Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:55

Mount Union Title Bound Again

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Once again Mount Union will advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship.

The Purple Raiders defeated Wisconsin Whitewater by a score of 36-6.

The No. 1-ranked Purple Raiders (14-0) advanced to their 19th Stagg Bowl national championship game since 1993 and 11th in a row.

They'll play St. Thomas who defeated Linfield in their semi-final game.

The Stagg Bowl is Friday in Salem, Virginia.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:56

Update: Fairview Park Man Dies After Being Hit by Car

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Update:The 79-year-old man hit by a car in Macedonia Saturday has died, news channel 5 reports.

Lawrence Hain of Fairview Park died from the injuries suffered in the crash. The woman in the crash's injuries were critical and there is no update on her condition.

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Previous Coverage

Macedonia police says an elderly couple was treated at an hospital with critical injuries, after being hit by a car Saturday

The 79 year-old man and 72-year old woman were crossing the street at Waters and Route 82 at about 10:30a.m. when they were hit by a car driven by an elderly woman.

The two were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

It's not known if the woman was charged or cited for the accident.

Police are investigating what exactly happened.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 11:14

Missing Adult Alert For Kent Man

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Update: The missing adult alert for the man who was missing in Portage county has been cancelled. The Brimfield Police Department says they cancelled the missing adult alert, after Donald Davis returned to his home on his own.

Release from Ohio Attorney General's Office:

A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Brimfield Police Department statewide.

 

Information as of: December 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM

 

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 12, 2015 at 3:30 AM, Mr. Davis left his residence and has not returned.

 

The incident took place in Portage County, OH State Route 43 in the city of Kent.

 

The adult's name is Donald Davis and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 83, is 6'02'' tall, weighs 235 lbs, has brown hair, and has brown eyes. Mr. Davis was last seen on 12/12/2015 at 3:30 am wearing a blue striped shirt and blue pants. Mr. Davis suffers from diabetes and other medical conditions that require medications.

 

The vehicle involved is a dark blue 2003 Chevy Silverado with OH plate number AY68YN. Photo is not actual vehicle

 

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

 

Saturday, 12 December 2015 10:21

Tamela Lee Denies Wrongdoing

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The Summit County Council member facing eleven bribery-related charges in a federal indictment is publicly defending herself.

Tamela Lee told the Beacon Journal that the indictment is full of lies about her.

She's accused of accepting money, services and items - like free cigarettes or food - from a convenience store owner in return for using some influence to help them in legal situations.

Lee says she did accept money but only as a loan that she agreed at the time to pay back. The co-owners of the store, Abdelrahman Abdelqader of Canton and Omar Abdelqader of North Canton, are also named in the indictment, along with Abdelrahman's son, Samir Abdelqader of Fairlawn.  Lee says she's known them since getting married about 14 years ago.

According to the newspaper, Lee has taken an unpaid leave of absence from her council position.

On the Web: www.ohio.com

Previous WAKR.net Coverage: 

Former Council Member: Other Shoe to Drop?

Tamela Lee: Indicted Party Leader

Council's Tamela Lee Indicted

 

 

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:40

WAKR Share A Christmas: $7,000

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The Akron area community is responding, again, to the needs of others during this holiday season.

In this case, it's to benefit The Salvation Army in Summit County and it comes in the form of Rubber City Radio Group's 57th Annual WAKR Share A Christmas.

Nearly $7,000 was raised, all of which goes directly to The Salvation Army.

Listeners had a chance participate in online auctions of items that were donated and not available for purchase.  Nice stuff, too!  A Cavs package that included a baseketball autographed by LeBron James, Goodyear blimp rides, lunch with Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, a Browns package that included going onto the field (no jokes, please!) as well as game experiences with the RubberDucks and Akron Racers.

WAKR's Share A Christmas is the longest running community help program in the state.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:32

Two Checkpoints, No Drunks

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Members of the Summit County OVI Task Force say they're thrilled to make no drunk driving arrests in either of last night's checkpoints, even after sending 19 vehicles into diversion areas for further investigation.

Of course, some people got in other trouble - three for driving under suspension and a couple for marijuana possession.

One checkpoint was held on South Main Street just south of North Turkeyfoot Road in Coventry Township. The other was on South Arlington, near East Turkeyfoot Road in Green. 

Officers say there were plenty of partiers but they noticed a lot of designated drivers, taxis and Uber.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 09:24

Zips Outkicked In Kansas City

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The University of Akron men's soccer team is not bringing home a national title.

The Zips fall short in the College Cup semi finals Friday night in Kansas City, KS, losing to Stanford.

"We didn't really create enough good chances and I think Stanford probably had better chances than us on the day," said Coach Jared Embick.

The game was scoreless after double overtime, so it came down to a shootout. Stanford landed on top, 8-7.

If the rest of the team agrees with Brad Ruhaak, a defender, they're still proud.

"There was a goal at the beginning of the year, obviously, to win a national championship," said Ruhaak.  "We came up a little short but getting to the College Cup, being one of the last four teams standing at the end here this weekend has been great for the program and it's been overall a great time except for the result here tonight." The comments were made at a post-game press conference:

 

Embick is disappointed, too, but says there are lessons to be learned that go beyond the game.

"Life's full of disappointments," said Embick. "It's just part of it and you think about it, you grow from it and you put it in perspective and at the end you handle it and even though it's a bad memory, you'll gain strength in character and that's more important."

UA won the national championship in 2010.

One recommendation of Akron Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan's Blue Ribbon Task Force has been released.

The first Interim Report released Friday outlines support for natural gas purchasing aggregation, something the city already does for electricity.

In a statement, Mayor-elect Horrigan says he fully supports the idea, which was introduced at Akron City Council.

The body would have to approve putting such an issue on the ballot...an idea Horrigan wants as well for the March 2016 primary ballot.

The task force's full report is due in February.

(Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan, news release) In keeping with his pledge to release all recommendations made by his Blue Ribbon Task Force, Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan today released Interim Report #1.

Interim Report #1 outlines the Task Force's support for gas aggregation relative to the purchase of natural gas, and supports the efforts of the current administration and Akron City Council to place this issue before the voters in the March 2016 Primary Election.

"I'm pleased that the Task Force and Akron City Council independently came to the same conclusion on this important issue," said Mayor-elect Horrigan. "I fully support Akron City Council's efforts to place this before the voters."

The next phase in Summit County's effort to demolish blighted property got underway Friday, when crews tore down a property on Clifford Avenue.

The lastest effort called the "Neighborhood Initiative Program" is fueled by 2 million dollars in state grants to the Summit County Land Bank.

County executive Russ Pry tells WAKR that the result means higher property values in Summit County. He says the Land Bank is already working ahead in terms of acquiring property that needs to be demolished.

The new program follows the earlier "Ohio Moving Forward" demolition program, where Summit County got over 3-point-7 million dollars in matching state funds to demolish more than 900 blighted and abandoned properties.

This program targets between 150 and 200 vacant and blighted properties in Akron, Barberton, Springfield and Lakemore, four of the county's hardest hit communities

Friday, 11 December 2015 17:18

NEOMED Aims For Biggest Fundraiser Ever

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The biggest fundraiser ever at Northeast Ohio Medical University is already on the way to its goal.

NEOMED has unveiled its "Shine On" fundraiser, which focuses on three major campaign priorities - Advancing Students, Advancing Innovation and Research, and Advancing Community Health. Through the fundraiser, the university is hoping to raise some 40-million dollars.

But NEOMED says "Shine On" has already raised over 28 million dollars in its "quiet phase".

They say their goal is more than 10 times the biggest fundraising campaign they have ever had.

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(NEOMED, news release) Northeast Ohio Medical University announced the University’s largest and most comprehensive fundraising effort ever, at a public phase event held in the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Called Shine On: The Campaign for Northeast Ohio Medical University, the Campaign has a $40 million goal. With nearly 200 from the campus community in attendance, J. David Heller, CPA, board of trustees chair and co-chair of Shine On gave the board’s endorsement. (Heller and Campaign co-chairs Dr. Tom Boniface, Judith Barnes Lancaster and Charles “Chuck” Jones, also received the NEOMED Foundation’s approval in a previous meeting.)

Shine On addresses three major campaign priorities - Advancing Students, Advancing Innovation and Research, and Advancing Community Health. While many were already thrilled to know that the University future would shine brighter than ever, they were treated to a surprise as Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University, cued students standing above the NEW Center’s atrium, to reveal (one number at time), the $28.3 million raised already during the Campaign’s quiet phase.
“NEOMED has been providing education, research and service for more than 40 years to Northeast Ohio,” noted Dr. Gershen. “So, it’s miraculous to think that we’ve never had a campaign for more than $4 million. But things are changing, and we are finding more ways to keep education affordable, to advance science and to deliver population-based health to our communities.”

Nationally, while student debt for a public school medical education shows an average increase of 3 percent, NEOMED’s first year medical student debt is down considerably, by 14.4 percent.

“It’s a testament to our campaign leadership and community of givers,” said Daniel Blain, vice president for advancement and president of the Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation. “Reaching 70 percent of our goal before even going public is outstanding and would not have been possible without our campaign chairs and leadership team, our university board of trustees, and our foundation board.”

The brief ceremony included speakers such as Elizabeth Looney, a fourth year medicine student and 2015 Pisacano Scholar, who grew up in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. Looney talked passionately about why she chose to serve the underserved. As her story represented hundreds of other students who have similarly compelling reasons, it also represented the thousands in need who would benefit from the care provided by these future health care professionals.

As the last student revealed the final number to showcase the funds raised “to date,” Dr. Gershen concluded with, “this is a reason to celebrate,” prompting the Rootstown High School marching band to enter from the opposite side of the atrium and make a surprise appearance to close the ceremony with a few songs before everyone was treated to a campus-wide lunch.


For more about the Shine On, go to ShineOnNeomed.com.

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