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 Ohio Department of Transportation has signed off on Governor Kasich's $3-billion transportation construction bill, and that will mean greatly speeding up the schedule for major highway projects in Summit County and across the state.
One big project will be the widening of I-271 in northern Summit County. Tony Uranker of the ODOT District 4 office in Akron tells AkronNewsNow " We're going to be potentially starting that next year, and that will add a third lane from the Cuyahoga County border all the way down to State Route 8." Uranker says that should help ease the usual traffic bottlenecks that develop on I-271 usually during morning and afternoon rush hours.
Uranker says there are also plans for studying changes for the Central Interchange in Akron, including the Broadway-Main Street exchange. ODOT will begin removing five bridges near the central interchange beginning in 2015. He says that will mean several streets will end in cul de sacs. Bridges are the most expensive highway infrastructure for ODOT to maintain.
Akron Police are looking for a robber.
Around 9:30 Thursday night, the Quality Inn, on Gilchrist Road, was robbed. The desk clerk reported the suspect entered the lobby area and came behind the counter, with a large knife in his hand and demanded money from the register. The clerk gave the suspect the cash and he fled to an awaiting dark blue, 1990 Chevy S10 pickup truck.
The suspect is a white male, 50 – 60 years old, 5’07”, 180 – 200 lbs., with white short hair, unshaven and was wearing a dark t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
The Akron Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are seeking the public's help to track down a murder suspect..
Gracshawn G. Thomas, 22, of Lindsay Avenue in Akron, is wanted for Aggravated Murder. Police sayThomas was involved in the death of 28-year old Alfonso Golden Jr., who was found shot multiple times, inside of his car, in the 400 block of East Waterloo Road on September 18th..
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Gracshawn Thomas.
Thomas is a black male, 5’07”, 180 lbs. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation has some ambitious plans to transform the blighted neighborhood around Robinson Elementary School.
Executive Director Grady Appleton tells AkronNewsNow " We want to develop 27 new homes. We're calling this project the Robinson Homes East Affordable Housing Project." It will feature 19 four bedroom and eight three bedroom homes.
He says the homes will go up on 11 different streets in the Robinson neighborhood.
Construction began in August and should be completed by June of 2014.
Appleton says this is just the beginning of a larger project, the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, a five to six year plan that addresses vacant houses, and vacant lots, but it also involves the development of green space, orchards, community gardens and pathways.
A Medina man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for crimes related to child pornography,
Richard J. Miezin, 48, was previously found guilty of receiving, distributing and possessing
visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, as well as making false
statements and representations to the FBI during their investigation.
Miezin was convicted of knowingly distributing, by computer, numerous computer files, which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from April of 2010, through February of, 2011, according to court documents.
Funeral services are planned this weekend for a murdered mother and her five year old son from Tallmadge.
Calling hours for Wendy and Peyton Ralston will be held at Donovan-Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge from 4 to 7pm Friday with the funeral service scheduled for 11am Saturday.
There will be a private burial at a later date.
Their badly decomposed bodies were found stuffed in duffel bags in a wooded area behind their home on Stone Creek Drive last month. They had been reported missing by family members August 7th, but had not been heard from after July 23rd.
There are also indications the investigation into the murders is drawing to a close. Tallmadge Police Lieutenant Ronald Willaims tells AkronNewsNow they'll wrap up ther investigation in a couple of weeks and will be ready to present evidence to the county prosecutor as well as a grand jury. He could elaborate no further.
After the bodies of Wendy and Peyton Ralston were discovered Tallmadge Police said they had been called to the home previously for domestic violence.
So far Tallmadge Police have no suspects in custody.
The Fifth District Court of Appeals has turned down a Canton woman’s appeal of her convictions and sentence for arson and domestic violence.
Danielle Faith Dixon was sent to prison last November for seven years after a Stark County Common Pleas Court jury found her guilty of the July 1, 2012, incident in which she hit her boyfriend, Jerry Lanksford, in the head with a cell phone, sprayed him with lighter fluid, and set a fire in a bedroom of their home. Dixon filed an appeal earlier this year claiming, among other things, her sentence was vindictive because she chose to take her case to trial instead of taking a plea deal.
Akron General Medical Center has decided to change its current semi-private rooms to private rooms for its medical and surgical patients and that means 30 hospital employees will lose their jobs. Originally 60 employees were to be displaced by the change, but half that number will be re-assigned to other jobs at the hospital.
The conversion will also mean a decline in hospital rooms from 411 to 376. Akron General Health System President Dr. Tim Stover says health care reform, a reduction in government reimbursement, more charity care and increased competition are among the reasons the hospital moved to change it's operation.
News Release From Akron General Medical Center
Akron General Health System is taking the lead in Akron and joining a major trend in improving patient satisfaction by converting to single-patient, private hospital rooms.
Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) will no longer utilize semi-private rooms for medical and surgical patients. This conversion is expected to take place fully by October 9th, with the exception of our psychiatric units, which will remain partially semi-private. Maternity, Labor & Delivery and Intensive Care Units all remain private rooms.
This transformation has necessitated a review of staffing. With a lower capacity for medical and surgical patients, we are matching our staffing to patient volumes to improve the patient experience.
We believe that this model of care will transform the patient experience at AGMC by improving the quality of patient care and providing excellence in the patient experience. Patients largely prefer private rooms and we believe this is the best model of care.
There are several major benefits to patients:
A quieter, more comfortable, private environment for healing and recovery of the patient
Room to accommodate patient families and visitors in a more private and collaborative setting
Reduced infection risk for all patients
Additional room space for patient safety
By converting our care model to private rooms, medical and surgical patient capacity for AGMC will decline slightly, from 411 to 376 beds, which more accurately reflects our trending inpatient volume. This change results in a workforce reduction of approximately 30 positions, including management personnel. Decisions requiring staff reductions are not taken lightly. We value all of our associates yet realize that this kind of care transformation requires changes in staffing.
This initiative is part of our response to the rapidly changing health care landscape to ensure we continue to provide the service, quality, comfort and safety patients expect, as well as strengthen our system financially by streamlining our operations and conserving resources.
Health care reform, a reduction in government reimbursement, more charity care and increased competition are among the leading forces requiring all health care systems to drastically re-engineer their services and operating models. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
Akron General Health System is working tirelessly to meet these challenges while ensuring the safest, highest quality care possible provided in a pleasant, convenient and patient-friendly environment.
An Akron firefighter fired by the city when he moved out of Akron has won his battle in court to be paid back wages after the city was ordered to re-instate him with seniority to his job.
Tim Semelsberger decided to move out of the city after the state legislature changed residency requirements meaning Akron's residency requirement for city employees was no longer valid. The city fired him anyway. Semelsberger chose to take the firing to an arbitrator. Following a five year legal battle the arbitrator ruled in favor of Semelsberger and his union International Association Of Firefighters Local 330. He was ordered reinstated with seniority and pay.
Akron reinstated Semelsberger , but appealed the arbitration order to pay him more than $250,000 in back pay to Summit County Common Pleas Court. Judge Thomas Parker this week upheld the arbitrator's ruling and ordered the city to give Tim Semelsberger his back pay.
Around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, the Family Dollar store in the 1700 block of South Main Street, was robbed. Employees reported the suspect entered the store and handed the cashier a note stating he would shoot her if she didn’t give him any money. The suspect had one of his hands in his pocket as if he had a gun. The clerk handed the suspect an unreported amount of cash and he fled.
The suspect isdescribed as a white male, 40 - 49 years old, 5’10” – 6’0”, bald, wearing sunglasses, a blue Adidas jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, blue jeans and white shoes.
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