Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:15

Chumney Killing "POI" Sought

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In this case "POI" is Person of Interest and the Ohio Attorney General's office is taking the lead among law enforcement agencies investigating the abduction and homicide of Lillian and Doyle Chumney in Tuscarawas County last week. The elderly couple were reported missing from their Strasburg home when they didn't meet a scheduled appointment with their son; a daughter went to their home to check on their welfare and found the house ransacked, her parents and their vehicle missing. They were found two days later in their burned-out car about 20 miles away in Bakersville, Coshocton County. 

At this point the Attorney General's office says the person pictured above is wanted only as a "person of interest" and is not considered a suspect but he was identified as driving the vehicle in the image below and might have information regarding the murders.

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(Ohio Attorney General) Authorities working as part of a special, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating the murders of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79, are requesting assistance from the public to identify an individual who may have information regarding the crime.

Anyone with information on the identity of the person pictured is requested to contact one of the investigating agencies on the task force. The individual, who is not considered a suspect, was driving the vehicle in the image below.


Anyone with information regarding the identity of the individual can contact authorities at any of the following phone numbers:

• Bureau of Criminal Investigation: 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446)
• Coshocton County Sheriff's Office: 740-622-3769
• Strasburg Police Department: 330-878-7011
• Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office: 330-339-2000

Mr. and Mrs. Chumney were reported missing from their Tuscarawas County home last week and were later found murdered in their burned car, which was abandoned on a secluded road in Bakersville, Ohio, in Coshocton County. No arrests have been made.

The task force is made up of investigators from the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Strasburg Police Department, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office, Coshocton County Prosecutor's Office, Tuscarawas County Prosecutor's Office, and the Coshocton County Coroner's Office.

Saturday, 31 January 2015 07:44

Canton Shelter Forced To Close

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A homeless shelter in Canton has to close its doors in March. That means the American Rescue Workers shelter is working hard to relocate 27 residents in the next month.

Major Deborah Luvalla says things started turning for the worse when disaster struck the building on Market Avenue North in 2008. "The floor caved in on that in 2008, which made the selling space much smaller, Major Luvalla tells WAKR.net. "We lost access to a loading dock, which is necessary for many things that we do." That means the shelter lost a lot of income, and it can't afford to fix that or fix up the dilapidated building that was built in 1920.

Major Luvalla says they hope to find safe homes for all who are at the shelter, and hopes to find someone to buy the building for a similar use. There's a clearance sale today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Rescue Workers' warehouse on Fifth Street NE.

 

Saturday, 31 January 2015 06:58

Phillips Gets Year-Long Delay

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Akron child killer Ronald Phillips has another year on Death Row while Ohio works out the kinks in it's new execution policies. Phillips -- who raped and murdered his then-girlfriend's three year old daughter -- will be first in line on January 21, 2016.  Phillips had been scheduled for lethal injection in two weeks.

Overall the state pushed back death dates for seven inmates.

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(Ohio DRC) Today the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced revised execution dates for seven inmates in response to priororders by U.S. District Court Judge Gregory L. Frost staying Ohio executions in order to allow DRC and defense counsel to continue necessary preparations for the adoption and implementation of the new execution protocol that became effective January 9, 2015.  The new dates are also designed to provide DRC adequate time to secure a supply of the new execution drugs.  Scheduled execution dates for four inmates in 2016 remain unchanged. The revised schedule can be found here: www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/executionschedule.htm.

UPDATE 3:41 PM 1/30/15: The coming winter storm could dump as much as 10 inches of snow on the area by Monday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Northern Ohio, including the Akron/Canton area, from late Saturday night through Monday morning.

8 to 10 inches of snow are expected, though weather service forecasters say there's still some uncertainty in the storm track, which could change the location of heavy snowfall.

UPDATE 4:37 PM 1/30/15: The city of Akron says it's anticipating a snow parking ban for Sunday into Monday, based on snow accumulation forecasts.

The city said they're giving the heads up due to people who are out and about due to Super Bowl Sunday gatherings, who would park on city streets.

They ask people to make alternate parking arrangements on Sunday. A snow parking ban would allow cars that haven't been moved to be towed by city crews.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
223 PM EST FRI JAN 30 2015

...ACCUMULATING SNOW OF SEVERAL INCHES LIKELY SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH
THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...

.A DEVELOPING WINTER STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD SNOW ACROSS
THE AREA DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS SUNDAY...WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO
FALL INTO MONDAY MORNING. HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE
POSSIBLE. THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY IN THE TRACK OF THIS
STORM...WHICH WILL AFFECT WHERE THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED.


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TRUMBULL-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-HOLMES-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-
NORTHERN ERIE-SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
JEFFERSON...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...WOOSTER...
CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MILLERSBURG...ASHTABULA...ERIE...EDINBORO...
MEADVILLE
223 PM EST FRI JAN 30 2015

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES IN NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA AND
  8 TO 10 INCHES ELSEWHERE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE.

* SNOW...SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA EARLY SUNDAY MORNING
  BEFORE DAYBREAK.

* PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE SNOW...THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL FROM
  MIDDAY SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ENDING...THE STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE EAST MONDAY MORNING
  CLEARING SNOW FOR ALL AREAS EXCEPT ALONG THE SNOWBELT WHERE SOME
  LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS LIKELY TO DEVELOP THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* WINDS...BECOMING NORTHEAST DURING THE DAY SUNDAY GRADUALLY
  INCREASING FROM 10 TO 20 MPH...BECOMING NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH
  GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH SUNDAY NIGHT. WINDS WILL BE STRONGEST NEAR
  THE LAKESHORE.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO
  REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW ACCUMULATION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THAT HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE. IF YOU
ARE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...REMAIN ALERT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING
WEATHER CONDITIONS. STAY TUNED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OR
THE LOCAL NEWS MEDIA FOR THE LATEST UPDATES AND POSSIBLE
WARNINGS.

(Earlier coverage) Driving could get challenging during and after Sunday's Super Bowl.  There's a winter storm developing in the midwest that is expected to hit the Ohio Valley on Sunday and bring plenty of snow with it.

"At this point, we're still trying to determine how much and where but it looks like the entire region is going to be getting some measurable snow," said Sarah Jamison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

How much?  Jamison says 6 - 10 inches is a real possibility.

"It takes very small changes to change the snowfall amount," said Jamison.  "Exactly where is going to depend on where that low tracks."

Jamison says the storm is moving from the Midwest toward the Ohio Valley and will bring substantial moisture, so she's expecting a wetter, heavier snow.

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:46

Robbery In Ellet

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Akron police are investigating a home invasion robbery in Ellet.  It happened on Kelty Court around 8:30 Wednesday night. 

The elderly residents told police they answered a knock at the door, only to find a man with a knife on the other side.

"The male suspect demanded money and jewelry from the victims," said Lt. Rick Edwards.  "The suspect then unplugged the victims' phones and started rooting around the victims' home."

The robber, however, walked away empty handed.

"For some unknown reason, the suspect was spooked and fled the house without taking anything," said Edwards.

The robber is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, 5' 7" to 5' 10" and weighing 150 - 170 lbs.  He was wearing a green and yellow hat, black coat and blue jeans.

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:36

Her Honor Is Honored

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9th District Court of Appeals Judge Carla Moore is being honored by peers.

Moore was selected by fellow lawyers to win the Akron Bar Association's Judicial Pioneer Award.  They pick somebody who is the first of their race, gender or cultural background to become a judge. 

Moore's been doing it for awhile.  She was an Akron Municipal Court judge for 15 years and now has a decade of experience at the appeals court.

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:30

Aspiring Lawyers Sharpen Pencils

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There are plenty of people who want to be lawyers.

According to the Ohio Supreme Court, 476 people have applied to take the upcoming Ohio Bar Examination.  The would-be attorneys represent 48 counties, including:

  • Summit (30)
  • Stark (10)
  • Medina (9) 
  • Portage (3) 
  • Wayne (1)

The test, which lasts parts of three days, will begin February 24.  

44 of the applications for this exam are from people in other states.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:31

Timken Reports Sales, Earnings Increases

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Canton-based Timken Steel knocked the fourth quarter out of the park and finished 2014 with net sales up 21.2% over the same period of 2013 and reports a 50% improvement of adjusted earnings. 
 
Fourth quarter sales were up 23.7% over the same quarter for 2013, and the company forecast higher automotive segment sales for next year.
 
 
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(Timken Steel) TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST, timkensteel.com), a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, today reported fourth-quarter net income of $17.0 million on net sales of $408.3 million. Earnings per share (EPS) of $0.37 are 15.6 percent higher than adjusted EPS(1) of $0.32 for the fourth quarter of 2013.
 
For the full year, net sales grew 21.2 percent over 2013. Adjusted EBIT(1) for the full year was $148.6 million, an improvement of 50.8 percent over 2013, driven by improved volume and mix. Adjusted EPS(1) of $2.11 increased 52.9 percent over adjusted EPS(1) of $1.38 for the full year of 2013. Increased shipments in the industrial and energy market sectors coupled with favorable mix and price more than offset the impact of raw material spread and LIFO expenses.
 
The company also took several actions to return capital to shareholders. During the fourth quarter, the company repurchased approximately 833,000 common shares at an aggregate cost of $30.6 million. The action, which accounted for 1.8 percent of the outstanding shares of the company's common stock as of the beginning of the fourth quarter, is part of a share repurchase program authorized by the TimkenSteel board of directors in 2014 for up to 3 million shares by Dec. 31, 2016.  The board, today, also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share, payable on Feb. 27, 2015, to shareholders of record as of Feb. 13, 2015.
 
"We performed well both operationally and financially in an exciting year for the company," said Ward J. "Tim" Timken, Jr., chairman, CEO and president. "We drove financial performance, despite declining scrap prices that dampened our results, by fully leveraging our technical and operational advantages to serve a diverse portfolio of customers in the automotive, industrial and energy end markets.  At the same time, we smoothly executed the spinoff, launched production on the jumbo bloom vertical caster and announced our first strategic growth project as an independent company, an additional quench-and-temper heat-treat facility.
 
"In 2015, we'll continue to serve a broad range of industries, and while the price of oil will impact our energy business this year, we've proven our ability to execute on our unique business model in both up and down markets."
 
FOURTH-QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL SUMMARY
 
Fourth-quarter net sales increased $78.3 million or 23.7 percent year-over-year.
 
Ship tons were approximately 270,000, an increase of 25.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2013.
Surcharge revenue increased 28.7 percent from the prior-year quarter.
Increased volumes in the automotive, energy and industrial market sectors were the primary drivers for growth.
EBIT was $24.2 million, a 6.1 percent increase compared to adjusted EBIT(1) for the same period a year ago.
 
Fourth-quarter EBIT was favorable, primarily due to increased shipments in the industrial and energy market sectors partially offset by the impact of raw material spread, LIFO expenses and one-time separation-related expenses of $2 million.
Melt utilization of 74 percent for the quarter is higher compared with 51 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
BUSINESS SEGMENT FOURTH-QUARTER RESULTS
 
Industrial and Mobile Segment
 
Net sales of $234.7 million, including surcharges of $52.7 million, increased 14.9 percent over fourth-quarter 2013, driven primarily by demand in the industrial market sector.
Fourth-quarter EBIT margin of 5.4 percent is 60 basis points (bps) lower than the prior-year fourth-quarter adjusted margin(1) of 6.0 percent, primarily due to the impact of raw material spread and one-time separation-related expenses of about $1.0 million.
Energy and Distribution Segment
 
Net sales of $173.6 million, including surcharges of $40.9 million, represent a 38.0 percent increase over the fourth quarter of the prior year, driven primarily by continued growth in demand in the energy end markets and strength in the distribution channel.
Fourth-quarter EBIT margin of 8.6 percent is 90 bps higher than prior-year fourth-quarter adjusted margin(1) of 7.7 percent, driven by higher demand across both energy and distribution end markets partially offset by the impact of raw material spread and one-time separation-related expenses of about $1.0 million.
OUTLOOK
 
Full-Year 2015:
 
Segment Highlights:
Industrial and Mobile
Automotive demand expected to remain strong.
Growth expected in industrial end markets, but at a much slower rate than 2014.
Shipments expected to follow normal seasonality; with highest shipments in second quarter.
Energy and Distribution
Anticipate weaker oil and gas markets due to lower oil prices and associated decreases in energy exploration and production spend.
Expect shipments to be the highest in the first quarter with declines sequentially thereafter.
Anticipate lower melt utilization in 2015, due to decreasing demand in energy markets and working capital management tactics to reduce inventory balances.
Expect raw material spread to negatively impact margin.
Will increase pension expense by $13 million, primarily due to changes in the actuarial mortality table.
Expect 2015 capital spending to be between $90 million and $100 million.
Plan to repurchase at least 2 million shares in 2015.
First-Quarter 2015:
 
Shipments in the first quarter of 2015 are projected to be flat over fourth-quarter 2014, with a shift in mix toward higher automotive sales.
Thursday, 29 January 2015 17:45

Browns Hire New WR Coach

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An experienced college coach will try his hand at coaching the Cleveland Browns' wide receivers.

The Browns have named ex-NFL wide receiver Joker Phillips as the team's new wide receivers coach, replacing Mike McDaniel.

Phllips got his first coaching job in the 1980s at Kentucky, where Browns offensive coordinatior John DeFilippo's father Gene was the associate athletic director. Phillips and John DeFlippo worked together later at Notre Dame.

Phillips took over as head coach at Kentucky in 2007, and most recently was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida.

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(Cleveland Browns news release) Joker Phillips, a former NFL wide receiver with decades of experience coaching the position at the collegiate level, has been tapped as the Browns' new wide receivers coach, coach Mike Pettine announced Thursday.

Phillips, 51, replaces Mike McDaniel, who spent one season with the Browns.

"I think the first thing when you meet Joker, you just get a sense for his passion for the game and specifically wide receiver play," Pettine said. "That's his specialty and he loves it. Everybody I've talked to that's the first thing that comes out, just his mentality and how much he truly cares about that position."

Phillips' ties to the Browns' new offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, date back to the 1980s, when Phillips got his first coaching job at Kentucky. DeFilippo's father, Gene, was the Wildcats' associate athletic director at the time. Phillips and DeFilippo worked together years later at Notre Dame, where Phillips was the wide receivers coach and DeFilippo was a graduate assistant.

"We always stayed in contact," Phillips said. "I wanted to come up here and help him and be with him again because he's such a young knowledgeable coach.

"I've seen him work his magic with the different quarterbacks he's worked with. I just felt like it was a good opportunity for me to get with the person I want to help and help be successful."

Phillips met with Pettine in Berea before accepting his first full-time NFL coaching job.

"The word that kept coming back is passion, energy and how important it is to him. Very competitive," Pettine said. "That kind of gets channeled with him through his players. It was really an easy decision for us. Not very long -- 10 or 15 minutes of sitting down with him -- I had a pretty good sense that he was going to be our guy."

Phillips has been coaching for 26 years, and the majority of that time has focused exclusively on the wide receiver position. After finishing fifth in Kentucky history in numerous receiving categories and logging three years in the NFL and CFL, Phillips returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1988 and eventually worked his way to the top as the second African-American head football coach in Southeastern Conference history.

Phillips' first stint as Kentucky's wide receivers coach spanned from 1991-96. After two seasons at Cincinnati, two at Minnesota and one apiece at Notre Dame and South Carolina, Phillips returned to Kentucky and became a main cog in one of the best offensive stretches in program history.

While maintaining his focus on the wide receivers, Phillips rose up the ranks under coach Rich Brooks, going from wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator (2003-04) to offensive coordinator/wide receivers (2005-08) to head coach of the offense/wide receivers (2009) before he replaced Brooks, who retired, in 2010. In 2007, Kentucky racked up the second-most yards in program history (5,764).

"I've had a lot of success at the position and one of the reasons is I know what I'm looking for and I know what (wide receivers) look like," said Phillips, who saw four of his wide receivers become team captains during his second stint as a Kentucky assistant. "I played the position for a long time and been able to corral those different personalities because you're going to get a different personality in the wide receiver room.

"When I was the coordinator at Kentucky, everybody wondered why I didn't go coach the quarterbacks. I wanted to be able to manage the personalities in that room because you see so many different levels in that room. The team takes on that personality. I wanted to be able to control that."

In Phillips' three seasons as head coach, the Wildcats reached a postseason bowl game, snapped a 26-year losing streak to rival Tennessee and logged a 13-24 record. Phillips' most recent stop was Florida, where he served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator under Will Muschamp from 2012-13.

"That's a great resource for me," Pettine said. "He's been a head coach in the SEC, has coordinated in the SEC and just has a wealth of experience. He's coached a lot of NFL players. I think it will be really easy in a lot of ways because football is football and the fundamentals transcend whether it's high school, college or the NFL."

Throughout his career, Phillips has seen a number of his receivers thrive in college and move on to the NFL.

In his first stint with the Wildcats, Neal Clark broke the program record for receptions in a season and Craig Yeast began his path toward becoming the SEC's all-time leading receiver. Ron Johnson went on to the NFL after playing under Phillips at Minnesota while Notre Dame sent two to the league, Javin Hunter and David Givens, after Phillips' one year with the program. At South Carolina, Phillips tutored Troy Williamson, an eventual No. 7 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, during his freshman season. At Kentucky, Phillips coached Stevie Johnson and Randall Cobb, the latter of whom began his career as a quarterback before transitioning into one of the best receivers in program history.

Phillips, who grew up in Franklin, Kentucky, finished his Wildcats playing career with 75 catches for 935 yards and nine touchdowns. Sandwiched between two seasons with the Washington Redskins, Phillips played with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL for a year before embarking on his coaching career.

Phillips inherits a group of Browns wide receivers that performed well in spite of minimal outside expectations. Veteran Andrew Hawkins led the group with a career-high 63 catches for 824 yards while undrafted rookie Taylor Gabriel chipped in with 621 yards. Miles Austin (47 catches, 568 yards) and Josh Gordon (24 rec., 303 yards) added contributions during their respectively shortened seasons.

"I've had a couple of opportunities in the past but I just thought at my age now, it was a great opportunity to come in with someone I was familiar with in John DeFilippo," Phillips said.

"(At the college level), you take an 18-year-old and try to teach him how to be a college football player and a man. I think the same (process) happens in pro football. You're taking a man and trying to teach him how to be a pro."

Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:38

AUDIO Ryan Explains Abortion Stance Change

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A local Congressman who long found himself on one side of the abortion debate announced a change of heart this week, and he's explaining his changed stance.

Congressman Tim Ryan shared his views in a newspaper op-ed in the Beacon Journal, and explained his changed stance on WAKR's Jasen Sokol Show.

He says that he talked to many women, some in difficult situations, and doesn't feel the federal government should stand in the way of their decision-making process.

"You can't have Uncle Sam sitting in the OB-GYN office for every pregnancy," Congressman Ryan tells Jasen Sokol, "looking over the shoulder of the doctor, with the threats of criminalization or going to prison, looking over the shoulder of the mom, threats of going to prison."

Congressman Ryan says he's in favor of "common sense solutions" to reduce by such things as access to contraception for families, adoption tax credits and access to health food.

He says the change in stance was long considered, especially considering his Catholic background.

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