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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the web: www.ohio.com
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
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."
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.
The penalty phase of Kenan Ivery's trial got underway Thursday, with jurors considering whether they'll recommend he lives or dies.
Ivery was found guilty of aggravated murder last week by that same jury, in the killing of off-duty Akron police officer Justin Winebrenner at Papa Don's Pub last November.
Ivery's mother, Cynthia, begged for mercy.
"To have mercy on my child," she implored the jury in emotional testimony, "I cannot handle losing another child."
She told the Winebrenner family that she knows the pain of losing a loved one.
Kenan Ivery is expected to take the stand Friday.
UPDATE 1:38 PM: A manhunt that lasted about eight hours in Green is over, with the arrest of a 16-year old.
According to Summit County sheriff's deputies, the Youngstown boy ran off when deputies pulled over a stolen pick up truck that he and two adults were in.
He wound up in a car with a couple of other teens that led to a chase and when the car was finally pulled over, the young man escaped again.
The sheriff's department says the teen was found in a wooded area just south of Greensburg Road, and threw a stolen handgun before deputies caught up with him near Global Gateway Drive.
Two adults were charged with felony motor vehicle theft - 21 year-old Michael Wilson of Youngstown and 26 year-old Tyler Rogers of Akron. Sheriff's deputies say they threw a loaded, semi-automatic rifle out of the vehicle on Massillon Road while deputies were trying to stop the car.
The Sheriff's office says other charges are pending.
Update 10:38a: The 16-year-old boy is now in custody, according to Summit County Sheriff's deputies.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies are still searching for a 16-year-old boy who reportedly got away from authorities after deputies spotted two men and the teen in a stolen truck in Green overnight.
Deputies tell NewsChannel 5 that all three fled from the truck when deputies attempted a traffic stop. They caught up to the two men, but they're still searching for the Youngstown teen who allegedly got into another car with two other teens and led police on a chase.
The two teens were caught, but -- once again -- the 16-year-old boy got away. He's believed to be armed and in the Greensburg Road area.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
A two-time NBA champion and the wife of the most powerful man in the country sure do know how to make an impact.
Thousands of students involved in LeBron James' "Wheels For Eduction" and "I Promise" programs and their families packed the James A. Rhodes arena on the University of Akron campus Wednesday afternoon to take a pledge to complete their education.
The Cavaliers star, who recently announced that he has partnered with the University of Akron to provide scholarships for students in the LeBron James Family Foundation who graduate high school, wants everyone to get involved with investing in the future of our youth.
"I want each and every one of you, not just the kids, but also the parents and the teachers and the mentors and whoever is around these kids every single day, to understand that we are family and we are going to continue to look after each other on becoming as great as we can be," he said.
LeBron even brought a special guest with him to his hometown . First Lady Michelle Obama told the kids that she and LeBron are no strangers to overcoming obstacles at a young age.
"We were kids just like you, and we didn't come from places where families had a lot of money and a lot of resources," said Obama. "We know how amazing you all are and the things that you can do with your lives because we're standing here, and if we can be here we know you can too."
Obama also illustrated the importance of higher education.
"Imagine yourself succeeding here and walking across the stage and getting your college diploma," she said. "Start envisioning that for yourself now, because you all have to get an education beyond high school. You have to."
A new social media campaign, known as "Better Make Room", was introduced by Obama to allow children to share their dreams and aspirations with others all around the world.
The event concluded with both LeBron and The First Lady reciting the "I Promise Pledge" with the crowd, asking them to accept the challenge to finish school.
When a woman or man is faced with the decision to get a mammogram, the last thing they want to think about is the cost.
It's a problem that Akron General Health System is well aware of and it's why the hospital continues to offer free mammograms to women and men who can't afford one -- through their Muffins For Mammograms program.
"I would have never been able to afford a mammogram. With no insurance, it's quite expensive." said Lisa Neidert.
Neidert received one of the more than 10,000 free mammograms given out since the beginning of Muffins for Mammograms which launched in 1992. The more than 20-year-old program has raised nearly $900,000.
"If they're uninsured, under-insured and they need the mammogram, call us," said Kathy Lukity, RN, at Akron General. " We'll talk to them about getting a physician , because we do like them to have a physician on board in case they need help with the results."
There's no age limit to qualify for the Muffins for Mammograms program, but there are several guidelines that a person should follow including having a written order from a primary care physician. Click here for more details.
"Muffins for Mammograms got me to where I could get treatment, said Neidert. "Without it, I could still be waiting and cancer growing inside of me."
Editor's Note: WAKR's sister station, 94.9 WQMX, held their 16th annual Bosom Buddies event Wednesday, benefiting the Muffins for Mammograms program. Below is a video presented at the program that highlighted the Muffins for Mammograms program at Akron General.