JUST A LITTLE THIS AND THAT.....
DID YOU HEAR, Caribou Coffee is closing? Sad but true, although some locations will remain open under a new name...Peet's Coffee & Tea. According to rumors, the store at Wallhaven in west Akron will be converted to Peet's while the locations at Belden Village and in Macedonia will not reopen once closed. The way I hear it, a group from Germany recently purchased both Caribou and Peet's and is responsible for the changes. Darn, now I'll only have 29 choices in west Akron for coffee. No one ever said life would be easy or fair.
YOU KNOW, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN shooting other people ever since we created guns (or even slingshots), but some of this slaughter is truly hard to accept. John Lehman was one of the special people that made the Highland Square area so much fun. As I mentioned on the air this morning, I didn't know John (or anything about him) but I sure knew of him. It was not unusual to see him strumming or just carrying his guitar along Market Street. Judging from today's piece in the Akron Beacon Journal, he was just a happy go lucky guy who meant no harm to anyone and loved making strangers (and friends) happy. By the way, I guess I should mention that John was gunned down by an unknown assailant at the West Market Street McDonalds on Saturday night while working. Akron police have NO leads to go on. My guess is John didn't have an enemy in the world and this was a random act of violence, something that is so common these days. My condolences to John and his family and friends. Highland Square has lost one of it's colorful characters...he will be missed.
MEANWHILE, POLICE HAVE TWO MALES in custody for the sledgehammer slaughter of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert of New Franklin last week. The most recent arrest was a 14 year old (that's right 14) boy! Police also believe they have a motive in this case. New Franklin and Akron detectives report that the boyfriend of the slain people's daughter was upset that her parents would not let him visit her in the hospital. Why was she in the hospital? According to police detectives, the boyfriend allegedly beat her up...bad. I might add that prosecutors would like to try the teenager as an adult. Here's hoping.
TOMORROW MORNING AT 9:35am I'll have as a phone guest Ken Babby, the new owner of the Akron Aeros. This should be a lot of fun. This guy is a real go-getter.
ENJOY THE AMAZING WEATHER AND join me tomorrow morning at 9am on 640 WHLO. Jim