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
A Doylestown church has filed a lawsuit to recover money it paid to a Wayne County contractor to fix its roof.
The Doylestown Church of the Nazarene filed suit this week against Shawn Hornbeck of Doylestown, who does business as "A&S Roofing." The suit alleges that Hornbeck took $6,500 from the church in 2011 to repair a roof at the facility, but failed to perform any work. As a result of Hornbeck's failures, the church had to hire another contractor, who completed the work in a timely fashion, but at an increased cost.
Despite numerous attempts to get Honrbeck to pay the money back, the church has yet to be paid back the money it deposited with Honrbeck.
"Obviously, the last thing the church wanted to do was to file a lawsuit" says the church's lawyer, Adam VanHo of Akron. "But Mr. Hornbeck's failure to repair the roof -- and then his repeated failure to refund the money -- left the church with no choice. It's bad when businesses scam individuals and families, but when a contractor scams a church, it shows a complete lack of any morality of their part."
The suit, which was filed in the Wayne County Common Pleas Court, charges Hornbeck with breach of contract, fraud, theft and unjust enrichment.
Akron Police are looking for the suspect who robbed the Church’s Chicken at 700 South Arlington Street shortly before 11 Friday morning. The employees reported the suspect, armed with a black handgun, entered the restaurant and demanded money. He jumped over the counter and took an unreported amount of cash from the register before fleeing on foot.
The suspect is described as a black male, 18 – 23 years old, 5’08” – 5’10”, 150 – 170 lbs., and wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored jeans and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.
Akron Police are investigating a shooting involving two 14-year old boys.
It happened around 7 Wednesday evening in the 800 block of Kenyon Street. One of the teens was shot in the chest by the other. The victim was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital where he is listed in serious condition.
No charges have been signed at this time as the investigation continues.
It was Thanksgiving Day football for another worthy cause at St. Vincent St. Mary's Green Street stadium Thursday morning. The East met the West All-Stars in the 4th annual " Thanks4Giving "game that saw proceeds go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Paul Buzzi of Akron tells AkronNewsNow he braved the chilling temperatures and occasional snow to see his grandson from Hoban play in the game...
" I always like the all-star games and celebration of the good players. It's a tough day though with the weather the way it is, " says Buzzi.
Many other fans who watched the game like the return of high school football on Thanksgiving Day, reviving a tradition started by the Akron City Series decades ago. Among them Ellet assistant football coach John Gable. " I think with the tradition of the Turkey day game back many years ago, I think this is a great event for them to bring back the history of the turkey day game."
Scott Boyd says the game is a great way to help the needy and enjoy a game before the big dinner. " I heard they were doing the whole canned good thing, and everything like that, and bringing something. That's awesome. You get to help out. And its early enough you can still have dinner afterwards and have a good time with your family "
Ellet High School football coach Joe Yost says he welcomes the Thanksgiving Day high school all-star game. " The concept of having a football game on Thanksgiving morning, you just can't beat it. And I'm sure through the years we've had lots of families that had very delayed Thanksgiving dinners because of Thanksgiving Day football, " says Yost.
Thanksgiving Day's arctic temperatures and snow didn't deter runners from being part of the 22nd annual Homerun For The Homeless in near west Akron Thursday morning.
This was Sam Rusak's third time in the race and the Hoban cross country team member tells AkronNewsNow it's for a good cause. " It's a good cause helping out the homeless, and my basketball coach also volunteers here, so I like to help him out."
Laurie Hillebrand and her husband Dick were part of the Homerun for The Homeless for the first time."' We like to run, and this is the opportunity to run for a cause, so that's what we take the opportunity to do. And besides a little exercise before Thanksgiving dinner is always a good thing," says Hillebrand
Dick Hillebrand enjoys running when it helps people. " It's fun, it's always fun to run, fun to run with a big crowd like this, and it helps a good cause as well."
Jacob Augustynovich says it a fun event that helps people in need. " It's just a fun time and it helps the homeless. You feel good and go eat a bunch of food for Thanksgiving. It's fun time."
The runners braved temperatures in the teens in the four mile run to raise money for food and shelter for the homeless through the non-profit, all volunteer Gennesaret Incorporated.
Augustynovich says running in the arctic chill is a challenge. " You've got to get your lungs acclimated to the cold, and you just can't think about it. Once you get going you heat up a little bit though, so that helps," says Augustynovich.
Kathy White of Akron enjoys running for a good cause and sums up the feelings of many of the runners. " What better thing to do on Thanksgiving than to run for a good cause, and so it got me thinking to keep up with running, staying healthy, and all that, that this something I would like to do."
Last year's Homerun For The Homeless drew more than 4500 participants. Gennesaret officials were still compiling the numbers from this year's race.
It's become a west Akron Thanksgiving Day tradition focused on helping the homeless. The 22nd annual Home Run For the Homeless marathon will be run thursday morning. Patrick Kunklier of Gennesaret Incorporated, which is an all-volunteer non-profit organization says it's their main fund raiser for the year.
Kunklier tells AkronNewsNow " There's a one mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:30 and that;s led by Butch Reynolds, ands most people around here know Butch as the Olympic gold medalist, and former Hoban and Ohio State star. The we also have the race that kicks off at 9am. It's a four mile race."
If you plan to take part you can register for the race this afternoon until 6pm and before 8:45am Thanksgiving morning at Gennesaret headquarters at 419 West Exchange Street.. The entry fee is $20 a person.
Last year more than 4500 runners ran the course, as participation has grown each year.
Kunklier says proceeds from Home Run For The Homeless help feed and shelter the homeless.
The long Thanksgiving Holiday week means beefed up road patrols by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other other law enforcement . The State Highway Patrol will be out in force according to Sergeant Leo Shirkey of the Canton Highway Patrol post.
Shirkey says they'll be looking for impaired drivers, those driving recklessly, and drivers not wearing seat belts.
He tells AkronNews Now they'll also be helping motorists deal with the snow.
" We're anticipating the poor weather over the next couple of days so we've eliminated any units from taking any type of permissive leave. That way we're out there and able to help the motorists, " says Shirkey.
Sergeant Shirkey's advice to you if you plan on hitting the road this Thanksgiving, plan on taking extra time to reach your destination, be on the lookout for weather related accidents, slow down, and exercise patience.
The enhanced traffic enforcement begins at midnight Tuesday and runs through Monday at midnight.
The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday agreed to terms with QB Alex Tanney.
A 6-3, 223-pound player in his second NFL season out of Monmouth (Ill.), he spent all 12 weeks this season on the Cowboys practice squad. During the preseason, Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Kansas City in 2012, Tanney spent all of last year on injured reserve with a finger injury.
In college, Tanney set NCAA Division III career records with 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns, while appearing in 47 contests. Tanney was selected as the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times. A native of Lexington, Ill., he graduated from Lexington High School.
Akron Police are looking for a robber.
Shortly after 2 Thursday morning, the Circle K, on East Waterloo Road was robbed.at gunpoint. Employees reported the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money. He then fled in a small, black car with an unreported amount of cash.
The suspect is a white male, 20 – 30 years old, 5’03” – 5’09”, 115 – 160 lbs., wearing a tan ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
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