1. In May, Akron announced that thousands of files — including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and credit-card numbers of the public — were compromised in a cyber attack. The city’s website and internal systems were hacked by a Turkish group. Some 30,000 people were affected. The group also hacked into Akron-Canton Airport’s website, accessing some personal information about customers online.
2. Douglas Prade was released from prison Jan 29. The former Akron police captain had served nearly 15 years of a life sentence after being convicted in the 1997 shooting death of his ex-wife, Dr. Margo S. Prade. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter ruled that DNA test results exclude him as a suspect and he is “actually innocent of aggravated murder.”
3. In February, the trial of Craigslist murder suspect Richard Beasley began in the Akron Civic Theatre to accommodate the large pool of jurors. Like his co-defendant — 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty of Stow — Beasley was convicted in the shooting deaths of three men and the attempted murder of another in 2011. He is now on Ohio’s death row.
4. The fight over the care of an Amish girl who fled with relatives to avoid being forced to continue chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital was put in limbo in December after her court-appointed guardian resigned. The Medina County girl has been hidden from authorities as both sides argued about her medical care in court.
5. The community mourned the murder of Jeffrey E. and Margaret J. Schobert, whose bodies were discovered April 2 in their New Franklin home. Jeffrey Schobert, 56, was a prominent health-care lawyer who had been a mock trial coach for students at Archbishop Hoban High School, where the couple’s two daughters had attended. Shawn Eric Ford Jr., the daughter’s boyfriend, along with Jamall Vaughn, his teenage friend, await trail in the slayings.
6. For four months, police and relatives searched for Akron’s Taylor Robinson. The 19-year-old was last seen after her mother dropped her off in May at an Akron home where she worked as a home health-care aide. Hikers found Robinson’s skeletal remains off a trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in September.
7. Voters on Nov. 5 ousted longtime Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart. Democrat Don Walters, president of the City Council and a Ward 6 representative for 12 years, passed up a bid for re-election to challenge Robart. Robart had been mayor for 28 years.
8. A racist Facebook rant by an Akron Firestone High School music teacher over a teenager urinating on his Copley Township lawn made national headlines. David Spondike turned to YouTube where he initially declared his innocence. He later admitted to Akron school officials that he had posted the comments and was placed on unpaid leave.
9. The Akron Zoo in July welcomed visitors to the largest expansion in its history when it opened the $12.8 million Grizzly Ridge Exhibit.
10. Jamarcus Allen, 4, accidentally shot himself in the backseat of his father’s car Jan. 23 in Akron. His father, Terrance Allen, later pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for allowing his son access to the gun.