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.

 

Thursday, 09 November 2017 05:25

New UA, I PROMISE Campaign Featuring The King

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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.

The full-length video is available at uakron.edu/discover. The individual student videos are at uakron.edu/stories.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 19:56

State & Local Election Results 2017

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has declared a victory, and is celebrating the passage of the  City's .25% income tax increase.

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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

(100%)

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Kathryn Michael: 19,791 (60.39%)

Elisa Hill 12,980 (39.61%)

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Nicole Walker: 17,436 (53.16%)

Ann Marie O'Brien: 15,364 (46.84%)

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Ron Cable:  21,063 (62.24%)

Jason Adams: 12,778 (37.76%)

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Akron Municipal Court Clerk

Jim Laria: 18,364 (50.84%)

Jeff Fusco:  17,757 (49.16%)

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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)

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And here are the results from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office on Statewide Issues.

 State Issue 1 Rights for Crime Victims
 
YES: 1,790,276 (82.59%)
NO: 377,488 (17.41%)
Total Votes Cast: 2,167,764
 
State Issue 2 To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law
 
YES: 439,546 (20.29%)
NO: 1,726,905 (79.71%)
Total Votes Cast: 2,166,451
 
Thursday, 26 October 2017 14:42

Kindergarten Student Killed in Accident Identified

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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.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:44

Summit Metro Parks Fire Rogue Ranger

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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). 

Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:46

Runaway Boy Found Safe

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Mansfield Police say 16 year old Trenton M. Schoenman,  reported missing earlier today, has been found and is safe.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:40

Police Seek Info On Bar Shooting

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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. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:54

Child Hit, Killed Outside St. Francis De Sales

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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. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 06:40

Endangered Missing Child Alert--CANCELLED

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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.)
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Endangered Missing Child
Advisory
(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
NICKNAME/ALIAS:
DOB: 12/17/2009 7 Yrs old
SEX: Male
RACE: White
HEIGHT: 4'2" WEIGHT: 60 lbs
HAIR: Blonde or Strawberry
EYES: Blue
LAST SEEN DATE: 10/23/2017 12:00 AM
Last seen at residence on Kenyon Drive.

SUSPECT: James Bickel
NICKNAME/ALIAS:
DOB: 8/30/1987 30 Yrs old
SEX: Male
RACE: White
HEIGHT: 5'8" WEIGHT: 135 lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Blue

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. A POSTER AND PHOTO ARE AVAILABLE AT
http://www.mcc.ag.state.oh.us/P2.aspx?PQID=AARYNB
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT TRUMBULL COUNTY E911 CENTER AT (330) 675-2730

Friday, 20 October 2017 08:46

University of Akron Gets $20 Million Donation

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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.

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