Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:20

VIDEO Remembering WAKR's Bob Allen

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For generations Bob Allen was a fixture on WAKR, as the co-host of the "Adam and Bob Show" from 1978 to 1991 that woke up Akron to later in his career as the solo morning host and program director on 1590 WAKR.

Bob retired from WAKR in 2010 and recalled an entire show broadcast from the Goodyear Blimp over Akron as one of his most memorable broadcasts. He was 77 years old.

Allen, who's real name was Gordon Van Waes, died yesterday according to family members. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

 

 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:14

Akron Man Makes Most Wanted List

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An Akron man is the latest to make the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive most wanted list. Police are looking for 26-year old Jevonte Walker for aggravated robbery for holding a woman at gunpoint as she was sitting in her car last month. He's also facing various parole violations.

Walker is hard to miss; he has tattoos on his neck and face, and is believed to be hiding out in the Akron area.

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(US Marshal) The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Jevonte Walker.

Walker is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Akron Police Department for aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability. He is also wanted by the Adult Parole Authority for various parole violations. On March 12 of this year, Walker allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint while she was sitting in her car. He then fled in a silver car.

Walker is a 26 year old black male standing approximately 5'08" and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and browneyes. Walker also has numerous tattoos on his neck and face. Walker is believed to be hiding in the Akron area.

If you have any information in reference to Jevonte Walker, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411) Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 03 April 2017 12:43

Akron Police Hiring Officers

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The City of Akron is looking to hire 15 new police officers and is accepting applications from now through May 26. 

Candidates must meet the following requirements; 

- Have a high school diploma or GED

- Have a valid drivers license

- Be between 21 and 35 at the time the candidate takes the exam

Candidates must also be able to pass a written exam, a physical fitness test, background investigation, and be able to pass a polygraph. 

Find more information at www.akronohio.gov/personnel

 

Friday, 31 March 2017 09:33

Gun & Grenade Bust In Springfield

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Springfield Township police found more than they bargained for during a traffic stop on Massillon Road.

Officers reported seeing a semi-automatic handgun within reach of the driver; it turned out to be a loaded .45 caliber weapon. Police also say they spotted what they thought was an active hand grenade in a rear side door and called the Summit County Bomb Squad.

It was determined the grenade wasn't active and no danger, but 20-year old Lane Spraggins faces felony charges and was booked into the Summit County Jail.

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(Springfield PD) On 3/31/17 at approx. 12:21 AM, Officers stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 2400 block area of Massillon Rd.

Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a semi-automatic handgun in the back of the vehicle, within the drivers reach. Further investigation determined the firearm was a loaded .45 cal. semi-auto. Also located in the rear drivers side door was what appeared to the officers as an active hand grenade.

The Summit County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and determined the grenade to be inert and of no danger. The driver, 20 year old Lane Spraggins was charged with Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, a Felony of the 4th degree. Mr. Spraggins was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:08

Summa Denied Appeal, Will No Longer Train ER Doctors

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Summa Health System has lost its appeal of the decision to remove the accreditation of the emergency room physician training program at Akron City Hospital. 

The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education removed the accreditation from Akron City's Emergency Medicine Residency Program back in February; a result of the health system's abrupt decision to swap ER doctor providers over the New Year. The decision had a ripple effect throughout the health system including a vote of "no confidence" in Summa leadership and then President and CEO Dr. Thomas Malone stepping down. The emergency room physician training program will no longer operate at Akron City effective July, 2017. 

The Summa Health System board of directors has since named Dr. Cliff Deveny interim President and CEO while they look for a permanent replacement (Dr. Deveny is reportedly near the top of that short list). 

Last week, Dr. Deveny sent a memo to employees that an accrediting firm doing an audit of Summa found "no cause for concern" regarding the quality of patient care in Summa emergency rooms. 

 

Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:02

APS Approves Teacher Deal

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Akron's school board with a yes vote, following a vote taken Sunday by teachers on a new three-year contract. The deal provides for salary hikes ranging from one and a half to two and a half percent and also boosts the share of health care premiums workers pay.

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(APS) At 8 p.m. tonight, the Akron Board of Education School Board voted in favor of a new, three year contract for its teachers, members of the Akron Education Association (AEA).Teachers voted in favor of the agreement Sunday evening. The three year agreement increases salaries:

1.50% retroactive to 7/1/16
2.25% effective 7/1/17
2.50% effective 7/1/18

The agreement also calls for employees to pay up to 2% more for health care premiums for the 17-18 school year and up to 3% more in the 18-19 school year.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:37

Two From PA Arrested With 1,400 Ecstasy Pills

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Ohio State Highway Patrol in Summit County stopped a Ford F-150 back on March 22nd for a "marked lane violation."

When the truck was pulled over, a drug-sniffing dog alerted troopers to possible drugs in the vehicle. Upon searching the truck, troopers found more than 1,400 Ecstacy pills, worth about $32,000.

Andreas Key, 32, and 33-year-old Gregory Gray, both who are from Pennsylvania, were arrested on felony possession and drug trafficking charges.

They've been booked in Summit County Jail. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:09

Goodbye, Our Native Son

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Fan or no fan -- you have to feel sad when a member of the family leaves. And Keith Dambrot is a member of the Akron family, with deep roots in the community and University. The long-time basketball head coach is heading east, to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, for a reported seven year, seven million dollar deal.

Dambrot led the Zips to their winningest season in history, but fell to Kent State in the MAC title game; that loss scrubbed any hopes of a March Madness berth. Akron went two rounds before falling in the NIT.

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(University of Akron) Earlier tonight, The University of Akron was informed that current men's basketball Coach Keith Dambrot has accepted the position as head basketball coach at Duquesne University.

The University has issued the following statement from UA Athletic Director Larry Williams and it is being shared with you at this time:

"We are very grateful for the enormous contributions that Coach Keith Dambrot has made to our excellent men's basketball program. His hard work with our student-athletes combined with their dedication to going the extra mile have brought great success to The University of Akron – including the winningest season in UA history – and we value his role in making that happen. He and the Dambrot family will always be a part of The University of Akron family, and we wish him well as he moves along.

We will immediately launch a national search for our new basketball coach and we reaffirm our commitment to building our basketball program and all of Akron Athletics into a nationally recognized program across the board. In addition to finding a new coach, we are working to be in a position to upgrade the James A. Rhodes Arena and we will need to rely on support from the community to achieve that goal."

Friday, 24 March 2017 06:42

Army Humvee Stolen From Stow Armory

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for a missing Army National Guard Humvee that was stolen from the Stow armory Wednesday morning. 

On Wednesday afternoon, around 3:30, State Troopers noticed the chain link fence around the facility near where the vehicle was stored was cut. Then they realized the Hummer was missing. OSHP says the thief or thieves disabled the lock on the vehicle. 

The Humvee is marked with the numbers 174 and 1-145 on the bumper near the left tail light and HQ-51 near the right tail light. 

The Highway Patrol has not released any suspect information and they're asking anyone who may have any information to call their office at 216-265-1677. 

 

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:27

Portage Men Exonerated In 1988 Murder

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The state of Ohio will pay two Northeast Ohio men $1.45 million each after being wrongfully convicted of and imprisoned for 16 years for the murder of a Portage County woman in 1988.

The Ohio Court of Claims approved the settlement between the state and Robert Gondor and Randy Resh. Gondor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstruction of justice, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape. 

Below is the full story courtesy of CourtNewsOhio.gov

 

Court of Claims: Two Men Exonerated for Murder Granted $1.45 Million Each for Wrongful Imprisonment

 

Robert Gondor, et al. v State of Ohio, Case No. 2015-00921

The state has agreed to pay two Northeast Ohio men about $1.45 million each after they were declared wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Court of Claims approved a settlement between the state, Robert Gondor, and Randy Resh. The two men were implicated in the 1988 murder of Connie Nardi in Portage County. They were released from prison in 2007 and officially designated wrongfully imprisoned in 2014.

The two filed for compensation with the Court of Claims and received partial payments in December 2015. Gandor, who spent 5,936 days in prison, was initially paid about $422,000, and Resh, who was imprisoned for 6,012 days, received about $427,000.

Both were 24 years old when incarcerated. Gondor was employed as a carpenter and Resh as a roofing contractor at the time the murder. Nardi was found strangled to death. A third man, Troy Busta, pleaded guilty to Nardi’s murder and agreed to testify against Gondor and Resh in exchange for the prosecutor agreeing not to pursue the death penalty against him.

New Trials Ordered Years after Conviction
A Portage County Common Pleas Court jury found Gondor guilty in 1990 of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, and obstructing justice and sentenced him to a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of more than 50 years in prison, while Resh was convicted of murder and attempted rape and was sentenced to 15 years to life.

The Eleventh District Court of Appeals affirmed their convictions. However, in a second appeal, the two won the right to a new trial court hearing regarding evidence. At the new hearing, the trial court found the two had ineffective counsel because their attorneys didn’t recognize exculpatory evidence in the prosecutor’s file. Prosecutors objected to the finding, and the Eleventh District sided with the state. However, in 2006, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the two had to be retried.

Resh was tried first and found not guilty. The state dismissed the charges against Gondor, and both were set free in 2007. Overturning a verdict is the first of two steps an individual must attain before being declared wrongfully imprisoned. A civil suit then must be filed and the individual must prove that no further prosecution can occur for any other illegal act related to the alleged crime that resulted in imprisonment.

The trial judge hearing the case concluded that neither Gondor nor Resh were with, or even near, Nardi when she was killed, and that they qualified as wrongfully convicted.

Additional Compensation Paid 
In addition to paying each of the two men $1.45 million, the settlement includes paying $1.1 million to attorneys Mark B. Marein and Steven L. Bradley for professional fees and expenses incurred representing the men, and about $18,000 for the services of experts who were involved in the litigation.

The Court of Claims is given original jurisdiction to hear and determine all civil actions filed against the state of Ohio and its agencies.

To access information on other cases visit the Court of Claims website.

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