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
University of Akron and Akron police are asking for any information from the public about an armed robbery that occurred shorlty after 11 Friday evening on Rentschler Street, south of the UA campus.
No one was physically harmed according to the alert sent to students and faculty Saturday morning.
The victim reported two men robbed him. The first was described as a black male with a beard about 20 years old , wearing baggy jeans and a hoodie, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. The second was described as a clean-shaven black male, about age 20-25, wearing a gray hoodie and baggy pants. The pair ran north on Rentschler.
The City of Akron is saying no to an Army veteran who has been trying to stop the city fro demolishing a home he purchased on Manchester Road to renovate. 57-year old Larry Modic had threatened to kill anyone who tried to seize his home and property.
The Beacon Journal reports the city rejected a request by Modic's attorney Warner Mendenhall, who said he has compiled a list of nearly two dozen organizations and individuals who would volunteer to make repairs to the home.
The newspaper reports that late Friday the city sent a letter to Mendenhall saying the city won't allow any more time to make the needed repairs to meet local building codes.
Modic is now staying at the VA Wade Park Medical Facility.
There's no indication when the city plans to take down the house.
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Akr. Coventry 54, Kent Roosevelt 39
Akr. East 84, Akr. North 62
Akr. Firestone 65, Akr. Garfield 46
Akr. Hoban 69, Mentor Lake Cath. 65
Akr. Kenmore 62, Akr. Ellet 59
Akr. Manchester 83, Navarre Fairless 75
Alliance 54, Beloit W. Branch 45
Apple Creek Waynedale 55, Doylestown Chippewa 54
Ashland 53, Orrville 42
Barberton 64, Stow-Munroe Falls 53
Can. South 59, Louisville 49
Canton Heritage Christian 55, Kingsway Christian 42
Copley 69, Tallmadge 37
Cuyahoga Falls 53, Parma 51
Cuyahoga Falls CVCA 51, Can. Timken 35
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 53, Parma Padua 51
Dalton 58, W. Salem NW 48
E. Can. 56, Rootstown 46
Garfield Hts. 66, Twinsburg 58
Gates Mills Hawken 56, Burton Berkshire 47
Green 61, Wadsworth 53
Hartville Lake Center Christian 51, Youngs. Christian 48
Hudson 67, Shaker Hts. 65
Macedonia Nordonia 76, Lodi Cloverleaf 47
Martinsburg, W.Va. 64, Massillon Washington 57
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Medina Highland 54, Richfield Revere 51
Millersburg W. Holmes 57, Wooster 50
Mogadore 59, Garrettsville Garfield 57
Mogadore Field 58, Mantua Crestwood 44
N. Can. Hoover 65, Can. McKinley 57, 2OT
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Rittman 61, Jeromesville Hillsdale 60
Smithville 47, Creston Norwayne 44
Streetsboro 87, Ravenna 70
Uniontown Lake 48, Massillon Perry 47
Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 66, Sylvania Northview 47
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Brookfield vs. Hudson WRA, ppd.
Minerva vs. Salem, ppd.
Wooster Triway vs. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, ppd. to Feb 5.
Plans for a new hotel in downtown Akron are far from dead. A couple of years ago there was optimism a new hotel could be attracted to the downtown area but plans languished. New Akron City Planning Director Marco Sommerville tells AkronNewsNow there's a renewed push now to make it a reality.
"The economy is starting to pick up and also our efforts in bringing a hotel to the city. We have been working on a couple of projects with a couple of people, nothing we can really talk about right now, but we are moving in that direction."
Sommerville says hotel deals are not easy to close. " These deals are very difficult to do, particularly hotels. Banks don't like to finance them, but as time goes on and the economy continues to pick up we have a better chance of getting one."
City and local business leaders say an additional hotel is needed to handle increased convention business for the Knight Convention Center downtown, it does nothing but help our convention bureau. We lost a number of beds when the University of Akron took over Quaker Square so any time we can get more beds downtown it's great for the convention bureau, and we're going to continue to work on some projects to make that happen, and I'm confident that at some point in time we should be able to make that happen," says Sommervile.
A Kentucky man is now in the Summit County Jail after allegedly holding an Akron man at gunpoint, stealing a car and breaking into a Bath Township home. Shortly before 6:00 Monday night, two men, pulled into a gas station in the 200 block of East Market Street to get gas. The driver walked into the gas station to pay for gas, while his 26 year old passenger stayed in the car. The passenger then reported that an older man jumped into the driver seat, pointed a gun at him and demanded that he drive north.
After driving around the city, the passenger was dropped off near Interstate 77 and the Vernon Odom Boulevard exit. The suspect then continued in the stolen vehicle until it ran out of gas at 77 and Ghent Road. The suspect fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Bath Police with help from a police dog after he allegedly broke into a home in the 3900 block of Northshore Drive in Bath Township.
Alton S. Dubrock, 54, of Winchester, Kentucky, was charged with Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping by the Akron Police Department and Aggravated Burglary by the Bath Police Department.
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his lung.
The team said Monday that he is expected to fully recover but will need to take blood thinners for about three months. Varejao has been in the hospital since Thursday and will likely remain there for several more days of treatment.
The 6-foot-11 Brazilian was averaging career highs of 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds this season. The 30-year-old Varejao missed the final 41 games with a broken wrist last year.
The Cavaliers are 10-32, second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.
Four months after fire destroyed the Father's House Church on Wadsworth Road in Norton construction will begin on a new sanctuary, at a new location, after the current church site was put up for sale.
Pastor Mike Guarnieri tells AkronNewsNow. We bought a beautiful piece of property just up the road. We're about a mile and a half west of the location where the fire was. It's at 475 Wadsworth Road. We're really excited about it. We're going to get our new building underway in February."
Guarnieri says the new church will be larger with more amenities
"It's going to be a bigger building. It's going to be all one story without any steps which is very desirable, considering our former building. We're going to have a nice commercial kitchen put in there, some really nice outdoor equipment for kids and adults," says Guarnieri.
Guarnieri says full insurance coverage on the old church building plus donations from individuals and other churches made the larger church possible. He says construction should be completed and the new church should be ready for services before next Christmas.
Ever since the fire destroyed the old sanctuary the congregation has been holding services at Lake Anna Hall in Barberton.
The Summit County Elections Board has decided to increase the number of precincts from the reduced number of 298 it utilized in the November presidential election . Elections Director Joe Masich tells AkronNews Now one reason for the decision. " Three of the large municipalities in the county, Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls has redrawn through their councils, their ward boundaries, so they need to be redrawn regardless.
Masich says there is a second reason for the decision to once again increase the number of precincts, " There has been an increase in some of the precincts that we re-did last year from heavy voter registration drives in the presidential election that have increased the numbers beyond what the ohio revised code allows for active voters."
Masich says due to heavy voter turnout some precincts were overwhelmed by the increased number of voters they had to handle.
Masich says the county though will not go back to the original 475 precincts it had before trimming the number to cut costs before the November election. The number of precincts will be increased to between 370 and 400 for the September municipal primaries.
There are new developments regarding the future of the Lake Cinemas 8 in downtown Barberton.
Mayor Bill Judge tells AkronNewsNow that negotiations with current operator Phil Canfora Sr. have now ended and the city is looking in a new direction to try and keep the theaters operating. " We are internally starting to meet with other operators and developers who are interested in taking that over."
Current Lake Cinemas 8 operator Phil Canfora Sr.announced last week that the theaters would cease operations today after his offer to buy the theater complex for $400,000 was rejected by the city. Canfora said the theater building would need a new air conditioning system at a cost of $300,000, with another $400,000 needed to convert the theater to digital movies. Because of the costs to upgrade the building Canfora wanted to buy rather than lease the theaters from the city.
Mayor Judge says Barberton has received no maintenance information on the building from Canfora and doesn't know the extent or cost of needed repairs.
Judge says the city has no other choice but to move in new direction.
" We've been discussing with other groups, and are setting up meetings currently to meet with them one on one," says Judge.
Judge says most of the inquiries have come from private investors and developers, not movie theater chains.
The Mayor, city council members and other city officials say keeping the Lake Cinemas 8 operating is important for the downtown area, because nearby restaurants and other businesses would be impacted by the theaters shutting down.
Mayor Judge says potential operators and investors are aware of the need for the theaters digital conversion, and the cost involved.
Akron Police are investigating two weekend shootings.
Shortly before 7 Friday night, 29-year old Michael Holloway was shot in the chest in the 1200 block of Nome Avenue. Holloway, of Frederick Boulevard, was shot following an argument with the suspect. Holloway was hospitalized in stable condition.
The suspect, Curtis Charlton, 30, of Nome Avenue was arrested near the intersection of North Hawkins and Copley Road. Charlton was charged with felonious assault, aggravated burglary, having a weapon while under disability and discharging a firearm. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Akron detectives are also investigating a shooting that occurred shortly before 4 Saturday morning. The victim reported he had just dropped a friend off around the corner from his house, at Garth Avenue and Hoye Avenue. As he was backing out of the driveway, he noticed three men and two women walking down the road. As he passed the group, an unknown suspect fired a shot through the back window of his car. He wasn't injured and returned home and called police.
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