Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/20/2019

:17 - This week marks 30 years of the thing we call the Internet. The panel talked about what radio, or life in general, was like without this device.

12:51 - Happening on Sunday at the Canton Palace Theatre is Love Letters, a play starring I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden and Barney Miller’s Hal Linden. Hal talked to Tony Mazur about the production, as well as his years starring on Barney Miller.

27:28 - Today is the Mayor Dan Horrigan’s State of the City Address, but another community to the west is having theirs tonight, as well. Wadsworth mayor Robin Laubaugh called into the show to go over her city in 2018 and looking ahead to the rest of 2019, which includes a lot of positive development both downtown and elsewhere.

39:47 - One of the baseball dominoes fell on Tuesday, as former Oriole and Dodger Manny Machado heads to San Diego on a 10-year, $300 million deal. How will this change the league? And does this mean the beginning of the end for someone like Francisco Lindor, who’ll garner as much or more cash from a team in two years?

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:53

Update: Wrong Way Drunk Driver Dies

A Canton mother and her two young children were injured when they were hit by a wrong-way, drunk driver on New Year's Eve.

According to reports, the crash happened along US 62 Eastbound between Market and Cleveland Avenue in Canton about 11:35 Monday night.

The other driver, who was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes, was taken to Aultman and then transfered to an Summa Akron City Hospital where he reportedly died Tuesday night. 

He's been identified as Jose Lopez Chavez of Canton. 

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The City of Canton Water Department has issued a public service announcement regarding water quality in Perry Township. 

A large amount of drilling mud that's been dumped into the Beach Street Quarry near the Sugarcreek wellfield, courtesy of the Rover Pipeline. Increased pumped of the Sugarcreek wellfied, the area's primary source of drinking water, has caused a discoloration in that water. 

"That change in pumpage coming from our three different water treatment plants that pump into a common distribution system have stirred up that water in that particular area," Canton Water Department Superintendent Tyler Converse tells 1590 WAKR. He adds, "There was some concern brought up by Ohio EPA that there may be low-level contamination of diesel fuel within that drilling mud." Further testing has deemed the drinking water in Perry Township and the surrounding area safe to drink, and they're hoping that the discoloration issue will be resolved by the end of the month. 

The following is the statement from the City of Canton Water Department: 


CANTON, Ohio – This is a public service announcement from the City of Canton Water Department. As has been reported in the newspapers, a significant quantity of drilling mud was dumped into the Beach Street Quarry, which is located near the City’s Sugarcreek wellfield. This wellfield is one of the main sources of Canton’s drinking water. Rover Pipeline, Ohio EPA, and the City are taking a number of measures to protect our drinking water. Among the precautionary steps Canton is taking is reducing the amount of water we pump from the Sugarcreek wellfield and increasing the amount of water we draw from the Northwest wellfield, measures we intend to continue until the drilling mud has been removed.


The increased pumping at the Northwest wellfield has had the unintended consequence of discoloring the water in an area west of Canton, specifically along Tuscarawas Street West between Whipple Avenue on the east and Perry Drive on the west, and several blocks north and south. The discolored water is due to an increase in the amount of iron sediment. The iron is not coming from the drilling mud and is not a health concern, although it can change the taste and odor of the water and cause staining.


To minimize the undesirable consequences, the City is working on different pumping combinations and has begun hydrant flushing. We are hopeful that the drilling mud will be removed from the quarry in a matter of weeks, at which time we plan to resume normal pumping from the Sugarcreek wellfield. This should resolve the taste, odor, and staining issues currently being experienced by our customers.


Although this situation is temporary, we do understand that it is inconvenient to our residents and want to express our appreciation for your patience.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame announcing some changes to the Hall of Fame Game and weekend, most notably moving the game to Thursday night.

This year it'll be Thursday, August 3rd. Gold Jacket Enshrinement happening Friday the 4th, and Saturday, August 5th, will be the parade and concert.

An enshrinement ceremony for the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also take place Saturday night. 

Read the full press release below: 

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have worked in a spirit of collaboration for the past 53 years as our community celebrates the induction of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This year is no exception, with several schedule changes that will be instituted as part of the continuous effort to maximize the guest and visitor experience.
Notable changes this year include that the Hall of Fame Game will be played for the first time ever on a Thursday night, August 3rd.  Friday, August 4th will feature the annual Fashion Show Luncheon, and the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where the Class of 2017 will receive their Gold Jackets during the nationally televised event.
Saturday, August 5th, will kick off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade and conclude with the Enshrinement Ceremony at newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Fans are in store for another big day on Sunday, August 6th starting with the Enshrinees’ Roundtable and concluding with the third annual Concert for Legends.
The full schedule is below (subject to change as details are confirmed).  Some of the events are ticketed, many are free, and all are guaranteed to be fun.


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:02

Allegiant Moving From CAK To CLE

Allegiant Air has announced that they are moving its services from Akron-Canton Airport to Cleveland Hopkins Airport beginning February of next year. 

The airline says the decision doubles the number of weekly routes out of Northeast Ohio.

Any customers who purchased tickets for flights leaving out of Akron-Canton Airport next year can be re-accommodated from Cleveland Hopkins or receive a full refund.

CAK released this statement following the announcement: 

"We were informed by Allegiant Air that despite great performance at Akron-Canton Airport they will cease service at CAK on February 15, 2017.

Although we hate to lose any airline service, we do not anticipate a significant impact from this announcement as customers have many other exceptional vacation destination options from CAK.

Customers can still very easily and affordably fly to Florida and Myrtle Beach nonstop from CAK aboard Spirit Airlines. Customers looking for great fares, exceptional service and easy connections can also fly American, Delta, Southwest or United from CAK.

Despite this reduction in service, CAK capacity (number of available seats daily) is anticipated to be an increase in the second quarter of 2017 (after service ends) over this year. Customers with Allegiant Air reservations after February 15 should contact the airline directly at or call 1-702-505-8888."

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 21:17

Trump Touts Polls, Blasts Ford In Canton

Donald Trump did something Wednesday that he hasn't been able to do much since the end of the Republican primaries – tout his poll numbers.

Speaking to a crowd of several thousand at the Canton Civic Center, Trump began his remarks with a mention of polls from Bloomberg and CNN/ORC that show Trump leading Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by five points in Ohio. Those numbers are the best Trump has had in Ohio against Clinton in the entire cycle, according to RealClearPolitics.

"There's a movement," Trump said of his chances of winning. "States are in play that no Republican has ever come close to winning."

Discussion of poll numbers has been conspicuously absent from Trump's recent Ohio stops after they were a centerpiece of his rally speeches across the country throughout the primary season.

Trump also blasted Ford, which announced Wednesday that it would be moving small car production to Mexico.

"If you think you're going to make cars and you're going to sell them tax free... Not going to happen that way," Trump said. "We're going to charge you a 35 percent tax on every car that is made outside of the United States."

Trump said car manufacturers and other companies moving from one state to another would be okay, quipping of states like Ohio and Michigan that there's "only so much I can do for you."

Referencing Clinton's battle with pneumonia that has forced to cancel campaign appearances this week, Trump said he wants her better and back on the campaign trail. But he criticized Clinton for the now-infamous "basket of deplorables" line, saying he doesn't see people who support Clinton as deplorable.

"I call people who aren't supporting me American citizens who are entitled to the same respect as everyone else," Trump said. "And I will not stop campaigning for every vote in every American city until November 8."

There was barely any reference made to the child care and family leave plans Trump rolled out Tuesday, but Trump made many mentions of his trip to Flint, Mich. earlier in the day.

Several speakers, including State Rep. Christian Hagan (R-Alliance), Summit County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Matthews, and The Apprentice star Omarosa, preceded Trump on the stage. Outside, a small group of protesters gathered across the Civic Center driveway to demonstrate against Trump.

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Monday, 12 September 2016 09:28

Trump To Campaign In Canton

Donald Trump is bringing is campaign back to Northeast Ohio with an event planned for Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Republican candidate for president is heading back to Ohio after two stops in Northeast Ohio last week. His speaking engagement is at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. 

If you plan on attending the free event, the campaign is asking that you RSVP on the campaign website

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:22

K-9 Jethro's Killer Sentenced To 45 Years

The man who shot and killed Canton police K-9 Jethro has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

The Canton Repository reports Kelontre D. Barefield, 23, accepted the sentence after pleading guilty to the charges in two cases, including the shooting of Jethro.

Barefield shot Jethro three times and exchanged fire with officers during a burglary at a supermarket in southwest Canton earlier this year.

On the web:

Previous Coverage: 

Report: Alleged K9 Killer Indicted

Hearing Set For Man Accused Of Killing Canton K9

VIDEO End Of Watch: Canton Police K9 Jethro

Bond Set at $5 Million For Alleged K9 Killer

AUDIO: Jethro Donations Pour In

UPDATE Canton Police K-9 Jethro Passes Away




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Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:55

Canton Man Struck, Killed By Car

UPDATE: Canton Police say it was a Chevy Impala that struck and killed Christian A. Thornton early Thursday morning and then drove off. They are unsure of the color of the vehicle, but say it was a later model, between 2000 and 2005. They're asking the public's help, along with the help of any body-shop workers in the area. They say the vehicle will likely have damage to the front left end, in the fog lamp area. 


A 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street in Canton early Thursday morning.

State troopers say Christian A. Thornton of Canton was crossing Market Avenue near 30th Street and was struck by a vehicle that left the scene of the crash shortly before 2 a.m. Thornton was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he later died.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (330) 433-6200.

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The man who's accused of killing Canton police K9 officer Jethro appeared in Canton Municipal Court this morning for his arraignment.

A preliminary hearing for Kelontre Barefield has been scheduled for January 22nd at 1:30 p.m. and his bond remains at $5 million.

Barefield is accused of shooting K9 Jethro three times during a burglary at Fisher Foods in Canton last weekend.

Hundreds attended Jethro's funeral service Thursday afternoon.

Previous Coverage: 

VIDEO End Of Watch: Canton Police K9 Jethro

Bond Set at $5 Million For Alleged K9 Killer

AUDIO: Jethro Donations Pour In

UPDATE Canton Police K-9 Jethro Passes Away

Police K-9, Suspect Shot in Canton Burglary


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Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:29

VIDEO End Of Watch: Canton Police K9 Jethro

Jethro was more than just a Canton police K9 officer. He was a man's best friend.

His job was to protect his partner, officer Ryan Davis, and that's exactly what he did. 

Hundreds of police officers, family and friends gathered together at the Canton Civic Center to honor Jethro, who was shot and killed during a burglary last weekend. 

"That's his best friend," said retired Canton police officer Bill Workman. "That's the best partner you'll ever have because he will put his life on the line, just like he did."

At least a hundred people are waiting in line for the funeral of Canton police K9 Jethro.

Posted by 1590 wakr on Thursday, January 14, 2016


"Jethro's legacy is to remind us that bravery and devotion can travel on four legs," said Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei.

Home videos and photos were shared during the funeral service -- featuring Jethro as an officer and friend to many. A short video (below) showed Jethro and two children enjoying a day out, jumping off a platform and into a lake.

Law enforcement from all over the area, including New York police officers and fellow K9 officers, were among hundreds who filled the Canton Civic Center Thursday afternoon. In his final police car ride, dozens of police officers and K9s followed Jethro to honor his service and the legacy he left behind. 

Previous Coverage: 

Bond Set at $5 Million For Alleged K9 Killer

AUDIO: Jethro Donations Pour In

UPDATE Canton Police K-9 Jethro Passes Away

Police K-9, Suspect Shot in Canton Burglary

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Monday, 11 January 2016 12:39

Gas Prices Drop In Akron

Gas prices continue to fall as the new year moves forward. In the past week, gas prices have dropped more than a nickel in the past week in the Akron area, bringing the average price of a gallon of gas to $1.86, according to

And it appears drivers will enjoy the benefits for months to come.

"By and large, at the end of the year, if you were to add up your receipts you'll find that you'll be spending about 10 to 12 cents less a gallon than you were last year." said Senior Petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan.

DeHaan said prices in 2016 are expected to stay under $3 per gallon -- with the exception of areas in the West Coast. Even with possible refinery issues and the switch to "winter-blend," DeHaan doesn't expect the average price of gas to reach above $3.

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Update 2:51 p.m. Law enforcement has captured a man who is accused of fatally shooting his wife at a nursing home in Canton near Meyers Lake.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier says 37-year-old Dragan Sekulic was apprehended on 77 Southbound near Cambridge.

Sekulic is charged with shooting his estranged wife Celjka Sekulic in the parking lot of Astoria Nursing Home on 12th Street NW.

Maier says that Dragan Sekulic had dropped off a rental car at the Akron-Canton Airport, switching to the car that was pulled over by the state trooper near Cambridge.

(Earlier coverage) Deputies with the Stark County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man who is accused of fatally shooting his wife at a nursing home in Canton near Meyers Lake.

Officials confirm that Celjka Sekulic, 37, was shot in the parking lot of Astoria Nursing Home on 12th Street NW.

The suspect has been identified as Dragan Sekulic, 37, the estranged husband of the victim. He fled and was last seen in a white 2016 GMC Terrain with a Kentucky license plate 714VBC. The suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stark COunty Sheriff's Office at (330) 430-3800 or the anonymous tip line at (330) 451-3937.




Posted by Stark County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Monday, 26 October 2015 08:59

Canton Man Shot, Killed In Akron

Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old Canton man over the weekend. 
The medical examiner said Joshua Curtis was reportedly involved in an altercation in a parking lot on Romig Road. He was pronounced dead at Akron General Medical Center at 5:50 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. Further details were not released. 
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