Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:56

Homeless Services Halted at 15 Broad St.

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Once again, the property at 15 Broad Street in Akron's Middlebury neighborhood is being given the "cease and desist" order by the City of Akron, after it was found that homeless people were sleeping there, against the previous orders of the city. 

Earlier this year, Sage Lewis with Akron's Homeless Charity and owner of the property at 15 Broad St., was ordered to close down the Tent City homeless encampment on his property, in spite of his efforts to rezone the property to operate within the law. 

Now, Lewis has once again been given a deadline for those living on the property to move out; this time he has until Friday, July 26th. 

Lewis tells the Jasen Sokol Show on 1590 WAKR and 93.5 FM that he made everyone aware of the rule that barred anyone from sleeping on his property and that he did not know that it was still happening. 

"Every single person that was sleeping in my building knew that was my mantra," Lewis said. "We knew it absolutely black and white. There was not one person that didn't know that that was the cold hard truth, but they did it anyways." 

Since the most recent notification from the City of Akron, Lewis says that basically all of the services the Homeless Charity was providing for Akron's homeless population have stalled at the Middlebury property, including the pantry and day community center. He's hopeful, though, that he and the Homeless Chairty will still be able to provide services going forward, including mobile services Lewis says he's looking into. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:20

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/24/2019

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:19 - An ongoing segment when Tony Mazur fills in for Ray is what folks are outraged by today. Yesterday, it was someone mad at Macy’s because they sold “body-shaming” plates. Today, a journalist is upset with Forever 21 for selling shorts that say “Fake News.” This segued into a segment on Berkeley, California coming up with gender-neutral words to be used around town.

9:10 - Could Al Franken be back in the clear? Are the Democrats and #MeToo movement forgiving of him? And why do people in positions of power think they can do whatever it is they please?

17:42 - Talk of $15 and even $20 an hour for minimum wage has been going on this week, and that led the panel to discuss what their first jobs were and what they were like.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 07:12

UPDATE: Pipe Bomb Fugitive Arrested

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UPDATE: Springfield Township Police, along with the help of the US Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, have arrested Brian Capien of Akron.
According to police, Capien is alleged to have made death threats against several people, and then set off a pipe bomb near one of the victim's homes. No one was injured.
Capien was found hiding under a bed in a home in Brimfield Township Thursday afternoon. No word on whose home that was.
As of Thursday afternoon, Capien was still in custody of Springfield Township Police, but was to be transferred to the Summit County Jail. 

Police in Springfield Township are looking for an Akron man wanted for setting off an explosive device after he sent death threats. 

According to the release from Springfield Township PD, on July 20th, Brian Matthew Capien (pictured), of Akron, sent text messages to several people telling them that he was going to kill them and that he "had something for them." 

Later that same day, police say Capien was seen near one of the victim's homes setting off a homemade explosive then running away. 

Police say the device went off but didn't cause any injuries or significant damage. 

Capien's now charged with Possession & Use of an Explosive Device, Aggravated Menacing, Stalking, and Inducing Panic. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Springfield Police at (330) 784-1609.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 12:20

Akron Man Shot in the Foot During Argument

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Akron Police responded to Oakdale Avenue on a call of a man who was shot around 1 o'clock Monday afternoon.

There, they found the victim, a 23-year-old man, with a gunshot wound to the foot. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic akron General with non-life threatening injuries. 

According to the APD report, the victim and suspect were arguing over a woman when the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Jermarray C. Morrow (pitcured) of North Arlington St. in Akron, pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the foot. 

An arrest warrant for felonious assault has been issued for Morrow, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous. 

He's listed at 6 feet, 5 inches tall, 300 pounds. 

Anyone with information on Morrow is encouraged to call the 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.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 10:23

Akron Home Where Wells Shot Hit with Bullets

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Akron Police are investigating after shots were fired into a home on Weeks Street near the corner of 7th Avenue; the same home outside of which Joel "Joey" Wells, the 31-year-old brother of former Ohio State and Garfield High School running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, was shot and killed. 

The most recent incident happened early Sunday morning, around 4 a.m., according to The Akron Beacon Journal. In addition to that home, a car that was either parked in the driveway or garage, and a neighbor's house were hit with bullets. 

Police are reporting that witnesses said the suspect, or suspects, fired shots from a white, four-door vehicle. No other information has been released. 

Meanwhile, Akron Police are still investigating the shooting on the morning of Thursday, July 18th, just at about 8 a.m., when Joel Wells was shot in the head and killed. Reports are that Wells stopped by a friend's home on the way to drop his daughter off at preschool to change her diaper. He went inside the home and put his daughter down, then went back out to the car to get the diaper bag when he was shot. 

A vehicle description was provided to police from that shooting, detailing a black Jeep Wrangler. No suspects have been identified. 

Since the shooting, Beanie Wells has posted a $15,000 reward, matching that of local law law enforcement and Crimstoppers.

Akron Police tell local news outlets that there is more than likely a connection between the two shootings. 

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 09:00

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/23/2019

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:19 - The trailer for It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was released on Monday, and guest host Tony Mazur began the program discussing Tom Hanks’s new role and his childhood love of Mr. Fred Rogers.

7:58 - A topic near and dear to Tony’s heart is the outrage peddling happening in the present day. From the Gadsden Flag being racist to air conditioning being sexist, there is no shortage of outrage. Today’s big topic: dinner plates that fat-shame.

16:37 - The Indians took care of the Blue Jays last night, 7-3, thanks to rookie Oscar Mercado doing it all. Bob DiBiasio from the Tribe talked about the young outfielder and how he’s injected new life into the three-time reigning AL Central champs.

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Monday, 22 July 2019 11:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/22/2019

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:19 - The rumors have been circulating for a year or so, and as of 6 AM Monday morning, it became official: Amazon will open a fulfillment center at the site of the old Rolling Acres Mall. Guest-host Tony Mazur talked about this story as it broke, reading the press release about how this will create 2,500 jobs and wages beginning at $15 an hour.

6:09 - In less serious news, the panel discussed a story about a 35-year-old women in the UK who plans to marry…..a chandelier.

11:35 - Our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to touch on questions regarding pet dander, drooling, and other forms of furry affection.

20:20 - And finally, Bob Troyer called into the program to recap the weekend that was at the 82nd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

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Monday, 22 July 2019 06:44

Secret's Out: Amazon Coming to Akron

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It's official: Amazon is coming to Akron, and bringing with it roughly 1,500 new jobs; most of which that start at $15 per hour. 

In a statment issued early this morning, Amazon announced what's been speculated for a long time now, that the former Rolling Acres Mall property on the southwest edge of town, will be the new Amazon fulfillment center site.

The full statement from Mayor Dan Horrigan: 

“In Akron we have a proud history of innovation, resiliency, and re-inventing ourselves to meet the changing demands of a dynamic economy,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “We are thrilled to welcome Amazon to Akron, to transform this once blighted property into a thriving logistics and distribution hub. This is the single largest job-creating project we have undertaken in a generation. We look forward to continuing to partner with Amazon to empower the Akron community with employment, education and skills training opportunities.”

Reaction from around Summit County, as well, as County Executive Ilene Shapiro and County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise both say they're excited to welcome Amazon to the county, calling it the result of collaboration among local, regional, and state development partners. 

Amazon reenforcing its commitment to Ohio with another announcement that they'll open a second distribution warehouse near Toledo. The two new facilities will be the 7th and 8th Amazon hubs in Ohio.

The Akron facility, meanwhile, should be up and running by Christmas 2020.

Friday, 19 July 2019 09:34

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-7-19-19 Featured

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This week, we're talking about food and the technology that takes it from the farm, to your table. We'll also talk about how technology that can tell us the best time to drink coffee, and high tech umpires in professional baseball.

Friday, 19 July 2019 09:25

Ray Horner Podcast - 7/19/2019

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:19 - The Indians swept the Tigers and they are set to take on the Kansas City Royals. It’s pretty obvious the Indians have had a favorable schedule of late, but are there too many division games per season? What can be done? 3:42 - This weekend is the All-American Soap Box Derby, and FirstEnergy has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the event. CEO Chuck Jones called in to talk about the partnership.

10:10 - President Trump has confirmed the United States shot down an Iranian drone. What will this lead to, if anything? The panel discussed the current matters, as well as going back a few years to the Iran Deal.

15:22 - The weather will be scorching hot this weekend, so why not cool off in a movie theater and watch a(nother) Disney reboot? Our movie guy Scott Wynn chats about The Lion King on its 25th anniversary, as well as the Top Gun: Maverick trailer.

17:51 - As mentioned above, it’s Soap Box Derby weekend, and Ray sat down off the air with Ron Reed, author of the new book A Look Back, which chronicles the days of the derby from 1946 to 1959.

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