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The University of Akron rifle team is giving the community a "shot" at its new electronic target system during this year's "Turkey Shoot" fundraiser.
"I should start by saying no turkeys are harmed in the performance of this fundraiser," said UA rifle coach Newt Engle. "It's all paper."
The fundraiser gives community members an opportunity to shoot Olympic style air rifles used by Akron's nationally ranked team. The two-day event will help the team raise money to pay for items including clothing and gear for competitions.
"You can be introduced to the rifle team and what we do, you can actually shoot some of the Olympic grade rifles that our rifle team uses and we can do it in a fun way that becomes a learning way."
The fundraiser will also showcase the team's new electronic target system.
"It almost looks like a video game when you're shooting," said Engle.
Senior Mathew Bound said the interactive event gives the community an inside look into the rifle team.
"We've gone into two back-to-back conference championships and we're going into a three-peat this year. So we're kind of Akron's best kept secret as I like to put it," said Bound.
The rifle team's fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range, in UA's Schrank Hall South, Room 7.
An 88-year-old man found shot to death in his Canton home over the weekend.
Police tell NewsChannel 5 they found Eugene Render in the 300 block of Montrose Avenue NW in his kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities do not know how long the victim's body was in the home before officers found him Saturday evening. Further details were not released and no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police Department.
UPDATE: Two men have been arrested by Canton Police.
NewsChannel 5 reports that two men are now in custody for the murder of 88 year old Eugene H. Render who was found with multiple gun shot wounds.
Japheth Thomas, 19, and Michael Johnson, 18, both of Canton were arrested Monday evening, they will be charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
An 88-year-old man was found shot to death in his Canton home over the weekend. Police tell NewsChannel 5 they found Eugene Render in the 300 block of Montrose Avenue NW in his kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities do not know how long the victim's body was in the home before officers found him Saturday evening. Further details were not released and no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police Department.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
A few big changes for the Akron Rubberducks this year, but their keeping some old traditions like the team's "20 Days of Giving" program during the holiday season.
Ken Babby, owner of the Akron Rubberducks, said there's a big lineup of prizes for fans which included a blimp ride for a fan on Wednesday. There's several unique prizes this year including a chance for someone to have the team's groundskeeper mow a fan's lawn.
"We're doing a number of things. The first of it is really trying to reward the community," said Babby.
There are three ways to become eligible for the giveaway prizes: become a season ticket holder with a deposit or paid-in-full, purchase a flex or fireworks pack, or schedule a group with a deposit placed for the 2014 season. Fans who have already purchased one of these options are eligible to win.
The program launched Wednesday will run through Friday, December 20th - excluding Nov. 27 - 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The promotional program isn't the only thing keeping the team busy during the holidays. Babby said the team is also participating in several community projects.
"We actually shut our offices down for four or five hours and go into Children's Hospital and we're going to be doing an urban vision program here in two weeks to help them get set up for the holidays."
To learn more about the Akron RubberDucks, go to www.akronrubberducks.com
Akron General Medical Center is ready to kick some butts. They're joining the Great American Smoke Out tomorrow (Thursday) to encourage individuals to quit smoking.
"People don't realize that once you get addicted to nicotine, there's three chains to that addiction; physical, mental and social," said Kathy McCown, a respiratory therapist at Akron General's Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute.
McCown spoke to WAKR's Ray Horner about some surprising statistics regarding nicotine.
"[Nicotine] is as addictive as cocaine and heroin. Actually, nicotine hits your brain in less than seven seconds which is faster than an injection of heroin."
Informational resources will be available Thursday in the hospital's main lobby from 8 a.m. to noon.
Information will be provided from exhibitors including Akron General's Heart and Vascular Center and the McDowell Cancer Center, as well as Pfizer and the American Cancer Society. Akron General's Respiratory Care Department will provide free pulmonary function screenings.
Pick up cope kits to help smokers stave off the cravings, as well as information on low-cost lung cancer screenings offered through Akron General.
Also, visitors can enroll in a free Smoking Cessation program, presented by Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, November 19 - December 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Akron General Heart and Vascular Center. Registration for the classes is available by calling 330-344-2462.
In just a little over a month, Julie Barnes will step into her new role as head of Summit County Children's Services. She will replace John Saros who is retiring at the end of this year after leading the agency for more than six years.
"I've been gone for almost seven years, so I think I got a lot of catching up to do and I don't want to fix anything that isn't broken," said Barnes. "I think there's a lot of wonderful things that are working very well there right now."
Barnes is leaving her job as Executive Director of the Stark County Jobs and Family Services agency, where she held the post for the past five years. Barnes previously worked for Children's Services from 2002-2007. She has degrees from Hiram University and Kent State University.
Among the challenges facing the agency is state funding, according to Barnes.
"I think it's increasingly difficult as the years have gone on and state funding has decreased, but the need has not necessarily decreased."
Barnes said in comparison to 20 years ago when she was working as a new social worker, some of cases the agency comes across are much more complex. The cases are mixed with various issues including poverty, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.
Barnes will officially begin her new duties on December 23.
"Crime Doesn't Pay, but we do!" That's the message from Summit County Crime Stoppers and now they're teaming up with Akron Public Schools to encourage students to report and prevent crimes.
"The big hope is that if somebody should bring a weapon, gun, drugs to school or is planning some sort of criminal activity, that a student might hear of this or have knowledge of this could either contact their [student resource officer] or contact crime stoppers anonymously," said Mier.
Copley Police Chief Michael Mier with the Summit County Crime Stoppers says they're offering rewards to students who speak up about possible crimes in the school or in the community.
Mier says rewards will not be given to students who report a false crime tip.
"It's going to be up to our police officers and our [school resource officers] to investigate and then we will take each case based on their own merits."
Green Local Schools are also on board with the program and he hopes other schools in Summit County will join.
"Most of the school superintendents in the county have been informed as to what's taking place and they now can make the decision whether they want to participate or not."
Students can talk to their school resource officer or send an anonymous tip to Summit County Crime Stoppers by texting TIPSCO with the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).