Monday, 22 June 2020 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 6/22/2020

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:17 - The big question on the minds of students, faculty, and parents is how different schools and education will look come fall. Dr. Manfred van Dulmen is the Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Kent State University, and he talked about how the Portage County college is balancing out face-to-face courses with virtual learning and social distancing.

7:10 - For more information on the history of pandemics, University of Akron history professor Dr. Kevin Kern shed some light, especially in during the 1918 Spanish Flu.

13:58 - Farhad Sethna is an immigration attorney, and he broke down what all went down with the recent DACA ruling.

21:04 - Producer Tony is back in studio, as he got married on Friday.

Friday, 19 June 2020 09:21

Ray Horner Podcast - 6/19/20

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(0:17) Tim Dimoff joined Ray to talk about police and body cameras.

(7:03) Ray talked to Mark Welfley about people working from home during the pandemic.

(13:51) PRESIDENT & Ceo of CC/AG, Dr Brian Harte, talked to Ray about the Covid-19 & the second wave.

(19:27) Ray & Jim Rosenhaus talk baseball and why there hasn't been an agreement.

Friday, 19 June 2020 07:44

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-6-19-20 Featured

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Police surveillance and protests, AI-powered dash cams, and a new study that suggests we may not be alone in the universe.

This week's featured guests include University of Akron Criminal Justice studies professor, Dr. David Licate, and Luke Stedke from DriveOhio.

We've also got some great reports from CBS and CNET on how they're doing whole body disinfection to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the Hong Kong airport, the biggest robocall fine ever, and how the pandemic is changing the auto industry.

As of Friday morning, the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force is looking for Adarus Black, who is charged with murder in Na'kia's death. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction, per that update from the U.S. Marshals. Also, per Akron Police, 24-year-old Janisha George has turned herself in to police. The whereabouts of Black and 18-year-old Jaion Bivins is still unknown, per APD. 


Akron Police have issued arrest warrants for three individuals in connection to the murder of Na'kia Crawford, 18, from Akron on Sunday, June 14th, in the city. 

As of Thursday afternoon, a murder warrant for 17-year-old Adarus Black of Lakemore was signed. Police believe that Black was the suspect that pulled the trigger from inside of the black Chevy Camaro that was caught on surveillance camera around the time of the shooting, about 1:25 p.m. Sunday, at East North Street and North Howard Street. 

APD Suspect 1

In addition to the murder warrant for Black, two other warrants were issued; one for Obstructing Justice and Tampering with Evidence for 18-year-old Jaion Bivins of Akron (pictured below). Another warrant for Janisha George, 24, of Tallmadge (pictured below), for Obstructing Justice.   

APD Suspect 2APD Suspect 3

Multiple news outlets are reporting that police believe that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, adding that they do not believe the suspects knew Na'kia. She was shot multiple times while sitting at a traffic light in her car with her grandmother who was unharmed. Initally after the shooting, there were reports that the suspect was a white male. Police never confirmed that they were looking for a white male in the case, only that they had received a tip saying it was a white male. Per their press release Thursday, Akron Police said, "Additionally, we have received information from our community that has been beneficial in creating a timeline of events." The department never released any official description of any suspect related to the case, only the photos and description of that suspect vehicle.  

Regarding the suspect vehicle, police say that at least one of the suspects has a connection to that Chevy Camaro, but they have not stated who the owner is. It was reportedly found abandoned in Cleveland and has since been transported back to Akron for processing. 

In a statement released shortly after all warrants were signed, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released the following statement: 

“While nothing will ever bring Na’kia back, we hope that these pending arrests will bring some sense of justice to this grieving family. I thank the detectives and leadership of the Akron Police Department for their skilled investigative work and I strongly encourage the remaining suspects to contact the Akron Police Department to peacefully turn themselves in today.”

Na'kia had just recently graduated from Akron's North High School and had committed to attending Central State University starting this fall. She was pronounced dead at Summa Akron City Hospital less than 12 hours after she was shot Sunday afternoon. Since her death, a Na'kia Crawford Memorial Scholarship fund has been started in her honor. 

Akron Police, meanwhile, are asking the public's help finding Black, Bivins, and George, who they caution are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous. Police add as a warning not to post any tips to public forums such as Facebook. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 09:44

UPDATE: Suspected Killer Found Dead in California

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UPDATE: Akron Police are reporting that the suspect, Chester Walker, was found dead in Santa Monica, California, from a suspected suicide. 


Akron Police are looking for the suspect in a murder along Manchester Road in the city Wednesday morning.  

According to the report, when officers arrived at the scene of the shooting around 11:30 Wednesday morning, they found a woman laying unresponsive in the garage of the home in the 1700 block of Manchester Road. APD says the victim, later identified as 52-year-old Twyla Pettiford, suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Detectives later identified the suspected shooter as 53-year-old Chester "Billy" Walker (pictured), a black male, 5'10" tall, weighing about 205 pounds.

A murder warrant has been issued for Walker, who is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Detectives Bureau at 330.375.2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330.434.COPS. You can also anonymously text "TIPSCO" to 274-637. 

Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:56

Ray Horner Podcast - 6/18/2020

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:17 - Producer Tony will not be at work Friday because he is getting married! He talked on the show about planning a wedding during a pandemic and despite social distancing, they plan to have a good time. 6:19 - Senator Sherrod Brown called into the program to touch on a few subjects, from his Justice in Policing Act inside the Senate to extending unemployment and praising Governor Mike DeWine’s leadership. 13:08 - One of the busiest areas during the pandemic and lockdown have been the food banks and dealing with the long lines. Dan Flowers from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank came on to talk about feeding the families in need and thanking those who’ve made monetary contributions. 18:04 - Brands are beginning to take long, hard looks at the history of their names and logos, and Quaker Oats did so by doing away with Aunt Jemima maples syrup. Is Cream of Wheat next? What about the Dixie Chicks? And how about pro sports teams such as the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians?

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 09:36

Ray Horner Podcasts - 6/17/2020

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Part 1

:17 - Akron mayor Dan Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the most important issues in the country and how they're affecting the Akron area. The mayor first talked about the Coronavirus, then he talked about the death of 18-year-old Nakia Crawford and the recent police reform legislation, both locally in Akron and nationally.

11:13 - Who are Antifa? What is the Boogaloo? Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler from the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron came on to talk about the protests these last few weeks, who may be behind the violent riots and looting, and how to parse out which information is politically biased or not.

Part 2

:17 - Cases are starting to pile up in southern states like Texas and Florida. Should these areas that are getting hit hard require all their citizens to wear masks?

5:45 - Are those aforementioned southern states experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, or is this still the first wave? It's been a while since University of Akron microbiologist Dr. Richard Londraville has been on the show, and he touched on what he's learned about the virus since his last visit.

13:02 - Now that Ohio has reopened much of the state, the farming industry is making a slow rebound. Ty Higgins from the Ohio Farm Bureau talked about the packing plants and how meat is returning to the shelves. He also mentioned the country fairs will be back, albeit at a scaled-down level, and how we'll see a crop surplus come fall.

19:03 - Pro sports are still up in the air. Major League Baseball is in a crisis between its players, the owners, and the commissioner, and the NFL's annual Hall of Fame game may be in jeopardy. And now Kyrie Irving wants to start his own basketball league?

(Akron Marathon) The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation’s Board of Directors and staff have announced the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay, and related race weekend events, including the Health & Fitness Expo and the Kids Fun Run scheduled for Sept. 25-26, will be held virtually due to COVID-19—and with an experience you’d expect from the Akron Marathon, including a “Blue Line Box” race day kit.

The Akron Marathon staff conducted countless scenarios while working with the Summit County Public Health, City of Akron leaders, and race partners to determine any possible way to host its 18th annual event, and after months of conversation, the event was deemed too great a risk for runners and citizens.

“The Akron Marathon excels at logistics, and we always want to cover every possible angle for our runners, this year especially. We explored hosting a physically distanced race which would lower our field to a maximum of 3,800 runners and it would take nearly two hours to get through the start line. These types of modifications, while easy for us to execute, would tax the City of Akron in extending road closures, plus the cost of newly identified items post-COVID including masks and hand washing stations, not only would our nonprofit be losing money—we’d be risking the wellbeing of our runners,” states Anne Bitong, president & CEO of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation.

With every scenario explored, the Akron Marathon team and Board would ask questions like: Is it safe? Can we host the same top-notch experience that we always do? Are we okay with offering a different experience? Does it make financial sense? And every time, an answer would come back negative.

“From the beginning, our top priority has been the health and safety of our runners,” shares Bitong. “We’re in the business of creating a world-class experience for our participants, and even though it will be virtual this year, our team is working to ensure that the runners’ experience will still be one to remember. Over the last several months, we’ve heard your stories, seen your tags on social media, and see this community still running their Blue Line. We can’t begin to tell you how much you’ve inspired us, and with this virtual race, we hope to give you a little of that inspiration back to you.”

Runners who have already registered for the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay or Kids Fun Run will have the option to keep their registration and participate virtually, donate their registration fee, or defer their entry to a future race. Race organizers will be reaching out to registered runners to communicate available options. Runners who have not yet registered can register for the virtual experience through June 30.

While the details of the Blue Line Box are still being confirmed, signature race elements like a runner’s bib and Akron Marathon swag, as well as a virtual Expo experience, and virtual Finisher’s Festival are all being lined up by the team, with full support from its presenting partners, including the City of Akron, Akron Children’s Hospital, FirstEnergy, Summa Health, SummaCare and Signet.

“The Akron Marathon has a rich and vibrant history as one of Akron’s premier community events,” states Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “As Akron’s Mayor and an avid cyclist, the opportunity to serve as a lead bike for the marathon’s world-class athletes is a highlight of my year. While I share the community’s disappointment, I applaud the decision to put the wellbeing of participants first. Nothing can erase the Blue Line from our streets, or our hearts – and while we cannot share the experience together this year, I am confident the virtual event will be a memorable, inspiring alternative for our community.”

“As title sponsor, FirstEnergy supports the decision to run The Akron Marathon virtually to protect the safety of everyone involved,” said Charles E. Jones, chief executive officer of FirstEnergy. “We are committed to maintaining our support and offering virtual cheers for participants this year, and our employees look forward to lining the streets in 2021 to support the runners.” 

Additionally, runners looking to go the extra mile can become a Children’s Champion or make a donation to support the patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital. Since 2016, Akron Children’s Hospital has served as the title beneficiary of the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series.

“The FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay is a community-wide celebration each Sept., and Akron Children’s Hospital looks forward to safely joining the runners, sponsors, volunteers and the community along the Blue Line in 2021," said Akron Children’s chief strategy officer Shawn Lyden.

To register for the virtual FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, Kids Fun Run or to become a Children’s Champion, please visit at

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 08:48

Ray Horner Podcasts - 6/16/2020

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Part 1

:17 - On Monday, coming off the deaths of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and Nakia Crawford in Akron, Ward 5 councilwoman Tara Samples posted an open letter addressing the concerns of the community. She addressed those concerns on the air with Ray Horner.

9:25 - For more on the civil unrest and weathering trust between various communities and the police, the morning show panel talked in depth about this.

20:00 - Another area in food and hospitality that has been hit hard is the breakfast industry.

Part 2

:17 - The weather may heat up this week, but it’s good to get out of the house and one’s comfort zone and get some exercise. Dr. Mark Cipriani from Summa Health is here to help, and he talked about everything from the importance of walking to proper hydration and ice application.

8:29 - COVID-19 is still a threat no matter the region of the country. Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Dr. Debbie Plate discussed the continued need for social distancing, the outlook of flu season, and more on the antibody tests.

17:49 - From Prism Wealth Management and Financial Focus heard Sundays on WAKR, Robert Dodaro talked about investing in these times, 401(k)s back up, and affording and applying for student loans.

Akron Police have released two photos of the possible suspect vehicle connected to the murder of 18-year-old Na'Kia Crawford. The photos were taken around the time Crawford was shot Sunday afternoon near the intersection of North Howard Street and East North Street. That's where police found Crawford inside her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.
The vehicle is described as a black sports car with dark tinted windows. There is no official description of the suspect yet, but Akron Police Lieutenant Michael Miller says that the shooting appears to be random and not related to a road rage incident. 
Suspect Vehicle 2
Na'Kia had just recently graduated from Akron North High School and was planning on attending Central State University in the Fall. A candlelight vigil was held for Na'Kia at the scene of the shooting Monday afternoon, as family members called for the suspect to turn himself in. 

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has issued the following statement on the recent murder of Na’kia Crawford:

“Na’kia Crawford was a young woman who deserved a life and a future.  She was a recent high school graduate, preparing to start the next chapter of her story at Central State University.   Her senseless murder is devastating, not only to her family and friends, but to the entire Akron community. I spoke with Nakia’s father and uncle, who I know, early this morning, and my heart truly goes out to all Na’kia’s loved ones in this time of incredible grief and pain. These events are extremely real and important to me and to the Akron Police detectives investigating Na’kia’s death,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.  

“I feel that it is essential to say clearly and loudly: Black lives matter.  Nakia Crawford’s life mattered.” 

APD has identified the passenger in Crawford's car as her grandmother, who was uninjured in the shooting.

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Akron Police Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman Sunday. 

According to the APD report, the woman was sitting in her car near the intersection of East North Street and North Howard Street Sunday afternoon around 1:25 p.m. That's when she was reportedly shot several times by a suspect driving by in an unknown vehicle. 

The victim, who has since been identified as 18-year-old Nakia Crawford of Akron, was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital where she later died...

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