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After 22 years of entertaining families with live music, theater, dance and other activities on New Year's Eve, the Downtown Akron Partnership is ending First Night Akron. The event, originally designed to attract people to the center city when nobody wanted to visit, has seen attendance and financial sponsorships drop over the years. The downtown, at the same time, has seen a resurgence in overall activity, with regular festivals, concerts and special events such as the Akron Marathon and Summit for Kids taking place — not to mention the popular RubberDucks baseball team playing at Canal Park and the... [Read More]
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A day after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office released its final report on the New Year's Eve shooting that killed their deputy, Sheriff Tony Spurlock sat down with our Anastasiya Bolton to answer questions still on our minds after reading the 100-page... [Read More]
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A newly released report details the ambush of law enforcement in Douglas County on New Year's Eve. [Read More]
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Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Tuesday that his deputies did what they are trained to do in the deadly New Year's Eve ambush. He said they used just the amount of force necessary to stop the aggressor. On Monday, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office ruled the deputies acted appropriately and lawfully in using deadly force against Matthew Riehl. Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot along with three other sheriff's deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department... [Read More]
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Two lengthy reports on a deadly New Year's Eve shooting spree at a Littleton apartment have reached the same conclusion: Eleven deputies and officers acted appropriately when they fired on the man who killed Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zachari Parrish. [Read More]
Two lengthy reports on a deadly New Year's Eve shooting spree at a Littleton apartment have reached the same conclusion: Eleven deputies and officers acted appropriately when they fired on the man who killed Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Zachari Parrish. [Read More]
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Deputy Zackari Parrish died after gunman cut him down, then shot him in the face after other injured officers had retreated.        ... [Read More]
After 22 years of New Year's Eve celebrations, First Night Akron is ending. The Downtown Akron Partnership , which organizes the event, said declining attendance and changing trends over the years led to the decision. Sharon Gillberg is the partnership's Communications Director. Other events take over "A lot of the venues and attractions that are downtown, they're doing quality diverse programming all year long," she said. "Some of these other people have raised the tide, so to speak, on what's happening downtown to make it vibrant and not focus on just one night a year." Originally created to draw... [Read More]
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A report from the 18th Judicial District's Critical Response Team that was released on Monday afternoon details the 90-minute sequence of events that occurred during a deadly altercation on New Year's Eve.        ... [Read More]
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Downtown Akron Partnership announced Monday that it is retiring the annual New Year's Eve event after 22 years of filling the streets of downtown Akron with entertainment and activities. [Read More]
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Over the weekend, Pete Davidson posted a photo on Instagram of Ariana Grande wearing a necklace with his late father's FDNY badge number on it. Soon after, a Cazzie David fan account posted photos on Instagram showing David wearing what appears to be the same necklace on New Year's Eve 2017. Though some people thought Davidson sharing the necklace with Grande was disrespectful, the "SNL" star later commented, "My dad would be so happy and love her so much." Pete Davidson may have already put a ring on Ariana Grande's finger, but it's actually... [Read More]
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AKRON, Ohio– Downtown Akron's New Year's Eve celebration, First Night Akron, has come to an end after 22 years. The Downtown Akron Partnership announced on Monday it is retiring the event. "We are honored to have been a champion of this beloved event and look forward to DAP's next chapter in improving the downtown neighborhood," said Suzie Graham, Downtown Akron Partnership president and CEO, in a news release on Monday. "DAP's ongoing work will be dedicated to helping make more... [Read More]
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Owning an ice cream parlor has its perks."On New Year's Eve, it's kind of became our tradition at midnight — we go up and have ice cream," said Gloria Jorgenson. [Read More]
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North Carolina-based band The Avett Brothers will rock in the new year with a pair of live performances in the Queen City. [Read More]
It's New Year's Eve, and this consultant pilot fish gets a call from a VP at a big customer site on the other side of the continent. "The caller explains with considerable animation that he and his fellow execs decided at the office celebration to send the IT operations staff home and start the year-end processing themselves," says fish. "Things are not going well, and they expect me to talk them out of their dilemmas, as the year-end processing is super critical." That must have been some serious celebrating, fish thinks. And after a bit of conversation with the... [Read More]
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The comedian detailed her friendship with the adult film star, who she called Thelma to her Louise, in a raucous conversation with Jimmy Kimmel. [Read More]
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Fans in Boston didn't know what to expect from Gov't Mule's 2008 Halloween gig at the Orpheum. They knew Warren Haynes' jam band did thematic shows on such big nights as Halloween and New Year's Eve, but the group's first set concentrated on the expected: new favorites, classics, a few choice covers. [Read More]
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Kathy Griffin suggested a high-concept TV pairing on Thursday night when she appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!': bring her back as an anchor for New Year's Eve, along with her new friend Stormy Daniels. [Read More]
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