Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:43

Akron Murder Suspects Sought

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Akron police say they've now solved two of last week's three homicides but the latest  announcement does not come with arrests. That's where police, along with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, are hoping you can help.

Daymond Hooks, 29, and Phillip Key, 32, are wanted in the shooting death of a man outside Centerfold Night Club on East Archwood Avenue. The body of Jerry Stallings, 32, was found outside with a bullet wound to the chest.

Police say Hooks left the bar after getting into a fight with Stallings, then returned and killed him.

Hooks, whose last known address was on 4th Avenue in Akron, is wanted for murder and felonious assault.  Key's warrant is for complicity to commit murder. He last lived on Sparhawk Avenue in Akron.

An Akron man is facing a list of charges after police say he was driving drunk -- nearly four times the legal limit -- and crashed into a tree at Tallmadge Circle Wednesday morning. Tallmadge police said Andrew C. Craig, 26, of Akron, has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault and OVI. Both Craig and the passenger were ejected from the car and seriously injured.

Craig's initial BAC registered .302. Police said evidence at the scene and Craig's statement places him behind the wheel.

The Summit Metro Regional Crash Team is assisting with the investigation.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:50

Browns Bounce Johnny To Third String

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Johnny Manziel will not only no longer be the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback on Monday Night - he's been bounced to third string.

That announcement was made Tuesday in a statement from Browns head coach Mike Pettine.

Pettine says Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback "going forward".

The move comes after video footage surfaced of Manziel partying and drinking in Austin, Texas, reportedly over last weekend.


(Cleveland Browns, Coach Mike Pettine statement) "Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback on Monday night against the Ravens. I informed the quarterbacks of that decision after I sat down and spoke with Johnny, Flip (John DeFilippo) and Kevin (O'Connell) after practice today. Johnny will be the third quarterback. I've spoken to Ray (Farmer) and Jimmy (Haslam) to inform them of my decision, and they are in full support.

"Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we've decided it's best to go with Josh as the starter going forward."

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:57

Murderer Gets Life

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It looks like a Stow man will die behind bars for killing his pregnant wife 30 years ago. 

Scott Purk, 53, is eligible for parole in 18 years - otherwise, it's life behind bars. Add to that another three years for tampering with evidence and none of it starts until he finishes what's left of a 28-year stint for torching a couple of houses.

Purk was found guilty by a jury last week. He strangled Margaret Purk, who was nine months pregnant, then tried to make it look like suicide.  It worked until new evidence popped up 24 years later.

“Justice has no time limit," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh in a written statement. "For 30 years, Scott Purk lived his life claiming his pregnant wife committed suicide. Margaret Purk’s family can now rest easy knowing Scott Purk will pay for killing her. I would like to thank Stow Police Officer Ken Mifflin for his dedication and devotion to holding Margaret’s killer accountable. Officer Mifflin’s work allowed justice to prevail for Margaret and her unborn son.”

Walsh says Purk couldn't be charged with murdering the unborn child because that wasn't considered a crime in 1985.

Monday, 23 November 2015 16:22

Burglars Damage Business Near Plane Crash Site

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A Mogadore Road business that was in the spotlight for being near the site of the jet plane crash earlier this month is now dealing with damage to its own building.

Akron police say J. Bowers Construction was found damaged early Saturday, by a front loader police say someone stole from a company on Darrow Road. The burglars stole a safe after damaging J. Bowers.

Police say it started after a pickup truck was stolen from a car repair business, and that the burglars used that pickup to steal two front loader truck keys and some torches from the second business.

After the first front loader was wrecked, police say burglars took the second one, and used the front loader's bucket to damage the J. Bowers building, and steal the safe inside.

Police say they found the pickup truck, torches and the empty safe off Mogadore Road, and railroad tracks nearby were damaged. The first front loader was found with damage as well.

A surveillance camera at J. Bowers had captured the jet plane crash nearby earlier this month. The video is being examined by NTSB investigators.

Monday, 23 November 2015 12:42

Black Friday Or Black November?

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The term Black Friday is outdated.

According to a University of Akron marketing professor, the day that was traditionally a must-shop blitz through malls, big box and other retailers has evolved. It's still big but other forces are competing to make Black Friday less significant.

Dr. Deborah Owens says so many of the Black Friday deals are actually available days or weeks ahead or after the famed day set aside for shopping extravaganzas. Between those deals and the ever-increasing practice of online shopping, some people really don't need to wait to venture out, regardless of what's open on Thanksgiving.

"About 30% of consumers are now shopping beginning in September and by the beginning of November, 67% have already started their Christmas shopping," said Owens.

Owens agrees that the onslaught of ads seems to have arrived earlier and in greater frequency than usual. There's a reason for it, says the marketing professor: marketing.

"They realize you may have thrown it away today but we're going to send you another one two days from now, maybe the same one, and you might be at a point where you're willing to receive it," said Owens. "Marketers understand people's really busy lives, they try to communicate with you however they can."

Does all of this mean that Owens thinks Black Friday is a waste of time?  Hardly. She's just saying that it all depends on the gratification that each shopper is trying to achieve. Maybe the bargains aren't any different than they'll be the next week but if a person wants to shop all night for the experience, then it's worthwhile. Of course, there are some bargains that you will not find outside of shopping at certain places at certain times.

Speaking of shopping experiences, Owens says gifts that offer an experience rather than an object (think winery rather than jacket) are usually better gifts because people enjoy the anticipation of the activity and they like to share it through social media.

It's been nearly two weeks since the deadly plane crash into an Akron apartment building, but reality is just now setting in for some of the families affected by the damage left behind.

"When they went to walk into the building to try and get what they can, they're being hit by the image again of what happened," said Pam Williams, a disaster volunteer with the Red Cross.

Nearly a dozen families were affected by the plane crash after a four-unit apartment building was heavily damaged when a small plane crashed, killing all nine people on board. 

While some families lost everything they had, others were able to retrieve some of their belongings.

"So as they drive down the street, as they go back and get things out, it's all raw again," said Williams. "So they're starting to want to talk about that."

Williams said several families have already reached out for help. The Red Cross will continue to offer services for the families, including mental health services for those who are still working to cope with the image of the crash. 

Previous Coverage: 

Medical Examiner IDs All Akron Plane Crash Victims

NTSB: Engines Removed In Akron Plane Crash

Red Cross Assisting Families Affected By Plane Crash

UPDATE No Survivors In Akron Plane Crash

Monday, 23 November 2015 11:53

Stark County Heroin Deaths Rise

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For every life that was lost to heroin in Stark County this year, a cross has been placed in front of the county's sheriff's department.

Stark County Sheriff's deputies are hoping the image raises awareness and encourages others to speak up after the number of deaths in the area has significantly increased.

"It's a community problem and we need to address it as a community," said Major C.J. Stantz with the Stark County Sheriff's Office.

So far this year, 34 people have died from a heroin overdose -- an increase from 23 deaths reported during the same period last year.

Officials have placed a message board outside the Stark County Sheriff's Office with an anonymous tip line to help prevent another fatal overdose from happening.

There are 28 teams vying for an opportunity to play for a state championship in Columbus and among them are locals Hudson, Archbishop Hoban, Canton Central Catholic, Perry, Stow and Mogadore.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the fourth round playoff pairings and sites Sunday and the games are slated to be played Friday and Saturday.

The Stow Bulldogs (12-0) are one of five teams making their first final four appearance. They'll match up against St. Edward (12-1) in Parma on Saturday at 7:30 p.m..

Canton Central Catholic (9-3) is coming off of a 33-6 victory over Columbiana Crestview. Canton Central Catholic will compete against Milan Edison at Wooster Triway Jack Miller Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson (11-2) is coming off their best season in school history with a 13-1 record. The Explorers will look to upend Perry (11-2), as they will face off in Solon at Stewart Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Mogadore (12-1) is no stranger to playoff football. The team is making its 17th final four appearance. The Wildcats will take on Danville Friday at Orrville's Red Rider Stadium at 7:30 p.m..

Hoban (12-1) won the Division VII regional title Friday, after they defeated St.Vincent St. Mary for the second time this season by a score of 24-21. Hoban will play Zanesville in the state semi-final at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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(OHSAA News Release) OHSAA Releases Fourth-Round Football Playoff Pairings and Sites
Link to full notes packet included; 28 schools are one step away from playing for a state championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA football playoffs have now reached the fourth round, with 28 teams remaining for this weekend's state semifinals and the opportunity to play for a state championship. The fourth round also marks the regional finals for Division I, which has only two regions. Neutral sites were selected by the OHSAA on Sunday for the 14 games around the state this Friday and Saturday.

Playoff Format and Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, Divisions II, III, V and VII will play at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during the playoffs, while Divisions I, IV and VI will play at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Inside the State Semifinal Matchups
See the full notes packet at:

Ticket Information
Fans are encouraged to buy their playoff tickets in advance at the participating schools, which keep a percentage of the revenue. For state semifinal playoff games, tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the gate. All-session ticket books are currently on sale for the state championship games Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at All-session ticket books in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (good for all seven games) and also permit indoor access in the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don't include indoor access, are $84 each. Single game tickets will go on sale November 29 and cost $10 at the state finalist schools, or at the gate before each game for $15 (club level) and $12 (reserved).

Looking Ahead to the State Championships
The state championships are Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Of the four divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights (II, III, V and VII), one will be selected to play its state championship game on Thurs., Dec. 3. The other three will play their state championship games on Fri., Dec. 4. Divisions I, IV and VI will play their state championship games on Sat., Dec. 5. Specific game times will be announced on the OHSAA's twitter account ( the Friday and Saturday nights of the semifinals (around 10:45 PM).

Five Schools Make First "Final Four" Appearance
Five schools are making their first trip to the state semifinals, including Stow-Munroe Falls (Div. I), Perrysburg (Div. II), Milan Edison (Div. V), Grandview Heights (Div. VI) and Fort Recovery (Div. VII). Edison, in fact, hadn't won a playoff game prior to this season. Fort Recovery had only one playoff win prior to this year, while Stow, Perrysburg and Grandview Heights all had just two playoff wins.

Schools Build on Impressive History
Several schools this weekend are adding another "final four" appearance to an already impressive resume. Chief among them are Mogadore (Div. VII), which is making its 17th appearance, and Steubenville (Div. IV), which is making its 16th appearance. Other semifinal regulars include Maria Stein Marion Local (Div. VI) making its 14th overall (fifth in a row and nine of last 10 years) and Coldwater (Div. V) making its 13th overall (seventh in a row). Trotwood-Madison (Div. III) is back for the sixth year in a row and Kirtland (Div. VI) is back for the fifth year in a row. Also noteworthy is Middletown Bishop Fenwick, which made eight semifinal appearances in the first 16 years of the playoffs (1972-1987), and is now back for the first time since then.

Compare and Contrast: Divisions II and IV
When the OHSAA expanded the football playoffs to seven divisions in 2013 and made Division I smaller (largest 72 schools in the state), one of the resulting effects was that many schools that used to be "small" Div. I schools were now in Div. II. That fact is evidenced again this year as the Div. II state semifinalists are all making their first or second appearance in the "final four." Compare that to the semifinalists in Div. IV, which have combined to make 42 appearances.

Information on Neutral Sites
There are many factors that go into determining playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and their distance from field, press box size, parking spaces available, and a separate locker room for officials. After all those factors are taken into consideration, it must be confirmed that the site is available and willing to host a playoff game on the date needed. Not all sites are available when requested by the OHSAA.

Related Information
Fourth-Round Playoff Notes Packet:

Playoff Coverage Home:

OHSAA Football Online Home (composite schedules, AP polls and notebooks, playoff information, etc.):

2015 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Fourth Round Pairings
Home team listed first. Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.
Game times subject to change. Brackets at will show any changes.

Division I, State Semifinals/Regional Finals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.

Region 1
1 Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) vs. 2 Stow-Munroe Falls (12-0) at Parma Byers Field

Region 2
1 Cincinnati Colerain (12-1) vs. 3 Huber Heights Wayne (13-0) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium

Division II State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Massillon Perry (11-2) vs. 5 Hudson (11-2) at Solon Stewart Field
2 Perrysburg (13-0) vs. 1 Cincinnati La Salle (11-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field

Division III, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (12-1) vs. 3 Zanesville (12-1) at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
2 Toledo Central Catholic (11-2) vs. 3 Trotwood-Madison (10-3) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

Division IV, State Semifinals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.
1 Steubenville (12-0) vs. 5 Youngstown Ursuline (8-5) at Boardman New Spartan Stadium
1 Middletown Bishop Fenwick (13-0) vs. 1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (9-3) at Wilmington Alumni Field

Division V, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Milan Edison (12-1) vs. 3 Canton Central Catholic (9-3) at Wooster Triway Jack Miller Field
3 Coldwater (13-0) vs. 1 Wheelersburg (13-0) at Xenia Doug Adams Stadium

Division VI, State Semifinals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.
1 Kirtland (12-1) vs. 3 Grandview Heights (12-1) at Mansfield Madison Ram Field at StarTek Stadium
1 Maria Stein Marion Local (12-1) vs. 2 Defiance Tinora (11-1) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Division VII, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Danville (13-0) vs. 2 Mogadore (12-1) at Orrville Red Rider Stadium
3 Fort Recovery (11-2) vs. 1 McComb (12-1) at Lima Senior Spartan Stadium

Media Information
Credentials for Playoff Games
For the first four rounds of the playoffs, media must contact the host site's media coordinator by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Contact information for the media coordinator for each game will be posted within the brackets at Media coordinators will work with the athletic director at the schools and follow the OHSAA's press box priority seating scale, which is posted at:

Playoff Telecasts and Broadcasts
SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable will make their game selections by noon on Mondays. They have exclusivity of the games they select. Other games are available for tape-delay telecasts, which can be shown beginning at 11:30 PM the same day of the game. Rights fees for audio broadcasts and delayed-video telecasts are posted at:
The playoff broadcast form is posted at:

Statewide Broadcast List:

Playoff History Database:

Media Advisory: Fall Tournaments Information:

Championships on the OHSAA Radio Network
Now in its sixth year, the OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the football state championship games. Stations that commit to carry several state championship game broadcasts from the network will have their rights fees waived throughout the playoffs. The championship games will be available from Skyview Satellite and online. Please contact Tim Stried at the OHSAA for more information or see:

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Pairings out for state football Round 4: Friday has Hudson-Perry in Solon; Hoban-Zanesville in Massillon; Milan Edison-CCC at Triway; Danville-Mogadore in Orrville. Saturday has Stow-St. Ed's in Parma.

A crash in Montville Township early Sunday morning knocked down traffic lights, making the intersection a four-way stop.

The crash happened on Wooster Pike Road (State Route 3) at Lexington Ridge Drive, according to the Montville Police Department's Facebook page.

The police said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been notified about the traffic lights that were knocked down and said they won't be back up until sometime the week of Nov.23.

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