Wednesday, 07 August 2019 10:09

Ray Horner Podcast - 8/7/2019

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:19 - As the fallout continues after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ray brought up some facts on mass shootings. What constitutes a mass shooting? Have these gone up or down in recent years? The arguments between guns and mental health?

10:11 - With school starting soon, Ray invited Judge Linda Teodosio to come on and talk about the dangers of sexting. Specifically, what it may mean to the teens sending and receiving these photos, and what the parents can do to prevent these.

16:12 - Our new friend and nationally-touring comedian Bret Ernst stopped by to chat about football, since that’s his big passion. The panel went over a list of the top 25 quarterbacks of all time and shared their thoughts.

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:21

One Suspect Identified After Trio Robbed Couple

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Akron Police have identified one suspect and are looking for help finding two more in connection to a Monday night robbery along Grant Street.

According to the report, around 10:40, the victim and his girlfriend were walking in the 700 block of Grant Street when a group of three young men struck up a conversation with them. One of the men pulled out a gun, while another punched the victim and took his wallet. The group then fled the scene.

So far a warrant has been issued for 18-year-old Na'Poleon Hardiman (pictured) of Beardsley Street in Akron. Another suspect was described as a young black male, between 14 and 16 years old. There was a third suspect, but not much of a description was provided.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police Detectives at 330-375-2TIP (2490). 

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:50

Gov. Proposes Gun, Mental Health Initiatives

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While Governor Mike DeWine spoke at a vigil for the 9 victims who were killed outside of a downtown Dayton bar early Sunday morning, he was met with chants of "DO SOMETHING!" and "WE WANT CHANGE!" and more. 

The Governor, in his first term in office, said Tuesday's announcement is exctly that, action. While adding that the measures he's presenting to the General Assembly are not "magical" nor are they the answer to all of gun violence problems in the state, they will help. 

See the outline of the items presented by DeWine to the General Assembly on Tuesday morning: 

Safety Protection Orders. People should be empowered to get help for family or loved ones who may be a danger to themselves or others, who have mental health challenges, alcohol or drug problems, have violent tendencies, and have access to firearms. Police and sheriff’s deputies also need to be able to activate the court system when they see someone who is a danger to themselves or others and has access to a gun.

Governor DeWine is asking the legislature to pass a law to allow courts to issue Safety Protection Orders. These orders would be granted upon clear and convincing evidence, would remove firearms from potentially dangerous individuals and get them the mental health treatment they need.

Individuals could be subject to a safety protection order if they present an imminent risk of injury to themselves such as suicide, or to another person because of mental health issues, drug dependency, chronic alcoholism, or other serious conditions. However, these concerns have to be balanced against an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and their due process rights.


A hearing would have to be held within 3 days of the filing. A temporary order could be granted if the state shows by probable cause that the person is a danger to themselves or to others and has access to firearms. If the temporary order is granted it would require the person to surrender all firearms to law enforcement.


If granted, a hearing would be held within 14 days to determine if an extended safety protection order should be granted. In this hearing, all the same, traditional due process rights would apply. If the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the person is a danger to themselves or to others, the extended order could be issued.


Under an extended safety protection order:

  • The court would order a mental health assessment.
  • The individual would be required to undergo any recommended treatment.
  • The individual would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms.
  • Any firearms from the temporary order would continue to be withheld from the individual.
  • In lieu of law enforcement keeping the firearms, individuals could have them sold on their behalf to a federally licensed firearms dealer.


Extended orders would last for a period of six months and could be extended with another petition and hearing. An individual could apply to the court any time after three months for a return of his firearms, only if the person could prove by clear and convincing evidence that they were no longer a danger to themselves or others.

Increased Access to Inpatient Psychiatric Care. Over the past several years, Ohio’s state psychiatric hospitals have become predominantly used by patients who are court-ordered there for restoration to competency to stand trial. This week 79% of the adults in our state psychiatric hospitals are under court order. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is working to create a process where courts and community-based providers can work together to restore competency for those to stand trial in an outpatient setting which will free more hospital beds and decrease wait time for admission. The Ohio General Assembly will need to pass legislation to create this community-based misdemeanor competency restoration process.

Early Intervention. As part of the 2019-2020 biennium operating budget the state is investing $675 million in wrap-around services for schools to design individualized programs, working with local mental health providers or social service organizations, to address the social and emotional challenges our students face. From suicide prevention to effects of the substance use crisis – these services are meant to help address issues that impact teachers’ ability to teach and students’ ability to learn. The earlier we can intervene in kids’ lives, and make a positive difference, the better.

Access to Behavioral Health Services. The Ohio Department of Medicaid is investing $15 million in telehealth mental health services to students, so no matter where a child lives, they have access to high-quality mental health care.


Risk Factor and Resource Identification. OhioMHAS will be working with communities to increase knowledge of risk factors, help parents identify when their child is showing warning signs of a mental illness. The department will share screening tools with clinicians, help connect community-based services to link parents, families, and school with proven supports and strategies to manage a child’s wellness over the child’s lifetime.


Background Checks. Governor DeWine is calling on the Ohio General Assembly to pass a law requiring background checks for all firearms sales in the state of Ohio with certain limited, reasonable exceptions, including gifts between family members.


Increased Penalties for Felons Who Illegally Possess Firearms. Gun violence occurs in neighborhoods and communities every day across Ohio and the nation. Law enforcement reports that the majority of this violence is perpetrated by a relatively small number of individuals who don’t have the right to possess a gun. Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase penalties on felons who illegally possess or use guns.


Increased Penalties for Violent Felons Who Illegally Possess Firearms. Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase penalties on felons and violent felons and other people found with a gun they do not have the legal right to possess. The crime of having weapons while under a disability is currently a third-degree felony punishable a maximum of three years in prison. This is a crime that for a first offense should be a second-degree felony punishable by two- to eight-years in prison and for a subsequent offense, should be a first-degree felony punishable by three- to eleven-years in prison.


Increased Penalties for People Who Commit Felonies while in Possessing Firearms. This proposal would increase penalties for people who commit felonies with a firearm or who possess a firearm while committing a felony to a mandatory additional one- to three-year sentence. Currently, the law allowing for an additional one-year sentence.


Increased Penalties for Brandishing a Gun. The General Assembly should pass a law that increases the penalty for those who commit a felony while brandishing a firearm to a mandatory three- to five-year sentence. Current law allows for an additional penalty of three years in prison.


Increased Penalties for Straw Purchases. So-called “straw” purchases, the act of purchasing guns for or giving guns to another individual are currently illegal under Ohio and federal law. However, this practice is far too common, so Governor DeWine is calling on the General Assembly to increase the penalty for a straw purchase to a second-degree felony punishable by two to eight years in prison. Today, the illegal purchase of a firearm through a “straw” purchase is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.


Increased Penalties for Illegally Obtained Guns. Governor DeWine is calling for an increase in the penalty for a person who possesses a firearm that they know was obtained through an illegal or fraudulent purchase in order to avoid a federal background check. A person who possesses the gun should be punished in the same manner as a person who bought the firearm, increasing the penalty to a second-degree felony punishable by two- to-eight years in prison.


Increased Penalties for Those Who Improperly Provide Firearms to Minors. Too many kids are carrying guns on the streets often with tragic consequences. Adults who furnish firearms to minors must be held accountable. Today, improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor is a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to 12-months incarceration. Governor DeWine proposes that the General Assembly increase the penalty for improperly providing a firearm to a minor to third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.


School Tip Line.  The DeWine administration is expanding the state’s school safety tip line, where kids and adults can call or text anonymously to 844-723-3764 with tips about potential school violence.


Social Media Monitoring.  In the 24-7 world of social media, threats can arise at any time. The Hub at the Ohio Department of Public Safety is expanding their ability to monitor and track potential threats on social media and will share that information with local school and local law enforcement.


Community Safety. The operating budget provides nearly $9 million to help harden soft targets like non-profits and religious organizations to make their facilities more secure.


School Safety and Intervention Programs. Working closely with Sandy Hook Promise, Ohio’s schools are implementing their “Know the Signs” safety program across the state. This program equips school staff with knowledge and skills to identify potential threats of violent action and take steps to intervene. There are 23 training dates already scheduled.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 09:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 8/6/2019

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:19 - Two days removed from the deadly massacre in Dayton, the facts about both that case and in El Paso are starting to flow out. In Dayton, the shooter was shot and killed within 30 seconds. How can a police force train for active shooters? Akron police chief Ken Ball explained this morning.

10:04 - How does a parent explain to his/her child about these shootings, in schools or elsewhere? Dr. Laura Markley from Akron Children’s Hospital shared some tips.

14:35 - The Indians lost 1-0 to the Texas Rangers last night, and they have a big series against their AL Central foe in the Minnesota Twins this weekend. Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio talked about last night’s game, and answered listener questions about Bradley Zimmer and athlete endorsements.

20:15 - Would you date someone with poor hygiene? A lot of single people will skip the second date due to that.

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Monday, 05 August 2019 11:34

Mayor Horrigan Responds to Dayton Massacre

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Following the deadly shooting in the Oregon District, a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio, reactions from leaders across the state and across the nation came pouring in. 

From calls for reform, and condolences, emotions were certainly high following the tragic loss of life early Sunday morning; especially considering less than 24 hours before, 20 people were shot and killed and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas Walmart. 

Below is the statement issued by Akron's Mayor Dan Horrigan: 

“I have been on the record on this issue from my first day in office. This is not inevitable; and we don't have to live like this. The state and federal governments have worked tirelessly to strip local officials - like Mayor Whaley and me - of any control over gun policy. But I have never stopped fighting for the safety of our citizens.

The terrorism of gun violence in America long ago reached epidemic proportion.When our children cannot attend school safely, when we cannot run errands without fear of attack, when we cannot securely gather as a community - the balance between our essential freedoms is lost and action must be taken.

Americans of all political stripes agree that now is the time to pass common-sense gun control. No person should be so heavily armed as to take nine souls, and forever scar 26 others, in less than 60 seconds, as happened in Dayton.” 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine responding as well, first ordering all flags at half-staff across the state, in honor of those who were killed in Dayton. Below is the statement issued by DeWine:

Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families. I have spoken with Mayor Nan Whaley and offered any assistance on behalf of the state. I have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous act. I commend Dayton Police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response to save lives and bring an end to this tragedy. I have ordered that flags in Ohio remain at half mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives this morning.

Monday, 05 August 2019 08:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 8/5/2019

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:19 - A sad and deadly weekend struck the communities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, and with the Gilroy, California shooting last weekend, put the total at three mass shootings in a week. Ray and Jeanne began Monday’s show breaking down what exactly happened, along with statements from Governor Mike DeWine and President Donald Trump.

9:46 - SACS Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff joined the show to talk about various issues relating to these mass shootings. With security measures, Dimoff talked about gun-free zones and warning signs to look for with potential shooters.

17:00 - In a much more lighter segment, veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs stopped by to answer questions on your pets, specifically on turtles and dealing with anxiety.

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Friday, 02 August 2019 11:56

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-8-2-19 Featured

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This week, parents who share too much online, Facebook’s big fine, a huge mobile merger, high tech dog houses, and a $200 dollar smart pillow.

Friday, 02 August 2019 08:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 8/2/2019

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:19 - We finally caught up with Akron mayor Dan Horrigan, who stopped by the studio. Not only did he talk about the area acquiring the Amazon fulfillment center, but he discussed the process and if there will be a spillover effect, causing more businesses to stay in or flock to Akron.

11:26 - The city of Dayton has passed a measure for their town’s employees to abstain from tobacco use due to rising healthcare costs. Is this a good thing, or will this be a slippery slope?

17:50 - After a week where Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood was released to rave reviews, we’re back to the high-impact action films in Hobbs & Shaw. Our movie guy Scott Wynn touched on those films this week.

20:38 - And finally, to end the week on a fun note, Ray mentioned the top ten one-hit wonders of the 1980s. Not surprisingly, Tony guessed every one of the artists correctly.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 10:12

Snow Leopard Cub First View @ Akron Zoo

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Photo op tomorrow for the media at the Akron Zoo, as the new little snow leopard cub preens for the cameras before her big name reveal and first public outing on Saturday. 

The cub's mother will choose between names presented on three snacks, and the first one she touches, will be what the female cub will be named.
Thursday, 01 August 2019 08:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 8/1/2019

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:19 - The second round of debates for the Democrats occurred this week, and there is a definite divide between the more moderate wing and the liberal side. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, broke down the debates with Ray, mainly on the ideological split, the attacks on Joe Biden, and the future of Tim Ryan.

7:40 - Speaking of Democrats, US Senator Sherrod Brown joined the show to talk infrastructure, the debates, and a little on the Indians’ trading of Trevor Bauer.

13:00 - Get ready to close your ears, it’s time for the most annoying songs of all time!

16:40 - And finally, master gardener Jeanne Poremski was on the run so she called in today. Topics with her discussed were more on the powdery mildew, growing cucumbers, finding mushrooms in the garden, and the health of our trees as we begin August.

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