Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:22

Ex-Pizza Shop Manager Sentenced For Video Snooping

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The former manager of a Twinsburg pizza shop has been sentenced to four years in prison for videotaping female employees with a hidden bathroom camera.

34 year-old Paul Strebler of Tallmadge pleaded guilty to charges related to the hidden camera taping in September.

Prosecutors say Strebler set up the hidden camera to record several female employees, some under the age of 18.

He fled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where he was arrested by park rangers.

(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Paul Strebler, 34, , of Norton Drive in Tallmadge, to four years in prison. Strebler was also designated a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register with the local sheriff every six months for the next 25 years.

On September 16, 2015, Strebler pled guilty to the following charges:

Two counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Orientated Material – both felonies of the second degree
Seven counts of Voyeurism – misdemeanors of the first degree

"Paul Strebler violated his victims and destroyed their sense of privacy. This has become a living nightmare for the girls involved," said Prosecutor Walsh. "Many of the victims worked for Mr. Strebler and trusted him. I am pleased to know the community will be kept safe from the deviant actions of Mr. Strebler."

Strebler was the manager of a local pizza restaurant and the district manager at several other shops. Strebler set up a hidden camera in the bathroom of the restaurant and recorded several of his female employees, some of whom were under the age of 18 at the time. Strebler fled to Arizona and was eventually arrested by National Park Service Rangers at the Grand Canyon.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:55

Neighbors Help APD Get Burglary Suspect

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Akron police say some observant neighbors helped them arrest a man they say assaulted and robbed an elderly woman at her home in Firestone Park.

Police say the 81 year-old woman says a man followed her into her home when she returned from grocery shopping, grabbed her and demanded her purse and jewelry.

The robber pulled some jewelry off her wrist and the woman had minor injuries.

Police say a few neighbors called with a description of the suspected robber and his vehicle.

They found the vehicle at an apartment on Nadia Court, and found their suspect hiding in the attic crawl space.

Police say 26 year-old Brandon Elkins of Nadia Court tried to get away while being taken from the police station to a patrol wagon, pushing an officer and running....but was taken into custody again after a foot chase.

Elkins faces aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and escape. Most of the victim's property was found at the Nadia Court address, and they hope other items found will link him to similar burglaries and robberies.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:33

AUDIO: NTSB Releases Prelim Report

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The National Transportation Safety Board released its first report on last Tuesday's jet crash on approach to Akron Fulton Airport that killed nine. The preliminary report doesn't contain much new that hasn't been reported previously. It does note some of the wreckage including airframe, engines, primary flight controls, and landing gear were recovered and forwarded for further testing along with the voice data recorder.

Former FAA investigator Jeff Rich explains the information in the NTSB's preliminary report

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(FAA) Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Akron, OH
Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE HS 125 700A, registration: N237WR
Injuries: 9 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.On November 10, 2015, about 1452 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A, N237WR, departed controlled flight while on approach to landing at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a 4-plex apartment building in Akron, Ohio. The pilot, copilot, and seven passengers died; no ground injuries were reported. The airplane was destroyed by the crash and a postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to Rais Group International NC LLC and operated by Execuflight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY), Dayton, Ohio, about 1413 EST and was destined for AKR.The airplane, which was based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, departed Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1112 EST on the day of the accident and arrived at MGY about 1125 EST. The airplane remained parked on the ramp at one of the fixed-base operators until departing for AKR.According to Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control and radar data, about 1438 EST, the Akron-Canton terminal radar approach control facility provided radar vectors to the accident airplane for the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR. A Piper PA-28-161 airplane performing flight training at the airport completed the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR before the accident airplane began its approach. According to the flight instructor on board the Piper PA-28-161, the airplane "broke out at minimums" on the localizer runway 25 approach and landed on runway 25. After the Piper PA-28-161 exited the runway, the flight instructor reported that he heard one of the pilots of the accident airplane state "Hawker Jet on a 10 mile final localizer 25" over the Unicom frequency. Subsequently, the flight instructor radioed to the accident airplane and stated "we broke out right at minimums." According to the flight instructor, one of the pilots of the accident airplane acknowledged this transmission with "thanks for the update." About 1452 EST, a motion-activated security camera located about 900 ft to the southeast of the accident site captured the airplane as it came in over the surrounding trees in a left-wing-down attitude about 1.8 nautical miles from the approach end of runway 25 at AKR. An explosion and postcrash fire were observed on the video just after the airplane flew out of the security camera's view.The postcrash fire consumed most of the airplane; however, the airframe, engines, primary flight controls, and landing gear were all accounted for at the accident site. The airplane was equipped with a Fairchild GA-100 tape unit cockpit voice recorder, which was recovered and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's Vehicle Recorders Laboratory for examination. About 1450 EST, the surface weather observation at AKR was wind from 240 degrees at 7 knots; visibility 1 3/4 statute mile in mist; ceiling broken at 600 ft above ground level (agl); overcast ceiling at 900 ft agl; temperature 11 degrees C (52 degrees F); dew point 9 degrees C (48 degrees F); and altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:49

Stow Man Guilty Of Murder

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A guilty verdict in a 30-year old case makes it unlikely that a Stow man will ever live outside of prison. 

A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury returned guilty verdicts against Scott Purk, 53, on charges of murder and tampering with evidence. Purk murdered his wife, Margaret Purk in 1985. She was days away from delivering a baby when her body was found hanging in their apartment. It was considered a suicide but new evidence emerged in 2009, resulting in the exhumation of Margaret Purk's body and a revised ruling that her death was actually a homicide.

The jury believed that Scott Purk killed his pregnant wife and successfully made it appear to be suicide - almost.

Purk is already serving a 28-year sentence for setting his house on fire for insurance money, then a neighbor's house to divert attention away from him.

He'll be sentenced on the murder charge next week.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 17:34

Police, Task Force Seek Violent Fugitive

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Police are looking for an Akron man wanted for felonious assault.

Akron Police and the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force want to arrest 39 year-old Michael Deshawne Ayers for a violent assault on Roslyn Avenue in September.

They say Ayers got into an argument with a 26 year-old man in front of a sidewalk, and fired several shots at him, striking him "several times".

The victim suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for over a month. Ayers is 6' 2" and 219 lbs. and is pictured above.

(APD, news release) The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking for assistance from the public for information that could lead to the arrest of Michael Deshawne Ayers. Ayers is wanted for Felonious Assault.

On September 20, 2015 around 10:15 in the evening, Michael Ayers got into an argument with a 26 year old male on the sidewalk in front of a house in the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue. Following the argument, Ayers pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the victim, striking the victim multiple times. The victim was transported to Akron General Medical Center where he remained hospitalized for over a month. The victim suffered very serious injuries.

Michael Deshawne Ayers is a black male, 39 years old, 6'02", and 219 lbs. He has a last known address on Stadelman Avenue.

A reward is being offered by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force for information directly related to the arrest of Michael Deshawne Ayers.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc at (330) 434-COPS. Caller can remain anonymous.

With the Browns in the bye week after the loss to the Steelers, the team already knows who will be behind center when they finish the season.

The 2 and 8 Browns have tapped quarterback Johnny Manziel to play the last six games of the 2015 season.

The move came just before the NFL announced that it won't discipline Manziel for an October incident with his girlfriend in Avon.

Head coach Mike Pettine says that not only has Manziel's play improved through the loss to the Steelers.

"We understand where our season is at this point," Pettine told reporters in Berea on Tuesday, "and this is a kid that we've invested a lot in...and this will give us an opportunity to see how far he's come, and what he's capable of."

Manziel says he's excited to start, and says he's told coach Pettine that he'll be on his best behavior.

"I let him now that I'm not going to do anything that's going to be a distraction to this team, or be an embarrassment to the organization," Manziel says, "and that was the thing that he stressed to me as well, so he kind of stressed that back."

The Browns play next a week from Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.

Cuyahoga Falls police say a man was found shot after an apparent dispute at State and Quick Roads.

Woodridge Schools had a short lockdown, after Falls police told them about the shots fired call.

Woodridge superindentent Walter Davi tells WAKR.net that the lockdown at Woodridge was lifted 20 minutes later, about 5 minutes before scheduled dismissal, and students were dismissed as scheduled.

Falls police say the shooting victim was conscious when they arrived, and named a suspect.

He's now in custody, and charges are pending.

Police say the shooting was apparently due to the dispute, and that no one else is in danger.

 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:52

Goodyear Opening Up Blimp Hangar For Toys For Tots

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Again this holiday season, you'll be able to get a close-up look at a Goodyear blimp, and help out Toys for Tots.

It'll take place at the Goodyear blimp hangar at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, this year from December 11th through the 13th.

Visitors can see construction on the company's second "new generation airship", and have an opportunity to donate to the Toys for Tots program.

You'll also have a chance to win a free blimp ride if you come to the event, or you can go to Goodyear's blimp website for an entry.

Similar events will be held at Goodyear's bases in Florida and California.

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(Goodyear, news release) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will conduct their fifth joint maneuver benefitting the Toys for Tots Foundation at Goodyear's U.S. blimp bases in Ohio, California and Florida. These events will provide the public with an opportunity to make a donation to Toys for Tots while enjoying a close-up view of the airships.

Following is the schedule of events:

• Akron, Ohio: Dec. 11-13, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Visitors can see the progress ofconstruction on the second of the company's new generation NT airships at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar.
• Pompano Beach, Fla.: Dec. 12-13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring Goodyear's newest airship, "Wingfoot One".
• Carson, Calif.: Dec. 5-6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring the "Spirit of Innovation" blimp.

There is no charge and a donation is not required to enjoy the holiday scene and see the blimps. At each location, visitors can enter a draw to a win a blimp ride. Official entry forms for the Goodyear Toys for Tots Blimp Ride Sweepstakes can be obtained at the event or by visiting www.goodyearblimp.com. The completed form can be submitted at the event or via U.S. mail. More details can be found at http://www.goodyearblimp.com/news-and-events/news.html.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps to bring holiday cheer to our communities while supporting the Toys for Tots Program," said Paul Fitzhenry, the company's senior vice president, Global Communications. "We are looking forward to a great turnout once again this year."

Students at Green Middle School will have to wait to take their trip to Washington D.C.

"We can't control everything but when we have the opportunity to prevent a possible situation from happening, we want to take all sorts of precautions," said Julie McMahan, school district spokesperson.

In other words, safety comes first and that'a s mantra that the owner of Traveling Classrooms, the company that is coordinating the trip, repeats as well. Owner Bob Jackson says he's okay with the school district's decision even though he's only aware of one other district in the region that's taking the same approach. In fact, Jackson is taking a group from Lake High School to the nation's capital this week.

Lake High School is a much smaller group and they're just there Friday afternoon through Saturday and they're still opting to go, which I think is a good thing," said Jackson. "I do understand the concerns of the parents of Green Middle School and I fully support the decison that Green made."

McMahan is aware that most schools that have planned trips are still proceeding as planned but says her district is comfortable making decisions that are based on the needs of their own students, parents and employees that may differ from what some other district is doing. McMahan says the students will probably get more out of it by waiting.

"Where does their fear lie?  Where is their hesitation? Are they going to be spending their whole time texting their parents back and forth, saying 'hey, we're okay,'" said McMahan. "That kind of takes away and diminishes the value of the educational experience."

Jackson says that despite the well-circulated video that shows a possible terrorist threat on Washington, D.C., the city's usual high alert has not been elevated.  Jackson says he regularly communicates directly with the Department of Homeland Security and several security teams connected directly with tourist stops that are part of his itinerary and everyone says that as of now, it's business as usual.

McMahan and Jackson both say they're hoping the students can take the trip in February. 

 

Attention GMS Families,Safety of our students remains a top priority both home and away from our district. Due to...

Posted by Green Middle School- Green, Ohio on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 08:06

Man Shot, Killed At Akron Adult Club

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Akron police are investigating the second homicide in as many days reported at an adult club in Akron overnight.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Officer reports a 32-year-old man was found shot following an altercations inside the Adult Entertainment Club on East Archwood Avenue shortly after midnight.

Further details and the victim's identity have not been released.

On early Sunday morning, a 19-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Cordova Avenue. Authorities haven't released a possible motive or suspect in the shooting. 

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