Friday, 10 September 2021 04:19

Falls Police, FBI Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect

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(Cuyahoga Falls Police Facebook) -- At approximately 11:20 AM, a woman entered the Huntington Bank located at 2303 2nd Street in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. When she approached the teller counter, she showed the teller a note demanding money. She was last seen leaving the area on foot. She is further described as a black female, between 5'3" and 5'5" tall.

Anyone with information regarding identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Akron Resident Agency at 330-535-6156, or the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-971-8333.
There is a reward available for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Anonymous information can be left at 330-971-TIPS.

The City of Akron could provide doorbell security cameras for residents in high crime areas sometime soon. That word from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today, though he says they're still working out details of a plan that's been in the works since last year.

Jeanne Destro also asked whether him whether or not the city will mandate COVID vaccinations for employees, and how a couple of big housing projects planned for the city's West side are coming along. 

Thursday, 09 September 2021 10:09

Akron's Five Point Plan to Reduce Violence

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(City of Akron) Akron, Ohio, September 9, 2021 — Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released a Five Point Framework for Community Violence Reduction in Akron.  The Framework is designed to communicate the City’s broad work in the area of violence reduction, identify key partners in these varied and ongoing efforts, and inspire further community conversation. Importantly, this Framework paves the way for the Mayor’s allotment of $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward youth and community violence prevention. 

“The rising level of gun violence we have witnessed over the past year is tragic and unacceptable.  Too many lives have been lost and too many families and communities left in grief and fear.  As City leaders, reducing violent crime is our top priority.  It will take a whole-of-Akron approach to truly make a difference and reduce gun violence, long-term," said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. "We will work with the community to address the root causes of violence, including unmet mental health needs and underfunded recreational and mentoring resources.  We will also work across the criminal justice system to identify gaps, target enforcement to known hot spots and dangerous offenders, and advocate for state and federal policy that supports a safer Akron.” 

“Violence prevention is not a one-strategy-fits-all issue,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “It is an exceedingly complex problem that require diverse, coordinated, robust strategies that are people-centered and community driven.  Parents, pastors, law enforcement officers, teachers, employers, elected officials, social service providers, coaches, judges, and community leaders—we all have a part to play.  Akron is known for its strength at coordination and ability to rally around shared goals.  Nothing is more important than breaking the cycle of loss, trauma, fear, and disinvestment that gun violence inflicts on our community.  I hope this Framework helps us organize our collective work going forward.  It is a living document, and I look forward to inspiring ongoing community conversation on ways to build on these strategies and approaches, as we begin to invest millions of federal dollars into effective violence prevention strategies across Akron.”

The 5 point Framework builds on the work of the Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce first convened in 2016 and will focus on these key pillars: Prevention, Intervention & Support, Enforcement, Partnership & Advocacy, and Community Accountability.

  • Prevention: Stop violence before it starts by providing community members with stable neighborhoods, healthy recreational opportunities, and economic hope.
  • Intervention & Support: Intervening in the lives of at risk individuals, reducing overall community violence.
  • Enforcement: Police and Judicial partners are essential to keeping dangerous offenders out of our neighborhoods and cutting off networks of illegal guns, drugs, and violence.
  • Partnership & Advocacy: Strong partnerships, effective legislation, and state and national policy around reducing violence will be necessary to have long lasting impacts on violence.
  • Community Accountability:  Empowering neighborhoods and stakeholders to take ownership of the problem and the solutions.
Wednesday, 08 September 2021 15:49

New Texas Abortion Law: Could It Happen Here?

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Texas just passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which outlaws the procedure even in cases of rape and incest, unless it takes place within the first six weeks.

What is more stunning though, is that the US Supreme Court let it go into effect, despite Constitutional protection provided through the much disputed, but still in force, Roe v. Wade decision which affirms a woman's right to choose. In addition, the new Texas "Heartbeat Bill" it takes enforcement of the statute out of the hands of the state, and allows private citizens to seeek monetary damages from abortion providers, and anyone who helps a woman get an abortion. 

Since Ohio's majority Republican legislature has tried a number of times to restrict abortion access, failing either at the Governor's office, or in the courts; this is a legal tactic sure to garner some interest in the Ohio Statehouse.

But, though Texas' action is unusual, and could portend some great changes on the national level; it has not yet actually been argued in the US Supreme Court. Instead, the high court allowed it to go into effect without objection, through what's known as the "Shadow Docket".

So, what does that mean?

Listen now, as Jeanne Destro tries to untangle all the complicated legal issues with local attorney, and former University of Akron Law Professor, J. Dean Carro.

Following a Labor Day weekend where many Americans had cookouts and gatherings, the threat of COVID-19 is still out there. The transmissibility of the Delta variant is happening with younger Americans, too.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she talked to WAKR's Jeanne Destro about everything under the COVID-19 umbrella, from who is getting affected by the Delta variant to the incentives for those getting the vaccine
to how improved the testing has been the last year and a half.

Friday, 03 September 2021 08:24

Bases & Balls with Jim Rosenhaus - 9/3/2021

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Time now for Bases & Balls, a weekly segment with WAKR's Ray Horner and Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus!

Today, Rosey and Ray talked about their favorite broadcasters, Jim's early days in calling games, his favorite stadiums to broadcast from, and the injuries to the catching position.

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Friday, 03 September 2021 07:46

Tim Dimoff Makes Sense of Texas Gun Laws

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News out of Texas has been kind this week for those on the conservative end of the political spectrum. The Heartbeat Bill went through, which bans abortions as early as six weeks, and now new gun laws allow for Texans to open carry without a permit.

Tim Dimoff is the president and CEO of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, and he made sense of what these gun laws are designed to do in Texas. He also answered if these laws could come to other states such as Ohio, and he touched on the topic of gun violence, which has greatly increased the last couple of years.

As the US deals with the tumultuous end of the war in Afghanistan, preparations are underway for defeating our enmies on two entirely different battlefields; cyberspace, and outer space, and they're taking place in Mansfield, Ohio.

Find out how and why, with Major General John C. Harris, who, as Ohio's 83rd Adjutant General; commands several branches of the US military in Ohio, including the Air National Guard. 

We're also talking to University of Akron Computer Science Professor, Dr. John Nicholas, who is actively involved in training the next generation of cyber warriors, as well as Incident Response Lead, Tyler Hudak from Akron area-based Information Security Consulting firm, TrustedSec, on the role private sector companies play in keeping their systems and customer data safe from cyber attacks.

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Ohio's 83rd Adjutant General, Major General John C. Harris


Dr. John NIcholas, University of Akron

Tyler Hudak

Tyler Hudak, Incident Response Lead, TrustedSec

Thursday, 02 September 2021 07:15

To Mask or Not to Mask: School Superintendents Speak Out

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The school year is a couple of weeks old, and unlike the 2020-2021 year, there are not statewide mask mandates, restrictions, and remote or hybrid learning in place. It has been up to each superintendent of one's district, along with the school boards, to make those decisions. Just this week, Walsh Jesuit, Manchester, Stow-Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, Tallmadge, and Wadsworth implemented mandatory masking in their districts. Andy Hill is the superintendent of Wadsworth schools, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the outbreak of COVID-19 in his district and the decision to mask the students and faculty.
Coventry schools also had an outbreak this week, and superintendent George Fisk talked about their policy.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 07:00

Hey Bobby! - 9/1/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

Today, Bobby and Ray talked about the impact of Frank Robinson on the team and baseball in general, what it's like to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and how Terry Francona has been.

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