This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Imani Jackson, a senior basketball player from Buchtel High School.
“Imani is in the Nursing Program at Buchtel CLC, maintains an accumulative GPA of 3.8, scored a 24 on her ACT & is an overall outstanding individual.”
Buchtel head football coach Ricky Powers spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell about their matchup with Canton McKinley in Week 2.
Multiple authorities were contacted about an alleged student-teacher relationship, that had been ongoing for three years. Every investigating agency concluded that despite multiple text messages between the two, there wasn't enough evidence to prove such a relationship.
Now, 36-year-old Laura Lynn Cross, a former English teacher at Buchtel High School, is charged with three counts of sexual battery, stemming from the relationship she carried on with a former student for all those years, and that resulted in her giving birth to the young boy's child. Cross was the boy's eighth grade English teacher, according to records, which is where they first met.
Reports indicate that the teen boy's mother notified school officials, Akron Police, Tallmadge Police, Summit County Juvenile Prosecutors, and more, and got nowhere. Cross even won partial custody of the teenager, which is why he was able to move into her Tallmadge home back in 2013. A News 5 report indicates that the boy's mother didn't fight the partial custody ruling because she didn't want her son to "hate her."
Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams says there just wasn't enough evidence to bring charges against Cross during the time of the previous investigation. He says both Cross and the boy were uncooperative in their investigation. In response to the News 5 report, Akron Public Schools tells the TV news outlet they launched their own investigation into the alleged affair last Friday.
Cross is currently in Summit County Jail, being held on $100,000 bond.
Akron Fire responded to a call in the 1000 block of Copley Road early Wednesday morning, just before 7 a.m.
Upon arrival, the house was engulfed in flames. Five adults were in the home at the time of the fire; one of them, an adult male, was treated by Akron Fire/EMS on the scene and did not require further medical attention.
All of the residents have been displaced, and Akron Red Cross is assisting with their needs.
At the time of the fire, Copley Road between Packard Drive and Hardesty Boulevard was closed to traffic.
Because of smoke from the fire and the location, Akron Public Schools closed Buchtel High School and Buchtel Middle School for the day. Both schools are expected to be open Thursday.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Steve White, the head coach of the Buchtel Griffins, spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday ahead of the City Series Boys Basketball Championship Friday with the Ellet Orangemen.
The City Series Girls Basketball Championship is just one day away, and the Firestone Lady Falcons will be ready for a stiff challenge in the form of the Buchtel Lady Griffs.
Head coach of the Falcons team, Theresa Clere joined Sam and Brad in studio to talk about her team and her first season with Firestone.
The Buchtel Griffins are set for a physical matchup with the Ellet Orangemen Friday night at Infocision Stadium.
Ricky Powers, head coach of the Griffs, joined Sammy B on Thursday to talk about his team and what he sees with Ellet.
The Buchtel Griffins are ready to defend their City Series Title in 2016 and are working hard to improve upon that mark this season.
Buchtel Head Coach Ricky Powers spoke with Brad Russell during City Series Media Days to talk about the Griffins and how they're going to stack up against the rest of the City Series.
"We want to win it all," Powers said. "That's our plan that's what we set to do and our opponents, we want them to know who they're playing against."
The Griffins are coming off a 9-2 season in 2015, in which they did not make the state playoffs. They will face Columbus Beechcroft in the opening week of the season on August 26.