Medical Marijuana passed as state law and officially went effective on September 8th of this year. While the state still has a lot of work to do as far as securing approval for licenses to prescribe marijuana as medication and permits for dispensaries, the city of Akron says it needs more time to get the law straight.
On Monday night, Akron City Council approved a year-long moratorium on the state Medical Marijuana law. Councilman Jeff Fusco says the timetable is flexible, but the council believes more time is needed to see how Akron will take part in the statewide law. Fusco says the moratorium will give the city a chance to figure out "what's best for Akron in terms of the grow operations, processing, (and) dispensing of medical marijuana" within the city.
Hear the entire interview from the Ray Horner Morning Show by clicking the player below:
Guilty pleas across the board now for the four adults who's heroin habits helped kill a 16-year old ini a Green hotel room back in April. Andrew Frye died of an overdose watched by his mother Heather, grandmother Brenda and family friend Jessica Irons. Now 59-year old Donald Callahan pleads guilty to posession of heroin, the fatal dose. He was supposed to go on trial today. He'll be sentenced in October.
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(Summit Prosecutor's Office) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Donald Callaghan, 59, of Neville Avenue in Akron, pled guilty to possession of heroin. Callaghan's girlfriend, 52-year-old Brenda Frye, sold heroin belonging to Callaghan to her daughter Heather. Heather Frye's 16-year-old son Andrew died after ingesting the heroin.
Callaghan pled guilty as indicted to the following charge:
Possession of Heroin – a felony of the 5th degree
On August 31, 2016, Brenda Frye, Heather Frye, and Jessica Irons all pled guilty to various charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of Andrew Frye.
On April 6, 2016, 16-year-old Andrew Frye was found dead at a hotel room in Green, Ohio. The Summit County Medical Examiner determined the teen died from injecting heroin. Investigators discovered Frye's mother Heather, her friend Jessica Irons, and Heather Frye's mother Brenda Frye (Andrew's Grandmother) were all in the hotel room prior to Andrew's death. As part of their investigation, Summit County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the heroin Andrew used was obtained by Brenda Frye from her boyfriend Donald Callaghan. Brenda sold the heroin to Andrew's mother Heather while Andrew was present.
Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan is scheduled to sentence Callaghan on October 26, 2016 at 1pm.
story updated 1:34 p.m.
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.
Akron Civic Theatre undergoing more renovations, after about $20 million worth more than a decade ago. Executive Director of the theatre, Howard Parr, says the upcoming renovations are going to be a on a smaller scale, but are all part of making the Civic a premier concert venue in Akron. The total cost, Parr says, will be around $600,000, the majority of which will be coming from an Ohio capital grant and the rest from the county.
Some of the renovations time around include interior electical work in the Grand Lobby. Parr says they'll be taking down all 7 of the chandeliers inside, shipping them out, and having them restored.
The project has already begun and is expected to last three or four months. Parr says that it'll be business as usual during the current renovations, and great acts will continue to come to the Akron Civic Theatre.
Hear the entire interview with Howard Parr from the Ray Horner Morning Show below:
William Jobe, 29, was sentenced to five years in prison today Summit County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty back in August to a second degree felony charge of Endangering Children.
In August of 2015, Jobe violently shook his girlfriend's 8-month-old child, temporarily paralyzing the baby. He was the only one home at the time of the incident, called 9-1-1 and admitted to shaking the child during an interview with police.
The baby suffered severe brain injuries, and according to the prosecutor's office has a lengthy recovery.
Below is the press release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office:
AKRON, Ohio () – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher sentenced William Jobe, 29, of Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls, to five years in prison for violently shaking his girlfriend’s baby.
On August 4, 2016, Jobe pled guilty to the following charge:
According to Cuyahoga Falls police, emergency crews responded to the Second Street home on August 19, 2015 after a call to 9-1-1 to report an 8-month-old who was having difficulty breathing. The 8-month-old was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. During a police interview, Jobe, who was the live-in boyfriend of the baby’s mother and was home alone at the time of the incident, admitted to shaking the infant. The shaking was so severe, the infant suffered temporary paralysis.
Brown Mackie College's Akron campus, located 755 White Pond Drive in Akron, will close for good on October 31 of this year. The announcement coming after Brown Mackie's parent company, Education Management Corp., settled a class action lawsuit in 39 states. The lawsuit claimed the career-college was misleading students with the graduation rates they were providing new enrollees and the number of transferable credits they were telling students they'd acquire. Per the lawsuit, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company is required to pay back roughly $10 million in student loans.
A report says that the college issued a statement to current students saying that they would be able to transfer to the Jackson Township campus at 4300 Munson Street NW, but that has not been confirmed.
The Brown Mackie announcement comes amid a tumultuous time for career-colleges, as ITT Technical Institute has announced that it will not be accepting new student enrollments at their campuses across the U.S. This after the U.S. Department of Education handed down a number of sanctions against the college. The basis for the majority of those sanctions were in that the college was accepting millions of dollars in federal grant money and loans while not providing adequate job-training for students. Furthermore, the school was told that it cannot accept enrollment from students who were planning on using federal financial aid. In 2015, ITT TEch. received an estimated $580 million in federal funding.
ITT Tech., has nine Ohio campuses, including one in Akron on W. Market St.
With Labor Day typically marking the kickoff to the Fall campaign, both major party candidates for president will be laboring on the campaign trail with stops in Northeast Ohio on Monday.
First, Donald Trump's campaign is set for a morning meeting with Labor Union leaders in Cleveland, followed by a campaign stop at the Canfield Fair in Youngstown at some point in the afternoon. Trump will be joined by his running mate Mike Pence at both events.
Hillary Clinton's Campaign, meanwhile, is scheduled for a Labor Day afternoon event in Cleveland. The 11th Congressional District Community Caucus kicks off at 10 a.m., and she is expected to speak with her Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, at about 2 p.m. at the Kids Village and Senior Pavillion at Luke Easter Park on Kinsman Rd.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is boasting a new commercial campaign that will run during games throughout the 2016 NCAA college football season.
It's been dubbed "Blimpworthy" and features the voice OF the Goodyear Blimp. The commercial chronicles the storied 60-plus-year career of the Goodyear blimp, recapping some of college footballs most celebrated moments.
Read more about the new ad campaign from Cleveland.com, and watch the commercial below:
On Wednesday, as part of International Overdose Awareness Day, Summit County Public Health hosted a press conference to announce the donation of 40,000 "pill pouches" to Summit County for people to dispose of their unused medications, primarily opiates. Summit County Community Partnership Executive Director Darryl Brake hosted the event, and explained that while Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is based out of Missouri, one phone call was all it took to get the company to recognize the seriousness of the opiate addiction problem in Summit County and donate the bags.
At the press conference, Kevin Webb, Director of Advocacy Relations for Mallinckrodt, explained that the prescription disposal bags would be available beginning Wednesday locally. As part of their efforts to help the situation locally, Acme Fresh Markets is making the bags available, at no charge, at all 16 of their locations throughout the area.
Brake says if the bags are used as intended and filled to capacity, more than 1.3 million prescription pills will be disposed of properly, and taken off the streets and out of the hands of those who can easily misuse them.
Hear more from Kevin Webb from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Summit County ADM Board Executive Director Jerry Craig. They discuss the new disposable pill pouches and the seriousness of the opioid addiction problem here locally:
Akron Police is looking for the public's help identifying the person they say robbed the Carnegie Pantry at 959 Carnegie Avenue last Wednesday afternoon just after 4 p.m.
As shown in the video below, the suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money from the register and Newport 100 cigarettes.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5'5", between 250 and 300 pounds. He was wearing gloves and a bandana over his face. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Magaw with the Akron Police at 330-375-2490.