Monday, 09 November 2015 08:40

Trial Begins For Medina Father

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The trial of a Medina father whose one-year-old daughter's body was found dead in her crib begins today.

Eric Warfel, 35, of Medina, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He's accused of putting trash in a room to cover up the smell of the decomposing body of Ember Warfel.

The baby's body was found by a cable installer in late July.

Warfel has been charged with child endangering, gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of cocaine.

Previous Coverage: 

More Charges For Medina Father Who Left Dead Daughter In Crib

Medina Dad Pleads Insanity

Father Of Dead Baby Indicted By Grand Jury

$1 Million Bond For Medina Father Accused In Toddler's Death

 

Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:14

Woman From Green Arrested For Kidnapping

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A woman from Green has been arrested for kidnapping a young child.

27 year old Olivia Remenyi, who reportedly has a history of psychotic episodes and drug use, took her two-year old cousin to the store on Friday and did not return. The parents of the child called the Summit County Sheriff's Office who then issued an AMBER Alert.

The child was found around 9:00 PM at a suspected drug house left with an unknown person on the porch. Remenyi took off on foot, but was captured after a short chase. She admitted to keeping the child longer than permitted by his mother and even to taking him along on a drug run.

The two-year old was evaluated by the Akron Fire Department and released to his parents.

Remenyi was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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(Summit County Sheriff's Office) On November 06, 2015, Olivia Remenyi watched her 2 year old cousin at his residence in the City of Green. Olivia was provided consent from the child's mother for her to take the child to the store. She was instructed to return the child within the hour. Several hours later, she had not returned and she was not answering her telephone. The child's family contacted the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Olivia has a history of psychotic episodes and drug use. Her vehicle was tracked by phone to the area of Simmons Court in the City of Akron. Witness information indicated she fled the vehicle on foot with the juvenile. The Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert and BOLOS were sent out in an effort to locate Remenyi and the child. The Sheriff's Office began a search of the area with deputies, detectives, and the assistance of the Akron Police Department.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., the child was located at a suspected drug house. Remenyi left the child with unknown persons on the porch. She then fled on foot and was apprehended after a short chase. The child was treated and evaluated on the scene by Akron Fire and released to his parents.

Olivia Remenyi was interviewed and admitted to taking the child longer than permitted by his mother. Remenyi took the child with a friend to 6 different locations in the city to purchase drugs. She consumed crack cocaine in the presence of the child and at the last house, she used drugs and left the child on the porch.

Sheriff Steve Barry commented, "This was an entire agency effort with wonderful results. I am very proud of our agency. Thanks to their determination to quickly follow every lead and evaluate any and all information, this child was found safe and the suspect was apprehended."

Olivia Remenyi, age 27 of Green was arrested and charged with Kidnapping (F-2) andChild Endangering (M-1). She was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Saturday, 07 November 2015 08:14

Fatal Car Accident In Stark County

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal car accident that happened in Stark County Saturday morning.

30-year old Danielle Johns of Tuscarawas was driving southbound on State Route 21 in Bethlehem Township around 1:40 AM. Officers say she lost control of her car and went off the roadway. She then struck a tree, a fence, and then another tree. Johns was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt while driving. It's not yet known if alcohol was involved in the crash.

Saturday, 07 November 2015 06:38

High School Playoff Scores: Round 1

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The first round of the high school football playoffs kicked off last night for Divisions II, III, V, and VII. Here are the area scores...

Division II:

Nordonia 39, Aurora 37

Hudson 45, Copley 20

Avon 49, Highland 20

Pataskala Licking Heights 27, Wooster 0

Division III:

Archbishop Hoban 35, New Philadelphia 21

St. Vincent-St. Mary 49, Canfield 28

West Geauga 35, Buckeye 28 (3OT)

Louisville 42, Poland Seminary 7

Division V:

Swanton 38, Waynedale 28

Division VII:

Mogadore 63, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton 20

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Divisions I, IV, and VI will play tonight. Here are the area match-ups...

Division I:

Berea-Midpark at Stow

Canton McKinley at Toledo Whitmer

GlenOak at Mentor

Division IV:

Oberlin Firelands at Woodridge

Cortland Lakeview at Crestwood

Division VI:

Smithville at Columbia Station Columbia

 

 

Friday, 06 November 2015 20:19

UPDATE: AMBER Alert Issued For Green Boy

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UPDATE 6:27 AM 11/7/15: The Regional AMBERAlert has been cancelled and the child has been recovered.

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AN AMBER ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED:


BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM SUMMIT COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 4661 SHERYLTON HILLS DRIVE IN THE CITY OF GREEN AT 11/6/2015 3:00:00 PM.

INFORMATION AS OF 11/6/2015 8:04:07 PM.
THE SUSPECT IS BELIEVED TO BE DRIVING A GRY 2006 CHEV TBZ LL WITH LICENSE PLATE DXH4146 FROM THE STATE OF OH (STATUS IS RECOVERED).    
THE CHILD'S NAME IS SOLMON THOMPSON (STATUS IS MISSING) AGE 2 YRS OLD. A WHITE MALE HEIGHT 3 FEET 0 INCHES WEIGHING 30 POUNDS WITH BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY HAIR AND BLUE EYES. THE CHILD WAS LAST SEEN 4661 SHERYLTON HILLS DRIVE, GREEN, OHIO.
THE SUSPECT'S NAME IS OLIVIA M REMENYI  (STATUS IS ACTIVE)  

SUSPECT IS A BLACK FEMALE APPROXIMATELY 27 YRS OLD WITH BROWN HAIR BROWN EYES, LAST SEEN WEARING: GREEN SHIRT WITH NEON GREEN TRIM. BLACK LEGGINGS WITH A GREY STRIPE..
HEIGHT 5 FEET 7 INCHES. WEIGHT 180 POUNDS. (TWO STARS ON HER FOOT)


PLEASE CALL 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) OR DIAL 911 IF YOU SEE THE CHILD, THE SUSPECT OR THE SUSPECT'S VEHICLE

Friday, 06 November 2015 17:12

Falls Police Find Car, Teens, Air Guns

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Cuyahoga Falls police say that spotting a suspicious car Monday night led them to three young people and two air guns with the orange tip removed.

Falls police say that Akron PD said the car was on their stolen list.

When Falls police caught up with the car at just before midnight Tuesday on Billman Place, a 17 year old and a 14 year old got away on foot.

A 13 year-old boy was taken into custody, and police say he had two black air guns without orange tips.

He'll face a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of possessing air guns.

The case is still under investigation.

Friday, 06 November 2015 13:21

Rosie The Boring Machine To Get Started

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Ground is officially broken on a project that will eventually result in a massive sewer pipe being built across Akron.

"The tunnel will control combined sewer overflow at nine separate locations along the Ohio Canal, the little Cuyahoga River and will store over 25-million gallons of combined sewer overflow that will be treated at the water reclamation facility," said city of Akron Interim Environmental Division Manager Michelle DiFiore.

It will be 6,240 feet long, stretching from the river near Otto Street to West Exchange Street in downtown. The pipe will have an inside diameter of 27-feet.

This is the biggest part of the billion dollar project that nobody wants to pay for but Mayor Jeff Fusco says we'll all be better off.

"Here in Akron, we have made it a priority to have a very high quality of life," said Fusco. "This project will move the needle on that and improve the quality of life for our children and grandchildren."

The tunnel boring machine that is needed will be named after a recently deceased Akron woman as well as the movement that she represented. Mary Rose Jacobs, more commonly known as Rosie the Riveter, is being honored. Akron officials say it's common to name tunnel boring machines, so they staged a contest and Rosie the Riveter is the winner.

Jacobs was a junior at Kenmore High School when she decided to help the war effort, so she worked in a factory all day and went to school at night. 

Friday, 06 November 2015 10:29

Prade Hearing Wraps Up

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The latest court hearing to determine whether former Akron police Captain Doug Prade will get a new trial has concluded.

Defense experts were testifying in court about the DNA found on the lab coat of Prade's ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade.

The hearing is similar to one held in 2012 that led to Prade being exonerated. That decision was eventually reversed. Judge Christine Croce decided to hold another hearing instead of relying on transcripts.

Judge Croce has asked for written closing arguments to be filed with the court in four weeks. She will then determine whether Prade gets a new trial.

Previous Coverage: 

Prade Hearing Over, Written Decision Comes Later

Court To Hear Arguments For New Murder Trial

Prade's New Trial Request "Under Advisement"

Court Turns Down Latest Prade Appeal

Date Set For Prade Murder New Trial Hearing

Prade New Trial Order Sent Back To Summit County Court

UPDATE Prade Ordered Back Behind Bars

 

Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:32

Akron RubberDucks Win Larry MacPhail Award

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The Akron RubberDucks are celebrating news that the team is the recipient of the 50th annual Larry MacPhail Award, which is given to a minor league baseball team that has demonstrated unique and creative promotional efforts.

The team was recognized for their innovative promotions and theme nights that helped to bring in more than 340-thousand fans to Canal Park in 2015.

The RubberDucks will pick up the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Dec. 6 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(Minor League Baseball - News Release) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball announced today that the Akron RubberDucks are the recipients of the 50th annual Larry MacPhail Award, symbolizing the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball. The award has been presented since 1966 and is named after Hall of Famer Leland Stanford "Larry" MacPhail, Sr., who introduced innovations such as night baseball, airplane travel, pension plans and batting helmets. The Akron RubberDucks will receive their award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Using innovative promotions and theme nights to attract and engage fans, the Akron RubberDucks welcomed 340,916 fans through the gates of Canal Park during the 2015 season. The RubberDucks used a variety of theme nights, in-game promotions and giveaways, specialty foods and fireworks shows to average more than 5,000 fans per game.

"On behalf of the RubberDucks organization, we are humbled and ecstatic to be recognized as the top promotional team in all of Minor League Baseball," said Jim Pfander, Akron RubberDucks general manager. "It is a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award that is so well-known throughout Minor League Baseball. The credit belongs to our owner, Ken Babby, with his vision of creating an unparalleled fan experience for affordable, family entertainment in Northeast Ohio, as well as the entire front office staff in Akron. Our staff's tireless efforts to bring Canal Park to life not only during 71 home games, but throughout the calendar year, are second to none."

"The RubberDucks promotions are unique in that they not only increase attendance at Canal Park, but benefit the Akron community as well," said president & chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, Pat O'Conner. "Their promotions are innovative and entertaining, and are in large part the reason they won this award. Congratulations to the Akron RubberDucks, and on behalf of Minor League Baseball, I commend them on an outstanding season."

In addition to a strong promotional calendar, the Akron RubberDucks announced FirstEnergy as the first-ever presenting sponsor in franchise history. The sponsorship included many activation pieces and a co-branded logo. The co-branded logo was featured on the sleeves of staff shirts and the 2015 starting lineups were "powered by FirstEnergy." The July 3 fireworks show was the largest activation piece of the sponsorship, drawing 8,258 fans.

"We are thrilled to bring this award to Akron for the first time and for a sixth time overall for the Eastern League in the 50-year history of this award," added Pfander. "Larry MacPhail was an incredible innovator who cared deeply about promoting baseball and making games memorable experiences for fans of all ages. To be associated with an award that bears his name is itself an honor."

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:58

Horrigan: New Task Force To Analyze City's Health

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Akron's Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan used his first press conference this morning, following his election win Tuesday, to announce details related to a new advisory board that will look into the city's financial and economic health.

"It's just not looking at things that are wrong, but also looking at things that are right and improving them," said Horrigan .

Horrigan announced that the city of Akron will be forming the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which will be led by Tim Ochsenhirt, a retired managing partner at Roetzel & Andress.

"We're going to look at the finances of the city. We're going to look at the operations of the city and some of the opportunities and risks that the city may face," said Ochsenhirt.

The task force will be comprised of several local leaders, including Dan Colantone, president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber and David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

According to Horrigan, the task force has been asked to focus on the following areas:

· City finances

· City operations

· Personnel and human resource management

· Economic and neighborhood development

· Risk management

· Charter changes

The budget for the task force has been set at $300,000 to pay for consultant fees and the force itself, but details on the breakdown have not been released.

The task force is expected to present their findings to Akron City Council in February.

 

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