Edward L. Esposito

Edward L. Esposito

Edward "Ed" Esposito is vice-president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group. He oversees news and public affairs programs for www.AkronNewsNow.com, 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation; a former chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation and a former president of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He's also served as a member of the Akron Press Club , Kent State University Student Media Advisory Board, Ohio Open Government Coalition, Northeast Ohio AMBER Task Force. He's lectured on broadcasting and journalism for the University of Missouri in China, as well as across the country for RTDNA and RTDNF. You can reach Ed through the newsroom at 330-864-6397 or by email eesposito@rcrg.net

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:14

Scott Held On $1 Million Bond

Cuyahoga Falls police releasing the 9-1-1 call Matthew Scott made February 5th when his three month old daughter, Alivia was injured. The child later died and Scott is now being held on one million dollars bond on a murder charge after doctors say the baby's injuries were consistent with abuse. Northeast Ohio Media Group reports police records charge Scott with shaking his baby so violently she suffered skull, neck and leg injuries. 

Alivia Scott was put on life support; her mother made the decision to remove her from life support after 11 days at Akron Children's Hospital.

Scott initially called for help, saying he had been sleeping and dropped the infant out of her swing. He describes for the dispatcher the baby's condition, including her lips turning blue. The dispatcher has him administer chest compressions at which point paramedics arrive.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:39

Goodyear Releases Q4, 2014 Numbers

Goodyear reporting 2014 turned a profit despite a "challenging" global economy. The company reports while original and replacement tire volume was down for the quarter is still made $359 million in operating income, down from $419 million the prior year. Full 2014 results reported sales of $18.1 billion, down from $19.5 billion in 2013 which the Akron-based tiremaker blames largely on unfavorable currency rates. Operating income of $1.7 billion was up eight percent from the prior year.
 
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(Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. “We delivered record full­-ear segment operating income, successfully navigating a challenging global economic environment,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. “While industry conditions led to mixed results globally, we achieved record fourth quarter segment operating income in North America as well as in Asia Pacific. Our continued performance validates the successful execution of our strategy,” he added. “The release of our $2.2 billion U.S. tax valuation allowance after 12 years is a major milestone for Goodyear. It marks the completion of the successful turnaround of our North America business,” Kramer said. 
 
The release of the tax valuation allowance represents a one­time, non­cash benefit to earnings in 2014. While the company will record charges for income taxes in future periods, it does not expect to  pay cash taxes in the U.S. for approximately five years. “Led by our momentum in North America, we are on target to achieve 2015 segment operating income growth of 10 percent to 15 percent above our record setting $1.7 billion in 2014, despite severe headwinds from the increasing strength of the U.S. dollar,” Kramer said.Goodyear’s fourth quarter 2014 sales were $4.4 billion, compared to $4.8 billion a year ago. Sales were impacted by $256 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation and $181 million in lower sales volume in Europe, Middle East and Africa. 
 
Tire unit volumes totaled 39.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Original equipment unit volume was down 1 percent, primarily due to continued industry weakness in Latin America. Replacement tire shipments were down 4 percent, due to lower sales of winter tires in Europe resulting from one of the warmest winters on record. The company reported segment operating income of $359 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $419 million a year ago. The decline in segment operating income was driven by reduced price/mix and lower volume, which more than offset the benefits of lower raw material costs and other cost savings actions. 
 
Goodyear’s fourth quarter 2014 net income available to common shareholders was $2.1 billion ($7.68 per share). Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $166 million (59 cents per share).  For the fourth quarter of 2013, net income available to common shareholders was $228 million (84 cents per share). Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $209 million (74 cents per share). Per share amounts are diluted. 
 
Full­ Year Results
 
Goodyear’s 2014 sales were $18.1 billion, compared to $19.5 billion in 2013. Sales were impacted by $571 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation. Tire unit volumes totaled 162 million. Replacement tire shipments were up 1 percent. Original equipment unit volume was down 3 percent. 
 
The company’s segment operating income of $1.7 billion was up 8 percent from last year. Compared to the prior year, the significant increase in segment operating income reflects lower raw material and conversion costs partially offset by lower price/mix and unfavorable foreign currency translation. Goodyear’s 2014 net income available to common shareholders was $2.4 billion ($8.78 per share). Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $790 million ($2.83 per share). Net income available to common shareholders was $600 million ($2.28 per share) in 2013. Excluding certain significant items, adjusted net income was $725 million ($2.63 per share). 
Sunday, 15 February 2015 10:51

How Cold Is It?

It's so cold there's no skiing today at Boston Mills or Brandywine, and both Akron and Cuyahoga Falls shut down ice skating rinks at Lock 3 and Falls River Square. It's so cold Haven of Rest continues it's "Code Zero" program, targeting homeless on the street to get them inside and safe. It's so cold the sunshine almost mocks us as temperatures dip to single-digits below zero and wind chills drop even further.

Wind Chill Warnings extend across the region with wind chill readings in teh -20 and lower range in northeast Ohio.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
954 AM EST SUN FEB 15 2015
 
.WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH FRIGID AIR TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS WIND
CHILL VALUES OF 25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING. WINDS WILL
BEGIN TO DIMINISH FROM THE WEST THIS AFTERNOON ALLOWING WIND CHILL
VALUES TO SLOWLY RISE.
 
OHZ003-006>013-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-152300-
/O.CON.KCLE.WC.W.0002.000000T0000Z-150216T0000Z/
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-
HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-
CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-
HOLMES-KNOX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...BOWLING GREEN...PORT CLINTON...
FREMONT...SANDUSKY...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
FINDLAY...TIFFIN...NORWALK...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...
UPPER SANDUSKY...CAREY...BUCYRUS...MANSFIELD...ASHLAND...
WOOSTER...CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MARION...MOUNT GILEAD...
MILLERSBURG...MOUNT VERNON
954 AM EST SUN FEB 15 2015
 
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...
 
* WIND CHILLS...WIND CHILL VALUES OF 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO
  WILL OCCUR ESPECIALLY THIS MORNING WITH SOME MODERATION THIS
  AFTERNOON.
 
* TEMPERATURES...5 BELOW TO 2 ABOVE ZERO.
 
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE WHERE SNOW BLOWS OVER
  ROADS. WIND CHILL VALUES OF 25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO WILL FREEZE
  EXPOSED FLESH AND CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
  IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. AVOID OUTDOOR EXPOSURE.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG WIND WILL COMBINE
WITH LOW TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR
EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 25 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO OR COLDER FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE
OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY.
Thursday, 12 February 2015 08:42

Indians Set Earlier Starts

The Indians aren't taking any chances with spring's cold temperatures -- starting some games at Progressive field in April and May an hour earlier instead of the normal 7:05 with cold weather in mind. Weekday series against the Royals and Cardinals will start at 6:10; most of the other games in April and May are either afternoon start times or on the road. Games are heard locally on 1590 WAKR.

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(Cleveland Indians) The Cleveland Indians announced the club’s 2015 schedule, which begins on the road in Houston on Monday, April 6. The Indians open the home portion of the slate, the team’s 115th as a charter member of the American League, on Friday, April 10 vs. the Detroit Tigers. 

Home interleague opponents in 2015 include the St. Louis Cardinals (May 12-14), Cincinnati Reds (May 22-24, Friday-Sunday), Chicago Cubs (June 17-18) and Milwaukee Brewers (August 25-26). The Indians also will play the Cubs at Wrigley Field (June 15-16), the Reds (July 17-19, Friday-Sunday) and the Brewers (July 21-22).Other 2015 schedule highlights include:· Select weeknight home games in April and May will begin at 6:10PM, in order to avoid potential cold weather conflicts:

o April 27-29 v Kansas City Royals
o May 12-13 v St. Louis Cardinals

· The Indians will play at Progressive Field on six weekends from June-August: vs. Baltimore (June 5-7), Tampa Bay (June 19-21), Oakland (July 10-12), Chicago White Sox (July 23-26), Minnesota (August 7-9) and Los Angeles Angels (August 28-30).· Monthly home/road breakdown:

o April: (9 home/12 road)
o May: (15 home/14 road)
o June: (14 home/13 road)
o July: (14 home/12 road)
o August: (11 home/16 road)
o September/October: (18 home/14 road)
· The Tribe’s longest homestand is Sept. 10-20 (vs. Detroit, Kansas City and Chicago White Sox)
· The team has three 10-game road trips:
o June 26-July 5 (at Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh)
o August 14-23 (at Minnesota, Boston, New York Yankees)

Single-Game tickets will go on sale to those fans registered for the Indians Online Onsale on March 3. Fans can register for the Onsale at Indians.com/OnlineOnsale. 2015 Season Tickets are on sale now.

 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:59

Spondike Loses Firing Appeal

WARNING graphic language

Another blow for former Firestone High School teacher David Spondike, fired over his racist post of Facebook.

His appeal of his dismissal by the school district was denied by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Teodosio, who found little to agree with from Spondike's legal filing that the firing was unconstitutional. The ruling upholds an earlier ruling by a referee that Spondike's termination was proper for "good and just cause."

 In addition to the original Facebook postings, Spondike also took to YouTube in a series of videos where he first denied making the posts and instead attributed them to the son of an acquaintance.

Spondike was a music teacher at Firestone High School. 

A .pdf copy of Teodosio's ruling is included for viewing at the link below.

Editor's note: since the original posting remains central to the case, we made the editorial decision to include the graphic on this story for those readers who were not familiar with the case. 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:57

Former Zips Coach Will Be Honored

Kenneth "Coach" Cunningham was an Ohio native who helped lead the University of Akron basketball program jump to the Division I major college ranks from Division II, making his way from Easter Liverpool where he grew up to the University of Cincinnati Final Four team in 1963 before turning to coaching.

Cunningham died Monday at the age of 71, according to a news release from the University of Akron. In addition to coaching the Zips for a 42-61 run during his four seasons at the helm in the late 1970s, Cunningham was a graduate assistant at Kent State University and even coached the Kent Roosevelt High School team, then Solon High School before rejoining the college ranks at Cincinnati and then Akron. Following his coaching stint with the Zips, Cunningham served as the coach of the Northwest High School program in Canal Fulton. 

Akron will honor Cunningham with a moment of silence ahead of tonight's Akron-Kent State game at the James A. Rhodes Arena. 

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(University of Akron) Former University of Akron men's basketball coach Kenneth G. "Coach" Cunningham passed away on Monday at the age of 71.

Cunningham coached the Zips for four seasons after being hired in 1976. He posted a 42-61 record and was the last coach for the Zips as a Division II program. Cunningham was a key part in helping the Akron program make the jump to the Division I level and entering the Ohio Valley Conference.

"I have known Ken Cunningham for many years and was saddened to hear about his passing," men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot said. "I have a lot of respect for him as he took many bumps and bruises during our program's transition to Division I basketball. His hard work and dedication helped set the groundwork for the success of our program, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Cunningham was a three-sport athlete at East Liverpool High School and was named the Ohio High School Basketball AA (big school) Player of the Year in 1961. He went on to play basketball at The University of Cincinnati where he played in the Final Four as a sophomore in 1963, as the Bearcats were going for a third-consecutive NCAA championship. UC fell 60-58 to Loyola University Chicago in the National Title Game.

Cunningham began his coaching career in 1965 as a graduate assistant at Kent State University. He then served as an assistant coach at Kent Roosevelt for two seasons and then as the head coach at Solon High School for the 1968-69 season at the age of 25.

In 1969, Cunningham joined the basketball staff at the University of Cincinnati for seven years, reaching two NIT tournaments and two NCAA tournaments. After coaching the Zips from 1976-80, he finished his coaching career as the head coach at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton during the 1980-81 season.

Cunningham is survived by his former wife, Judy Walker, his sons, Kenneth (Jeanie), Tom, and Mathew (Christine) Cunningham; two foster sons, David and John; seven grandchildren, Carson, Kenny, Grant, Carly, Owen, Kate, and Finley; and his beloved sister, Janie Smith.

Cunningham will be honored with a moment of silence prior to tonight's UA men's basketball game versus Kent State scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Rhodes Arena.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:11

Goodyear Track Gets New Rubber Test

The test track at Goodyear's Akron Innovation Center is used to the rubber hitting the highway when it's tires -- imagine when it's "foot power" on the road. The Akron Marathon new Rubber City Race Series held in August will feature a unique course that includes the company's Akron Proving Grounds in addition to the Lockheed Martin Airdock, Derby Downs and new development in the City's East End around the revamped Goodyear Headquarters complex.

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(Akron Marathon/Goodyear)  The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation announced today that The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will serve as the presenting sponsor for the Half Marathon & 10k event to be held on August 15, 2015 as part of the new Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series.

The Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k will start and finish at the company's global headquarters in southeast Akron. The race course will include local landmarks such as the East End development, Derby Downs and the Lockheed Martin Airdock. The race will also feature a lap around the track at Goodyear's restricted access Akron Proving Grounds.

"Goodyear has maintained a strong community presence for more than a century and played an instrumental role in establishing Akron as the rubber capital of the world," said Anne Bitong, Akron Marathon President/Executive Director. "Having Goodyear participate in the inaugural year of the Rubber City Race Series is very meaningful for our organization, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our runners the amazing experience of taking a lap around Goodyear's test track."

All participants in the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k will receive race premiums for which the Akron Marathon has long been known, including a tech shirt and finisher's medal. The half marathon runners will also get a commemorative gift. The finish line will feature an "Akron's Best" food festival, which will be open to participants, volunteers and spectators.

"We are delighted to join forces with the Akron Marathon as it introduces two new race events this year that will build on the success of its annual fall marathon," said Alison White, Goodyear Director of Community Engagement. "The Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k is a terrific opportunity to welcome the community to our campus and to involve our Goodyear associates as race participants and volunteers."

Registration for all three Rubber City Race Series events opened in November with incentives geared toward running multiple events. The entry fee is $75 for the Half Marathon and $55 for the 10k, with roughly 3,000 spots available between the two events. Registration is available at www.RubberCityRaceSeries.org.

The 2015 race dates for the inaugural running of the Rubber City Race Series are as follows: June 27 (8k & 1-mile), Aug. 15 (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k) and Sept. 26 (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run). The dates were developed to help guide runners through a typical training schedule.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 10:03

Sunday Snowmageddon: Pile It On

The forecast models, like the winds, are starting to shift and the projections of 6-8 inches of snow by Monday morning may have lower totals if the warming line from the south turns snow to an icy mix Sunday. But it doesn't mean greater Akron is off the hook in the overnight hours, when snow is expected to re-establish itself into Monday morning.

Communities across the region are already observing or about to implement snow parking bans, giving local police the power to have vehicles parked on public streets towed to facilitate clearing of snow. Most of those snow parking bans kick in whenever the snow totals top two inches, so it's a given most communities won't be shy about putting the parking bans into effect this weekend.

In addition to parking bans, the Ohio Turnpike has implemented travel restrictions targeting big-rigs, especially those carrying double or triple trailers and other high-wind impact vehicles. That includes passenger vehicles towing boats, recreational and horse trailers.

Winter storm warnings and advisories continue for the area through Monday.

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​(City of Akron) - The City of Akron has issued a Snow Emergency Parking Ban for ALL CITY STREETS effective at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The ban is in effect until further notice. Snow parking bans are issued for the purpose of the public's safety and the efficiency of snow clearing efforts on city streets.

​A Snow Emergency Parking Ban means the City has the power to tow cars parked on city streets if they impede the progress of snow clearing operations. All cars should be removed from parking spots on city streets regardless of whether city crews are still plowing main roads or have moved to the residential side streets. Cars not moved may be towed by the City.

 

Saturday, 31 January 2015 21:27

Strasburg Murder Arrests Made

Police have one man in custody and are searching for a second for the murders of Lillian and Doyle Chumney of Strasburg. Jeffery Stewart, 21. of New Philadelphia was picked up by members of a task force investigating the abduction and murders of the Chumney's; he was the man shown in a "person of interest" photograph released to the public earlier today. He is in the Tuscarawas County Jail. Police are still looking for Robert Clark, 29, of Dennison.

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RobertClark(Ohio Attorney General) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of a special, multi-jurisdictional task force formed to investigate the double homicide of Doyle Chumney, 88, and and Lillian Chumney, 79,  announced today the arrest of one of two suspects believed to be responsible for the crime.  A warrant has been issued for the second individual.

Jeffery Stewart, 21, of New Philadelphia, was arrested today by members of the task force on a charge of murder.  Stewart, who was identified with assistance from the public after task force members released a surveillance photograph of him this morning, is currently in the Tuscarawas County Jail.

A warrant on a charge of murder has been issued for the arrest of Robert Clark, 29, of Dennison (seen at left).  Clark should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Clark should immediately call 911.

According to investigators, Stewart and Clark are believed to be responsible for the murders of Doyle and Lillian Chumney, of Strasburg, who were reported missing from their Tuscarawas County home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  Their bodies were discovered in their burned vehicle, which was found abandoned on a secluded road in Bakersville, Ohio, in Coshocton County the next day. 

"I want to commend the state and local investigators who combined their resources and worked together aggressively over the past several days to focus in on these two suspects," said Attorney General DeWine.  "Authorities on this task force have worked tirelessly to identify the individuals responsible for this brutal crime, and they will now focus their efforts on locating and arresting Mr. Clark." 

The task force is made up of authorities from the following agencies: Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Strasburg Police Department, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office, Coshocton County Prosecutor's Office, Tuscarawas County Prosecutor's Office, and Coshocton County Coroner's Office.

Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:15

Chumney Killing "POI" Sought

In this case "POI" is Person of Interest and the Ohio Attorney General's office is taking the lead among law enforcement agencies investigating the abduction and homicide of Lillian and Doyle Chumney in Tuscarawas County last week. The elderly couple were reported missing from their Strasburg home when they didn't meet a scheduled appointment with their son; a daughter went to their home to check on their welfare and found the house ransacked, her parents and their vehicle missing. They were found two days later in their burned-out car about 20 miles away in Bakersville, Coshocton County. 

At this point the Attorney General's office says the person pictured above is wanted only as a "person of interest" and is not considered a suspect but he was identified as driving the vehicle in the image below and might have information regarding the murders.

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(Ohio Attorney General) Authorities working as part of a special, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating the murders of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79, are requesting assistance from the public to identify an individual who may have information regarding the crime.

Anyone with information on the identity of the person pictured is requested to contact one of the investigating agencies on the task force. The individual, who is not considered a suspect, was driving the vehicle in the image below.


Anyone with information regarding the identity of the individual can contact authorities at any of the following phone numbers:

• Bureau of Criminal Investigation: 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446)
• Coshocton County Sheriff's Office: 740-622-3769
• Strasburg Police Department: 330-878-7011
• Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office: 330-339-2000

Mr. and Mrs. Chumney were reported missing from their Tuscarawas County home last week and were later found murdered in their burned car, which was abandoned on a secluded road in Bakersville, Ohio, in Coshocton County. No arrests have been made.

The task force is made up of investigators from the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Strasburg Police Department, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office, Coshocton County Prosecutor's Office, Tuscarawas County Prosecutor's Office, and the Coshocton County Coroner's Office.