Friday, 30 October 2015 08:06

Horrigan: Have To Earn It

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Democratic mayoral nominee Dan Horrigan says his campaign is still working hard, despite the success of other Democrats in the past.

"You always work hard. You don't take anything for granted. Nobody gives you anything, " Horrigan tells WAKR.net. "You've gotta go out and earn it, and that's one of the great characteristics of the city...we've earned every everything that we've had. Nobody gives us anything."

Horrigan faces challenges from Republican Eddie Sipplen and Independent Bill Melver. The city of Akron historically leans heavily Democratic, and has had a Democratic mayor leading the city for the past 30 years.

There are more than 20,000 registered Democrats in Akron, compared to more than 2,800 that identify themselves as Republican, according to the Summit County Board of Elections data. There are over 99,000 voters who identify as independent.

Horrigan says his campaign's efforts on the ground proved to be an important tool, saying candidates have to understand the voters' needs and concerns. "This campaign has always been about issues," Horrigan says. "And it's about the voters. It's not about me, and it's not about the other opponent. It's about what they (voters) care about. Because that's what elections are for."

Akron will elect a new mayor for the first time in nearly 30 years next Tuesday. Early voting through the weekend hours at the Summit County Board of Elections, 500 Grant Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday. Precincts will be open the usual times for in-person voting on Tuesday.

Friday, 30 October 2015 10:00

OVI Trick Or Treat

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Sobriety checkpoints are nothing new in Summit County, but the timing of the next one is interesting.

The Summit County OVI Task Force says it'll be out on Saturday night - which is Halloween night.

Lt. Joe Davis with the Task Force says the kids out, and drunk drivers, could be tragic...with the children preoccupied with trick or treating.

"They may not think to look both ways, to go out and start on the roadway. And if you're impaired, your reaction times and your ability to operate your motor vehicle is just not there," Lt. Davis tells WAKR.net. "It could just be the perfect formula for tragedy."

Lt. Davis says many communities will stick with the traditional October 31st date for "beggar's night", so there'll be a lot of kids looking for treats.

And he says their parents risk becoming victims to impared drivers, who don't arrange for a designated driver or stay away from the steering wheel.

The Summit County OVI Task Force doesn't publicize checkpoint locations in advance, though Lt. Davis says word spreads fast enough by social media.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:44

VIDEO APD Hope Video Nabs Dollar General Robber

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Akron police hope a surveillance video will lead them to an armed robbery suspect.

Police say the Dollar General on South Arlington Street near Arlington Plaza was robbed at about 10:30 on Wednesday morning.

They say the robber stole money after pointing a gun at the clerk.

He's seen on this surveillance video supplied by APD.

Anyone who can identify the robber is being asked to call the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at 330-375-2490.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 12:36

AGMC Program To Strengthen Care For Sexual Assault Victims

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A program once available in Summit County two years ago is making a comeback at Akron General Health System to help victims of sexual assaults. Trained nurses with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program will be available beginning Sunday to address the growing issue of sexual assaults in the area.
 
The PATH Center and Program was developed with the hospital's OBGYN and emergency departments.
 
The program's medical director, Dr. Jennifer Savitski, said the nurses go through 40 hours of base training, as well as clinical training to help sexual assault victims. 
 
"The nurses also have been trained on the neurobiology of trauma and how that may affect a patient's response to the sexual assault or domestic violence that they may have experienced," said Savitski.
 
Savitski explained the importance of gathering evidence in order to strengthen the ability to prosecute the person responsible for the crime. 
 
Dr. Tim Stover, Akron General president and CEO, said he didn't hesitate to support the program's launch at the hospital. Stover's daughter was a victim a domestic violence. 
 
"I remember, now, why I said 'yes' to this need, because it has to get done," said Stover. "That's all there is to it." 
 
Akron General has also designated space for program in the main hospital's Emergency Department, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The center will include office space, a separate waiting area and exam room, and a private shower for patients to use.
 
The Ohio Attorney General's Office handed out more than $51 million to over 300 crime victim support agencies, including nearly $229,000 for the new SANE program at Akron General.
 
Thursday, 29 October 2015 09:52

Tarle Pleads No Contest To OVI Charge

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A candidate for the Akron School Board pleading earlier this week to an OVI charge.

Former Akron council member Ernie Tarle pleaded "no contest" to the charge stemming from a June arrest in Boston Heights. Police reports noted Tarle was driving a car with expired plates. Tarle told the Beacon Journal he had been visting a friend in Cleveland and had a couple beers. The newspaper reported Tarle refused a Breathalyzer test after failed a field sobriety test.

Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates assessed a $1,000 fine and court costs, with $600 of the fine suspended.

Tarle is one of eight candidates seeking a seat on the Akron School Board; the top three winners get the position.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:21

Goodyear Enjoys Q3 Records

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Goodyear is on track to top two billion dollars in operating income for 2015. The company releasing it's third quarter financials this morning shattering records with operating income up 15%, net income up 68% from the same period last year.

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(Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company) AKRON, Ohio, October 29, 2015 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported record results for the third quarter of 2015. 

"We delivered outstanding earnings growth in the quarter and segment operating margin of more than 14 percent, overcoming macroeconomic challenges in some of our key international markets," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our strong momentum in North America continues. The business grew its segment operating margin to more than 16 percent and achieved a 54 percent year­ over year increase in earnings driven by strong demand for our high­value­added products," he said.

Kramer added, "Our third quarter results demonstrate continued sustainable earnings growth and our sharp focus on disciplined execution of our strategy in both strong and challenging markets. With our strong year­to­date performance, we now see full­year segment operating income tracking to $2 billion, which would be more than double what we achieved just five years ago." 

Goodyear's third quarter 2015 sales were $4.2 billion, down from $4.7 billion a year ago, with the decrease largely attributable to unfavorable foreign currency translation of $430 million. Tire unit volumes totaled 42.5 million for the third quarter of 2015, up 1 percent from last year.

Original equipment unit volume was up 4 percent. Replacement tire shipments were flat. The company reported third quarter segment operating income of $599 million in 2015, up 15 percent from a year ago and a record for any quarter. The increase was driven by favorable price/mix net of raw materials, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation.

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 17:23

Conrad's Tire Chain Founder Dies

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The man who started the Conrad's Tire chain.. the chain that uses a woman whispering "Conrad's" in its commercials...has died.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Ed J. Conrad Jr. died peacefully surrounded by family over the weekend at the age of 84.

Conrad started the chain with a store in Parma in 1969.

The chain now has 36 stores, mostly in Northeast Ohio.

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On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:28

LeBron Branches Out: Game Show Producer

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LeBron James is branching out as a TV producer - producing a new NBC game show.

"The Wall" will star Chris Hardwick of Comedy Central's "@Midnight", and be produced by LeBron's SpringHill Entertainment.

The ten episode game show will air in primetime on NBC.

LeBron says in a statement that "The Wall" is "different than anything on TV right now" and is a show families can watch together.

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(NBC/SpringHill Entertainment, news release) NBC has named actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick as host and executive producer of the network's new 10-episode primetime game show series "The Wall."

From NBA superstar and global icon LeBron James' and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media, this unique network series will feature two-person teams that are bonded together by family, friendship or life experiences. They will compete for life-changing amounts of cash that can be won or lost in an instant, depending upon whether a ball bounces your way, or a trivia question is answered correctly.

Teams of deserving competitors will can range from a close knit father and daughter duo, to a wife and her heroic Marine husband who upon returning helped his trusted translator become a U.S., citizen, and to a churchgoer who gave her car to a woman so she wouldn't have to walk long distances.

Like life itself, the game is unpredictable. A ball will come down a wall made up of a field of pegs, with each row offset from the previous row. At the bottom of the board are slots marked symmetrically with monetary values.

If one member of the team answers a question correctly, the ball turns green and the team will earn cash based on the value of that slot. If the question is answered incorrectly, the ball turns red and the team will lose cash based on the value of the slot.

"I'm excited about this series because it's different than anything on TV right now. It's got everything — excitement, drama, and action — and it's something the entire family can watch and root for together. I believe Chris Hardwick brings all of that together in a really entertaining way that people will enjoy," said James. "For SpringHill Entertainment, it's about creating quality and innovative content for all types of audiences, and I'm proud of the exciting projects we continue to be a part of."

Said Hardwick: "I love game shows, and partnering with LeBron James and NBC to potentially give away millions of dollars to people who deserve it is an incredible opportunity. (I'm sorry, NBC, I'm hoping to give away a lot of your money.)"

"'The Wall' is a bit like life, it rewards people who are both smart and lucky. It's a game that's had us on the edge of our seats, and Chris Hardwick is a brilliantly witty and warm host," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

"The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media.

Hardwick is founder and CEO of Nerdist Industries and hosts the extremely popular Nerdist Podcast, which garners over 5.8 million downloads per month. He also hosts the Emmy Award-winning Comedy Central series "@Midnight with Chris Hardwick" and hosts the Emmy-nominated "The Walking Dead" discussion show "Talking Dead," now in its fifth season on AMC. He continues to perform stand-up to sold-out audiences as part of his 50-city Funcomfortable Tour and lends his voice as Craig in the Nickelodeon animated series "Sanjay and Craig."

"The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. Other groundbreaking SpringHill projects include Starz breakout series "Survivor's Remorse" that has been renewed for a third season, Disney XD's inspirational series for kids and families "Becoming," and an upcoming reality series for Esquire Network.

Glassman Media was founded by Andrew Glassman following his successful career as an Emmy Award-winning investigative broadcast journalist during which he appeared on-air at NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, WCAU and WNBC. Glassman's credits include NBC's hit "Average Joe," whose first season finale attracted more than 25 million viewers and the critically acclaimed "Three Wishes" also on NBC.

Will Johnny Manziel be ready to play - if needed - for the Browns this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals?

There's a little matter of the NFL coming to talk to him about that incident with his girlfriend on I-90.

Coach Mike Pettine won't give the exact date of the meeting between his backup and the league, but it will happen soon.

"I'll put it this way, it's imminent," Pettine told reporters at his Wednesday press conference. "There's a sense of urgency to it, and that meeting is imminent."

Coach Pettine says he doesn't know at this time if Manziel will be available Sunday if needed. He's been taking first-team reps this week.

Starter Josh McCown is still nursing a sore shoulder, but Pettine says he's "day to day" and could start on Sunday, even missing practices.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 09:32

Ivery Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

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The man convicted in the fatal shooting of Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner was officially sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus an additional 65 years, Wednesday morning.

Judge Alison McCarty followed the jury's recommendation last week to sentence Kenan Ivery, 36, to life in prison over execution.

"You will never again walk among us as a free man," said McCarty.

Justin Winebrenner's father, Rob Winebrenner, was the first of many family members and friends to give a victim impact statement before Ivery's sentencing.

"Finally, I want you to know as a parent, I am content standing here as a proud father of a hero that is no longer with us, knowing the last good deed that Justin did as a police officer is getting you off the streets forever."

Ivery shot and killed Winebrenner during a fight at Papa Don's Pub last November and also wounded four others. Ivery claimed it was self-defense when he pulled the trigger. He walked back into the bar with a gun after he was asked to leave.

Previous Coverage:

UPDATE Jury Recommends Life In Prison Without Parole

Kenan Ivery's Mother Begs For Mercy In Court

UPDATE Kenan Ivery Found Guilty of Aggravated Murder

Ivery Claims Self-Defense In Murder Trial

AUDIO Chief Nice Remembers Fallen Officer

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