Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:56

Ralph Regula Dies At 92

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Reaction pouring in to the news Ralph Regula died at the age of 92.

The Navarre native was a 36-year veteran of Congress before he retired in 2009, leaving behind a legacy worth hundreds of millions of dollars through his influence as a leading member of the House Appropriations Committee. The Republican Regula and Akron Democrat colleague John Seiberling proved to be a powerful combination in the creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in the 70s, now standing as one of the most-visited sites in the country as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Regula and his wife Mary were also untiring advocates for the legacy of Canton's President William McKinley, even to the point of calling then-President Barack Obama a "dictator" for changing the name of Mount McKinkley National Park to Denali National Park to recognize native names for America's highest peak in Alaska.

Regula was known best as a political moderate who fought for social programs as well as fiscally-conservative policies, and was unafraid to reach across the aisle to seek agreement with opponents. Among those reacting is Attorney General Mike DeWine, who served in Congress with Regula, who called him a "model of a dedicated public servant" who even preferred to be called a "representative to Congress" rather than Congressman.

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(U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown) "Without Ralph, there would be no Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Without Ralph and Mary, there would be no First Ladies Historic Site in Canton. Those are just two bookends on an incredible life dedicated to public service. "Ralph was kind, effective, and always delivered for Ohio. I knew him well after our 15 years serving together, and loved every opportunity to see him. With his vote against NAFTA and so many others, Ralph put the working people of Ohio ahead of Washington politics. "Connie and I send our deepest condolences to Mary and their family. He'll be missed."

(U.S. Senator Rob Portman) "I was so sorry to hear of Ralph Regula's passing. What a great American. I am, today, offering my condolences to Mary and his entire family. Ralph Regula was small in stature but a giant of a man. An amazing public servant, he served in the United States Navy, and then he served in the United States House of Representatives for three decades. He loved Ohio, and he loved his hometown Nevarre, Ohio. He was a great champion for education. That was one his real passions. He and Mary both were tireless in their advocacy that everyone have the opportunity to get ahead through a good education. We're going to miss Ralph. He leaves a big void in Northeast Ohio—and our state and our country—and we offer our condolences to the family and hope that Ralph Regula's model of legislating—working on both sides of the aisle and getting things done—will be something that others can emulate."

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(Secretary of State Jon Husted) “With the passing of Ralph Regula, Ohio has lost a devoted public servant and leader. From his days at the Ohio Statehouse to his many years on Capitol Hill, Ralph set a standard for service and dignity that we should all aspire to achieve. In addition to being a model public servant, he was also a devoted husband and father. Tina and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time.”

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(State Auditor Dave Yost) “Ralph Regula was a true public servant, a man who put community above self. For 36 years, Ralph worked tirelessly in Congress to build relationships, forge consensus and break through bureaucracy to improve lives. His advocacy for Ohio was legend. Darlene and I extend our condolences to the Regula family.”

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(Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine) "Fran and I extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Regula, and to the children and grandchildren of former Congressman Ralph Regula. "Ralph was the model of a dedicated public servant. Instead of being called a Congressman, he preferred the term ‘representative to Congress.’ And throughout his 36 years in the U.S. House, he represented the people of Stark County and northeast Ohio incredibly well."His sense of public stewardship is reflected in the many projects he worked on including the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, the University of Mount Union and Stark State College."He and his wife, Mary, were the driving forces behind the National First Ladies Library in Canton, which honors the contributions of America’s First Ladies."With his senior position on the Appropriations Committee, and his role as the ‘Dean’ of the Ohio Delegation to Congress, he was a very effective advocate for our great state. There were many times I would go to him to ask for help on matters impacting other parts of Ohio and he always fought for them."Ralph Regula never forgot where he came from, and loved to return to his farm in Stark County. "Fran and I will miss our friend, but know that his legacy will live on through his family and the many public projects he was a part of." 

A name now for the man Akron police shot and killed 21-year old Zak Husein during a pizza store robbery 18 months ago.

23-year old Shaquille Anderson of Lake Street faces aggravated murder, robbery and felony assault; those unrelated convictions include eight aggravated aggravated robbery counts from Akron and Barberton which earned him a three year term along with 18 years on a gun specification that would keep him behind bars until 2037.

Akron police said during a news conference Anderson caused the death of Husein with the help of an "unknown accomplice" who helped case the business before the robbery. Husein was shot and killed after handing over the money demanded in the robbery on December 8, 2016 at his family-owned Premium New York Style Pizza restaurant. Husein's brother Ammar was a witness to the shooting. The killer was wearing a Ninja-style outfit that covered his face.

In reaction to the news, Zac Hussein's brother, Amar, reflected on his brother's life, and the effect his story has had on others. "He was just another kid from Akron," but yet, "People who have never met him, were moved by all of this. It just goes to show you man, you don't have to be in the world's eye to help people. You don't have to accomplish great things, to accomplish great things," he said.

As an example, he pointed to food drives here in Akron where volunteers joined together in Zac's name, for charity, and against violence. "We packaged over 90 thousand meals in less than a year and a half, and fed 90 thousand children worldwide in his name."

As to how he feels about the man who is alleged to have killed his brother, Amar called him a coward, "It doesn't take a lot of strength to pull a trigger...what takes a lot of strength is to do what I do--get up every morning, eight, nine o'clock...sometimes you do get tired. It hurts. It hurts to get out of bed every day, and work all day. But you know what? It hurts worse to be behind bars."

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(Akron Police Department) The Akron Police Department made an arrest in the December 7, 2015 robbery and shooting death of Zakeria "Zak" Hussein while he worked at his family's business, Premium New York Style Pizza, located at 380 East Glenwood Avenue.

Detectives charged  Shaquille Anderson, 23, of Lake Street in Akron with aggravated robbery, aggravated murder and felonious assault. While investigating a string of robberies with a gun in the Akron area, detectives received multiple tips. After following up on every tip, detectives were able to identify Shaquille Anderson as
the suspect involved in the homicide of Zak Hussein. Shaquille Anderson is currently incarcerated in the Mansfield Correctional Institution on unrelated charges. 

On December 7, 2016, Anderson pled guilty in Summit County Common Pleas Court to eight counts of aggravated robbery, six of the counts had gun specifications. He was sentenced to 21 years by Judge Joy Oldfield.

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:56

Get Inside Akron City Hall

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You can't fight City Hall -- but Mayor Horrigan would at least like to have one you can talk with. The Mayor unveiling what he's calling the Akron Citizens Institute to give up to 25 citizens regular opportunities to meet with department heads to learn more about how city government works -- and give department heads more direct feedback, too.

Applications are now being taken online at the City's website.

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(City of Akron) The City of Akron is committed to directly empowering residents and educating the public about how their city government works for them. That's why Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class of the City of Akron Citizens Institute.

The Citizens Institute will provide Akron residents with an opportunity to gain an inside view of the operations of City government while engaging directly with City of Akron leaders. "If residents don't know or understand what is going on in the halls of their government, it can leave them feeling disconnected and disheartened," Mayor Horrigan said of the inspiration for this program. "It's our responsibility as government officials to engage residents by inviting them to the table, educating them about our rules and processes, and empowering them to give feedback."

Mayor Horrigan asked his staff to design a diverse City-government curriculum and turn City Hall into a "community classroom" where residents can learn and ask questions of City leaders, department directors, and front-line staff.

The City of Akron Citizens Institute will be a free, 10-week experience in which a group of approximately 25 Akron residents will meet once a week to engage with City departments and leaders and learn more about city programs and services. Residents will engage in discussions about the City's charter form of government, its responsibilities and duties, and its accountability to the public.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, or older, and must be current residents of Akron. The Institute will run from late August through early November, 2017.

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:27

APD To ID Husein Killer

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Akron police are expected to announce the name of the man they think shot and killed 21-year old Zak Husein a year and a half ago. They've called a news conference for 10:30 on the steps of the Stubbs Justice Center.

It's been a nightmare of not knowing for Ammar Husein, Zak's brother, talking with Channel 3 News.

 

The younger Husein, an international business studies student at the University of Akron, was gunned down after handing the gun-toting thief cash from the drawer of his family's pizza restaurant in December 2015.

Several reports say the suspect is currently doing time in prison on other charges and the shooter could be behind several other robberies.

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:16

WGC Bridgestone Field Taking Shape

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The lineup for this summer's WGC Bridgestone Invitational is starting to firm up with the world's best golfers making their way to Firestone Country Club the first weekend of August. Masters champ Sergio Garcia along with U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka and last year's British Open winner Henrik Stenson will be on the list.

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(PGA/WGC Bridgestone) On the eve of the third major of the year at The Open Championship, tournament officials at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational have announced that major champions Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson have committed to playing the Bridgestone Invitational, with both Garcia and Koepka in search of their first World Golf Championships title. The final World Golf Championships event of the 2016-2017 PGA TOUR Season, the Bridgestone Invitational returns to Firestone Country Club’s South Course Aug. 2-6, 2017.Garcia, who broke through for his first major title at the 2017 Masters, came close to lifting the Gary Player Cup in Akron in 2014. A second-round 61, which is tied for the low round in the history of the Bridgestone Invitational, led to the Spaniard taking a three-stroke lead into the final round. But after a closing 1-over 71, Garcia finished two back of eventual champion Rory McIlroy.In 51 previous appearances in a World Golf Championships event, Garcia’s solo runner-up finish represents his top result.Koepka followed Garcia as the second major champion minted in 2017 with his four-stroke triumph at the U.S. Open. Two starts removed from his win at Erin Hills, Koepka will return to Firestone Country Club for his second career appearance and first since 2015, where four rounds in the 60s yielded a tie for sixth.The now two-time PGA TOUR winner is currently No. 7 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. If he goes on to make his Presidents Cup debut at Liberty National in September, it will ensure a spot in the field at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational.While Garcia and Koepka’s career-defining wins from earlier this year are still fresh in their minds, Stenson has put a cap on a full year with the Claret Jug in his possession following his win at the 2016 Open Championship. The sweet-swinging Swede will look to regain the Claret Jug for another 365 days before making the trip to Akron for his ninth appearance in the Bridgestone Invitational. The winner of the 2007 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, Stenson has seemingly found a rhythm at Firestone’s South Course, logging top-10 finishes in two of his previous three trips to Northeast Ohio. Stenson fell short against a charging Tiger Woods in 2013 en route to a T2 result, and added a T6 finish in 2015.The next two weeks are critical for those players who have yet to secure a spot into the season’s final World Golf Championships event. Players still have the opportunity to qualify by either winning an event with an Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more or by being inside the top 50 of the OWGR as of either Monday, July 24 or Monday, July 31.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:43

Felonious Facebook Post

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Akron police have charged an 18 year old man with a felony for posting a nude picture of a 14 year old girl on Facebook.

Richard A. Anderson, Jr. of Rockaway Street in Akron, is charged with pandering sexual content of a minor.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:45

Portage Missing Child Found Safe

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Update: Savannah found SAFE! Thanks for your help and concern!

 

Portage County deputies issuing a "missing child alert" -- it's NOT an AMBER Alert that normally shows the child to be in danger.

Police are looking for 16-year old Savannah Hopper, last seen around midnight yesterday in the Slagle Road area in Windham. She's described a 5'4", abpit 115 pounds with blond or strawberry-blonde hair and blue eyes.

Again, this is NOT an AMBER Alert.

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(Portage County Sheriff) AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY PORTAGE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS:

STATEWIDE

WHILE THIS IS NOT AN AMBER ALERT, THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER.
SAVANNAH WAS LAST SEEN ON 7/18/2017 AT HER RESIDENCE IN WINDHAM, OHIO. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED FOR HER SAFETY.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM PORTAGE COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 8460 SLAGLE ROAD IN THE CITY OF WINDHAM AT 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM.

INFORMATION AS OF 07/19/2017 10:34 AM.

CHILD: SAVANNAH HOPPER
NICKNAME/ALIAS:
DOB: 5/29/2001 16 Yrs old
SEX: Female
RACE: White
HEIGHT: 5'4" WEIGHT: 115 lbs
HAIR: Blonde or Strawberry
EYES: Blue
LAST SEEN DATE: 07/18/2017 12:00 AM

As expected, lawyers for three condemned killers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in after the full Sixth Circuit Appeals Court ruled against their bid to halt their executions.

Among the three is Akron's Ronald Phillips, scheduled to die July 26 for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's three year old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.

The defense lawyers say they need more time to appeal the state's use of a new drug execution method.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 06:24

Locals Make Dangerous Dozen List

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A couple of locals making the U.S. Marshal's northern Ohio "Most Wanted" list. Akron's Mark Clay has been wanted since April 26th when he was ID'd as one of two men who broke into a woman's home, held her at gunpoint and searched the home for valuables. He may still be in the Akron area. Canton's Maurice Stewart is wanted on a slew of drug and weapons charges since November of last year; he has a prior conviction for involuntary manslaughter of a police officer and is considered armed and dangerous, and is believed to be part of a drug ring that reaches into Detroit, Toledo and West Virginia.

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(U.S. Marshal) U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:

Joshua Pallitta is a Toledo fugitive wanted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Investigators believe Mitchell has ties in throughout Northwest Ohio and Upper Michigan.

William Shannon is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted for weapons offenses since April of 2017. Shannon has ties to the Mansfield area, however he may have fled the area after his warrant was issued.

MauriceStewart mugshotMaurice Stewart (seen at left) is a Canton area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the FBI for numerous counts of drug trafficking and weapons violations. In November of 2016, during a fugitive investigation, large quantities of heroin and crystal methamphetamine, as well as several firearms were located in a house where Stewart was living. Stewart is believed to be part of a larger drug trafficking operation with ties to Detroit, Canton, Toledo and West Virginia. Stewart has a previous conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter on a Police Officer. He is considered Armed and Dangerous.

Mark Clay (seen above) is an Akron area fugitive wanted for aggravated robbery, abduction and aggravated burglary. It is alleged that On April 26, 2017 Clay and an unknown accomplice broke into a 62 year old woman’s home. Clay and the accomplice held their victim at gunpoint until they searched her home for valuables. The men fled the scene in a grey SUV. Clay has strong ties throughout the Akron area.

Vincent Lee is a Lorain area fugitive wanted for a homicide that occurred in Lorain on January 4, 2017. Lee allegedly shot and killed a 26 year old male at a residence located on the 3300 block of Reid Ave. in Lorain. Lee has ties throughout Lorain but he may have fled the area.

All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

A mother last saw her eight year old son playing with ducks at Springfield Lake -- less than an hour before he was found dead in the water. Springfield police identified the boy as eight-year old Brandon Travis Kitts, Jr. of Bank Street in Akron.

The boy was recovered but pronounced dead at Akron Children's Hospital.

The Akron family had apparently warned children not to swim in the lake but the children were cooling off at Springfield Lakefront Park Saturday evening.

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(Springfield PD) While at the East End of Springfield Lake the juvenile had gone missing. The reporting party states it was 45 minutes since she had last seen him and that was was chasing ducks westward down the lake front the last time she saw him. The reporting party stated the child was not familiar with the area and did not know how to swim. Springfield Fire as well as Green Fire and Coventry Fire responded to assist with the search for lthe child, who was located in the water by the fire departments and was transported to Akron Children's Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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