Friday, 09 February 2018 14:42

Akron Firefighter Charged in Domestic Dispute

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An Akron Firefighter has been charged with felonious assault after a domestic dispute inside a home in the 700 block of McKinley Avenue last week.

Police say 31 year old Enrique Green was visiting a female friend, when her ex-boyfriend showed up, and there was an argument.

When the ex threw a brick at Green; Green allegedly shot him in the shoulder. Green, who does not have a concealed carry permit, has been with the city of Akron's fire department for six years, and is currently on unpaid leave.

 

 

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentences for Richard Beasley, the Akron man who posted fake employment ads to Craigslist, luring four men to a rural property in southeastern Ohio, killing three and attempting to kill the fourth.

Scott Davis managed to escape Beasley after being shot; he'd eventually testify against him. Brogan Rafferty, who Beasley claimed was his nephew, was an accomplice to the crimes when he was just 16, was sentenced to life in prison.

Friday, 09 February 2018 14:32

This Week In Tech with Jeanne Destro-2-9-18 Featured

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This week, we're taking a look at an ambitious new retail and online initiative in Akron, that's a first-ever for the US, efforts to make Ohio ready for self-driving vehicles, and the second scary emergency mobile alert in the past month.

https://soundcloud.com/wakr-newstalksports/this-week-in-tech-with-jeanne-destro-2-9-18

Friday, 09 February 2018 06:57

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Bella Pieri

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Bella Pieri from Coventry High School.

Bella is a senior and a standout on the Comets’ basketball team. She is a four-year player in the program, and has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

Bella has already made her decision for college, as she will attend the University of Akron and study Business Administration. In addition to her basketball duties at Coventry, Bella also is involved with Key Club and Safety City.

Bella enjoys attending Coventry, and has made a lot of friends in part because of the close-knit community and the welcoming atmosphere.

Friday, 09 February 2018 06:23

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jonathan King

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jonathan King, a junior basketball player from Buchtel CLC.

Jonathan says he got into the sport at a young age and he’s grown to love the game.

“I always liked basketball since I was little,” he said.

He enjoys the tradition of playing at Buchtel, and he enjoys the competition aspect of the game.

“When teams play Buchtel, they play their best, “ he said. “They always go hard when they play against us.”

Jonathan has a 3.6 GPA and lists Akron’s own LeBron James as his his favorite NBA player.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jonathan the best in all of his future endeavors.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 13:42

This Week in Tech With Jeanne Destro-2-2-18 Featured

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This week, we're taking a look at what is possibly THE most significant Cybersecurity issue--ever--and what's being done about it, some cutting edge medical technology out of the University of Akron, what social media providers are doing to protect users from horrible, graphic videos, and new guidelines for using drones to fight crime.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

AUDIO: Mayor Neugebauer on Nexus Settlement

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For the last three years, the city of Green has been in a battle with Nexus over construction of a pipeline in the town. On Wednesday night, that fight came to an end after a 4-3 decision in city council. Gerard Neugebauer, the mayor of Green, called in to the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the settlement with Nexus, which amounted to $7.8 million. Neugebauer said after three years, a decision had to be made, and he was advised by his legal team to settle. The pipeline will be eight miles long in Green city limits, and Nexus will have folks on site monitoring the pipeline 24/7. Nexus says the pipe will be inspected weekly, and will have training for first responders.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:35

Charges Dropped Against Twinsburg Husband

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A Summit County Grand Jury has decided against charges for 69-year-old Anthony Demchak of Twinsburg in the death of his wife, Marilyn. 

Back on October 25th, 2017, Anthony Demchak called 911 to report his wife unresponsive on the floor of their bedroom. He told emergency dispatch that he thought she'd fallen and that she was bleeding and not answering him. 

When police and EMS arrived, they found Marilyn Demchak on the floor,  unresponsive, with trauma to the back of her head. After a brief investigation, Anthony Demchak was arrested and charged with murder, felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless homicide. 

Police had been called to the Demchak home in Twinsburg before on domestic violence reports after neighbors had reported instances of Anthony Demchak threatening, even hitting or knocking down Marilyn. One report claimed that Demchak had threatened to punch his wife in the face if she left the garage to come back in the house. The most recent incident, before the October 25th call, was July of last year. 

After months, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office found that the cause of Marilyn Demchak's death could not be determined, and the grand jury dropped all charges against Anthony. He has since been released from custody. 

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:00

Briggs Elected Summit DD President Again

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From the Office of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan:

Members of Mayor Dan Horrigan’s cabinet have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to the greater Akron community by volunteering their time and talent to diverse non-profit organizations. As just one example of this commitment, Randy Briggs, Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations for the City, was recently elected to his sixth term as the President of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (“Summit DD”).

Originally appointed to the Board by late County Executive Russ Pry, Mr. Briggs has been working to advance the mission and vision of Summit DD since January 2009.

“I’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences of my career through this volunteer position,” Briggs said. “Working with my fellow board members and our leadership team to find ways to better serve our clients and ensure that each of our neighbors are treated with respect, dignity, and equality, regardless of ability, has become a true passion for me. This work has made me a better professional and a better person, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to give back, while gaining so much in return.”

The volunteer service of City staff complements the work they do for the City every day. “I’m proud to say that my cabinet, and so many other City employees, know the value of community service,” Mayor Horrigan said. “It is important to me that I am surrounded by leaders and advisors who ‘walk the talk’ and truly care about making Akron a better place – both in their official positions, and through their personal pursuits.”

For more information about Summit DD, please visit http://www.summitdd.org/ or contact Billie Jo David, Director of Communication, at (330) 634-8073 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:17

AUDIO: Mayor Kline on Downtown Stow Developments

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The city of Stow has its share of restaurants are retail complexes, whether it is in the Stow-Kent area off Route 59 or the area near Graham Road and Hudson Drive. But those areas are on the outskirts of town. What about actual downtown Stow?

Sara Kline, the mayor of Stow, says the city plans to change that. Kline joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the Darrow Road corridor, near the Graham Road intersection, where a plan will be to construct a community entertainment complex. City council will have to approve these plans before Stow can file them to the state of Ohio.

The first step before it reaches council is to draw out concept plans and proposals, and Kline says they look to emulate nearby towns with developed downtowns such as Kent, Hudson, and Cuyahoga Falls.

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