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
It's been exactly a week since 19-year old Taylor Robinson turned up missing after her mother drove to a home on Kipling Street in Akron to pick her up last Saturday morning. Taylor had been dropped off at the home around 9:30pm last Friday night as part of her job as a home health aide. But she was gone by the next morning, leaving her shoes and coat behind. Her purse and cell phone were missing.
Carmilla Robinson, encouraged by the rescue of three kidnapped and imprisoned Cleveland women, is still frustrated by the slow pace of the investigation. She tells AkronNewsNow " I'm a little frustrated. I thought it (the investigation) would move a lot quicker. I thought she'd be home by now. I thought I would have more information. I just deal with the same stagnant information that I had, on Monday, on Tuesday. Here it is Friday and I'm still with the same information.
Robinson says she thinks someone knows something about what happened to Taylor, but isn't stepping forward. " I know there are people with information who are not giving that information to the proper authorities. I wish they would. We're still at a standstill."
Carmilla Robinson thinks she knows how her daughter is feeling right now. " I can only imagine being a home body and so family oriented and not have spoken to any of you family in over a week. I know she probably feels lost and abandoned and I want her to know that we're here, that we're looking for her." says Robinson.
Police detectives have tried to interview Taylor Robinson's ex-boyfriend as part of the investigation.
Summit County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to locating Taylor Robinson. The FBI is also involved in the investigation.
Carmilla Robinson has a message for those who may know what happened to Taylor but are not speaking up. " I just want them to put themselves in my shoes. If you don't have children, how would you feel if it was your mother, how would you feel if it was your sister, your grandmother. You would want somebody to help you."
No federal criminal charges will be filed related to the Aug. 2006 death of Mark McCullagh, Jr.at the Summit County Jail.
That statement coming from Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Dettelbach says The United States Attorney’s Office, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a complete and thorough investigation of the events surrounding McCullaugh’s death. He says after what he calls an exhaustive and independent review of all of the facts, it was determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, a violation of any federal or criminal civil rights statutes.
Dettelbach says the matter is now closed.
The precincts will be less crowded for Summit County voters later this year. he County lections Board today voted to increase the number of voting precincts from 298 to 420, after budget cuts forced a reduction in precincts in last November's election.
Summit County Elections Director Joe Masich tells AkronNewsNow " We reduced last year. there were several cost-cutting measures put in place by the Board based on budgetary conditions and restraints by the County, and even though we limited the precincts I believe last year to somewhere between 1200 and 1400 voters, with the registration drives during a presidential campaign a lot of those precincts swelled up to 15, 16, 1700 voters and it was just too crowded.
Masich says the elections board will now begin the process of finding new precinct locations and will advise voters through the media and other means on where they'll go to vote in upcoming elections.
Even with the increase 55 fewer precincts will be utilized than the 475 Summit County had before the cuts last year.
The precinct change is expected in time for either the August or September elections.
Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, a 41 year-old man was shot in the arm while driving at the intersection of Russell Avenue and West Bowery Street in Akron. Two other men in the Land Rover SUV were not injured. The victim drove himself to Akron General Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The suspects are two black males, 25 -35 years old. The suspects vehicle was a brown, newer Honda or Acura.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
A 34-year old Akron woman and a homeless man have been arrested for the robbery of J.R. Goldmine's store in the 39-hundred block of State Route 43 in Brimfield Township on Tuesday.
Brimfield Police say 34-year old Mary Rose Maravola of Akron turned herself in to police. She was charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing an employee at gunpoint..
32-year old John Fallon was also arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.
Akron Police have arrested two 15 year old boys and charged them with burglarizing a home.
Around midnight Tuesday night, officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 900 block of Bloomfield Avenue. A neighbor observed one teen climbing through a window of a neighbor’s house. The suspect then opened the front door of the house and let the second teen inside.. Minutes later, both boys were observed carrying a big screen television out the front door.
When the suspects saw officers arriving on the scene, they tried to escape on foot between the houses. After a brief chase, both suspects were captured. The boys were taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner.
Akron Police are looking for a robbery suspect after he took money from the Six Corners Deli on Eastland Avenue Tuesday night.
The employees reported the suspect entered the store and asked to purchase cigarettes. While the clerk walked away to get the cigarettes, the suspect opened the cash register and started taking money. The clerk grabbed the suspect and the suspect fought back, then ran from the store and fled in a light colored, four-door Buick Century.
No injuries were reported.
The suspect is a black male, 23 – 28 years old, 5’07” -5’09”, 160 – 180 lbs., wearing a gray t-shirt with the Falcons print on it, blue jeans and a black do-rag on his head.
Now that the Ohio Health Department will cease to fund the testing for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus local health boards in the state's counties will have to decide if they're going to fund their own West Nile testing.
Summit County Health Department Environmental Test Supervisor Terry Tuttle tells AkronNewsNow the county is studying three options to continue the testing of mosquitoes for the virus. " Number one would be we don't test, number two we test ourselves, or number three we send the mosquitoes out of state to private companies to test, which is extremely expensive."
Tuttle says he believes it's important to track mosquitoes for West Nile, but it would be expensive. He says the Board Of Health and the Summit County Health Department will decide what the county does about the mosquito testing.
There have been seven deaths from West Nile in Ohio.
Stow Police have charged two men with operating a meth house after an April 17th explosion sent the pair to the hospital to be treated for burns.
29-year old Brandon Davis of Stow and 28-year old Stephen Scott of Middlefield are being charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, aggravated arson and other charges after police and fire units responded to the home in the 1400 block of Mac Drive, and sent both men to the burn unit at Akron Children's Hospital.
The Stow Police Department Narcotics Unit, along with members of the Summit County Drug Unit, removed a large quantity of materials from the home.
Further charges may be pending as the investigation into the explosion continues.
A morning traffic crash on I-77 northbound in Broadview Heights killed two motorists.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that a man and a woman were killed in a crash that happened around 8 a.m. at I-77 and State Route 82.
Broadview Heights Fire Chief Jeffrey Hajek tells Newschannel 5 a piano moving truck heading southbound went through the guard rail into oncoming traffic, landing on a 57-year-old Medina woman's car..
The driver of the truck also died .
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the two people killed as 33-year-old David Starr of Barberton and 57-year-old Gail Bradley of Medina.
The passenger in the truck survived and five others were injured.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-77 were shut down immediately after the crash. The southbound lanes reopened a short time later, but the northbound lanes were shut down until about 1:30 this afternoon.
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