Monday, 15 January 2018 11:27

Akron Police Involved in Shootout with Suspect

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Akron Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Waterloo Road Friday night around 11:30 about a man with a gun, inside the home, acting irradically, possibly on drugs, and threatening to shoot someone. 

The female caller, who hasn't been identified, said that Michael Higgins (pictured) was acting crazy and tearing up the home. She could be heard in a recording sent the the WAKR Newsroom by Akron Police yelling at Higgins, telling him to get out of the house. 

When police arrived, Higgins opened fire, to which Akron Police officers returned shots. After the shootout, Higgins reportedly barricaded himself inside the home. Akron SWAT was called, but it is unclear if they were needed, as Higgins gave himself up peacefully shortly after he locked himself inside. 

Higgins was arrested and taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with a minor injury; he reportedly was grazed with a bullet from an Akron Police officer's gun. He's charged with felonious assault on a police officer and more charges are expected. Higgins was booked in Summit County Jail. 

The officers involved in the shootout have been placed on adinistrative leave, per APD protocol. The incident remains under investigaiton. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 11:52

Former Akron Police Chief Nice Charged

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Former Akron Police Chief James Nice has formally been charged after a months-long investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office into his inappropriate behavior while on the job for the City of Akron. 

The charge is Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Police Database, a first-degree misdemeanor. The WAKR Newsroom has attempted to contact Nice's attorney, Henry Hilow. 

Nice, a former FBI Supervisor, was Akron's Police Chief from 2011 up until he abruptly resigned, at the request of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, in August of last year. 

There were also allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer, and accounts of Nice's inappropriate language and conduct in the office, and allegations that Nice attempted to interfere with an investigation into his nephew, Joseph Nice, involving the car dealership he owns in Akron. There is no confirmation on whether or not that investigation is what the charge is stemming from. 

Friday, 12 January 2018 10:49

SCPH Releases Updated Flu Numbers

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Summit County Public Health has released an update on the Flu Status in our area, warning residents the bug has gone widespread.

The Department is reporting 5 deaths in our area; 4 adults, and 1 child.

They're urging everyone to get their flu shot, that there is still time.

Below is the full press release from SCPH: 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Flu Status In Summit County Akron, Ohio – Summit County Public Health (SCPH) warns Summit County residents that the flu is widespread across Ohio as well as 46 other States. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. Summit County has had 5 deaths (4 adults and 1 pediatric) from the flu so far this season; compared to ten adult deaths during the entire flu season last year. The CDC estimates that each year around 36,000 people die from flu.

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses so it is important to know the difference. If you or a family member has a respiratory illness contact your medical provider for evaluation.

It is still not too late to get your flu vaccination. Flu vaccinations are still available at most healthcare providers’ offices and retail pharmacies. There are currently no vaccine shortages in Ohio.

Other ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include washing hands frequently; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues; coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. Persons with flu like symptoms should not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes. For more information on flu please visit www.flu.ohio.gov or www.scphoh.org. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:36

Small Plane Crashes in Wadsworth

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A single engine plane crashed near the Wadsworth Municipal Airport, according to multiple reports.

It happened in the area of Route 57 and Seville Road around 11:30 this morning.

An airport spokesperson tells Channel 3 News that the plane was coming in for a landing, and came in too low, eventually crashing.

No word on how many people were on board or of any injuries at this point. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:04

Former Portage County Employee Sues Sheriff's Office

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A former employee at the Portage County Family and Community Services is suing the deparment, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, and a former Sheriff's Major, claiming she was forced to quit her job after she was sexually harrassed by that major.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Akron, details comments allegedly made by Major Dennis Missimi, who the woman claims asked her to take pictures of herself while she was in the bathroom, among other harrassing comments or actions.

The Akron woman shared an office with the Sheriff's Department between January and May in 2017. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.  

Executive Director of Family and Community Services Mark Frisone told the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, "Obviously, we're going to take this very seriously." 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:21

Renacci Leaves Governors Race for OH Senate Race

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U.S. Representative Jim Renacci is dropping Ohio Governor's Race to challenge Sherrod Brown in the U.S. Senate Race in Ohio.

In a statement released Thursday, Renacci said he attended a meeting at the White House earlier this week, when he was asked to drop out of the Governor's race, and run for U.S. Senate.

The former Republican challenger to Brown, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he is suspending his campaign for the U.S. Senate due to his wife's health. 

Below is the is the official statement from the Renacci Campaign: 

Dear Friends, 

As many of you know, after spending most of my career in the business world, a few years ago I chose to run for Congress because I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington. 

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across Ohio, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.  However, it was sense of duty to restoring effective, conservative leadership to government that drove me into national politics in the first place—and it’s that sense of duty that has guided my approach towards public service ever since. 

And as many of you also know, several months ago, after witnessing years of dysfunction in Washington, I announced my intention to leave the House of Representatives to run for Governor Ohio.  Yet, while I believe as firmly today as I did then that my decades of experience in the business world would deliver needed stewardship to our state, true leadership requires a willingness to always put country first and answer a call to action in service to the nation.

Earlier this week I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House, at which I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump’s agenda by entering Ohio’s 2018 race for the United States Senate.  While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President’s agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America. And for that reason I’ve agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate. The drive to change the status quo is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I have received from Amy Murray, who served as the Lieutenant Governor candidate on our ticket, and who will now serve as the statewide Chair of my campaign for the United States Senate.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state.  I thank you sincerely for your support and please keep an eye out for news coming directly from our Senate campaign, which we are launching today.  It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator.  

-Jim

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:48

Gun Indictments Soar in 2017 Across No. Ohio

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The U.S. Attorney's Office out of Cleveland has released data from 2017 regarding gun indictments, and the report is showing a drastic jump in cases across Northern Ohio. 

In 2017, 202 people across the northern part of the statewere indicted on gun charges. That is an increase from 105 the previous year, and the highest number of indictments since 2013 when there were 207. 

Cleveland lead the way with 116, while Akron was a distant second place, logging 35 gun indictements over the year, followed by Youngstown (27) and Toledo (24). 

The average sentence for a gun sentence in 2017 was 9 years in Northern Ohio, according to the Attorney's Office. 

 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:38

New Court Program To Battle Opiod Addiction

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Summit County Common Pleas Court has partnered with Greenleaf Family Center, to provides addiction and mental health assessments for low-risk criminal offenders, in an effort to steer them into intervention and recovery--instead of jail.

Judge Amy Corrigall Jones explains, ""If you address the underlying issues, albeit drugs and alcohol, mental illness, or intellectual disabilities; ultimately, you're going to reduce recidivism, poor decision making, and reduce crime. In the end, that will save our taxpayers money".

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:36

Medina Issues NEXUS Pipeline Construction Permits

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Medina County has agreed to issue construction permits for the NEXUS natural gas pipeline, in exchange for the pipeline company agreeing to put up $6.5 million dollars in bonds, that will cover the county for road and bridge repairs.

Medina Gazette reporting county officials say they'll only need to dip into that bond fund, if damage caused by heavy pipeline trucks and machinery isn't done within 48 hours of when they're first reported.

Construction on the pipeline, which will run from Ohio up to Canada, hasn't started in Medina County yet, though it has started on a compressor station in Guilford Township.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:34

Fire Destroys Stow Wendy's

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The Stow Fire Department says they still don't know what caused the Wendy's on Graham Road to burn to the ground last night.

Firefighters from Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, and Monroe Falls helped battle the flames for eight hours last night, but were hampered by the cold weather and icy conditions.

No one was hurt, but the building was a total loss.

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