Monday, 26 October 2015 08:59

Canton Man Shot, Killed In Akron

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Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old Canton man over the weekend. 
The medical examiner said Joshua Curtis was reportedly involved in an altercation in a parking lot on Romig Road. He was pronounced dead at Akron General Medical Center at 5:50 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. Further details were not released. 
Sunday, 25 October 2015 18:39

Sipplen Picks Up Portman Pick

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman offered his support for Republican mayoral candidate Eddie Sipplen during his visit to Akron on Saturday.

"I was excited when Eddie agreed to step up and run," Portman said at Sipplen's campaign headquarters on W.Exchange Street.. "I think Akron needs Eddie Sipplen." Senator Portman, as part of his first Super Saturday grassroots campaign event traveled across nearly all of Ohio, in an effort to reach 25,000 voters in one day.

He also gave his thoughts on why he thinks Eddie Sipplen would be the best leader for the city.

"He's a guy with his MBA, his legal degree; he's got great qualifications," Portman said. "He knows how to work across the aisle and work with everybody and that will be great for Akron." With the election less than a couple of weeks away, the two candidates, Sipplen and Dan Horrigan, are ramping up their efforts to convince voters to punch their ticket as the next mayor of the Rubber City. Portman's team assisted Sipplen's campaign Saturday in reaching more than 1,500 voters by going door-to-door and asking for their vote.

Sipplen says his focus is on the people of Akron. "We [he and Portman] talked about the financial aspects of the campaign and he was like look; it's not about the money in the campaign its about what you are going to do for the people. Stay focused on that." Sipplen says his campaign has always been one that wants to talk to voters directly and that involves getting out into the neighborhoods. He says that's what he's always done and it won't change, as the November election approaches. "I'm not taking it for granted," Sipplen said. "I'm knocking on the doors. Every volunteer that's out there knocking on the doors. I'm out knocking with them so they know that I walk the talk."

WAKR contacted Horrigan for comment on this story, but he was unavailable.

The general election to choose the next mayor will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 15:57

Man Shot on Akron's South Side ID'd

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The man shot while riding a bicycle in Akron on Saturday has been identified as 60-year-old Mike Finney, Newschannel 5 reports.

Police said they found the body of Finney on the front lawn of a home in the area of Cole ave and Andrus street.

The cause of death was ruled a homicide.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 19:57

Akron Principal Donate Coats To Area Students, Families

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The coat giveaway at Mason community learning center Saturday was suppose to start at noon, but mother nature had other plans and East Principal Vyrone Finney decided to open the doors at 11:45a.m..

Fifteen minutes later; the coats were gone.

"We actually exceeded are number from last year and we actually have over 500 people here," Finney said. "We ran out of coats to pass out as you can see and alot of people are leaving home empty handed and I'm kind of upset about that."

The coat giveaway was able to provide more than 300 people with coats, Finney said.

Finney started the non-profit orgranization VAF Community Health and Wellness to help kids and families in need. He said its an honor to be able to help people in the community that helped raise him.

"It's a blessing to have an opportunity to give back, be an inspiration, be a role model and to be able to do something positive and productive for the kids."

Akron resident Janessa Jokela was excited to hear about Finney and what he was doing for the community. Jokela said she would have been lost if it wasn't for him and his efforts to donate coats to kids and families in need.

"We were excited because times are tough right now. I'm not working," Jokela said. " I'm glad something like this existed because I don't know what I would have done withoout it."

One of the many reasons Finney decided to help students get winter coats was because he noticed a number of his students wearing thin hoodies walking to school. He knew he had to do something about it.

"This year seeing kids coming to schools with little thin hoodies on, I knew it was a need for some thick coats because in the winter time it gets really really cold." He added, "alot of our kids live more than two miles away from the school, but if you live less than two miles you have to walk to school. If you live more than two miles, you have to ride the bus unless you are in high school; those kids just have to walk to school regardless."

Kimberly Mcintyre has four kids and was one of the many that came to the event unable to receive a coat. Mcintyre said although she's disappointed, people did leave the event happy and that's what she cares about.

"It was a good idea and he should continue having it," Mcintyre said. "Just because a couple of people are disappointed. A lot of people aren't. A lot of people can have clothes for their kids and that's the main thing."

Jokela says she thinks Finney is a great man and glad he did this for the community

"He is an amazing person and I am going to pray that God blesses him," Jokela said. "Something like this is huge and it does a lot for a lot of families. It's great and we appreciate him for it."

Finney and his non-profit will hold another coat giveway at Balch Street Fitness Center on November 14th.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 16:08

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting On Akron's South Side

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An Akron man was found dead early Saturday morning in front of a home on Akron's South side.

The 60 year-old male appeared to be riding a bicycle, while he was shot in the area of Cole Avenue and Andrus Street.

No information on a suspect is available at this time.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autospy later today.

The victim's name is being withheld until officials positively ID the victim and notifies the family.

Anyone with information is ssdked to contact tghe Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330)-375-2490.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:30

Search Warrant Leads To 2 Arrests In Barberton

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A pair of Barberton residents were arrested after police and the SWAT team conducted a search warrant at a 17th Street home Thursday afternoon.

Police said they found several stolen items from businesses and residences inside the home in the 200 block of 17th Street around 5 p.m.

Travis J. Cunningham, 30, of 8th Street, was arrested on a warrant for breaking and entering. Kenneth L. Tippel II, 30, of 17th Street, was arrested during a traffic stop on a warrant for receiving stolen property.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:14

Donations Drop At UA

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Donations at University of Akron have dropped more than 40 percent after the university announced a list of budget cuts this past summer.

University officials tell the Beacon Journal that's it's not a sign of unhappy donors, but a timing issue.

The amount of donations between July and August dropped to $1.85 million from $3.19 million last year.

Some donors tell the newspaper that they have decided to hold off on giving any gifts because they're not happy with the direction the university is headed.

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Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:11

High School Football Scores

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HIgh School Football Scores - Friday, Oct. 23

Archbishop Hoban 49 - Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 10

Buchtel 55 - North 8

Canton McKinley 28 - Green 27

Carrollton 27, Canton South 16

Copley 56 - Kent Roosevelt 35

Coventry 47 - Springfield 21

Ellet 26 - Firestone 7

Euclid 35 - Medina 27

Fairless 47 - CVCA 20

Field 35 - Cloverleaf 13

GlenOak 42 - North Canton Hoover 17

Highland 24 - Barberton 12

Hudson 30 - Wadsworth 6

Lake 14 - Canton Central Catholic 7

Manchester 28 - Tuslaw 20

Mentor 20 - Brunswick 10

Mogadore 55 - Waterloo 0

Nordonia 49 - Twinsburg 21

North Royalton 37 - Cuyahoga Falls 0

Perry 35 - Jackson 0

St. Vincent-St. Mary 56 - Massillon 31

Streetsboro 21 - Ravenna 9

Stow 37 - Brecksville 28

Tallmadge 34 - Revere 19

Woodridge 45 - Norton 7


Saturday at 2 PM: East vs. Garfield at Buchtel


Friday, 23 October 2015 13:09

UPDATE Jury Recommends Life In Prison Without Parole

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UPDATE 9 PM: The jury has recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for Kenan Ivery, the man convicted of killing Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner. Summit County Judge Alison McCarty is scheduled to sentence Ivery on Nov. 3.


UPDATE 3:30 PM: After closing statements by the prosecution and defense, and jury instructions, the jurors are set to deliberate the penalty recommendation for convicted cop killer Kenan Ivery.

Judge Alison McCarty told the jurors they should deliberate as long as possible Friday night, before resuming deliberations on Saturday morning.

She did not give a timetable, but evening deliberations could last until 9 PM.


The convicted killer of an off-duty Akron police officer spoke briefly in the sentencing phase of his trial on Friday.

WKYC Channel 3 reports that Ivery offered an apology to Justin Winebrenner's family and friends, and offered condolences to them. He says he wanted to do so earlier, but was advised against that by his attorneys.

He said he "knows the pain and hurt" of losing a loved one, after the 2011 death of his brother.

The same jurors who found Ivery guilty of aggravated murder in Winebrenner's death at Papa Don's Pub last November now must recommend his fate - the death penalty or life in prison with or without parole are on the table.

Their deliberations could start as soon as this afternoon.

(Ivery's statement, courtesy WKYC Channel 3) "I would like to apologize to the Winebrenner family and friends. This is something I've been wanting to say since the situation first happened and my lawyers told me it wasn't appropriate at the time. My condolences go out to you guys. My family feels the same way. This is coming from my heart. In 2011, I lost a brother, so I know the pain and the hurt that you're going through right now and I pray that God would touch your hearts to help you get through this tragedy."

Friday, 23 October 2015 08:24

Fatal Crash Under Investigation

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The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office and Akron police are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Akron Thursday afternoon.

The Medical Examiner's office reports the crash happened at the intersection of Russell and East Avenue around 4 p.m.

The vehicle reportedly crossed the intersection at East Avenue and went airborne, crossed over the center lane and struck a vehicle, utility pole, and then another vehicle.

The driver was ejected from the car and was later pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the victim has yet to be released. 

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