Saturday, 05 December 2015 11:33

Man Shot, Killed in Akron

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Akron police are investigating the shooting death of a man on the city's west side Friday night.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports a man was shot at a home on Storer Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 p.m.

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

 

Saturday, 05 December 2015 07:10

Richfield Christmas Tree Damaged, Police Looking For Vandals

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Richfield police are offering a $500 reward for anyone with information on the person who damaged a Christmas tree in the village's town square.

Police Chief Keith Morgan posted photos of the damage on his Facebook page. Officials said the tree will not survive after the holidays.

The reward is being offered to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 330-659-2850.

Posted by Richfield Police Department Summit County, Ohio on Thursday, December 3, 2015
Saturday, 05 December 2015 06:35

UPDATE Freezing Fog Advisory Issued

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UPDATE 9:45a - The Freezing Fog Advisory has been extended. The advisory is in effect until noon. 
 
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The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Fog Advisory for Summit, Stark, Portage, and Trumbull counties until 10 a.m. 
 
NWS reports the combination of dense fog and colder temperatures may cause some slick spots on the roads and sidewalks. 
 
The dense fog may also reduce visibility by less than a quarter mile while driving. 
 

Freezing Fog Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
312 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

.DENSE FOG WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT. SOME FREEZING
IS POSSIBLE ON UNTREATED SURFACES. VISIBILITIES AT TIMES WILL BE
NEAR ZERO.

OHZ021>023-032-033-051500-
/O.EXA.KCLE.ZF.Y.0001.000000T0000Z-151205T1500Z/
SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-STARK-MAHONING-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...CANTON...
YOUNGSTOWN
312 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

...FREEZING FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A FREEZING
FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING.

* TIMING...DENSE FOG WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND
  BEGIN TO DISSIPATE SATURDAY MORNING.

* VISIBILITY...WIDESPREAD BELOW A QUARTER MILE AND NEAR ZERO IN
  SOME LOCATIONS.

* IMPACTS...VISIBILITIES WILL BE A QUARTER OF A MILE OR LESS AT
  TIMES. THESE POOR VISIBILITIES WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
  CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING MAY ALLOW FOR SOME
  SLICK SPOTS TO DEVELOP ON ROADS AND SIDEWALKS...ESPECIALLY ON
  ELEVATED SURFACES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN DENSE FOG WILL SUBSTANTIALLY
REDUCE VISIBILITIES... TYPICALLY TO LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A
MILE... RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS.
MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN... AS OBJECTS
ON AND NEAR ROADWAYS WILL BE SEEN ONLY AT CLOSE RANGE.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
352 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

OHZ003-006>010-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-060900-
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-
MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-
WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-HOLMES-KNOX-
352 AM EST SAT DEC 5 2015

...FREEZING FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL
OHIO...NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST OHIO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS.

   FREEZING FOG ADVISORY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

 

Friday, 04 December 2015 16:57

Gymnastics Coach Indicted On Child Sex Charges

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A youth gymnastics coach has been indicted on three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says 28 year-old Derek Waskowski of Stow was indicted by a Summit County Grand Jury.

He is charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a 10 year old girl who was taking lessons at Hudson's Little Leapers.

He'll be arraigned next Friday in a Summit County courtroom.

(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that a Summit County Grand Jury indicted Derek Waskowski, 28, of Stow, on three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.

Waskowski worked as a coach at Hudson's Little Leapers and is charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl who was taking lessons at the business.

Waskowski is scheduled to be arraigned in Summit County Court on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Friday, 04 December 2015 16:52

Akron Fugitive Arrested After Over Three Years

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A fugitive on the run from Akron since 2012 is back in custody.

The U.S. Marshal's Office Violent Fugitive Task Force and Akron police say they caught up with 29 year-old Shawn Johnson on Lumiere Street in Akron on Thursday night.

He has been a suspect in a shooting in March 2012, when he is charged with demanding money from someone in a car, and then shooting the victim even after he gave money.

Task force members say Johnson had changed his appearance radically and obtained a new identity. He was found hiding under a bed.

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(U.S. Marshal's Office) Yesterday at approximately 10:00pm, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) Akron Division along with the Akron Police Department's Gun Violence Reduction Unit arrested Shawn Johnson, 29, at a residence located on the 500 block of Lumiere Street in Arkon. Johnson was wanted for felonious assault and aggravated robbery.
Johnson has been on the run since March 2012. It is alleged that he and another suspect walked up to an individual parked in a vehicle in the 900 block of Wall St. in Akron and demanded money and the car from the individual. Although the victim complied with Johnson's demands, Johnson allegedly shot him in the torso.

Numerous resources were invested in the search for Johnson, including running his information in the media as a U.S. Marshals 'Dangerous Dozen' and profiling his wanted photo on the Clear Channel billboards. When task force members searched the home, they discovered Johnson hiding under a bed. Johnson had drastically changed his appearance and obtained a new identity, which enabled him to stay on the run for so long.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "Members of the task force have worked this case extensively over the past few years. This is a top notch arrest and a testament that our teams will to never give up on the capture."

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force's "Dangerous Dozen" fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

The NOVFTF Akron Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies: Akron Police Department, Barberton Police Department, Bath Township Police Department
Boston Heights Village Police Department, Copley Township Police Department, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kent Police Department, Medina County Sheriff's Office, New Franklin Police Department, Northfield Village Police Department, Norton Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Portage County Sheriff's Office, Reminderville Police Department, Streetboro Police Department, Stow Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office, United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service, University of Akron Police Department.

Friday, 04 December 2015 13:54

UPDATE Coventry Schools Placed In Fiscal Emergency

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Coventry Local Schools is being placed in fiscal emergency.

The district has been in a fiscal watch for over 18 years, a situation that state auditor Dave Yost says isn't getting any better.

"They're looking at pretty close to a million dollar deficit this year," Auditor Yost tells WAKR.net, "and they haven't been able to find a way out."

Coventry Superintendent Rusty Chaboudy says that the district actually requested the fiscal emergency status, for a reason.

"To be able to borrow from the state Solvency Loan," Chaboudy tells WAKR.net, "pay off some of our debt, and get the school district on the correct financial track."

Yost says there is some short term help that the district could tap to help pay immediate expenses, while fixing the long term situation.

 "We don't want the school to miss their payroll, and we're in the middle of a school year...the first issue is the kids," Yost says. "So, the state education department does have a little flexibility there to help out on a short term basis, while we get the ship righted."

The state will take over most financial decision-making through a commission five member commission.

That commission has to approve most spending, rather than a local school board.

(State Auditor's office, news release) The inability to submit an acceptable financial recovery plan that eliminates the projected current year deficit prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Coventry Local School District (Summit County) in a state of fiscal emergency.

"It's no secret that the Coventry Local Schools have been facing a constant financial struggle," Auditor Yost said. "With today's elevation into fiscal emergency, we'll take a hard look at their issues and help the district find a path toward solvency."

The Coventry Local School District was placed in fiscal watch on May 15, 1997 by the Auditor of State based on the following:

· An operating deficit of $895,000, which exceeded 8 percent of the previous year's general fund revenues;

· An unencumbered cash balance in the general fund (minus property tax advances for the preceding fiscal year) of negative $306,000, which was less than 8 percent of the preceding fiscal year expenditures; and

· The failure to pass a levy that would raise enough revenue in the succeeding year to eliminate conditions one and two.

After the declaration of fiscal watch, the district was required to submit and update a financial recovery plan each year with the state superintendent of public instruction. However, the district's board of education passed a resolution on October 26, 2015 that stated their inability to adopt a financial recovery plan that would eliminate the projected current year deficit. With today's declaration of fiscal emergency, the Auditor of State's office will conduct a full financial analysis of the district and certify the deficit to the Ohio Department of Education.

A Financial Planning and Supervision Commission will now be created to assume all or part of the powers of the board of education. Three members of this commission must be appointed within 15 days of this declaration of fiscal emergency. A financial plan must be developed by the commission within 120 days of its first meeting to address the district's financial crisis.

The Auditor of State serves as an advisor to commissions for all school districts in fiscal emergency. In this role, the office provides accounting training and assistance, as well as monthly monitoring of the district's financial activity to ensure compliance with the recovery plan and various accounting rules and reports.

A Mogadore man is charged with trafficking and growing marijuana after police discovered it at his home.

Mogadore Police were called to the Curtis Street home of 66 year old William Moore on Wednesday, after reports from witnesses who saw someone going into the house through a window.

Mogadore police chief Todd Higgins says that he responded to the home for a possible burglary, but after he went to the window, his nose made a discovery.

"When I went to check the window of the house, the top part of the window fell down," Chief Higgins tells WAKR.net, "and I could see inside the house, and I was blasted with the large smell of marijuana."

The person who went through the window wasn't a burglar, but turned out to be Moore's 24 year-old grandson, who lives there. He was hiding in the home, and told police he was afraid to answer the door.

Chief Higgins says there were about 20 marijuana plants in the basement, and more than 52 pounds of marijuana in the home, scales and packaged marijuana in the home.

He says some of that marijuana was packaged for sale, and that neighbors say there was short-term traffic at the home near an elementary school that would support that idea.

A new week, a new starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Mike Pettine says Austin Davis gets the nod as the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Josh McCown is hurt, and Johnny Manziel is being punished.

Pettine says it's not about the length of that punishment, but it's about a need to see both young quarterbacks.

Davis led the Browns to a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Baltimore replacing the injured McCown, and Pettine says he deserves the chance to start. The Browns also officially signed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor - but as a wide receiver.

Coach Pettine does say that Pryor being on the roster provides "an insurance policy", should the team need a third quarterback.

The naming of Davis means another name has been added to an infamous Browns jersey display, as the 24th starting Browns quarterback since the return of the team in 1999.

 

Cleveland's Brokaw Advertising jokes that it's running out of white tape adding the names to the jersey.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 06:27

Full Page Ad Paid For By UA Foundation

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The University of Akron is under the spotlight -- once again -- this time for an advertisement that appeared in Sunday's Akron Beacon Journal.

The full page ad was signed by business leaders, urging the community to "come together" and support the university.

The criticism comes after several noticed that the ad stated it is was paid for by "Friends of the University of Akron" for $5,000, but UA later clarified that is was paid for by the University of Akron Foundation. Some are questioning why that wasn't made clear in the ad.

UA offficials released the following statement Tuesday:

"The private, non-scholarship funds that were used for the ad are being donated to The University of Akron Foundation for this type of purpose by Richard W. Pogue, former chair of The University of Akron Board of Trustees, to help support efforts by the university and the community to – as the message in the ad stated – "Come together" and help position UA for "...greater success, growth and positive economic impact on our community." We wanted to check with Mr. Pogue before publicly identifying his contribution."

Of those business leaders who signed the ad, seven are part of a new nine -member advisory board including the presidents of FirstEnergy, Goodyear and FirstMerit.

On the web: www.ohio.com

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:30

McCown Out For Season, But Who Starts?

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was pulled out of Monday night's game with the Ravens when he was injured.

Now, that injury will sideline him for the rest of this season.

"It's the worst case scenario for Josh," Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters in a conference call on Monday. "He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collarbone."

Coach Pettine says that McCown's injury won't require surgery, but the quarterback won't be able to come back before season's end.

"It's not displaced so he does not need surgery, but it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up," Pettine says.

Pettine says Josh means a lot to the team.

"He's in the locker room, practice field, game day, just the positive energy that he exuded, and leadership," Pettine says, "I just can't say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he's done for this football team, and what he means for this football team."

Pettine won't, however, name a starter in McCown's absence.

Second string quarterback Austin Davis led the Browns to a touchdown drive on Monday. Johnny Manziel was active as the third string quarterback, but did not play.

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