Tuesday, 14 September 2021 14:09

Update: Fatal Fire Claims Five Lives in Akron

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Still no word on what caused the early morning house fire Monday morning on Linden Avenue in Akron's North Hill Neighborhood, that killed two adults, and three children.

Jeanne Destro talked about it this morning with a few guests, which include Akron Fire Department Spokesman, Lt. Siergie Lash.

She also spoke with Ken Clouda from the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office.

Sadly, the three children belonged to the Akron Public School district, and superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack shared her thoughts and prayers.

President Biden says more Americans need to get vaccinated, and issued a new mandate late last week that covers employers with more than 100 workers.

But how will that work, and what are business leaders in the Akron area saying about it so far?

Jeanne Destro talked to Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Steve Millard.

Friday, 10 September 2021 18:43

Student Athletes of the Week: Dru Dorn & Zavion Green

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For our Student Athlete of the Week program, we head one mile from our studios to Firestone CLC and meet a male and female.

Congratulations to Dru Dorn and Zavion Green for being our Student Athletes of the Week!

The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

20 years ago today, on September 10th, 2001, the United States was a much different country, almost unrecognizable. The following day, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon changed the world as we knew it.

The Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Jeanne Destro, looked back at that Tuesday morning, as well as the two decades that have passed with a slew of familiar voices in the Akron area.

Larry States is a former WAKR news anchor who was off covering an event when the news broke of the attacks.

Don Plusquellic was the mayor of Akron from 1987 till 2015, and he shared his story as being the mayor of a large city during a time of security threats.

Speaking of security, Tim Dimoff from SACS Consulting & Investigative Services was getting his security business off the ground around 9/11.

Dave Lieberth worked alongside Mayor Plusquellic around the time of 9/11, and he shared some stories.

Dr. John Green from the Bliss Institute gave a geopolitical look at the September 11th attacks and the response the United States has endured since then.

For more on the political outlook, Kent State professor of political science Dr. Mark Cassell called in.

Science fiction becomes science fact, as the Cleveland Clinic unveils a new bionic arm that amputees can control with their minds.

Bionic arm lab 1 Courtesy Cleveland Clinic

Our special guest is Dr. Paul Marasco, the Director of their Laboratory for Bionic Integration.

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Dr. Paul D. Marasco, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Friday, 10 September 2021 04:19

Falls Police, FBI Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect

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(Cuyahoga Falls Police Facebook) -- At approximately 11:20 AM, a woman entered the Huntington Bank located at 2303 2nd Street in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. When she approached the teller counter, she showed the teller a note demanding money. She was last seen leaving the area on foot. She is further described as a black female, between 5'3" and 5'5" tall.

Anyone with information regarding identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Akron Resident Agency at 330-535-6156, or the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-971-8333.
There is a reward available for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Anonymous information can be left at 330-971-TIPS.

The City of Akron could provide doorbell security cameras for residents in high crime areas sometime soon. That word from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today, though he says they're still working out details of a plan that's been in the works since last year.

Jeanne Destro also asked whether him whether or not the city will mandate COVID vaccinations for employees, and how a couple of big housing projects planned for the city's West side are coming along. 

Thursday, 09 September 2021 10:09

Akron's Five Point Plan to Reduce Violence

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(City of Akron) Akron, Ohio, September 9, 2021 — Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released a Five Point Framework for Community Violence Reduction in Akron.  The Framework is designed to communicate the City’s broad work in the area of violence reduction, identify key partners in these varied and ongoing efforts, and inspire further community conversation. Importantly, this Framework paves the way for the Mayor’s allotment of $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward youth and community violence prevention. 

“The rising level of gun violence we have witnessed over the past year is tragic and unacceptable.  Too many lives have been lost and too many families and communities left in grief and fear.  As City leaders, reducing violent crime is our top priority.  It will take a whole-of-Akron approach to truly make a difference and reduce gun violence, long-term," said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. "We will work with the community to address the root causes of violence, including unmet mental health needs and underfunded recreational and mentoring resources.  We will also work across the criminal justice system to identify gaps, target enforcement to known hot spots and dangerous offenders, and advocate for state and federal policy that supports a safer Akron.” 

“Violence prevention is not a one-strategy-fits-all issue,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “It is an exceedingly complex problem that require diverse, coordinated, robust strategies that are people-centered and community driven.  Parents, pastors, law enforcement officers, teachers, employers, elected officials, social service providers, coaches, judges, and community leaders—we all have a part to play.  Akron is known for its strength at coordination and ability to rally around shared goals.  Nothing is more important than breaking the cycle of loss, trauma, fear, and disinvestment that gun violence inflicts on our community.  I hope this Framework helps us organize our collective work going forward.  It is a living document, and I look forward to inspiring ongoing community conversation on ways to build on these strategies and approaches, as we begin to invest millions of federal dollars into effective violence prevention strategies across Akron.”

The 5 point Framework builds on the work of the Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce first convened in 2016 and will focus on these key pillars: Prevention, Intervention & Support, Enforcement, Partnership & Advocacy, and Community Accountability.

  • Prevention: Stop violence before it starts by providing community members with stable neighborhoods, healthy recreational opportunities, and economic hope.
  • Intervention & Support: Intervening in the lives of at risk individuals, reducing overall community violence.
  • Enforcement: Police and Judicial partners are essential to keeping dangerous offenders out of our neighborhoods and cutting off networks of illegal guns, drugs, and violence.
  • Partnership & Advocacy: Strong partnerships, effective legislation, and state and national policy around reducing violence will be necessary to have long lasting impacts on violence.
  • Community Accountability:  Empowering neighborhoods and stakeholders to take ownership of the problem and the solutions.
Wednesday, 08 September 2021 15:49

New Texas Abortion Law: Could It Happen Here?

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Texas just passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which outlaws the procedure even in cases of rape and incest, unless it takes place within the first six weeks.

What is more stunning though, is that the US Supreme Court let it go into effect, despite Constitutional protection provided through the much disputed, but still in force, Roe v. Wade decision which affirms a woman's right to choose. In addition, the new Texas "Heartbeat Bill" it takes enforcement of the statute out of the hands of the state, and allows private citizens to seeek monetary damages from abortion providers, and anyone who helps a woman get an abortion. 

Since Ohio's majority Republican legislature has tried a number of times to restrict abortion access, failing either at the Governor's office, or in the courts; this is a legal tactic sure to garner some interest in the Ohio Statehouse.

But, though Texas' action is unusual, and could portend some great changes on the national level; it has not yet actually been argued in the US Supreme Court. Instead, the high court allowed it to go into effect without objection, through what's known as the "Shadow Docket".

So, what does that mean?

Listen now, as Jeanne Destro tries to untangle all the complicated legal issues with local attorney, and former University of Akron Law Professor, J. Dean Carro.

Following a Labor Day weekend where many Americans had cookouts and gatherings, the threat of COVID-19 is still out there. The transmissibility of the Delta variant is happening with younger Americans, too.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she talked to WAKR's Jeanne Destro about everything under the COVID-19 umbrella, from who is getting affected by the Delta variant to the incentives for those getting the vaccine
to how improved the testing has been the last year and a half.

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