Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:34

Suspect Assaults Officer, Shoots Himself

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at Brandywine Country Club along Peninsula Road Wednesday morning. 

According to the report, at about 5:19 a.m. Wednesday, a Village of Peninsula Police Officer responded to the Country Club to a call of property damage. When he arrived, the officer was assaulted by the suspect, a 24-year-old man whose name hasn't been released yet, and was hit in the head. The officer was taken to the ground, and while semi-conscious, his gun was stolen by the suspect. 

An employee of the golf course witnessed the assault and ran toward the two to help, and then the suspect ran. The officer radioed for help, and before additional officers arrived and set up a perimeter, the officer and the employee reported hearing a single gunshot. 

During a search of the property, the Summit County Sheriff's Office reports that the suspect was found on the golf course with a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he pronounced dead. 

The officer, meanwhile, was transported Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, where he was treated and released. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:26

Rosie's Big Breakthrough

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There was a party at Lock Three in Akron yesterday afternoon, celebrating Rosie the tunnel boring machine's end-of-the-line breakthrough.

Rosie's "big dig" for the city's multi-million dollar sewer project leaves behind a more than 6 thousand foot tunnel, that will hold more than 25 million gallons of stormwater and sewage during heavy rains, and control overflow into the river.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:30

One Killed, One Injured in Barber Shop Shooting

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Akron Police updating us on the shooting at John's Barber Shop on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue last night, saying two black males walked into the shop just before 7 last night, and started an argument with the victim who one of them shot and killed.

Another victim was shot in the leg during the argument, after which the suspects fled. That second victim was taken to Western Reserve Hospital by a barber shop employee.

No more suspect information has been released, while Police say the investigation is ongoing.

See the full updated press release from APD 

Detectives are investigating a double shooting that occurred inside John’s Barber Shop, located at 226 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.

Shortly before 7:00pm, officers responded to shots fired at the barber shop. When officers arrived, they found a male inside of the barber shop with a fatal gunshot wound.

Another victim, a 33 year old male, called police and stated he was shot in the leg while inside of the barber shop. The victim fled the barbershop and was transported to Western Reserve Hospital by an employee of the barber shop.

According to a witness, two black males entered the barber shop and started an argument with the victim (deceased). During the argument, one suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots. The suspects fled.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy. The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The shooting remains under investigation.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 08:42

AUDIO: CAK President on Airport Expansion

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Akron-Canton Airport will get a new facelift. A $34 million facelift, to be precise.

Rick McQueen, the soon-to-be-outgoing president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the changes happening at the facility. McQueen says the plans are to expand and update the airport for the modern-day traveler, complete with charging stations for cell phones and new restaurants and other amenities.

McQueen, who will be retiring at the end of 2018, believes the upgrades will help meet the needs of today for the regional airport, which opened its first terminal in 1955 and expanded seven years later. The project looks to be done in late 2019 or into early 2020.

Last month, Brian Thomas, who has been with Akron AAA for nearly forty years, said farewell to the company he helped build. Now, his brother, Kevin, takes over the post.

Kevin Thomas joined the Ray Horner Morning Show about taking over as president of Akron AAA. He has been with the company for 35 years and worked various jobs inside the company, yet did not foresee he would take on the role of president.

As far as travel goes for the Labor Day weekend, Thomas says Friday is still this big launch day on the roads. He urges commuters to put down the electronic devices inside the vehicle and to focus on the roads. Thomas also shared many other travel tips for drivers both young and old, and he promoted the AAA app, which can be downloaded onto any smartphone.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:15

Progressive Field is Sensory Inclusive

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Progressive Field is now certified as "sensory inclusive," after the Indians partnered with Kulture City out of Alabama, to ensure all programs, activities, and events that the ballpark hosts accommodate the needs of fans with sensory issues.

Part of the certification process was ensuring that all Progressive Field staff be trained by medical professionals to better recognize guests with sensory needs. Now, the stadium is equipped with sensory bags, that include noise-canceling headphones, weighted lap pads, and more.

Progressive Field joins other local establishments, including Quicken Loans Arena and the Akron Zoo as sensory inclusive. 

See the full press release from the Indians below. 

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The Cleveland Indians have partnered with KultureCity to make Progressive Field and all of the programs and events that the ballpark hosts to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue who visit the ballpark. 

The certification process entailed the staff at Progressive Field being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.

Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the ballpark who may feel overwhelmed by the environment and can be checked out from Fan Services.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like Progressive Field. With its new certification, the ballpark is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event at the ballpark 

“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a baseball game, a true community binding experience, with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment,” said Traci Johnson, Executive Director of KultureCity. “Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Indians are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.”

About KultureCity

KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation.

 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 06:16

Endangered Missing Children

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A statewide endangered missing child alert has been issued for four children from Lima, OH, in Allen County.

Police say they believe the children were taken by their non-custodial mother, Marianne Merritt, and her boyfriend, Charles Perkins whom they allege is abusive.

The missing children are identified as follows:

- Damara Croley: 13 years old. 5'3" tall. 180 pounds. Brown hair and blue eyes. Last seen wearing a red OSU shirt and Spiderman web pants.

- Benjamin Karl-Leland Croley: 12 years old. 5'1" tall. 120 pounds. Blond hair and blue eyes. Last seen wearing yellow smiley emoji pants.

- Patience Wilson: 9 years old. 4'5" tall. 80 pounds. Blonde hair and blue eyes. Last seen wearing a white top with dark blue or black leggings.

- Damien Wilson: 8 years old. 4'5" tall. 111 pounds. Blond hair and blue eyes. Last seen wearing a blue shirt and red / black shorts.

The suspect, Merrit, is 40 years old. She is described as 5’5” tall and weighs 210 pounds. She has red hair and green eyes.

VEHICLE:
MAKE: Chrysler MODEL: Voyager TYPE: Mini Van
COLOR: Dark Blue YEAR: 2000
Endangered Missing Child
Advisory 
(This is NOT an AMBER Alert)
PLATE: OH FMQ3175
DESCRIPTION: Vehicle has a white front passenger door.
A POSTER AND PHOTO ARE AVAILABLE AT
http://www.mcc.ag.state.oh.us/P2.aspx?PQID=DAMCRO
 
Monday, 27 August 2018 11:59

APD Looking for Akron Shooting Suspect

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Early Saturday afternoon, Akron Police were called to the 900 block of Baughman Street on a report of a fight between two women, reportedly over a man.

According to the police report, the man that the two women were arguing over, identified as 24-year-old Shaquille L. Jones of Nesbitt Avenue (pictured), pulled a gun, pointed it at one of the females, and threatened to shoot her. That female victim fled the scene, followed shortly after by the second female.

Later that night, around 10:30, police say Jones was identified as the suspect who shot an 18-year-old man in the head and chest on Orrin Street. That victim was taken to Akron General, his status is unknown. Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for Jones. 

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; 330-375-2TIP, 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.

Monday, 27 August 2018 10:18

Goodyear Challenging You to be "Blimpworthy"

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AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 27, 2018 – The Goodyear Blimp doesn’t show up for just anybody. With more than 60 years of providing aerial coverage for the biggest college football contests, the Goodyear Blimp has signaled the magnitude of games and served as inspiration for fans and athletes alike.

In celebration of that college football legacy, Goodyear is introducing a new advertisement this weekend that will motivate consumers to “Be Blimpworthy.” The new ad tells the next chapter of “Blimpworthy,” which previously focused on the hard work, determination and grit the blimp has witnessed.

Shifting the perspective from the blimp to those on the playing field, in the stands and watching at home, the ad challenges individuals to embody those “Blimpworthy” principles to achieve a personal or professional goal.

“’Be Blimpworthy’ is rooted in the idea that the blimp only shows up for the most marquee matchups, a level only reached by hard work and perseverance,” said Todd Macsuga, general manager of brand marketing at Goodyear.

“Be Blimpworthy” highlights the story of a young man focused on playing in front of tens of thousands of fans at a big-time college football venue as the blimp floats above. But instead of celebrating his accomplishment, the ad is centered on the necessary hard work to achieve the outcome.

The :30 version of the ad will debut Saturday, Sept. 1, across games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Goodyear’s roots in college football continue to grow with its iconic blimp aerial coverage, its title sponsorship of the Cotton Bowl Classic played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and its sponsorship of the College Football Playoff.    

In a nod to the new campaign, Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will execute the first complete game streaming viewing option from inside the Goodyear Blimp during the Florida State Seminoles and Virginia Tech Hokies matchup on Sept. 3. Fans will be able to watch on ESPN3 via the ESPN App, while simultaneously viewing the airship’s aerial camera.

The blimp first provided aerial views of the 1955 Rose Bowl, revolutionizing the way fans experience sporting events. More than 60 year later, Goodyear’s airships have covered hundreds of the biggest matchups in college football history, offering their own unique perspective of the action on the ground. 

Goodyear will employ all three of its newest fleet of blimps this year to provide aerial coverage of college football’s biggest matchup throughout the season.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to  www.goodyear.com.

Monday, 27 August 2018 09:35

$5,000 Reward for Bank Robber Tips

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Akron police on the hunt for a couple of bank robbers who hit the PNC Bank Branch on Massillon Road in Akron on Friday, and a $5 thousand dollar reward is being offered for you help finding them.

The two men entered the bank and demanded cash. Both were wearing hoodies, and one had a bandana covering his face. Anyone with information asked to call Akron police.

More info on press release (below)

   

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Bank Robbery, Reward Offered
A reward of up to $5,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the
arrests and indictments of the persons responsible for the bank robbery at the
PNC, located at 181 Massillon Road in Akron.
Around 12:30pm this afternoon, the PNC Bank was robbed. The employees
reported two black males entered the bank and demanded money from each
teller. The suspect fled with an unreported amount of cash. No gun was
seen.
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

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