Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Mike Ward is the afternoon anchor/reporter for 1590 WAKR. He has been a radio news reporter and anchor for over 20 years, for a variety of stations in Ohio, Virginia, and California. For seven years, he was a news reporter and anchor for Sacramento's top-rated news/talk station, KFBK, and was also news director for WFIR in Roanoke, Virginia. He's also been heard on Cleveland stations. Mike has a special interest in technology, and was a regular on the nationally syndicated radio show "On Computers with Gina Smith". Despite his out-of-area experience, Mike is an Akron native. He was born at Akron City Hospital, and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls. He's been with WAKR since 2009. You can reach Mike through the newsroom at 330-864-6397, or by email at mward@rcrg.net.

The Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team is out of the post season, but barely... Northern Arizona pulled it out with 14 seconds left in overtime, 74-73, in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

The final play - a layup by Northern Arizona's Quinton Upshur. Before that, the Golden Flashes came back from a 10 point deficit near the end of regulation play to tie it up and force overtime.

Just 40 seconds away from the end of overtime, the Golden Flashes led by five, but ended up a point behind at the end.

Kent State ended up with 23 wins on the year, sixth highest in the 99 year history of men's basketball at Kent State.

The game was played at Flagstaff, Arizona's Walkup Skydome.

Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:14

Ravenna Police Seek Bank Robber

Ravenna police are looking for someone who robbed the Huntington Bank on West Cedar Street on Friday afternoon.

They say it happened at just before 5 PM. The suspect was seen leaving the bank on foot westbound towards Meridian Street.

Ravenna police describe the robber as a black male 20-25 years of age, blue hoodie with black skull cap, having a narrow face with a mustache and chin hair.

A surveillance video capture can be seen here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.

Prosecutors will continue to pursue the death penalty in the upcoming retrial of 23 year-old Deshanon Haywood - whose conviction in the Kimlyn Circle quadruple murders was thrown out last year.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors were appointed to take the case against Haywood.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that those prosecutors voted this week to keep the death penalty specifications in Haywood's prosecution.

Haywood had earlier been convicted of capital murder charges in the murders of four people at townhouse near Chapel Hill Mall. Defense attorneys raised concerns over prosecutorial misconduct, causing that conviction to be vacated.

Jury selection in Haywood's new trial is expected to start May 11th.

He'll be tried again in the murders of 24 year-old Ronald Roberts, 23 year-old Kem Delaney, 19 year-old Maria Nash and 19 year-old Kiana Welch.


On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com


Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:45

Boy Who Fell In Gorge Park Home, Recovering

The seven year old boy who fell 135 feet in Gorge Metro Park a week ago is back home and still recovering.

The Falls News-Press reports that the autistic boy suffered a broken pelvis, ribs and hands and internal injuries from the fall.

His grandmother, Charlotte Nickol, says he was released this week from Akron Children's Hospital, but still needs to heal more until getting physical therapy.

Police say he wandered from the Ninth Street home on March 18, and was found near Mary Campbell's Cave after hikers found a shoe and an iPad on the nearby path.


On the Web: Cuyahoga Falls News-Press, www.fallsnewspress.com


41-year-old Daniel Tighe has officially been sentenced to life without parole in the killing of his former girlfriend and her son in Tallmadge in 2013.

NewsChannel 5 reports that Judge Lynn Callahan imposed the sentence, plus sentenced Tighe to an additional 17 years to life on other charges.

A jury recommended the sentence on Tighe's aggravated murder conviction last week.

The bodies of 31 year-old Wendy Ralston and 5 year-old Peyton were found in a wooded area behind their Stone Creek Drive home in September of 2013.

Prosecutors say his crime was "unspeakable" and say Tighe "never accepted responsibility nor shown any remorse for killing his young son and deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars."


On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5, www.newsnet5.com

Wadsworth police are looking for someone who robbed the Speedway gas station on Akron Road with a rifle last night.

They've obtained surveillance video taken from the gas station at about 20 until 9 PM. They say the suspect wore a scarf and gloves, and partially concealed a rifle with an Ohio State jacket.

Police say the robber already left the store and drove away in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier, by the time they arrived.


(Wadsworth Police Department) On March 24, 2015 at approximately 8:41 P.M. personnel of the Wadsworth Police Department responded to the aggravated robbery of the Speedway gasoline station, 1160 Akron Road. The suspect had already left the area eastbound on Akron Road, traveling in a maroon vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier.
The suspect was described as a white male, mid 20's, 5'8" – 6', reddish-blonde hair, wearing a scarf covering the lower half of his face, a tan jacket and blue jeans. He also wore gloves on his hands.
The suspect carried what appeared to be a rifle, partially concealed with an Ohio State jacket.
Surveillance pictures of the suspect are included on additional pages. These pictures portray:
• The suspect entering the store
• The suspect at the counter
• The suspect exiting the store
• The suspect vehicle
We're asking for assistance in identifying the suspect. Any information on the aggravated robbery or potential identification of the suspect can be forwarded to us via several methods:
• 330-334-1511 (Communications Center, 24 hours a day)
• 330-335-2769 (Departmental tip line)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Departmental e-mail)

A Montville police sergeant who left his K-9 officer in a hot cruiser last September won't see jail time.

NewsChannel 5 reports that a Medina judge ordered a fine for Montville Sgt. Brent Harrison. The K-9 was in the cruiser for four hours and then died.

Harrison could have served up to 90 days behind bars.

"Beny" died of heat stroke. Harrison was filing reports at the Montville police station and found "Beny" inside the cruiser four hours later, when the temperature had risen to 79 degrees.


On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5, www.newsnet5.com


An Akron lawyer who serves on the Akron school board will become a judge on the Akron Municipal Court.

David Lombardi will take the open seat on Akron Muni Court starting on April 1st, replacing Judge Julie Schafer, who won a seat on the Ninth District Court of Appeals. The appointment was made Tuesday by Governor Kasich.

Lombardi will have to run in November's if he wants to serve the remainder of the unexpired term, which runs until January of 2020.


(Governor Kasich, news release) Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of David G. Lombardi of Akron (Summit Co.) to serve as a judge on the Akron Municipal Court. Lombardi will assume office on April 1, 2015, and must run in the November 2015 general election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends January 1, 2020. Lombardi is replacing Judge Julie A. Schafer, who has been elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals.

Lombardi received his bachelor of science degree from Miami University and his juris doctorate from the University of Akron. Past experience includes work in private legal practice and service as a judicial attorney with the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Lombardi currently serves on the Akron Board of Education. He is a board member of the Summit County Transportation Improvement District and the Summit County Law Library Association.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 17:32

Canton Teen Sentenced In Fatal Robbery

A 17 year-old Canton girl has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in a fatal robbery in Akron.

Alexis Martin was tried as an adult, and will be eligible for parole after 21 years on murder and felonious assault charges.

Martin was one of four people who organized the robbery that ended in the shooting death of Angelo Kerney. Prosecutors say she helped distract Kerney and his brother so Travaski Jackson and Dashaun Speer could rob the home. Kerney's brother, Alicio Samuel, was shot in the head and survived.

Spear and Janae Jones have both been sentenced to life in prison. Jackson's sentence is pending. He's already behind bars for 27 years on another crime.


(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Judge Thomas Parker sentenced Alexis Martin, 17, of 3rd Street in Canton to Life in Prison for murder and felonious assault. Based on other mandatory and consecutive sentences, Martin will be eligible for parole after 21 years.

On February 17, 2015, Martin pled guilty to murder, a special felony, with a firearm specification, and felonious assault, a felony of the 2nd degree.

On November 7, 2013, Martin, Travaski Jackson, and Dashaun Spear organized a robbery that left one man dead and another with a bullet wound in his head. Janae Jones and Martin went into the home of Angelo Kerney. Jones and Martin distracted Kerney and his brother Alecio Samuel so that Jackson and Spear could enter the home to rob the victims. Spear shot Kerney, 36, who died during the robbery from his injuries. Samuel, 20, was shot in the head but survived.

Jones pled guilty to murder and received a life sentence, eligible for parole after 15 years. Spear pled guilty on the morning of his trial, to aggravated murder with a firearm specification and attempted murder with a firearm specification and was sentenced to Life with Parole eligibility after 41 years are served. Jackson, who is serving a 27 year sentence on an unrelated crime, went to trial and was found guilty of murder. Jackson is awaiting sentencing.

Martin, while a juvenile at the time of the crime, was ordered by Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio to be tried as an adult. Once Martin turns 18, she will serve the remainder of her sentence in a state prison.

Monday, 23 March 2015 18:00

Robber: I Will Blow Your Face Off

A robbery at an Akron fast food restaurant featured a pretty violent threat from one of the robbers.

Akron police say there were two suspects at the Mr. Hero on West Market early Saturday evening - including one man who threatened the employee behind the colunter to open the registers.

Police say that robber, near the store's counter, stated "you need to open it or I will blow your face off!" The other suspect was by the door.

The employee opened the drawer, and then both men fled after grabbing the cash from it.

Officers caught up with both men nearby after a brief foot chase.

22 year-old Ryan Matthew Maholm of Macedonia and 20 year-old Ozzie Gossick of Akron were arrested. Maholm faces charges of robbery, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Gossick was charged with obstructing official business and other charges.

Police say the $105 stolen from the cash register was recovered from Maholm after his arrest.