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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
An investigation into Planned Parenthood by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did not find any indication that fetal tissue was sold by its affiliates in Ohio, but the probe did reveal that aborted fetal remains were disposed of in landfills.
According to the report, the investigation did show that the disposal methods of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Bedford Heights, Cincinnati and Columbus violated Ohio code that requires that a "fetus shall be disposed of in a humane manner."
"Disposing of fetuses, first cooking fetuses and then disposing of them in a landfill," DeWine said Friday at a news conference, "is not humane."
All three facilities have reportedly sent fetal remains to companies which disposed of fetuses in landfills. But DeWine says it can't be determined where the fetuses taken from the Bedford Heights facility ended up.
He says the legal remedy in this case is an injunction against the three Planned Parenthood affiliates, the three that perform abortions in Ohio.
Reaction has poured in, both in support of DeWine's investigation and against it.
Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman in a statement: "Disposing aborted fetuses into landfills is inhumane and reprehensible and should be stopped. I support legislative action at the state level and have begun to look at next steps at the federal level to ban this practice."
Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, in another statement: "This harassment of Planned Parenthood and its patients is inexcusable. The attempt to paint the women's healthcare provider as a lawbreaker is sad and deeply troubling."
It's been more than three days since the shooting death of 21-year-old Zakaeria (Zak) Husein who was shot in the chest during a robbery at his brother's pizza shop in Akron.
Family and friends have used social media as an outlet to share stories and remember the University of Akron student as a kind individual who was devoted to his faith as a Muslim.
It was clear to see the impact he had on friends and family members. Hundreds attended a prayer service for Zak at the Islamic Center of Akron and Kent this week and his Facebook page is flooded with with messages, describing the young man as a thoughtful, kind, accepting and genuine individual who had a bright future ahead.
"Zak is one of, if not the, nicest guys I have ever met," said Amal Almahd, Zak's cousin and president of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Akron.
But in the midst of many positive comments, one specific remark stood out to Zak's cousin and Muslim Student Association (MSA) President Amal Almahd. She said the comment, attached to a picture of Zak, referenced the young man as a Muslim "waiting to be radicalized."
"It just hurt me so much to see that the person went and even took his picture to make such a hateful comment."
While the comment was hurtful, Almahd believes the memories shared of Zak's life has been able to counteract the verbal attacks targeting Muslims.
"Through Zak's actions, I think everyone could see that whatever hateful comments, or whatever Donald Trump and anyone is saying, is completely wrong," said Almahd. "If anything, he (Zak) really was the best example of a Muslim."
Zak was studying international business at UA and was an active member of MSA. He was shot and killed during a robbery at Premium New York Style Pizza on Glenwood Avenue Monday night.
Akron police released surveillance video of the robbery to help track down the gunman who was wearing all black and a mask. Husein can clearly be seen handing over the money to the robbery suspect. Originally , the suspect was described as a black male, but police later confirmed that they were not ruling out the possibility that the suspect was a woman.
Zak's family has offered a $50,000 reward for anyone with information that would lead to the conviction of the person responsible in the fatal shooting.
More than $3,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe account that has been set up to help Zak's family pay for funeral expenses.
Hats off to TimkenSteel after a North Canton Hoover High School senior got an oversized check from the company, part of a $140,000 scholarship promise to senior Logan Stahl. First installment is $35,000 and he will be getting that the next three years too for college. It's a scholarship the company has for children of it's workers.
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(North Canton Schools) "This is one of the best parts of my job," said Ward J. "Tim" Timken, chairman, CEO and president of TimkenSteel Corp., as he waited in anticipation for Logan Stahl to arrive at the Guidance Office in North Canton Hoover High School.
Stahl, a senior at Hoover, was soon to find out that he won a TimkenSteel Charitable Fund Awards Scholarship worth $140,000.
As Stahl came into the room, he was greeted by Timken who shook his hand and presented him with an oversized check for $35,000, renewable for up to three years. As he congratulated Stahl, Timken explained this contest was extremely competitive, with children of TimkenSteel employees from all over the world applying.
"It's amazing," said Stahl later as he recounted the experience. "I am so grateful."
Timken had arranged for Stahl's parents, Duane and Trish Stahl, to be there for the surprise. Duane Stahl works as a steel purchasing controller for TimkenSteel.
Later that morning, Elaine Russell Reolfi, vice president of communications and community relations of TimkenSteel, also visited Hoover to present a $5000 scholarship to senior Makayla Sutter. Sutter called her father, Daniel Sutter, director of marketing, automotive at TimkenSteel to share the good news.
"Thank you for all your help Dad," Sutter said through tears of happiness.
In all, eight high school seniors, all children of TimkenSteel Corp. employees, were awarded $245,000 in scholarship funds throughout the morning. Scholarships were awarded based on academic and extracurricular achievement. Stahl won the largest of the scholarships awarded.
"These students are all standouts in what they do both inside and outside of the classroom," said Reolfi. "And we're proud to support their academic development as they follow in the footsteps of their talented parents."
Stahl plans to attend Grove City College, Case Western Reserve or Carnegie Mellon University and study computer science. Sutter plans to pursue a degree in nursing and play tennis for Otterbein Universit
Former Summit County Council member Bill Roemer sat next to Tamela Lee when he was on council.
He says though the indictments handed down Thursday were no surprise, given the raid of her home earlier and other news about the FBI probe that came out earlier.
But reading the indictment, Roemer wonders if another shoe is going to drop in the case against Lee.
"I see there are mentions of a Judge 2 in the indictments and things like that," Roemer tells WAKR.net. "Are there other people that are associated with this, or is this the final situation. Is this the tip of the iceberg, or are these the final indictments."
Roemer says it's difficult to see how Lee can serve on council after this.
"I would expect that Ms. Lee would resign or in some manner step down," Roemer says. "because it would be very hard for her to meet her duties on county council, given the extensive indictments against her."
Roemer says he didn't see anything at council directly, because the indictments involve Lee's personal relationships.
He says with news of public corruption, other officials have to work "above and beyond" to overcome such things.