Wednesday, 28 December 2016 07:18

Bishop Lennon Granted Early Retirement

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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland announcing this morning that Bishop Richard Lennon has been granted early retirement status from Pope Francis from the Vatican. Lennon has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland for the past 11 and a half years. 

In a press conference late Wednesday morning, Bishop Lennon announced that he had recently been diagnosed with vascular dimentia. He stated that due to the progressive nature of the disease, he would be unable to continue his work as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland. 

The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the U.S. is 75. Bishop Lennon is 69, but his health has been failing over the past few years. He reportedly sent a letter to Pope Francis back in November to address the issue and the Pope has granted him early retirement.

The Pope has appointed Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas of Toledo as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, that covers Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties. The search for a permanent replacement is underway.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 13:03

Teen Sentenced For Burning Daughter

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Demetrius Ford, 18, of Akron has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for burning his four-month-old daughter. 

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announcing the sentence Tuesday, saying, "This innocent child suffered significant, painful injuries. She will have to deal with the physical and emotional scars for the rest of her life." The child suffered multiple broken ribs and a skull fracture in addition to third degree burns. 

Court reports indicate the child suffered the injuries while Ford was giving the young girl a bath. The girl's mother, 21-year-old Chavelle Grier was also charged in the case. Back in May Grier pled guilty to two counts of Child Endangering. She's currently serving probation. Ford was found guilty for Felonious assault and two counts of Child Endangering. 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 09:30

APD Investigating Deadly Shooting

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Akron Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect or suspects who shot a man on Monday afternoon. 

It happened on Ericcson Avenue in Akron Monday just before 3 p.m. The 25-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was apparently involved in a verbal altercation with a group of other men. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later passed away. 

No suspect information has been released and police say once an official autopsy is complete and family is notified, the victim's name will be released. 

Police asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward with information. The investigation is ongoing. 

Friday, 23 December 2016 07:34

Church Thief Busted In Cali

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One of the pair wanted for stealing a woman's purse while she was in Green's Queen of Heaven Church receiving communion is behind bars. 53-year old Raymond Jarvis was booked into the county jail in Ukiah, California on charges of receiving stolen property, impersonating another person and forging a vehicle registration.

Police say Jarvis and Michelle Wells, both of Lake Township, teamed up to steal the 79-year old woman's purse, then used her credit cards for a shopping spree on December 8th.

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(Ukiah, California Daily Journal) RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY: Raymond Barry Jarvis, 53, of Akron, Ohio, was booked at county jail on Dec. 20 on suspicion of receiving stolen property, impersonating another person, and forging or altering a vehicle registration. He was arrested by the Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:28

Family Video On S. Arlington Robbed

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Akron Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Family Video located at 1117 South Arlington Road Wenesday night around 10:30. 

Employees reported to police that the man walked into the store and demanded money. When the employees didn't move fast enough, they say the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the cash from the registers again. One clerk opened the registers and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the scene. 

Family Video

The suspect, a black male between 25 and 30-years-old, was caught on surveillance video. 

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

Thursday, 22 December 2016 10:31

Budd Rock Thrower Back In Jail

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One of the men who was just paroled after serving time for his part in the rock-throwing incident on I-80 that left Sharon Budd of Uniontown severely injured is back in jail.
 
Brett Lahr, 21, is back behind bars for at least two months for parole violation after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving drunk. Lahr crashed into a utility pole in a central-Pennsylvania time.
 
He was paroled October 3rd after serving 18 months. Three others were sentenced in the case.
 
Sharon Budd suffered brain injuries when a rock smashed through her windshield back in 2014. She's still recovering from the incident and has permanent damage. Her husband took his own life in their Ohio home back in August. 
Thursday, 22 December 2016 09:24

Akron OK With Holiday Trash

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The City of Akron issuing a press release, saying it's OK if you have a little more trash than usual around the holidays. They expect residents to have more garbage than usual and say if boxes and excess wrapping paper is not included in the recycling bins they will still pick up the trash. They plan to accomodate the excess pick-up the week of January 3 through the 7th, 2017. 

The city adds that if residents are disgarding their Christmas trees, that's OK too. 

A reminder that the trash pick-up will be pushed back a day during the holiday week. Christmas is Sunday, December 25, 2016. 

See the full press release below: 

Akron, Ohio, December 21, 2016 – Effective Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and continuing through Saturday, January 7, the City of Akron Sanitation/Curb Service Division will be permitting residents to place extra trash or recycling, in the form of wrapping paper and boxes alongside their trash or recycling carts, on their normal collection day. "Each year we provide this extra service to our residents after the holidays, most of whom have additional items to discard or recycle,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. "This particular pickup is intended for extra holiday items, like wrappings and boxes, which we realize won't all fit in one or maybe even two trash carts." Following the holidays, the City will also collect residents' holiday trees left alongside trash carts on their normal collection day. As always, customers who wish to put out a larger volume of other household trash are asked to call Akron's 311 Call Center at 3-1- 1 or (330) 375-2311, to pre-schedule one of the three special large pickups allotted each household, each year. Please also note that, due to the holidays, curb service will be on a one-day delay for the next two weeks, with curb service resuming Tuesday through Saturday.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:49

Phillips Execution Date Moved

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Ronald Phillips gets no mercy -- but he does get another month on Death Row. Governor Kasich reschedule the Akron killer's execution date after an indefinite stay from a federal court on Ohio's next three scheduled executions, including Phillips.

Kasich moved the date to February 15th but any execution would be determined by court appeals. Kasich agreed with the Ohio Parole Board against clemency for Phillips, who raped and killed his then-girlfriend's three old daughter in 1993.

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(Governor John Kasich) In response to a federal court order issued on Monday which indefinitely stayed three executions scheduled in 2017, today Governor John R. Kasich issued short delays for the scheduled executions of the first two inmates – Ronald Phillips and Raymond Tibbetts. Phillips was convicted in 1993 in Summit County for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl, and Tibbetts was convicted in 1998 in Hamilton County for the murder of his wife and the couple's 67-year-old landlord. Additionally, Kasich denied Phillips' request for clemency.

"The State disagrees with the federal court's indefinite stay and has already filed a notice of appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Given the uncertainty created by the Court's order, however, this brief delay should provide the Court time to resolve any pending legal issues," said Emmalee Kalmbach, the governor's press secretary.

The actions announced today will delay Phillips' scheduled January 12 execution to February 15, 2017, and Tibbetts' from February 15 to April 12, 2017.

Agreeing with the Ohio Parole Board in denying clemency to Phillips, Gov. Kasich stated: "Given the extremely brutal nature of the offense committed against an innocent three-year-old child, I agree with the Ohio Parole Board's recommendation that clemency is not warranted in this case."

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:38

Akron Landlord Named In Lawsuit

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A $25 million federal lawsuit has been filed, claiming Akron landlord Joni Laidig failed to install smoke detectors in the home on E. Tallmadge Avenue that caught fire.

Four members of an Akron family, including two young children died in that fire in the early morning hours of December 3. Three of the four who died were named in the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of their estate. 

The lawsuit claims that 37-year-old Omar Riley and his two daughters, 9-year-old Shanice and 8-year-old Aniyla, all died "as a result of the lack of smoke detectors." 

Shirley Wallis, Riley's girlfriend, also died in the fire, but was not named in the lawsuit. Her 12-year-old daughter Shaniya Simpson was able to escape the fire alive. 

The investigation and now lawsuit are both ongoing. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:08

Mansfield Steps Away From Weathervane

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A very well-known figure in Akron's art and education circles is leaving one job for an "unspecified" change of pace. Weathervane Theater's Lisa Mansfield -- who also serves on Akron's school board -- is leaving the theater the end of the month. Mansfield tells WAKR she will be stepping down to take a position as Community Outreach Specialist with incoming Summit County Probate Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer. She says she will continue with her term on the Akron Public School Board through 2017. Mansfield's last day with Weathervane is effective Saturday, December 31st.

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(Weathervane Playhouse) After successfully co-leading Weathervane Playhouse for the past year and a half and serving at the Playhouse for more than 11 years, Lisa Mansfield is stepping down as Managing Director as of December 31, 2016.During her time at Weathervane, Mansfield worked in several capacitates including Patron Services Manager, Group Sales, Education Programs Coordinator, and then her current role as Managing Director. Mansfield served as Co-director with Artistic Director Melanie Pepe since 2015.

“Lisa has brought an energy and grace to Weathervane that has been very visible and much appreciated,” said Debbie Davis, President of the Board of Trustees. “Her community outreach activities have been invaluable. Her warmth and affability are irreplaceable. She promises that she will not be a stranger to Weathervane.”Under Mansfield’s leadership, the Playhouse has seen growth in subscriptions, ticket sales, and donations. She is proud of her efforts in creating strong community partnerships and tie-ins with productions such as involving the Red Cross for Dracula, hair donations for Wigs for Kids during Hair, and a canned food drive with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank during A Christmas Carol.

“A new opportunity has been presented for me, and I feel called to accept the challenge. I hope to remain a champion for improving the lives of those in our community, just as I have been called to do in my various roles with Weathervane,” said Mansfield. Melanie Pepe will remain at the helm as Artistic Director and in management of the current and interim staff during the search for a new Managing Director. Mansfield will be beginning her role as Community Outreach Specialist for Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer in Summit County Probate Court early next year.