Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:30

Akron Man Charged in Fatal OVI Crash

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Sean Michael Blackburn. 33, of Akron has been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide for allegedly killing a 21-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man in a drunk driving accident back on April 7th.

According to the police report, Blackburn, who was driving while intoxicated, crossed North Main Street into oncoming traffic and hit Thomas Leslein's car head on.

Leslein died, two others in his car were seriously injured.

Blackburn denied being the driver, telling police that he was "too drunk to drive" and that another patron he was with at a local bar was driving his car. Blackburn reportedly even claimed at one point he didn't know who he was. Police say they found the keys to his car in his pants pocket. The police report shows that Blackburn blew a 0.119 in a BAC field test. 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:34

Copley Township PD Next Up for Body Cams

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Copley Township Police Officers will be equipped with body cameras soon, after the board of trustees approved the measure at Tuesday's meeting.

The Township has entered a five-year deal with Motorola Solutions to buy 30 cameras at more than $45,000 the first year, which will be paid for by the funds in a law enforcement trust fund. The next four years of the contract are for nearly $19,000 per year.  

The department employes 30 total officers, including 23 full time, all of whom will be equipped with cameras that record video and audio.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:17

Norton School District Cuts 27 Jobs

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The Norton Board of Education has approved a reduction in the workforce, eliminating 27 total jobs, and reducing 33 full-time jobs to part time.

Superintendent Dana Addis recommended the reduction to the Board and Teachers Union.

Four schools are affected by the move, which takes effect August first.

Read more from the Barberton Herald

 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:15

APD Looking for Three Drive-By Suspects

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Akron Police are looking for three suspects in a drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday evening, around 5:30, in the 800 block of Beardsley Street.

According to the APD report, a 43-year-old man was shot, though it is unclear how many times. He was taken to Akron City Hospital, treated, and eventually released.

The suspects are described as three black males in a silver or gray Dodge Stratus.

Police say the shots came from the front passenger-side window.

Anyone with information is asked to please call Akron Police.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:28

Broom-Wielding Store Clerk Chases Off Suspect

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Akron Police are looking for the suspect in an attempted armed robbery of the Valley Mart at 1752 Merriman Road Monday afternoon. 

According to the APD report, the suspect walked into the Valley Mart with a scarf covering his face, threw a plastic bag in the clerk's face, pulled out a gun, and then demanded money. 

The clerk complied, and put an undisclosed amount in the bag. That's when the suspect took off running, but didn't realize the clerk was running after him... armed with a broomstick! The clerk chased down the suspect and hit him over the back of the head with the broomstick, causing the suspect to drop the bag of cash and continue running away northbound on Weathervane Lane. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 25-30 years-old, between 5'10" and 6'0" tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a black scarf over his face, black hoodie with white horizontal stripes, black shorts, and flip flops. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department. 

 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 08:50

AUDIO: Farhad Sethna on Immigration Policies

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A controversial topic throughout President Trump's campaign, and especially recently, has been immigration and what to do in the near and distant future.

Immigration attorney from the International Institute, Farhad Sethna, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the recent events. Locally, Sethna says most of the immigrants that have come to Summit County are documented and went through the International Institute, but other issues may occur down the road with undocumented individuals.

On the national side, Sethna is sympathetic toward those coming into the country, mainly due to the language barrier that affects the children across the border. He believes the policies, or lack thereof, have become "chaotic" in nature.

Friday, 22 June 2018 09:17

This Week In Tech with Jeanne Destro-6-22-18 Featured

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UPDATE: A brand new Supreme Court ruling has just reversed much of the case law we discussed in this show. We'll have a follow up, with a whole new look at the issue in light of it, next week.

This week, we're focusing on privacy, including news about an upcoming iPhone security update, a conversation with an attorney about privacy rights as they relate to electronic devices, and observations from a well-known author about how privacy issues are being handled by governments in other parts of the world.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:52

APD: Man Held Gun to Woman's Head, Pulled Trigger

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An Akron man is under arrest, facing multiple felony charges, after Akron Police say he held his girlfriend against her will and threatened her life. 

According to the APD report, police were called to the home at 26 West Dalton Avenue around 9 a.m. Tuesday. As officers pulled up to the home, they noticed 56-year-old Leon J. Newsome on the porch and a woman running from the home. That's when Newsome reportedly ran back into the home and locked the door. 

The female, who is believed to be Newsome's girlfriend, told Police that Newsome had held her against her will all night, that he had a gun and that he held the gun to her head and pulled the trigger... For some reason, Police say, the gun did not fire, sparing the woman's life. 

S.W.A.T. was called to the home and after a short time Newsome surrendured without further incident. He's being held in Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault, aggravated menacing, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault, having weapons while under disability, and menacing.

 

Questions have risen over time on the sewer project in Akron, mainly about the safety of the water supply as well as the cost for the residents.

The mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to answer some questions on the project. Horrigan says the city is trying to find new and different ways to drive down the costs of the sewer bills, and they are viewing the age of some of the town's sewers.

Another point of interest with the mayor is the demolition of the Rubber Bowl, which is in the process of coming down. While he shares many folks' feelings and memories on the facility, Horrigan cautions thrill-seekers from entering the premises, and people will be prosecuted. City planners are actively finding creative ways to develop the land next to Derby Downs and Akron-Fulton Airport.

It has been a busy few weeks, but Dr. John Green is settling into his new job as president of the University of Akron. Dr. Green, also the director of the Bliss Institute and a frequent guest on the Ray Horner Morning Show, joined the program in studio to discuss what is on his plate. A major focus of Dr. Green’s is finding creative ways for enrollment. Other areas of focus have been working with the athletic department on the use of InfoCision Stadium, as well as fighting the deficit that has loomed over the school.

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