This week, we're visiting Akron's "Makerspace", where tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs can use both new and old technology to create, explore, and innovate. We'll also learn about a new invention to make the electrical grid "smarter", how we may one day use the whole surface our homes to generate electricity, and technology that can enable you to actually see around corners.
Update: Gabriella McKenzie Borell, 10, who had been missing since about midnight Friday, has been located. No word on where, but Jackson Township Police say she was found early Friday morning.
An endangered missing child advisory has been issued out of Stark County this morning, for 10--year-old Gabriella McKenzie Borell. She was last seen around midnight in Canton. Gabriella was wearing a red Old Navy shirt with a American flag on it, pink shorts, and multi colored tennis shoes.
This is not an Amber Alert and there is currently no word on who she may be with, but she is believed to be in danger. Anyone with more information is asked to call 911.
(Ohio Attorney General) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Wayne County Sheriff's office statewide.
Information as of: July 12, 2018 at 10:20 PM
Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On July 12, 2018 at 11:30 AM, Mr. Blanar left his residence and failed to return.
The incident took place in Wayne County, OH on Hametown Road in the city of Doylestown.
The adult's name is Joe Blanar and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 92, is 5'09" tall, weighs 165lbs, and has gray hair and hazel eyes. Mr. Blanar has memory issues and can be forgetful. Law enforcement is concerned for his safety.
The vehicle involved is a silver 2013 Chevy Cruze with OH plate number EGM2839. Vehicle shown is not actual vehicle.
Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.
To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.
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Former Akron Police Chief James Nice is suing the City of Akron, Mayor Dan Horrigan, and current Police Chief Ken Ball for defamation of character according to the suit that was filed in U.S. District Court in Akron Tuesday.
In addition the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is looking to get Nice's guilty plea that was filed in February, tossed out. In the lawsuit, Nice said that he only pleaded guilty attempted unlawful use of property to avoid prosecution for more serious meritless offenses.
The City of Akron released a statement, pointing out that Jim Nice voluntarily resigned his position last August after "serious allegations" of conduct unbecoming an officer. The statement went on to say that "at no point did the City misrepresent any information or mislead the public" regarding those allegations.
Read the full text from the lawsuit and the full response from the City of Akron below:
City of Akron Response:
James Nice voluntarily resigned from the City of Akron on August 27, 2017, following serious allegations that he engaged in conduct unbecoming of a member of the Akron Police Department. When asked to respond to the allegations against him, James Nice chose to resign rather than face disciplinary action. James Nice later pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense related to his criminal misuse of a police database and surrendered his Ohio Peace Officer Training Certification. Throughout this period, the various allegations against James Nice caused the City of Akron and the men and women of the Akron Police Department significant unwanted disruption and embarrassment. At no point did the City misrepresent any information or mislead the public in any way regarding the former Chief’s apparent misconduct.
In 2018, the City of Akron and the Akron Police Department have moved on from that unfortunate chapter and are rightly focused on doing the critically important work of the Department – making Akron’s neighborhoods safer, protecting Akron homes and businesses, and improving the lives of Akron residents through engaged community policing. While it is unfortunate that any additional taxpayer resources will be spent responding to a frivolous lawsuit by the former Chief, the City and Akron Police Department will not be distracted from fulfilling the work the community expects and deserves - responding to the pressing needs and concerns of our citizens and pursuing meaningful solutions to those truly important issues facing our city.
(Akron Police Department) At 9 am on July 10th, W. Bowery Street will be closed to all through traffic, between W. Center Street and Water Street, as Cavanaugh Building Company, EDG and Akron Children’s Hospital begin work on a storm sewer connection.
Eastbound traffic from W. Center St. and W. Bowery St. will be detoured using W. Bowery St., W. State St. and S. Main St. Westbound traffic will be detoured using S. High St. and W. State St.
This work is expected to be complete by Friday, July 27th.
Drivers are urged to use caution as other construction projects are currently underway in the immediate area.
An Akron man died early Friday morning after a tree branch fell onto his car while he was driving along Front Street near 2nd in Cuyahoga Falls.
According to the Summit County Medical Examiner Gary Gunther's press release, 60-year-old Robert Musch was driving near the Gorge Metro Parks at around 5:50 Friday morning when a large branch from a tree snapped off and came crashing down on his vehicle. The 911 was placed at 5:52 a.m. and Cuyahoga Falls Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene.
Mr. Musch was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Akron City Hospital where he was pronounced dead, just about a half hour later at 6:23 a.m.
July 11, 2014:
"I'm Coming Home:" the article posted to SI.com, courtesy of Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, were the words of LeBron James: Northeast Ohio's Hero turned Villian turned Prodigal Son.
After winning a pair of titles in South Beach with his cast of characters, LeBron James vowed to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cleveland... To Akron... To Northeast Ohio...
June 19, 2016:
The final seconds had ticked off of the Clock in Oakland, California. Cavs 93, Warriors 89... Tears streamed down the cheeks of the two-time champion, four-time MVP, Kid from Akron...
Meanwhile, more than twenty-four hundred miles away, Cleveland, Ohio was swarmed with fans sharing the same tears, hugging perfect strangers, dancing on police cars while officers watched in shared jubilation.
He did it; he kept his promise. LeBron had returned to Cleveland and brought the title with him.
(Photo Credit: Justina Bucceri, Rubber City Radio Group)
June 8, 2018:
With still more than four minutes remaining on the game clock in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James walked off the court wearing number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While giving congratulations to members of the Golden State Warriors, who would go on to win Game 4, completing the sweep of the Cavs in the Finals, The Kid from Akron was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" from 20,562 fans, most, if not all of whom were on their feet.
Respect for the man who had put an entire team..., an entire city on his shoulders, and carried them all back to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row. A little help from his friends, sure; but "a little" doesn't begin to stress the perceived solo mission LeBron embarked on throughout the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
July 1, 2018:
The daylight was dwindling, but the heat still sweltered. With most of the region wrapping up the day, the news broke, just about 8 p.m.:
Just hours into the NBA Free Agency, LeBron's decision was made, speculation could rest, and a fanbase could be content with a superstar's decision and begin to move forward (or not).
It didn't take Cavs owner Dan Gilbert too long, much like after LeBron's first exit, to respond to LBJ's decision, but the difference in those two responses was night and day:
"We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see... A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.
Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called 'curse' was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.
None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.
LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron's connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.
LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line..."
July 2, 2018:
A deep breath.
A moment of reflection.
A realization that most of us in Northeast Ohio do not wake up with the presumption that an athlete or a sport is going to dictate how our day goes. For so many of us, there are our families, our friends, our pets (Hi Amos!), our careers, our hearts and our souls, our love, and the list goes on and on.
Taking solace in that, I tip my cap to you LeBron. I thank you for giving Northeast Ohio that moment on the night of June 19, 2016, when we cried tears of joy, alongside family, friends, and fellow fans; when you swelled a community with pride, love, and unrelenting joy.
This week, a major Supreme Court decision about cell phones and privacy, NSA surveillance, controversy facial recognition technology, and gaming addiction as an actual mental illness.
(SCPO) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today a new anti-drunk driving campaign to help keep Summit County roads safe by providing free rides for the July 4th holiday for people who’ve had too much alcohol to drink.
Arrive Alive provides free rides up to a $65 dollar fare for anyone in Summit County who has had too much to drink while celebrating the July 4th holiday.
WHAT: FREE Cab Rides for Summit County Residents for the July 4th Holiday (up to $65)
WHEN: From 6pm Tuesday July 3 to 6am Thursday July 5
HOW: Call 330.475.7888
“I feel this is extremely important to help keep our streets safe. For years I have fought to keep drunk drivers off the road,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “I’ve gone to the State Legislature to have our drunken driving laws strengthened. My hope is for everyone to enjoy the holiday while not putting others at risk. I would like to thank our sponsor AAA Akron, and the participating taxi companies, Rides 4 Less Taxi, City Yellow Cab, and Anytime Taxi 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 Tuesday July 3, 2018 through 6am Thursday July 5, 2018.
Sean Michael Blackburn. 33, of Akron has been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide for allegedly killing a 21-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man in a drunk driving accident back on April 7th.
According to the police report, Blackburn, who was driving while intoxicated, crossed North Main Street into oncoming traffic and hit Thomas Leslein's car head on.
Leslein died, two others in his car were seriously injured.
Blackburn denied being the driver, telling police that he was "too drunk to drive" and that another patron he was with at a local bar was driving his car. Blackburn reportedly even claimed at one point he didn't know who he was. Police say they found the keys to his car in his pants pocket. The police report shows that Blackburn blew a 0.119 in a BAC field test.
Copley Township Police Officers will be equipped with body cameras soon, after the board of trustees approved the measure at Tuesday's meeting.
The Township has entered a five-year deal with Motorola Solutions to buy 30 cameras at more than $45,000 the first year, which will be paid for by the funds in a law enforcement trust fund. The next four years of the contract are for nearly $19,000 per year.
The department employes 30 total officers, including 23 full time, all of whom will be equipped with cameras that record video and audio.
The Norton Board of Education has approved a reduction in the workforce, eliminating 27 total jobs, and reducing 33 full-time jobs to part time.
Superintendent Dana Addis recommended the reduction to the Board and Teachers Union.
Four schools are affected by the move, which takes effect August first.
Read more from the Barberton Herald.
Akron Police are looking for three suspects in a drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday evening, around 5:30, in the 800 block of Beardsley Street.
According to the APD report, a 43-year-old man was shot, though it is unclear how many times. He was taken to Akron City Hospital, treated, and eventually released.
The suspects are described as three black males in a silver or gray Dodge Stratus.
Police say the shots came from the front passenger-side window.
Anyone with information is asked to please call Akron Police.
Akron Police are looking for the suspect in an attempted armed robbery of the Valley Mart at 1752 Merriman Road Monday afternoon.
According to the APD report, the suspect walked into the Valley Mart with a scarf covering his face, threw a plastic bag in the clerk's face, pulled out a gun, and then demanded money.
The clerk complied, and put an undisclosed amount in the bag. That's when the suspect took off running, but didn't realize the clerk was running after him... armed with a broomstick! The clerk chased down the suspect and hit him over the back of the head with the broomstick, causing the suspect to drop the bag of cash and continue running away northbound on Weathervane Lane.
The suspect is described as a white male about 25-30 years-old, between 5'10" and 6'0" tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a black scarf over his face, black hoodie with white horizontal stripes, black shorts, and flip flops.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department.