Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:50

APD Investigating Monday Shootings

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Police are looking into two separate shootings that happened in Akron Monday.

The first shooting was reported outside a house in the 1800 block of 2nd Street SW around 9:30 a.m. A 28-year-old told police he was involved in an altercation and was shot in the arm and leg. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center where his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect allegedly fled in light blue or gray Chrysler minivan. Only a vague description of the shooting suspect was released and no description was given for the person driving the getaway van.

The second shooting happened near a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Three men asked of another trio of men walking past their house to walk across the street so their "dog would not attack them," according to police. That's when one man pulled out a gun and fired several shots. No one was hurt, but the bullets struck two homes. Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

A now former Akron police officer gets a four year prison term for attacking and stalking his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 44 year-old Eric Paull, a 19 year Akron police veteran who was a sergeant, was sentenced today in the courtroom of Summit County Common Pleas Court judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

As a part of a deal with special prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office, Paull won't be allowed to work as a police officer again.

Paull retired from the Akron force in August, after being on paid administrative leave.


On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com



Monday, 26 October 2015 13:39

Another Name For Running

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The Akron Marathon's official name is getting even longer, with official word coming Tuesday afternoon.

It was a mouthful when the Akron Marathon Race Series became the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, and now you can add another title name sponsor into the mix.

Officials from Akron Children's Hospital, the Akron Marathon and FirstEnergy will be announcing even more support for the event that's grown into a national race. All are tight-lipped ahead of the announcement Tuesday afternoon but FirstEnergy will take title of one of the Akron Marathon signature races.

There is a delicious irony to FirstEnergy's sponsorship; the utility already sponsors the All-American Soap Box Derby by name, meaning it'll be a title sponsor on two Akron-based races -- one billed as a thrill down the hill thanks to and the other based on human-powered motion, both unaided by engines or motors. Neither race needing electricity.

Monday, 26 October 2015 13:36

Conrad Found Guilty In Falls Murder

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Jeffrey Conrad has been found guilty of all counts against him in the murder of Amanda Russell, his former girlfriend, in Cuyahoga Falls.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury returned guilty verdicts Monday against Conrad on two aggravated murder counts, one murder count, and other counts including felonious assault, violating a protection order and domestic violence.

Russell was found stabbed to death by her teenage daughter outside her home on 8th Street in August 2014. Russell had taken out a protection order against Conrad in 2012.

It didn't take long to find Conrad, once his arrest was imminent. He'd been in police custody, charged with assaulting a park ranger in Cleveland.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says Conrad was not in court Monday when the verdict was read. 

His sentencing date is still pending.

Monday, 26 October 2015 08:56

Bridgestone Deal Lands Pep Boys

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Manny, Moe and Jack finally have an Akron connection. Bridgestone Americas agreeing to an $835 million dollar all-cash deal to buy out the Pep Boys outlets that will add more than 800 more retail sales and service outlets to the Bridgestone/Firestone existing network of 2,200 stores, increasing that number by more than a third. The deal is expected to close in 2016. 


(Bridgestone) Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) and The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (Pep Boys; NYSE: PBY) today announced that Pep Boys and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BSRO will acquire Pep Boys in an all-cash transaction for $15.00 per share, or approximately $835 million in aggregate equity value. This represents a premium of 23 percent over Pep Boys’ closing price of $12.15 on October 23, 2015 and a premium of 62 percent over Pep Boys’ unaffected (prior to market speculation of a potential transaction) price of $9.25 on May 19, 2015. The transaction is structured as a tender offer. 

“Bridgestone and Pep Boys are two leading companies that share a proud heritage in the American automotive services industry,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “Our shared expertise and commitment to our customers and employees will help us build an even stronger organization.”

Pep Boys, headquartered in Philadelphia, has been one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chains since 1921. With more than 7,500 service bays in more than 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys offers tires, maintenance and repair and parts and accessories.

The acquisition accelerates the global growth strategy of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company and parent of Bridgestone Americas. Pep Boys will add approximately 800 locations to BSRO’s nationwide network of 2,200 tire and automotive service centers, which operate under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works brand banners. 

Along with these company-owned stores and Bridgestone’s more than 5,000 long-standing dealers and distributors in the United States, Pep Boys’ distribution network will help reach even more consumers with the products and services they want when they need them. The acquisition represents an immediate nationwide expansion of more than 35 percent for BSRO.

“We are excited to join the Bridgestone family of companies to become part of the world’s largest company-owned tire and automotive service retail network,” said Scott Sider, CEO of Pep Boys. “This transaction delivers a significant premium for Pep Boys’ shareholders and offers new opportunities for our employees across a bigger business. We look forward to working with the Bridgestone team for a smooth and successful transition.”

The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of both Bridgestone and Pep Boys, a wholly owned subsidiary of BSRO will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Pep Boys at $15.00 per share in cash. The completion of the tender offer will be conditioned on Pep Boys’ shareholders tendering at least a majority of Pep Boys’ outstanding shares, determined on a fully diluted basis, and other customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Following completion of the tender offer, both companies will complete a merger in which Pep Boys shares that were not tendered in the tender offer will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive $15.00 per share in cash. Following completion of the transaction, Pep Boys will be wholly owned by and operate under BSRO. Pep Boys’ stock will no longer trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

Monday, 26 October 2015 08:59

Canton Man Shot, Killed In Akron

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Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old Canton man over the weekend. 
The medical examiner said Joshua Curtis was reportedly involved in an altercation in a parking lot on Romig Road. He was pronounced dead at Akron General Medical Center at 5:50 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. Further details were not released. 
Sunday, 25 October 2015 18:39

Sipplen Picks Up Portman Pick

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman offered his support for Republican mayoral candidate Eddie Sipplen during his visit to Akron on Saturday.

"I was excited when Eddie agreed to step up and run," Portman said at Sipplen's campaign headquarters on W.Exchange Street.. "I think Akron needs Eddie Sipplen." Senator Portman, as part of his first Super Saturday grassroots campaign event traveled across nearly all of Ohio, in an effort to reach 25,000 voters in one day.

He also gave his thoughts on why he thinks Eddie Sipplen would be the best leader for the city.

"He's a guy with his MBA, his legal degree; he's got great qualifications," Portman said. "He knows how to work across the aisle and work with everybody and that will be great for Akron." With the election less than a couple of weeks away, the two candidates, Sipplen and Dan Horrigan, are ramping up their efforts to convince voters to punch their ticket as the next mayor of the Rubber City. Portman's team assisted Sipplen's campaign Saturday in reaching more than 1,500 voters by going door-to-door and asking for their vote.

Sipplen says his focus is on the people of Akron. "We [he and Portman] talked about the financial aspects of the campaign and he was like look; it's not about the money in the campaign its about what you are going to do for the people. Stay focused on that." Sipplen says his campaign has always been one that wants to talk to voters directly and that involves getting out into the neighborhoods. He says that's what he's always done and it won't change, as the November election approaches. "I'm not taking it for granted," Sipplen said. "I'm knocking on the doors. Every volunteer that's out there knocking on the doors. I'm out knocking with them so they know that I walk the talk."

WAKR contacted Horrigan for comment on this story, but he was unavailable.

The general election to choose the next mayor will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 15:57

Man Shot on Akron's South Side ID'd

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The man shot while riding a bicycle in Akron on Saturday has been identified as 60-year-old Mike Finney, Newschannel 5 reports.

Police said they found the body of Finney on the front lawn of a home in the area of Cole ave and Andrus street.

The cause of death was ruled a homicide.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 19:57

Akron Principal Donate Coats To Area Students, Families

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The coat giveaway at Mason community learning center Saturday was suppose to start at noon, but mother nature had other plans and East Principal Vyrone Finney decided to open the doors at 11:45a.m..

Fifteen minutes later; the coats were gone.

"We actually exceeded are number from last year and we actually have over 500 people here," Finney said. "We ran out of coats to pass out as you can see and alot of people are leaving home empty handed and I'm kind of upset about that."

The coat giveaway was able to provide more than 300 people with coats, Finney said.

Finney started the non-profit orgranization VAF Community Health and Wellness to help kids and families in need. He said its an honor to be able to help people in the community that helped raise him.

"It's a blessing to have an opportunity to give back, be an inspiration, be a role model and to be able to do something positive and productive for the kids."

Akron resident Janessa Jokela was excited to hear about Finney and what he was doing for the community. Jokela said she would have been lost if it wasn't for him and his efforts to donate coats to kids and families in need.

"We were excited because times are tough right now. I'm not working," Jokela said. " I'm glad something like this existed because I don't know what I would have done withoout it."

One of the many reasons Finney decided to help students get winter coats was because he noticed a number of his students wearing thin hoodies walking to school. He knew he had to do something about it.

"This year seeing kids coming to schools with little thin hoodies on, I knew it was a need for some thick coats because in the winter time it gets really really cold." He added, "alot of our kids live more than two miles away from the school, but if you live less than two miles you have to walk to school. If you live more than two miles, you have to ride the bus unless you are in high school; those kids just have to walk to school regardless."

Kimberly Mcintyre has four kids and was one of the many that came to the event unable to receive a coat. Mcintyre said although she's disappointed, people did leave the event happy and that's what she cares about.

"It was a good idea and he should continue having it," Mcintyre said. "Just because a couple of people are disappointed. A lot of people aren't. A lot of people can have clothes for their kids and that's the main thing."

Jokela says she thinks Finney is a great man and glad he did this for the community

"He is an amazing person and I am going to pray that God blesses him," Jokela said. "Something like this is huge and it does a lot for a lot of families. It's great and we appreciate him for it."

Finney and his non-profit will hold another coat giveway at Balch Street Fitness Center on November 14th.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 16:08

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting On Akron's South Side

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An Akron man was found dead early Saturday morning in front of a home on Akron's South side.

The 60 year-old male appeared to be riding a bicycle, while he was shot in the area of Cole Avenue and Andrus Street.

No information on a suspect is available at this time.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autospy later today.

The victim's name is being withheld until officials positively ID the victim and notifies the family.

Anyone with information is ssdked to contact tghe Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330)-375-2490.