Monday, 06 July 2015 15:48

CAK Adding Service To New York's LaGuardia

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Akron-Canton Airport has picked up renewed non-stop service to a key destination - New York's LaGuardia Airport.

American Airlines will add one daily non-stop service between Akron-Canton Airport and LaGuardia starting November 5th.

Airport Senior Vice President Kristie VanAuken says the times are ideal.

"It's going to be non-stop, just once a day, but great times," Van Auken tells WAKR.net. "So, it will depart CAK at 8:30 in the morning, and come back to Akron-Canton at 5:30 at night."

VanAuken says LaGuardia is an ideal airport for those wanting to visit Manhattan.

"If you're trying to get to Manhattan, or you're trying to get to downtown, Wall Street, great shopping, this is the best service for you," VanAuken says.

The 50 seat regional jet flights run by American Airlines' PSA Airways arm add to CAK's service to the New York City area, with two flights to Newark Liberty Airport recently added by United Airlines.

Southwest Airlines recently announced it would drop its service to LaGuardia from Akron-Canton Airport.

VanAuken says flights on the new American Airlines service can be booked at aa.com, or via a travel agent.

Akron police are investigating four burglaries that were reported within an eight hour period at the Cascade Village apartments over the holiday weekend. The burglaries happened between Friday night beginning at 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on July 4th.

In one of the burglaries, a 69-year-old woman reported she was shoved into a bathroom by a man wearing a towel over his head and a knife in his hand. Police say the man put a chair against the door so the victim couldn't get out. The man allegedly ransacked the apartment and took the victim's cell phone before fleeing.

The victim eventually forced the bathroom door open to get out and called police.

Police believe the suspect gained entry into the apartments through an unsecured, ground level window.

Monday, 06 July 2015 11:12

New Website Offers Free Photos

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A local photographer is sharing some of her work with the city -- allowing businesses, residents and media to share and use the photos at no cost.

It's part of the a new program launched by Downtown Akron Partnership and the John S. James L. Knight Foundation to provide hundreds of free professional photos on the website AkronStock.com.

"We just felt a need to refresh the photos and through working with several partners, we decided it would be a great community tool to make them available at no charge," said Sharon Gillberg with DAP. "And we can get everybody else to promote all the great things, and people, and places that are in the city.

Local photographer Shane Wynn spent 40 hours capturing more than 1,400 photos of downtown Akron and surrounding neighborhoods.

It's a free service, but there is one request.

"All we ask is if an image is used, that they just provide photo credit to whomever the copyright holder is."

Gillberg said photographers interested in sharing their photos can also get involved in the program.

Click here for more information.

UPDATE: The Missing Adult Alert has been canceled. Dorothy Hyde was located in Pennsylvania.

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Police are searching for an missing elderly woman in Massillon who was last seen leaving her residence July 4th.

Dorothy Hyde, 81, was last seen driving her Dodge Grand Caravan away from her home on Cadbury Street in Massillon around 5 p.m. Saturday. Hyde is a white female, 5 feet 5 tall, weighs 175 pounds, has grey hair, and blue eyes. Her license plate is EX3OQU.

The Beacon Journal reports police officials said Hyde suffers from memory loss.

If anyone have information of Hyde's whereabouts, call 911 or call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

The former director of the University of Akron band died Saturday night after he collapsed during a July 4th performance at downtown Akron's Lock 3.

Robert D. Jorgensen died at about 10:30 p.m. at Summa Akron City Hospital, according to sources who contacted the Beacon Journal. He reportedly suffered a heart attack.

Jorgensen, who also directed the Freedom Brass Band, served the University of Akron for 26 years, where he received the Honorary Alumni Award in December 2013.

The Freedom Brass Band is scheduled to play a concert Sunday evening on the Copley Circle.

The group posted this announcement on its Facebook page Sunday:

“The Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio is very deeply saddened to announce the passing of our musical director, Robert D. Jorgensen. Mr. Jorgensen served the band since the fall of 2006, and was dedicated to leading the band in truly exceptional performances. He was also Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Akron, where he served for 26 years. In memory of Mr. Jorgensen, the band will perform our concert this evening at Copley Circle at 7 p.m. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Jorgensen’s family at this difficult time.”

Scott Scarborough, President of the University of Akron, released this statement today as well:

“The entire University of Akron community is saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Jorgensen, the esteemed former director of bands and professor of music at the university. Bob was a dedicated and devoted band director, with a special ability to connect with students — encouraging them to be the best they could be, both in the band and as individuals. His care and concern for them during his 26 years at UA was legendary. We join in sending our deepest condolences to his wife, Anne, and their daughter, Laura.”

Saturday, 04 July 2015 09:23

Firefighters Battle Blaze At Wadsworth Hotel

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Firefighters are battling a blaze reported at the Legacy Inn & Suites Hotel in Wadsworth. 
 
The two-alarm fire was reported around 8:30 a.m., according to Wadsworth police dispatchers.
 
No injuries have been reported at this time, but officials say one person needed oxygen. 
 
Further details were not released.
Saturday, 04 July 2015 06:33

Police Looking For Missing Bath Twp. Man

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Authorities are looking for a Bath Township man who has been missing since June 30. A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for 61-year-old George Lasecki who left his West Bath Road home last Tuesday and hasn't returned.

Police say he could be in a beige Ford Taurus. Lasecki suffers from diabetes and is in need of his medication.

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Friday, 03 July 2015 17:01

UA To Offer New Cadet Program

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The University of Akron is adding a new program in its efforts to rebrand itself as Ohio's Polytechnic University.

Beginning in the fall of 2015 semester, the University of Akron will offer a Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy program designed to give students military-type leadership experience along with academic credit.

"We know that employers value the discipline and leadership training that the military instills in young men and women.", says University of Akron President Scott Scarborough. "These initiatives enable students who want to add those aspects to their college education to do so without taking on an obligation to serve in the armed forces."

Corps of Cadet members who show high leadership potential will be eligible for up to $2,000 in annual scholarships. Military veterans who are members of he program can also apply for the Veteran Cadet Book Scholarship worth up to $1,200.

The new program stems from the University's rich history with their Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, which has produced over 1,700 officers since 1918.

Akron's Corps of Cadets program will be the only one of it's kind in Ohio.

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(University of Akron, press release) The University of Akron (UA) today announced several new student initiatives to create additional opportunities for student success and career preparation through the launch of aCorps of Cadets and Leadership Academy. The new Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy will leverage existing and planned leadership opportunities at UA, including those for academic credit offered by the various colleges. In addition, UA is adding some new leadership development and veteran-oriented scholarships.

"This marks the sixth initiative in the past four months to reposition the University as Ohio's Polytechnic University," said UA President Scott Scarborough. "The Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy fit perfectly into the polytechnic identity by offering career-focused, highly experiential learning that will greatly benefit each student. It also will add an exciting new element to the life of campus."

Scarborough added, "We know that employers value the discipline and leadership training that the military instills in young men and women. These initiatives enable students who want to add those aspects to their college education to do so without taking on an obligation to serve in the armed forces."

The Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy will be headed by Lt. Col. Bradley Harvey, a career U.S. Army officer and the recently retired and highly respected professor of military science for UA's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He will begin his new duties July 13, 2015.

The Corps of Cadets will be the only one of its kind in Ohio and will fit well with UA's established status as a military-friendly school. Only two universities in the country have similar programs – Virginia Tech and Texas A&M – both great public universities with polytechnic identities. UA's ROTC program is one of the oldest in the country (founded in 1918), has produced more than 1,700 officers, and boasts alumni who have served in the general ranks. UA has one of the largest veteran populations at a four-year public institution in Ohio, along with one of the fastest-growing American Legion posts in the state. The newly formed and nationally recognized American Legion Post 808 is led entirely by students.

The Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy are designed to help UA students succeed in college and in life by instilling discipline, honor and respect, and by teaching valuable life skills, including personal decorum, time management and study skills. Other components will feature dedicated on-campus student housing; a student honor code; and Corps of Cadets medals, decorations, promotions and awards. TheCorps of Cadets will march with the UA Marching Band and a Glee Club will be formed in 2016 to perform at various University functions.

"The new Corps of Cadets will be a great complement to our existing ROTC program," said Harvey. "Cadets will experience many of the same leadership opportunities that are used by ROTC programs to train future military officers but without the service commitment. In addition, students who participate in the Corps of Cadets and Leadership Academy will live on campus, march at football games, have fun, and learn the disciplines of leadership that will make them successful in college and in life. The Corps will be a visible example of a great polytechnic university that develops students experientially, both inside and outside the classroom."

Corps of Cadets members will be eligible for up to $2,000 in annual scholarships, to recognize students who show high leadership potential. Or, for veterans who are members of the Corps of Cadets and whose UA bill already is covered in full from other sources, up to $1,200 annually will be applied as a Veteran Cadet Book Scholarship.

In addition to the Corps of Cadets, the Leadership Academy will include programs and academic courses from the ROTC Leadership Series and the Institute for Leadership Advancement offered through UA's College of Business Administration. Working in conjunction with the faculty in various colleges, a leadership minor and leadership certificates will be developed.

University initiatives that have been announced previously include low-cost general education courses that are offered at half of the average tuition rate at area community colleges; a new Center for Choreography in partnership with DanceCleveland and the Knight Foundation; a new Center for Data Science and Information Technology, led by former Microsoft executive Dr. Mario Garzia; a new Center for Experiential Learning, Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement, to be led by Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman; and the provision of new success coaches for every UA student, beginning with the freshman class in the fall of 2015.

Friday, 03 July 2015 08:40

Woman Charged In Husband's Death

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A Springfield Township woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say her husband was found dead inside his home in "deplorable" living conditions.

Dorothy Matwiju, 56, was originally arrested for failing to provide for a functionally impaired person on June 10.

Her husband David Matwiju, 64, was found dead inside his Onandago Trail home -- emaciated, unkept, and wearing only an adult diaper.

Police reported the conditions at the home were "deplorable", and the home was infected with cockroaches.

Matwiju was a Vietnam veteran who's suffered from health problems since 2001, according to Springfield Township Police.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:06

AFD Fights South Broadway Street Fire

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There was just one minor injury to a firefighter in that abandoned building fire on South Broadway Street near the I-76/I-77 freeway Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at about 2:15 AM and Akron fire quickly called a second alarm...because more firefighters were needed.

The building had been scheduled for demolition Thursday for safety reasons. It is in the path of the I-76/I-77 construction project.

The fire disrupted traffic during the Thursday morning rush hour, including the closure of Broadway and partial closure of South Main Street.

The firefighter was treated at the scene. The fire is still under investigation.

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