Saturday, 23 September 2017 12:34

Winners Crowned At Akron Marathon

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More than 9,000 runners from 46 states and 12 countries took to the Blue Line in unseasonably warm conditions Saturday for the 15th running of the Akron Marathon.

Blair Teal of Charlotte, North Carolina avenged his runner up finish in last year's marathon by winning in 2:23:39. Verrelle Wyatt of Akron came in second, just over a minute behind Teal.

In the women's marathon, Emma McCarron of Mansfield ran down eventual runner up Shawanna White in the closing miles to win in 2:52:29. McCarron's sister Grace finished third after the two ran together for much of the morning.

Experience beat youth in the men's half marathon, as 45 year old Kevin Castille of Baton Rouge, Louisiana won in 1:05:16, just over a minute ahead of Medina's Mick Iacofano.

Northeast Ohio runners swept the podium in the women's half marathon. Liz Weiler of Cleveland won in 1:20:09, less than a minute ahead of Beachwood's Amy Gannon. Marissa Baranauskas of Akron finished third.

Click here to hear from the marathon and half marathon champions

The male, female, and mixed team relays were won by One 26.2 Sticker (2:54:58), Five Fast Femme Fatale Freak (3:07:46), and George's Farmer Boys and Girls (2:52:43), respectively.

Over the last two years, the Akron Marathon Race Series has raised nearly $900,000 for title sponsor Akron Children's Hospital.

Top Finishers

Men's Marathon
1. Blair Teal, Charlotte, N.C., 2:23:39
2. Verrelle Wyatt, Akron, 2:24:57
3. Zachary Hoagland, Hatfield, Pa., 2:27:47
4. Brent Martin, Wooster, 2:28:11
5. Israel Merkle, Akron, 2:30:52

Women's Marathon
1. Emma McCarron, Mansfield, 2:52:29
2. Shawanna White, Columbia, S.C., 2:53:27
3. Grace McCarron, Mansfield, 2:54:11
4. Barbara Lorson, Orrville, 3:02:36
5. Jenny Robinson, Cuyahoga Falls, 3:07:23

Masters Men's Marathon
1. Dustin Sprague, Kettering, 2:43:05
2. Francesco Arato, Bolingbrook Ill., 2:48:15
3. Orinthal Striggles, Columbia S.C., 2:48:15

Masters Women's Marathon
1. Dolores Valencia, Chino Hills, Calif., 3:09:46
2. Kristy Kenna, Akron, 3:11:29
3. Teresa Ferguson, Akron, 3:11:46

Men's Half Marathon
1. Kevin Castille, Baton Rouge, La., 1:05:16
2. Mick Iacofano, Medina, 1:06:20
3. Ryan Roush, Canfield, 1:08:14

Women's Half Marathon
1. Liz Weiler, Cleveland, 1:20:09
2. Amy Gannon, Beachwood, 1:20:58
3. Marissa Baranauskas, Akron, 1:23:02

Masters Men's Half Marathon
1. Jason Lafave, Sanford, Mich., 1:15:08
2. Ken Richendollar, Maumee, 1:17:17
3. Mike Seymour, Akron, 1:19:10

Masters Women's Half Marathon
1. Beth Woodward, Orrville, 1:26:19
2. Brenda Hodge, York, Pa., 1:28:48
3. Michelle Farr, Medina, 1:29:22


(Akron Marathon) The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay celebrated its 15th year along the Blue Line today with a brand new route and warm temperatures. What started as a modest marathon with a field of 3,775 participants has thrived and grown over 300 percent in the last 15 years into a major, first-rate, and signature event within the city of Akron.

"The overall feeling of this race weekend is second to none – from the starting line to the Finisher Festival. The on-course atmosphere was very special this year, with entertainment throughout the course and loads of enthusiastic spectators alongside our Akron Children's hero patients and their families cheering on all the participants," said Shawn Lyden, executive vice president of Akron Children's. "This year more than 13,000 took to the streets during our three race weekends, experiencing the best of what this city has to offer. We couldn't be more proud to serve as the title beneficiary for this great series."

The festivities kicked off Thursday night with two-time Olympian and world champion, Kara Goucher being honored with the 2017 Akron Marathon Ambassador Award. More than 1,000 kids ages 12 and under joined in the fun on Friday night at the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run, presented by Signet Jewelers. After offering inspiration to the runners at the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Summa Health and SummaCare on Friday, Goucher joined the runners in Saturday's Half Marathon event, and earned cheers from the more than 100,000 race spectators there to rally their favorite runners toward the finish line.

"Fifteen years is no easy feat. Through many course and venue changes, adding distances along the way, and expansion into a race series, we are so proud to be hosting the 15th annual event. We are thrilled to report that 143,165 runners have run this event throughout the 15 years," said Steve Marks, founder and chairman of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation. "Although so much has happened and so much has changed over the years – it still seems like it wasn't too long ago that we were doing this for the first time. The continuity of the having an amazing city like Akron as a partner and having the support of many loyal sponsors through the years, along with one of the best race staffs out there, is a big part of our success."

Blair Teal of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Emma McCarron of Mansfield, found that success on Saturday morning and were the first to cross the finish line inside Canal Park Stadium for the marathon, with respective times of 2:23:39 and 2:52:29. While Kevin Castille of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Liz Weiler from Cleveland, took top places in the half marathon.

The runner-up in the men's marathon was Verrelle Wyatt of Akron, finishing with a time of 2:24:57, and Zachary Hoagland of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, crossing the line third at 2:27:47. Shawanna White of Columbia, South Carolina finished in second on the women's side with a time of 2:53:27, followed by Grace McCarron from Mansfield in 2:54:11.

Top men's half marathon finishers included Medina's Mick Iacofano and Ryan Roush from Canfield with equally fast times of 1:06:20 and 1:08:14. Beachwood's Amy Gannon took second in the women's half marathon finishing in 1:20:58, with Akron's own Marissa Baranauskas, crossing in third at 1:23:02.

The top finishers in the masters (40 years and older) marathon competition were, Dustin Sprague of Kettering and Dolores Valencia of Chino Hills, California, on the women's side. For the half marathon, the top masters were Jason Lafave of Sanford, Michigan and Beth Woodward of Orrville. (Complete winner information can be found at the end of release.)

The marathon relay didn't disappoint with fast times and wins turned in by Five Guys, One 26.2 Sticker for the five-person male team relay in 2:54:58, Five Fast Femme Fatale Freak was the top women's squad with a finishing time of 3:07:46. A time of 2:53:43 was clocked by the top mixed competition team – George's Farmer Boys and Girls.

For the third year, prize money was awarded to the top three men and women to finish the marathon who are Ohio residents. Those top winners were, Verrelle Wyatt, Akron and Emma McCarron of Mansfield.

"FirstEnergy is very proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Akron Marathon, a marquee event for our region that draws some of the world's top runners to compete just steps from our headquarters," said Charles Jones, president and chief executive officer of FirstEnergy Corp. "We have nearly 2,500 employees who live and work in the Akron area, many of whom volunteer or run in the Akron Marathon every year. This event showcases the city and we're pleased to be a part of it."

2017 served as the third year for the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series. The National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile was held on June 24 and the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k was run on August 12. More than 1,400 runners completed the series and participated in all three races this year.

"Fifteen years after the first race, our mission and focus remains the same: providing a world-class marathon and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the community and benefit charitable organizations," said Anne Bitong, executive director of the Akron Marathon. "With more than 9,000 runners this weekend from 46 states and 12 countries, nearly $900,000 raised for Akron Children's Hospital during our two-year series partnership and the smiling faces from our volunteers, runners and the spectators today, I think it is safe to say it was another successful year for the Akron Marathon."


The family of Anthony Jones, 36, along with the Akron Organizing Collaborative community group, is planning a vigil Friday night outside of the Summit County Jail. 

Jones, who was an inmate in the jail, died on September 2nd after an altercation with two Summit County Sheriff's Deputies inside the jail. And investigation into his death is ongoing, but his family is calling for justice and accountability from the Sheriff's Office. The family says that deputies and jail employees need more racial sensitivity training and training in dealing with inmates who suffer from mental illness. 

Jones's family says that he suffered from mental illness. 

The vigil is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. 

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:13

Life Without Parole for Akron Rapist

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Convicted Akron rapist Roland Pyle, 52, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. 

Pyle's victim came forward to a school counselor recently, alleging that Pyle raped her back in 2013 on her 11th birthday. Pyle was charged with one count of felony rape of a victim under the age of 13 and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. 

Pyle is not eligible for parole. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:44

Gymnastics Coach Gets Probation for Imposition

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Derek Waskowski, 30, of Stow, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday, after pleading guilty to inappropriate contact with a 10-year-old girl while he was a gymnastics instructor.

The incident happened back in 2015 when Waskowski worked for Little Leapers in Hudson. A Hudson Police report details the contact made on February 4, 2015. 

Waskowski pleaded guilty to one 3rd-degree-felony count of gross sexual imposition on August 7th. He was originally charged with three counts of imposition, but the other two charges were dropped. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands suspended a 42-month jail sentence; he was facing a maximum five years in jail. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:18

Prade Remains in Jail on OH Supreme Ct. Ruling

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In a 5-1 ruling Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Summit County Prosecutor's decision to uphold a 2014 ruling that put convicted murder, and former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade back in prison. 

Back in 2013, new DNA testing of a lab coat Prade's former wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was wearing at the time of her murder in 1997 was ordered. In a subsequent hearing in Common Pleas Court, Prade was found not guilty of the murder he was convicted of in 1998. At that point, Prade had already served 15 years of his life sentence. 

Immediately following the 2013 ruling, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh filed an appeal and in 2014 Prade was ordered back to jail after his original conviction was upheld. 

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court said that Walsh was justified in her appeal, and upheld the original conviction once again, leaving Prade in jail to serve his original life sentence. 

Click here for more from the Ohio Supreme Court. 


Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:19

Craigslist Killer Appeals Death Sentence

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Richard Beasley, who was sentenced to death for the murders of three men he lured to a southern Ohio property through a Craigslist Ad for a job, is appealing his sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court. Beasley, who posted the ads from a room he rented in Akron, claims he didn't receive a fair trial because of the pre-trial publicity surrounding the case that made it impossible to select an impartial jury.


Death Sentence for One of Two Craigslist Killers Examined

Richard Beasley was accused in 2011 of using the classified advertising website to list a job on a farm in southeastern Ohio to lure interested candidates and kill them for their belongings. His case and the trialof his co-defendant, a minor named Brogran Rafferty, attracted national attention. Rafferty was convicted first, in 2012, and sentenced to life in prison. In March of the next year, a jury convicted Beasley for the murders of three men, the attempted murder of another man, and robbery, kidnapping, theft, identity fraud, and weapons offenses. He was sentenced to death.

In State v. Beasley, his appeal directly to the Supreme Court, Beasley argues he didn’t receive a fair trial because a “maelstrom” of pretrial publicity made it impossible to select an impartial jury in Summit County. Representing the state, the Attorney General’s Office maintains that Beasley never presented evidence to the trial court to support this claim, and his case isn’t a rare or extreme one that justifies moving the trial to another location.

Among several other arguments, Beasley also challenges testimony from several witnesses about what the victims and others said to them. Noting his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him, he describes this testimony as hearsay and argues none should have been admitted at trial. The state responds that all the statements qualified as exceptions to the hearsay rule and were properly allowed by the court.

Monday, 18 September 2017 09:14

APD Investigating Shooting in U of A Commuter Lot

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Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect. 

The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim. 

The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP. 

See the press release from the University of Akron below: 


City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about 2:30 this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.

A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.


The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.


The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.


If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.


You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.


The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.


The UA Police Department's Campus Patrol is available to escort you to and from your car to classrooms and labs at any hour. Call the service at 330-972-7263.

Our officers patrol campus and the neighborhoods near campus around the clock. See safety recommendations from our police.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 16:06

Dumke Suspended Pending Charges

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Summit County IT employee and former WAKR News Director Rob Dumke has been suspended with pay pending rape charges. Sources tell WAKR Dumke would turn himself in to custody tomorrow. County officials say should Dumke be indicted, he would remain on suspension but without pay.
Sheriff's deputies reportedly investigated a domestic incident at his home in Uniontown. The incident report was not released by the Summit County Sheriff because it was still considered an active investigation. The Sheriff's Department had no comment on the incident or the investigation. 1590 WAKR was told Dumke would report to police tomorrow and would be charged with a class one felony and would likely face other counts depending on presentation of the case to a Grand Jury.
Dumke was a familiar face and voice for Akron broadcast followers with stints at both Channel 23 and WAKR Radio; until 1998, he was news director for the Rubber City Radio Group, which owns WAKR, and also anchored the morning news program. He joined the county and oversaw the public website and remained with Summit County, most recently in the Information Technology (IT) department handling computer and Internet issues.
County Executive Ilene Shapiro issued this statement this afternoon:
"Yesterday, upon receiving notification that Mr. Dumke would be charged criminally as a result of an incident reported to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, he was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. It is the practice of the County for an employee charged with a serious off-duty criminal offense to place the employee on paid administrative leave until such time as the employee is indicted on serious criminal charges.
At that time, the County’s practice is to place the employee on unpaid leave during the course of the criminal proceedings. I have spoken to the other members of the Information Technology Board, and, in the event Mr. Dumke is indicted, we will follow the County’s prior practice and place him on unpaid administrative leave until the resolution of the criminal proceedings.
We will not have any further comment during the pendency of the investigation and the criminal matter."
**Ilene Shapiro is the Chair of the Summit County Information Technology Board, which is the appointing authority for employees of the Summit County Office of Information Technology.**
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:42

APD Looking for T-Mobile Store Thief

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Akron Police are looking for help finding a suspected T-Mobile store robber. 


Police provided surveillance photos from the July 12th robbery of the T-Mobile store on North Hawkins Avenue. According to the report, the suspect pointed a gun at employees and demanded the cash from the register. That suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash and stolen equipment. 

Anyone with information, or who may recognize anything from the photos, is asked to call Akron Police Detective Doney at 330.375.2490. Police are considering the suspect armed and dangerous and caution to not approach him. 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:31

Indians Release 2018 Schedule

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In the midst of an historic winning streak, the Indians are looking ahead to next season... Not really, they just released their 2018 schedule as it's now been set. 

Some notables: 

- The Indians open the season on the westcoast, with a series in Seattle against the Mariners on Thursday, March 29th. 

- The Home Opener is Friday, April 6th, against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. 

- In a rematch of the 2016 World Series, the Indians host the Cubs April 24th and 25th, and play two at Wrigley Field May 22nd and 23rd. 

See the full schedule below: 





March 29 @ Seattle

March 31 @ Seattle



April 1 @ Seattle

April 2 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 3 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 4 @ Los Angeles-AL

April 6 v Kansas City

April 7 v Kansas City

April 8 v Kansas City

April 9 v Detroit

April 10 v Detroit

April 11 v Detroit

April 12 v Detroit

April 13 v Toronto

April 14 v Toronto

April 15 v Toronto

April 17 @ Minnesota (San Juan)

April 18 @ Minnesota (San Juan)

April 20 @ Baltimore

April 21 @ Baltimore

April 22 @ Baltimore

April 23 @ Baltimore

April 24 v Chicago-NL

April 25 v Chicago-NL

April 26 v Seattle

April 27 v Seattle

April 28 v Seattle

April 29 v Seattle

April 30 v Texas



May 1 v Texas

May 2 v Texas

May 4 @ New York-AL

May 5 @ New York-AL

May 6 @ New York-AL

May 8 @ Milwaukee

May 9 @ Milwaukee

May 11 v Kansas City

May 12 v Kansas City

May 13 v Kansas City

May 14 @ Detroit

May 15 @ Detroit

May 16 @ Detroit

May 18 @ Houston

May 19 @ Houston

May 20 @ Houston

May 22 @ Chicago-NL 

May 23 @ Chicago-NL

May 24 v Houston

May 25 v Houston

May 26 v Houston

May 27 v Houston

May 28 v Chicago-AL

May 29 v Chicago-AL

May 30 v Chicago-AL

May 31 @ Minnesota


June 1 @ Minnesota

June 2 @ Minnesota

June 3 @ Minnesota

June 5 v Milwaukee

June 6 v Milwaukee

June 8 @ Detroit

June 9 @ Detroit

June 10 @ Detroit

June 11 @ Chicago-AL

June 12 @ Chicago-AL

June 13 @ Chicago-AL

June 14 @ Chicago-AL

June 15 v Minnesota

June 16 v Minnesota

June 17 v Minnesota

June 18 v Chicago-AL

June 19 v Chicago-AL

June 20 v Chicago-AL

June 22 v Detroit

June 23 v Detroit

June 24 v Detroit

June 25 @ St. Louis

June 26 @ St. Louis

June 27 @ St. Louis

June 29 @ Oakland

June 30 @ Oakland


July 1 @ Oakland

July 2 @ Kansas City

July 3 @ Kansas City

July 4 @ Kansas City

July 6 v Oakland

July 7 v Oakland

July 8 v Oakland

July 9 v Cincinnati

July 10 v Cincinnati

July 11 v Cincinnati

July 12 v New York-AL

July 13 v New York-AL

July 14 v New York-AL

July 15 v New York-AL

July 16-July 18 – MLB All-Star Break

July 20 @ Texas

July 21 @ Texas

July 22 @ Texas

July 23 v Pittsburgh

July 24 v Pittsburgh

July 25 v Pittsburgh

July 27 @ Detroit

July 28 @ Detroit

July 29 @ Detroit

July 30 @ Minnesota

July 31 @ Minnesota


August 1 @ Minnesota

August 3 v Los Angeles-AL

August 4 v Los Angeles-AL

August 5 v Los Angeles-AL

August 6 v Minnesota

August 7 v Minnesota

August 8 v Minnesota

August 9 v Minnesota

August 10 @ Chicago-AL

August 11 @ Chicago-AL

August 12 @ Chicago-AL

August 13 @ Cincinnati

August 14 @ Cincinnati

August 15 @ Cincinnati

August 17 v Baltimore

August 18 v Baltimore

August 19 v Baltimore

August 20 @ Boston

August 21 @ Boston

August 22 @ Boston

August 23 @ Boston

August 24 @ Kansas City

August 25 @ Kansas City

August 26 @ Kansas City

August 28 v Minnesota

August 29 v Minnesota

August 30 v Minnesota

August 31 v Tampa Bay



September 1 v Tampa Bay

September 2 v Tampa Bay

September 3 v Kansas City

September 4 v Kansas City

September 5 v Kansas City

September 6 @ Toronto

September 7 @ Toronto

September 8 @ Toronto

September 9 @ Toronto

September 10 @ Tampa Bay

September 11 @ Tampa Bay

September 12 @ Tampa Bay

September 14 v Detroit

September 15 v Detroit

September 16 v Detroit

September 18 v Chicago-AL

September 19 v Chicago-AL

September 20 v Chicago-AL

September 21 v Boston

September 22 v Boston

September 23 v Boston

September 24 @ Chicago-AL

September 25 @ Chicago-AL

September 26 @ Chicago-AL

September 27 @ Kansas City

September 28 @ Kansas City

September 29 @ Kansas City

September 30 @ Kansas City

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