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 email@example.com
From The University Of Akron
As The University of Akron men's basketball team was making history on the court, Zips fans were making history in the stands as the program saw attendance increases across the board during the 2012-13 season.
In 16 home games this season, men's basketball attendance increased by 10 percent over last season, as well as seeing a crowd increase of 14 percent in Mid-American Conference contests. Student attendance proved to be one of the areas of greatest growth, jumping 28 percent overall from last year.
"The community support we saw this season was tremendous," ninth-year head coach Keith Dambrot said. "We would like to give a special thanks to the students this year as they did a great job coming out in record numbers. It is important to have a strong fan base as we continue to 'Think Bigger' and move forward as a program."
The Zips' average of 3,782 fans per home contest was the second-highest in Rhodes Arena history, trailing only the 1983-84 campaign, UA's first in the JAR. Akron's average attendance was the third-highest mark in the MAC while UA's 4,553 average for league contests was the second-highest in the conference. The Zips' 82.8 percent average capacity in league games was tops in the MAC, over 20 percent higher than the second-best mark (Ohio, 61.9 percent).
An on-line Akron charter school is closing at the end of the school year. AkronNewsNow has learned that the Digital Academy in Akron will close after the Board of Directors voted Wednesday 3-2 to end the school's ten year run.
The Digital Academy is sponsored by, but not operated by Akron Public Schools. APS Superintendent David James is a member of the Academy's board and voted with the majority to close the School. 500 students and 8o staff members and teachers are affected by the closing decision.
Akron Digital Academy director Bernadine Burchett tells AkronNewsNow " The decision was made for several reasons. The first one being that over the past couple of years there has been a decline in enrollment here at Akron Digital and the one-line school. Second, we have the new standards, the new course standards coming in which is going to require some major changes in the way that we do business. Akron Digital Academy is 10 years old and many of the digital on-line schools that you find throughout the country look a little different than we do. They offer a wide variety of courses connected to universities. So that being involved we have a position where our kids we would like to see them have a chance to succeed more than they have. So, in light of that, the feeling was if we could perhaps get them back in the Akron schools, Akron schools are looking at some exciting things as far as some on-line programming that might give these kids more of a variety , and more of an opportunity to succeed. In light of that perhaps it's time to go in a different direction."
Burchett says students today have a tremendous number of on-line options including courses offered by universities as far away as Florida to help students with the high school course work. Burchett says on-line courses are exploding as far as vocational and advanced classes, and making up course work they need to catch up with. She says students of today have many more opportunities that didn't exist 10 years ago. Burchett says there are a number of new on-line schools that will appear in Akron in the next year or two.
" Parents will be receiving a letter today, and since we are sponsored by Akron Public Schools a transition team is going to be put together to look at different options that these students have that they can look at for next year, so that we meet their needs and serve them," says Burchett.
Home sales continue to rise in Ohio. The Ohio Association of Realtors reports home sales in the state rose for the 22nd consecutive month in February. Home sale contracts increased by 12.4% compared to February a year ago.
Ali Whitley immediate past president of the Akron Area Board Of Realtors tells AkronNewsNow there's a lot of renewed confidence in the housing market right now. " The competition is out there right now because the buyers are looking for good homes to purchase and move right into and when we see a home that comes on the market, and is in good condition and priced right, it's snapped up fairly quickly."
Whitley says several factors are driving the sales surge, along with pent-up demand.
" Some people were holding back and deciding not to purchase at that time, and now people are becoming more confident, and they want to get in while the prices are still low, and we have affordable rates," says Whitley.
She's expecting home sales this year to surpass 2012's total in the Akron area.
News Release From The Ohio Association Of Realtors
The Ohio Association of Realtors reports that the number of single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement in February rose for the 22nd consecutive month compared to the results from the prior year.
”The trend lines for the Ohio housing sector are extremely positive and reflective of a marketplace that is making significant strides in its on-going recovery effort,” said OAR President Thomas J. Williams. “Throughout the state, buyers are looking to take advantage of favorable conditions – from historic low interest rates to attractive pricing – and helping to establish a solid foundation for a stable, sustainable and growing housing market going forward.”
Ohio’s February Pending Home Sales Index of 117.6, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 12.4 percent from the February 2012 index score of 104.6.
An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008, which marked the end of five consecutive record years for existing home sales and the onset of the recession. Activity levels in 2008 are reflective of a historically healthy, balanced market. Our February 2013 pending sales index of 117.6 marks a 17.6 percent increase from the benchmark February 2008 index of 100. Additionally, the current results also best the PHSI marks posted during the month in Ohio in 2009 (73.2), 2010 (84.5) and in 2011 (82.6).
A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such.
The Summit County Sheriffs Department has arrested a Springfield Township man on charges of impersonating a police officer.
On March 11th, an automobile repair shop reported that a customer asked a mechanic if he would be able to install police lights on his vehicle. The vehicle was a white Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with “K9” stickers on the rear and both sides of the vehicle. The mechanic described the contents of the vehicle as a bag labeled, "POLICE," handcuffs, and a police baton. The driver was wearing a vest that said, "POLICE" and he had a badge on his belt. He told the mechanic he was a police officer.
On March 15th, the Crown Victoria was observed in the Green Giant Eagle parking lot in the City of Green. The inside of the vehicle contained emergency flashing lights, an emergency siren, dash camera, and what appeared to be police radios. The license plates were expired. Area shoppers were concerned that the subject may have been impersonating a police officer.
On March 25th , the driver of the car, 48-year old Sean Duffy was arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer. He also went by the alias of John Kidd. The investigation revealed that Duffy has never had formal police training and has never been employed as a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio. Duffy was in possession of numerous items used by law enforcement personnel. He had been pulled over at least four times in the previous week and on one occasion, stated he was a retired Sheriff’s Deputy and on another occasion, he claimed to be a retired Canton Police Officer.
If anyone has information regarding these incidents or has had contact with Sean Duffy where he has portrayed himself as a law enforcement officer, please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office 330-643-2147.
A Norton man has been arrested for an Akron restaurant robbery.
Justin M Harris, 29, of Summit Road, was charged with Aggravated Robbery. Akron Police say Harris allegedly entered the Long John Silvers restaurant on Romig Road along with an accomplice and robbed the place at gun point. He fired two rounds into the ceiling during the robbery. No one was hurt.
The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking for the public's help for information that could lead to the arrest of Shawn Anthony Johnson.
Johnson is wanted for Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault. On March 29, of 2012. a man reported he was sitting in a van in the 900 block of Wall Street, when two men approached him. He was robbed of $1,000 in cash and then allegedly shot by Shawn Johnson. The victim was transported to Akron City Hospital where his injuries were not life threatening.
A reward is being offered by the Task Force for information lesading to Johnson's arrest.
Shawn A. Johnson has a last known address on Wall Street in Akron. He is 26 years old, 6’0” tall and 170 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
It sure doesn't look anything like Spring outside right now, but take heart. Warmer weather is just around the corner. Sarah Jamison of the National weather Service in Cleveland says their just released Spring long range forecast for April and May should make you quickly forget about winter...
Jamison tells AkronNewsNow " They are suggesting that temperatures are going to be above normal. That's going to be quite a turnaround from going through March with temperatures well below normal."
Jamison says the rapid warm-up should begin in early April, mid-April at the latest.
" Besides just the normal seasonal fluctuations, it looks like the pattern itself will favor even above normal temperatures" says Jamison.
As for precipitation this Spring, "As far as going into the next couple of months the precipitation looks like it will be at or slightly above normal. So that at least would favor us not to go into another drought like we did last Spring of last year," says Sarah Jamison.
Suspended University of Akron point guard Alex Abreu has pleaded not guilty to drug charges before a magistrate this morning.
NewsChannel 5 reports he remains free on a 5000-dollar bond for the incident two weeks ago where an undercover cop arrested him after abreu answered a delivery of a five-pound bag of marijuana.
Abreu has another hearing set for April 3rd before Summit County Judge Mary Rowlands.
Abreu's case comes as the rest of his teammates were blown out in the NCAA tournament last night by VCU.
Akron Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a hit-skip accident in which the driver allegedly struck a five-year old boy, apologized to the victim, and then drove away last week.
Officers from the Akron Police Department Traffic Bureau arrested Shaune P. Chesney, 48, of Westgay Avenue in Akron on a felony charge of hit skip, and driving under a suspended license.
On the afternoon of March 15th, Chesney allegedly struck the boy while the child was crossing Goodhue Avenue. Chesney reportedly stopped momentarily, asked the boy if he was alright, and then fled the scene. The five year old was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital by family where he was treated for a broken leg.
Chesney and he was stopped on West Market and Pershing Avenue Thursday afternoon, taken into custody and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Chesney is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Akron Municipal Court this morning, March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am.
The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for 74-year old Ward Melvin Humberson, formerly of Hudson. Humberson pleaded guilty in 1996 to Rape involving several young female relatives.
The Parole Board initially recommended Humberson be released from prison. The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and Humberson’s victims, however, strongly objected to the release and requested a full board hearing. A representative from the Prosecutor’s Office and members of the victim’s family presented arguments against Humberson’s release and successfully blocked his release for at least another three years.
Humberson was caught by his son in the act of simulating sex with a young female relative who was crying out for him to stop. Detectives from the Hudson Police Department learned that this was not the first time Humberson had acted inappropriately with the girl. Humberson confessed to repeatedly raping and molesting the girl, as well as molesting several other young relatives.
“When Ward Humberson confessed to sexually assaulting his victim, he showed absolutely no remorse and was, in fact, arrogant, as if this young girl and the other young girls he assaulted over the years had intentionally seduced him,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “Humberson is the typical child molester who blames the victim for ‘asking for it.’ His lack of contrition or even an understanding that what he did was wrong leaves me with no doubt that Humberson would be terrorizing new victims if he were released from prison.”
Humberson was sentenced to 25 years in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years. Humberson will again be considered for parole in March 2016. If all bids for parole are rejected, Humberson would be released from prison February 2021, when he will be 82 years old.
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