Tuesday, 30 January 2018 12:10

Copley Officer Involved in Accident with Semi

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A Copley Police Officer was involved in an accident Tuesday morning. 

According to multiple reports, a woman's vehicle was alongside 77 North at 21 North and was hit by a passing semi truck. That woman's car was then propeled into the police cruiser. Neither the other driver nor the Police Officer were injured in the accident. 

The driver of the semi truck reportedly kept driving, but was later found at the Ohio Turnpike exit. 

The investigation into the crash is reportedly ongoing. 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:35

Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In

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It wasn't long after Akron Police circulated his photo that Deandre L. Garrett, 26, turned himself in, they say. 

According to a police report, Garrett is alleged to have walked into the PNC Bank at 889 West Market Street last Friday just before 3 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding money, and walked out with cash. According to the report, Garrett made threats of a gun, but no gun was seen during the robbery. 

During the alleged robbery a very clear photo of Garrett was snapped. He turned himself in Monday. He's facing multiple charges. 

 

Monday, 29 January 2018 12:55

Indians to Remove Chief Wahoo after 2018 Season

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The Cleveland Indians have announced that after the 2018 season, they will abandon Chief Wahoo, removing the controversial logo from caps and sleeves. 

Chief Wahoo has been the polarizing centerpiece of a long-running debate on whether or not the logo is racist. At the start of every Major League Baseball season, protesters gather outside of Progressive Field to voice their opinion on the logo as fans flock to the stadium for the home opener. 

The logo was at the center of a national debate and was scrutinized heavily after a lawsuit was filed during the American League Championship Series between the Indians and the Blue Jays. The suit, filed in a Toronto court, was an effort to have the Chief Wahoo logo AND the Indians name banned from appearing on Canadian television during the series. Several Canadian broadcasters, and some national sports TV broadcasters, went as far as not saying the club name "Indians" during reports. The court case was tossed out by a Toronto judge. 

While the team will not wear the Chief Wahoo logo beyond the 2018 season, the club will still retain the rights and hats and jerseys will still be sold at team shops and through other vendors both online and in-store. 

 

Monday, 29 January 2018 12:32

Akron School Board Taking Applications for Vacancy

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The Akron School Board held a special meeting Saturday to decide how to proceed with the open seat that was vacated by John Otterman, who resigned last week after a suspected opioid overdose in his car along East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in Akron two weeks ago.

School Board President Patrick Bravo says that, opposed to appointing someone, they will be taking applications.

Bravo adds that those interested should send a letter of interest and a resume, and that there will be an online questionnaire that needs to be filled out after submitting an application. Bravo says that all materials are due no later than this Thursday, February 1st, at 5 p.m. 

Anyone who lives in the Akron school district cal apply. The selected candidate will finish out Otterman's term, which runs through 2019.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:52

AUDIO: Joey Arrietta on Future of Akron Racers

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A sad day for softball fans in the area, as the Akron Racers may be no more, at least in 2018. Joey Arrietta, who ran the Racers from top to bottom, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to sort through the news, which caught her by surprise a few weeks back. Arrietta was ousted as general manager, and now the future of softball remains in doubt. Firestone Stadium will still house high school and collegiate games throughout the summer. An emotional Arrietta says she is fighting to retain the team’s name and the colors, though that is up to the league to decide. As far as the league goes, speculation as to how long it will remain continues to loom.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:29

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan on Downtown Development

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2018 is nearly a month old, and the mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, addressed some of the needs and visions in the community on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Topics discussed: *The Akron Racers not playing in 2018, and how that will affect Firestone Stadium and the area of South Akron *What is left of the Rubber Bowl, which looks to cost about $400,000 to demolish *The area surrounding the Rubber Bowl, including Akron-Fulton Airport. *Continued development of the 31 acres that once made up the Innerbelt *Issue 4 and the upgrades to the city’s roads and firehouses *The sewer project

 This week's 1590 WAKR Female student athlete of the week is Anyah Parker from Woodridge High School.

Anyah is a senior standout player on the Bulldogs basketball team. She looking to continue her athletic and acedemic career at The University of Toledo after graduation.

Parker started playing basketball with her Dad at the age of two believe or not. She has loved to play the game ever since. When asked who her favorite player was, Anyah smiled and said "No doubt about it, Blake Griffin." She is a huge LA Clippers fan as well.

Anyah really enjoys Woodridge because of the atmosphere and support from all of the students and faculty support especially at team sporting events.

Congratulations Anyah, and best of luck in the future!

Friday, 26 January 2018 11:58

Arrest Made in Cornus Hill Mansion Arson

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Fairlawn Police have made an arrest in connection to the arson fire at the Cornus Hill Mansion back on January 13th. 

Sgt. Mark Schlegel with Fairlawn PD tells the 1590 WAKR Newsroom that 18-year-old Donavin Gowin of Barberton is under arrest and charged with Arson. He says that Gowin turned himself in to Akron Municipal Court on Thursday morning. 

Three other juveniles were with Gowin at the scene of the fire, but Sgt. Schlegel says they were not involved with the arson. They have been charged, but only with misdemeanor criminal mischief. Sgt. Schlegel says they do not believe that there was any intent or premeditation. 

The home was vacant at the time of the fire, and has been for the past several years. 

 

Friday, 26 January 2018 10:39

SCPH Rolls Out Influenza Dashboard

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In the wake of what has been a hyperactive flu season, Summit County Public Health has rolled out the new Influenza Data Dashboard, to give the public access to the most up-to-date numbers in relation to the flu. 

According to the press relese from SCPH, the dashboard includes information on flu-related emergency room visits, positive influenza tests, hospitalizations and deaths. Wiith all of the reports in the news media about the severity of this flu season, SCPH Clinical Health Director Leanne Beavers says it's important to look at historical data when discussing and comparing the most current flu season. The flu dashboard from Summit County Public Health allows you to do that, with data as far back as the 2013-14 flu season. 

As for the current flu season, Beavers says that within the past two weeks, Summit County has seen a plateau followed by a decrease in the number of flu admissions at local hospitals, but warns that in all likelihood, and historically speaking, we'll see an influx of Influenza B cases toward the end of January and into February. She adds that the Ohio Department of Health is already reported cases, though very few, of Influenza B. 

Check all of the latest numbers from Summit County Public Health through the new Influenza Data Dashboard

In addition to the flu data, SCPH has the most recent mortality rates in the county and state, the up-to-date birth numbers, and also overdose numbers for the county. Click here for more.  

 

Friday, 26 January 2018 06:44

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Matt Waskey

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Matt Waskey, a junior bowler from East CLC.

Matt says it was family that got him into the sport of bowling and gave him the foundation to enjoy the sport in high school.

“My father got me into it at a young age,” Waskey said. “I started bowling at the elementary school level and it was a fun program to get into.”

A captain on the bowling team,Matt says he enjoys working with his coaches and teammates day in and day out, saying the team is like a family.

Waskey is a member of the 3.0 club and a student ambassador at East. In addition to his love of bowling, Matt also enjoys music and is a member of both the Jazz Band and Concert Band.

Matt plays the saxophone, and plans on studying music at either the University of Akron, Kent State University or The Ohio State University upon graduation in 2019.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Matt the very best in all of his future endeavors.

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