Akron Police say Jaion Bivins, 18, the second suspect in the murder of Na'kia Crawford, is in custody after turning himself in just after midnight Tuesday morning. 

Bivins, of Akron, was wanted for more than a week on obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence charges connected to Na'kia's death back on Sunday, June 14th. 

At about 1:25 p.m. that Sunday the 14th, Na'kia was shot several times while she sat in her car next to her grandmother at a stop light near East North Street and North Howard Street in Akron. The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Adarus Black, remains at large, per Akron Police. He is charged with murder. 


Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Black is asked to call Akron Police or the Summit County CrimeStoppers. 

A third suspect, 24-year-old Janisha George, turned herself in last Friday on obstruction charges. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 08:43

Ray Horner Podcasts - 6/23/2020

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Part 1

:17 - An uphill battle for Ohio schools with the Coronavirus still present. Akron Public Schools superintendent David James was a part of a Zoom conference call on Monday, and he talked about what was on the call on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Some of those topics include proper sanitization of skin and face wear, the virtual learning options for students, and awaiting the procedure guidelines handed down by Governor Mike DeWine.

15:25 - How are the markets fairing now that Ohio businesses have been open for about a month? Capital Financial Group’s Richard Peterson looked at the housing market, and how the economic recovery is going so far.

Part 2

:17 - Getting a glimpse on what’s been on his plate, Congressman Tim Ryan called into the program. Rep. Ryan touched on the ongoing trade talks with China, the civil unrest in the country, and how the auto industry in Northern Ohio will push on.

9:40 - For her weekly hit on the Ray Horner Morning Show, Dr. Debbie Plate touched on the recent spikes of COVID-19 happening across the country, and the continued importance of masks and social distancing.

19:18 - Ray took a stroll through Summit Mall, one of his first indoor excursions since the pandemic began….and he was pleasantly surprised by how the businesses and employees stressed keeping a social distance.

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 AkronMarathon.org.

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