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.

Friday, 13 October 2017 09:37

UPDATE: Summa St. Thomas Still Closed

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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.

Thank you

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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. 

 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:43

APD Looking for Robbery Suspect

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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. 

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