Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:43

LeBron: Hopes Johnny Gets It Right

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LeBron James is weighing in on Johnny Manziel, after reports that Johnny was "Johnny Party", who was allegedly in disguise in Las Vegas the day before the Browns' final game of the year.

Manziel is in the fold of LeBron's marketing company, LRMR.

Before the Cavaliers played the Washington Wizards...LeBron was asked by reporters in Washington about the latest Johnny news.

"I think it's more of a concern for him individually," James told reporters in Washington D.C. before Wednesday's shootaround. "I'm not sure, I don't know all of the details on it, I really haven't really been all up on it, but I've heard a little about it and it's sort of a distraction."

LeBron says he hopes Johnny will get things put together.

"It's just a distraction for not only himself, but for everyone that's around him, including family, people that represent him, people that are around him," LeBron said. "He'll figure it out at some point, we all hope."

The line of Johnny Manziel questioning started with reporters asking him if he used an alias when he visits Las Vegas.

No, LeBron says, he's just himself.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:44

Drug Overdoses Reported At Correctional Facility

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Half a dozen residents at a local correctional facility was taken to the hospital after suspected drug overdoses late Tuesday night. Oriana House officials say two men at the Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) were treated and released, but four men are still being evaluated. Officials report the residents' symptoms indicate that the drug involved in the overdoses were linked to synthetic marijuana, also known as K2. But officials note that the chemical make-up of K2 constantly changes -- making it difficult to test.

Officials say as a result of the incidents, Oriana House staff members have "restricted the movement of all the clients at the Summit County CBCF, allowing residents to leave only for approved employment and medical appointments."

Full searches will be conducted in the facilities and
enhanced pat downs" are being implemented as well.

In a news release, Executive Vice President Bernie Rochford stated:

"We constantly monitor our clients and our facilities to take every effort to keep drugs out of our programs. But like many jails and prisons that have recently reported overdoses, Oriana House is a community based program and is not immune to drugs getting into our facilities."

Local authorities are investigating the incidents.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:39

Akron Man Makes "Dangerous Dozen" List

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U.S. Marshals have named an Akron man in this month's "Dangerous Dozen" list of most wanted fugitives in the area.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is searching for Michael Ayers who is wanted for a Roslyn Avenue shooting in late September that left a 26-year-old man with serious injuries. The victim spent more than a month in a hospital.

Ayers is also wanted for parole violations stemming from an unrelated felonious assault conviction.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:54

AUDIO: Marilyn Keith Named Akron City Council President

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There's a new president of Akron City Council, but it's not a name many expected. Ward 8's Marilyn Keith was named council's new leader by a 7-6 vote.

"Sometime we have to do things that aren't always comfortable, so I realized that now is the time that I have to step up to the plate and do something that I hadn't intended to do," said Keith.

Council was divided between Bob Hoch and Linda Omobien for council president, but it was Keith who then stepped forward as a new candidate.

There have been past conflicts between council members and the administration. Keith says she'll make an effort to address issues immediately, but also notes that it doesn't mean that conflict disappears.

"I can't guarantee that it won't happen, but I can guarantee that I won't add to it, nor will I, in any way, support it."

Keith said healthy communication and working together are her top priorities as she moves into the new position.

There was a potential conflict that was brought up during the meeting. Keith's husband is council clerk Bob Keith. Council president supervises the clerk's position, which could become a problem, but a possible solution would be to hand over the responsibility to someone else.

Monday, 04 January 2016 17:47

Ohio Democrats Line Up Early Presidential Delegates

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It's an early part of the 2016 presidential election in Ohio.

Tuesday night, caucuses will be held by the Ohio Democratic Party in all of the state's congressional districts - electing "district-level delegates" who could represent presidential candidates at the DNC in Philadelphia this summer.

Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper says 93 delegates and 9 alternates will be selected tonight...but says whoever shows up at the DNC depends on how the candidates do in the Ohio primary in March.

"That group ultimately will be winnowed down," Pepper tells WAKR.net, "based upon the breakdown of the result of the actual primary in March between (Hillary) Clinton and (Bernie) Sanders."

For example, Pepper lines out the post-March scenarios.

"If Sanders wins two to one, then sixty of his 93 go (to the DNC in Philadelphia)," Pepper says, "or if Clinton were to win two to one, it'd be the other way around."

Pepper says Martin O'Malley is not on the Ohio primary ballot.

The caucuses will be held in each congressional district, including in Kent, Massillon, and Medina.

Monday, 04 January 2016 17:44

APD Arrests Wanted Murder Suspect

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A suspect in the October murder of an Akron man is now in police custody.

Akron police say 37 year-old Robert Foster of Harford Avenue turned himself in on murder charges on Sunday evening.

He was wanted for the shooting death of 33 year-old Marvin Rocker, who was found dead on October 4th in the driveway of a Peckham Street home...with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Foster was booked into the Summit County Jail and appeared in Akron Municipal Court on Monday morning.

Bond was set at $1 million, and Foster will be bound over to Summit County Common Pleas court on Tuesday.

(Akron Police Department) Detectives arrested Robert D. Foster, 37, of Hartford Avenue in Akron, for murder. Foster turned himself in to detectives around 6:00pm on Sunday, January 3, 2105.

Robert Foster was wanted for the shooting death of Marvin T. Rocker, 33, of West Exchange Street. On October 4, 2015, around 7:00pm in the evening, Rocker was found in the driveway in the 1000 block of Peckham Street with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Robert Foster was booked into the Summit County Jail. He was scheduled for an arraignment hearing this morning at 9:00am in Akron Municipal Court.

Monday, 04 January 2016 17:41

Kent State Settles Over Federal Therapy Dog Suit

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Kent State University has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit involving the denial of a an emotional support dog for someone with a psychological disability in student housing.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Kent State will pay a 145 thousand dollar settlement to two former students, along with a fair housing group, and the U.S. government.

The Justice Department says KSU will also adopt a new housing policy allowing support animals for students who need them for theraputic reasons.

Kent State officials say the consent decree "speaks for itself" and had no further comment.

(U.S. Department of Justice, news release) The Justice Department announced today that Kent State University (KSU) has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the university had maintained a policy of not allowing students with psychological disabilities to keep emotional support animals in university-operated student housing. Under the settlement agreement, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, KSU will:

• pay $100,000 to two former students who sought and were denied a reasonable accommodation to keep an emotional support dog in their university-operated apartment;
• pay $30,000 to a fair housing organization that advocated on behalf of the students;
• pay $15,000 to the United States; and
• adopt a housing policy that will allow persons with psychological disabilities to keep animals with them in university housing when such animals provide necessary therapeutic benefits to such students and allowing the animal would not fundamentally alter the nature of the housing.

"This settlement shows the department's continued and strong commitment to ensuring that students in university housing are afforded the protections of the Fair Housing Act," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division. "Those protections include accommodations for students with disabilities who need assistance animals in order to have an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of university housing."

"Kent State University is to be commended for reaching an agreement that will benefit its students," said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio. "This agreement will help many people who are working hard to earn their fair share of the American dream."

The proposed settlement would resolve a lawsuit filed by the department in 2014. In that lawsuit, the department alleged that KSU violated the Fair Housing Act when, in 2010, it denied a request to allow a student with a psychological disability and her husband to keep an emotional support dog in their university-operated student apartment. The students, along with the Fair Housing Advocates Association in Akron, Ohio, filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD investigated the complaint, determined that KSU had violated the Fair Housing Act and referred the matter to the department. Under the proposed settlement, KSU has agreed to change its policy to accommodate similar requests going forward.

"Providers of on-campus housing have the same obligation to comply with the Fair Housing Act as other housing providers," said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "Today's settlement reinforces the ongoing commitment of HUD and the Justice Department to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are granted the accommodations they need to perform daily life functions."

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.justice.gov/crt. Individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination can call the Justice Department at 1-800-896-7743, e-mail the Justice Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 or through HUD's website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp.

Monday, 04 January 2016 05:02

Adios Ray & Jimmy, But Where's Johnny?

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The hunt is on for a new head coach and general manager for the Cleveland Browns -- and owner Jimmy Haslam says he'll use a search firm to find the right people.
 
Coach first, then general manager.
 
Sashi Brown -- a name you haven't heard much of before, the general counsel to the Browns -- will oversee football operations for the time being. 
 
Haslam noted the Browns have "not been good in talent aquisition" but it's critical with the number two overall pick in upcoming NFL draft.
 
Maybe what adds to the tired -- the frustrated -- the disappointed -- is where's Johnny Manziel?
 
The Browns quarterback wasn't allowed on the sidelines during concussion protocol but was he even in Cleveland? USA Today had specifics of dinner and gambling at the Planet Hollywood Saturday, but Johnny posted a photo of him and his dog on Instagram -- adding "Avon, Ohio" after he posted the photo.

He was supposed to be in Berea Sunday for concussion treatment, but was a no-show.

WATCH Haslam's news conference following Sunday's game HERE. 

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(Cleveland Browns) The Cleveland Browns on Sunday night relieved General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine of their duties.

 

Farmer joined the organization in March of 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2014.

 

Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2013. In two full seasons with the team, he compiled at 10-22 record.  

 

Owner Jimmy Haslam released the following statement:

"We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”

 

Saturday, 02 January 2016 18:04

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Burglars

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A small turn-signal violation turned into a big crime bust in Alliance late Friday.

The traffic stop on S.Liberty Ave. at Waugh St. last night of Alliance man Kyle Adams turned sour, after police found marijuana. But that wasn't it.

Police also found a ski mask, gloves and a pry bar in the car and Adams admitted to committing several burglaries in the Columbiana and Washington Township areas.

When the police went to his home, they found stolen guns, tools and hunting equipment.

The stop also led to his accomplice Brandon Haines, where police also found stolen guns.

The two will face felony charges for Receiving Stolen Property in Alliance and will likely face additional charges in Columbiana County and Washington Township.

Saturday, 02 January 2016 17:08

Local Ski Resorts Look to Capitalize on Colder Temperatures

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Ohio Residents unexpectedly are experiencing warmer weather in the months of November and December, but the people at Boston Mills Brandywine are thanking mother nature for the recent drop in temperatures.

Boston Mills Brandywine product manager Ricky McMullen said with the recent cold front; crews have been able to get to work.

"We've made really good progress with the temperatures. We've counted some high humidity. We've been able to work through it and put down some good amount of snow."

McMullen said with the recent cold temperatures, this coming week's warm weather won't affect the business's plan to open soon.

"With the amount of snow that we've been able to produce and what the forecast looks like we are going to be able to produce over the next couple of days, once we get open, we should be able to stay open with the amount of snow that we've created."

McMullen said because of the warmer temperatures the business has had a hard time staying open, opening for only one day. He said customers have still been supportive.

"People were actually pretty positive even though it didn't look like it was going to stick around very long."

Boston Mills Brandywine will make an announcement in a couple of days on when they'll be open, McMullen said.

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