Akron's infant mortality rate has decreased by nearly 9 percent since 2016, according to a data revealed at Mayor Dan Horrigan's third annual Health Equity Summit Tuesday.
The group Full Term First Birthday, created in 2017 at the direction of the mayor, has released details of their three-year strategic plan to improve those numbers even more, through focus on social influences on health and better coordinating the agendas of health agencies and community organizations.
See the full plan at AkronOhio.gov.
Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.
On this Three Question Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, two local callers take the Three Question Thursday Quiz (00:21, 06:59), Kent State head basketball coach Rob Senderoff (11:18) and Akron head basketball coach John Groce (23:32) dish on the first of two Wagon Wheel showdowns between the two rival schools, and Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com joins the guys to discuss the NBA Trade Deadline (32:20).
The Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast!
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today talked NBA
Matt Loede talked about the Cleveland Indians and their moves (or lack thereof) this offseason
Pete Fierle talked Big Game and the Pro Football HOF down in Atlanta.
(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 and Intake Center at 111 E. Voris Street, Akron; bringing supportive services for persons experiencing homelessness under one roof. Individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, have symptoms suggestive of severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder, and who is not already active in mental health and/or addiction treatment is eligible to utilize all the services at the Center. If a homeless individual does not meet program criteria, outreach workers will attempt to connect the individual with other community agencies and services. The Homeless Outreach office can be reached at 330-762-4663.
Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, is accepting admissions at all hours in preparation for the cold.
The City of Akron has opened warming centers at the following locations:
All these warming centers will be open from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.
According to Bob Stokes, President and CEO of Community Support Services, “Recent studies have shown that approximately 700 homeless individuals die each year due to hypothermia. With this dangerous polar vortex forecast this week, we are reaching out to the homeless men and women throughout our community in as many ways as we can to give them this potentially life-saving information.”
Community Support Services, Inc. is a leader in behavioral healthcare for Summit County and the surrounding region. The agency provides comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and support for recovery, primarily to persons most in need, to enhance the quality of their lives.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army of Summit County is responding as well:
(Salvation Army) Local offices of The Salvation Army in Akron and Barberton will be open as warming centers as temperatures are expected to drop to what could be record lows in the area this week.
· Both Summit County Salvation Army locations will serve as drop in center/warming sites Tuesday through Thursday, January 29 through January 31, 2019.
· Hours for the downtown Akron location, 190 S. Maple Street, south of St. Vincent de Paul Church on West Market Street, will be from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
· The Barberton location, 560 Wooster Road West, will be open from 9:30AM to 4:00PM.
· Donations of new or clean, gently used winter hats, scarves and gloves in all sizes will be appreciated and accepted at both locations.
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.
He was transported to Akron City where he died shortly afterwords, around 10:20 p.m. No ID on the victim yet, but the Summit County Medical Examiner says once next-of-kin is notified they will be providing an update.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is still looking for the public's help identifying two of the four victims in Monday morning's deadly crash at Goodyear Boulevard and Kelly Avenue in Akron.
Two of the victims have been ID'ed, according to the report. 29-year-old Colleen Wood from Akron, who was driving the car that hit a wall, and then a pole before bursting into flames.
The front passenger was 29-year-old Alex Jay Lester from Ravenna. Thursday, the M.E.'s office released more of a description of the two victims who were riding in the back seat.
See more below:
This is an update regarding the traffic fatality that occurred on 12/3/2018 near the intersection of Goodyear Blvd. and Kelly Ave. in Akron.
Two of the deceased occupants have been positively identified. They were Colleen A. Wood, a 29 year-old female from Malasia Road in Akron and Alex Jay Lester, a 29 year old male from Merrill Road in Ravenna.
The two back seat passengers are still unidentified.
Approximately 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing approximately 228 pounds
Victim appears to be in his twenties or thirties
Victim has a metal plate in his left jaw.
Approximately 5 feet, 5 inches and weighing approximately 106 pounds
Victim has a dental bridge on his upper front teeth
Victim appears to be a small framed and slim African American Male, possibly a adolescent.
Anybody with information concerning the unidentified victims are asked to contact the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office at 330-643-2101