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
A 19-year old Akron man has been sentenced to a long stay in prison for raping a child.
Dearco D. Whisenant, of Lakeshore Boulevard pleaded guilty to Rape, and Gross Sexual Imposition, for sexually assaulting a five-year-old acquaintance.
Judge Lynne Callahan immediately sentenced Whisenant to 15 years in prison.
Medina City Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a district fund kept at the Medina County Schools’ Educational Services Center.
The Medina Gazette reports that Medina County board spokesperson Jeanne Hurt announced that the board of education had made the move in a statement released today.
The administrative leave is described as part of a standard investigatory procedure and is not a disciplinary action according to Hurt.
On Friday, the Medina School Board announced they asked state Auditor Dave Yost to look into a “carryover fund” of district money kept at the ESC. Stepp directed spending out of the fund that did not require oversight from the district’s treasurer or school board.
New Franklin Police have made a second arrest in connection with the murders of 56 year old attorney Jeffrey Schobert and his wife Margaret in their Rex Lake Drive home tis week.
New Franklin Police with assistance from Akron Police arrested a 14 year old juvenile. The teen is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of aggravated burglary and was taken to Summit County Detention Center.
Police are not commenting at this time on what role role the teen played in the double homicide.
The arrest comes after Shawn Ford, 17, was arrested earlier this week. He was charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Ford was dating the daughter of the couple, Chelsea Schobert. He was also charged with assaulting and stabbing Her. She is recovering in an Akron area hospital.
Cuyahoga Falls Police are looking for vandals who toppled and damaged more than 40 headstones at Oakwood Cemetery during the Easter Holy week. Most of the damage occurred on Good Friday.
Cemetery visitor Doreen Biros tells WKYC Channel 3 News she was shocked by the vandalism. " When we realized it happened on Good Friday, we just said, 'who would do such a thing? "
The damage is in the oldest part of the cemetery, where those who founded the community rest.
Crimestoppers and Cuyahoga Falls Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals.
An apartment building fire in Akron Friday night left four families homeless..
The fire broke out at about 7 p.m. at the Timbertop Apartments on Snowfall Spur just off Portage Trail forcing evacuatio of the apartment complex.
Akron fire dispatchers report that several apartment units were evacuated.
Firefighters said smoke was showing when they arrived at the scene. The fire was finally under control and out by 9pm.,
No one was hurt in the fire.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
A 51-year old Tallmadge woman has been sentenced to prison for causing a wrong-way crash on I-76 September 6th that killed an Akron firefighter's wife.
Summit County Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Phyllis J. Treich, 51, to a mandatory seven years in prison and a lifetime license suspension.
Treich drove onto I-76 driving west into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes, hitting a car driven by Karon Briggs. That car was sent into another lane and hit by a second car. Briggs, a 55-year-old mother of three, died in surgery after the crash. Treich was not injured. Tests showed Treich’s blood alcohol content to be 0.181, well over the legal limit. Treich pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Operating Under the Influence, and three counts of Negligent Assault, on February 15th.
The new sentencing law allowing Ohio judges to sentence fourth and fifth degree felony offenders to prison,could impact local jail populations. Greg Macko Corrections Chief for the Summit County Jail tells AkronNewsNow..
" The jail, especially through the summer months is always at maximum or even over maximum, and we try to keep it down so any time any sentencing guidelines come up to where more people can be sentenced into the county jail it's a concern. It's just going to put more people into the jail when we really dont have room for anybody," says Macko.
Macko is a former Barberton Muncipal Court judge and says Summit County judges are well aware of the jail capacity problem. " It would depend upon how much the judges use it, and start sentencing to the jail. I know the judges have the same concern, they're on the same page with us, when it comes to overcrowding at the jail."
He hopes the jail won't become overcrowded again with an increase in low level felony sentences.
Ohio judges can now sentence those who commit fourth and fifth degree felonies, the lowest felony levels, to prison for a first time offense in more cases. The new Ohio bill went into effect on March 22.
In September 2010, Senate Bill 86 limited the ability of judges to send many first-time felons to prison for committing fourth and fifth degree felonies. Those typically include drug possession, various thefts, and some assaults.
The Twinsburg man accused of stabbing his wife to death, while his two children watched, was back in Summit County court Friday.
Glenn Wong was ordered to surrender his passport and saw his $1 million bond continued. The 50-year-old Wong is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, and one count each of murder, kidnapping, felonious assault and domestic violence.
Twinsburg police were called to the family’s Abrams Drive home on Feb. 24 following a 911 call by the couple’s 10-year-old daughter.
Officers found Tami Wong, 46, with several stab wounds in a first-floor bedroom. She was taken to the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health Center, where she died from her injuries.
The girl’s 8-year-old brother was also at home at the time, but the children were not harmed. Both remain in the care of relatives.
Akron residents will be better able to enjoy Nesmith Lake and other nearby waterways after a Friday ribbon-cutting to introduce a new boat rental business on Nesmith Lake.
Paulette Snyder, Vice President of the Canal Fulton Canoe Livery, which will operate the business, tells AkronNewsNow " We're announcing that at Nesmith Lake we're going to be allowing canoe rentals, kayak rentals, fishing boats. There will be bicycle rentals. There is going to be tubing. There are all kinds of things we're putting out there right now."
Snyder says the business which will be called "The Water's Edge", will be an economic boost to the city.
"It's a big addition to this area as far as something for people to do," says Snyder.
Paulette Snyder says The Water's Edge will also work with local schools to promote safety on the water.
She says those who rent the canoes and kayaks can also have access to Summit Lake all the way to downtown Akron.
Snyder says Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Akron Service Director John Moore and Dan Rice, President and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition were all instrumental in making "The Water's Edge" a reality.
It sure hasn't been feeling like Spring lately despite what the calendar says. The snow and cold temperatures are having a major impact on Spring high school sports including baseball, softball and track.
Ellet High School baseball coach John Sarver says his defending City Series champions have done the majority of their training indoors and have missed out on almost all of their scheduled scrimmages this month, with the season officially beginning this weekend.
" You can't get the idea of hitting fly balls outside, you can't hit pop-ups, and you can't get used to how to handle those kinds of things in the wind with the sun," says Sarver.
Sarver also worries about the increased chance of injuries. " If it is soft and muddy you can have kids turn ankles. It does become a little bit of a hazard. So that's always a danger too."
John Sarver says says heading into the season without practicing in the elements puts teams in this climate at a disadvantage. " The biggest problem with this late in the year is sometimes we're worried about playing our first game, and then also that might be the first time we're on dirt and grass. That sometimes is difficult because kids are wearing spikes for the first time."
He's hoping for a big change in the weather to allow all of the season's scheduled games to be played. Ellet plays its first game on Tuesday.
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