Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:44

Show Dog Missing from Summit Fairgrounds

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Munroe Falls Police, and other local agencies are assisting in the search for missing Daria, a Saluki show dog that went missing after running from her owner at the Summit County Fairgrounds Saturday. 

The dog is said to be in or around the Stow area. 

See more from the Munroe Falls Police Facebook page below:  

Missing Saluki show dog has been spotted on 91 near Munroe Falls Ave. Photo to follow.

Judy Ellis’ Saluki female Daria escaped from the Summit County Fairgrounds Saturday morning. She is running scared in the Stow Ohio area, possibly with leash attached Judy is out searching for her but no sightings yet. 

She is very frightened and likely will not come to a stranger. 

Please contact Judy at 330 603-9741 by phone if she is seen. She has no internet so phone message only please

Monday, 26 November 2018 12:42

GM Announces Lordstown Closing

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The Lordstown General Motors plant will officially close its doors March first of next year, per WFMJ out of Youngstown.

The TV station's reporting that employees of the GM plant, that's been open since 1966, were notified of the closure date in a meeting this morning, right after a report that GM is closing it's Canadian plant.

Back in 2017, GM announced that it was cutting it's third shift at the Lordstown plant, which reduced the plant's staff by about 12-hundred employees. Back in April of this year, another 15-hundred employees were cut from the staff after they were told production would be cut down to one shift per day, leaving a little more than 14-hundred employees left on staff. In July, GM pointed to new tariffs on the auto industry as "detrimental" to their company.

Word from WFMJ is that the head of the UAW said that they will "keep fighting" to get keep that Lordstown plant up and running. 

Meanwhile, there's been reaction from state, local, and federal leaders, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio who released the following statement: 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown today blasted General Motors’ decision to lay off its final shift of workers and close its Lordstown plant in March of 2019. Earlier this year, GM announced plans to build the new Chevy Blazer in Mexico on the same day the company ended the second shift at a plant. GM received record tax breaks as a result of the GOP’s tax bill last year, and has eliminated jobs instead of using that tax windfall to invest in American workers.

“The workers at Lordstown are the best at what they do, and it’s clear once again that GM doesn’t respect them. Ohio taxpayers rescued GM, and it’s shameful that the company is now abandoning the Mahoning Valley and laying off workers right before the holidays. Even worse, the company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs, choosing to build its Blazer in Mexico,” said Brown. “GM owes the community answers on how the rest of the supply chain will be impacted and what consequences its disastrous decision will have on the Mahoning Valley and our state. My office stands ready to do everything we can to help these workers. This decision is corporate greed at its worst.”

GM has eliminated nearly 3,000 jobs at the plant over the last two years. After the GOP tax overhaul, GM is able to bring their $6.9 billion in overseas cash back to the U.S. at less than half of the tax rate the corporation would formerly have paid, and immediately deduct the cost of any new investments in plant and equipment. Despite these tax cuts and the company’s record revenues as reported in their 2016 SEC filing, GM is still moving forward with the Lordstown layoffs.

Brown has been a champion of workers at the GM plant. In April, when GM announced plans for layoffs in Lordstown, Brown wrote to GM CEO Mary Barra condemning the layoffs and urging GM to reverse its decision by using the tax windfall the company received from the recent tax cuts to invest in the Lordstown facility and its workers. Brown also took to the Senate floor to call on GM to invest in Ohio workers.

Brown has demanded answers from GM, arguing that Ohioans deserve answers as to why the Lordstown plant is cutting jobs despite having more cash on hand following the GOP tax cuts. Brown said GM cannot pocket billions of dollars in tax cuts and turn around and fire Ohio workers whose livelihoods depend on these jobs.

Brown has spoken with GM CEO Mary Barra and President Trump about the plant directly. Brown and Barra met in Brown’s office on June 5.

Earlier this year, Brown introduced his American Cars, American Jobs Act, as a way to support Ohio’s auto industry and keep auto jobs in America. Brown’s legislation would:

· Give customers a $3,500 discount when they buy cars made in America. This would cover all passenger vehicles made in Ohio and nearly 100 cars and trucks nationwide.

· Revoke a GOP tax cut on overseas profits from auto manufacturers that ship jobs overseas.

 

Monday, 26 November 2018 11:37

Murder Charges Filed in Missing Akron Woman Case

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UPDATE: Akron Police Detectives have officially charged Danny A. Hamby, 39, of Springfield Township, and Toni Kenney, 31, of Warren, with murder in connection to the death of Samantha Guthrie, 18, of Akron. 

Both Hamby and Kenney are already in Summit County Jail on charges related to Guthrie's disappearance on November 4th, where she was seen at a home in the 300 block of Lillian Street. 

According to the Summit County Medical Examiner, she died from a gunshot wound to the head. 

The Akron Police Department says that the missing person/homicide case is still under investigation. Two others were arrested in the case as well. 

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The Summit County Medical Examiner has positively identified the body that was found in a wooded area along Rex Hill Road in New Franklin early Sunday morning just after midnight as that of missing 18-year-old from Akron, Samantha Guthrie.

The cause of death, according to the report, was a gunshot wound to the head.

Guthrie was last seen November 4th at a home near the Akron Zoo, according to reports, where two people who were arrested say that they were there when she was shot. Akron Police have arrested two others, totalling four people in connection to Guthrie's disappearance.

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Akron Police, along with the New Franklin Police Department and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating after woman's body was found just after Midnight Sunday morning in a wooded area near Rox Hill Road in New Franklin. 

The victim's name is being withheld, pending an autopsy that scheduled for Monday. 

Meanwhile a Facebook page dedicated to the search for missing Akron woman, Samantha Guthrie who was last seen at a party at a home near the Akron Zoo on November 4th claims that her body was found as of Sunday morning. No confirmation from Akron Police.

Monday, 26 November 2018 10:58

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/26/2018

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:17 - Could you say the Bengals’ 35-20 loss to the Browns was “Hue-militating”? Ray and Tony kicked off Monday’s show talking about Baker Mayfield and the Browns taking it to former coach Hue Jackson.

9:57 - Who didn’t know the singers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lip-synced their performances? Apparently many didn’t, so Ray and Tony chatted about that and the parade in general, which seems to be lost on the younger generation.

17:40 - Dr. Gary Riggs is our veterinarian, and he stopped by to discuss anything from wolves to puppies and kittens at the holidays, seizures, and the use of squirt bottles as discipline.

30:56 - The world of driverless vehicles is rapidly becoming a reality. Will the negatives (job losses, salacious behavior inside the cars) outweigh the positives?

37:59 - Time now for our Business of the Week! Ray sat down with Cuyahoga Falls resident David Pelligra, owner of David Pelligra & Architects.

Friday, 23 November 2018 08:20

Akron Police: Help Find Murder Suspect

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Akron police are looking for a  suspect in the murder of 20 year old Shawn Prude of North Toby Terrace, who was found shot to death on South Arlington Street, on Monday morning.

They've identified the suspect as 21 year old Devon Williams, of Vicgross Avenue, in Akron, and they'are asking for help finding him. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous, and if you have any information --please call Akron police.

More information below:

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Suspect Identified, Warrants Signed
Thanks to the public’s help, the suspect involved in the homicide has been
identified as Devon Williams, 21, with a last known address on Vicgross
Avenue in Akron. Detectives signed a warrant for murder on Devon
Williams. The other two males have been identified and are not involved in
the homicide.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Devon Williams.
Devon Williams is 5’8” and 160 lbs. He should be considered armed and
dangerous.
On November 20, 2018 shortly after 10:00am in the morning, officers
responded to the 1200 block of South Arlington Street for a shooting. When
officers arrived, they found a 20 year old black male in the roadway with
several gunshots. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. The suspect
fled on foot.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Devon Williams is
encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-
375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-
WANTED; 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.

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Samuel Lord, a junior wrestler from Ellet High School. 

 He started wrestling at an early age, but now as a junior in high school, the grind and the discipline of the sport drives him and his teammates.

“The coaches push us to be our best and the athletes in there all really push each other to be better every day,” he said.

His coach Brian Biel said that the junior captain knows the meaning of working hard and staying focused.

"He leads by example and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches through his hard work, positive attitude, and pursuit of personal and team growth," he said,

Lord said that school always comes first and the coaches and his fellow teammates are always cognizant of that.

“Sometimes practices have to be short so we can get our work done, but it’s all about balance,” he said.

As always, the goal is States, but last year in just his sophomore season, Samuel was 6th in sectionals and 7th in the North Coast Classic. 

 As a team leader, he says leadership by example is more his style, but he’s not afraid to motivate a teammate when he knows they can do better.

Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Mason, a senior basketball player from Ellet High School.

 She learned the sport of basketball growing up with 6 brothers and grew to appreciate the game that way. 

“I just grew up around basketball,” she said.

She also appreciates her head coach Tina Wallace, who is a tough coach, but looks out for her team day in and day out. 

“She’s always there for us and always there to support us and teach us what we need to know,” she explained. 

 

 

Coach Wallace talked about Mason’s hard work on and off the court 

“She’s a relentless defender, first one in the gym, last one to leave, I call her the rock in your shoe” Wallace said.  

“But the most impressive quality is her character, Sarah has Great Parents and she truly exemplifies Student-Athlete.”

 Sarah is a four year starter and letter winner for Ellet and says it’s great playing basketball with people she’s grown up with and enjoys being around.

“It’s just a great feeling,” Mason said with a smile. 

Upon graduation in the spring, Sarah says she plans on attending the University of Akron to study art. 

We wish Samuel and Sarah the best in all of their future endeavors. 

 
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:40

UPDATE: Arrest Made in S. Arlington St. Murder

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Update: Akron Police have arrested 21-year-old Devon Williams in connection to the shooting death of 20-year-old Shawn Prude, whose body was found in the middle of South Arlington Street in the 12-hundred block early last week. A warrant was issued for Williams shortly after the shooting. He was arrested Friday and is charged with murder.

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Akron Police Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating homicide suspect Devon Williams of Vicgross Avenue in Akron.

On Wednesday, APD released a statement saying they've signed a murder warrant for Williams, who they are say shot and killed a man the morning of November 20th, 2018. 

Just after 10 a.m. on November 20th, police were called to the 1200 block of South Arlington on a report of a shooting. There they found the 20-year-old victim lying in the street with several gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead on the scene and identified as 20-year-old Shawn Prude of North Toby Terrace. 

Several witnesses came forward identifying Williams as the suspect, though two others were also identified. It was later determined that those two men were not involved in the shooting. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams is asked to call Akron Police Detectives at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc at 330-434-COPS. You can also anonymously text TIPSCO to 274-637. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:31

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/21/2018

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:17 - Is Black Friday shopping not what it used to be? Are you shopping for yourself or others? Are you looking forward to Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? WEWS News 5 consumer reporter Jonathan Walsh has you covered, from the big box stores to online shopping to gift cards.

11:55 - Rick McQueen will be stepping down as president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport at the end of the year, but he’ll have a busy final month. He took a few minutes of his time to talk with Ray about egress in and out of the airport.

16:02 - If you are doing some shopping and are an Indians fan, the team has some new threads for the 2019 season. Bob DiBiasio from the Tribe talked about the slight change in their uniforms.

24:09 - Having a few too many adult beverages Thanksgiving Eve? Arrive Alive has you covered. Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh called in to promote Arrive Alive, which is a program that sends a cab and takes one home for free (up to $65) around Summit County beginning at 6 PM.

30:14 - In her final in-studio appearance until April, our master gardener Jeanne Poremski stopped by to chat about indoor plants, especially ones used as gifts like the Christmas cacti.

38:13 - Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital checks in to discuss some gruesome injuries in sports. Redskins QB Alex Smith went down with a brutal injury 33 years to the day Joe Theismann had a very similar break.

43:17 - And finally, our movie guy and WQMX morning man Scott Wynn talked with Tony about what’s at the theaters this weekend. The big movies that will top the box office are Creed II and the animated Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:52

"Arrive Alive" to Prevent Drunk Driving

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(Summit County Prosecutor's Office) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh is today relaunching an anti-drunk driving campaign to help keep Summit County roads safe during the Thanksgiving holiday by providing free rides for people who’ve had too much alcohol to drink.

Arrive Alive provides free rides home up to a $65 dollar fare for anyone in Summit County who has had too much to drink while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.

WHAT: FREE Cab Rides for Summit County Residents for the Thanksgiving Holiday (up to $65)

WHEN: From 6pm Wednesday November 21 to 6am Sunday November 25

HOW: Call 330.475.7888

“Thanksgiving is a time for friends and families to get together and have fun. Driving drunk should not be part of the celebrations. As Summit County Prosecutor my mission is to help keep our streets safe,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “Thanksgiving Eve is typically one of the top days of the year for drinking alcohol. I want to make sure the holiday season does not begin with tragedy. I would like to thank our sponsors the law firms of Slater & Zurz, Kisling Nestico & Redick, Elk & Elk, and Bevan and Associates, as well as the participating taxi companies, Rides 4 Less Taxi and City Yellow Cab, for their support in this effort.”

Summit County residents who need a ride home because they’ve had too much to drink can call 330.475.7888. The program runs from 6pm on Wednesday November 21, 2018 through 6am Sunday November 25, 2018.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:32

Main St. Closures Starting Monday

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(City of Akron) As part of the Main Street Corridor projectDominion Gas line repair and replacement work will begin on Main Street in front of Lock 3 on Nov. 26, resulting in some closures and impacts between State Street and Bowery Street. One lane of north and south bound traffic will be maintained, and on-street parking will remain on the east side of the street.

The City of Akron and coordinating partners are working hard to continuously maintain proper pedestrian access to Main Street businesses and entertainment. Patrons are asked to use the sidewalk on the east side of the road and cross at the mid-street crossings that will be set up. Pedestrians can access Lock 3, Lock Next and the businesses directly across from Lock 3 via a mid-street crossing at University Avenue. Access to the Civic theatre will also be maintained with a mid-street crossing in front of the entrance by the Peanut Shoppe.

In order to best support activity downtown during construction, the City of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership will begin to work with the Main Street businesses to both promote current delivery service options and implement delivery services for more businesses, as well offer walking tours meant to help patrons navigate the downtown closures. 

Shortly after the completed of Dominion Gas work, which is anticipated to be completed the week of December 24, section 3A of the Main Street Corridor Project will begin in that same area.

The Main Street Corridor work is a two-phase project made possible through two federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Work on Phase 1 began July 9 and is expected to be completed in 2020. Throughout construction, the City will continue to host various stakeholder engagement activities in collaboration with the Downtown Akron Partnership, to ensure sustained dialogue about the project and its impact on the downtown community.

Phase 1 is a $31 million effort to reconstruct all infrastructure from building face to building face along the South Main corridor width, between Cedar and Mill Streets, including: new pavement with a lane dedicated to parking/buses/delivery vehicles,  new sidewalks, a permanent bicycle track, upgraded underground utilities, upgraded traffic signal equipment, smart LED lighting, a roundabout at Main and Mill Streets, storm water management improvements, and a complete rebuild of the State Street bridge.  Also included in the scope are all the amenities needed to make this an attractive corridor including landscaping and public benches. 

The City of Akron was awarded a second, $8 million TIGER grant in 2018 to help fund Phase 2 of the Main Street Corridor Project. Phase 2 will extend improvements to an additional segment of Main Street from Mill Street to Perkins Street/Route 59. It is the second phase of a 1.4-mile green corridor through the heart of the city. The stretch is designed to connect people to centers of education, employment, innovation, entrepreneurship, culture, entertainment and recreation.

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