Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/23/2019

:17 - This is the final week as president of Acme Fresh Markets for Jim Trout, as he heads to a soft retirement (he’ll still be involved in the company as vice president of special projects). He joined Ray in studio to talk about his career, where he went from bagging groceries to actually overseeing the local grocery chain.

11:26 - Bob DiBiasio jumped on the show for his usual Tuesday segment and answered questions the listeners have on the Tribe. Specifically, the slumping of all-star Jose Ramirez and an update on the health of Mike Clevinger.

18:27 - Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters called into the show to discuss what is happening around all things Howe Avenue. First, he touched on the Howe Ave. construction project that begins next week, and he shared his thoughts on how he sees the future of the Chapel Hill Mall area.

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 08:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/21/2019

:17 - We began Thursday’s show hot on a gun debate. Basically, the debate boiled down to “why do we need military-style weaponry?” Ray and Jeanne asked that question, while Tony and Steffany took the other side.

20:50 - Speaking of age limits and bans, Cuyahoga Falls could be the next city to raise the age of buying tobacco products to 21. Mayor Don Walters called in to talk about the initiative coming from the Summit County Health Department to raise the ages, not just for cigarettes but for vaping.

25:54 - How much of a problem is vaping with young people? A sizable one, apparently, if high schoolers are partaking in this activity.

33:03 - Executive director of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, Don Padgett, came on for his weekly visit with Ray. The tournament will be held July 11-14th.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:26

APD: Suspected Bank Robber Arrested

Tuesday afternoon a man walked into the PNC Bank at 181 Massillon Road, armed with a knife, demanding money. He jumped the counter and proceeded down the line of tellers, taking money from each of the cash drawers and stuffing it into a backpack he was wearing on his chest. 

After the robbery, the suspect got into a black Chevy Malibu and drove away from the bank. 

Not too long after the robbery, Akron Police Officers spotted the Malibu pulling into a parking lot in the 500 block of Sherman Street. That's when they arrested 22-year-old Darrion L. Powers (pictured) of Akron, who is now charged with armed robbery and more. 

Addiitonally, Police Detectives charged Powers in connection to the January 4th robbery of the Huntington Bank on South Arlington Street. Both robberies played out the same. 

Powers has been booked in the Summit County Jail, and according to Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards' press release, he's likely responsible for several other robberies in Cuyahoga Falls. So far he's charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. 

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:44

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/2/2019

:17 - In the NFL, the day after the regular season is called Black Monday, due to many coaches getting fired after scuffling seasons. The Browns are in a unique position where it’s a highly sought after job, but they also had some success with interim coach Gregg Williams. Where will they go? Who will they choose?

11:50 - In the first week (or so) of 2019, Ray will sit down with the mayors from the area to look back at 2018 and look ahead to the current year. Today, Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters stopped by the studio to look back at 2018, from the continued growth of Portage Crossing to the opening of Front Street to automobile traffic.

28:28 - It’s day 11 of the government shutdown. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, mentioned what it’s all about and the repercussions that could come from it.

40:30 - With the new year beginning, many are looking to kick things off on a healthy path, from eating better to getting some exercise. Judi Christy from the Akron YMCA called in to talk about what The Y has to offer, whether you’re a newbie to a gym or a frequent visitor.

47:11 - Continuing the conversation of the Browns’ coaching search is the Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham.

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office has released more information regarding the OVI crash into a Macedonia Police cruiser on Christmas Eve.
According to the report, James Marshall of Cuyahoga Falls had a blood alcohol level nearly four-times the legal limit.
Cleveland 19 says that responding deputies also found an open bottle of vodka in the car, and apple and orange juice bottles, both with vodka in them. Marshall is charged with OVI, expected to be arraigned Friday.
The officer involved, meanwhile, spent the night in the hospital but has since been released.
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Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:13

Falls Man Sentenced in Child Porn Ring

A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in an online child pornography ring that was run out of Michigan.

According to the report from the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, 38-year-old Caleb Young was the only Ohioan involved, as federal agents say he and 7 others were posing as teenagers online, coaxing young girls, some as young a 10, to sent videos and pictures of themselves.

Young and the group were operating the child porn ring which yielded more than 450,000 videos and pictures over the course of 5 years.

See more at the Justice Department website

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An Akron man died early Friday morning after a tree branch fell onto his car while he was driving along Front Street near 2nd in Cuyahoga Falls. 

According to the Summit County Medical Examiner Gary Gunther's press release, 60-year-old Robert Musch was driving near the Gorge Metro Parks at around 5:50 Friday morning when a large branch from a tree snapped off and came crashing down on his vehicle. The 911 was placed at 5:52 a.m. and Cuyahoga Falls Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene. 

Mr. Musch was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Akron City Hospital where he was pronounced dead, just about a half hour later at 6:23 a.m. 


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Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:30

Akron Man Charged in Fatal OVI Crash

Sean Michael Blackburn. 33, of Akron has been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide for allegedly killing a 21-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man in a drunk driving accident back on April 7th.

According to the police report, Blackburn, who was driving while intoxicated, crossed North Main Street into oncoming traffic and hit Thomas Leslein's car head on.

Leslein died, two others in his car were seriously injured.

Blackburn denied being the driver, telling police that he was "too drunk to drive" and that another patron he was with at a local bar was driving his car. Blackburn reportedly even claimed at one point he didn't know who he was. Police say they found the keys to his car in his pants pocket. The police report shows that Blackburn blew a 0.119 in a BAC field test. 

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Cuyahoga Falls has a number of destinations for locals to check out, and those areas continue to improve.

Don Walters, the mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what is happening near Portage Crossing and down by the waterfront. First, Walters talked about Front Street opening up for vehicle traffic, and how businesses want to be a part of the revamped area. Down the street off Graham Road, Menards has come together, and the mayor said it was a long time coming for the arrival of the big box store.

As far as the talk of a new high school for Cuyahoga Falls, Walters says a measure will be on the ballots in November 2019 for voters. He believes a new school will be beneficial for security and monetary reasons, saying it will end up being cheaper in the long run to build a new facility than to sink money into an aging one.

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Cuyahoga Falls is about to open a new main road while preparing to make major changes to another.

Front Street in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls will open to traffic for the first time on February 3 after decades as a pedestrian mall. Mayor Don Walters says the first vehicles on the new road will be school buses from Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge followed by a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am and a new Tesla to signify the years the street was closed and re-opened to traffic. A formal grand opening will be held in June.

While it will be easier to get around the Downtown area this year, it will get much more difficult to navigate the Chapel Hill area beginning next year.

Howe Avenue will be completely repaved beginning in April 2019. According to the plan unveiled recently, Howe Ave. will be one-way westbound (toward Route 8) from Main St./Home Ave. to Bucholzer Blvd. until the project is completed in the fall of 2020. That will allow shoppers who want to get to the plazas along Howe to use the entrances along Main/Home. Drivers who need to get to Chapel Hill Mall will need to detour down Main/Home to Independence Ave.

Walters joined The Jasen Sokol Show to talk about both projects and what they mean for Cuyahoga Falls.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 08:57

Local Mayor Wrap-Up 2017

As 2017 wraps up, the Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with a handful of local mayors to recap the year that was, as well as a preview for 2018.

Dan Horrigan - Akron

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Gerard Neugebauer - Green

Al Bollas - New Franklin

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:38

AUDIO: Falls Pols Sound Off On Controversial Hire

A Beacon Journal report about the hiring of Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters' 2013 campaign manager to a job her supervisor says she isn't qualified for.

Parks and Recreation Assistant Superintendent Megan Moreland collects a $90,000 annual salary, and it's reported that her benefits package pushes her total compensation to nearly $130,000. But according to the Beacon Journal, Parks and Recretation Director Ed Stewart says he didn't want to hire her and that she isn't qualified for the job.

Cuyahoga Falls City Councilmen Adam Miller and Vic Palotta discussed their concerns on The Jasen Sokol Show on Tuesday. Walters joined the show Wednesday to respond.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 11:36

Woman Found Stabbed in Falls Apartment, Dies

Cuyahoga Falls Police are investigating the second murder in the city within the past two months. 

The Medical Examiner's Office and Police say a 27-year-old woman was found stabbed inside an apartment in the Falls in the 1000 block of Howe Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the ME's report. She died about 30 minutes later, according to the report. 

Positive identification of the victim has not been released, pending an autopsy and notification of next-of-kin. 

Prior to the shooting death of Kevin Tiearney back in early August, the last murder recorded in the Falls was the 2014 stabbing death of Amanda Russell outside her home on Eighth Street. Her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Conrad, is serving a life sentence for her murder. 

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Friday, 11 August 2017 07:40

Arrest Made in Cuyahoga Falls Murder

Police have made an arrest in the murder of a 32-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man. 

Edward Piechowiak Jr., 65, of Maple Heights, was arrested Thursday on aggravated murder and tampering with evidence charges, with other charges possibly pending. 

According to police, they've also recovered the weapon used in the shooting. 

Police were called to the Water's Edge Apartments near Wyoga Lake that Kevin Tiearney shared with his fiance on reports of gunshots fired on August 2nd. Tiearney was found unresponsive, transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced dead later. Piechowiak Jr. is listed as the maternal grandfather of Tiearney's child. 

This is the first homicide in Cuyahoga Falls since the 2014 stabbing death of Amanda Russell who was found outside her Eigth Street home. Her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Conrad, is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of her murder. 

Piechowaik Jr. is being held in Summit County Jail. 

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The Front Street project in downtown Cuyahoga Falls is ready to start, and has been met with great fanfare.

The mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, Don Walters, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the project, which passed unanimously on Monday night. The soon-to-be-former pedestrian mall will be torn up and replaced with a brand new street, park benches, and streetlights, with the underground utilities to be replaced first.

Walters says the project will begin very soon, with plans already being drawn up. His main goal is to protect the businesses already there, and the timeline is to have everything completed by 2018.

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Downtown Cuyahoga Falls is getting itself a facelift, and they are doing so rapidly.

Mayor Don Walters called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the changes to the downtown, which are set to be completed sometime in 2018 and cost between $11-$13 million. The major project for Walters is increased retail development, since the previous model of foot traffic has not gone as planned.

According to the mayor, in order for the new retail to flourish, the section of Front Street must re-open. Walters stresses “visibility and accessibility” as far as retail development goes.

Speaking of retail, Walters believes a potential tweaking or closing of Chapel Hill Mall (which is in Akron city limits) would not affect the Howe Avenue corridor too much.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 08:14

AUDIO: Wrapping Up 2016 With Local Mayors

As the year winds down, Ray Horner catches up with the mayors across the region and how their cities and townships fared.

Ray caught up with the mayors of Stow, Tallmadge, Wadsworth, and Barberton, and later on Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, on how 2016 was and what is to come in 2017.

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

Robin Laubaugh - Wadsworth

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Dan Horrigan - Akron

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 07:58

AUDIO: Bill Tompkin Hopes To Keep His Hives

The sight and the sound of bees can make the burliest of men shiver. That is why a new ordinance in the city of Cuyahoga Falls may put Bill Tompkin’s beekeeping hobby out to pasture.

Tompkin, a former firefighter, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his four beehives, and how long he may or may not hold be able to onto them. Tompkin believes this proposed ordinance is based off of “ignorance and fear,” and that most people who would walk by his property would never know about the hives.

Each of the four hives, according to Tompkin, can contain somewhere between 70 and 90,000 bees. WAKR has reached out to the city of Cuyahoga Falls, but as of this posting, we have yet to receive a response.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:50

Falls Man Sentenced For Child Abuse

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 (Wednesday, September 07, 2016) – 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:

  • Endangering Children – a felony of the 2nd degree

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.

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:59

UPDATE Cuyahoga Falls Concert Series Ending

The city of Cuyahoga Falls says the promoter is cancelling the last five concerts in this year's Riverfront Concert series.

The non-profit IROK group that operates the series blamed dwindling attendance and lower sales, saying the costs of producing concerts were greater than the money coming in.

Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Walters tells WAKR.net that one reason revenue has been down was a change in the nature of the concert series.

"This is more family friendly than in the past, that's a great thing," Walters tells WAKR.net, "but the amount of beer purchased per person is down when it's family friendly, as you know, so that's a big driver of their revenue, and that's been on the decline for the past few years as well."

Walters says IROK raised nearly $70,000 for local charities in the past two years.

Walters says the city hopes to bring in more family friendly events citywide...and that the Front Street Mall is about to undergo changes that'll open it to traffic again.

He says that during the construction phase, they'll work with Front Street businesses and festivals on accessibilty, but there isn't anything "totally in place" yet as far as any replacement for the concert series.


(City of Cuyahoga Falls, news release) For the past two summers, IROK has taken great pride in organizing the Friday night Riverfront Concert Series while donating nearly $70,000 to local charities that serve the community. Due to dwindling attendance and lower sales, the IROK committee has informed the city that they must regretfully cancel the remainder of the 2016 Friday night concert series, effective immediately.

During a meeting that was held late on Wednesday, IROK sincerely apologized for the short notice regarding the cancellation of the Friday night concert series. They explained that while they continued to meet their monetary obligations to charities, vendors and the city, their costs to produce a concert each week were greater than funds generated. They further explained that they had explored countless solutions but inevitably determined that the risk of further monetary losses was too great.

During IROK's tenure running the Riverfront Concert Series, volunteers donated countless hours of their time ensuring that patrons enjoyed free music in a family friendly environment while vendors provided great food choices.

They stated that they did everything within their power to hold weekly concerts as long as possible with the hope that they would experience a financial upswing. When this did not occur, they made a fiscally responsible decision to not incur further financial liability.

"I am thankful to IROK and their volunteers for providing family friendly entertainment to our community," stated Mayor Don Walters. "We will take this opportunity to explore new and exciting events to bring entertainment to our community while benefitting our local charities that do so much good."

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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:01

Vote For New C. Falls Logo

The city of Cuyahoga Falls is looking for a new city logo -- and they're asking community members to help pick it out.

The city teamed up with a design company to develop the new logo, along with local art and graphic design students from Woodridge and Cuyahoga Falls high schools. City officials even enlisted the help of longtime residents to find out what Cuyahoga Falls means to them.

"I think the important part is the process," said Mayor Don Walters. "It's not my logo. I'm one vote. But it's the logo of the city and the residents actually get to pick that."

They've narrowed it down to three possible logos and have now put it in the hands of community members to pick out the favorite. The logo with the majority of votes wins, but officials say it will not replace the city seal.

"The city seal will still appear on a lot of the governemetn documents, however, the logo can still appear on the website, it can appear on letterheads and a lot of things that we do," said Walters. "So we'll deplete our existing supplies on some of the materials and then add the new logo when it's finalized."

Residents have until June 29th to vote. The new city logo will be unveiled on Friday, July 1, during the Riverfront Concert Series.

On the web: http://www.cityofcf.com/mycflogo

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A little piece of Cuyahoga Falls will be part of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit.

Mayor Don Walters says the three-minute, time-lapse video of the removal of the two dams on the Cuyahoga River will be featured in the exhibit.

The exhibition opens in five states this year starting in May.



(News Release - Cuyahoga Falls)Mayor Don Walters is pleased to announce that the removal of two dams on the Cuyahoga River in the City of Cuyahoga Falls will be featured in an upcoming Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit. The "Dam Cam" video features a three-minute time lapse of the removal of two dams in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

The Smithsonian Institution exhibit, titled "Water/Ways," is a Museum on Main Street Project which engages local audiences by bringing quality exhibitions to their local museums, historical societies, and other area venues. One story within this traveling exhibit will feature the Cuyahoga River and its restoration journey.

"The City of Cuyahoga Falls is extremely excited that the Cuyahoga River dam removal video will be part of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Project," stated Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters.

"We are proud of this valuable resource that is creating a cleaner environment for generations to The dams, known as the Sheraton Mill Dam and the LeFever Powerhouse Dam, were removed in July and August of 2013 to improve fish passage, water quality, and overall river health and function. Funding for the dam removal projects was provided by the Ohio EPA through the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance under the Water Resource Restoration
Sponsor Program (WRRSP).

The Smithsonian exhibition opens in five states this year starting in May and is planned to travel through 2022. To see the video, visit the City of Cuyahoga Falls YouTube page at https://youtu.be/EdrClOtpKq0. For more information on the "Water/Ways" exhibit, go to http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/water.

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Friday, 15 January 2016 12:12

Blaze Hits Four C. Falls Homes

Cuyahoga Falls firefighters spent the morning battling four house fires in an area where three homes were under construction.

Fire officials report that the initial blaze was reported around 6 a.m. on Lake Forest Drive. Four homes were on fire when crews arrived on scene, including two homes that were under construction.


These are photos from this morning's fire on Lakeforest Dr.

Posted by Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department on Friday, January 15, 2016


One of the homes under construction was occupied, but no one was in the home at the time of the blaze. The other completed home was vacant.

Officials say the vacant home was unstable and had to be taken down with an excavator. The two other homes under construction have been torn down.

According to the fire department, Deputy Fire Marshal Tom Carano, who also serves as a firefighter, was able to save a cat that was hiding under a couch. No injuries were reported

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:21

Mushroom Bust In C. Falls

A 29-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is facing drug trafficking charges after detectives followed up on a search warrant and found psychedelic mushrooms in a Stone Street house.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies found a Psilocybin Mushroom grow operation, including about a pound of the controlled substance, three handguns and a loaded shotgun.

Jack Kennedy, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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The city of Cuyahoga Falls is offering a safer alternative for those who want to sell or purchase an item through Craigslist or other online sites.

Mayor Don Walters recently announced a new "safe zone" available for residents to meet up to complete online purchases inside the lobby of the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

The "safe zone" is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers recorded video and audio surveillance.

Walters hopes the safe zone will reduce the number of crime-related reports associated with face-to-face transactions.

"It's more visible than being somewhere in a parking lot, said Walters. "And if it was a stolen product, I think people would be more reluctant to meet at the police station and sell it."

Those interested in meeting at the "safe zone" don't need an appointment, but Walters does suggest people call the department ahead of time to alert officers on duty.

Sales involving alcohol, drugs, weapons, vehicles, boats or other large equipment are not permitted in the "Safe Zone."

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Monday, 26 October 2015 13:36

Conrad Found Guilty In Falls Murder

Jeffrey Conrad has been found guilty of all counts against him in the murder of Amanda Russell, his former girlfriend, in Cuyahoga Falls.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury returned guilty verdicts Monday against Conrad on two aggravated murder counts, one murder count, and other counts including felonious assault, violating a protection order and domestic violence.

Russell was found stabbed to death by her teenage daughter outside her home on 8th Street in August 2014. Russell had taken out a protection order against Conrad in 2012.

It didn't take long to find Conrad, once his arrest was imminent. He'd been in police custody, charged with assaulting a park ranger in Cleveland.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says Conrad was not in court Monday when the verdict was read. 

His sentencing date is still pending.

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