Stanley Ford, the Akron man accused of setting three fires, including two dealy house fires that killed nine people between 2016 and 2017, is guilty on 26 of the 29 charges against him.
The 62-year-old Sherbondy Hill resident was found guilty by a Summit County jury Tuesday all 22 counts of aggravated murder, the most murder charges filed against anyone in Summit County history.
Akron Police accused Ford of setting two house fires on Fultz Street in Akron, just four doors down from one another.
The first fire was set in April 2016 that claimed the lives of Lindell Lewis, 66, and Gloria Hart, 65. One person was able to escape the house fire unharmed.
Nearly one year later, Ford set fire to the second home on Fultz Street, where a family of seven lived. All of the members of that family were killed, including 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, 37-year-old Angela Boggs, 14-year-old Jared Boggs, six-year-old Daisia Huggins, five-year-old Kyle Huggins, three-year-old Alivia Huggins, and 16-month-old Cameron Huggins.
The sentencing phase of the Stanley Ford murder trial begins Monday; he is facing the death penalty.
Customer demand for digital library materials like e-books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines, is sky high because of the pandemic. But, so is their cost, compared to traditional, hard copy library materials.
Listen now to Jeanne Destro's interview with Akron-Summit County Public Library Director, Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, to find out why, how that might affect taxpayers, and what, if anything, you can do about it.
Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library
As Yost explains in this interview with Jeanne Destro, Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen agreed pay a record $808 million dollars to settle litigation alleging illegal practices that led to the Opiod epidemic.
In addition, StubHub agreed to give refunds in cash, instead of just in vouchers for future concerts, to ticket holders who didn't get to see shows cancelled because of the pandemic.
Ohio Attorney Genereal, Dave Yost
Ohio Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Ohio Senate-28) was hoping Ohio's new Ohio voting district map would more accurately reflect Ohioans' voting preferences.
But that didn't happen this week, when the Republican-controlled redistricting redistricting commission voted to approve a new map.
Even though voters approved anti-gerrymandering reforms, and Republicans only outnumber Democrats in Ohio by a slight margin; the new district map is still solidly red. But, because there was no bipartisan consensus on the new map; it will be in effect for four years, instead of ten.
In the meantime, Sykes says legal challenges are already in the works that could keep it from going into effect as it is right now.
Jeanne Destro talked to Sykes about it this morning.
She also talked to 17th District US Congressman Tim Ryan:
State law enforcement officials are joining the Federal government to fight illegal robocalls.
Ohio Attorney General, Dave Yost
ZipDX LLC CEO, David Frankel
It is easy to feel alone, and it is hard to reach out for help, when the one who is supposed to love you most turns out to be threatening, violent, and abusive.
But you're not alone, and there is help right here in Akron, from Community Legal Aid. They can help you get a protection order, file for divorce, keep your home, and protect your children.
Find out how, in Jeanne Destro's interview with Community Legal Aid Communications and Marketing Manager, Jodi Roberts, who is a domestic violence survivor, and Jeanne Charles, who is their Assistance to Victims Project Managing Attorney.
Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples says she thinks the City ought to pay even seasonal and part time employees the new $15 dollar minimum wage recently announced by Mayor Dan Horrigan. (See press release below).
But, when she talked to Jeanne Destro about it on the air this morning; the conversation expanded to include a lot more topics of concern, like blighted neighborhoods, abandoned homes, gun violence, home surveillance cameras, and why it takes so long for the city to fix uneven sidewalks.
Her advice; speak up, talk to City Council, and get your voice heard!
Find out how, listen now.
Tara Samples, press release, Sept. 10, 2021
AKRON, OH -- Today, in response to Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s announcement of new family-freindly benefits for the city’s workforce, Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara L. Mosley Samples released the following statement:
“I commend the Mayor on his Family-Friendly Benefits for the City Workforce and stress the importance of these policies in ensuring local government enables workers to not only survive, but truly thrive in our city. As I’ve listened to workers, I’ve seen firsthand how urgently they need support, which is why I encourage the Mayor to further expand on these policies by enacting additional measures to create the bold, family-friendly agenda Akronites deserve. It is imperative that we as a City and as a Council address the issues in our neighborhoods expeditiously to foster population growth, instead of crime. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Mayor Horrigan, my colleagues in the City Council, advocacy organizations and community leaders to ensure those we serve are best supported within Akron’s communities.”
These new policies enacted by Mayor Horrigan include increasing the COA minimum wage for many COA employees, but does not go so far as to include interns for the COA. Currently, the COA needs to compete with other municipalities in regards to internships.
Councilwoman Mosley Samples, who has been a long-time and vocal advocate for a COA minimum increase, stands with many local leaders, advocacy groups and community members in the belief that in order for Akron to attract new and young talent, we must first start with a livable wage. A foundational principle of this pro-worker agenda is recognizing that policies like $15.00 an hour are the floor not the ceiling with a minimum wage increase having a crucial impact on City employees.
According to the City of Akron’s Department of Human Resources, there are the following number of COA employees:
• Seasonal Employees - 269
• Interns - 6
• P/T Employees - 279
• F/T Employees - 1722
*Numbers and counts are subject to change.
The COA Department of Human Resources 143 COA employees make under $15.00 an hour. The breakdown is as follows:
Amount Number of Employees Type of Job
$7.50 5 Tipped Worker
$10.94 10 Intern
$12.06 105 Recreation Specialists
$12.62 8 College Interns
$12.83 6 Planning Commissioners
$13.10 5 Board of Zoning Appeals Commissioners
$13.17 2 Recreation Leader
$13.75 1 Recreation Leader
$14.35 1 Law Clerk
Further, according to the COA Department of Human Resources, currently 37 City of Akron employees and 12 qualified dependents are taking classes for fall semester 2021 at Stark State College through the COA (City of Akron’s) Workforce Development Program.
This next step is crucial in ensuring that the COA uses the American Rescue Plan dollars in our neighborhoods, which is why Mosley Samples has requested draft legislation that 10% of those ARP dollars be spread equally through the 10 Ward councilmembers. This will allow local leaders to have the resources needed to adequately address the sometimes unnoticed issues that plague constituents in our respective Wards. A few of these urgent issues include: crime, blight, vacant homes, failing sidewalks, nonprofit assistance, small business growth and assistance.