Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:54

Akron Police Seek Bank Robber

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Akron police on the lookout for a bank robber who hit the PNC Bank at 889 West Market Street yesterday morning. Employees said he was wearing a ski mast and sunglasses, and that it looked like he had a gun. Police say he got away with an undetermined amount of cash, and fled the scene in a bright red Dodge Charger.

If you have any information that can help police find the suspect, contact APD Detective M. Shaeffer at 330-375-2463; 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.

 
Friday, 15 June 2018 11:19

This Week In Tech with Jeanne Destro-6-15-18 Featured

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This week, we're looking at new and innovative uses for drones, including home package delivery, robot battleships, and even flying umbrellas! We'll also catch up on the latest about net neutrality, learn how facial recognition technology may---or may not--keep your kids safer in school, and how a summer heat wave can be used to actually power your air conditioning.

Suicide once again made headlines last week, with the deaths of world famous designer Kate Spade, and Celebrity Chef, Anthony Bourdain. Their deaths two more, in what has become a growing trend here in the US, with the CDC reporting suicide up more than 25%, and up 36 percent in Ohio between 1999 and 2016.

So, WAKR Morning News Anchor, Jeanne Destro, reached out to Summit County Health Commissioner, Donna Skoda, to talk about about what causes suicide, and how we as individuals--and as a community--can help prevent it.

Monday, 11 June 2018 12:10

APD Looking for Murder, Robbery Suspect

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Akron Police have identified one of two suspects in a deadly shooting outside the Spring Hill Apartments on Everton Drive back on June 5th. 

Police first responded to the call of a man shot around 5 p.m. June 5th, and found 27-year-old Diamond Smith of Everton Drive lying near the apartment's pool area with several gunshot wounds. He was shortly after pronounced dead on the scene. 

Detectives spoke with Smith's girlfriend after the shooting who said two men broke into her apartment, pushed her around, and then took cash. Smith, the robbery victim's boyfriend, ran after the two men and was shot while he chased them. 

APD Detectives have since identified one of the two men as Cenqunn Woods (pictured), who is listed at 5'9" and 150 pounds. Anyone with more information on Woods whereabouts, the shooting, or the other suspect, is asked to please call APD Detectives Bureau at 330-375-2490. You can find more information here

Monday, 11 June 2018 11:14

AUDIO: John Michael on LeBron, Cavs' Future

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It’s over. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ strange season, filled with highs and lows, came to a close Friday night with a four-game sweep by the Golden State Warriors.

John Michael, the voice of the Cavs, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to reflect on the season that was, including the team before the trades, the team after, and how they were able to keep it together to make it to their fourth-consecutive NBA Finals.

As far as the team going forward, Michael believes this all hinges on the decision from LeBron James. Regardless of if LeBron stays or goes, the voice of the Cavs believes the squad will have a “vastly different look.”

Friday, 08 June 2018 09:28

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-6-8-18 Featured

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This week, how new technology is keeping your drinking water safe, crowd-sourcing CPR, Facebook continuing to over-share data, smartphone addiction, and Apple getting into self-driving cars. 

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:43

Wadsworth Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Elderly Death

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A Wadsworth teen charged with aggravated murder in the death of his elderly neighbor has pleaded not guilty to all 9 felony counts against him. 

Gavon N. Ramsay, 17, a Junior at Wadworth High School, is charged as an adult in the death of 98-year-old Margaret Douglas, who police say was murdered and her body hidden in a closet inside of her home on Portage Street back on April 9th. 

Ramsay was indicted back on May 22nd, and on Tuesday, he appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. Chief Public Defender Jocelyn Stefancin entered a "not guilty" plea to each of the 9 felony counts against Ramsay, which include four counts of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Burglary, and one county of Gross Abuse of a Corpse. 

The murder trial of Ramsay is set to begin August 6th. He's currently being held in the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center on $1 Million bond. 

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:35

Arson Investigators Looking into Akron House Fire

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Akron Fire Department Arson Investigators were called to the scene of a house fire Tuesday night around 8:15 in the South Akron Neighborhood. 

According to the AFD report, the fire started on the second floor of the home at 1286 Moore Street. There is no report on whether or not anyone was home at the time, but there were no injuries reported. 

The investigation into the cause is ongoing, but again, they do believe the fire was set intentionally.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:24

UPDATE: ID on Akron Bank Robber

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Update: Akron Police have identified the suspected robber of the Fifth Third Bank along South Canton Road as 55-year-old Gary R. Neal of Pocantico Avenue in Akron. 

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Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, Akron Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank branch at 576 South Canton Road and demanded money from a bank teller. 

Reports are the man, described as a white male between 40 and 50-years-old, handed the teller a note that demanded an undisclosed amount of cash. Employees told police the suspect said he had a gun, but they did not see one. After the teller handed the suspect cash, he fled. T

APD Lieutenant Rick Edwards says the F.B.I. is now handling the case, but that anyone with information or who may recognize the suspect (pictured) should call Akron Police. 

It has been a half century since the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy inside Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel. With the events that occurred in the immediate and distant future, how much different would the country be?

Dr. Kevin Kern, historian at the University of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the events leading up to Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. With Lyndon Johnson withdrawing from the 1968 presidential race, Kennedy stormed through the primaries and may have been a favorite with the DNC.

Dr. Kern also discussed the mood of 1968, beginning with the Tet Offensive, leading to the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Kennedy, as well as the racial tensions across cities such as Detroit and Cleveland.

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