Chris Keppler

Chris Keppler

Chris is the regular news anchor on WQMX's Wynn and Wilson in the Morning and WONE's Tim and Christi in the Morning programs. He first opened a microphone at WZIP-FM at The University of Akron in 1990 but got his first paid radio job delivering weekend news on WZKL-FM & WDPN-AM in Alliance. Chris then moved to WJER AM & FM in Dover where he reported on Tuscarawas County, including stories that made national headlines. Chris has been honored by his peers with first place awards from the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters including Best Reporter, Best Feature Story, and Best Broadcast Writing among others. In addition to his work as a broadcast journalist Chris has also worked in public relations and as an instructor at the University of Akron teaching Broadcast News Writing. Chris enjoys volunteer work, and has served on the boards of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters, Public Relations Society of America (Akron Area Chapter), American Cancer Society Hope Gala Committee and currently serves on the Green Baseball/Softball Federation Board. Contact Chris through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or email at

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:54

Deadline Nears For Veteran Bonus

Veterans from the war in Iraq have just a day left to request a financial bonus from the state. 

People who served in Iraq have to have entered the military as an Ohio resident.  This particular bonus deadline only applies to people who served in Iraq. 

Summit County Veterans Service Commission Executive Director Larry Moore says that even though the form can be filled out online, it has to be printed.

"It's critical that the application is signed by the veteran and it must be notarized before it's mailed in," said Moore. 

The application has to be postmarked by December 31 but Moore says the state was lenient on a previous deadline for a similar bonus.

"As long as the individual had gotten online and made the application but was late getting the documentaton in they, up to a certain period of time, maybe 30 days, they actually still honored that and allowed them to get the bonus," said Moore.

The bonuses are worth up to $1,000.

More than 24,000 bonuses have already been approved for veterans of the war in Iraq.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:36

Sheriff Works On Inmate Release Plan

The January closing of a wing at the Summit County Jail means some inmates will soon be making a move.  Sheriff Steve Barry says he's working with Oriana House, which operates Glenwood Jail along with the county, to determine which inmates can be housed there instead.

Barry says it's not responsible to just send everybody from one section of the jail either to Glenwood Jail or home.  It has to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

"We have to look at their previous records as well as their present charges as well as their history of any violence and things of this nature, then we start striking them out as to if they can or can't go," said Barry.

The use of Glenwood Jail helps but does not solve the problem.

"There are still going to have to be some people released straight to the street,'' said Barry. "There's just no getting around it."

The changes are being made because Barry says staffing levels at the county jail are low enough to be considered dangerous and there's no money to hire more people.

The portion of the jail that is being closed contains 149 beds.

Monday, 29 December 2014 13:12

Two Akron Businesses Burglarized

Akron police are investigating burglaries at a couple of businesses. 

Somebody broke into Church's Chicken on South Main Street around 3:00 this morning and took a safe.  The two thieves lugged the safe out the back door. 

About an hour later, a west side convenience store was broken into - more like crashed into.  Akron police say somebody used a vehecile to smash through the front door at Mr. Pantry on Copley Road.  Whoever did it drove off with some cigarettes.

Monday, 29 December 2014 12:53

VIDEO Weekend Robberies In Akron

Akron police are investigating several robberies that are apparently unrelated.  One of them took place Saturday night in the 1000-block of Neville Avenue, where a man reported that he was outside the house when two men with guns forced him inside, then told everyone in the house to get on the floor.  They got away with $630 cash, some credit cards state identification cards and cell phones.  

Police are also looking into a robbery at the Sunoco gas station on East Archwood Avenue.  Employees say someone came inside and went to the restroom, then came out with a gun.  The gun was held to the head of an employee as the robber told another employee to get money out of the cash register.  

Akron police have released surveillance video of that robbery:

A Domino's pizza delivery driver did just the opposite of experts' recommendations.  He refused to cooperate with a gunman.  The employee says he was in his car smoking a cigarette in the pizza shop parking lot on East Market Street when a man used a gun to tap on a window and demanded the driver's wallet.  The victim instead threw the car in reverse and sped away, leaving the gunman empty handed - except for the gun.

Nobody was hurt in any of the incidents but police would still like to make arrests.  Anyone who saw something that could help should contact Akron police.  

The descriptions of the robbers are vague.


Monday, 29 December 2014 09:16

AUDIO UA's JAR Could Get Facelift

It looks like The University of Akron's JAR Arena is going to get some attention. 

UA President Dr. Scott Scarborough has asked for a series of proposals to fix up the building that is home to basketball, volleyball, in addition to other uses.

"We've got great facilities in many of our sports," said Scarborough.  "The one glaring deficiency is the basketball and volleyball arena.  We've got to do something to bring that up to an acceptable standard."

Simply put, it's outdated.  Scarborough says the seating, the signage, the scoreboards are all outdated.  He wants the restrooms and concessions areas to be considered, too. 

For now, he's waiting for in-house proposals to be completed but there are two things those proposals should include:  a phased-in approach and a way to pay for it without tapping other scarce financial resources.  Scarborough says he'll turn to the alumni base for donations. 

"We'll look at seeing if we can get that first phase in a proposal to our board of trustees in the next operating budget," said Scarborough.

A voter-approved sales tax would have paid for a new arena in downtown Akron that would have been used by the university for men's basketball games.  Scarborough says the university needs a better facility for every program that uses the JAR, whether a new arena is eventually built in downtown Akron or not.

Friday, 26 December 2014 08:47

Malls Stretching Out Shopping Season

Retailers are doing what they do every year on the day after Christmas - trying to stretch the shopping season as far as possible. A lot of them, including some at Summit Mall, started advertising their post-Christmas sales a week before Christmas.

"What we're expecting is pretty heavy traffic," said Kate Miller, Summit Mall's director of marketing and business development. "We're hoping to see those shoppers come out and even into the weekend, too. Because Christmas fell on a Thursday this year, I think we'll see a lot of that shopping trickle into the weekend."

While some people are heading to malls or other stores to return unwanted gifts, Miller says plenty of them will spend gift cards or otherwise make plenty of purchases, too. It's not the same as Black Friday-type madness but Miller says the deals rank pretty high.

"I think some of the deals that you may see in the stores may be just as good," said Miller. "They're looking to clear out their end-of-the-season inventory."

Summit Mall opens at 6:00 a.m., Chapel Hill Mall opens at 7:00 a.m. and Belden Village Mall opens at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:51

Christmas Dinner At Haven

Dozens of volunteers will serve hundreds of people at Haven of Rest Ministries on Christmas Day.  Executive Director Jeff Kaiser says the dining hall will be packed with people who can't afford a big dinner or people who would otherwise be alone.

"It's open to everybody," said Kaiser.  "We had over 782 at Thanksgiving and we had families that might not stay at the mission but came down just for the meal.  It will be the same at Christmas as well."

Everybody who shows up gets a gift, too.

"These are personal care items that really are important because what we have found out over the years because for them to buy the soaps and the deodorants and the shampoos, it's really not in their budget, said Kaiser." 

On the menu: turkey and all the trimmings.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:39

Kent Company Fined For Worker Death

Kent-based Davey Tree Expert Company faces a 70-thousand dollar fine stemming from the June death of an employee in Pennsylvania.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it's the company's fault that a 21 year old tree trimmer was killed by a company vehicle.

According to OSHA, the truck was on a hill and operating at an angle that allowed it to roll over on top of the worker. OSHA considers it a willful violation of Davey Tree after the company acknowledged a similar mishap that killed another worker two years earlier, also in Pennsylvania.

The company has 15 days to either pay the fine or appeal. 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:05

Stomach Shooter Gets 7 Years

A 22-year old Akron man will spend seven years in prison for the non-fatal shooting of a man in March.  The sentence was handed to Marvin Prince of Virginia Avenue, about a week after a jury found him guilty of felonious assault.  Prosecutors say Prince and another man called the victim outside his house on Wingfoot Way, then shot him in the stomach.

He hasn't been out of the joint all that long.  Prince was sent away for up to five years in 2009 for burglarizing a house and beating to death the family's dog.

A co-defendant, 20-year old Christopher Crenshaw stands trial next month on a count of felonious assault.

Previous coverage: Sunday Shooting In Akron

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:29

Holiday Travelers Ready To Go

An estimated 98-million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home over the next few days.  You'll see many of them on the road and at the airports on Wednesday. 

"Wednesday is going to be a very, very busy travel day," said Akron AAA President Brian Thomas.

Thomas points to the calendar as one reason that there is a larger number of travelers this year since Christmas falls on a Thursday.  Many companies are closed Friday, giving employees a four-day weekend.

The price of gasoline is another important variable.

"It really gives people an opportunity to do a little bit more in their travel - maybe upscale their stays or stay a little bit longer or do a little bit more spending and shopping during this consumer season," said Thomas.

According to, gasoline is averaging $2.36 a gallon this afternoon.  That's down from $3.23 this time last year.  The current average in the Akron area is $2.21 with some stations selling a gallon of unleaded for $1.99.