Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan easily fended off his Democratic primary challenge from Greg Harrison, winning with more than 78 percent of the vote.
He will face Republican Josh Sines, in the November election.
It's going to be a whole new ballgame on Akron City Council, after yesterday's primary election.
Long-time city council members Marilyn Keith, Veronica Sims, Bruce Kilby, Bob Hoch, and Zack Milkovich are out.
Jeff Fusco, Linda Omobien, Rich Swirsky, Margo Sommerville, Russ Neal, Mike Freeman, Donnie Kammer and Tara Mosely-Samples won their primary challenges.
New to council heading into the general election in November on the Democrat side, are Ginger Baylor, who will be running for an at-large seat, Phil Lombardo, who beat Bruce Kilby in Ward 2, Brad McKitrick who beat Bob Hoch in Ward 6, Shammas Malick who beat Curtis T. Walker, Sr., in ward 8, and Sharon Connor, in Ward 10, who beat Zack Milkovich.
On the Republican side, Cynthia Blake, Henry Todd, and Monica McNatt will be vying for a council at large seat. Brenda Rongone Costarella, Todd Kleintop, Michael Downey, and Jackie Williams ran unopposed, and will face Democratic challengers in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6.
For more details from the Summit County Board of Elections, click here.
:17 - As expected, magazine subscriptions are at all-time lows now. AARP magazine is number one, while Reader’s Digest comes in at #4. The panel also talked about ESPN: The Magazine pulling the plug this week, as well. 4:21 - Scott Callahan has been the head coach of the Hoban Knights girls basketball team for the last decade, but he has decided to step aside. Callahan talked to Ray about his decision 10:55 - Speaking of Scotts, our movie guy is named Scott Wynn, and he talked about what’s happening at the movie houses this weekend. Mainly movies not named Avengers: Endgame. 13:03 - Executive director of the ADM Board here in Akron, Jerry Craig, stopped by the studio to thank the frontline workers and first responders for those in this opioid epidemic. Jerry also talked about how the community has come together in these last five years to address this sad situation. 19:21 - Social security is on the minds of many, and News 5’s Jonathan Walsh is in Washington D.C. to get answers on spousal entitlements.
The Stow Police Department are looking for help finding missing 17-year-old Lauren Nicole Sheppard who hasn't been seen since early March.
According to a post to the Stow Police Facebook page, Lauren was last seen leaving her home in Stow on March 3rd, 2019. Her mother told police that she had a small duffel bag. Police report that she may be in the Akron area.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Stow Police Department at 330-689-5700.
Congratulations to our 1590 WAKR Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year Scholarship Award Winners Nate Dobben of Norton High School and Alexis Radcliff of Kenmore-Garfield High School.
Both were awarded $1,000 scholarships on Wednesday evening as part of that night’s festivities. The banquet was held at St. George’s Fellowship Centre inFairlawn.
Nate says he’s humbled and honored with the scholarship.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Dobben said. “I really am grateful to receive this scholarship, it’s an amazing thing especially with so many amazing students here.”
Dobben played both football and basketball at Norton. He was also part of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Senior Class Vice President.
Upon graduation in the spring he will be studying Electrical Engineering in Fall of 2019 at the University of Akron.
Our next Student Athlete is Alexis Radcliff, from Kenmore/Garfield High School
She also talked about the honor and what it means for her future.
“It really means a lot and it’s really going to help me,” she said. “I’m so glad I got selected for this scholarship.”
This year Alexis was Academic All City, Player of the Year, and a member of the First Team in the Akron City Series.
Upon graduation in the spring, Radcliff plans on studying business management in college.
Thanks again to our sponsors Dominion East Ohio, TLC Catering, NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital. Also thanks to G&G Fitness for sponsoring our Coaches of the Week.
We look forward to next year’s Student Athlete Banquet honoring high school athletes from the 2019-2020 school year.
Todd Casten, 47, of Ravenna Township was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly drove his car into a Portage County Sheriff's cruiser... in reverse.
He was drunk... allegedly.
According to the press release from the Portage County Sheriff's Office, at about 1:20 Monday morning, one of his deputies was parked at the Circle K in Blackhorse, Ravenna Township, when he noticed Casten acting peculiarly. When he pulled out of the parking lot, Casten drove his car off the road, into a ditch. That's when the deputy turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop Caten, who put his car in reverse and hit the gas, ramming into the deputy's cruiser. Casten then pulled away, trying to flee, but the deputy followed him, calling for backup. Not too far from the Circle K, on Spring Street, Casten stopped his car, and attempted to run, fighting with deputies in the process.
He was eventually arrested, charged with felony assault on an officer, failure to comply, resisting, and... his 10th OVI.
He's reportedly still being held in the Portage County Jail.
The Akron Zoo is mourning the loss, but more celebrating the legacy, of female Humbolt penguin Emmanuelle who was euthanized last week.
At 36-years-old, Emma, as she was known, was the oldest, zoo-born female Humbolt penguin in an accredited zoo. Emma, who's been retired since 2013, far-exceeded her life expectancy of 16 and a half years, according to a press release from the Akron Zoo.
The decision to euthanize was made last week as Emma was no longer responding to treatments she was being given for old age.
Born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1983, Emma has called the Akron Zoo home since 2004.
See more about Emma at the Akron Zoo website.
As the number of measles cases continues to rise nationwide, word that if you are a certain age, and have already received the vaccine; that might not be enough to protect you.
Dr. Tim Brown from Cleveland Clinic- Akron General, talked to Ray Horner about it this morning, and has the latest advice from the CDC.