Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:34

Details on Akron Police Standoff Released

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Akron police releasing details of what led to a four-hour standoff with a SWAT team on Dennison Avenue this morning.

They say officers attempted a traffic stop on I-77 North about 2:30am, and when the driver refused to pull over, they gave chase--with speeds up to 80 miles an hour on the highway. During the chase, they say the driver called police dispatch, said he had a gun, and threatened to kill both himself and a passenger.

The driver then bailed from the car, after crashing through a chain-link fence on Ripley Avenue in Akron, and ran through back yards until he got to the 200 block of Dennison Avenue, where he barricaded himself in an abandoned house.

Four hours later, after fruitless pleas from police to turn himself in, they say they shot him with a non-lethal round, he surrendered, and was taken to the hospital.

Now, the suspect, 27 year old Steven Weddle, is under arrestand will be booked into the county jail.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:16

Endangered Missing Adult Alert Cancelled

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UPDATE: 12-12-17 (11:33 AM)

The Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued earlier today, has been cancelled for Anatole Kurkov, an 81 year old man from Rocky River, who had suffered a stroke in the past, and police were concerned for his safety.


Endangered Missing Adult Alert

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Rocky River PD for the following regions: Central & East Lakeshore, which includes the following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, and Medina.

Information as of: December 11, 2017 at 11:17 PM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, Mr. Kurkov left his residence and has not returned home.

The incident took place in Cuyahoga County, OH On Inglewood Ave in the city of Rocky River 44116.

The adult's name is Anatole Kurkov and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 81, is 5'11" tall, weighs 170 lbs, and has brown hair and green eyes. Mr. Kurkov has suffered from a stroke in the past and law enforcement is concerned for his safety.

The vehicle involved is a silver 2007 Mazda MZ3 with OH plate number GKU2264. Vehicle pictured is not vehicle involved.

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

To unsubscribe reply to this email with "unsubscribe" as the subject or call (800) 325-5604.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:22

Endangered Missing Child Alert

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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.



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.



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

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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

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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

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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. 


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

kids pic

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.


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!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 05:34

Will the Bridgestone Invitational Stay in Akron?

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Bridgestone Invitational officials not commenting directly on reports they may move the PGA Tournament event out of Akron after next year. Instead, they're saying they're "focused" on the August tournament, which will be held for the 65th year in August, 2018.

In response to a report published by Crains Cleveland Business that said 2018 may be the last year for the event here, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released a statement that says in part, "For one week every summer, the eyes of the golf world are on Akron, and it is truly an honor for our community to welcome some of the world's greatest athletes and 30 thousand visitors to our celebrated Firestone Country Club." (Full text of Mayor's Statement, below)


Statement from Akron Mayor, Dan Horrigan:

For one week every summer, the eyes of the golf world are on Akron, Ohio.  It is truly an honor for our community to welcome some the world’s greatest athletes and 30,000 visitors to our celebrated Firestone Country Club each day of the Bridgestone Invitational.  Not only does this tournament generate hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity for local restaurants, hotels, and businesses; it also raises more than a million dollars in charitable support for beloved local organizations like Akron Children’s Hospital and the LeBron James Family Foundation. 

However, this event is about more than its financial impact—hosting the Bridgestone Invitational is a point of pride for the Akron community.  Watching the world’s best golfers compete in this championship on our home turf is a personal privilege for me, both as Mayor and a lifelong fan of the game.  The City works closely with the Tournament each year to encourage our residents and employees to volunteer and participate in the event, and we look forward to continuing to build on our distinguished 50+ year history with the World Golf Championships.  While the current agreement ends in 2018, we will work in coordination with our local business community, our partners at the PGA, and tournament stakeholders to do all we can to ensure that Akron and the historic Firestone Country Club remain the home of this premier event for many years to come.” -  Mayor Dan Horrigan

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:42

You Can Help Solve Cold Case Murder Mystery

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State and local law enforcement authorities are asking for the public's help in solving a cold case--a really cold case--as the murder victim died in Twinsburg, more than 35 years ago.

But--through the use of facial reconstruction technology; they now they have an image of what the 20 to 30 year old black man who's skeleltal remains were found in a shallow grave in a wooded area behind a factory on Cannon road.

If you can identify the man pictured here, please contact Detective Sgt.Craig Bremner,with the Twinsburg Police, at 330-425-1234 or call the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Missing Persons Unit at 855-224-6446.

Monday, 20 November 2017 11:43

Bank Robber On the Lam in Akron

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Akron police looking for your help are finding the bank robber who hit the Fifth-Third Bank branch at 656 West Market Street on Saturday.

They say he passed a note to a teller demanding money, and saying he had a gun. No one was hurt.

More details below, from Akron police report.


Around 12:30pm Saturday afternoon, officers responded to a bank robbery at the Fifth Third Bank, located at 656 West Market Street. Employees reported the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.

The suspect threatened the teller that he had a gun, however, no gun was seen. The teller handed the suspect an unreported amount of cash and the suspect fled. The suspect was last seen on foot eastbound on West Market Street then southbound on Beck Street before getting into an unknown car.

The suspect is a white male, 30 – 40 years old, 5'7" – 5'9", 170 – 190 lbs., light
brown or blonde hair, slight mustache, and was wearing a black knit hat (like a
boater's hat), a black and gray scarf, red jacket, gray cargo pants, gray and black hiking boots with black and orange soles. He was carrying a blue checkbook in his hand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact our department.


Monday, 20 November 2017 11:37

Akron Woman Arrested for Murder after Crash

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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. 

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