Akron Updates 7/30: 18-year-old football prospect dies in shooting, FirstEnergy agrees to pay $230 million
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18-year-old Kyree Young killed in Akron shooting
It's unfortunate to begin this week's newsletter with a sad topic, but respects should be paid to 18-year-old Akronite Kyree Young after the local high school football star died in a shooting Monday.
News 5 Cleveland reports that police pronounced Young dead on the 1600 block of Brittain Road around 5:45 a.m. after being called to the area following reports of a shooting.
The station reports that the Buchtel High School graduate had been out of school for less than two months but had already received offers from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Akron, Kent State, Boston College, Iowa State, Nebraska, Purdue, Texas A&M, Toledo, Michigan State and Kentucky, all highly regarded football schools.
So far police have not made any arrests or announced any suspects in the shooting.
FirstEnergy agrees to pay $230 million fine, former CEO denies wrongdoing as part of bribery case
As part of the legal case surrounding FirstEnergy Corp. and Ohio House Bill 6, federal prosecutors have charged the Akron-based energy company with wire fraud and ordered the corporation to pay $230 million in penalties.
A U.S. Department of Justice press release explained on Thursday that the fine resulted from the company admitting it had struck illegal deals with public officials in order to bail out two of its nuclear power plants. FirstEnergy has agreed to the deal, which could result in its charges being dropped.
The bill and scandal have unraveled seemingly in tandem, with the announcement following a $26 million loss that FirstEnergy took in April when the company refunded the money to customers amid efforts to unfurl HB6.
City of Akron to address police relations with Aug. 3 event
Continuing an annual event for its 38th year, Akron will host its local rendition of National Night Out, an event that looks to create harmony between Rubber City residents and the officers whose wages they pay with a variety of events on Aug. 3
“Increasing trust between our residents and our officers has become as important as ever in a year where Akron, like many other cities across the nation, has seen an uptick in violence," said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan via a press release. "It’s no secret that we face significant challenges related to violent crime and strained community trust, and events like this can help increase transparency and allow for a dialogue between residents and officers.”.
NNO is a national organization that holds such events in 16,000 communities throughout the country each year, according to Cleveland.com. The first event took place in Akron in 1984.
In other news...
- UA's Matt Ludwig, alternate on pole vault team, to compete in Olympics
- Cleveland, Akron school districts drop uniform policy for 2021-22 school year
- LeBron James Space Jam 2 mural vandalized near St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron
- Medina 'Jeopardy' champ keeps a 'poker face' after six wins
- Bernie Sanders coming to Akron to stump for Nina Turner
- Lisa Petit becomes first female superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Akron Civic Theatre to operate Goodyear Theater, venues announce
Events in and around Akron this weekend:
Friday, July 30:
- Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Kent Stage Reopening Concert!
- Summit Fest 2021 at Summit County Fairgrounds
- Hard Days Night at Lock 3 Park
Saturday, July 31:
- Christmas in July: Ft. Chrissy Strong, Mark Leach, My Buddy Josh's Band And A Band Named Ashes at The Rialto Theatre
- Slime Party
- Grand Reopening Show with Relaxer, Free Black! & Flock Of Moons at Musica
Sunday, August 1:
- Beethoven's Seventh Symphony at Blossom Music Center
- Outside Voices: Goodyear Park
- Overboard: The Love Boat Band at Upper Deck Bar & Grill
Sad LeBron pic of the week: Game six of the 2020 NBA Finals
What's wrong, Bronny? Could it be that the Miami Heat were up against the Lakers during Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals on Oct. 11, 2020? Probably something like that.