Friday, 23 February 2018 06:31

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Kiah Jenkins

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kiah Jenkins, a junior bowler from North High School.

Kiah said she has been bowling from a young age and she’s credited her mother for her interest in the sport.

“Ever since my mom had me walking, she had me throwing a ball down the lane,” she said.

“She taught me specifically how to roll the ball, where I should stand, what each pin was, and she’s played a big role in both bowling and softball and just who I am as a person.”

A two-sport athlete in both bowling and softball, Jenkins keeps busy with athletics and academics, sporting a 3.2 GPA.

A leader both vocally and by example, Kiah says being an encouraging teammate is something she prides herself on.

One of her most memorable highlights was winning the City Championship in bowling for the Vikings recently. It was a nerve racking experience, as they won by three points.

“I almost started to cry,” Jenkins said laughing.

She says her coaches make sure that academics come before athletics and preparing for the future is of the utmost importance.

In her spare time, Kiah enjoys bowling, of course, spending time with family and friends, and running.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Kiah the best in all of her future endeavors.

This week's 1590 WAKR male student athlete is Jonathan Gabriel from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Jonathan is a standout senior hockey player for the Warriors. He has been playing hockey since he was a youngster, and picked up the sport not long after he first tied his skates.

Jonathan is a huge NHL hockey fan, with his favorite team being the Washington Capitals. His favorite player is Alexander Ovechkin, and he watches as many games on television as he can. Jonathan has also been enjoying the Winter Olympics as well, and has been pulling for the United States teams on the ice.

He says he enjoys the close knit community at Walsh. Jonathan believes the students feel welcomed at all times. It has been a fast moving four years, but he says is looking forward to the future.

Jonathan will be attending Kent State University and plans on studying business.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:31

Green Middle School Students Targeted in Threat

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office was tipped off to an online threat that was made against students from Green Middle School on social media. 

According to Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland, on Sunday, February 18th, the suspect, a 14-year-old former student at Green Middle School threatened to shoot students and then sent them a picture of a gun. 

Later that day, police arrested the teenager at his home in Bedford, where he lives currently with his family. 

When police searched the home, the reportedly did not find a weapon. 

The teeanage is charged with Telecommunications Harassment, a first degree misdemeaner, and booked in Summit County Jail. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:09

Ellet HS Teen Arrested in Online "Copycat" Threat

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Akron Police have arrested a 16-year-old Ellet High School student after making threats online that referenced the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentines Day. 

The student, whose name hasn't been released because he is a juvenile, allegedly posted a message to Snapchat indicating that he was going to "shoot up Ellet High School" and entitled, allegedly, the note "I hate Florida, part 2." 

Employees of Ellet High School, who also have parents that attend the school, notified police about the messages. 

Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department tells the 1590 WAKR newsroom that the student admitted to making the threat on the social media platform. 

The boy has been booked in Summit County Jail on the third degree felony charges of making terroristic threats. 

Akron Police were notified of another threat that was posted to Facebook referencing a past school shooting and claiming that the author of the post, very specifically, was going to carry out an attack on Firestone High School. The post even reference February 15, as the target date for such an attack. After investigating, it turns out that post was from one year ago and showed up in the caller's Facebook Timeline as a "memory." 

Still though, no arrest has been made in reference to that specific threat. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:06

UPDATE: Jackson Student Has Died

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Update: The Summit County Sheriff's Office is reporting that that the Jackson Memorial Middle School student who brought a rifle into the school and shot himself has died. 

According to the report, the 13-year-old student hid the gun underneath his clothing and brought it onto the school bus. When he arrived at the Jackson Memorial, he went into a bathroom and then shot himself. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where he died early Wednesday morning, just after 12:30 a.m. 

The Medical Examiner has released the student's identity, but our 1590 WAKR Newsroom has decided not to mention his name. 

Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink, during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, explained that the student get the rifle from his mother's house, but that they were still working on who it was registered to. Chief Brink added that the student was carrying a backpack that had bottle rockets, batteries, and "some ammo," but he did not specify how much. 

Chief Brink mentioned that the investigation is ongoing and that it would take a significant amount of time, saying that they are looking for a motive and the student's full plan for that day on campus. 


Update: All Jackson Local Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the day Tuesday.

Students are being sent home and all extracurricular activities for Tuesday have been canceled. 

There is still no word on the condition of the student that was shot. 


Jackson Local Schools are in lockdown protocol after a reported shooting on at Jackson Memorial Middle School. 

Reports are that a 7th grade student, who brought a gun to the middle school campus, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The student is being treated at an area hospital. 

Jackson Schools Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto sent an automated message to students and parents in the district notifying them of the shooting at the school and the lockdown, and posted the following to the district website: 




There has been no update on the status of the student who was shot. 

Stick with 1590 WAKR for updates on this story. 

Some two weeks after the settlement with Nexus, some residents of Green are none too please with their city’s response.

Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address his residents’ concerns. Ultimately, Neugebauer said the initial goal was to move the pipeline out of town, and because that could not happen, he is disappointed with the outcome. However, he says the city’s mission now is to work with Nexus to make the pipe safe for everyone.

Originally, the pipe was supposed to travel six-and-a-half miles through the city. The pushback on Nexus caused the pipe to be extended to eight miles, but through a more rural area to the south than what was initially planned. The mayor says if any residents see anything suspicious with the pipeline, they should call (330) 896-6930 to report what they have witnessed.

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:34

Suspect Arrested in Toddler's Death

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U.S. Marshals have arrested Darnell Bitting, 31, of Akron, in connection to the shooting death of a young girl in the city last week. 

According to reports, the shooting happened inside a home in the 900 block of Mercer Avenue, Friday night around 10:30. Police say it appears the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute at the home. 

When police arrived, four children were inside a car with their grandmother. She told investigators that she and the children's mother arrived at the home to retrieve property from inside the house, but when no one answered the door, she says that the kids' mom broke out several windows. That's when a man came out of the house with a rifle and fired a shot that hit the car, and subsequently one of the children inside the car. 

Janaya Swain, 4, was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

On Saturday afternoon, U.S. Marshals arrested Bitting inside a home in the 749 block of Corley Street. He's been charged with murder and having weapons under disability. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:10

Police Seek Teens in Akron Murder

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Akron police are looking for two teens in connection with the murder of 18 year old Shpetim Ramadani of Inman Street, Tuesday night.

He was shot in the 1000 block of Herberich Avenue.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 16 year old John Smith, East Archwood Ave.; and 18 year old Tyler Morgan of Talbot Avenue.

If you have any information about the shooting; please call Akron police.

(More information below.)

Detectives are asking for the publics help in locating two males involved in the shooting death of Shpetim Ramadani. Warrants were signed for murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery on John Smith, 16, with a last known address on E. Archwood Ave.; and Tyler Morgan, 18, with a last known address on Talbot Ave. Smith and Morgan are wanted in the recent shooting death of Shpetim Ramadani, 18, of Inman St. in Akron.

Around 7:00pm Tuesday night, officers responded to the 300 block of Margaret St. for a shooting. The victim, Shpetim Ramadani, was found in the back seat of a Chrysler 300 with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.

The other individuals in the car reported they stopped to talk to two males in the 1000 block of Herberich Ave. One of the males pulled out a handgun and fired it into the Chrysler, striking Ramadani in the torso. The driver drove off and called police on Margaret Street.
John Smith is a white male, 5’9”, 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Tyler Morgan is a black male, 5’11”, 150 LBS., with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; 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. If you see the suspects, they should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS! Do NOT approach; call 911.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:07

AUDIO: James Nice Proclaims Innocence In Statement

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In August 2017, then-Akron police chief James Nice was asked to resign from his post after accusations of racism and inappropriate workplace behavior became public. Now, Nice had his police certificate relinquished after pleading guilty over the unauthorized use of a police database.

Nice joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to read a prepared statement in response to what has been said and written about him over the last six months. In the statement, he believes these allegations against him are “simply not true,” and they have caused him “great economic and emotion harm" over the damage to his reputation.

Due to the litigation, Nice could not divulge much information at this time, but he says he will continue to "seek justice."

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:13

US Marshalls "Dirty Dozen"

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U.S. Marshalls have released an updated version of their "Dangerous Dozen" list of most wanted fugitives.
It includes Elijah Butler, who is from the Akron area, and is wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations. 
More details below.
February 2017
Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott has released the July 2017 updated “Dangerous Dozen” list of most wanted fugitives for the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). A flyer is attached with the photo, name, date of birth, charge
and area of interest for the current “Dangerous Dozen”. With internet access, anyone can click on each photo on the flyer and view full wanted posters for each fugitive, which contain larger pictures and moreinformation on the fugitive. The public can also go to to view the fugitives and wanted posters.
The following fugitives were added to replace the five vacancies:
Clarence Bennett is a Cleveland area fugitive wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals for homicide. In August of 2017, Bennett allegedly opened fire on a group of people gathered outside a Cleveland bar. As a result, one person was died and four others were wounded. Bennett has ties throughout Cleveland.
Courtney Ware is a Mansfield area fugitive wanted by the Mansfield Police Division of Police and the U.S. Marshals for assault. In November of 2017 Ware allegedly beat a female victim severally
causing her to lose consciousness. Ware has ties to the Richland County area. 
Elijah Butler is an Akron area fugitive wanted for drug trafficking and parole violations stemming
from a conviction of robbery. Butler had ties throughout the Akron area.
Demarkus Hodge is a Lorain area fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Violations of Supervised Release stemming from a federal conviction of failure to register. Hodge is required to
register as a convicted sex offender as a result of a conviction of rape of a child. Hodge has ties in the Lorain area as well as Buffalo, NY.
Christopher Terry is a Canton area fugitive wanted by Canton Police Department and the U.S.Marshals for Rape. It is alleged that Terry used a firearm to force his victim to encage in sexual
intercourse. Terry has ties throughout Canton and New Philadelphia.
All of the fugitives on the “Dangerous Dozen” should be considered dangerous individuals and should not be approached by the general public. If anyone has information concerning the location
of these fugitives, they are encouraged to contact the NOVFTF toll free at (866) 4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and cashrewards are available for information leading to the arrest of any of these fugitives. 
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