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
Narcotics officers made a big bust at a hotel in Jackson Township.
The Stark County Metro Narcotics Unit recovered more than 900 percocet pills Monday during a sting at the Microtel on Sunset Strip. The total street value of the pills came in at over $22,500. Officers arrested 42-year-old Michigan native James Edward Wilson, and charged him with two counts of felony drug possession. He's scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Massillon Municipal Court.
North Canton Police and the Stark County Coroner are investigating the discovery of the skeletal remains of two infants inside a foot locker. The footlocker had been opened by the relatives of a deceased North Canton woman. They called police immediately. North Canton Police Chief Stephan Wilder tells AkronNewsNow the remains have been sent to an anthropologist in Pennsylvania for DNA and bone testing to try and determine the identity of the remains . North Canton Police detectives are also investigating. The remains were discovered in a trailer home in the 11-hundred block of North Main Street.
News Release From The North Canton Police Department
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in a small foot locker type container. Officers met with the son of his recently deceased mother who was there to clean out her mobile home. As he and his cousin were going thru her belongings they found the locked foot locker. When they opened it to see what it might have contained they discovered what they believed were skeletal remains of a small infant. They notified the police department immediately of their findings.
Officers responded and upon their initial observations they confirmed there were skeletal remains in the foot locker. Stark County Coroner, Dr. P. S. Murthy’s office was contacted and a Coroner’s investigator responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Still unable to accurately explain what the skeletal remains were the investigator took the foot locker and all its contents to the Coroner’s office for further examination. Officers did a search of the mobile home and nothing else was found to contribute to the investigation of the remains found in the foot locker.
Later that evening the Coroner’s investigator confirmed the skeletal remains were human and two infant size skeletal remains were found in the foot locker. Stark County Coroner, Dr. P. S. Murthy will prepare the foot locker and the skeletal remains for delivery to the Anthropology Department of Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA. for extended forensic examination.
The North Canton Police Department’s detective bureau and the Stark County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the past events surrounding this finding.
More than 366,000 Ohioans will be eligible for Medicaid health care coverage for the first time beginning in January including about 7,000 Summit County residents. The sign-up period began Monday according to Summit County Job And Family Services Director Pat Divoky. Divoky tells AkronNewsNow one group will benefit most from new eligibility for Medicaid " Really the enhancement targets for the most part single people without children, and those are people who up until now have not had the opportunity for any kind of health insurance."
Divoky says those eligible for Medicaid benefits for the first time will be notified by the state and again by their local Job and Family Services agency.
She says the best way to sign up is on-line.
The online enrollment option is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov .
Divoky says the deadline for singing up for Medicaid is December 15th.
Gov. Kasich's administration got approval in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — or $15,856 for an individual.
Akron Police are looking for two suspects from a weekend street robbery.
Around 3 Sunday morning, officers responded to a robbery with a gun in the 200 block of Irisdale Place. Two men told police they were attending a party, standing outside talking to two women when the suspects approached them. One suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victims’ property. One victim took off running, while the second was robbed at gunpoint of his belongings. The suspects then punched the victim in the face before fleeing with his wallet and cell phone.
The victim did not require any medical assistance.
The suspects are two black males. The first suspect is 5’10” – 6’0”, 160 lbs., wearing a blue and black jacket. The second suspect is 5’08” – 5’10”, wearing a gray sweat shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact The Akron Police department.
Problems for the son of Cuyahoga Falls Mayor-Elect Don Walters. The Summit County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for 19-year old Nicholas Walters. He's facing charges of trafficking in marijuana. The incident allegedly happened on October 10th. His father tells the Beacon Journal that Nicholas Walters lives with his mother and that he's contacted her and is trying to get more information from the Sheriff's office. Don Walters says he expects his son to cooperate with authorities.
Walters, a Democrat and Cuyahoga Falls City Councilman, defeated long-time Republican mayor Don Robart in November. During his campaign Walters said he had a goal of ridding the city of illegal drugs and other crime.
Following a water main repair today in Cuyahoga Falls, the water dropped below pressure. Therefore, as a safeguard in accordance with EPA regulations, a BOIL ALERT has been issued for May Avenue only, between Meriline Street and Second Street until Sunday at 2:00 p.m. To ensure safety, residents are urged to boil their water for a minimum of two minutes.
One of Akron's oldest restaurants, in danger of closing this year, has a new lease on life. The Corral Restaurant on South Arlington Street has been for sale, but owner Larry Davis didn't hear an offer he couldn't refuse so he's taken the for sale sign down for now. Davis tells AkronNewsNow " It seems like the only people really interested in buying it were from car lots, and I really would like to see it stay open. It's been there for right at 76 years now."
Davis says he plans to keep The Corral open for now. " I've decided to keep it for a while longer , maybe another year or two. Essentially it is still for sale, but I've taken it off the market," says Davis. The 66-year old Davis has put his retirement plans on hold, but he's making no commitment as to what will happen to the restaurant in two years.
Davis says he'll still listen to offers to buy the homestyle eatery, but he wants to make sure it continues to be a restaurant.
The Corral's recipes have changed little since it opened in 1937. Davis mother once owned the place and Davis bought it from her in 1986.
Akron Police are finding out that most people pulled over for traffic stops in the city have drugs in their vehicles. Lieutenant Rick Edwards tells AkronNewsNow in a majority of cases officers are finding the same people with another problem as well.
" The officers do a traffic stop, and most of the time they're also getting someone who is driving on a suspended license. Therefore they take them out of the car and place them in handcuffs because it's an arrestable offense."
Edwards says many of the vehicles are stopped after being seen in the vicinity of a know drug house. And he says drugs are usually in plain sight as officers confiscate the car. " Then when they go to tow the car they do a tow inventory, which basically you have to inventory everything that's in the car. When the officers do that that's when they're finding drugs like crack cocaine, heroin, which seems to be the drug of choice at this point. They'll find it in the glove box, the center console, under the drivers seat and the floorboards. At that point they're arrested not only for the traffic offenses but the drug offenses as well. "
Lieutenant Edwards says the number of car stopped with drugs inside shows how pervasive drug use is in the city, and some motorists are seen shooting up while waiting at a red light.
A number of big city school districts are moving away from so -called zero tolerance policies, deciding that the get tough approach is hurting more than it's helping sending more children behind bars and turning them into dropouts.
Akron Public Schools zero-tolerance policy is different according to the district's Director Of Student Services and Security Dan Rambler. Rambler tells AkronNewsNow that Akron schools have been successful with a balanced approach of punishment and redemption. " We do hold kids accountable for their actions and there is a consequence for their actions but the other part of its is working with the kids to make sure that we're disciplining them, and the discipline part is not only the consequence but also trying to get them to learn from their behaviors, and then not repeat them," he says.
Rambler says the district has seen many students first viewed as hopeless turning their lives around thanks to mentors and others in the school system who take the time to keep kids from becoming dropouts.
" We work closely with the Akron Police Department, with juvenile court. There are a lot of different movements throughout all the different agencies where we're all working together to try to help kids, not just give them consequences but also help them learn from what they're doing, " says Rambler.
Rambler says with the right approach most kids can turn their lives around. " Your normal everyday kid who has had some serious misdeeds in their life but have been able to have mentors and people involved in their life that have been able to help them turn it around and become strong contributors to society."
Rambler says Akron Police have been a big help going with kids to return stolen merchandise and working with their families.
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