Larry States has been a news anchor and reporter for 36 years at radio stations in Akron and Canton, including the last 26 at 1590 WAKR. States served as News Director of WAKR for 14 years. Larry also served as news director of the former WAKR TV 23 in Akron. Larry was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron in 2004. He is currently a member of the Summit County Emergency Management Committee. An Akron native, Larry is a 1970 graduate of Hower High School and a 1975 graduate of the University of Akron. Contact Larry through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Akron Police have charged a suspect in a year old murder case. Detectives Friday charged Jay Jazzmen Robinson, 25, of Palmetto Avenue in Akron, for the 2012 shooting death of 17 year old Willie E. Brewer III. Robinson was charged with Aggravated Murder, Murder, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Weapons while under Disability.
Robinson is currently incarcerated in the Mansfield Correctional Institution on unrelated charges.
On March 30, 2012, Brewer was shot outside the Mr. Pantry convenience store, on Copley Road. Brewer was transported to Akron General Medical Center where he later died.
Additional charges are expected for Robinson in the shooting of Alex Watts, 56, of Delia Avenue, that occurred at the same time as the Brewer shooting. Watts was found across the street from the Mr. Pantry with a gunshot wound.
Akron Police are looking for a 28-year old mentally challenged woman who turned up missing Thursday.
Police say Crystal Doody climbed out her bedroom window at her group home in the 11-hundred block of Garman Road and has not been seen since.
Crystal is white, with brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5' 4" tall and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds. Crystal Doody was last seen wearing a red bubble type waist length jacket.
Anyone who know where she is should call Akron Police immediately.
It's that time of year for snow and dangerous falls. The first snow and ice brings an increase in trips to local hospital emergency room by folks taking a tumble on their sidewalks or driveways.
Dr. Carol Cunningham an emergency room doctor at Akron General Medical Center says the elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injury from a a winter fall ....
" Statistically falls are the most common traumatic injury in the elderly population, and actually exceeds the injuries we see in motor vehicle accidents " says Cunningham. Dr. Cunningham says falls can also be deadly. "
" A hip injury can be surgically repaired, but oftentimes these are people who already have some type of disability, so their rehabilitation is difficult, and the longer they stay in bed the harder it is to get back to their normal lives at home."
She says a broken hip from a fall can lead to death for some elderly victims.
Cunningham says those who fall outside are often also treated for hypothermia because they can't get immediate help
She advises you to keep your sidewalks and driveways as clear as possible of snow and ice, and have someone else do the job if you can't remove the snow.
With the first snowfall of the season arriving this week, Akron city crews are ready for what mother nature has in store. City Public Works Manager Paul Barnett tells AkronNewsNow " We're not looking too bad. We've got a few new pieces of equipment, so that's going to help. Our salt supply seems to be there. We're not having any problems with salt so things are looking good heading into the winter."
Barnett says the city's long range forecast calls for a winter colder than normal but with less snow. The city's getting another break. Salt prices are down by five dollars a ton heading into this winter, and Akron already has a plentiful supply.
Barnett says ironically it's the temperature not the amount of snowfall that determines how much salt they'll use. " What we find is the very cold temperatures we're constantly putting a little bit of salt on the roadways to babysit the roadways, because we're worried about slick conditions. The time that we use the least amount of salt is when we have a heavy snowfall, and we're plowing the roadways," says Barnett.
Akron has outfitted most of its trucks with snow plows and salt in anticipation of the snow and that means Tuesday's scheduled leaf pickup will be delayed by one day. Paul Barnett says the same crews that remove the leaves have to be diverted to snow and ice removal duties on wintry days
The 68-year old Massillon man who shot his disabled wife in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center last year was found guilty of all charges by a Summit County Court jury late Friday afternoon.
John Wise was convicted of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault in the shooting death in August 2012 of 65-year old Barbara Wise. Wise admitted on the witness stand Thursday that he "lost it" when he saw his wife unable to speak and saw a tear running down her cheek as he visited her. Wise said that's when he decided to go home, get his 9-millimeter handgun and return to the hospital an hour later to kill her. John Wise told the court he kissed his wife on the cheek before pulling the trigger. She died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
A doctor at Akron General Medical Center had testified during the trial that Barbara Wise's condition was not terminal, and that she could have recovered.
Wise's attorneys had entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.
The Massillon man who shot and killed his wife in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center took the witness stand at his murder trial Thursday . The Beacon Journal reports that the 69-year old John Wise told the jury that a tear rolling down his wife's cheek convinced him that he had to end her suffering, and that's when he said he went home, picked up his 9-millimeter handgun and returned an hour later to fire the fatal shot that ended the life of 65-year old Barbara Wise. John Wise said he kissed her on the cheek before he fired.
Autopsy results showed the cause of death was a single shot to the head.
A friend of the family stated before the trial began that John and Barbara Wise had agreed that they didn't want to live out their lives disabled and confined to a bed.
Time is running out for convicted Akron child killer Ronald Phillips.
Governor John Kasich has denied a request for executive clemency for Phillips, who was convicted of the aggravated murder of his girlfriend's three-year old daughter Sheila Marie Evans in January of 1993 in Akron. Phillips is scheduled to be executed on November 14th at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
On October 24th, the Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended against clemency for Phillips.
Cuyahoga Falls residents sometime next year will stop smelling the scent of fresh baked bread over the city. The Beacon Journal reports that the Schwebel Company plans to shut down the Falls plant next year and will offer the 140 affected employees transfers to the company's bakery in Solon. Schwebel's, in a news release, said the Cuyahoga Falls bakery was under-utilized, using only 35% of its capacity, so the decision was made to move production to the more modern Solon facility.
Schwebels purchased the plant 30 years ago from the former Lawson Milk Company.
It's a first for Goodyear's blimps. For the first time ever Goodyear will provide two blimps flying overhead at the same time to provide aerial shots of a sporting event to a television audience. The blimps "Spirit Of Goodyear and 'Spirit of Innovation" will both appear above the field for the football game between Virginia Tech and Miami November 9th at Miami's Sunlife Stadium. The two blimps will allow ESPN director a choice for the first time in what aerial shot they want to show viewers. The 'Spirit Of Goodyear recently joined its sister ship in preparing for retirement at the Pompano Beach, Florida hangar to make the history making event possible.
News Release From Goodyear Airship Operations
For the first time ever, two Goodyear blimps will simultaneously provide live aerial television coverage of a sporting event as they circle overhead Miami’s SunLife stadium for ESPN’s coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, of the November 9 NCAA football match up between Virginia Tech and Miami. The “Spirit of Goodyear” and the “Spirit of Innovation,” weather permitting, will each provide a unique feed to ESPN allowing the broadcaster to select the best angle of the coveted aerial shot viewers are so accustomed to enjoying. Though Goodyear blimps have provided TV networks with live aerial views since 1955, never have two provided coverage of the same event at the same time.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company owns and operates three airships in the United States but it is a rare sight to see two flying together, according to Nancy Ray, Goodyear’s director of Global Airship Operations.
The two blimps are currently housed in the company’s Pompano Beach, Fla., hangar making the event coverage possible. The previously Ohio-based “Spirit of Goodyear” recently relocated to the Sunshine State, joining its sister ship “Spirit of Innovation” in preparation for its retirement in early 2014.
The company is on schedule with its replacement as construction of the new Goodyear NT airship continues inside the company’s Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Test flights on the new airship are expected to commence in early 2014.
Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships – the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron. The Goodyear NT is the first semi-rigid airship to be built in the 95-year history of the Wingfoot Lake Hangar.
Goodyear’s entry into aerial coverage occurred in 1955 at the Rose Bowl parade and game in Pasadena, Calif. Since then, the blimps have covered hundreds of college football matchups. So far in 2013, the three U.S.-based blimps have covered 12 matchups for ESPN/ABC.
The City of Kent will be getting a new police station. Voters there approved a quarter-percent income tax increase to replace the 89-year-old existing facility. The new building is expected to cost about $17 million to build.
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee tells AkronNewsNow the new police station and jail will help the department better serve the city. " We don't have public rooms for the community to come in. We have a meeting room where we take reports, and that's about it. So we can offer a better a larger a safer lobby for our residents. We can offer visiting rooms for our jail facility."
Lee says it will take more than a year to acquire the land and begin construction on the new police building. " I think the timeline now calls for about 18 months for prep work, and so construction could ensue in 2015, and I think the timeline from there was about a year, so we're looking at about 2016 or early 2017 for the project to be completed," says Lee.
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee says they now have to find a location and acquire land to build the new police headquarters and jail.
Kent Police provided public tours of the old police building before Tuesday's election and she believes that helped convince city residents of the need for the new police station.
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