Neighboring University of Akron and Kent State University have been rivals in the Mid-American Conference for some time now.
Well, ahead of their matchup on the basketball court on February 17th, the colleges are teaming up for a funny TV campaign to renew that rivalry in the friendliest of ways.
They've released two new local TV spots (see below) featuring mascots "Zippy" the kangaroo from Akron and "Flash" the Golden Eagle for Kent State, and their one-time "sizzling romance" as the press release puts it.
The suspect in a dramatic police chase that tied up traffic on I-77 Thursday afternoon for more than an hour White Pond Drive and Brecksville Road has been charged with a laundry list of crimes including fleeing and eluding, drug posession and trafficking, and felonious assault on a police officer.
The Ohio State Patrol says Michael Hodge, 24, from Maple Heights, intentionally slammed into two highway patrol cruisers, and refused to pull over when they tried to stop him for multiple traffic violations. After a pursuit that crossed from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes on I-77, Hodge's car was eventually stopped when he wound up in the median at 77 and Brecksville Road while trying to avoid spike strips. That's where he got out of his car and tried to run. Troopers, with the help of Bath Police, caught up to Hodge.
The State Patrol says they found cocaine, heroin, and digital scales in Hodge's car, as well as ammunition along the side of the road which they allege he threw out of his car window
Summit County Sheriff's Detectives respoded to a home in Coventry Township last month after they received information of children being sexually abused.
Detectives and Summit County Children's Services found 9 kids living in the home in "deplorable" conditions. They've since been removed from that home and an investigation found that 18-year-old Cody Haupt was abusing three of the young children, including a 5-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl, and an 8-year-old boy.
According to the Sheriff's Office report, Haupt is the half-brother of the victims. He has been arrested, charged with three felony counts of rape and more charges are pending. He's in Summit County Jail.
An explosion at a Medina apartment complex early Thursday morning has reportedly left one man dead and more injured.
At about 3:15 a.m. Thursday, an explosion at the Medina Village Apartments on Springbrook Road is what started a fire that burned for hours. The man who died is reportedly an 18-year-old resident of the apartment complex and was bed-ridden. Reports say that both of the man's parents were badly burned in the fire and transported to Metro Health in Cleveland.
As of 9 a.m., the gas company was waiting for Medina Fire crews to put out "hot spots" inside the complex.
The investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.
In Akron Wednesday, a home exploded at the corner of Courtland and South Hawkins Avenues. That investigation is still ongoing.
Akron Fire is investigating after a house at Courtland Avenue and South Hawkins Avenue exploded Tuesday night around 7:30.
Crews responded to the fire and had flames put out by about 10 p.m., according to the press release.
Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the explosion and ensuing fire, but they believe that it was a natural gas-related incident.
One man was seriously injured and remained at Akron City Hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.
Rashon Williams, 22, of Akron pled guilty to his part in the overdose death of Megan Carlson, who was six months pregnant, back in August of 2016.
Williams appearing in Summit County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, was sentenced immediately to 8 years in prison by Judge Christine Croce for two cunty of Involuntary Manslaughter, Trafficking in Heroin, and also Possession of Cocaine stemming from another case.
Megan Carlson died form ingesting carfentanil, a deadly animal tranquilizer often mixed with heroin to make it more potent. She was 6-months pregnant at the time; her unborn baby also died.
Back in January Williams, who was on bond on the Involuntary Manslaughter charges, was caught with cocaine.
Medina County Jail officials investigating how three inmates overdosed in a holding area at the jail last Friday.
It happened in a pre-booking area at the jail that has no cameras in it. A deputy was walking by the room and noticed two of the three inmates on the ground.
The room is also an area where inmates are held prior to going through a full-body scanner.
Officials think it was heroin that one of the men had hidden inside him.
Now, Medina County looking at changing their booking process.
Phillip Battle, 52, has pled guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Anita Heard.
Akron Police report that Battle called police to their home back on October 11, 2016, claiming that the two of them heard voices in the house. Officers responded to the disturbance call at the home on Johnland Avenue.
The next day, Battle called 911 again and told police he shot his wife in the head. He was arrested shortly after. Heard died about a month later.
On Wedensday, in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Battle entered a guilty plea to charges Involuntary Manslaughter with a Gun Specification, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Comply, and Domestic Violence; all felony charges.
He is due back in court for sentencing on February 22nd.
Pro Football Hall of Fame announcing some changes to the Hall of Fame Game and weekend, most notably moving the game to Thursday night.
This year it'll be Thursday, August 3rd. Gold Jacket Enshrinement happening Friday the 4th, and Saturday, August 5th, will be the parade and concert.
An enshrinement ceremony for the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also take place Saturday night.
Read the full press release below:
Barberton City Schools has suspended a male high school teacher after reportedly using a racial slur directed at a student.
Superintendent Patty Cleary notified parents of the situation Tuesday about 4 p.m., saying that other students heard the comment. She said the teacher, whose name has not been released, is on administrative leave while they investigate the situation.
No other information was made available at this time.
Firestone High School was on heightened alert Wednesday morning after a "non-specific" threat was emailed to a teacher Tuesday night.
Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security Dan Rambler confirmed that the email was sent to a specific teacher, but was so vague and non-specific in nature that they couldn't pinpoint any specific threat. "It's an email address that nobody has been able to determine the source yet," Rambler tells 1590 WAKR.
While non-specific, Akron Public Schools, the high school, and Akron Police were not taking any chances. A robo-call was made to parents of Firestone High School students Tuesday night to notify them of both the threat and security measures being taken at the school.
Those security measures, Rambler said, were mobile metal detectors the school has on site, placed at entrances and throughout the school. He confirmed they will likely remain in place throughout the remainder of the week.
No arrest has been made and Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives are working to determine the IP address of the email.
We'll have updates on this story as they are made available.
Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017, H.M. Miller, KCI and the City of Akron will be closing the south bound side of S. Portage Path between Crosby St. and W. Exchange St. They will also be closing the center lanes of W. Exchange St. between S. Portage Path and Hyde Ave. These closures are for sanitary sewer repair work, which is currently expected to take 3 weeks to complete, but this may change, depending on the extent of the repairs that are needed.
See detours below:
On S. Portage Path, south bound traffic will be detoured using W. Market St., S. Rose Blvd. and W. Exchange St.
On W. Exchange St., traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Drivers are urged to obey all road construction signs and to use caution as they proceed through the work zones.
Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
A Grafton man is under arrested after claims he exposed himself to kids, recorded a simulated sex act, and made offensive gestures to kids attending a field trip to a YMCA camp over the summer.
The incident in question happened back in September, 2016, at Camp Y-Noah in Green. Just on January 25th of this year, Summit County Sheriff's Office received information from the Principal of Midview East Intermediate School that Scott J. Wuensch, 40, was the chaperone who allegedly committed the aforementioned crimes.
Wuensch was arrested January 30, 2017, after a investigation. On Monday, he was charged in Barberton Municipal Court with Public Indecency, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Disorderly Conduct, all misdemeanors. Wuensch is booked in Summit County Jail.
Akron Police investigating a murder in Akron over the weekend.
According to police reports, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 600 block of S. Arlington St. He had suffered mutliple gunshot wounds and was dead on arrival.
APD has not released any suspect information and is asking for any witnesses to come forward.