Friday, 08 July 2022 06:25

The Soft Scoop 7.8.22

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Listen to this week's Soft Scoop with Lynn Kelly. She'll keep you up to date with concerts and events. Brought to you by Red Wing Shoes.

Friday, 08 July 2022 06:21

Bases & Balls 7.8.22

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Jim Rosenhaus, voice of the Cleveland Guardians, joins Ray every Friday. This week they talked about the injuries of Josh Naylor & Oscar Gonzalez, the rigorous schedule, trade possibilities, and more.

The City of Akron has reinstated the nightly curfew amid ongoing civil unrest in the wake of the Jayland Walker shooting. The move from Mayor Dan Horrigan's office comes just one day after the city lifted the previous curfew and less than 24 hours after protesters once again turned violent Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. 

The following is a press release from the City of Akron regarding the most recent curfew installment: 

(City of Akron) - The City of Akron has issued a curfew for downtown Akron from 10pm-6am which will remain in effect until another order has been issued lifting the curfew. See the full order here. See map of curfew footprint here.

For the purposes of this order, downtown Akron is delineated as follows:

North: SR 59 (Perkins St/MLK Jr. Blvd.)

West: SR 59 (MLK Jr. Blvd.)

South: I-76/I-77

East: SR 8

Those excepted from the curfew restrictions are as follows:

  1. All law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Akron, and the State of Ohio, or individuals otherwise exempt under the law.
  2. Persons traveling directly between their place of work and their residence.
  3. Persons traveling to seek medical care.
  4. Persons fleeing from dangerous circumstances.

Additionally, High St. from Bowery St. to University Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic nightly from 7pm-6am.

Don Padgett III, Executive Director of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, joined Ray to talk about the event that kicked off Thursday.

Thursday, 07 July 2022 06:12

Akron Curfew Lifted, Protests Continue

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Less than 24 hours after Mayor Dan Horrigan lifted the curfew implemented for the Downtown area in the wake of protests that turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning, protests and riots continued in Akron. 

Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, a group of protesters reportedly showed up Downtown outside of the Akron Police Department headquarters on South High Street and then moved outside of Mayor Dan Horrigan's office, eventually moving to outside of the mayor's home. In an interview with the Ray Horner Morning show on Thursday, Mayor Horrigan explained that protesters made threats against him and his family and that one person drove up onto his lawn. 

In total six people were arrested in Akron Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Charges range from rioting to failure to disperse and more, according to the Akron Municipal Court's case search website. The website also revealed that two of those arrested were not from Akron. First, Jacob Blake Sr. was charged with rioting in Akron - he is the father of Jacob Blake who was shot and seriously injured by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. That incident led to rioting in Kenosha. Also arrested Wednesday night was Bianca Austin, the aunt of Breonna Taylor who was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky in 2020.  

The latests arrests come after Mayor Horrigan issued the following statement regarding the curfew and protests: 

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The continuing protests are in response to the Akron Police shooting death of Jayland Walker, whose family has called for peace in the city as the investigation into his death continues. As for reinstating the curfew in Akron, Mayor Horrigan has not yet indicated that he will do so. 

Akron's Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs, Marco Sommerville, joined Ray to talk about the death of Jayland Walker and the ongoing investigation.

Wednesday, 06 July 2022 06:13

Hey Bobby! 7.6.22

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Bobby DiBiasio joined Ray for their weekly chat. This week, they talked about Larry Doby and Bill Veeck. They also talk about their favorite uniforms.

 

The investigation of the police shooting of Jayland Walker continues. Protesters line the streets downtown. Mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, and Akron Police Chief, Steve Mylett, joined Ray to talk about it. There is now a curfew in effect downtown, the Mayor explains why. Mylett talks about deadly force protocol, releasing body camera footage, and more.


Monday, 04 July 2022 13:13

Few Protestors, Calm Downtown Today

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Despite some sporadic violence like window breaking, dumpster fires, and police using tear gas late last night in downtown Akron related to protests against Akron police shooting and killing 25 year old Jayland Walker last week; the scene was calm and very empty just after noon today, when there was supposed to be another protest march.

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People on the scene said they'd heard the marchers had started at Mayor Dan Horrigan's house in Akron's North Hill neighborhood, and that they hadn't shown up in front of the Akron Police headquarters on High Street yet. Fox News is reporting now (as of 2:25 PM) that there is a protest in that location.

it was hot, sunny, and completely still, with the only sign of last night's sporadic violence, being some smashed windows in big city trucks that had been parked across streets to block traffic.

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What made it particularly eerie, was knowing that before this all happened; there were supposed to be thousands of people milling about, munching on award-winning ribs, and enjoying Akron's annual "Rib, White, and Blue" festival.

Now, the streets were just empty, and even tonight's planned fireworks have been cancelled as a 9PM-6AM curfew goes into effect tonight until further notice. The Akron RubberDucks game against Altoona, has been postponed, as well.

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One day after releasing the body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker, the City of Akron has implemented a curfew for the city. 

Protests that remained peaceful in the days leading up to the release of the footage and throughout the day Sunday, July 3rd, turned violent and destructive after dark and into the overnight. Damage to businesses along Main Street downtown has been documented, including several businesses with windows shattered. Akron Police deployed tear gas to disperse a crowd from outside the APD building on South High Street. According to the Akron Municipal Clerk of Courts website, there were dozens of arrests made last night. The charges range from Failure to Disperse to Rioting to Disorderly Conduct and more.  

Monday morning, business owners and volunteers were seen cleaning up shattered glass and other property damage.  

In addition to the curfew, the City of Akron has canceled it's Fourth of July fireworks display downtown, at Paterson Park, and at the Akron Fulton airport. Also, the Akron RubberDucks have rescheduled their game against the Altoona Curve that was supposed to be played at Canal Park. The series with the Curve will continue in Akron on Wednesday, July 6th. Anyone that purchased a ticket to Monday's game can exchange it for any regularly scheduled regular season RubberDucks game. 

The following is a release from the City of Akron regarding the curfew and the cancelation of Monday's fireworks: 

(City of Akron) - The City of Akron has issued a curfew for downtown Akron from 9pm-6am which will remain in effect until another order has been issued lifting the curfew. See the full order here. The fireworks which were scheduled for downtown Akron, the Patterson Park Sports Complex, and the Akron Fulton airport have all been cancelled for tonight.

For the purposes of this order, downtown Akron is delineated as follows:

North: SR 59 (Perkins St/MLK Jr. Blvd.)

West: SR 59 (MLK Jr. Blvd.)

South: I-76/I-77

East: SR 8

See map here.

Those excepted from the curfew restrictions are as follows:

  1. All law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Akron, and the State of Ohio, or individuals otherwise exempt under the law.
  2. Persons traveling directly between their place of work and their residence.
  3. Persons traveling to seek medical care.
  4. Persons fleeing from dangerous circumstances.

Akron METRO RTA is suspending service early on Monday, July 4th in the wake of the curfew. Per a press release Monday, all METRO services will end with the 8 p.m. outbound trips from the Transit Center.  

Statement from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan:

“Early yesterday, we had several peaceful protests in the downtown footprint related to the officer-involved shooting of Jayland Walker. These protests did not escalate to violence and destruction. I want to first thank them. As I stated yesterday, I fully support our residents’ right to peacefully assemble. What we have been calling for since the beginning, and what the Walker family and many community leaders and faith leaders have also urged, is peace. However, as night fell and others began to join, the protests became no longer peaceful. There was significant property damage done to downtown Akron. Small businesses up and down Main St. have had their windows broken. We cannot and will not tolerate the destruction of property or violence. In light of the damage that has occurred and in order to preserve peace in our community, I have declared a state of emergency, implemented a curfew and canceled the fireworks which were scheduled for tonight.”

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