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A 28-year-old man who was listed on the U.S. Marshals' "Dangerous Dozen" list was arrested in Akron yesterday afternoon.
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested David Hyatt Jr., in the 700 block on Moraine Avenue around 2:30 p.m.
Hyatt was wanted for the aggravated robbery that happened at the Long John Silver's Restaurant on Romig Road on January 28th. Akron police say Hyatt and another man entered the restaurant, armed with handguns. Authorities say they fired shots and demanded money. They both fled on foot with an unknown amount of money.
Hyatt was booked into the Summit County Jail.
A merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is good news for consumers, according to officials with the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK).
Airport Vice President Kristi Van Auken said some of the biggest airline names are the result of earlier mergers. She said it's an advantage for consumers because they can travel just about anywhere with a single airline carrier.
"That's really important for a market like ours. You can fly Delta to Atlanta or Detroit and be one stop away from Beijing."
Van Auken said it's also good for the airline industry.
"The other benefit for the industry of these mergers is that the airlines, for the first time really in history, are stable and they're competing globally in a way that they've not been able to in the past."
American Airlines is currently not serving CAK, but Van Auken said the new merger could possibly provide additional destination stops.
"Because U.S. Airways already flies to three hubs, 10 flights a day, popping in two more flights a day is real easy. So we look at this as a net benefit and it could maybe add service to our community in the future."
You probably won't see changes any time soon. Van Auken said it could take up to 24 months until the merger is complete.
The merger will create the world's largest airline.
Brunswick police have confirmed that a woman reported missing early Tuesday morning was found dead inside her vehicle.
Public Information Officer Nick Solar says authorities found 55-year-old Mary Tench inside her car in the 2800 block of Carquest Drive around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, about eight hours after she was reported missing by a family member. The relative told police that Tench did not come home from work.
Further details were not released. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brunswick Police Department.
It was a lesson on and off the court for local fifth-graders who attended the first ever Education Day at the University of Akron women's basketball game Tuesday morning.
More than 430 fifth-grade students from nine different schools participated in the program at the game against Tennessee Tech at James A. Rhodes Arena.
"We partnered with Akron Pubic Schools and we created a curriculum for these students. So they've been studying basketball in the context of math, geography and reading comprehension for three to four weeks," said Kathleen Hurley, UA graduate assistant for marketing and promotions.
The coaching staff, including head coach Jodi Kest, and the College Of Education teamed up to host the event.
The program was centered around a written curriculum that was sent to schools in advance to prepare students for the game day activities. Hurley said the topics were linked to Akron and basketball, making the process of learning fun for the kids.
"We also gave them biographies of all of the players, so it gives them a connection to the team and a connection to what they're learning, other than just learning their times tables," said Hurley.
This is the first year UA partnered with the schools to create an Education Day, but Hurley hopes the program will continue to expand.
"We would love to expand it to older and younger kids in coming years."
A list of schools were involved in the program including:
The University of Akron joined Americans across the nation to mark Veterans Day and honor men and women who have served their country.
The outdoor ceremony at Coleman Commons near the Student Union featured guest speaker and vice president of student success Jim Tressel.
"We wanted to make sure that our young people saw the most unselfish people in our country and that's those who are willing to serve," said Tressel.
The event also included the traditional wreath laying ceremony honoring the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
A 21-gun salute marked the end of the ceremony with the Army ROTC.
A list of events followed including a care package assembly event, a veterans resource fair and a presentation delivered by Terry Gould, UA alumnus and U.S. Navy veteran.
Police say a man shot himself in the head after killing his ex-wife in Alliance Sunday night.
NewsChannel 5 says it happened near Alliance Community Hospital in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Burt Avenue.
Authorities say 31-year-old Lee Toalston called police and reported that he had killed his wife, 28-year-old Holly Toalston.
When officers arrived on scene, the suspect shot himself in the head. He was flown to Akron General where he's listed in critical condition. Police say Holly died from her injuries. Officers say the couple recently divorced.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
We're learning more information surrounding claims made by David Spondike, the Firestone High School teacher who is on administrative leave after a racist rant showed up on his Facebook page.
The Beacon Journal reports documents released by Akron Public Schools attorneys appear to contradict Spondike's claims in several YouTube videos he released stating that he did not write the Facebook post. Spondike says it was a 19-year old son of a friend who made the post during trick or treating at his Copley Township home.
The newspaper reports a letter sent to Spondike indicates that the teacher took responsibilty for writing the racist post. The letter also shows that Spondike was the first person to tell the principal about the post after crtisim starting popping up on the social media site.
On the web: www.ohio.com
University of Akron President Luis Proenza will give his final State of the University address Wednesday afternoon.
In August, Dr. Proenza announced that he plans to leave his presidency at the end of June in 2014. Proenza has served as the university's president since 1999 and is serving the longest continuous presidency at Ohio’s public universities.
Dr. Proenza talked to 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner about the university's accomplishments over the past year including the focus on student success and the addition of Jim Tressel.
"Jim Tressel has come on board in a way that has defined student success and the opportunity for an Akron experience that is unparallel and will continue to make the University of Akron the university of choice in Northeast Ohio," said Proenza.
Student success was an important focus for the university, according to Proenza. He added that the physical and technological transformation at the university has improved the overall student experience.
"And that means internships and co-ops, and work studies and other ways for them to have the kind of experience, that is not only very satisfying , but it expresses their knowledge and puts them on the path to a very good job."
Proenza expects to return to full-time teaching as a tenured UA professor.
His final State of the University address is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. The speech will be live streamed on www.uakron.edu/live.
The Akron Zoo announced a rare pygmy slow loris was born at the zoo - for only the second time in its history.
The pygmy slow loris is a highly threatened primate and listed as a vulnerable species.
"A pygmy slow loris is a very small primate. At birth, a pygmy slow loris weighed just 21 grams and it's been growing and getting bigger and doing well," said Barnhardt.
The pygmy slow loris now weighs about 185 grams. The primate is currently being raised by its mother off exhibit in the zoo's Animal Care Center.
(Akron Zoo News Release) A rare pygmy slow loris has been born at the Akron Zoo for only the second time in its history. Currently the baby is being raised by its mother off exhibit in the zoo’s Animal Care Center. The pygmy slow loris is a highly threatened primate and listed as a vulnerable species.
The baby, a male, was born August 21, 2013 and weighed just 21 grams. According to the zoo’s Veterinarian Staff the baby has been thriving and currently weighs about 185 grams. The baby was the first for the mother Casey. Frank, the baby’s father, also fathered the first pygmy slow loris that was born at the zoo in 2008.
“The birth of this rare primate is critical to the future of this species,” commented Akron Zoo President & CEO L. Patricia Simmons. “Trying to save threatened species like the pygmy slow loris and educate people about them is the vital role we, as an accredited zoo through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, play. Births like this are extraordinary and I commend our Animal Care Staff for their hard work.”
The slow loris gets its name in part from its slow, sloth-like movements. On average, full sized adults weigh about 7-14 ounces. The pygmy slow loris is indigenous to Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand, and Cambodia. Their diet generally consists of fruits, insects, vegetation and small mammals.They are primarily threatened due to deforestation, hunting and capture for pet trade.
The Akron Zoo is proud to have these primates as part of the Pygmy Loris Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Through scientifically-controlled managed breeding programs, SSP’s are a proactive approach to preventing extinction. SSP's were formed back in 1981 to help ensure the survival of endangered species.
More than 700 people have registered with the city of Akron for a temporary panhandling identification card. But is that badge providing residents with a false sense of security?
The Akron Police Department issues the identification cards which includes a background check for those who intend to panhandle in the city, but the background check only covers prior conviction for aggressive panhandling. Other crimes do not disqualify a person from signing up with the city.
AkronNewsNow found at least 10 sex offenders in Summit County who have registered with the city for a panhandling ID. Some on the list of panhandlers have also been convicted of rape, burglary and other crimes.
"You would get into some constitutional issues if you said someone can't talk to you on the street because they had a prior conviction," said Fallis.
Assistant Law Director Stephen Fallis said those who choose to beg are protected under the First Amendment, which is why the ordinance does not penalize a panhandler for having prior convictions. But since the ordinance was put in place to curb and monitor aggressive panhandling in the city, anyone with two or more aggressive panhandling convictions is ineligible for a panhandling registration. A panhandler who violates the ordinance could face a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
The city currently prohibits panhandling at a bus stop or train, within 25 feet if any entrance of exit of any bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or check cashing business during its business hours or within 25 feet of any ATM.
The city also prohibits panhandling in or within 25 feet of any entrance or exit to Canal Park Stadium, Akron Civic Theatre, Lock 3 Park, Akron Art Museum, any school or church.
Fallis said there's another option to help those in need if a resident feels uncomfortable with giving a donation to a panhandler.
"If they're worried about that, the best thing is, and I think police have urged this, but if they want to help people, give to a community agency," said Fallis.
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