Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:18

eBay Further Investing in Akron

Back in January Mayor Horrigan, along with other local officials and representatives from eBay, announced that Akron was part of the online retailers "Retail Revival" initiative, offering website maintanence and other services through the ebay.com platform for local entrepreneurs. 

Fast forward 8 months later and eBay's back in town, announcing Thursday the eBay@Home initiative, which brings with it 40 new full-time, work-from-home, customer service positions to Akron, part of a global launch to add to the online marketer's workforce. Akron, along with Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas, are the only three U.S. cities taking part. 

So far, eBay has filled half of the positions, after receiving more than 1,300 applications, according to a press release from Paul Gazeley (pictured), the head of eBay's North American customer service operations. 

"We need a talented market, outside of Silicon Valley and other tech hubs that we have, that offers the most opportunity to our customers; and we wanted to continue to revitalize local economies," Gazeley said. "Taking all of this into account, we chose Akron." 


Monday, 17 September 2018 11:57

Bond Set at $2M in Ex-Girlfriend Slaying

Bond has been set for David Callaghan who is charged in the murder of his ex-girlfriend whose body was found in a shallow grave in his Crouse Street home over the weekend.

During an initial appearance, that lasted just a couple of minutes in Akron Municipal Court via a live video feed from the Summit County Jail, Judge Annalisa Williams put the bond at $2 Million. 


Robin Freitag had been missing since July. Police say she was killed August 6th, and that's when Callaghan buried her body. Local authorities dug up her remains Friday in the back yard of the home at 606 Crouse Street. 

Judge Williams announced that she would appoint an attorney for Callaghan. 

Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:18

Akron Shooter Sentence to 7 Years

Albert Wade, 46, of Akron was sentenced to 7 years in prison on Thursday in connection to a shooting outside of an Akron convenience store that left a man wounded back in May.

Court records show that on May 14th, Wade was approached by a man who was asking for money. The two argued, Wade went to his car, came back with a gun, and shot the man.

Wade pleaded guilty and was sentenced immediately by Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Croce.

See the full press release from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh below: 

AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, September 12, 2018) – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Albert Wade, 46, of Charles Street in Akron, pled guilty to shooting another man who was standing outside an Akron convenience store. 

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Croce immediately sentenced Wade to seven years in prison. 

Wade pled guilty to the following charges:

  • Felonious Assault with a Firearm Specification – a felony of the 2nd degree
  • Having Weapons Under Disability – a felony of the 3rd degree

On May 14, 2018, Wade was approached by a man asking for money outside a convenience store on East Exchange Street in Akron. The two began to argue. Wade went to his vehicle, then went back to the man and shot him. The victim, a 49-year-old Akron man, was shot in the shoulder and survived.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:47

NEO Red Cross Sending Relief to Carolinas

Update from the Red Cross Northeast Ohio Division: 

The American Red Cross is preparing to assist up to 100,000 people in North and South Carolina and Virginia as Hurricane Florence nears the east coast.

More than 1,600 people spent the night Tuesday in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina and North Carolina.

More than 1,500 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, including 16 from Northeast Ohio. 14 of the Northeast Ohio workers are volunteers. Most are shelter workers.

Additional Red Cross volunteers from Northeast Ohio are standing by, waiting to be assigned to the disaster relief operation.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit redcross.org/neo, and click the volunteer tab.


Northeast Ohio American Red Cross volunteers are heading to North Carolina ahead of what could be one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the Carolinas.

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour, with gusts registering up to 140 mph. 

The National Hurricane Center out of Miami has issued Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Tuesday for the entire East Coast of the Unitest States, as Florence continues on a crash course with North Carolina. The storm is expected to make landfall, as a Category 4 Hurricane some time Thursday night into Friday morning. More than 1,000,000 residents of the East Coast have been told to evacuate. 

Meanwhile, relief efforts are ramping up. Jim McIntyre with the American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Region, tells our WAKR Newsroom that a group of 9 volunteers are on their way, as of Tuesday afternoon, to North Carolina. "Most volunteers are told to be prepared to be deployed for up to two weeks," McIntyre said, "in order to help provide continuity for the residents who are displaced and may have to hunker down in a shelter." 

As with any storm or natural disaster, a lot of uncertainty as to the exact path Florence will take, but McIntyre says that's what the Red Cross prepares for: "What we're trying to is to be prepared for any eventuality; and our volunteers are trained to be flexible, to fulfill the mission they've signed up for, but also to know that they may be called to do something that they didn't sign up to do." 

Click here to find out more how you can help the American Red Cross. 

Update: The Amber Alert issued by the Cleveland Police Department for two missing Cleveland children has been canceled and the children are reportedly safe. 

The kids' mother is in custody, reports say. 


An Amber Alert has been issued by the Cleveland Police Department statewide.

Information as of: September 11, 2018 at 5:03 AM

Be on the lookout for an abducted child. On September 10, 2018 at 8:02 PM, Children were taken by their mother after she reportedly killed the father of the two children. She is currently armed and there is no vehicle.

AmberAlert 1

The incident took place in Cuyahoga County, OH on 943 Alhambra Avenue in the city of Cleveland 44110.

There are 2 victims:

Child #1's name is Anijah Kelley and the individual is missing. The child is a Black female, age 4, is 3'00 tall, weighs 40 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. 

Child #2's name is Armani Kelley and the individual is missing. The child is a Black male, age 7, is 4'00 tall, weighs 60 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. 

The suspect's name is Arriel Rose Bryant. The suspect is a Black female, age 28, is 5'3 tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Suspect is currently armed.

The vehicle involved is a No Vehicle. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the child, the suspect or the vehicle. You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Ohio Amber Alert website at: http://OhioAmberPlan.org

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Monday, 10 September 2018 12:31

Akron Man Admits to Killing Girlfriend

Akron Police have arrested 35-year-old Jordan DeHaven for killing his girlfriend. 

According to the report, Amy Rowan, 41, was reported missing by her mother, whom she lived with on Darrow Road, Friday evening around 6:30. Initially, after APD had contacted DeHaven, he denied knowing anything about it. Later Friday, around 9:30 p.m., police went to DeHaven's home on Tompkins Avenue and asked if they could search the property. DeHaven reportedly consented and then confessed to stabbing Rowan to death and hiding her body in his basement. 

Police in fact found Rowan's body wrapped in a blanket in the basement. During their search they also found the murder weapon, a knife. 

The Summit County Coroner had scheduled an autopsy for Monday and DeHaven's been booked in Summit County Jail on aggravated murder charges. 

Monday, 10 September 2018 12:14

Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree is Back

This year marks the 55th annual Summit County Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree, and with that marks the longest running event of its kind in the U.S. 

"We have about 12,000 or more complete the spree each year," Lindsey Smith, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Parks system tells our newsroom, making it also the most successful parks hiking event across the U.S. as well. 

Smith says the best part about the Hiking Spree for the Metro Parks is the "generational continuity," as she put it, where family members who hiked the trails back in the 60's or 70's are sharing their experiences, even hitting the trails with younger generations. 

It's easy to sign up at SummitMetroParks.org and Smith says it's on the honor system, so you can document your own hikes for both bragging rights and even prizes. 

The event runs now through November 30th. 

Friday, 07 September 2018 11:00

DeWine, Cordray Release Debate Schedule

In a joint press release on Friday, the Cordray and DeWine campaigns announced a three-debate schedule leading up to the November Election. 

The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, September 19 at the University of Dayton; Monday, October 1 at Marietta College; and finally Monday, October 8, at Cleveland State University. 

Both Richard Cordray (D) and Mike DeWine (R) had previously refused to debate their Primary Election opponents. 

See the full press release below: 


Campaigns have agreed to three gubernatorial debates COLUMBUS– Today (Friday, September 7), the campaigns of Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine announced that they have reached agreement on three campaign debates for the fall. Media partners and additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Location: University of Dayton

Monday, October 1, 2018 Location: Marietta College

Monday, October 8, 2018 Location: Cleveland State University

* Hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission *

"We are excited for Ohioans to see up close why Rich Cordray is the clear choice to lead this state," said Michael Halle, campaign manager for Richard Cordray. "Rich has always stood up for working people in Ohio, and he is eager to discuss his vision to put money back in the pockets of middle class families and protect Ohioans’ access to quality, affordable health care.”

“I am glad we were able to agree on this series of debates ahead of the election,” said Dave Luketic, campaign manager for Mike DeWine. “Mike DeWine looks forward to discussing his innovative ideas to strengthen Ohio’s workforce, provide a world-class education for our kids, and deliver more opportunity for every Ohioan.” 

Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:45

New Life in 90's Cold Cold

Deputies from Portage County and Geauga County Sheriff's Offices, along with Ohio BCI, were searching the property of a Hiram man, in connection to a missing persons case from the early 90's.

According to the Record Courier, the warrant was executed at the property of Glenn Roger Shoemaker, on Winchell Road. His father, Melvin Shoemaker, a millionaire, went missing in 1994 when he was 71-years-old, and hasn't been heard from since.

The elder Shoemaker's wife, Florence, went missing in 2003 from Ravenna.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:47

Akron's Primary Move in the Hands of the Voters

Akron voters will decide in November whether or not the city's primary election will be held in September, as it has been, or move to May, as the Mayor's Office is proposing.

City Council held a special meeting Tuesday, approving the ballot measure, after the Board of Elections verified more than 6,100 signatures that Mayor Dan Horrigan's Office collected. The Mayor's efforts exceeded the requirement per the Board of Election, as he actually collected nearly 9,200, and only needed a little more than 4,200 valid, Akron resident's signatures.

See the full press release from the City of Akron below: 

Akron, Ohio, September 5, 2018  A ballot measure to move the local primary election from September to May—to better comply with state law regarding overseas and military ballots, increase voter turnout and save taxpayer money—will come before Akron voters this November. More than 6,100 Akron voters signed petitions submitted to Council, requesting the opportunity to vote on the issue. The grassroots petition effort spearheaded by Mayor Horrigan, Council President Sommerville and Vice President Fusco well exceeded the number of signatures required to place the issue on the ballot. Council approved the petition-initiated measure at a special meeting held yesterday evening. 

The May primary proposal was first announced in early July as a joint effort by several Summit County communities that currently hold primaries in September. September primaries, which predate early voting laws, now conflict with state law intended to ensure overseas voters, including active duty military, can participate fully in local elections. This change would provide ample time for the Board of Elections to certify results before the general election. For Akron, a May primary would save taxpayers more than $80,000 each election and could increase voter turnout by about 46%. Cities in 85 out of 88 Ohio counties and the State of Ohio already hold primaries in May.

A majority of Akron City Council supported the ballot measure. However, five Council members (Sims, Omobien, Neal, Kilby, and Milkovich) opposed placing the issue before Akron voters. Therefore, the petition process was initiated and successfully completed to enable Akron voters to decide when their local primary should be held. Pleased with an efficient and effective petition drive, Mayor Horrigan added, “This is democracy at work. City and Council leadership felt strongly that this is exactly the type of issue that should be put before voters. Our petition signers agreed, and helped us put this common-sense measure where it belongs, which is on the ballot.”

More information about the May primary proposal is available here. The ballot measure will be assigned an issue number by the Board of Elections next week. It will be presented to Akron voters on the upcoming November ballot as provided below:

Shall Section 4 of the Charter of the City of Akron be amended to move the primary election date for municipal elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May consistent with the primary election date established by state law?




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