It's no secret that LeBron James is committed to making his home town of Akron better.
With that in mind, LeBron hosted a press conference Tuesday night to announce his proposed "I Promise" elementary school in Akron.
During the press conference, with the help of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the Akron-native made public his intention to provide a first-eighth grade school for students who may be at a disatvantage and more prone to falling behind their peers.
The school would be in the city of Akron and would operate in conjunction with and according to regulations for Akron Public Schools. Eligible students would be selected through a lottery system, according to James.
The focus of the school would be providing a hands-on-learning environment for kids through the eighth grade and focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
An official proposal for the school will be presented to the Akron School Board in October, 2017.
Fairlawn-based Signet-Jewelers announced Tuesday that they will be expanding their Barberton fulfillment center.
In a statement, the company said they'll add another 56,000 square feet to the facility, expanding it to 134,000 square feet.
"This expansion is vitally important to Signet's continued success and enables us to configure an ideal space to best meet the needs of our business and our Team," said Bryan Morgan, Signet Jewelers' chief operations officer in the press release. "It is an initiative that will further cultivate the growth of Signet as a Company nationwide, as well as in the Barberton area and the entire Greater Akron community."
The Barberton facility will add about 18 new jobs.
Signet has made headlines for the wrong reasons recently, amid allegations of rampant sexual harassment throughout the company on an executive level. Following the allegations, which came to light late last year, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of stockholders who claim they were mislead on the severity of the harassment claims and told that their stock would not be adversely affected.
In 2015 the company was trading as high as $140.00 a share. Recently, shares for Signet stock have been traded as low as $70, Crain's Akron.
UPDATE: Akron Police say Brandon Franklin turned himself in to the Summit County Jail Wednesday morning. A warrant for sexual battery had been issued for Franklin stemming from the claim a female Uber passenger made that Franklin sexually assaulted her.
Akron Police are looking for 33-year-old Brandon Franklin, of Tallmadge, in connection to a sexual assault.
According to reports, Franklin, who is an Uber driver, gave a woman a ride home and when he dropped her off he sexually assaulted her.
The woman reportedly admitted to police that she was intoxicated, which is why she was using the ride service.
A warrant on sexual battery was issued for Franklin (pictured) on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Newcomerstown Police have issued a statewide Blue Alert after an officer was shot Tuesday morning around 10:15 at Johnson Hill Road SW and Post Boy Rd. SW in Tuscarawas County.
Police are looking for two male suspects driving a black Geo Tracker with the windows heavily tinted and no plates. Both men are believed to be armed and dangerous.
Information has been released on one of the suspects. His name is Chaz Gillilan, 28. He's listed at 5'11", 185 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. A photo of Gillilan was release (see above).
Anyone who sees the suspects is asked to immediately call 911.
The name or condition of the officer has not been released as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The following is a Facebook post from the Canal Fulton Police Department:
A Newcomerstown police officer was involved in a shooting as the victim. The officer is reported to be driving himself to Newcomerstown Fire Department for assistance. The shooting took place close to the Newcomerstown Corporation near the bridge over the Tuscarawas River. There are two male subjects fleeing the scene headed South on Johnson Hill Road in a Black Geo Tracker. All available area law enforcement officers are searching for them. The passenger named as Chaz Gillilan was reported to be the shooter, using a handgun.
Subjects believed to have a shotgun in the vehicle also bottles appearing to be part of a 'Rolling Meth Lab' was also reported seen inside.
Akron Police Sgt. Vince Yurick has resigned his position with the City after entering a guilty plea in court last on charges he was driving under the influence when he crashed his car last August.
The accident happened August 7, 2016, around 9 p.m., when police say Yurick, 46, went left of center, struck a curb, and smashed into a tree on Canterbury Circle. His was was a passenger in Yurick's vehicle and suffered a brain injury in the crash.
Yurick plead guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is a first-degree misdemeanor. After 19 years with the police, Yurick was forced to resign. He is due for sentencing in Summit County on April 28; he's facing 18 months in jail.
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says they charged the wrong man with murder in reference to the shooting death of the bouncer at teh Game 7 Bar and Grille on South Arlington Street back in March.
It's being called a clerical error, and now the case is going back to the Grand Jury.
Thomas Dunn III had been charged obstruction of justice, while his co-defendant, Anthony Cox, was facing aggravat4ed murder, murder, and obstruction charges. Since the error has been uncovered, the charges have been flip-flopped, and now Thomas Dunn is facing the murder charges.
On March 4th, Dunn and Cox were denied entry into the Game 7 Bar and Grill. They returned and shot the bouncer, Daneil Turner.
Employees at the Greenstar Recycling Center on Exeter Road in Akron made a grisly discovery while sorting through recyclables: a dead body.
The body was found Thursday during the morning shift about 7:30 a.m. at Greenstar on a conveyor belt.
On Friday morning, the Summit County Medical Examiner came back with a positive ID on the body. He has been identified as 52-year-old David Moran of Akron. They are still working to determine the cause of death.
Norton police issued a Missing Adult Alert for an 89-year old man yesterday after he failed to come home Monday night. Police say Allen Combs left his Marnie Street home in a white 2003 Ford F-150; the family says he suffers from Dementia and Alzheimer's.
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(Missing Adult Alert) The Norton Police department is trying to find missing 89-year-old Allen Combs. Combs was last seen on April 3rd. He left his home on Mamie Street in Norton around 10 p.m.
He is described as:
He was last seen wearing jeans, a button-up long sleeve shirt, a baseball cap and boots. Combs also suffers from Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and may be confused.
The vehicle involved is a white 2003 Ford F-150 with OH plate number DFE8933, his vehicle is a Lariat Edition. The vehicle show in the story is not the actual vehicle involved.
If you see the adult or the vehicle you are asked to call 911.
1:39pm Update on Amber Alert:
The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children were located safely. The suspect in this case remains at large.
An Amber Alert has been issued out of Willoughby Hills, OH.
Willoughby Hills police are looking for a man accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun, and taking her vehicle--with two children inside.
Be on the lookout for Clarence Davis, who police say is armed and dangerous. He's driving a dark blue HUN-DAY, and has a three and five year old girl with him.
Davis is described as a 5'9, 215 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and is driving a dark blue 2013 Hyundai Sonata with license plate GWS5908. A front license plate has BOB written on it.
It didn't take Ohio's Board of Pharmacy to implement Governor Kasich's desire to cut down on opioid prescriptions. New rules were approved a week after Kasich announced efforts by the regulatory boards overseeing doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists to use "commonsense" limits on using opioids to treat acute pain. Supporters hope to cut the number of doses in Ohio by more than 100 million annually.
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(Ohio Pharmacy Board) The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the approval of rules to help implement proposed limits on opiate prescriptions for acute pain. Announced by Governor Kasich and leaders of Ohio's healthcare regulatory boards last Thursday, the rules will support efforts by the Medical, Nursing and Dental Boards to place commonsense limits on the use of opiates for the treatment of acute pain.
"The Board is proud to play its role in helping to reduce opiate prescribing in Ohio" said Steven Schierholt, Executive Director of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. "It is estimated that the state could see an annual reduction of 109 million opiate doses once the new limits are in effect."
The rules adopted by the Board will require prescribers to include a diagnosis or procedure code on every controlled substance prescription. This information will then be entered into Ohio's prescription monitoring program, known as the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), by dispensing pharmacies to monitor compliance with the limits.
The rules will follow the Board's standard rule adoption process, including input from stakeholders and the public.
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.
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.
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.