Summit County's new Prosecutor, Elliot Kolkovich, will be sworn in during a ceremony at the Summit County Courthouse at 2:30 this afternoon.

He was chosen by The Summit county Democratic Party's Central Committee to fill out retiring Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's term through the end of the year.

She retired for health reasons, and Kolkovich will have to run in the November election to hold the seat.

Kolkovich graduated from the University of Illinois with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Print Journalism in 2002 and 2003 respectively. After working as a freelance writer and then interning in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, Kolkovich enrolled at the St. Louis University School of Law in the Fall of 2006 as a part-time student. While attending law school, he interned at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office for a summer and worked part-time for a small personal injury law firm.

After graduation in 2010, he moved to Ohio after his wife accepted a job with the Ohio State University. While waiting to take the bar, Kolkovich interned with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in the Criminal Felony Division and for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Antitrust Division. Upon passing the bar, Kolkovichaccepted a position in the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile Division, prosecuting abuse, neglect, and dependency cases.

He moved to the Criminal Felony Division in February 2012. Kolkovich served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio for eight months before returning to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office as the Community Outreach Prosecutor in May 2023.

The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

This week's athletes are from Coventry High School. 

Madison Badida is the Captain of the Coventry girls bowling team. She's in Soccer and Track and Field as well. Her accomplishments include: 2023-24 District Bowling Qualifier, 2023-24 Metro Athletic Conference 1st team, 2022-23 Metro Athletic Conference 2nd team, and MAC Scholar Athlete Award in all sports. Madison's Bowling Average is 157.8 for the season. She received Varsity Letters in soccer (2 years) and bowling (3 years). Madison excels in the classroom as well. She is an Honor Roll Student with a 4.13 GPA. She's in the Scroll Club and the National Honors Society. Madison is also the Vice President of Chamber Ensemble and an early graduate for 2024.
Jaden Keenan is the 2023-24 - Captain of the basketball team and a 3 year varsity letter winner. He averages 15.4 points per game, 2 assists 2 steals and 5 rebounds per game.  Jaden posted 4 double doubles this year,  5 games with 20 plus points. Jaden's basketball accomplishments include: 2022-23 Complete Player Award, MAC Scholar Athlete Award for 3 years, and Coventry Basketball All-Academic team. Jaden is also in Track and Field, high jump, hurdles, and on the 4x100 relay team.  He is the 2023 - Best Field Event Award recipient, won the MAC Scholar Athlete Award for 2 years, and is a2 year Varsity letterman.  Jaden's academic career is impressive, he is a College Credit Plus student with a 3.81 GPA. Jaden is a member of the Comet Unity and the National Honors Society. 
Thursday, 22 February 2024 07:43

Vladimir Putin a Dictator?

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Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler, Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at The University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. Has Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, turned Russia into a dictatorship? Dr. Kaltenthaler explained how the United States sees it, and how our view may differ from the rest of the world.
Wednesday, 21 February 2024 07:52

Scam Education & More with Sheriff Fatheree

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Sheriff Kandy Fatheree joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. She talked about scams, cyber security, and deputy recruitment.



Akron Police are investigating two incidents of extreme violence that ocurred in different parts of town on Monday, and they're asking for your help to bring those responsible to justice.

26 year old Carlos DeJesus Godineaux, of Akron, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the 900 block of Bellevue Avenue in the city's Sherbondy Hill neighborhood at about 4:00PM Monday afternoon. So far, all police say they have pieced together of the crime, is that several males were seen running away. Who they are, and where they went is still a mystery.

Also a mystery today, is the identity of the masked attacker wearing dark clothing that left a 35 year old woman semi-conscious and severely injured in the 700 block of Chalker Street, on North Hill, Monday morning at about 10:00AM.

At this point, they say it could have been an isolated incident, perhaps domestic-related; but they don't really know for sure, and that is why they are asking for tips on this incident as well.

The woman survived the attack, but they say she's still in the hospital, and in critical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call he Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.

  • You can also provide anonymous information to any of
    the following
  • The Summit County Crimestoppers, call 330-434-COPS
  • Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637
  • Download the Akron PD app and submit information by texting Tips411, or by or accessing the link on the Akron Police website:

*This story was updated to include the name of the homicide victim, Carlos DeJesus Godineaux.

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 07:06

Surgical Advances for Chronic Back Pain

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Dr. Gordon Preston,Orthopedic Surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. Dr. Preston specializes in spine surgery. He discussed advancements in back surgery for those that suffer from chronic back pain.

Monday, 19 February 2024 08:42

Haven of Rest Ministries

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This week's Business of the Week is the Haven of Rest Ministries. Mike Solosky, Donor Relations Coordinator at Haven of Rest Ministries, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show.



Business of the Week is brought to you by Direction Home.

Monday, 19 February 2024 07:46

Akron's Black History

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Akron Historian, Dave Lieberth, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. He talked with Ray about Akron's Black History.

Saturday, 17 February 2024 05:40

Wings Over America: NASA Testing New Space Plane In NE Ohio Featured

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A new era in space exploration is unfolding at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility near Sandusky, Ohio.

That's where they're testing the new autonomous Dream Chaser Space Plane, made by Colorado-based, Sierra Space.

The first of its kind, named "Tenacity", is currently undergoing rigorous testing, with plans for it to travel to the International Space Station for the first time, later this year.


Photo Credit: Sierra Space

To find out why this new, reusable vehicle with retractable wings that can land on any runway, could usher in a whole new era in space exploration and commercial development; listen now to our conversation with Senior NASA Glenn Research Center Project Manager, Lucas Staab, and Jake Ingram, Director of Programs at Sierra Space.

Friday, 16 February 2024 08:36

3 Pointers with Tim Alcorn

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Tim Alcorn, voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, joins Ray Horner every Friday. Alcorn answers 3 questions about the team, the sport, and more. 

This week's questions:
1 Talk about the team prior to the All Star Break.
2 Jim Chones is back! Talk about his absence.
3  Arenas that lack enthusiasm. 
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