Perhaps the finest compliment a leader in the field can get is they "didn't live to work, they worked to live." Those words from James Burdon's law partner Larry Whitney paint the way the legendary Akron defense lawyer always wanted to be defined.
Jim Burdon was 78 and died of melanoma, confirms Whitney. Both men practiced together for decades, since 1972 in a variety of capacities Whitney told WAKR. They were also close friends during their professional relationship, working on some of the most high-profile criminal cases in Akron and throughout the region.
Whitney says Burdon was held in high esteem as a trial attorney, but never wanted his trial work to define him. Instead, Burdon says he wanted to be defined by his family relationships and noted his profession allowed him to help and support his family and be able to balance the needs of family versus the demands of his successful legal career. "He truly was a fine lawyer, probably the best lawyer this community has seen in a long time, but more than that it did not define him."
Funeral services are pending.
LeBron James, the Kid from Akron, is the man behind the "I PROMISE" program, which he started back in 2011 in an effort to reduce the number of high school students dropping out of school. Since then, the "I PROMISE" program has partnered with University of Akron, helping kids, from a young age, stay on their path of education.
Now, LeBron is the face of a new digital marketing campaign, courtesy of "I PROMISE" and UA.
See the press release from the University of Akron below for more details:
The University of Akron’s (UA) latest videos in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) feature Akron native and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, along with aspiring students in his I PROMISE program and current UA students. The videos highlighting the benefits of a college education at UA are launching today via digital media in several markets in Ohio and elsewhere.
“It’s all about sparking hope and fulfilling dreams for my I PROMISE kids,” says James in the videos’ introduction. With a focus on stemming the high school dropout rates in his hometown of Akron, James started the I PROMISE program in 2011.
His foundation recently brought several I PROMISE students—some who are now high school freshmen—to the University to talk with current UA students. The resulting series of videos capture UA students mentoring the high schoolers for an afternoon, sharing their college experience, visiting labs and classrooms, and meeting professors. After the mentoring experience, the group came together at the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education to meet with James and share their dreams and goals with him.
“The University of Akron expresses its profound thanks to LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation for their partnership with the University,” said UA President Matthew J. Wilson. “The engagement seen in the videos between the I PROMISE and UA students is genuine and powerful.”
The full-length video runs just under two-minutes. Six I PROMISE students are also spotlighted in shorter videos, paired with UA students in their area of interest. The featured I PROMISE students include Jayden, paired with UA student and computer whiz Spencer Csasky, who is majoring in cybersecurity. Another showcased I PROMISE student is Julia, set to graduate from high school in 2022. She met with UA student Drake Smalley, who shared his co-op experience building orthopedic implants.
The videos are an integral part of UA’s fall student recruitment campaign, which is primarily digital media based but will also include some television broadcast and other media. The videos will target Northeast Ohio as well as markets including Erie, PA, Pittsburgh and suburban Chicago.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has declared a victory, and is celebrating the passage of the City's .25% income tax increase.
As of 10:46 PM
Results on Akron/Summit County races and issues include:
Issue #3: Summit County DD (4.5 Mills tax levy renewal, 6 years)
Yes: 74,818 (71.97%)
No: 29,141 (28.03%)
Issue #4: Akron Charter Ammendment (.25% City Income Tax Increase)
Yes: 20,318 (69.84%)
No: 8,775 (30.16%)
Akron Municipal Judge Races:
Annalisa S. Williams (running unopposed): 27,855
Kathryn Michael: 19,791 (60.39%)
Elisa Hill 12,980 (39.61%)
Nicole Walker: 17,436 (53.16%)
Ann Marie O'Brien: 15,364 (46.84%)
Ron Cable: 21,063 (62.24%)
Jason Adams: 12,778 (37.76%)
Akron Municipal Court Clerk
Jim Laria: 18,364 (50.84%)
Jeff Fusco: 17,757 (49.16%)
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor
Don Walters (Dem) 6,396 (66.42%)
Susan Hale (Rep) 3,233 (33.58%)
(For more local results, follow this link: http://www.summitcountyboe.com/ElectionResults/Results/elect110717G.htm)
And here are the results from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office on Statewide Issues.
The 5 year old boy who died when he was hit by his parents' car right after being dropped off for kindergarten at St. Francis DeSales School in Coventry earlier this week has been identified.
He is Carter Andes, of Green, and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office says he died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Funeral services will be held this Saturday at St. Francis, on Manchester Road.
Summit County Metro Parks said in a statement Thursday that they've fired Park Ranger Jeffrey Axner, 33, following an investigation into a bizarre incident last month that left an elderly Akron couple bruised and in handcuffs in their driveway.
According to reports, the couple was driving through the Metro Parks on September 27th, when Axner nearly pulled his cruiser out in front of them at the Goodyear Heights entrance to the park at Newton Road. The driver, a 72-year-old man, beeped his horn at Axner and then swerved his Ford Ranger around Axner's cruiser to avoid him. Axner reportedly then turned his cruiser around, and followed the couple to their home on Darrow Road. Once the couple pulled into their driveway, Axner got out of his cruiser, and wrestled the elderly man to the ground, and then kicked his 71-year-old wife to the ground, and placed them both in handcuffs.
The couple was initially charged with resisting arrested, obsruction of official business, aggravated menacing, and failure to comply. Those charges were dropped just a few days later and the investigation into Axner's actions was launched while he was placed on paid administrative leave.
The results of that investigation were revealed Thursday morning, and showed that Axner violated Metro Parks Ranger procedure, exceeded his authority in following the couple to their home outside the Metro Parks in Akron, and also used excessive force when he assaulted them while placing them both under arrest.
Axner has been fired from the Metro Parks Rangers, who say that he violated the department's contract with the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA).
Akron police are asking for your help identifying four people who might have information about a fatal shooting last Friday at the Halftime Sports Pub on South Main.
Police found 26 year old Darian Hardison dead, and another man--28 year old Derrick Comby--wounded--shot in the leg.
Anyone with information about the shooting, or who can help police identify the people in this picture, are asked to call them at (330) 375-2371.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a five-year-old boy from the City of Green who was hit by a car outside St. Francis De Sales School Tuesday morning has died.
Sheriff's Office Inspector Bill Holland tells 1590 WAKR that the boy was a student at the school and had just been dropped off in the drop-off area outside St. Francis around 8:23 a.m. Tuesday. The boy got out of the back door along the right side of the car and then walked in front of the vehicle. One of the boy's parents was driving the car didn't notice the boy and hit him; it was not specified whether it was the father or mother.
The Coventry Fire Department and Summit Metro Crash Team responded to the scene. While the investigation is ongoing, Inspector Holland says that speed, alcohol, nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the accident.
An endangered missing child alert has been cancelled now, for a 7 year old boy who was taken from his home in Trumbull County by his non-custodial father.
Authorities said they believed Aaryn Bickel was in danger. He's been found safe now.
He's described as white, with blond hair and blue eyes, about 60 pounds, and four foot two. He was last seen on Kenyon Drive in Warren, and is believed to be with his father, 30 year old James Bickel.
If you see him--please call Trumbull County-9-1-1.
(see full text of alert, below.)
Endangered Missing Child
(This is NOT an AMBER Alert)
AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY TRUMBULL COUNTY E911 CENTER FOR THE FOLLOWING REGIONS: CENTRAL & EAST LAKESHORE: ASHTABULA, CUYAHOGA, ERIE, GEAUGA, HURON, LAKE, LORAIN, AND MEDINA COUNTIES. YOUNGSTOWN: COLUMBIANA, MAHONING, AND TRUMBULL COUNTIES. EAST CENTRAL: CARROLL, COSHOCTON, GUERNSEY, HOLMES, PORTAGE, STARK, SUMMIT, TUSCARAWAS, AND WAYNE COUNTIES. UPPER OHIO VALLEY: BELMONT, HARRISON, JEFFERSON, MONROE, AND NOBLE COUNTIES.
WHILE THIS IS NOT AN AMBER ALERT, THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER.
CHILD TAKEN DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE BY NON CUSTODIAL PARENT/JAMES BICKEL.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD FROM TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH. LAST SEEN ON 8062 KENYON DR SE IN THE CITY OF WARREN AT 10/23/2017 12:00:00 AM.
INFORMATION AS OF 10/24/2017 05:46 AM.
CHILD: AARYN BICKEL
DOB: 12/17/2009 7 Yrs old
HEIGHT: 4'2" WEIGHT: 60 lbs
HAIR: Blonde or Strawberry
LAST SEEN DATE: 10/23/2017 12:00 AM
Last seen at residence on Kenyon Drive.
SUSPECT: James Bickel
DOB: 8/30/1987 30 Yrs old
HEIGHT: 5'8" WEIGHT: 135 lbs
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. A POSTER AND PHOTO ARE AVAILABLE AT
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT TRUMBULL COUNTY E911 CENTER AT (330) 675-2730
The grandaughter of the founder of the Quaker Oats company--Jean Hower Taber, has given the University of Akron its biggest ever donation---$20 million dollars.
University President, Matthew Wilson, says three quarters of the money will be used for scholarships for students studying Audiology, and for students in their Honors College.
This just the latest gift from the noted community activist and philanthropist, who, prior to her death this summer--had already donated $7.7 million dollars to the University.
Update: Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron is still closed after the fire that started in the basement early Friday morning.
No one was injured, as medical staff and first responders were able to evacuate patients and staff in time, but there is severe smoke damage throughout much of the hospital.
The following is a statement, released Monday morning, on the status of when St. Thomas will open:
Summa Health has contracted with ServiceMaster to lead the cleanup efforts at Summa Health System – St. Thomas Campus, which suffered significant damage as a result of the fire last Friday morning. ServiceMaster crews of more than 100 individuals worked in tandem with Summa Health employees all weekend, and plans call for the clean-up work to continue through this week.
A firm date for re-opening the hospital has not been set yet, though the target for inpatient services is early next week. There is a possibility that outpatient services could open sooner.
We will provide more details as they become available. In the meantime, the hotline number for additional information for patients and their families is 330.375.7702.
Akron Fire Department responded to a fire just after 6 a.m. Friday at Summa St. Thomas Hospital at 444 Main Street.
Reports from Akron Fire officials is that the fire started in a storage area in the basement of the hospital. No one was injured in the fire. Patients and staff were evacuated shortly after the fire was reported. Patients have been transported to Akron City Hospital, the Barberton Campus, and the Western Reserve campus.
In a statement released at 9 a.m. Friday, Summa Health System confirmed that the fire was extinguished. In a later press release, Summa Health added that they have set up a hotline for family and friends of patients at St. Thomas: 330.375.7702. Summa also recommends checking the health system's Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates, as well.
WAKR will have updates on this story as they come in.
Akron Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Copley News on Copley Road at gunpoint on Tuesday, October 10th, just after 2 p.m.
The suspect (pictured) is a black male, between 18 and 29-years-old, about 5'10", with black hair and brown eyes.
APD is asking anyone who may recognize the man, to please call the Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals at 866-4-WANTED, or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Tips can also be texted in to 274-637 (CRIMES), using the word "TIPSCO."
Police believe the suspect is armed and dangerous, so if you see him, you're asked to call 911.
In a press release Wednesday, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that the Board of Directors has approved an increase in quarterly common stock dividends.
It's a 40% increase, from 10 cents per share to 14 cents, amounting to a rate of 44 cents per share for the remainder of 2017 and 56 cents per share for 2018.
The increase is effective December 1, 2017, and applies to shareholders of record as of November 1, 2017.
Crestwood Local School District announced Monday that football at Crestwood High School would resume with practice and that the Red Devils would play their first game in three weeks on Friday.
The announcement comes after an investigation into an "incident" at football practice back on July 28th. It was announced two weeks ago that the football team would suspend operations until further notice and that an investigation by Mantua Police was being conducted.
Mantua Police revealed late last week that they had found no criminal activity that took place July 28th, calling it a "school-related" incident. They did say that all of the information they uncovered in their investigation would be turned over to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, and it would be up to the Prosecutor whether or not any criminal charges would be filed.
On Monday, administrators with the school told News 5 that they would resume football at the high school and they would play the game scheduled for Friday, October 13th, against Rootstown.