Monday, 04 February 2019 12:36

APD Looking for Attempted, Robbery Suspect

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Akron Police are investigating one attempted robbery and another actual robbery, both committed Friday night within a couple of hours of one another and within just about 5 miles of one another, too. 

First, just after 7 o'clock Friday night, a man wearing a ski mask walked into Two Monk's Brewery Company at 352 Massillon Road. Walking toward the bar, and motioning to his waistband like he was pulling out a knife, demanded money. That's when the bar owner pulled a handgun and the suspect fled. 

Later Friday, at about 9:30, a suspect walked into Italo's at 1910 Brown Street, jumped the counter, and actually pulled a knife, demanding money from the register. In the second robbery, the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

According to the police report, though, APD says that during the second robbery the suspect dropped the knife inside the restaurant. 

It's hard to get a spot-on description, given the suspect was wearing a mask in both incidents, but APD has released a description of a black male, between 18 and 23, wearing a black mask, all black clothing, standing between 5'10" and 6'. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490. 

Monday, 04 February 2019 10:38

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/4/2019

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:17 - In a real barn-burner of a Super Bowl, the Patriots defeated the Rams, 13-3, in the lowest scoring game in its 53 contests. Ray, Tony, and Jeanne talked about all aspects of the big game, including the contest itself, the commercials, and the halftime show.

15:15 - Last week, Barberton mayor Bill Judge came on to discuss some layoffs happening in his city. Well, things took a positive turn over the weekend, as the city was able to work on some figures and avoid those layoffs, and Mayor Judge talked about how this was accomplished and what’s to come.

22:11 - It’s Monday, and Miller’s Rental & Sales is our Business of the Week! Brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering.

35:16 - And finally, Ray and Tony talked more about the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which has become quite the spectacle over the decades. Ray contends it was a good decision to have Maroon 5, a mainstream pop band, perform, but Tony thinks no one can be pleased and may as well just have marching bands take the stage.

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:48

Ray Horner Podcast - 2/1/2019

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:17 - With Sunday being the Super Bowl, Friday’s show had plenty of football themes. Ray and Tony talked about the top ten football movies of all time, with some honorable mentions just off the list.

7:26 - But not everything about football was positive. Malone University is dropping intercollegiate football as a cost-cutting measure, as the college has a $2.5 million structural deficit to contend with. Charlie Grimes, athletic director at Malone, joined the show to discuss the decision to cease football operations.

13:37 - If you’re of a certain age, you may remember a nightclub in the Akron area called Red’s. It may have closed in 1988, but its legacy lives on through owner Arnie Shapiro, who turned 95 this week.

17:29 - Temperatures have been rather frigid this week, with the highs being in negative digits the middle of the week. Ren Camacho, the new president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, called in to discuss how the airport deals with such bone-chilling conditions.

24:04 - As we wrap up this podcast and the week, the Akron Beacon Journal’s Bob Dyer and former NFL player Jay Brophy stopped by studio for some old Super Bowl memories from yesteryear. Brophy played in Super Bowl XIX, where his Miami Dolphins got trounced by the San Francisco 49ers.

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:41

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-2-1-19 Featured

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This week, hackers making headlines again, with a Cyber attack on the City of Akron, and out in California; sending scary messages through home security systems. We’ll also learn about a new super adhesive inspired by Gecko feet, drones that can fill potholes, and toasty new technology that can keep you warm even on the coldest days of winter.

***Please note: This show is now available as a podcast on Apple and Android devices. To find out how, follow these links: Apple, or Android

 


This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Nicole Lester, a senior basketball player from Norton High School.

 Nicole said she got into the game of basketball from her friends at a young age and stuck with it ever since.
 
She says that because of playing with a lot of her teammates earlier in life, it translates into the court now.
 
“It’s easy because you can read where everyone is going,” Lester said.
 
 

 
She said her head coach Brian Miller gets the most out of her teammates day in and day out, caring not only about them as players, but as students and people. 
 
“He’s really funny,” Nicole said with a smile. “He cares about us and our education first.”
 
Miller said Nicole’s leadership and positive attitude carries from the court to off the court.
 
“She is not interested in her stats only cares about winning and making sure the team is first,” he explained.
 
“She is a tremendous student. Her grades are excellent and she will have great success in her life.”
 
In addition to being a four year letter winner for the Lady Panthers, Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteering with the Youth basketball camp at Norton as well as father/daughter dances. 
 
Our next male Student Athlete of the Week is Nathan Dobben, a senior basketball player from Norton High School. 
 
Nate says he got into basketball at an early age and fell in love with the sport.
 
“In sixth grade I went out for the team and ever since then I’ve loved the sport and always wanted to play.”
 
Dobben is also a captain on the team this year and he takes his leadership role seriously.
 
“I feel like now as a senior I have to lead both vocally and by example,” he said. 
 
 

 
 
His coach BJ Sanderson had this to say about his senior leader.
 
“Nate is a phenomenal kid. Great grades, great manners, great family, and a great head on his shoulders,” Sanderson explained.
 
“He is a great example of the kind of student-athlete leading our program.”
 
Nathan is also a part of the National Honor Society , Key Club, and is the Senior Class Vice President.
 
Upon graduation in the spring, he plans on attending the University of Akron to study engineering. 
 
We wish Nicole and Nathan the best in all of their future endeavors. 
Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

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:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 11:10

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/31/2019

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:17 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge called into the program Thursday to discuss some of the layoffs coming to the city and how they tried consolidate services to make ends meet.

11:30 - Break out the orange golf balls and Whitey’s chili, it’s time for the 29th annual Chili Open! Jim Redmond from the Akron Rotary and George Murphy, president of Wayne Homes, stopped by to talk about Saturday’s event.

15:58 - There have been rumors about a new automaker looking to occupy the now-former GM plant in Lordstown, but who will come in and when? WFMJ (and former WAKR) news anchor Lindsay McCoy is plugged in to what is happening in the Mahoning Valley area, and she talked to Ray about what she has heard.

23:40 - Classical music and football rarely go hand in hand, but they will on Saturday night at the Canton Symphony! Assistant conductor Matthew Jaroszewicz stopped by the studio to preview their performance of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film The Freshman.

30:27 - The American Red Cross’ Acts of Courage is happening Thursday March 7th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on West Market Street. Mary Williams from the Red Cross came in studio to promote the event.

34:02 - Today, if he was still alive, would have been Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday. Ray and Tony talked about Jackie’s life and legacy, and the impact his character and performance continues to have this day.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:53

Infant Ibuprofen Recall Expanded

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A recall of infant ibuprofen has been expanded by Tris Pharma Incorporated, according to a report.

The New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company first recalled the infant ibuprofen drops back in November last year due to a higher concentration of ibuprofen in the drug than it was labeled, some doses as high as 10 percent above the advertised limit.

The affected medicine is Infants' Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 milligrams per 1.25 milliliters.

See more at WKYC.com

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:27

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/30/2019

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:17 - Late Tuesday morning, a rumor floated around the Akron area about Don Plusquellic throwing his hat in the ring for mayor. If you recall, Plusquellic was mayor of Akron from 1987 till May 2015. If the reports are true, would be be a real threat to current mayor Dan Horrigan?

10:19 - Today is the coldest day of the year (so far), with the high in negative digits. While schools and some offices in the area are closed, there is still some black ice on the roads, so Kevin Thomas from Akron AAA stopped by to give some travel tips for the icy conditions.

19:32 - Maroon 5 with Big Boi and Travis Scott will be entertaining folks at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. According to Ranker, Prince had the best halftime performance, which was Tony’s favorite. The panel went over some of their favorite performances and anything Super Bowl related.

30:02 - You know him from the silver and small screen. The star of such TV shows like LA Law and Psych and films Major League and 25 Hill, Corbin Bernsen, called into the show today. He’ll be appearing at the Akron RubberDucks Hot Stove Banquet this Friday.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:37

USPS Cancels Some NEO Postal Services Amid Cold

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The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday night that carriers covering certain parts of Northeast Ohio and beyond will not deliver mail Wednesday, January 30th, as high temperatures are not even expected to hit zero degrees in most areas. 

Areas with the following 3-digit zip code beginnings will not be serviced: 441,458, 452, 430-432.

See more from the USPS here

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