Friday, 18 September 2020 04:44

APD: Two Shot at High School Football Game in Akron

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Two people were shot after a fight broke out at the football game between East and Firestone CLC at Ellet High School last night.
 
The victims are a 19-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries and both were treated and released from Summa Akron City Hospital.
 
Akron Police are still looking for the suspect they say is a 17-20-year-old black male who was wearing a tie-dye shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police immediately.
Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:26

Charges Filed in Deadly Route 8 Crash

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Charges have been filed in connection to the deadly, fiery crash along Route 8 North in Akron back on the morning of August 25th. 

That morning of the 25th, just after 7:30 a.m. during rush hour traffic, a truck tire blew out along the northbound lanes of Route 8 just south of Cuyahoga Falls Avenue, leaving debris spread across all lanes of Route 8. In an effort to avoid the debris, 20-year-old Christopher Lonkart of Akron swerved across two lanes while hitting his brake. That's when he slammed into 18-year-old Jared Marcum's vehicle, forcing Marcum into a tanker truck. 

After colliding with the tanker truck, Marcum's vehicle was dragged for a short distance, causing friction and sparks, eventually leading to a fire and explosion. Marcum was trapped in his car under the tanker truck and died in the incident. 

On Wednesday, September 16th, charges of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter, Failure to Control, and Assured Clear Distance were filed against Lonkart. 

See more details from Akron Police below: 

On Tuesday August 25, 2020 at approximately 7:38 a.m. an unknown tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on State Route 8 just south of the Cuyahoga Falls Ave. exit 3B when he suffered a tire blow-out.  As a result, tire debris was strewn across all lanes of the expressway.   Traffic began to react to the debris by braking hard and swerving to avoid striking the destroyed tire.  A tractor-tanker trailer was north in lane 3.  In lane 1,  a Hyundai began to brake when a Honda, Lonkart's vehicle, broke hard and swerved left then hard right striking the Hyundai in front of him.  As a result, the Hyundai was forcibly redirected hard right crossing lane 2 then striking the tanker directly in front of its tandem wheels.  The tanker truck began to veer right dragging the Hyundai  along with it.  As a result of the impact and friction, the tanker caught fire and came to rest on the shoulder.  Unfortunately, the driver of the Hyundai was trapped in his vehicle and did not survive.  All other parties involved escaped without injury.
Many lockdowns and restrictions have entered their sixth full month during the pandemic, and plenty of questions have centered on the safe return of students and schools and the timeframe of an effective vaccine.

US Senator Sherrod Brown called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a slew of topics affecting citizens both statewide and nationwide. Senator Brown touched on reopening the schools safely, and how the public schools are in and will be in desperate need for federal help. He also talked about the need for more unemployment and stimulus dollars, as well as listening to science as it pertains to masks and a vaccine.


As each day passes, more information is being learning about COVID-19, and that goes for the common novice to infectious disease experts.

One of those disease experts is Summa Health’s Dr. Thomas File, who also heads up the Infectious Disease Society. Dr. File spoke on the Ray Horner Morning Show about what he and his medical colleagues have learned in these last six months about this novel coronavirus, from the transmission in asymptomatic patients to studying the after effects those who have recovered are experiencing.

Other aspects discussed by Dr. File were on masks and antibodies, the ethnic disparity in cases and mortalities, and how close the United States is to finding a vaccine.


Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:06

Falls Woman Arrested for Impersonating Federal Agent

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You've seen it in the movies, right? An officer walks up to an unsuspecting citizen, pulls a badge and commandeers their vehicle for "police purposes." 

Well, that scene played itself out in Akron Monday morning, though it didn't end well for a Cuyahoga Falls woman. 

According to Akron Police, at about 7 a.m. Monday, Lisa Pinter of the Falls walked into Stan's Auto on South Main Street and flashed her version of a badge, telling an employee that she was a federal agent and needed his truck, likely for "official business." The badge Piner had reportedly identified her as an agent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Census. 

The store employee complied as to not impede a potential federal investigation. He gave up the keys to his F-150 and Pinter was gone. 

A couple of hours later, she returned with the truck. By that time, the victim had become suspicious and called Akorn Police who were waiting for Pinter with a few questions. 

Concinved she wasn't actually a federal agent, officers took Pinter into custody. She' since been charged with Theft by Deception and Impersonating a Police Officer. Additionally, Pinter was taken to Summa Health Akron City Hospital for a mental evaluation. 

The Cleveland Indians dropped six in a row, including getting swept by the Minnesota Twins, but due to the abridged season and expanded playoff bracket, the Tribe remains in the hunt. However, they will have to keep pressing on without their manager, Terry Francona.

Bob DiBiasio from the Indians joined the Ray Horner Morning Show for his usual Tuesday interview to talk about Tito’s health. DiBiasio says Francona is doing better and is doing what he can to stay in shape, but due to the pandemic and his numerous health issues over the years, he is at high risk.

Bobby D also talked about the standings in the American League, including the much-improved and very competitive AL Central Division, which coincides with the Indians’ recent struggles leading up to the playoff push.


Monday, 14 September 2020 08:20

Ohio Farm Bureau on Farmer Adjustments During Pandemic

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One of the nation’s most essential jobs is the farmer, and the last six months have proven that, no matter the adjustment or obstacle.

Ty Higgins is with the Ohio Farm Bureau, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk more about the food distribution and how the farmers have had to be creative. According to Higgins, the supply for meat and produce has increased, which saw many shortages at the beginning of the pandemic.

Higgins also mentioned the relationship between the farmers and Ohio's restaurants. Schools and restaurants make up 40% of the farmers’ product, and the shutdowns in the early spring were devastating to many.


Clyde, Ohio is a small town not far from Sandusky, but it made headlines nearly a decade ago due to a cluster of children coming down with cancer. EPA studies showed it came from toxic sludge in the soil at a nearby park.

Jonathan Walsh is an investigative reporter with WEWS/News 5 in Cleveland, and he has followed this story from when it broke, as he was employed in the Toledo TV market at the time. He has penned a book about this tragic saga, which is called Is My Child Next? The Alexa Brown Story. Alexa was an 11-year-old girl who died, and she was one of 35 other children impacted.

One-hundred percent of the book’s proceeds go to the families affected in Clyde.


Akron Police Chief Ken Ball is reporting that two suspects are in custody as of Friday morning, connected to the shooting along Copley Road Thursday afternoon that left a young girl injured. 

The first 911 call came in just after 1:15 p.m. Thursday regarding multiple shots fired from two different vechiles in the 1200 block of Copley Road. When police arrived the suspect vehicles were gone, but moments later another 911 call came in about a child that had been shot. That call was to a nearby home in the 900 block of Greenwood Avenue. 

There, officers and EMS found the six-year-old female victim with a single gunshot wound. She was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she was rushed into surgery and as of Friday morning is still listed in critical condition. 

Detectives later determined that the child was in a car with five other kids and an adult driver and was caught in the crossfire during the shooting along Copley Road. One other child was injured after being grazed by a bullet, according to the APD report. 

Akron Police almost immediately identified the two suspects involved in the shooting and make arrests. Marqualle Clinkscales, 23, and Corey Jemison, 39, reportedly exchanged gunfire resulting in the two children being wounded. Clinkscales was arrested after a short pursuit not long after the shooting Thursday. Jemison was identified as the driver of one of the vehicles involved that was found disabled along Greenwood Avenue. He was arrested shortly after. 

Both men are charged with Felonious Assault and more.  

 

There are seven more weeks to go until the 2020 presidential elections, and there have been plenty of questions on registering to vote, as well as the differences between absentee and mail-in ballots. Lance Reed is the director of the Summit County Board of Elections, and he addressed those questions and concerns on the Ray Horner Morning Show. October 6th is the day where the county and board of elections can send out the ballots for early voting, and Reed suggests voters send in their ballots in as soon as possible. The Summit County BOE is working with secretary of state Frank LaRose on the latest day to send in an absentee ballot, which ideally is by October 24th. Reed also answered questions on ballot boxes and concerns some have had about the US Postal Service.

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