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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 68-year old Massillon man who shot his disabled wife in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center last year was found guilty of all charges by a Summit County Court jury late Friday afternoon.
John Wise was convicted of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault in the shooting death in August 2012 of 65-year old Barbara Wise. Wise admitted on the witness stand Thursday that he "lost it" when he saw his wife unable to speak and saw a tear running down her cheek as he visited her. Wise said that's when he decided to go home, get his 9-millimeter handgun and return to the hospital an hour later to kill her. John Wise told the court he kissed his wife on the cheek before pulling the trigger. She died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
A doctor at Akron General Medical Center had testified during the trial that Barbara Wise's condition was not terminal, and that she could have recovered.
Wise's attorneys had entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.
The Massillon man who shot and killed his wife in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center took the witness stand at his murder trial Thursday . The Beacon Journal reports that the 69-year old John Wise told the jury that a tear rolling down his wife's cheek convinced him that he had to end her suffering, and that's when he said he went home, picked up his 9-millimeter handgun and returned an hour later to fire the fatal shot that ended the life of 65-year old Barbara Wise. John Wise said he kissed her on the cheek before he fired.
Autopsy results showed the cause of death was a single shot to the head.
A friend of the family stated before the trial began that John and Barbara Wise had agreed that they didn't want to live out their lives disabled and confined to a bed.
Time is running out for convicted Akron child killer Ronald Phillips.
Governor John Kasich has denied a request for executive clemency for Phillips, who was convicted of the aggravated murder of his girlfriend's three-year old daughter Sheila Marie Evans in January of 1993 in Akron. Phillips is scheduled to be executed on November 14th at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
On October 24th, the Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended against clemency for Phillips.
Cuyahoga Falls residents sometime next year will stop smelling the scent of fresh baked bread over the city. The Beacon Journal reports that the Schwebel Company plans to shut down the Falls plant next year and will offer the 140 affected employees transfers to the company's bakery in Solon. Schwebel's, in a news release, said the Cuyahoga Falls bakery was under-utilized, using only 35% of its capacity, so the decision was made to move production to the more modern Solon facility.
Schwebels purchased the plant 30 years ago from the former Lawson Milk Company.
It's a first for Goodyear's blimps. For the first time ever Goodyear will provide two blimps flying overhead at the same time to provide aerial shots of a sporting event to a television audience. The blimps "Spirit Of Goodyear and 'Spirit of Innovation" will both appear above the field for the football game between Virginia Tech and Miami November 9th at Miami's Sunlife Stadium. The two blimps will allow ESPN director a choice for the first time in what aerial shot they want to show viewers. The 'Spirit Of Goodyear recently joined its sister ship in preparing for retirement at the Pompano Beach, Florida hangar to make the history making event possible.
News Release From Goodyear Airship Operations
For the first time ever, two Goodyear blimps will simultaneously provide live aerial television coverage of a sporting event as they circle overhead Miami’s SunLife stadium for ESPN’s coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, of the November 9 NCAA football match up between Virginia Tech and Miami. The “Spirit of Goodyear” and the “Spirit of Innovation,” weather permitting, will each provide a unique feed to ESPN allowing the broadcaster to select the best angle of the coveted aerial shot viewers are so accustomed to enjoying. Though Goodyear blimps have provided TV networks with live aerial views since 1955, never have two provided coverage of the same event at the same time.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company owns and operates three airships in the United States but it is a rare sight to see two flying together, according to Nancy Ray, Goodyear’s director of Global Airship Operations.
The two blimps are currently housed in the company’s Pompano Beach, Fla., hangar making the event coverage possible. The previously Ohio-based “Spirit of Goodyear” recently relocated to the Sunshine State, joining its sister ship “Spirit of Innovation” in preparation for its retirement in early 2014.
The company is on schedule with its replacement as construction of the new Goodyear NT airship continues inside the company’s Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Test flights on the new airship are expected to commence in early 2014.
Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships – the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron. The Goodyear NT is the first semi-rigid airship to be built in the 95-year history of the Wingfoot Lake Hangar.
Goodyear’s entry into aerial coverage occurred in 1955 at the Rose Bowl parade and game in Pasadena, Calif. Since then, the blimps have covered hundreds of college football matchups. So far in 2013, the three U.S.-based blimps have covered 12 matchups for ESPN/ABC.
The City of Kent will be getting a new police station. Voters there approved a quarter-percent income tax increase to replace the 89-year-old existing facility. The new building is expected to cost about $17 million to build.
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee tells AkronNewsNow the new police station and jail will help the department better serve the city. " We don't have public rooms for the community to come in. We have a meeting room where we take reports, and that's about it. So we can offer a better a larger a safer lobby for our residents. We can offer visiting rooms for our jail facility."
Lee says it will take more than a year to acquire the land and begin construction on the new police building. " I think the timeline now calls for about 18 months for prep work, and so construction could ensue in 2015, and I think the timeline from there was about a year, so we're looking at about 2016 or early 2017 for the project to be completed," says Lee.
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee says they now have to find a location and acquire land to build the new police headquarters and jail.
Kent Police provided public tours of the old police building before Tuesday's election and she believes that helped convince city residents of the need for the new police station.
The city of Akron's annual leaf pick-up is underway this week and will continue until the leaves in all wards are removed. Akron Public Works Manager Paul Barnett tells AkronNewsNow even if you'll be in a new ward when city ward boundaries change in January your leaf-pick-up schedule will be in your current existing ward.
Barnett says once again you'll get one shot in each ward at having your leaves picked up under the program. " We used to do two passes through the city, but when the economy went down the commode we lost a lot of people, we lost a lot of funding so we were forced to go down to one round of leaf pickup", says Barnett.
Barnett says if there is snowfall before the leaf pick-up schedule can be completed, the pick-up dates will be postponed to new dates that will be posted on the city of Akron's web site. " The same folks who do the leaf pickup do snow and ice. So if we get a situation where they have to pull of leaves and go and salt the streets or plow the streets we have to delay the leaf pickup."
Barnett also advises you to rake your leaves to the curb only a day before the scheduled leaf pickup in your ward. he says putting the leaves there too early can clog up storm water sewers if there is rain or snow.
Akron police are seeking three gunmen who invaded a Bittman Street home Saturday. Police say the men robbed the home’s occupants of cash and computers late in the afternoon and and fled in a black Cadillac.
No one was injured.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
A Chinese tire company is expanding its operations to Akron, announcing Friday night that it has plans to open a research and technical center here. The Beacon Journal reports the new complex will be built by MESNAC at Ridgewood and Miller Roads, and will initially employ 35 reseach specialists by 2016.
Mayor Plusquellic says he's been working to bring operations of the Chinese tiremaker to Akron since 2005.
You're probably already dreaming of the bags of candy kids will be bringing home this Halloween, but a local dentist is hoping you'll stop by his office before you eat all of the treats.
Dr. Michael Mead, a general dentist in Uniontown, will be buying back Halloween candy to send to U.S. troops through the program "Operation Gratitude". He'll give one dollar for every pound of candy that a child brings into the office.
"When the kids come in, it gives us a chance to teach them a valuable lesson about a healthy lifestyle and also just about giving back," said Mead.
Trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Dr. Mead’s office, and he will pay $1 per pound for each child who brings in candy. Each child can bring up to 5 pounds of candy.
"Sometimes the kids will come in big bags of leftover candy and some of them have a tough time giving it up, and that's understandable," said Mead.
Candy donations will be collected at Dr. Mead’s office at 12981 Cleveland Ave. NW in Uniontown on November 4th from 3 to 5 pm. There will also be a family fun night basket give-away.
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