Friday, 07 September 2018 11:00

DeWine, Cordray Release Debate Schedule

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In a joint press release on Friday, the Cordray and DeWine campaigns announced a three-debate schedule leading up to the November Election. 

The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, September 19 at the University of Dayton; Monday, October 1 at Marietta College; and finally Monday, October 8, at Cleveland State University. 

Both Richard Cordray (D) and Mike DeWine (R) had previously refused to debate their Primary Election opponents. 

See the full press release below: 


Campaigns have agreed to three gubernatorial debates COLUMBUS– Today (Friday, September 7), the campaigns of Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine announced that they have reached agreement on three campaign debates for the fall. Media partners and additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Location: University of Dayton

Monday, October 1, 2018 Location: Marietta College

Monday, October 8, 2018 Location: Cleveland State University

* Hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission *

"We are excited for Ohioans to see up close why Rich Cordray is the clear choice to lead this state," said Michael Halle, campaign manager for Richard Cordray. "Rich has always stood up for working people in Ohio, and he is eager to discuss his vision to put money back in the pockets of middle class families and protect Ohioans’ access to quality, affordable health care.”

“I am glad we were able to agree on this series of debates ahead of the election,” said Dave Luketic, campaign manager for Mike DeWine. “Mike DeWine looks forward to discussing his innovative ideas to strengthen Ohio’s workforce, provide a world-class education for our kids, and deliver more opportunity for every Ohioan.” 

Friday, 07 September 2018 10:18

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-9-7-18 Featured

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This week, the federal government looking into ways to tame big tech and social media companies, cybersecurity advice for manufacturers, new technology that can help bring water to even the driest parts of the globe, and your dinner delivered by drones.

Friday, 07 September 2018 09:52

FBI On The Hunt for Macedonia Bank Robber

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Another bank robbery in the Akron area....this one, yesterday--at the Ohio Savings Bank branch on Macedonia Commons Boulevard, in Macedonia.

 Witnesses and victims describe the bank robber as a black male in his forties or fifties, approximately 5'10", between 170-190 pounds.  He wore dark clothing and had a covering on his face. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 216-522-1400 or the Macedonia Police Department at 330-468-1234.  Tips can remain anonymous.  Reward money is available for information leading to the successful identification and prosecution of the individual responsible.
Friday, 07 September 2018 08:25

$10K Reward: PNC Bank Robbers Sought

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A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests and indictments of suspects in two recent robberies at PNC Banks here in, at 181 massillon Road  August 24, and the other, at 1546 West Market Street, On August 31.  

Police believe they may have been committed by the same suspects. 

More info and description below.


The first suspect is a black male, 20 – 30 years old, 6’0”, and was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, white bandana covering his face, and dark colored pants. The second suspect is a black male, 20 – 30 years old, 5’08”, with slight facial hair, and wearing sunglasses, blue hooded sweatshirt, and dark colored pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, the FBI at 330-535- 6156, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; 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.


This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jamie Matheson, a senior soccer player from Barberton High School.
Jamie says soccer is a family affair and she shares that love of the game with her sisters.
“My two younger sisters played and they started playing first and I went to the games and I wanted to play and never stopped,” she said. 
Jamie currently plays for the Magics with one of her sisters and she enjoys that experience.
“We’re harder on each other, but it works well, we like each other, and we like playing together.”
As a captain, Matheson says she leads both vocally and by example, depending on what the team calls for. Head Coach Scott Kelley said Jamie is a standout player for the Magics.
“She anchors our defense with impressive speed and incredible vision of the game,” Kelley said. 
That excellence also transfers away from the pitch as well according to Kelley.
“Off the field, she has earned a 3.68 GPA, and is involved in several BHS clubs and community activities,” he said.
Jamie is actively involved in Student Council, Helping Hands, and Ski Club. Upon graduation in the spring, Jamie plans on attending the University of Akron, where she looks to major in Financial Planning.
We wish Jamie the best in all of her future endeavors. 

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Plucinski, a junior football player for Barberton High School.

Nick enjoys the community of Barberton and how they get behind the Magics football team.
“The support is helping us out on our journey through the season,” Plucinski said. 
A two-sport athlete, Nick plays football for coach Tony Gotto and baseball coach Steve Fasig. Gotto had some great words for the junior linebacker who had a big impact in Week 1 against neighboring rival Norton.
“He had the play of the game when he blocked the overtime extra point to seal the deal,” Gotto said.
Gotto also spoke to his academic success as well, pointing to his sophomore year in which he played baseball.
“As a sophomore last spring during baseball season, Nick was an all-district catcher and batted .460 while maintaining a 3.95 GPA.”
Nick is also a part of the Drug Free Club at Barberton High School, and he prides himself on working hard both on the field and in the classroom.
“It’s very hard, but you have to stay up and grind it out,” he says. 
We wish Nick the best in all of his future endeavors. 
Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:45

New Life in 90's Cold Cold

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Deputies from Portage County and Geauga County Sheriff's Offices, along with Ohio BCI, were searching the property of a Hiram man, in connection to a missing persons case from the early 90's.

According to the Record Courier, the warrant was executed at the property of Glenn Roger Shoemaker, on Winchell Road. His father, Melvin Shoemaker, a millionaire, went missing in 1994 when he was 71-years-old, and hasn't been heard from since.

The elder Shoemaker's wife, Florence, went missing in 2003 from Ravenna.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:47

Akron's Primary Move in the Hands of the Voters

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Akron voters will decide in November whether or not the city's primary election will be held in September, as it has been, or move to May, as the Mayor's Office is proposing.

City Council held a special meeting Tuesday, approving the ballot measure, after the Board of Elections verified more than 6,100 signatures that Mayor Dan Horrigan's Office collected. The Mayor's efforts exceeded the requirement per the Board of Election, as he actually collected nearly 9,200, and only needed a little more than 4,200 valid, Akron resident's signatures.

See the full press release from the City of Akron below: 

Akron, Ohio, September 5, 2018  A ballot measure to move the local primary election from September to May—to better comply with state law regarding overseas and military ballots, increase voter turnout and save taxpayer money—will come before Akron voters this November. More than 6,100 Akron voters signed petitions submitted to Council, requesting the opportunity to vote on the issue. The grassroots petition effort spearheaded by Mayor Horrigan, Council President Sommerville and Vice President Fusco well exceeded the number of signatures required to place the issue on the ballot. Council approved the petition-initiated measure at a special meeting held yesterday evening. 

The May primary proposal was first announced in early July as a joint effort by several Summit County communities that currently hold primaries in September. September primaries, which predate early voting laws, now conflict with state law intended to ensure overseas voters, including active duty military, can participate fully in local elections. This change would provide ample time for the Board of Elections to certify results before the general election. For Akron, a May primary would save taxpayers more than $80,000 each election and could increase voter turnout by about 46%. Cities in 85 out of 88 Ohio counties and the State of Ohio already hold primaries in May.

A majority of Akron City Council supported the ballot measure. However, five Council members (Sims, Omobien, Neal, Kilby, and Milkovich) opposed placing the issue before Akron voters. Therefore, the petition process was initiated and successfully completed to enable Akron voters to decide when their local primary should be held. Pleased with an efficient and effective petition drive, Mayor Horrigan added, “This is democracy at work. City and Council leadership felt strongly that this is exactly the type of issue that should be put before voters. Our petition signers agreed, and helped us put this common-sense measure where it belongs, which is on the ballot.”

More information about the May primary proposal is available here. The ballot measure will be assigned an issue number by the Board of Elections next week. It will be presented to Akron voters on the upcoming November ballot as provided below:

Shall Section 4 of the Charter of the City of Akron be amended to move the primary election date for municipal elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May consistent with the primary election date established by state law?




Wednesday, 05 September 2018 05:16

Missing Adult Alert Issued Out of Youngstown

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A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Youngstown Police Department statewide.

Information as of: September 4, 2018 at 9:24 PM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On September 4, 2018 at 8:50 PM, Mr. Placko left his residence and failed to return.

The incident took place in Mahoning County, OH on Bancroft Avenue in the city of Youngstown 44514.

The adult's name is Phillip Placko and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 72, is 5'9" tall, weighs 165 lbs, and has gray hair and blue eyes. Mr. Placko is Diabetic and has Dementia. He is need of his medications. 

The vehicle involved is a red 2017 Kia Sportage with OH plate number GGG1856. The vehicle shown is not the actual vehicle.

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at:

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:57

Cyclist Dies after Crash in Plain Township

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Stark County Sheriff's investigators, along with Canton's Metro Crash Team are investigating a fatal crash involving a bicycle Monday morning in Plain Township.

According to the press release (see below), Mark Esposito of North Canton was riding his bike along Wener Church Road around 8:40 Monday morning, and was hit by a Honda Civic. Esposito was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he later died.

No charges have been filed yet.


(STARK SHERIFF) (Plain Township, Ohio) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office along with the Canton Metro Crash Team is investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist.

At approximately 8:39 a.m. Deputies responded to Werner Church Road NE just west of Bentler Avenue NE in Plain Township in response to a crash involving a car and a bicycle.

57-year-old Mark A. Esposito of North Canton was riding a bicycle westbound on Werner Church Road when he was struck by a 1999 Honda Civic, also traveling westbound on Werner Church Road. Esposito was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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