Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier held a press conference regarding the double-homicide Monday in North Canton.
Rogell John II and his wife, Roberta, were found dead inside their home on Mount Pleasant Street NW Monday afternoon around 4:20. Their son found them and call 911. Deputies responded and they were both dead on the scene.
Since that time, detectives with the Stark County Sheriff's Office determined that their suspect was 45-year-old George C. Brinkman of Brunswick. Sheriff Maier said, in his press conference, that Brinkman has been watching the Johns' home while they were away on vacation. Whether he was staying in the home or just checking in, and for how long, have not been determined yet, according to the Sheriff.
On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for two counts of murder for Brinkman.
Prior to the warrants being issued, Brinkman was the subject of a police standoff outside a Brunswick home on Valley Forge Drive. It started around 9 Monday night and lasted through the early morning hours Tuesday. It ended, without incident, and with Brinkman in handcuffs.
During the press conference Tuesday, Sheriff Maier said that his office received a call from North Royalton Police on Sunday afternoon regarding Brinkman. At that point, North Royalton PD had established Brinkman as a person of interest in connection to the triple-homicide on Ridge Road near Wallings Road over the weekend. Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer, were found dead inside that home on Ridge Rd. Saturday, but weren't found until the next day. Sheriff Maier says that North Royalton PD called his office because it was reported to them that Brinkman had sometimes stayed at a home in Stark County.
While charges have been filed out of Stark County, it appears no charges have been filed in North Royalton as of Tuesday afternoon, though Brinkman is being held in North Royalton Jail.
Stick with WAKR.net for details.
GasBuddy.com is out with their weekly survey of local stations in the Akron area. Their report shows that the price at the pump has fallen 8.2 cents since this time last week.
The current average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Akron is $2.16. Akron still well below the national average which is $2.33 per gallon.
See the full weekly report from Gas Buddy below:
(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have fallen 8.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.33/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 53.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on June 12 in Akron have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.69/g in 2016, $2.85/g in 2015, $3.83/g in 2014, $3.85/g in 2013 and $3.71/g in 2012.
Areas near Akron and their current gas price climate:
Cleveland- $2.20/g, down 5.8 cents per gallon from last week's $2.26/g.
Pittsburgh- $2.61/g, down 2.9 cents per gallon from last week's $2.64/g.
Ohio- $2.22/g, down 9.8 cents per gallon from last week's $2.32/g.
"While the national average fell 5 cents per gallon in the last week, the bigger story is that 47 states saw average gas prices move lower in the last week, so this isn't just a here and there trend, it's almost everywhere," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
"Oil prices remain near 6-month lows as fundamentals remain weak- supply remains high even in light of production cuts from OPEC while demand has been mild, not remarkable. Today's national average price for gasoline is the lowest for mid-June since 2005- not an easy record to attain. By all measures, gasoline prices this year have been exactly what most motorists seem to love- stable and cheap, two words that rarely have been synonymous with gas prices over the last decade. While many motorists are lured in to that false sense of security, smart motorists continue to shop around and find the best deal as the gas price spread between stations hits record levels, providing enough savings to pay for a snack or food item inside the station," DeHaan said.
Akron Police Detectives have issued a murder warrant for Malik Shabazz Baldwin, 22, of Fairbanks Place in Akron, in connection to the shooting death of LeMichael Stevenson, 24.
Back on June 7, 2017, Stevenson was sitting on his front porch in the 800 block of Sumner Street in Akron. Shortly after 9 p.m., shots were fired outside the home and Stevenson was hit several times. He was transported to Akron City Hospital in a private vehicle; he later died at the hospital.
Detectives believe it was Baldwin who fired those shots and issued the warrant for his arrest. He's listed as 5'10", 190 lbs. Baldwin is said to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone who knows where Baldwin might be is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED, or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tips can be made anonymously as well by texting TIPSCO at 274637.
Adam D. Shaffer, 35, of Akron, has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a 6-year-old Akron boy last September.
Back on September 3, 2016, the victim was visiting his grandmother who lives at the Saferstein Towers II apartment complex in Akron. During that visit, Shaffer befriended the boy and then took him to a park behind the apartments. That is where prosecutors say the assault happened.
In April of this year, Shaffer plead guilty to first-degree-felony rape charges. He was sentenced Wednesday by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty.
Shaffer is not eligible for parole until after 15 years of his sentence. He will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender, and is required to re-register every 90 days with the court for the rest of his life.
While fewer students at the University of Akron isn't necessarily a good thing, the University says they'll be saving on parking.
Cleveland.com is reporting that the University will terminate their leases with the following lots:
First Methodist Church
Greek Orthodox Church
The Chapel Lot
The Broadway Parking Deck
The total savings works out to about $55,500 per year, and leaves the University of Akron with 11,632 available parking spots.
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is a global event that truly highlights Akron's Firestone Country Club and in turn the entire Northeast Ohio area.
While it's obviously about the sport of golf, there is a much more important effect that is felt among northeast Ohio's non-profit organizations.
During a luncheon at the Bridgestone Akron Technical Center Thursday, a check for more than $1 Million was presented and diviied up between 38 local non-profits, including Akron Children's Hospital, University Hospitals, the LeBron James Family Foundation, the Humane Society of Summit County, and more.
Of the donation, Bridgestone Invitational Executive Director Don Padgett III they reason they do it was on display during Thursday's luncheon: "Over a million dollars going back to Northeast Ohio (and) the fantastic causes that we celebrate here today." Padgett says that more than $26 million has been raised for local non-profits since 1984.
Also, for the 7th straight year, Bridgestone Invitational has named a local recipient of the $5,000 "surprise grant." This year's grant goes to Pregnancy Solutions Services in Akron.
See the full press release recapping the grant presentation and highlighting the 2017 Bridgestone Invitational that runs August 2nd through August 6th below:
AKRON, Ohio – The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Northern Ohio Golf Charities today announced the donation of $1 million in charitable funds to Northeast Ohio organizations in connection with the 2016 tournament. The announcement was made at the annual Bridgestone Invitational, Northern Ohio Golf Charities luncheon held at the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center in Akron.
Representatives from Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the PGA TOUR and Northern Ohio Golf Charities attended the luncheon to celebrate the tournament’s charitable mission and announce the donation recipients. The luncheon was emceed by Chris Tye, news anchor and reporter for WKYC, Channel 3.
Thirty-eight charities throughout the region benefitted from the $1,015,981 total raised including the tournament’s two signature charities, Akron Children’s Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
“The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is a special event for this community and the region,” said Rick Burke, President, Executive Committee, Northern Ohio Golf Charities. “It is a world class golf event that generates economic development for the area but more importantly, it enables Northern Ohio Golf Charities to distribute in excess of one million dollars each year to support so many worthy and necessary charitable causes. The tournament has provided Northern Golf Charities the unique opportunity to enhance the lives of so many in our community and we are immensely grateful to our partners Bridgestone, the PGA TOUR and Firestone Country Club for providing our organization a platform to achieve our charitable mission.”
Charities recognized at the luncheon included: Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the LeBron James Family Foundation, The First Tee Chapters of Akron, Canton and Cleveland, Akron Children’s Museum, Akron General Foundation, Embracing Futures, Inc., Summa Foundation and the Humane Society of Summit County. (Please see attached document for a full listing of grant recipients.)
For the seventh year, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., funded an additional $5,000 contribution to a charitable organization. The 2017 Bridgestone Award was presented to Pregnancy Solutions & Services.
“Bridgestone is a global company with global responsibilities, but we understand the importance of supporting and improving the local communities in which we live, work and play,” said Gordon Knapp, CEO & President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “It’s an honor to partner once again with Northern Ohio Golf Charities on the Bridgestone Award, which this year we’re proud to present to Pregnancy Solutions & Services.”
Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization that has partnered with professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for more than 50 years. During this time, the tournaments have provided more than $26 million to local charities seeking to improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
“Bridgestone and Northern Ohio Golf Charities are phenomenal partners that enable the Bridgestone Invitational to give back to worthy local causes ,” said Don Padgett, Executive Director of the Bridgestone Invitational. “This event has a meaningful impact on the area all year long and we have our fans, area businesses and volunteers to thank for their support.”
Among the guests at the luncheon were: Gordon Knapp, CEO, Bridgestone Americas Inc.; Don Padgett III, Executive Director, Bridgestone Invitational, and Rick Burke, President, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation, Inc.
Not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organizations can receive funds generated in conjunction with the 2017 Bridgestone Invitational by submitting a grant request to Northern Ohio Golf Charities. Further details can be found at www.nogcf.org.
Tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone Invitational can be purchased by visiting www.worldgolfchampionships.com or calling 330-644-2299.
The following non-profits split the more than $1M from the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational:
1. 91.3 The Summit 2. Akron Children's Foundation 3. Akron Children's Museum 4. Akron General Foundation (Edwin Shaw Golf) 5. Barberton Area Community Ministries 6. Blessings in a Backpack 7. Cleveland Kids Book Bank 8. East Akron Neighborhood Development 9. Embracing Futures, Inc. 10. Emerald Development & Economic Network 11. Family Promise of Greater Cleveland 12. Flashes of Hope 13. Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary 14. Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity 15. Hiram Farm Living Learning Community 16. Humane Society of Summit County 17. Humility of Mary Housing 18. Interval Brotherhood Home 19. LeBron James Family Foundation 20. Lift Up Ministries 21. Pregnancy Solutions & Services, Inc. 22. RABAB Ministries, The Well Akron 23. Regina Health Center 24. Ronald McDonald House of Akron 25. Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland 26. Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs 27. Stewart's Caring Place 28. Summa Foundation 29. Summit Choral Society 30. Summit Metro Parks 31. The First Tee of Akron 32. The First Tee of Canton 33. The First Tee of Cleveland 34. True Freedom, Inc. 35. Truly Reaching You 36. United Disability Services, Inc. 37. UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital 38. Urban Vision
Less than one week after a 19-month-old Akron boy overdosed on opioids in his home, and then eventually died as a result, Akron Police are investigating another child overdose.
The latest happened Tuesday night. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says officers responded to Akron Children's Hospital where the boy was taken by his mother. He was given NARCAN at the hospital and revived. Last check he was in stable condiiton at the hospital.
Lt. Edwards says the boy's mother told them she left her son with her 5-year-old and 7-year-old daughters outside for just a moment. When she came back outside, the mother noticed her son was stumbling and acting funny. It was when the boy started going in and out of consciousness that she drove him to Akron Children's ER.
No charges have been filed in the case, but while the investigation is ongoing, all three children have been placed in the custody of Summit County Children's Services. Lt. Edwards tells 1590 WAKR that this is a safety precaution as the investigation continues.
Akron Police are investigating an assault and the theft of cash from an apartment on South Maple Street.
The report indicates that it happened back on May 26th, when the victim, Lisa Mitchell, tells police 33-year-old Derrick Whatley walked into her apartment, which was unlocked, pistol whipped her, and stole $75,000 in cash.
The money was an inheritance left to Mitchell by her boyfriend, Craig Bradney, who passed away just the day before from liver cancer.
Mitchell says she isn't sure how Whatley could have known there was cash in the apartment.
U.S. Marshall's, along with Akron Police are asking for the public's help bringing Whatley in. They're offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-434-COPS. Whatley is considered armed and dangerous.
Akron Police say the fight between two Akron women was over a man... and it got ugly!
According to the APD report, 36-year-old Dateika Jackson was visiting her ex-boyfriend on Bellevue Avenue near Diagonal Road when the man's current girlfriend came home.
The two women started arguing and during the fight Jackson allegedly bit the tip of the 35-year-old woman's finger off. The victim was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile, APD is still looking for Jackson who they say fled the scene. They've issued a warrant for felonious assault.
Anyone with information on Jackson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at 330-375-2490.
A local Akron City Schools teacher is standing up for Akron's own super hero, LeBron James, after his Los Angeles-area home was vandalized last week before the start of the NBA Finals in Oakland.
Jennifer Pennington, an English as a Second Language teacher at Jennings CLC says tells the Jasen Sokol Show that when she heard that someone had spray-painted a racial slur across the outer gate of LeBron's west coast home, she wanted to get the message out that this word shouldn't be used to describe LeBron or anyone for that matter.
"I just kept thinking about it and thinking about it," Pennington said, "and I thought I just want to do this; I want to put some signs up and I want to respond."
And respond she did, with homemade signs that read "Hero" and "Humanitarian" and "Role Model" and more. She pulled up to LeBron's Bath Township home, and with the OK of the security working the property, she put them up outside along the street.
There's been no response from LeBron, who is back home ahead of the NBA Finals Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday against the Warriors; but there's no doubt he's heard about it as Sports Illustrated was one of the first news outlets to run with the story.
The Cavs are down two games to none to the Warriors in the Finals. Game 3 tips off just after 9 p.m. Wednesday night on 1590 WAKR.
The 19-month-old baby boy who accidentally overdosed in his West Hill home in Akron last week has died.
According to police, the boy ingested heroin, fentanyl or another type of opiate after coming in contact with a baggie at the home.
At the time of the overdose, the boy's older sibling, a 9-year-old, dialed 911. He was given a dose of NARCAN at the home, but it had no effect. Afterwords, he was transported to Akron Children's where he was given another dose that revived him. Sunday night, the boy died in the hospital.
The mother of the boy was at the home when police arrived, but left shortly after. Akron Police were trying to find her before she showed up about 3 hours later at Akron Children's. She was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant out of Portage County, but hadn't been charged in the overdose of her son. That boy, and the woman's two other children were placed in custody of Summit County Children's Services until further notice. At that time, last week, Lt. Rick Edwards with APD said charges related to this most recent incident were very likely to be filed soon.
An autopsy is pending with the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
Akron Police are investigating after a baby boy accidentally overdosed, forcing his older sibling to call 911 and responding paramedics to issue not one, but two doses of NARCAN, the opioid antidote that is administered through a nasal spray.
It happened Thursday evening about 6:30, police say, at a home on Gale Street in Akron. Upon arrival, paramedics found the 19-month-old boy unresponsive. NARCAN was administered at the home, but was ineffective. The boy was then transported to Akron Children's Hospital where a second dose of NARCAN was given to the child. Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it's likely the child touched a baggy or some other packaging that was left out that had some opioid residue left on it. A toxicology report is being run to determine what type of opioid the boy was exposed to.
The mother was at home when Akron Police arrived, but she left. It was a few hours before Lt. Edwards with Akron PD says she showed up at Akron Children's Hospital. Police interviewed her and then found that she had a felony warrant out for her arrest out of Portage County on an unrelated theft charge.
As for Thursday's incident, Akron Police have not charged the mother with a crime, though Lt. Edwards says it is likely that she will be charged soon. She's currently in Portage County Jail on the theft charge.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber is launching their inaugural Week of Volunteering in and around Akron.
Today through June 7th, the Akron-Tiremaker will deploy more than eleven hundred employees, retirees, and their families out into the community for various volunteer efforts. And it's not just happening in Akron; the company's sent a press release stating their locations in China and Brazil will join the volunteer effort.
Other local participating companies include Akron Children's hospital, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, and more.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Director of Community Engagement Alison White joined the Ray Horner Morning Show Wednesday to discuss the new campaign. Click the link below to hear the entire interview.
Read the full press release from Goodyear below:
- Tiremaker to deploy largest-ever number of associates to volunteer in the community
- Skills-based training offered to non-profit organizations
- Students to job shadow and learn presentation skills from Goodyear associates
AKRON, Ohio, May 30, 2017 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is hosting a Week of Volunteering to inspire its associates to engage in creating a better future in their communities.
This first-time effort, happening June 1-7, 2017, involves more than 1,100 Goodyear associates, retirees and their loved ones who will provide an estimated 5,700 hours of volunteer service to Akron-area non-profit organizations. Company locations in Brazil and China will join the effort with volunteer activities in their local communities.
The Week of Volunteering builds on the company’s long-standing commitment to caring for communities where Goodyear operates. The company’s corporate responsibility platform – known as Goodyear Better Future - focuses on safe, smart and sustainable community engagement programs that engage associates and create positive community outcomes.
“Volunteerism and community engagement are part of Goodyear’s history and the foundation of our corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “The Week of Volunteering represents a step to connect more of our associates with the community and to encourage them to contribute their time, skills and resources on behalf of Goodyear throughout the year.”
Through more than 60 projects, Goodyear volunteers will refurbish a camp for kids, stock community foodbanks, install smoke alarms and educate community members about road safety.
In addition to hands-on volunteer efforts that will have Goodyear associates rolling up their sleeves, the company also is offering skills-based volunteer programs where associates provide their professional skills and expertise to local non-profits. The skills-based training will include Goodyear associates providing IT consulting for non-profits, training middle school students on presentation skills, and engaging K-12 students in job shadowing activities. Non-profit representatives will also be invited to attend professional development workshops delivered by Goodyear experts in areas such as leadership development, career growth for employees and project management.
“This new Week of Volunteering and our growing emphasis on skills-based volunteerism make us excited for what’s ahead,” said Alison White, Goodyear’s director of community engagement. “We’re thrilled to empower our associates to provide their professional expertise to the community, in a way that can help make a sustained and impactful difference.”
Participating organizations in Goodyear’s Week of Volunteering include:
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear’s corporate social responsibility efforts, visit www.goodyear.com/community
Akron Fire responded to a call in the 1000 block of Copley Road early Wednesday morning, just before 7 a.m.
Upon arrival, the house was engulfed in flames. Five adults were in the home at the time of the fire; one of them, an adult male, was treated by Akron Fire/EMS on the scene and did not require further medical attention.
All of the residents have been displaced, and Akron Red Cross is assisting with their needs.
At the time of the fire, Copley Road between Packard Drive and Hardesty Boulevard was closed to traffic.
Because of smoke from the fire and the location, Akron Public Schools closed Buchtel High School and Buchtel Middle School for the day. Both schools are expected to be open Thursday.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.