Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:45

Akron Man Pleads Guilty In Wife's Death

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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: 

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have worked in a spirit of collaboration for the past 53 years as our community celebrates the induction of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This year is no exception, with several schedule changes that will be instituted as part of the continuous effort to maximize the guest and visitor experience.
 
Notable changes this year include that the Hall of Fame Game will be played for the first time ever on a Thursday night, August 3rd.  Friday, August 4th will feature the annual Fashion Show Luncheon, and the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where the Class of 2017 will receive their Gold Jackets during the nationally televised event.
 
Saturday, August 5th, will kick off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade and conclude with the Enshrinement Ceremony at newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Fans are in store for another big day on Sunday, August 6th starting with the Enshrinees’ Roundtable and concluding with the third annual Concert for Legends.
 
The full schedule is below (subject to change as details are confirmed).  Some of the events are ticketed, many are free, and all are guaranteed to be fun.

 

Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:25

Barberton Teacher Suspended For Slur

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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. 

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:48

Email Threat Sent To Firestone Teacher

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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. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:51

Reminder: Akron Closures For Sewer Repair

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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.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:01

Y-Noah Chaperone Charged With Indecency

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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. 

Monday, 30 January 2017 13:22

APD Investigating Weekend Homicide

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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. 

Monday, 30 January 2017 13:15

Louisville Man Dies In Green Crash

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Summit County Sheriff's Office reporting one man died in a single-car accident in the City of Green over the weekend. 

On Saturday just about 12:30 p.m., police say the 75-year-old male driver of a Chevy Silverado drove off the left side of Mayfair Road and hit a tree. When EMS arrived, the man was already dead. 

The Sheriff's Office has not released the victim's name. They say they do no suspect alcohol was a factor. 

 

 

 

Friday, 27 January 2017 11:22

Medina Co. Jail Adding Room

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Per the State of Ohio, Medina County Jail is making room for more nonviolent felony offenders. 

State officials have told county judges that across the state, nonviolent offenders need to stay in county jails. Medina County, through the help of a T-CAP (Targeting Community Alternatives to Prison) grant, is opening up a wing of the prison currently reserved on an "as-needed" basis. 

The state says most of the nonviolent felons are drug offenders and the state can't keep them. 

The grant money totals $592,166, and will cover the costs for 8 months. The state and county are likely, according to sources, to renew another 12 months at the end of that period. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:35

Phillips Execution On Hold - Again

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Once again, Akron's Ronald Phillips breathes easier because a judge has stepped in to halt his last breath.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz ruled Ohio's plans to use a new three-drug cocktail to deliver the lethal injection that would kill Phillips is unconstitutional, a victory for opponents of capital punishment who've successfully out-maneuvered states where lethal injection is the form of execution by denying access to lethal drugs previously used because pharmaceutical and chemical companies won't sell them for the purposes of executions.

Phillips has been on Death Row for over a generation for raping his then-girlfriend's three year old daughter; Sheila Marie Evans died weeks later from the severe injuries. He had been scheduled for execution in the Death Chamber at the Ohio Correctional Insitution in Lucasville in January, but appeals put that schedule on hold until a scheduled February 15th date. Now that schedule is also on hold.

Ironically, the ruling by Judge Merz came almost to the day of the anniversday of the death of Evans on January 18, 1993.

Lawyers for Phillips and two other inmates argued before Merz that the use of a sedative, midazolam, couldn't meet a U.S. Supreme Court threshold of not causing "serious harm." Merz also barred the use of the two other drugs, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride, ruling the State was not consistent in his offerings in the past on the new lethal cocktail as an alternative. The first two chemicals sedate and paralyze the inmate, while the potassium chloride stops the heart.