Monday, 20 April 2015 18:03

RubberDucks Can Announcer After Sex Offender Past

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The public address announcer of the Akron RubberDucks is no longer working there, after reports that he had been convicted of being a sex offender.

The Beacon Journal reports that Scott Foster was a 30 year-old teacher convicted in 2004 of sending unwanted sexually explicit content to two 13 year-old girls who attended Medina's A.I. Root Middle School.

The newspaper investigated after fans were upset over Foster announcing a high school game at Canal Park over the weekend.

The Beacon reports that Foster was required to register as a sexually oriented offender, a requirement that expired 10 years later.

The RubberDucks would only confirm that Foster no longer works for the team.


On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal,



Monday, 20 April 2015 14:41

Ellet Bank Robbed At Lunchtime

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Akron police are looking for someone who robbed an Ellet bank late this/Monday morning.

Employees say the man entered the U.S. Bank on South Canton Road at around 11:30 AM wearing camouflage clothing and a full face mask, and came to the teller counter.

He placed a bag on the counter and demanded money.

The robber got away with an unreported amount of cash, and police say no gun was seen during the robbery.

In addition to surveillance photos seen here, police describe the suspect as a white male, 50 – 55 years old, around 5'07", 200 lbs., with facial hair and was wearing a green camouflage full face mask, olive green coat and pants, and brown boots.

Akron's newest football team is focused on more than just winning games.

The Summit County Storm is a non-profit Akron minor league football team created last October with a community outreach focus. "We want to be more into the community, into helping kids that are the ages of 18-25," says co-founder and head coach Glenn Lane.

"We give these guys something to look forward to, whether it's playing football, or going to the next level. We're there to help them."

The team will play all home games in Akron's famous Rubber Bowl, the previous home of the Zips for more than 30 years until 2008. "The opportunity was brought to us to play here, and there's no way you can pass that up," said Lane.

"We thought it would be a great milestone for a first year organization to play at the Rubber Bowl and really establish our name."

The Rubber Bowl has been vacant since the Zips moved to InfoCision stadium, but Lane and his team are working to make the stadium safe for fans and players alike.

The team is a part of the Premier Amateur Football League, which is comprised of 27 teams.

The Summit County Storm's regular season will not begin until June, but the team has had two scrimmages and a preseason game already.

"We've got things to work on, but it's like any team," said Lane of the scrimmag

"We're only in preseason, so we fix those little glitches and we'll be okay."

You can check out The Summit County Storm on Facebook or on their website. The first home game of the team's inaugural season will be on June 13.

The 2015 Masters winner could be in Akron this August.

Bridgestone Invitational officials say Jordan Spieth is "expected" to compete at Firestone Country Club in this year's tournament starting August 5th.

Spieth is 21 and moved to number 2 overall in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning at the Masters this past weekend, posting a final round 70 to claim the fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history.


(Bridgestone Invitational, news release) AKRON, Ohio – As plans for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational start to come together, Jordan Spieth is expected to compete at Firestone Country Club, August 5-9 in Akron, Ohio. The 21-year-old moved to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking having secured an impressive victory at The Masters this past weekend. Following behind world No. 1, Rory McIlory, this makes this the first time in history that the world's top two players are 25 years of age or under.

Spieth led by four shots over Rose entering the final round at The Masters and posted a final-round 70 to win by four shots over Rose and Mickelson to claim the fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history.

In his last four starts, he has two victories (Masters Tournament and Valspar Championship) and two runners-up (Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open). With the win, Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days) became the second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament's 79-year history behind Tiger Woods (21 years, 3 months, 14 days) and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods' record-setting 1997 performance.

The Bridgestone Invitational is now offering tickets on sale with limited-time promotional gifts. Fans planning on attending when the best players from across the globe come to Firestone Country Club have the opportunity to enjoy an added bonus with all ticket purchases. Each ticket includes a $20 online PGA TOUR Superstore gift card and a special dining or comedy club offering at the Hard Rock at Northfield Park. The promotion ends on May 31 and is available on

In addition, the tournament will again offer tickets to the upgraded 16th hole Championship Club where fans can find great views of golf on Firestone's Signature Green Monster, as well as access to upgraded menus, a cash bar featuring Heineken and GREY GOOSE, live TV feeds and seated views of the 16th and 17th holes.

New for 2015, tournament officials have also announced the all-new 18th green Reserved Bleacher Section. Weekly tickets are currently available for $410 and this ticket includes week-long access to the 16th hole Championship Club as well as the 18th green Bleacher Section.

Last year, the Bridgestone Invitational enhanced the on-site fan experience with an all-new Fan Village area that included local restaurants and food trucks, and on the course, fans could grab a seat close the action at the Heineken Beer Garden or the GREY GOOSE 19th Hole Lounge. After play ended on Friday, ticket holders were treated to a complimentary Music After Play concert with national recording artist, Eric Hutchinson. The tournament is bringing back even more exciting initiatives this year, as well as the return of some of these fan favorites from 2014.

In continuation of tournament tradition, fans can take advantage of watching one of golf's greatest legends be inducted as a Bridgestone Invitational Ambassador of Golf on Wednesday. Past inductees have included Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, President George W. Bush and more of golf's elite. This year, the Bridgestone Invitational will honor 26-time LPGA winner and World Golf Hall of Fame Member, Judy Rankin, and continue to open the ceremony to ticketholders after play ends on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Fans are reminded that each year, youths 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Bridgestone Invitational grounds when accompanied by a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youths 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult.

Tickets are on sale for the Bridgestone Invitational on, or by calling 844-868-7465 for upgraded options.

Akron police pulled over a minivan with puppies on its roof Friday afternoon.

A man was driving with four kids on 76 eastbound near Gilchrist Road with four puppies in a cage tied to the top of the vehicle.



Video Courtesy of Akron Police


Akron's dog warden was called to the scene to examine the dogs. Officers believe they are only about a month old.

No charges have been filed.

The Akron Beacon Journal is losing a veteran reporter to Cleveland TV.

Phil Trexler is leaving the Beacon to become an investigative producer for Cleveland NBC afflilate WKYC Channel 3.

He'll join WKYC on May 4th, and will work with WKYC investigative reporter Tom Meyer.

A Kent State University professor has been identified as the man involved in a road rage incident caught on video.

Kent State University police tell NewsChannel 5 that Linden Adkins, a KSU professor, has been charged with menacing following a road rage incident captured on video near the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Click here to view the video.

According to witnesses, Adkins got out of his car and began screaming at the driver of a minivan after the minivan allegedly cut-off a car.

Adkins reportedly tries to get a hold of the minivan's wiper blade, but that's when the van attempted to take off --- leaving Adkins on the ground.

Witnesses said Adkins was treated for cuts to his hands, knees and face.

Police later charged Adkins with menacing.

Friday, 17 April 2015 10:13

Johnny Talks

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Everyone's been talking about Johnny Manziel for months; for the first time, he's responding since he entered rehab voluntarily following the end of the regular season and a disasterous rookie start. In a statement released by the Browns, Manziel doesn't directly address the personal demons that drove him to seek out help but he thanks family, friends, the Browns front office, teammates and fans for their "patience, understand and support." He also notes doctors and staff while undergoing treatment were "amazing" and he's learned a lot in the past few months.

He notes he owed private as well as public apologies for letting people down and takes "full responsibility" for his actions, and will work hard to regain trust and respect. He wants to keep private, at least for now, the process and the issues that led him to make his decision to seek help and notes "most" have been considerate about respecting his privacy.

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(  would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous.

I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.

I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it.

I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

Friday, 17 April 2015 07:59

MULTIMEDIA WAKR Plays Bean Boozled

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Here on the Sam Bourquin Show, we like to talk about a variety of things, from the Browns, to the Indians, Cavaliers, and Buckeyes. We even like to talk about our local high school teams, and feature stories as well.

Today, on a cloudy Thursday at the Akron Radio Center, during the last hour of Sammy B's show, we decided to take the show in a different direction. 

Thanks toTwitter follower Mike in Canton, we got to play "Beanboozled" live on the air. If you don't know what Beanboolzed is, it's a game in which there's a series of jelly beans in 10 different colors.
What makes it fun, or funky (depending on what kind you get)  is that you could either get flavors ranging from peach, to vomit, caramel corn, to moldy cheese, and much more.

 (Hear the gang playing the game live on the air)

I got a chance to spin the wheel, as well as participate in this interesting game, along with Average Sports Show Host Brad Russell, midday host Jasen Sokol, technical producer Shannon Dutka, operations director George McFly, news anchor Mike Ward, with Sam serving as moderator.



Video by: Jeff Looker, WAKR

Some of us including myself got relatively lucky with our jelly beans, not eating anything that was too disgusting, but some were not as lucky.

"I'm never eating jelly beans again," said Brad Russell. "Instead of making kids wash their mouths out with soap when they say bad words, they should play this game, and they'll never say another bad word again."

Check out the Sam Bourquin Show from 2pm-5pm Monday through Friday. You'll never know what you're going to hear.



Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:24

Kenmore Leg To Close April 27

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In just about ten days, road crews will be closing a portion of the Kenmore Leg at the end of this month for pavement repairs and resurfacing.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is beginning their long list of construction projects throughout the state, including the resurfacing project on the Kenmore Leg where crews will close the westbound lanes between I-77 and I-277 beginning April 27 through early June.

"Once we get that work done, basically, what we'll do is switch over and do the eastbound side of the Kenmore Leg, with the goal to have all this work done by the time the big golf tournament starts in late July and the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame Inductions ," said Justin Chesnic, ODOT District 4 public information officer.

As a result of the closure of the westbound lanes, the following ramps will also be closed during construction:

· The ramp from I-77 southbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound. The detour will be I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound to I-277 westbound.

· The ramp from I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound. The detour will be I-77 northbound to SR 21 southbound.

· The ramp from 22nd St. to I-76/Kenmore Leg/ westbound The detour will be Kenmore Blvd. to SR 93 south to Waterloo Rd. to I-277.

The $9.6 million project is expected to be completed by October 2015.


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