Akron Police are looking for help identifying two men accused of stealing a truck from VanDevere Chevrolet on Vernon Odom Boulevard and then using the victim's credit card that was left inside the truck.
The photos below are from the Bell Stores Marathon at 1805 East Market Street on June 21st.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Wind and Solar power development in Ohio is now facing tighter regulation, as Ohio's Republican-controlled legislature this week approved adding an additional layer of government oversight to the site approval process, entirely along party lines. All of the Akron area's Democratic State Representatives, as well as Democratic Senator, Vernon Sykes, voted against it.
Now, County officials will have the opportunity to decide whether or not property owners, many of whom are farmers, will be allowed to install wind and solar production facilities on their land, before their application even gets the the state agency that was created specifically to do that type of work; the Ohio Power Siting Board. As a result; County Commissioners could ban wind or solar projects outright, or limit them to "energy development districts".
That extra layer of regulation, Senate Bill 52, faced a great deal of opposition from groups that are not normally politically aligned, including labor unions, enviornmental groups, farmers, and the business community.
Listen now to hear part of a recent Ohio House Public Utilities Committee hearing on the issue, as well as our interview with Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives, Brian Dicken, who explains why they opposed the bill, which is now on its way to Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, for final approval.
Brian Dicken, Toledo Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives
AKRON, Ohio (June 29, 2021) – Soap Box Derby racing has been halted only twice in its history dating back to 1934: for four years beginning in 1942 during World War II and last year due to a pandemic. Now, as COVID-19 cases dramatically decline following vaccinations and states across the country have rolled back restrictions, communities nationwide are staging local races to qualify participants for the 83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby here on Saturday, July 24.
Using the theme “Back on Track,” Soap Box Derby officials are busily making preparations to welcome more than 300 local racers to Akron’s Derby Down for pre-race activities beginning Tuesday, July 20.
“We are extremely excited to return to racing at Derby Downs as COVID restrictions have been lifted in Ohio and other states,” said Mark Gerberich, president and chief executive officer. “Our priority always has been the health and safety of our racers and their families, volunteers and staff members. With that in mind, our Race Week schedule will focus on providing participants with opportunities to race on the famous Derby Downs track, while limiting events at other venues.”
Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 20 have earned the right to compete in the championship finals here by winning local Soap Box Derby races in their hometowns or by accumulating points in a series of rally competitions held around the United States and Canada since last fall.
On Tuesday, July 20, participants will check in at Derby Downs and make trial runs down the 989-foot Derby Downs track. Contestants will compete in Challenge races on Wednesday and Thursday, July 21 and 22.
On Saturday, July 24, a track parade and opening ceremonies kick off at 8 a.m. and the first heat of the 83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be held at 8:30 a.m. Championship heats will start at approximately 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at the track. Racers will be competing for a share of $36,000 in college scholarships.
Race day tickets are available in advance for $5 at www.tickets.soapboxderby.org.
Akron Police are looking for a suspected burlgar (pictured).
According to a Facebook post to the Akron Police Department page, the suspect is accused of breaking into a home in the 80 block of Jewett Street on June 11th, stealing several items from the home.
Anyone with information or who may recognize the suspect is asked to call Akron Police.
Last night, Akron City Council passed a measure enacting a law that would require Akron Police to release body worn police camera footage within seven days of a deadly use of force incident or one that results in serious bodily harm.
Akron now becomes of the first municipalities in the country requiring such a quick turnaround on the footage from police body cams.
See the full press release from Mayor Dan Horrigan's office below:
(City of Akron) Akron, Ohio, June 29, 2021 – Last night, Akron City Council voted to enact a law that will require the City to release video footage that documents an Akron Police officer’s use of deadly force or force that results in serious bodily injury within 7 days of the incident. The new law puts Akron at the forefront of transparency and accountability related to critical incidents involving citizens and police.
Last summer, the citizen-led Charter Review Commission made several recommendations for changes to Akron’s Charter. One recommendation involved mandating disclosure of certain use-of-force recordings. With the support of Mayor Horrigan and Council President Sommerville, Akron City Council voted to place this proposed Charter amendment before the voters. At the November 2020 election, the Charter Amendment was adopted—receiving approval from 88.8% of Akron voters.
“This ordinance is the result of more than a year of community engagement, research, and preparation,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “Akron is now a leader among peer cities across the country when it comes to public accountability in police use of force cases. This ordinance demonstrates our commitment to being open, transparent and—importantly—consistent.”
The ordinance, available in full here, requires the City to release video of an incident involving a police officer’s use of deadly force against a person or use of force resulting in serious bodily injury to a person. Footage from body worn cameras will be automatically posted to www.akroncops.org within 7 days of the incident. The initial release will include at least three camera angles, assuming multiple devices captured the events. Any and all other footage of the incident will be released on the website within 30 days.
“Thankfully, this kind of force is extremely rare in our community,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “Every incidence of potentially deadly force is an unwelcome and serious event. Releasing this footage will allow the public to see for themselves what occurred, including the moments leading up to the event.”
Videos of the entire use of force event will be made public, with very limited exceptions. “The Charter Review Commission recognized that existing public records laws, controlled by the state of Ohio, left significant discretion and inconsistency in the manner and timing of when these videos were released. Now, these videos will be automatically and promptly released as a matter of local law and policy,” Senior Strategic Counsel Ellen Lander Nischt said. “Footage will only be redacted if mandated by law, including laws protecting the privacy of personal information like social security numbers or nudity, or if a court orders the City to withhold the footage.”
“The voters of Akron made it very clear when they came out to overwhelmingly support this charter amendment that they want an accurate understanding of what happens in these critical incidents,” Council President Margo Sommerville added. “This new law prioritizes the interests of the citizens we all serve. While we hope that these incidents do not occur in our city, we can now be confident that—if they do—information and video will be released to the public quickly.
Fairlawn Gig officials say a grass roots movement including more than 700 emails from their customers, convinced Ohio legislators to restore more than $250 million dollars in state funding for the expansion of high speed broadband into rural areas, and to drop plans to shut down municipal broadband.
Fairlawn Public Service Director, Ernie Staten says it is a big win for the city's municipal broadband service, Fairlawn Gig.
Listen now, to find out why:
Ernie Staten, City of Fairlawn Director of Public Service