Edward L. Esposito

Edward L. Esposito

Edward "Ed" Esposito is vice-president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group. He oversees news and public affairs programs for www.AkronNewsNow.com, 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation; a former chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation and a former president of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He's also served as a member of the Akron Press Club , Kent State University Student Media Advisory Board, Ohio Open Government Coalition, Northeast Ohio AMBER Task Force. He's lectured on broadcasting and journalism for the University of Missouri in China, as well as across the country for RTDNA and RTDNF. You can reach Ed through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or by email eesposito@rcrg.net

Saturday, 25 May 2013 08:52

Ravenna Shooting Injures Two

Two people recovering from what police say are non-life threatening gunshot wounds after a wild night in the parking lot outside the Den Lounge on North Meridian. One's at Robinson Memorial, the other in more serious condition at Akron City.

Ravenna police taking 37-year old Brian Weems the third of Cleveland into custody on assault charges.

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(Ravenna Police Department) On May 25th, 2013 at 12:36AM, Ravenna Police Officers responded to a shooting in the parking lot of The Den Lounge on N. Meridian St. Two victims suffering gunshot wounds were located and received treatment at Robinson Memorial Hospital. One victim was later transferred to Akron City Hospital due to the severity of the injury. Injuries to both were to the lower extremities and are not considered life threatening. The names of victims will be released later pending family contact.

Officers learned an altercation had taken place in the parking lot of The Den Lounge with shots being fired. The suspects fled the area and were later found close by. The two suspects were detained and one subsequently charged with two counts of Felonious Assault.

Charged with two counts of Felonious Assault is 37 year old Brian L Weems III, of Cleveland Ohio. Weems was located two blocks from the scene of the shooting. Weems has been charged, booked, and transferred to the Portage County Jail.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 20:30

VIDEO Cop Chase Caps Death Threat

A Brunswick man led police on a chase yesterday that started with what reports detail as a death threat against an ex-girlfriend.
 
WJW Fox 8 News reports Luke Pfeiler eventually crashed into a Montville Township service vehicle after police gave chase in an attempt to isolate Pfeiler when his ex-girlfriend said he put a BB gun, which resembled a semi-automatic pistol, to her head and threatened to kill her. The woman reportedly also told police Pfeiler told her of his plan to use the pellet gun during a robbery so police would shoot him in a "death by cop" scenario.
 
Pfeiler was transported with injuries to MetroHealth Medical Center; Montville Township road superintendent Dennis Clapper was injured in the accident at Ohio Rt. 18 and Windfall Road and was taken to Akron General for observation.
 
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(Montville PD) The Montville Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Montville Drive at 0803 hours on May 22nd.  The suspect vehicle initially stopped and, once the officer exited his cruiser, the vehicle fled south on Montville Drive before turning west on Stonebrooke Lane.  
 
The suspect entered a cul-de-sac and began traveling eastbound back towards Montville Drive.  Once on Montville Drive, the pursuit headed north towards Rt18.  The suspect turn east onto Rt18 and failed to stop at the red light on Rt18 and Windfall Road, at 0807 hours.  The suspect's vehicle was struck by a Montville Township Service Department vehicle driven by Road Superintendent Dennis Clapper.  Mr. Clapper had a green light and was turning south onto Windfall Road.
 
The suspect, Luke Pfeiler of Brunswick, was entrapped and needed extrication.   Once extricated he was flown to Metro Health Medical Center.  Mr. Clapper was transported to Akron General and will be evaluated overnight.
 
There was information provided by the suspect's ex-girlfriend that Mr. Pfeiler had intentions of committing suicide by cop and had a black bb gun, resembling a semi-automatic hand gun.  This was located in the vehicle.  This case remains under investigation.
 
Montville Police Department was assisted by Medina Twp. PD, Medina City PD, Medina County Sheriff's Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Medina Fire Department, Medina Twp. Fire Department, Sharon Township Fire Department,  and Medina Life Support Team.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:03

HACK Update: City Help Extended

Akron is extending the number of days attorneys will be at local community centers to answer questions and provide help to citizens worried about the impact on their own financial information a week after a cyber-attack exposed thousands of records of Akron taxpayers.

As many as 30,000 individuals may have been affected by the hacker's attack, which is attributed to an anti-American group based in Turkey. The city has since taken down the main web page hit in the web incursion, and taken extra security measures.

Today's announcement from the city extends the attorney sessions to both Thursday and Friday and also noted one credit company, Experian, has agreed to reimburse fees already paid by Akron residents to freeze and monitor their accounts. 

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(City of Akron) The City is extending the number of days attorneys will be available at its community centers for citizens to inquire about the cyber-attack on the City’s website.  For the rest of the week, City of Akron attorneys will be at different Akron community centers to talk to residents about what they can do if they are on the list of people whose information was compromised by the cyber-attack that occurred last week.  These attorneys will be able to look up whether citizens are on the list of people whose information was stolen, and they will be able to explain what a person should do to secure their accounts and credit.

The following community centers will have help available from 10 am to 8 pm Thursday (May 23) and 2 pm to 8 pm on Friday (May 24):

Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street

Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Avenue

Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard Street

Kenmore Community Center, 880 Kenmore Boulevard

Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive

Reservoir Park Community Center, 1735 Hillside Terrace

The City has also requested from all three Credit Bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) that the $5 fee charged by each company for placing a credit freeze on a person’s credit be waived and/or reimbursed.  At least one company, Experian, has agreed to waive the fee for Akron victims, and reimburse those victims that have already paid the $5 fee.  Details on how to go about getting the reimbursement are still being worked out.   

Also, the City is anticipating even more calls after thousands of letters were sent yesterday to victims of the cyber-attack.  For the rest of the week, the City is bringing in extra help to answer the deluge of 311 calls it has encountered, and expects to continue.  If necessary, extra hours and staffing will continue through the weekend.  That will be determined as the week progresses.  Last weekend, the City added extra staffing and extended its weekend hours at the 311 call center, but more help was brought in on Monday, and even more on Tuesday.  Due to the added staffing, the wait time for a 311 caller has significantly dropped.

“We are treating this cyber-attack as we would any other attack on the City and its residents,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “Although we already had extra people at the 311 phone lines, we are significantly expanding our staffing in the hopes that everyone can get through easily.  We are also providing help at our community centers for those people who want to sit down and talk with someone.  At this point, we are doing everything we can to keep our citizens informed, and we are trying to help them prevent misuse of their sensitive information.”

To recap, a cyber-attack was launched last week against networks across the country, including the City of Akron.  The attackers infiltrated the City of Akron’s computer network in spite of all of the efforts by the City to meet top national standards of intrusion protection systems, firewalls, and virus protection software.   The City is continuing to work closely with the FBI to determine how the City’s site was accessed and to determine the full extent of the information hacked.

The City of Akron filed a police incident report, Report Number 13-011564, which is available at www.akronohio.gov.  Citizens can access this report for use with banking institutions, credit agencies, the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and to keep on file.

Also, the stolen information has been removed from the public website as of Saturday, May 18, 2013.  The City and the FBI continue to monitor and investigate whether the information is elsewhere.

The City has already contacted some individuals by email (those who had valid emails on file) and other individuals by Reverse Alert phone calls (those who had valid phone numbers on file).  All affected individuals will receive a letter by mail informing them that their information was compromised.

To find out whether your information was compromised, you should call 311 (330-375-2311 from a mobile phone), call the City’s income tax office at 330-375-2290, or visit one of the community centers listed above and talk to an attorney.

If you are on the list of individuals whose information was released, the FBI recommends that at this point, you monitor all your financial accounts very carefully until we have more information. 

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you protect your credit:

·  The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit agency in San Diego, offers free victim assistance at 888-400-5530 or online at www.idtheftcenter.org.

·   The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Identity Theft Unit can assist consumers after they’ve been ID theft victims by helping them straighten out accounts. Also, the office can provide a self-help assistance guide. Call 800-282-0515 or go online to www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.  (Police Report Number 13-011564)

·   Your Homeowner’s Insurance may include ID theft coverage.  If not, you may be able to add that coverage.

You can also contact one of the Credit Report services and put a freeze on your credit.

·   Equifax: 800-685-1111 (Option 3), Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or www.equifax.com

·   Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742), Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen TX 75013 or www.experian.com

·   TransUnion: 888-909-8872, TransUnion, Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834 or www.transunion.com

 
 
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:54

Pedal To The Metal: 70's Coming

Prepare to put the pedal to the metal, as ODOT unveils segments of interstates where the speed limit will increase from 65 to 70 miles per hour later this summer.

Locally, traffic south of Canton on I-77; part of the stretch of I-76 between Akron and Youngstown and I-71 between Brunswick to north of Columbus will have the increased speed limit.

The entire stretch of the Ohio Turnpike is already 70 miles an hour.

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(ODOT) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today unveiled a map identifying interstate highway locations where motorists will be legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour beginning this summer.

The new designations follow recently passed legislation permitting speeds to increase from 65 to 70 mph on certain sections of interstate highways. H.B. 51 – the state’s transportation budget bill, which goes into effect on July 1, 2013 – increased speeds to 70 miles per hour on interstates that are “outside urbanized areas.”

The 70 mph speed limit is not new to Ohio. Motorists are already legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour on all 241 miles of the Ohio Turnpike. And according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 34 other states in the nation have some posted speed limits of 70 miles per hour or higher including Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

ODOT is making 317 new signs to comply with the legislation and to alert motorists to the increased speed at a total cost of $8,287.19. The signs are expected to be in place and revealed on July 1.

· 8 are “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs

· 48 are brand new speed limit signs

· 261 are sign pieces that will simply overlay the current 65 number with the new speed limit

The new law increases the speed on 570 miles out of 1,332 miles of interstate highways in Ohio. The exact location of the speed increases are:

Interstate 70

· From the Indiana border in the west to just outside of Wheeling, WV in the east, excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville

Interstate 71

· From the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in southwest Ohio to just south of the border of the Cuyahoga/Medina County line in the north, excluding Columbus

Interstate 75

· From just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima

Interstate 76

· From just outside Akron going east to just west of Youngstown

Interstate 77

· From just outside of Canton south to the West Virginia border

Interstate 90

· From just outside of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border

A map of all new 70 mph speed zones is attached. Speed zone changes at exact interstate mile markers are available upon request.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:41

DeVitis Yanks New Judge Addition

The brief controversy over adding another juvenile court judge for Summit County is over.

Green Republican state representative Anthony DeVitis is asking the chair of the committee in Columbus considering the issue to withdraw his request, saying more research was needed.

Critics said the addition was not needed, and would add an necessary burden to the county budget.

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(State Rep. Anthony DeVitis)

Chairman Bob Peterson
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Chairman Peterson,

After much discussion with the children’s advocates and other members of our community who are interested in adding a second juvenile judge to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, I have concluded that it would be best to remove this provision from the operating budget.

Our duty, as legislators, is to represent our constituents in a way that best reflects their values. The proposal was brought to me by a Green resident who serves as the president for the Summit County Foster Parent Association. She, along with others, have pointed out to me that the selected data that we have been presented to date do not show everything.

The data omit things such as cases that have been dismissed and re-filed and, more importantly, the emotional stress and frustration placed on families and their children that occur when these cases are dragged out over a period of time.

Before the amendment introduced by Rep. Marilyn Slaby and me was added to the budget, I gathered much research about the costs that would be incurred by Summit County from the Legislative Services Commission and the Ohio Supreme Court. We have been working on this for over a year, holding numerous meetings and phone calls with members of County Council, the Foster Parent Association, Summit County Children’s Services, Jobs and Family Services, and Judge Linda Teodosio herself.

As a courtesy, the Ohio Supreme Court has historically been asked to review proposals to change the number of judges in a jurisdiction prior to legislative action, but it is not required under the Ohio Constitution or Revised Code to do so. We need to remember that we, the legislature, are the authority for creating and eliminating judgeships under Ohio’s constitution.

For me, doing as well as, or even “better” than comparably-sized Ohio counties is not good enough—I want Summit County to do the best. The families that go through the juvenile court process are not numbers to me; they are my friends and neighbors. One cannot place a monetary value on these children or their families who we are elected to represent.

It is my hope that removing this provision from the operating budget will allow the legislature the time it needs to fully investigate the needs of Summit County’s children and families and make the decision that is in their best interests.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:47

HACK ATTACK: Day Six Update

Akron city hall is putting it's legal staff on the front lines in the wake of last week's hacker attack of the City's website, which put at risk the personal information of thousands of citizens.

The attack attributed to a Turkish group posted anti-American comments before it was taken down; the city at first believed no sensitive information was accessed but upgraded the assessment after a security review indicated records of more than eight thousand individuals filing their city taxes online was involved. That number was later boosted to 30,000.

The City of Akron has been advising those impacted by phone call, email or regular postal mail. Account holders were also encouraged to call the City's 3-1-1 help line to find out of their records were among those accessed in the computer attack.

Lawyers from the city will be at community centers today to answer questions from the public, and offer advice on making their financial information more secure and protect their credit ratings. The City also has a blanket police report, posted HERE on AkronNewsNow.com, that account holders can use with credit reporting agencies to help avoid extra fees and charges.

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(City of Akron) Today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday), City of Akron attorneys will be at different Akron community centers to talk to residents about what they can do if they are on the list of people whose information was compromised by the cyber-attack that occurred last week.  These attorneys will be able to look up whether citizens are on the list of people whose information was stolen, and they will be able to explain what a person should do to secure their accounts and credit.

The following community centers will have help available from 10 am to 3 pm:

Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street

Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Avenue

Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard Street

Kenmore Community Center, 880 Kenmore Boulevard

Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive

Reservoir Park Community Center, 1735 Hillside Terrace

Also, the City is bringing in extra help to answer the deluge of 311 calls the City has encountered.  The City had already added extra man-power and extended its hours at the 311 call center throughout the weekend, but more help is being utilized today.

“We are treating this cyber-attack as we would any other attack on the City and its residents,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “Although we already had extra people manning the 311 phone lines, we are significantly expanding our staffing in the hopes that everyone can get through easily.  We are also providing help at our community centers for those people who want to sit down and talk with someone.  At this point, we are doing everything we to keep our citizens informed, and we are trying to help them prevent misuse of their sensitive information.”

To recap, a cyber-attack was launched last week against networks across the country, including the City of Akron.  The attackers infiltrated the City of Akron’s computer network in spite of all of the efforts by the City to meet top national standards of intrusion protection systems, firewalls, and virus protection software.   The City is continuing to work closely with the FBI to determine how the City’s site was accessed and to determine the full extent of the information hacked.

The City of Akron filed a police incident report, Report Number 13-011564, which is available at www.akronohio.gov.  Citizens can access this report for use with banking institutions, credit agencies, and to keep on file.

Also the stolen information has been removed from the public website as of Saturday, May 18, 2013.  The City and the FBI continues to monitor and investigate whether the information is elsewhere.

The City has already contacted some individuals by email (those who had valid emails on file) and other individuals by Reverse Alert phone calls (those who had valid phone numbers on file).  All affected individuals will receive a letter by mail informing them that their information was compromised.

To find out whether your information was compromised, you should call 3-1-1 (330-375-2311 from a mobile phone), call the City’s income tax office at 330-375-2290, or visit one of the community centers listed above between 10 am and 3 pm to talk to an attorney.

If you are on the list of individuals whose information was released, the FBI recommends that at this point, you monitor all your financial accounts very carefully until we have more information. 

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you protect your credit:

  The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit agency in San Diego, offers free victim assistance at 888-400-5530 or online at www.idtheftcenter.org.

   The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Identity Theft Unit can assist consumers after they’ve been ID theft victims by helping them straighten out accounts. Also, the office can provide a self-help assistance guide. A police report must be filed. Call 800-282-0515 or go online to www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

   Your Homeowner’s Insurance may include ID theft coverage.  If not, you may be able to add that coverage

You can also contact one of the Credit Report services and put a freeze on your credit.

   Equifax: 800-685-1111 (Option 3), Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or www.equifax.com

   Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742), Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen TX 75013 or www.experian.com

   TransUnion: 888-909-8872, TransUnion, Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834 or www.transunion.com

Think you'd be surprised to get a water bill of over $4,000?

Lisa and Bob Joyce of Munroe Falls sure were, as chronicled in Bob Dyer's Akron Beacon Journal column over the weekend. They were stunned when Munroe Falls sent them a water bill for $4,416.20 over the alleged use of nearly 700,000 gallons of water. They were even more surprised when the city claimed the family of four must have had a leak in their swimming pool.

Problem is, there is no swimming pool on their lot. It turns out Munroe Falls used a satellite image of the property and mistook a trampoline for the pool. But that didn't make any difference to the city, which insists they're still owed $4,416.20 for water over the years, now citing more reliance in the home's inside water meter versus the outside meter the city uses for readings that can be taken more conveniently.

Summit County, which provides sewer services, didn't buy the massive bill triggered by the readings either and dropped the sewer fees that are usually based on water usage.

But that wasn't good enough for Munroe Falls City Hall, in particular Mayor Frank Larson.

Dyer's column quoted Larson, insisting the family owed the money regardless of the city's error identifying a trampoline as a swimming pool, and defending the city's meters as reliable and pushing responsibility for accuracy of the readings on the homeowner.

So much for the slogan the city uses: "Munroe Falls, A Great Place to Call Home."

Larsen doesn't have support of at least one member of Munroe Falls City Council. Councilman Steve Stahl says the city's own service director told him most remote meters are faulty, and most residents of Munroe Falls aren't even remotely aware they're on the hook for any discrepancies despite the fact the city owns both the inside and outside meters.

Stahl tells WAKR's Ray Horner the entire situation is "just terrible" and ought to be compromised. He doesn't understand why it's so difficult to find compromise, since the city has records back to 2008 and the city can easily figure out average water use and take into account any problems.

Stahl says the problem also lies with the city, since water meters are supposed to be compared by water meter readers but the practice has been discontinued for years. A former police chief in Munroe Falls, Stahl notes the city used to perform the service annually or at least every two years. City council has discussed the issue at least three times, he says, but noted Larson turned the issue over to the law director.

Larson did not return calls or emails to AkronNewsNow for additional comment.

 

Monday, 20 May 2013 07:58

Gas Prices On The Upswing

After weeks of sliding downward the onset of summer is helping to driving local gasoline prices up again, just within reach of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.

GasBuddy.com reports average prices are up 13.8 center per gallon, to an average $3.79 a gallon. The national average increased 8.9 cents on the same period. Prices locally are higher than a year ago, and higher than just a month ago.

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(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 13.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.79/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 14.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The last seven days have delivered some shocks at the pump for motorists in the nation's Midwest," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "I don't believe I've ever seen gasoline prices in the Midwest surpass California- areas of Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and Kansas- have done that. Gas price records in these areas aren't being quietly replaced, they're being blown out of the water. I don't believe I've ever seen such crazy trends in gasoline prices occur all at one- prices spiking in one area, falling in another, and holding steady in others. What we're seeing today is certainly rare," DeHaan said.

Monday, 20 May 2013 07:32

Stepp Sues Medina Schools

Still on-suspension Medina school chief Randy Stepp's heading to court, filing suit against the school district for defamation of character and dumping his lucrative renewal deal. Taxpayers in Medina went through the roof when they heard about his bonus of over $80-grand; it didn't get any better when they heard the district paid him hundreds of thousands. The Board's already seen changing faces, even yanking a school levy.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting Stepp filed suit last week, charging defamation and breach of contract among other things. The board took up Stepp's offer to repay more than $80,000 in bonus money, but the offer was based on a repayment plan critics say amounted to a lucrative interest-free multi-year loan.

Critics also pointed to revelations reported by the Medina Gazette on the school district's payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in reimbursement to Stepp for his college costs, including undergraduate and post-graduate work, from an account he controlled without board oversight.

Dr. Stepp says he was left with no choice, but suffered significant loss of standing in the community, mental anguish, humiliation and suffering. He also claims lost current and future income as damages.

Monday, 20 May 2013 07:12

Akron Radio Stations Win AP Awards

The news operations of the Rubber City Radio Group was honored over the weekend at the first annual awards ceremony of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association. The OAPME operated this year after a merger between print and broadcast members of the AP in Ohio.

Among the highlights: Amani Abraham recognized for her work as Best Reporter in the Radio II category; Aaron Coleman took second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for "The Price of the High"; Best Feature Reporting second place for the Fall Natatorium same-sex rate controversy; Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled event for the "2012 Election"'; Best Continuing Coverage for "Craigslist Rafferty Trial" and a second-place showing as Outstanding News Operation.

WAKR-WONE-WQMX and AkronNewsNow.com are owned by the Rubber City Radio Group. We congratulate our fellow broadcasters and print colleagues on their recognition.

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(Associated Press) RADIO II

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WTUZ-FM, New Philadelphia; 2, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron.

Best Use of Sound: 1, Will Davis, WYSO-FM, Yellow Springs, "Filmmaker's Homage to the 80's Slasher Film"; 2, Jerry Kenney, WYSO-FM, Yellow Springs, "WYSO Weekend: Laramie At Sinclair."

Best Anchor: Todd Walker, WIMA-AM, Lima.

Best Reporter: 1, Amani Abraham, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron; 2, Jamie Hambach, WJER-AM, Dover.

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Jamie Hambach, WJER-AM, Dover, "The Oil & Gas Rush"; 2, Aaron Coleman, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron, "The Price of the High."

Best Documentary or Series: 1, Jamie Hambach, WJER-AM, Dover, "The Oil & Gas Rush"; 2, WTUZ-FM, New Philadelphia, "2012 Elections."

Best Feature Reporting: 1, Basim Blunt, WYSO-FM, Yellow Springs, "Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music In Dayton"; 2, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron, "Falls Natatorium Rate Fight."

Best Breaking News Coverage: 1, WJER-AM, Dover, "Dover Chemical Leak"; 2, WTUZ-FM, New Philadelphia, "Dover Chemical Incident."

Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled Event: 1, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron, "2012 Ohio Presidential Election."

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, WAKR-AM/WONE-FM/WQMX-FM, Akron, "Craigslist Rafferty Trial"; 2, WTUZ-FM, New Philadelphia, "District Seeks Answers for Future of School Facilities."