Senator Sherrod Brown joined Ray. They talked about the train derailments in Ohio, his plan to improve rail safety, and more.
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Akron City Council named eight members to their new Citizens Police Oversight Board, but they still have one open seat they're hoping to fill with a black man between the ages of 18 and 35, which is the demographic that would have been covered had they agreed to appoint Akron attorney, Imokhai Okolo.
But, because he made some comments about police on social media that some council members found objectionable; they deadlocked on his appointment for two weeks. Once his name was taken off the list though; they reached an agreement during a special meeting yesterday, and now still need to fill that one seat.
To hear more about what's next; listen to our Morning Show Host Ray Horner's conversation about it, with Akron City Council President, Margo Sommerville.
Are you a book fan that’s ready to get married? The city of Akron is here to help! The Akron Municipal Court announced Tuesday that they are teaming up with the Akron-Summit County Library to perform weddings this April that will take place at several library branches throughout the area.
And what's the inspiration behind the library weddings? Well, several dates in April celebrate libraries, including April 6th which is National Library Workers Day. And National Library Week which will be celebrated April 23rd to the 29th. Judge Annalisa Williams and Judge Nicole Walker will be officiating the weddings and say they are avid readers and passionate about literacy.
Appointments for weddings will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be booked ahead of time. Couples will also need to secure a marriage license prior to the ceremony.
If you’re interested you can schedule your library nuptials by contacting the Akron Municipal Court’s Chief Service Bailiff Patricia Williams at (330) 375-2592.
Here’s a list of venues and details for the planned April wedding slots:
There are lots of new developments related to last month's Norfolk-Southern Railway train derailment in East Palestine to report today, as well as other Norfolk-Southern related news that shines a light on what may have been going on inside that company in the months before the crash.
Here are some of the highlights.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating Norfolk-Southern railroad, after a series of derailments and other accidents, including the one in East Palestine. In fact, the derailment in East Palestine was the fourth one in Ohio, in the past five months. The others occurred in Steubenville, Sandusky, and Springfield.
In their latest report on the derailment, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency reports the following:
For more details on what is going on in East Palestine, click here, to read the latest report on the situation from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Chef Alejandro Najar, Barberton native, was a contestant on the 21st Season of Hell's Kitchen, finishing in 3rd place. Alejandro joined Ray to talk about the experience.
The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.
This week's athletes are from Manchester High School.
Jaydyn McKinney is a junior wrestler with a 3.678 GPA. She has a 15-0 record going into states (14 pins 1 technical fall). Jaydyn finished in 1st place in the Columbia Station Girls Tournament, the Carrollton Lady Warrior Tournament, and the Northeast Regional. She won the state title last year and is looking to get another one this weekend. Jaydyn was also a key contributor on the girl's soccer team, who made the Final Four this past season.
Evan Kusmits is a sophomore wrestler with a 3.975 GPA. He has a 30-7 record and is going into the state tournament this weekend. Evan has finished in 1st place in the Waterloo D3 Classic, the PAC-7 league Tournament, and the North East Sectional Tournament. Evan excels in football, wrestling, and track. He has a twin brother, Trevor, and they are both coached in wrestling by their father, Andy Kusmits.
The spate of car dealership thefts in Northeast Ohio continued over the weekend, this time at a BMW dealership in Middleburg heights.
3News reports that 3 luxury vehicles with a combined value of over $185,000 were stolen early Saturday morning from the dealership on Pearl Road.
This is at least the 7th car dealership theft since December 2022 but police have not yet said if the thefts are related.
Akron City Council President Margo Sommerville says she believes that despite being unable to reach an agreement for the past two weeks about who should be on the City's new Citizens Police Oversight Board; they'll be able to get it done on Wednesday at a special City Council meeting.
That's because, she says, they're going to remove the key sticking point from the mix; Akron attorney, Imokhai Okolo, from the list of candidates. Okolo has been strongly supported by some City Council members, and opposed by others, causing a deadlock at the past two regular City Council meetings.
Listen now, to find out more, as she talks about it with our Morning Show Host, Ray Horner.
A 55-year-old Akron man was arrested in Springfield Township on Sunday, but he didn’t come easy.
Springfield police tell the Akron Beacon Journal that the suspect, Vincent Mann, has a history of violating protection orders and that this was the 11th time in the past 12 months they’ve been called to deal with him.
On Sunday authorities say a woman called them saying that Mann, who is her ex-boyfriend, came to her house on Salmon Drive, violating a protection order. He then proceeded to barricade himself inside her home.
After Mann fired off one shot at the police, authorities brought in a SWAT team, used tear gas, and eventually made their way inside the home to arrest him.
Mann was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and is facing several charges including inducing panic and improper discharge of a firearm.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says Ohioans "should not be forced to live in fear of another disaster".
This, in response to the Norfolk-Southern train derailment near Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, which, Brown notes, is the fourth one in Ohio, in the past five months. The others occurred in Steubenville, Sandusky, and in East Palestine, which remains the site of an ongoing major toxic disaster.
The derailment near Springfield on Saturday night did not involve a toxic chemical spill, and no one was hurt, though, as you will hear from Senator Brown in the ABC News video clip below; Brown is not entirely convinced there wasn't at least some chemical residue left behind, and he'd like to see that investigated.
Find out more, as Brown talks about derailments and the need for new rail regulations, on "This Week" with ABC News host, George Stephanopoulos:
In other developments related to the East Palestine derailment, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine released an update on Saturday.
Some highlights include that despite what appeared to be greater flow of potentially contaminated water from near the crash site; a dam there did not fail. In addition, Norfolk-Southern Railways employees began dismantling tracks in preparation for removing contaminated soil, but didn't get very far because the ground was too wet from recent rain.
Also, East Palestine officials held an open house for the public at their water treatment plant on Saturday, again telling residents they have not seen any evidence of contamination in municipal water wells.
Click here to read the full update on the Ohio Emergency Management Agency website.
Tim Elliott, Executive VP of Northeast Ohio's Auto Dealers Association joined Ray. They talked about inventory, computer chips, and hopes for 2023.
The U.S. Senate is set to hold hearings on the East Palestine train derailment where Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw will face questioning.
News 5 reports that the hearing scheduled for next Thursday March 9th will also include questioning of the senators from the area including Sherrod Brown and JD Vance, as well as the Ohio EPA director, among others.
The hearing comes as the federal government moves to address rail safety, with Vance and Brown introducing a new rail safety bill on Wednesday. With Brown saying, “It shouldn’t take a massive railroad disaster for elected officials to put partisanship aside and work together for the people we serve” adding that this legislation “will finally hold big railroad companies accountable.”