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Harvest time in Akron, as the city's first licensed medical marijuana growing facility opened its doors yesterday, to show off their new buds. AT-CPC, unveiled their new "Mimosa" and "Cuyahoga River" cannabis strains, which they will be used in medical marijuana products sold under the brand names "Song Wellness", and…
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 07:27

METRO RTA Offering Free Rides

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(METRO RTA) Beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 through Friday, February 1, 2019, METRO is offering free fares on all services, including line-service, Northcoast Express, SCAT, and Call-A-Bus.   The Weather Channel has warned that the coldest arctic outbreak in at least 20 years is expected this week in parts of…
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:13

Akron Warming Centers Open Ahead of Brutal Cold

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(Community Support Services) As the National Weather Service warns that Wednesday, January 30, 2019 could be one of the coldest days on record, Akron area organizations charged with aiding the homeless are working to ensure that everyone will have access to shelter.                  Community Support Services, Inc. operates the Homeless Outreach…
Monday, 28 January 2019 11:30

CVNP to Re-open After Government Resolution

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Staff with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is working to clear snow and ice that's accumulated throughout the park since workers were furloughed more than a month ago. With Friday's announcement of the continuining resolution to re-open the government for at least three weeks, the park expects to fully resume…
Eight members of the The Ohio National Guard Cyber defense team are helping the City of Akron deal with the financially motivated atttack on its computer network that started last Tuesday. The National Guard Cyber team provides defensive operations, forensic support, and analyisis, and was authorized for duty in Akron…
Friday, 25 January 2019 19:17

City of Akron Hit by Cyber Attack

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The City of Akron is in the process of mitigating the damage from a malicious cyber intrusion they say was financially motivated. They first noticed the unusual criminal virus activity on city computer systems on Tuesday, just as they were trying to dig the city out from this winter's worst…
Friday, 25 January 2019 11:13

UPDATE: East Ave. Bridge Repair Delayed

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The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Friday that the recently scheduled repair work on the East Avenue Bridge has been delayed due to weather as temperatures are expected to hit single digits, not factoring in windchill.  Brent Kovacs with ODOT District 4 tells the WAKR Newsroom that all of the…
Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:34

City Apologizes for Snow-Covered Streets

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Winter Storm Harper dumped more than a foot of snow across most of Akron Saturday and into Sunday, leaving a lot of residents stuck over the weekend.  It's understandable, especially when it comes all at once as the snow did over the weekend.  Monday was the Martin Luther King holiday…
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 05:04

ODOT Announces Plans for East Ave. Bridge Repair

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(ODOT) Beginning on Monday evening, January 28, at 8 p.m. the following lane restrictions and ramp closures will be in place through mid-March for repairs to the East Ave. bridges over I-76: I-76 eastbound under east Ave. will be reduced to ONE lane. The ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-76…
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:21

Sheriff Seeks Hit-Skip Driver

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The Summit County Sheriffs Department is asking for your help trying to find out who was driving a car that was involved in a hit-skip accident on I-77 South, on January 15th. A woman and her baby were injured in that crash, when the car that ran them off the…
Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:22

Beat the Chilly Weather... With Chili!

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The 13th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge, sponsored by the City of Akron, will take place inside the Lock 3 dining area on Friday, January 18th from 11AM until 1PM (or earlier, if the chili runs out)! Each year, Akron firefighters issue the challenge to see who can create the best chili, served…
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:48

OHSAA to Parents: COOL IT!

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Are you an obnoxious sports parent? It's OK to admit it, all parents have been, perhaps a little overzealous when little Timmy's at the foul line or Suzie's up to bat... But if you find yourself habitually taking out your frustrations on referees at high school sporting events, the OHSAA has a message…
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:44

Man Shot, Killed in Akron

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Akron Police homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting Tuesday night near the intersection of Clark and Black Streets. The call came in around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday about a man shot. When officers and EMS arrived, they found the 37-year-old victim unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the thorax area.…
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:15

Residents Want More Community Events, Swimming

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(City of Akron)  On Monday, Mayor Horrigan has released the findings of the Community Needs Survey which collected community sentiment and preferences related to the Akron Recreation Bureau.  The survey was conducted between July 28 and September 19, 2018 and reached 1,500 households representing more than 3,100 people.  The survey…
Monday, 14 January 2019 11:42

US Marshals Seek Missing Woman

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US Marshals asking for your help solving a local missing persons case. 31 year old Samantha Cook, has been missing since January of last year, when she failed to show up in court drug charges. They say she was known to frequent locations in the Wadsworth, Rittman, and Canton area,…
Monday, 14 January 2019 10:22

ARRESTED: Akron Suspect Prone to Running from Police

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UPDATE: US Marshals have arrested Jamar Franklin, the Fugitive of the Week from Akron who was wanted by APD, Copley Police, and more, on several charges, including causing multiple crashes while fleeing police. On Wednesday, Franklin was arrested after barricading himself in the attic of a home on Grace Avenue. He…
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