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
An Akron man has been charged with attacking his mother and firing shots at her car
Shortly before 10 Thursday night, officers were called to the 800 block of Donald Avenue for a domestic fight between a mother and her 28 year old son. The son fired shots at the car breaking the passenger window. He then ran over to his mother and knocked her to the ground. The mother suffered minor head and back injuries and was transported to Akron City Hospital for treatment. The son fled before officers arrived.
Officers arrested the son, Derek M. Starks, 28, of Donald Avenue, near the intersection of Chesapeake Drive and Dahlgren Drive. Officers recovered a 9mm pistol at his home. The gun was reported stolen.
Starks was charged with domestic violence, domestic violence menacing, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging, discharging a firearm and receiving stolen property. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
An elderly couple in the 800 block of Easter Avenue became victims of a home invasion robbery Thursday morning. The 81year old man told Akron Police he heard a knock at his front door. As he walked to the door, he heard two men enter the house through his patio door. The suspects were armed with handguns and demanded money from the victim. He told them he didn’t have any money. The suspects then searched the house and took items from the victim’s wife’s purse and a flat screen television before fleeing.
The suspects are three black males. The first suspect is a light complexioned black male, 17 – 20 years old, 5’07” – 5’10”, thin, wearing saggy pants with aqua shorts underneath and a black mask covering the lower half of his face. No description of the second suspect.
The Cleveland Indians on Friday announced their schedule for 2014 Cactus League play in Arizona, a schedule that opens with three games against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.
The Tribe will play 15 games as the home team at Goodyear Ballpark, plus an additional three games there against the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians will play one night game, on March 18, against the San Francisco Giants.
After the Cactus League schedule, the Indians then will play two exhibition games against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on March 28 and March 29 before opening the season on Monday, March 31 vs. the Oakland A’s at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, AZ, on February 11, with their first workout set for February 13. The full squad reports on February 15, with the first full-squad workout set for February 17.
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic says Akron and other cities across the nation will pause to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago today.
Mayors across the country will participate in local events, issue proclamations and designate this day as a solemn day of remembrance and reflection as they share what the life and tragic death of President John F. Kennedy meant to them.
The Mayor is asking Akron churches to ring their church bells at 1:15 pm this afternoon to mark the time the fatal shots were fired in Dallas. The mayor is also asking Akron residents to observe a moment of silence at 1:30 this afternoon.
An Akron gang member is going to prison for shooting and wounding a motorist on a city street. Summit County Judge Tammy O’Brien sentenced William B. Dawson, 22, of Cuyahoga Street , to 18 years in prison.
On the evening of January 24, 59-year-old Wylene Edwards was driving down Elma Street in Akron when she saw some young men walking down the middle of the road. Edwards flashed her heaqlights to alert them there was a car driving toward them. Police say Dawson, the leader of the FOG gang, responded by firing his gun at Edwards five times. One bullet hit her right shoulder, a second bullet entered her back and two other bullets came through her rear windshield. The bullet is still in Edwards’ shoulder because it is too close to a major artery to safely remove.
On March 6, before Dawson had been identified as the person who shot Edwards, Dawson pulled a gun on a United States Postal Service mail carrier. He threatened to shoot the mailman for walking in “his” alley. Officers arrested Dawson shortly after he threatened the postal worker and recovered a 9 mm handgun from his hooded sweatshirt. The gun matched the gun used to shoot Edwards.
The FOG gang is the same group responsible for the 2012 murder of immigrant Karma Tamang. FOG member Corey Hardison is serving a life sentence for Tamang’s murder.
On October 18, Dawson pleaded guilty to Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree, with a firearm specification; Participating in a Criminal Gang, a felony of the second degree; Carrying a Concealed Weapon, a felony of the fourth degree; Aggravated Menacing, a misdemeanor of the first degree; and Possession of Marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.
A 20-year old Akron woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for having unprotected sex with two men without disclosing her HIV status to them .
Sarah Barfett pleaded guilty to felonious assault and was sentenced by Summit County Judge Alison MCarty.
According to statements made in the courtroom Barfett met one of the men at a party, and another through Facebook.
Judge McCarty scolded Barfett for placing her needs above the safety of the two men. She said Barfett put their very lives at risk. The Judge called it incredibly dangerous and selfish behavior.
A robbery suspect has been arrested in Akron. Shaun Michael Hargett, 34, of South Firestone Boulevard was captured by the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force around Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Merton Avenue. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Hargett was wanted for aggravated burglary and robbery of a 67 year old man on South Firestone Boulevard. Hargett forced open a door and ransacked the victim’s home. The victim came home for lunch and found Hargett inside. When confronted, Hargett lunged at the victim with a knife. Hargett then fled.
Akron Police are investigating two shootings in the city Wednesday night.
Around 8 last night, a brother and sister, standing in the parking lot in the 700 block of Crane Walk, were confronted by a black male suspect. The suspect fired several shots striking two cars and the male victim in the foot. He was transported to Akron City Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Detectives say the suspect is a black male, 20 – 29 years old, wearing a black jacket, black hooded sweatshirt, black knit hat and dark pants.
Around 7:30 Wednesday night, officers responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Everton Drive. The victim, a 16 year old girl, was shot in the mouth accidentally by a friend. The victim was transported Akron Children’s Hospital by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives arrested A 17-year old boy. He was charged with aggravated assault and weapons under disability and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
2013 is turning out to be a good year for the city of Massillon when it comes to keeping and expanding manufacturing jobs.
The latest good news comes from Heinz, the ketchup maker who has agreed, pending city council approval, to invest $28-million to expand its existing Massillon plant on Oberlin Road and add 249 new jobs to the existing 450 jobs.
The deal would see Heinz save more than $500,000 in income tax payments to Massillon over a nine year period.
Heinz was also considering expansion agreements with three other competing facilities in California, Florida , Iowa and South Carolina, before Massillon's deal was declared the winner.
Massillon's Community Development Director Ted Herncane tells AkronNewsNow other local companies have also decided stay put and grow. "Several other companies this year, Premier Business Solutions, Quest Automotive Products, these are all companies that are based here in the city that are expanding their operations and looking to the future."
Herncane says Massillon's formula for success includes exploring new avenues to encourage job growth including grants, in addition to the tax abatements it has offered over the past few years.
The Greater Akron Chamber Of Commerce presented its annual economic outlook for 2014 at a breakfast meeting Friday morning. Eric Freedman, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Consulting Research Group CAPTRUST Financial Advisors told local business leaders the glass is half full in the year ahead globally and for the U.S. Freedman tells AkronNewsNow " It feels like we're seeing some good trajectory, that the recovery is broad-based. While its true that it will have its fits and starts, globally speaking we're seeing some progress from areas like Europe, areas like Japan, while the U.S. continues to trod along pretty well."
But Freedman says the outlook is even brighter locally. " Ohio is really doing much better than the broad U.S., the rest of the 49 states in terms of home ownership, in terms of per capita income, as well as employment levels. Akron is actually outperforming both Ohio and the U.S. in all three measures "
Freedman says Akron is seeing a rebound in manufacturing and health care jobs, and he expects that trend to continue into next year.
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