Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:09

Sheriff Investigating Fatal Stark Co. Hit-Skip

Update: Investigators have identified the victim of the fatal hit-skip as 60-year-old Dennis Slaton of Canton. 


The Stark County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Plain Township. 

According to the report, a man's body was found along State Route 62 at Middlebranch Avenue NE in Plain Township around 10 p.m. Tuesday. When Sheriff's Deputies arrived he was confirmed dead on the scene. 

Witnesses say the vehicle that struck the man is a 2011 or 2012 Hyundai Sonata, though the color of the vehicle is unknown. Police say it likely has damage to the front passenger-side bumper and passenger-side mirror. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stark County Sheriff's Office at 330-430-3800. 

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:42

Nearly 1 Million Absentee Requests In Ohio

The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted says nearly one million absentee ballot requests have been sent in to his office as of last Friday, just over a month before the November election. 

In a press release, Husted says approximately 957,260 absentee ballot requests have been sent in. That's over 35,000 more requests than the same time before the 2012 election. 

Husted's office confirms that of those absentee requests, 14,832 are from active military or overseas voters whose ballot request forms were sent out Saturday, September 24. 

As a reminder, all completed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before the election, which is Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and received by the office of the Secretary of State for Ohio within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted. 


Tuesday, 04 October 2016 06:11

Akron Husband Charged In Wife's Overdose

Robert Tepper, 54, of Akron is facing charges that he provided the deadly dose of fentanyl that killed his wife.

Back on April 3, 2016 Tepper called 911 to report his wife, 52-year-old Karen Tepper, was unresponsive in their home on Moon Street in Akron.

EMS arrived and shortly after pronounced Karen Tepper dead on the scene. Robert admitted to buying the drugs and giving them to his wife.

Tepper is charged with involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs; both felonies. 

Monday, 03 October 2016 12:20

LBJ Endorses HRC For President

Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has kept his hat out of the political arena throughout his rise to fame... until now, that is. 

On Saturday, James published an op-ed via the Business Insider website, stating the reasons why he's endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. 

"Only one person running (for president) truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty," James wrote. 

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is steering her campaign through northeast Ohio again on Monday, where she'll speak at an event in Akron. No word on whether or not LeBron will join her. 

Kent State University says it'll be the largest fundraising campaign in its history.
And KSU has its eye on replacing an aging building...the Kent State board of trustees says it supports a new home for the College of Business Administration.
Vice president for institutional advancement Stephen Sokany says the current College of Business Administration building is over 40 years old, and not able to handle growth.
"We have seen the College of Business enrollment grow by about 11 percent in the last five years," Sokany tells WAKR.net. "We are currently teaching classes for our business students in about nine different facilities on the Kent campus."
Sokany says the building would cost about $50 to 60 million.
He wouldn't set a goal for the overall campaign.
The largest campaign was the Centennial Campaign between 2003 and 2012, which raised $265 million.
Friday, 30 September 2016 12:08

APD Looking For Breaking And Entering Suspect

Akron Police are looking for the public's help in identifying the suspect who threw a large rock through the glass door of the Dollar Magic store on E. Tallmadge Avenue back on August 31, 2016. 

Surveillance video (below) shows the man shuffle up to the door with the large rock and then check the door to see if it was actually locked. When he saw that it wasn't, he then threw the rock through the door, ducked inside, and grabbed Lottery tickets. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rhodaback with the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. 


Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:20

Suspected Serial Killer Grate Pleads 'Not Guilty'

The man suspected in the deaths of at least five women and the rape of at least one more has entered a guilty plea in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning. 

Shawn Michael Grate, 40, is accused of killing Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith and kidnapping and raping another woman whose name has not been released. Ashland authorities were alerted to Grate, who had been staying at an abandoned home on Covert Court, when the woman he allegedly kidnapped called police from his cell phone while he slept on September 13. At the home is where they found the bodies of Stanley and Griffith.

According to police, while in custody Grate admitted to killing at least three more women dating back to 2007. He then reportedly lead authorities to a burned out home along State Route 430 in Mansfield where they found the remains of a third, still unidentified victim. 

Grate is scheduled for another hearing on October 31.  


Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:30

Craigslist Sale Turns Into Robbery

Akron Police say a 22-year-old man was robbed of his ID, Social Security card, and $5,000 when a would-be Craigslist sale went awry Monday morning. 

According to the report, the man showed up with cash to a home in the 1500 block of Fairfax Road around 8:30 Monday morning, looking to buy a Harley Davidson Dyna motorcycle he'd seen advertised on Craigslist.com. He was met outside of the home by the purported seller who went by the name "Arwil." The suspect and the victim walked around the side of the home where three other men were waiting, one of whom had a gun. The suspect with the gun then pointed it at the victim and demanded the cash. The suspects fled the scene. 

"Arwil" is described as a black male between 20 and 25-years-old, between 5'10" and 5'11", weighing approximately 130 pounds, with short black hair and a goatee. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black, red, and blue Chicago Bulls shorts. Another suspect, who police say goes by the name "Young Driel," is described as a black male between 20 and 25-years-old, about 5'09" and roughly 200 pounds. The two remaining suspects are said to have been in their early to mid 30

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:54

APD Looking For Felonious Assault Suspect

Akron Police are looking for the public's help in finding the suspect in a shooting near the University of Akron main Campus. 

It happened back on September 7, 2016, in the 200 block of Power St. near Rentschler St. One person was shot. The victim was not a University of Akron student, police say. As you see on the police surveillance video below, three men are shown. All three men were described to police by witnesses, but those witnesses say the man in the blue hooded sweatshirt was the shooter. An alert issued by the University stated that the three men fled the scene in a silver car that went north on Rentschler St.  

Anyone with any information is asked to call Sergeant Forney with the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. The suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous.


Monday, 26 September 2016 11:46

Akron Gas Prices Continue To Fall

Gas prices in Akron, and across the state, continue on their downward trend over the past couple of weeks, falling to a statewide average of $2.08 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to GasBuddy.com. In Akron, the average fell about 4.5 cents to an average of $2.03 per gallon of regular unleaded as of Sunday night, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas stations in Akron. 

Nationally, gas prices have fallen .7 cents over the past week, averaging $2.20 per gallon. 

One year ago, gas prices in Akron were 11.4 cents higher and one month ago were 14.6 cents per gallon higher. According to GasBuddy.com, the national average has decreased one center per gallon during the last month and is currently 8.4 cents lower per gallon than this day one year ago. 

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