Patty is excited to be joining Fox8 as the morning traffic reporter.

Patty is a life long Clevelander, having grown up in Lakewood and Avon Lake. She studied Radio and TV at Butler University in Indianapolis.
An internship at WMMS brought her back to Cleveland, and she has never left.

Patty spent over a decade serving area listeners as a radio traffic reporter. She had many aliases, with her favorite being “Holly Copter.”

Patty enjoys being with her 2 kids and 2 cats, hanging out at the beach, exercising, golfing, bowling, and her Cleveland Indians. She also enjoys
volunteering at the Barton Center in Lakewood.

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    One killed in crash that split car in two

    WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — One person is dead after a one vehicle crash along I-90 in Willoughby Hills. A dispatcher told Fox 8 that the car was split in two. It happened around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Willoughby Hills police said the crash happened along I-90 west just before State Route 91. Investigators remained on the scene for several hours after the crash trying to determine what happened. By 6 a.m. Monday the wreckage had been removed. No information was immediately available […]

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    Video: Multiple homes catch fire in Cuyahoga Falls housing development

    ] CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Firefighters are on the scene of a fire involving two finished homes and two homes that appear to be under construction in a housing development. Crews were called at about 6 a.m. Friday to the fire in the Lake View Drive area. Fox 8’s Stacey Frey reports the fire involved two framed homes, which were totally destroyed. It also heavily damaged a third home, which was finished but unoccupied at the time. The roof of a fourth home, which was […]

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    Traffic Alert: Huge back-ups after crash on I-271 south at Rockside

    BEDFORD — Ohio — A crash is causing big back-ups in the Interstate 271 southbound area at Rockside Road. Fox 8’s Patty Harken reports that only the left lane of traffic on I-271 south is getting by. There is a large amount of debris in the roadway. There were up to four cars involved in the crash. Additionally, the Rockside Road entrance to Interstate 271 is blocked off. Traffic is backed up on the Interstate 480 eastbound ramp to I-271, and […]

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    Cleveland firefighters rescue people trapped in burning house

    CLEVELAND– Firefighters pulled several people from a burning house in Cleveland Tuesday morning. The fire department was called to the two-and-a-half-story home on Behrwald Avenue off of State Road in Old Brooklyn at about 4:40 a.m. Larry Gray with the Cleveland Fire Department said firefighters rescued two men from the first floor and helped additional residents from the second floor. Two adults were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. The damage to the house was estimated at $60,000. […]

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    Elderly woman dies in Cleveland apartment fire

    CLEVELAND– Fire officials confirm that an elderly woman is dead after a fire in her apartment unit early Monday. The apartment is located in a large apartment building at East 127th Street and Shaker Boulevard. The fire broke out at around 6 a.m. and was confined to just the woman’s apartment unit. Crews found the woman in her kitchen, but believe the fire broke out in her living room.  

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    Family: Man pulled from west side house fire has died

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Family members of an elderly man pulled from a house fire on Cleveland’s west side this morning say that he has died. They say his name was Roma Sparks. Fox 8 is waiting still waiting for confirmation from officials. The fire broke out at about 4:45 a.m. Thursday at the home on West 56th Street south of Clark Avenue. One person was taken into custody in the fire, which is still under investigation. Stick with Fox 8 and for more.

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    Crash causing back-ups on I-271N, I-480W

    BEDFORD, Ohio — Heavy back-ups were reported on Interstate 271 northbound past Broadway Avenue after a crash early this morning. The crash involved a smaller-sized semi truck and an SUV. As of 7:30 a.m., only the right berm was open on Interstate 271 north. Interstate 271 was backed up to Route 8, and Interstate 480 westbound was backed up to Twinsburg. All ramps onto Interstate 271 were jammed as well. As of 9:30 a.m., the crash had been moved into the left berm […]

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    Multiple car crash cleared on Interstate 77

    SUMMIT CO. — A six- to seven-car crash has traffic backed up on Interstate 77 northbound in Summit County, but the area has since been cleared. The crash happened at Interstate 277. Additionally, another accident was reported on Interstate 77 northbound at Ghent Road. That crash has since been cleared. Stick with Fox 8 and for more.

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    Roads reopened after crews battled fires in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fire crews battled a fire involving two buildings in the West 76th Street and Detroit Avenue area Wednesday morning. Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said one of the buildings involved in the fire off of Detroit Avenue was leaning into the street and could be in danger of collapsing. Detroit Avenue was closed between West 75th and West 85th streets. Lake Avenue was also closed between West 76th Street and Detroit Avenue. All roads have been reopened. Gray said the fire broke out […]

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    Akron woman dies in one-car rollover crash on I-77

    COPLEY TWP., Ohio — One person died in a crash on Interstate 77 southbound in Copley early Tuesday. The crash happened at about 4:40 a.m. on I-77 southbound south of state Route 21. Sydney C. Hanlon, 21, of Akron, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer south on I-77 when she drove off the left side of the road, overcorrected and drove off the right side of the road, then hit an embankment rolling over multiple times. She was ejected and […]

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    Big back-ups after crash on I-77 northbound in Akron

    AKRON, Ohio — A crash on Interstate 77 in Akron caused big traffic delays in Summit County this morning. The accident happened at Interstate 77 northbound near the central Interchange at just after 7 a.m. Fox 8’s Patty Harken reports traffic was being delayed by more than 30 minutes for some drivers. At least four tow trucks were on the scene. The crash involved eight vehicles. Stick with Fox 8 and for more.

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    Fire breaks out at east side home, spread to a second house

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Crews responded to a house fire on East 187th Street in Cleveland early Thursday morning. The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. Fire officials said people on the first floor of the home were able to get out. The fire spread to a nearby home as well. No injuries were reported. Stick with Fox 8 and for more.