Monday, 08 October 2018 12:29

Canton Detective Honored by DOJ

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The Department of Justice is recognizing the efforts of local law enforcement in the fight against opioid addiciton, honoring Canton Police Detective Mike Rastetter and the work of the department's Stark Outreach Support team.

The S.O.S. team consists of Detective Rastetter, who works VICE, a social worker and a nurse who connect with recent overdose victims and help get them into treatment.

S.O.S. has been operational for a little over a year, and in that time the city of Canton has seen a decrease from 55 overdoses in 2016 to 31 last year.

Detective Rastetter was recently in D.C. to receive the DOJ awad for innovation in community policing.

Monday, 08 October 2018 10:16

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/8/2018

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:27 - Ray begins Monday’s show about the struggling Indians, who dropped the first two games of the ALDS to the Houston Astros. Do they still have a shot? Is their window closing?

11:11 - Dr. Gary Riggs, our morning show veterinarian, stopped by, as he does each Monday around 7:30. They talk about allergies with pets, if dogs get sunburn, and dispelling the rumor about dogs being colorblind. Dr. Riggs has offices in Norton and Barberton.

23:20 - The Rialto Theatre has been rejuvenated, and the rest of Kenmore is going through the same process. The Rialto is the 1590 WAKR Business of the Week!

35:11 - The 1974 Cleveland Indians only won 77 games. So why is there a book out about them? Because if it weren’t for 1974, Jacobs/Progressive Field isn’t built. No Belle or Lofton or Baerga or Thome or Sizemore or Sabathia or Lindor or Kluber or three Ramirez players (Manny, Alex, Jose) don’t happen. Jim Clark has a book out about that season, from Ten Cent Beer Night to possibly moving the team to New Orleans or Seattle.

Monday, 08 October 2018 09:06

Gas Prices Up in Akron

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Akron gas prices jumped a little more than 9 cents over the past week, according to's weekly survey of local stations. The current average for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Akron area is sitting at $2.75. 

See the full press release below: 

( Akron, OH, October 8- Gasoline prices in Akron have risen 9.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 stations in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.91/g, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on October 8 in Akron have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.17/g in 2017, $2.25/g in 2016, $2.46/g in 2015, $3.16/g in 2014 and $3.25/g in 2013. 

Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 58.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 8.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Areas near Akron and their current gas price climate:
Cleveland- $2.83/g, up 7.8 cents per gallon from last week's $2.75/g.
Pittsburgh- $3.14/g, up 2.9 cents per gallon from last week's $3.11/g.
Ohio- $2.81/g, up 1.8 cents per gallon from last week's $2.79/g.

"The national average gas price has broken out of a well-established rut, climbing above $2.90 per gallon for the first time since mid-June on rising oil prices ahead of the reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and OPEC failing to pump enough oil to meet robust demand," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "We may see prices continue to lift ahead of the mid-terms, however completely unrelated to the elections, but due to constant threats from an improving economy: higher demand and lower supply is tipping the balance of the oil market and pushing prices higher. We may even soon see $3 per gallon nationally, which would be the first time since October 2014, if oil prices continue to rise. I, along with motorists, will be eagerly awaiting any relief at the pump, but don't hold your breath- it may get worse before it gets better."

For LIVE fuel price averages, visit

About GasBuddy
GasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 75 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on gasoline. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 70 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on all mobile platforms. For more information, visit

Friday, 05 October 2018 09:45

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/5/2018

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:30 - Ray starts Friday’s show talking about all things revolving around weddings, including the proposal, the ceremony, and the reception. My, how things have changed over the years. Tony brings up the point of how weddings are much different with Millennials, in that the ceremonies and receptions aren’t always at churches and party centers, respectively.

10:54 - Our morning show golf pro Dan Dauk joined the show to go over what the heck happened last weekend with the United States in the Ryder Cup. They also talked about the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson televised matchup happening around Thanksgiving.

16:42- Each Friday morning, we play a game with the panel called the Final Exam. If you can’t play along live, play along on the podcast! Just don’t skip ahead and cheat!

23:53 - And to wrap up the week, our movie guy Scott Wynn dropped in. Big releases this weekend are A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and the new villainous film Venom.

Friday, 05 October 2018 09:24

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-10-5-18 Featured

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This week, both Facebook and Uber in the hotseat for data breaches, California faces off against the feds on net neutrality, Verizon launches the nation's first 5-G network, and how a new invention could keep you from having to scrape ice off your windshield in the winter.

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

Friday, 05 October 2018 08:47

UA Students Suing School Over Accreditation Loss

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Thirteen current and former University of Akron students are suing the University because the marriage counseling and therapy program in which they were enrolled, lost dual accreditation.

According to the report from, $25,000 in damages is being sought. The group of students claim they lost money by having to take on debt for things like student loans, and moving expenses, and that the University engaged in unfair consumer practices to encourage them to enroll in the program.

University officials say they're still reviewing the complaint, and note that program still has accreditation from one educational commision.

This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Caleb Eckenrode of Springfield High School. 

Caleb plays on the golf team for the Spartans, and he got into the game at an early age, learning the ins and outs from his stepfather.
““My stepfather introduced me to the game at the age of seven, started out as a family thing," Caleb explained.  "I didn't get into competitive golf until about the 8th grade, and it just took off from there."
Caleb is a letterman in golf, and also participates in indoor track and outdoor track.
His coach Jack Morgan spoke about his demeanor on the course and how he applies himself on the links. 
 “Caleb possesses maturity beyond his years on the golf course, “ he said. 
“Caleb has developed his golf game into something that is very fun to watch.  He plays within himself and does not try anything that he is not capable of doing and he will only continue to improve throughout his high school career and I look forward to see how he grows as a golfer and as a person."
Caleb says he enjoys watching PGA golfers Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson for their prowess on the course and their cool off it.
We wish Caleb the best in all of his future endeavors. 
Our next Student Athlete of the Week is Emma Sandefur, a cross-country runner who competes for Springfield High School. 
Her head coach Kevin Gorby said Emma’s goals are lofty, but she has the skill and determination to reach them.
“As an athlete Emma Sandefur is our hardest worker. Emma has dedicated herself this year to being the best. She dreams of getting to the State meet, and her work ethic will get her there,” he said. 
 “As a person Emma is a great teammate who truly cares about those around her. Emma has great character, and works hard to be the best person she can be. “
Emma says that working with her coaches and teammates is something that she enjoys and looks forward to day in and day out.
“ It's fun," she said. "We've become close as a team and we're friends." 
In addition to participating in cross country, Emma is also a member of the band. She says balancing academics and athletics is of the utmost importance.
“You have to be able to split your time and get your stuff done," she says. 
We wish Emma the best in all of her future endeavors. 
Thursday, 04 October 2018 12:20

Huntington Bank Closing Dozens of Branches

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Huntington Bank is closing 70 branches across the nation, including 30 in Ohio, several around Akron.

No word yet on when or how many employees will be affected.

Below is the full list of Northeast Ohio branches that will be closing: 

Ashtabula County:
260 East Main St., Andover
888 Lake Ave., Ashtabula
6254 S. Main St., North Kingsville

Cuyahoga County:
10717 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
22595 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid
1330 Som Center Road, Mayfield Heights
25775 Lorain Road, North Olmsted

Lake County:
2700 N. Ridge Road, Painesville

Lorain County:
565 Abbe Road S., Elyria
5252 Detroit Road, Sheffield

Medina County:
1296 Ridge Road, Hinckley
1105 S. Court St., Medina
950 High St., Wadsworth

Summit County:
840 Brittain Road, Akron
4160 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton

Stark County:
210 South Wabash Ave., Brewster
2021 Mahoning Road, N.E., Canton
2112 Lincoln Way NW, Massillon

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:49

Akron Man Sentenced in Human Trafficking Case

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Darren Townsend, 38, of Akron, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in persons, six counts of promoting prostitution, three counts of compelling prostitution, and one count of corrupting another with drugs. He was facing up to 38 years in prison if he were convicted on all of the charges he was facing, but after his guilty plea, was sentenced to 14 years by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones. 

According to the Beacon Journal, Noah Munyer, Townsend's attorney told the paper, "He decided the risk of a jury verdict was too much." 

Pearl Coffey, 35, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted trafficking in persons, compelling prostitution, and one count of corrupting another with drugs. She has not yet been sentenced. 

One of the victims, who was 17-years-old at the time, told the court that Townsend would pick her up from high school and take to several different locations throughout Akron where she would have sex for money. 

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:45

APD Getting $1M for Cold Case Rape Kits in Akron

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(City of Akron) The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, awarded  the City of Akron a 3-year Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant. The purpose of the grant is to develop a multidisciplinary working group that will be trained in a victim centered, trauma informed approach to review, prioritize, investigate, and prosecute sexual assault cold cases.

The grant will provide for:

  • Personnel to support a 3-year program including 3 investigators and partial funding for an administrative assistant, a victim advocate, and a prosecutor
  • A case management system database specifically designed for cold case SAK investigations and compatible with those used in the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office
  • Technology and supplies to increase the efficiency of investigations 

Chief Kenneth Ball, Akron Police Chief, states, “The Akron Police Department is thrilled to receive this grant. The process was very competitive.  Our selection represents an organizational goal of providing the very best services for crime victims and our community.  There are still challenges ahead, but this is a very positive step toward securing justice in these cases.”

Currently, APD doesn’t have adequate staffing to support a comprehensive response to cold case sexual assault cases. Beginning in 2012, the Akron Police Department began assessing every sexual assault kit collected since 1993 in order to submit or re-submit the kits for DNA testing under the 2011 Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. All SAKs in APD’s inventory were submitted and returned.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has tested and returned 1,822 tested sexual assault kits (SAKs) to the Akron Police Department (APD)—847 of which returned a CODIS eligible profile—from cases 1 year or older. 975 kits did not return a DNA profile, but additional evidence (clothing, linens, etc.) may exist that could be tested. There is a great need to provide follow up investigation for all kits and—where possible and desired by the victim—prosecution.

Mayor Dan Horrigan added, “This is an amazing accomplishment for our Akron Police Department. This will allow us to better meet the needs of victims of sexual assault and truly hold their abusers accountable.”

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