The Akron-Summit County Library is offering a new online service to access books, movies, and music. The library has teamed up with Hoopla, described as a Netflix-like online service, to offer users 24/7 online and mobile access to the library.
"We do intend to do a lot more with digital to make library accessible," said Collection Development Coordinator Val Sherman. "No matter where you are, we'll be there for you."
There's a checkout limit for library card holders -- just 10 items per month, but there are no fines since the items automatically return after the checkout period has ended.
"You can have a video for about three days and it'll just automatically return. You won't have to worry about fines."
The Akron-Summit County Library is just one of dozens in Ohio that have partnered with the new digital service.
An employee at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron is facing a sexual battery charge after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Jeffrey Peterson, 28, was fired from his job as an IT coordinator at the private, all-girls Catholic school after school officials learned of the accusations and reported it to Akron police.
Peterson is being held in the Summit County Jail and has a court appearance scheduled on Monday.
On the web: www.cleveland.com
Akron Public Schools are looking into allegations that a Firestone High teacher had an improper relationship with a female student.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the unnamed teacher was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago.
Firestone staff and APS administrators are working with legal counsel to look into the matter, though there's no word yet how it came to the attention of Firestone staff.
There's also no word on the length of the alleged improper relationship or the age of the student.
The allegation could be presented at the Akron school board's next meeting next month.
On the web: www.ohio.com
A 29-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is facing drug trafficking charges after detectives followed up on a search warrant and found psychedelic mushrooms in a Stone Street house.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies found a Psilocybin Mushroom grow operation, including about a pound of the controlled substance, three handguns and a loaded shotgun.
Jack Kennedy, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Akron police say a man who drove to sell marijuana last night, and instead of money, he got shot.
Police say it happened at around 10 PM Monday night at Washburn Street and Tressel Avenue - the would-be pot seller was in his car when someone fired several shots at his car.
The man was struck in the torso and arm, and called police after driving to a business at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road.
Police say the victim is in stable condition at Akron General Medical Center.
There's no description of the shooter.
Cops say they found 65 grams of marijuana in the man's car, and he was charged with attempted drug abuse.
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The winter season officially begins tonight, but the freezing temperatures and snowflakes are nowhere in sight.
"If you like mild temperatures and lots of rain, you're going to like the forecast, " said Meteorologist Richard Lewelling with the Weather Channel.
Temperatures are expected to reach near the 60s on Wednesday and stay above average through the rest of the year.
"In fact, the coolest temperature I see, anywhere in the next 16 days, is a 40 degree low at night," said Lewelling. "So, pretty much, everyday between now and the end of the year we're going to be looking at 40s, 50s and even 60s in the forecast."
Lewelling predicts record-breaking temperatures across the country as the year comes to a close.
"We're going to see a lot of records fall by the wayside. I think you have to go way back in the record books to some of the strongest El Ninos to actually see weather like this, anywhere in the country. In fact, there's really nothing that compares to it."
It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.
They came by the truck loads, hundreds of bikes delivered by Elves & More put a mile-wide smile on parents and kids faces in Akron on Sunday, just a week a before the holiday.
"Yes, I'm excited because I haven't had a bike in a longtime," Treymaine Lucas said.
Lucas received a bike from LeBron James, as part of the 'I Promise' program, but was stolen when he left it outside on the porch of their house.
Brandy Moore, his mother, said her son was very upset about what happened. She has three kids and was not able to buy her son another one. She said this event made things a lot easier, especially with her Christmas shopping.
"[This event] helps me out a lot because I can't afford to buy three bikes," Moore said. "Being that they were able to give my kids bikes, it's going to be their Christmas presents now."
Elves & More delivered 1,600 bikes total to kids and families in Akron, Canton and Springfield on Sunday.
Moore said she think it's "wonderful" what the people from Elves & More did because it will help a lot of families.
"I think it's nice. I think it's wonderful. It's a nice Christmas gift for all of these kids. Some kids aren't going to get nothing else for Christmas."
Tim House, Co-Founder of Elves and More, said it started about ten years ago when they decided to giveaway bikes for Christmas to kids who needed them most.
"Many of these parents and grandparents that are raising their granddaughter and grandsons or parents that are raising their own children; they're struggling right now and Christmas time puts another stress on them. They have no idea how they're going to buy a gift, so we supply that gift for them."
House said it's the smile on the kids faces year after year that makes this all worth it.
"If you see a kid on an Elves & More bike with a backpack, you know, you just say to your self, she's on her way to a library, she's on her way to school, she's on one of our bikes. There's nothing you can say bad about that."
House said he's lucky to have the amount of people that volunteers each year.
"We are very fortunate in volunteer base," House said. "Last week we put together 1,600 biclycles in about four hours. We had a little over 400 volunteers show up, put the bikes together and clean the warehouse."
One of the many volunteers who helped deliver bicycles at the Akron site was Walter Holtz. Holtz, who works for XPO Logistics as an operations manager in the Alliance and Youngstown area, said it feels good to deliver the bikes and see the kids reactions.
"It's really nice to see the faces and the expressions on kids faces when we give back," Holtz said. "Everybody likes to receive but at the same time there's that special feeling you get every time when you give to someone else...it's an indescribable feeling."
Elves & More does not fund-raise and try to receive grants and donations from corporations to fund the giveaways, House said. He said they're bank account is really low right now after getting the bikes, but in the end, he said, "it's all worth it."
Akron Children's Hospital's mission isn't just to serve over 800,000 patients a year.
The hospital also needs to train pediatricians and specialists, and part of the recently passed federal budget will help keep that going.
The year-end spending bill includes $295 million for training nationwide. That's $30 million more than last year.
The money amount for the coming year is estimated to be at around $3.5 million to $5.5 million for Akron Children's Hospital.
Children's president and CEO Bill Considine says that the money won't fund all training, but will help make their program "top notch".
"We are always looking for support, so we can turn out the specialists that serve about 90 percent of the country," Considine tells WAKR.net. "Yet, we have not received federal dollars, so that's why this line item is so important to us."
Considine says about 20 years ago, Children's, which doesn't get Medicare money since it treates children, got a small fraction of the training funding those other hospitals received.
To say that Akron firefighters were busy Friday morning is an understatement.
After battling an early morning house fire, firefighters made a quick turnaround to head over to an elementary school -- delivering hundreds of coats, hats and gloves to students.
Hundreds of students lined up in the cafeteria at McEbright CLC to make sure their new coat fit just right. Each coat was personalized with the students' name -- hats and gloves included.
Firefighter Matt Coleman organized this year's Operation Warm event.
"It gives all of us firemen a perspective on the meaning of Christmas and getting to come out and touch the community in a different way," said Coleman.
Click the image below to view additional photos from the Operation Warm event.
But before some firefighters could prepare for Friday's coat delivery, they were busy battling a house fire on Marvin Avenue in Highland Square.
"Four of these guys pulled a guy out a building and save him around 7:45 this morning. They went back, took a shower and now they're here handing out coats."
Just hours before, half of the firefighters at the event were battling a house fire on Marvin Avenue in Highland Square around 6 a.m. The blaze left one man with first and second degree burns. The man was found about eleven minutes after fire crews arrived had to be rescued. At least one other person escaped without help.
Mike Kranek was one of the firefighters who responded to the morning blaze, but he wanted to make he didn't miss out on this year's Operation Warm event.
"Some of these kids probably don't have much of a Christmas so if we can do a little something to make they're day better, that's what it's all about," said Kranek.
It was a morning filled with emotions for Kranek and his fellow firefighters.
"You're going a 100 miles a minute going to the fire, and then you deal with the fire and you're exhausted," said Kranek. "And then you go home to take an shower and you get rejuvenated because you know this is important."
Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan will take the oath of office on New Year's Day in downtown Akron.
The city says Horrigan will become Akron's 62nd Mayor in a public ceremony January 1st at 10 AM at Greystone Hall, on South High Street.
The ceremony is expected to take about 30 to 40 minutes. Though it's open to the public, the city says seating is limited.
(City of Akron, news release) The City of Akron will be hosting the ceremony administering the inaugural oath of office to Mayor-elect Daniel Horrigan on New Year's Day. Horrigan will be sworn in as the 62nd Mayor of Akron on January 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at Greystone Hall, located at 103 South High Street in Downtown Akron. A brief reception will be held immediately following the 30-40 minute ceremony. This event is open to the public, however seating is limited.
Rep. Tim Ryan was one of just 77 Democrats backing the "Tax Extenders Bill", which passed the House Thursday.
"Because I believe it's going to be very good for small businesses in our community...to help them grow, reinvest back into their company," Rep. Ryan told reporters in a conference call on Thursday, "and it's also going to be good for families, whether you're sending someone to college or you need the child tax credit."
The Northeast Ohio congress member said the tax cut package should have been "revenue neutral" - it should have paid for itself.
But he said the benefits the tax cuts provide was more important for him.
The tax cut bill was overwhelmingly supported by House Republicans. House Democratic leaders were opposed.
Up next - the spending bill part of the end of year budget.