed into the building. She was arrested and is charged with demostic violence charges and murder. She's been booked into the Summit County Jail. 

The victim has not yet been identified, pending an autopsy from the Summit County Medical Examiner and family notification. 

Massillon Police say that the man who shot a cardiologist in the parking lot of Affinity Medical Center Monday afternoon targeted the doctor because of a shared love interest. 

Dr. George Seese was walking out to his vehicle that was parked in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot Monday afternoon. When he reached his Denali, Dr. Seese was approached by Michael Wood, who police say then fired five shots at Seese, hitting him several times. After the shooting, Wood returned to his car, which was parked behind Seese's in the lot, and then turned the gun on himself. 

Dr. Seese died from his wounds, as did Wood. 

Area schools were placed on lockdown for a brief period following the shooting, but Massillon Police say that Dr. Seese was the only intended target and there was no immediate threat to the public. 

Dr. Seese was a cardiologist for 20 years and leaves behind 13 children and 13 grandchildren, according to reports. One of Dr. Seese's sons is a colleague at WAKR and Rubber City Radio Group.

 

Thursday, 09 November 2017 05:25

New UA, I PROMISE Campaign Featuring The King

LeBron James, the Kid from Akron, is the man behind the "I PROMISE" program, which he started back in 2011 in an effort to reduce the number of high school students dropping out of school. Since then, the "I PROMISE" program has partnered with University of Akron, helping kids, from a young age, stay on their path of education.

 

Now, LeBron is the face of a new digital marketing campaign, courtesy of "I PROMISE" and UA. 

 

 

 

See the press release from the University of Akron below for more details:  

 

The University of Akron’s (UA) latest videos in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) feature Akron native and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, along with aspiring students in his I PROMISE program and current UA students. The videos highlighting the benefits of a college education at UA are launching today via digital media in several markets in Ohio and elsewhere.

 

“It’s all about sparking hope and fulfilling dreams for my I PROMISE kids,” says James in the videos’ introduction. With a focus on stemming the high school dropout rates in his hometown of Akron, James started the I PROMISE program in 2011.

 

His foundation recently brought several I PROMISE students—some who are now high school freshmen—to the University to talk with current UA students. The resulting series of videos capture UA students mentoring the high schoolers for an afternoon, sharing their college experience, visiting labs and classrooms, and meeting professors. After the mentoring experience, the group came together at the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education to meet with James and share their dreams and goals with him.

 

“The University of Akron expresses its profound thanks to LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation for their partnership with the University,” said UA President Matthew J. Wilson. “The engagement seen in the videos between the I PROMISE and UA students is genuine and powerful.”

 

The full-length video runs just under two-minutes. Six I PROMISE students are also spotlighted in shorter videos, paired with UA students in their area of interest. The featured I PROMISE students include Jayden, paired with UA student and computer whiz Spencer Csasky, who is majoring in cybersecurity. Another showcased I PROMISE student is Julia, set to graduate from high school in 2022. She met with UA student Drake Smalley, who shared his co-op experience building orthopedic implants.

 

The videos are an integral part of UA’s fall student recruitment campaign, which is primarily digital media based but will also include some television broadcast and other media. The videos will target Northeast Ohio as well as markets including Erie, PA, Pittsburgh and suburban Chicago.

The full-length video is available at uakron.edu/discover. The individual student videos are at uakron.edu/stories.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:44

Summit Metro Parks Fire Rogue Ranger

Summit County Metro Parks said in a statement Thursday that they've fired Park Ranger Jeffrey Axner, 33, following an investigation into a bizarre incident last month that left an elderly Akron couple bruised and in handcuffs in their driveway. 

According to reports, the couple was driving through the Metro Parks on September 27th, when Axner nearly pulled his cruiser out in front of them at the Goodyear Heights entrance to the park at Newton Road. The driver, a 72-year-old man, beeped his horn at Axner and then swerved his Ford Ranger around Axner's cruiser to avoid him. Axner reportedly then turned his cruiser around, and followed the couple to their home on Darrow Road. Once the couple pulled into their driveway, Axner got out of his cruiser, and wrestled the elderly man to the ground, and then kicked his 71-year-old wife to the ground, and placed them both in handcuffs. 

The couple was initially charged with resisting arrested, obsruction of official business, aggravated menacing, and failure to comply. Those charges were dropped just a few days later and the investigation into Axner's actions was launched while he was placed on paid administrative leave. 

The results of that investigation were revealed Thursday morning, and showed that Axner violated Metro Parks Ranger procedure, exceeded his authority in following the couple to their home outside the Metro Parks in Akron, and also used excessive force when he assaulted them while placing them both under arrest. 

Axner has been fired from the Metro Parks Rangers, who say that he violated the department's contract with the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA). 

The Summit County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a five-year-old boy from the City of Green who was hit by a car outside St. Francis De Sales School Tuesday morning has died. 

Sheriff's Office Inspector Bill Holland tells 1590 WAKR that the boy was a student at the school and had just been dropped off in the drop-off area outside St. Francis around 8:23 a.m. Tuesday. The boy got out of the back door along the right side of the car and then walked in front of the vehicle. One of the boy's parents was driving the car didn't notice the boy and hit him; it was not specified whether it was the father or mother. 

The Coventry Fire Department and Summit Metro Crash Team responded to the scene. While the investigation is ongoing, Inspector Holland says that speed, alcohol, nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the accident. 

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