Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's office is circulating a survey to local residents and businesses, asking them for input to update the county's Hazard Prevention Plan.
The 26-question Community Hazard Survey asks things like whether or not residents know if their home or office is vulnerable to floods, tornadoes, other natural disasters, power outages, and more. Furthermore, the surveys ask whether or not residents know the proper response to the previously mentioned disaster situations.
So that we have a better understanding of what people know; if they know what the resources are, if they know how to take the steps that they need, in the event of a natural disaster," Summit County Assistant Chief of Staff Greta Johnson told the Jasen Sokol Show. "It is essentially asking for our community to help us help them."
You can read and complete the survey here; it will be available through March 9th.
Soon, you will be able to check out a piece of local art like you can any library book, movie, or piece of music today.
Through a partnership between the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum, beginning later this month, anyone with a library card will be able to check out local art for up to four weeks. Like any other item you can borrow from the library, you can renew the art, provided no one else has reserved it, for another four more weeks, up to 5 times.
As of right now, there are 27 pieces of art that users can check out.
Akron Art Museum Director of Education spoke with Cleveland.com saying, "We want to show we can trust the public with works of art."
Having said that, the library says the fine for not returning a piece of art is $500, and late fees are a little heftier; 50 cents per day.
UPDATE: This alert has been cancelled.
Mr. Herndon returned home on his own last night.
A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for 87-year-old Arpad Herdon of New Franklin out of Summit County. Mr. Herdon is described as a white male, 5 foot-9, about 200 pounds, with grey hair and hazel eyes.
About 8 o'clock Monday morning, Mr. Herdon walked out of his home and hasn't been seen since. He does not have his medication, according to authorities.
An Akron toddler who managed to get outside of the apartment she lived in at Willow Run Apartments on Doty Drive in Ellet Friday afternoon, and was later found by her mother, died at the hospital.
Officials identified the young girl as 2-year-old Wynter Parker. Her mother, who found her out on the porch, called 911 around 3:30 Friday afternoon. She was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she later died. She told Akron Police that she wasn't sure how the young girl got outside.
The Summit County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Monday to determine the cause of death.
No charges have been filed.
Facing a nearly $29 Million budget shortfall, the University of Akron is looking for more innovative ways to bring in more revenue.
With that in mind, UA President Matthew Wilson is looking to the sports side of the school, and says that with in-state recruitment of athletes lies more fiscal opportunity.
The state provides public universities with subisidies for completion of credits and graduation of in-state students. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that "Course completion, based on a calculation of full-time Ohio students and the total number of credit hours taken, generates $1,800 to a school for every 30 credit hours completed."
Not including the funding from the state, President Matthew Wilson says there are other factors involved when considering bolstering the university's efforts on Ohio recruitment, including fans that you might attract, controling costs, locations where the team plays, and more. President Wilson makes a point to say that it's not about making Akron football or basketball or baseball, that's recently been restored at the school, ALL Ohio, but more about a balance. "Preserving our competetiveness (in the MAC and in the region), but in terms of our competetiveness across the country, we don't want to lose that, but at the same time Ohio really has a great talent base to draw from," President Wilson commented on the Jasen Sokol Show.
Wooster School District officials, along with Wooster Police, are investigating after a threat was written on a bathroom wall of the High School Tuesday. It was discovered by the janitorial staff after school hours, and the school, along with the rest of the district, has since been operating under a lockdown protocol.
According to multiple reports, the threat read, "Kill Them All. 2/1/18. For the motherland."
Dr. Michael Tefs tells the WAKR Newsroom that while they don't believe there is any credibility to the threat, it is being taken very seriously. "This is an act that most people do not realize the amount of anxiety it causes," Dr. Tefs said. "It just takes one incident like this; one individual, very selfless and insensitive, to really cast a cloud over a community and a district... and it is very, very frustrating."
School was in session across the district, as normal, on Wednesday. As for Thursday, the date that was specified in the threat, Dr. Tefs says they will continue coordinating with Wooster PD and will make a decision later in the day Wednesday.
Dr. Tefs adds that the responsible party, or parties, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Akron Police looking for Courtney Marie Magrell, 21, of East North Street for allegedly beating up her mother, and breaking her arm.
Police were called to the home on Kingsley Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday, where the victim says she was dragged out of a UHaul truck by her daughter, and then repeatedly punched and kicked. The victim told police she put her arm up to block a kick to the face and that's when her arm broke.
Magrell is reported to have broken the victim's cellphone and then stole her ID before leaving the home.
The victim was taken to Akron General and treated for the broken arm.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Akron Police.
Former Akron Fire Department Union Treasurer Joseph Ruhlin, 41, has pled guilty to embezzling nearly half-a-million dollars from the Union while he was in charge of the funds, according to a release from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's office.
Ruhlin, who was treasurer of the department's Union Local 330 from January of 2011 through March of 2017, admitted to stealing about $500,000 during his time in office.
When he was charged with Theft in Office, Ruhlin fled Akron to North Carolina. Authorities eventually caught up with him and he was extradited back to Summit County.
Ruhlin, who is charged with Theft in Office and Tampering with Records, both 3rd degree felonies, is due in Summit County Common Pleas Court on March 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. for a restitution hearing and is scheduled to me sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Alison Breaux immediately following.
A Copley Police Officer was involved in an accident Tuesday morning.
According to multiple reports, a woman's vehicle was alongside 77 North at 21 North and was hit by a passing semi truck. That woman's car was then propeled into the police cruiser. Neither the other driver nor the Police Officer were injured in the accident.
The driver of the semi truck reportedly kept driving, but was later found at the Ohio Turnpike exit.
The investigation into the crash is reportedly ongoing.
It wasn't long after Akron Police circulated his photo that Deandre L. Garrett, 26, turned himself in, they say.
According to a police report, Garrett is alleged to have walked into the PNC Bank at 889 West Market Street last Friday just before 3 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding money, and walked out with cash. According to the report, Garrett made threats of a gun, but no gun was seen during the robbery.
During the alleged robbery a very clear photo of Garrett was snapped. He turned himself in Monday. He's facing multiple charges.
The Cleveland Indians have announced that after the 2018 season, they will abandon Chief Wahoo, removing the controversial logo from caps and sleeves.
Chief Wahoo has been the polarizing centerpiece of a long-running debate on whether or not the logo is racist. At the start of every Major League Baseball season, protesters gather outside of Progressive Field to voice their opinion on the logo as fans flock to the stadium for the home opener.
The logo was at the center of a national debate and was scrutinized heavily after a lawsuit was filed during the American League Championship Series between the Indians and the Blue Jays. The suit, filed in a Toronto court, was an effort to have the Chief Wahoo logo AND the Indians name banned from appearing on Canadian television during the series. Several Canadian broadcasters, and some national sports TV broadcasters, went as far as not saying the club name "Indians" during reports. The court case was tossed out by a Toronto judge.
While the team will not wear the Chief Wahoo logo beyond the 2018 season, the club will still retain the rights and hats and jerseys will still be sold at team shops and through other vendors both online and in-store.
The Akron School Board held a special meeting Saturday to decide how to proceed with the open seat that was vacated by John Otterman, who resigned last week after a suspected opioid overdose in his car along East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in Akron two weeks ago.
School Board President Patrick Bravo says that, opposed to appointing someone, they will be taking applications.
Bravo adds that those interested should send a letter of interest and a resume, and that there will be an online questionnaire that needs to be filled out after submitting an application. Bravo says that all materials are due no later than this Thursday, February 1st, at 5 p.m.
Anyone who lives in the Akron school district cal apply. The selected candidate will finish out Otterman's term, which runs through 2019.
Fairlawn Police have made an arrest in connection to the arson fire at the Cornus Hill Mansion back on January 13th.
Sgt. Mark Schlegel with Fairlawn PD tells the 1590 WAKR Newsroom that 18-year-old Donavin Gowin of Barberton is under arrest and charged with Arson. He says that Gowin turned himself in to Akron Municipal Court on Thursday morning.
Three other juveniles were with Gowin at the scene of the fire, but Sgt. Schlegel says they were not involved with the arson. They have been charged, but only with misdemeanor criminal mischief. Sgt. Schlegel says they do not believe that there was any intent or premeditation.
The home was vacant at the time of the fire, and has been for the past several years.
In the wake of what has been a hyperactive flu season, Summit County Public Health has rolled out the new Influenza Data Dashboard, to give the public access to the most up-to-date numbers in relation to the flu.
According to the press relese from SCPH, the dashboard includes information on flu-related emergency room visits, positive influenza tests, hospitalizations and deaths. Wiith all of the reports in the news media about the severity of this flu season, SCPH Clinical Health Director Leanne Beavers says it's important to look at historical data when discussing and comparing the most current flu season. The flu dashboard from Summit County Public Health allows you to do that, with data as far back as the 2013-14 flu season.
As for the current flu season, Beavers says that within the past two weeks, Summit County has seen a plateau followed by a decrease in the number of flu admissions at local hospitals, but warns that in all likelihood, and historically speaking, we'll see an influx of Influenza B cases toward the end of January and into February. She adds that the Ohio Department of Health is already reported cases, though very few, of Influenza B.
Check all of the latest numbers from Summit County Public Health through the new Influenza Data Dashboard.
In addition to the flu data, SCPH has the most recent mortality rates in the county and state, the up-to-date birth numbers, and also overdose numbers for the county. Click here for more.