Monday, 26 January 2015 18:13

"Purple Out" Again For UA Basketball, For "Pete"

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The University of Akron Zips are honoring a fallen Zip by holding the second annual "Purple Out" event.

For the men's basketball game against Ball State Tuesday at James A. Rhodes Arena, the team will once again wear purple uniforms to honor the life of former Director of Basketball Operations Dan "Pete" Peters, who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer last October.

Over 1,000 purple T-shirts with Peters' name on the back and his number 14 from Canton Central Catholic High School will be given out, and fans can also buy "4 Pete's Sake" lapel pins for $5 - the proceeds going to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


(University of Akron athletics, news release) The Akron men's basketball team will hold its Second-Annual "Purple Out" event when the Zips play host to the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The "Purple Out" event will celebrate the life of former Director of Basketball Operations Dan Peters – also known as "Pete" – who passed away on October 27, 2014, after battling pancreatic cancer. Tip off between the Zips and Cardinals is set for 7 p.m. ET.

"Our program suffered a tremendous loss when Dan passed. The Purple Out game is a tremendous chance to celebrate the life of a great coach and a better man, one we all love and miss dearly," Akron Head Coach Keith Dambrot said. "Pete had a calming effect and compassion towards our players that has been difficult to replace. His passing has changed me and my outlook on life. I have a little more compassion and try to live more in the moment."

"Dan was a great coach, a great person and a great father. His life was all about helping other people, and he is missed by all those who knew him," Ball State Head Coach James Whitford said. "We appreciate Akron honoring someone who was so close to all of us, and we look forward to being part of another special night."

As part of the event, the Zips will wear purple uniforms in honor of Coach Peters. The uniforms will feature the word "Zips" on the chest and will carry the name "Peters" on the back name plate for all student-athletes.

Zips Athletics will also distribute 1,000 purple t-shirts with "Peters" on the back and the No. 14, Peters' number at Canton Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio. Fans can also purchase "4 Pete's Sake" lapel pins for $5, with all proceeds being donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The event is in conjunction with the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend. Additionally, the Ball State game provides a chance for Danny, Coach Peters' oldest son, to attend the event. Danny is an assistant coach on the Ball State staff.

"He was my mentor, my father, my best friend and my hero. We talked three or four times a day. As he got sick, we spent a lot of time on the phone late at night and we just grew even closer," Danny Peters said. "When he passed, I didn't have to tell him where I stood or make up for lost time; we knew exactly how we cared about one another."

"I know what he meant to the kids at Akron. I know what he meant to the staff because they've told me," Danny Peters added. "His wisdom, his experience, his insight and his perspective were important to them. I know they miss him being around and they miss his excitement, his insight and his guidance as much as I do."

Peters, 60, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2013 and took an indefinite medical leave of absence after the Zips played Bethune-Cookman on December 14. Peters spent five seasons on the bench for the Zips before retiring in July 2014 after a 30-plus year coaching career.

Since Peters' diagnosis on December 2013, the men's basketball team has worn "4 Pete's Sake" patches on their uniforms. The Zips held the first Purple Out Event on January 29, 2014, also against Ball State. Last year's event went was a huge success on social media via the hashtag, #4PetesSake, as well as in the coaching community.

Last season, both the men's and women's teams wore "4 Pete's Sake" patches on their uniforms in honor of Peters. The patches drew the attention of the college basketball community as coaches and teams showed their support for Peters during last season's Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend (Jan. 25-26) by wearing a "4 Pete's Sake" pin on their lapels. Every school at which Peters worked, as well as every member of the Mid-American Conference, wore patches and/or pins in support of Peters.

The list of programs included Akron (men and women), Arizona, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Delta State, Eastern Michigan (men and women), Houghton College, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio State, St. Joseph's College (Ind.), Toledo, Walsh University, Western Carolina, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Youngstown State (men and women).

Peters was honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association's (USBWA) in February as the organization named him one of three recipients of its Most Courageous Award.

Peters joined the Akron staff in 2009 after time at Ohio State (2004-09) and Cincinnati (1999-2004) as an assistant coach, as well as the head coaching spot at Youngstown State (1993-99). He also was on former Akron head coach Coleman Crawford's staff for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 campaigns.

Peters is a Northeast Ohio native who was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton. He is a 1976 graduate of Kent State University.

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Monday, 26 January 2015 18:06

Man Gets 26 Years For Manslaughter Of Estranged Wife

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An Akron man will spend 26 years behind bars after pleading guilty in the death of his estranged wife in 2013.

30 year-old Robert Tucker III pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Prosecutors say after arguing in texts with his estranged wife, 26 year-old Kyndall Tucker, she went to a cousin's house for safety.

Tucker showed up there, punched his way into the house and assaulted her before dragging Kyndall out by her hair to his car. He lost control of his car, then crashed into a tree and slapped and punched Kyndall more until he fled the scene.

Witnesses identified him when he returned to the scene.

Kyndall Tucker died of her injuries at the hospital.

Monday, 26 January 2015 09:34

Lakemore Issues Boil Alert

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A water main break in the Village of Lakemore is behind a boil water alert posted for residents in the Pawnee Boulevard area between Mohican Boulevard and south of Sanitarium Road. The water main break was reports in the 1500 block of Pawnee Monday morning.

Water should be boiled for a minimum of three minutes then cooled before using for any drinking, ice making, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food.

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(Lakemore Water via Springfield PD) This is an important message from the Village of Lakemore Water Department. A water line has been broke in the area of 1500 Pawnee Blvd. Because of the loss of water pressure all residents and businesses in the area of Pawnee Blvd. west of Mohican Blvd. and south of Sanitarium Rd. are advised to boil water for drinking.

Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least three minutes, and let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. The Lakemore Water Department will inform you when you no longer need to boil water. For questions please call the Village of Lakemore Water Department at 330-733-6125.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 16:20

Computers Stolen from Kent State Apartment

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Kent Police are searching for suspects wanted in the theft of two computers from an off-campus apartment complex housing Kent State University students. According to police, the two desktop units were stolen on January 19 from an off-campus apartment building on South Lincoln Street. NewsChannel 5 reports the two suspects are wanted for questioning.

The computers are worth $1,200 apiece.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police at 330-673-7732.


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Saturday, 24 January 2015 07:54

Man Dies In Single Car Medina Crash

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A one car crash on Route 303 in Medina County killed the car's driver.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Medina post says it happened early this/Saturday morning, at about 1:15, in Liverpool Township.

Troopers say 28 year-old Michael Setliff of Elyria drove the car over a railroad crossing atop a hill, which caused his car to go airborne...landing off the left side of 303 and hitting a number of mailboxes. The car then hit a couple of semi-trucks parked in a private parking lot.

Setliff wasn't wearing a safety belt, and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash...which is still under investigation.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 07:15

UPDATE State Sets Up Task Force To Find Couple's Killer

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UPDATE 10:17 AM 1/24/15: The Chumney family has issued a statement:

"The Chumney family would like to extend our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their prayers and encouragement as we go through this very difficult time. The many ways in which you have reached out to our family has been heartwarming and comforting. We are especially grateful for the many prayers that we know surround our entire family.

We encourage anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation to please contact your local law enforcement agency.

We also want to extend our gratitude to the many local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel for their continued tireless efforts. We also appreciate the efforts of the news media in respecting our privacy.

We would be most grateful if your family would continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ron Chumney, Diane Enama, Ed Chumney and Wesley Chumney"


(Earlier coverage) The State of Ohio will help to find who killed an elderly Strasburg couple.

Doyle and Lillian Chumney were found dead Thursday in their burned out car in the town of Bakersville in Coshocton County.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation will head up a task force including local law enforcement and officials from both Tuscarawas and Coshocton Counties.

The Chumneys were well known and loved in the small town of Strasburg, where a vigil was held last night.

NewsChannel 5 was there as the Chumneys' niece, LaVonne Debois, got support from over 100 people.

People collected donations to help find justice in the couple's death.


On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5,


Friday, 23 January 2015 14:32

Presidential Nomination: Two Weeks In Ohio?

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Democrats say they'll nominate their 2016 presidential candidate the week of July 25th next year.

That'll be a week after Republicans gather in Cleveland to select their presidential pick.

There's a chance that Ohio could be the heart of it all, political convention-wise, next year.

Columbus is one of three finalist cities to host the DNC in 2016, along with New York and Philadelphia.

Friday, 23 January 2015 14:23

Akron Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home

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Investigators are looking into the death of an Akron man found inside a house that caught on fire Friday morning.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's office says Akron firefighters found the man in his early 60's dead in the living room of the home on Georgia Avenue after they responded to the fire call at about 7:20 AM.

No further details about the victim have yet been released.

It was just a few minutes, but two Akron schools were placed on what the district calls a "School Safety Watch"...over concerns that it possibly wasn't safe outside the schools.

Akron police notified Sam Salem and Rimer CLCs that they were responding to a report of a shots fired call in the neighborhood.

The safety watch was lifted around 12:47 Friday afternoon, about 9 minutes after it started.

All students at both schools are reported to be safe and secure.

The Brimfield Township Police Department is moving forward after losing their now former police chief David Oliver. Oliver, known for his "babb announced his retirement last week after he was suspended following the release of accusations of bullying and mistreatment.

Although the department is dealing with the spotlight and new leadership, acting police chief Chris Adkins tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol that not much has changed.

"The programs don't stop," said Adkins. "Our service doesn't stop. Everything we've had in place continues. The one exception is Facebook which we're calling it a little bit of a timeout until things cool down, but we just continue what we're doing."

Despite new leadership and a break from social media, Adkins said not much will be changing.

"It's sounds odd to say 'nothing changes' after the way things have blown up in the past week, but we still have a job to do."

Adkins says the department's Facebook page will be back but if he's in control of it, it'll just focus on the facts with crime, weather and community updates.


Previous Coverage: 

Power, Gender & Bystanders In Brimfield Township

Brimfield Officer Speaks Out Against Chief

Brimfield Accepts Chief Oliver's Resignation

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver To Retire

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