• 77 Colonial Lanes to close in Jackson Township

    JACKSON TWP.: 77 Colonial Lanes is closing.Michael Enterprises owner Doug Michael told the Canton Repository that the bowling center in the Belden Village area will remain open until May or June and then be shuttered. He declined to provide more details about the future of the property, the newspaper says.Read the full Repository report here.
  • Orrville police investigating break-in at YMCA

    ORRVILLE: City police are seeking help from the public to solve a breaking and entering at the YMCA, 1801 Smucker Road.A suspect or suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money and caused damage to the business sometime between 4:15 p.m. Jan. 15 and 5:20 a.m. Jan. 16, police say.Anyone with information is asked to call 330-684-5025.
  • Former Sagamore Hills, Northfield Center district fire chief wants $60,000 in overtime pay

    SAGAMORE HILLS TWP.: The former fire chief for the Sagamore Hills Township and Northfield Center Township fire district is threatening to sue the governments for $60,000 in overtime, the Nordonia Hills News Leader reports.Former Chief Frank Risko is claiming 1,820 hours in overtime, the weekly newspaper says.Read the full News Leader report here.
  • Wadsworth police arrest student for making threat against high school

    WADSWORTH: City police arrested a high school student Sunday for allegedly making a threat against the school, Superintendent Andy Hill says.The superintendent posted a message on the district’s Facebook page at 9 p.m. Sunday alerting residents about the situation.“The police department worked diligently and informed us a few minutes ago that the student responsible for the threat has been taken into custody,” Hill wrote. “Due to the ongoing investigation, we cannot discl
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  • SUV crashes into 2 Amish buggies; 5 adults, 3 kids hurt in Tuscarawas County

    Associated PressWAYNE TWP.: State troopers say eight people, including three children, were hurt when an SUV crashed into two Amish buggies in Tuscarawas County.The Ohio State Highway Patrol says an SUV heading east on County Road 97 in Wayne Township crossed the centerline on Sunday morning and crashed head-on into a buggy.The crash sent the buggy hurtling into a second buggy following behind. All seven people in the two buggies were thrown from the vehicles.Eight people, including a 2-year-old
  • Rootstown High School mascot Rover the Dragon to celebrate birthday Friday

    ROOTSTOWN TWP.: Ain’t no party like a mascot party.Rover the Dragon, the mascot for Rootstown High School, will celebrate his first — make that refreshed — birthday Friday and he’s invited a slew of his local mascot friends to celebrate.The school says eight mascots from the Akron-Canton area — including those from the Akron Racers, Akron RubberDucks, Canton Charge, Hiram College and University of Akron — are slated to participate in the event.The party will b
  • Marching women vow to carry fight back home to Ohio

    On the morning after the Women’s March on Washington, Ohio’s mothers, sisters and daughters are coming home to rest their weary legs after driving 700 miles and walking a few more.And they’re thinking about how their small part in a massive movement will carry them in the future.“Before, I was kind of compelled to become more active. But I always called myself a lawn-chair liberal,” said Sharon Sopko-Roeck, a retired Barberton teacher who returned last night with a
  • Marching women vow to carry fight back home

    On the morning after the Women’s March on Washington, Ohio’s mothers, sisters and daughters are coming home to rest their weary legs after driving 700 miles and walking a few more.And they’re thinking about how their small part in a massive movement will carry them in the future.“Before, I was kind of compelled to become more active. But I always called myself a lawn-chair liberal,” said Sharon Sopko-Roeck, a retired Barberton teacher who returned last night with a
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  • Regional news briefs — Jan. 23

    BARBERTONNinth Street NE reopensBARBERTON: Not every street gets a ribbon-cutting ceremony after a construction job is done, but city officials celebrated the reopening of Ninth Street Northeast with an official dedication Saturday morning.A residential street that for decades was considered too challenging and expensive to fix, the 1-mile stretch received a $2.2 million makeover thanks to a voter-approved income tax increase that was dedicated to road repairs.The road, which runs between the bu
  • With a quarter of Chapel Hill Mall’s storefronts vacant, owner plans for revitalization with city officials

    David Hoffman sat by himself on a bench in Chapel Hill Mall while his wife, Cathy, browsed on Sunday.The dim corridor was quiet except for the occasional patter of feet. Most people only passed through, barely stopping to peer into the boarded-up stores.With Sears on its way out of the mall, David Hoffman saw the vacant stores surrounding him as a bleak sign.“I can’t see a future here once that closes,” David Hoffman said. “There’s nothing to draw people here.&rdquo
  • West Akron could get 100-plus unit apartment complex aimed at seniors

    A long-vacant patch of land in West Akron is poised to become the site of a 100-plus unit senior housing complex, and city officials are welcoming the plans.A Pennsylvania company wants to build the apartment complex on 8.8 acres off Mull Avenue, east of the Interstate 77 exit ramp and near White Pond Drive.The apartments would join other efforts to retain and attract residents, says City Planning Director Jason Segedy.He envisions the complex attracting existing Akron residents — as well
  • Special Metro Parks series focused on the famed Gorge dam

    With the push to remove a 105-year-old dam from Gorge Metro Park — a move that would uncover the long-hidden falls under the Cuyahoga River that gave Cuyahoga Falls its name — Summit County Metro Parks has planned a series of special programs about the well-known but obsolete feature.The “Free the Falls” series already includes a number of hikes and talks through May, and more will be scheduled for summer and fall.Experts have said the concrete dam is the biggest impedime
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  • Good News — Jan. 23

    The 35th annual Holiday Tree Festival, which took place in November, raised $240,000 for the patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital. The amount was announced at a thank-you luncheon this month for the volunteers, who have presented the festival to the community since it began in 1982. The Holiday Tree Festival is believed to be the longest-running tree festival presented by volunteers in the United States and has raised more than $5.4 million for the hospital. Plans are already
  • Grape Possibilities in Canton pours on the charm

    Two hundred and fifty people gathered at the Canton Civic Center on Thursday evening to sample great wine, bid on silent auction items and taste delicious food at Grape Possibilities. Henry and Beth Miles founded the event 15 years ago to raise funds for The Arc, which provides programs, support groups and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.Doug Argabright transformed the Civic Center’s McKinley Room into a street scene in Tuscany where Me and This
  • Betty Lin-Fisher: Here are answers to patient questions regarding controversy at Summa

    In the weeks since Summa Health’s abrupt changeover of its emergency room physician group on New Year’s Day and the growing dissent by hundreds of doctors calling for the resignation of hospital leadership, many patients have been emailing us, calling and posting questions and comments to social media.So today, I am dedicating my consumer column to getting patients the answers to their questions. They’re concerned as they’ve read the news stories. They want to know how th
  • Local history: When Sears first came to Akron in 1932, it was a big deal

    Some celebration.Summit County residents are observing the 50th anniversary of Sears at Chapel Hill Mall by clearing its shelves during liquidation sales.Sears announced this month that it would close 42 stores nationwide, including the one at the struggling mall in Akron. The last remaining Sears in the county is expected to shut down within two months.Older residents remember when cars jammed the parking lot and shoppers swarmed the aisles.“A fabulous new Sears store is coming to Akron!&
  • KSU seeks state approval to buy building that houses Starbucks, Campus Book & Supply, for $2.2 million

    Kent State University wants to buy a multiunit property adjacent to the Kent campus on East Main Street for $2.2 million as part of its expansion plans.Kent State has identified several areas near the campus that can be used to enhance academic, athletic, recreational and residential programs as well as to promote downtown revitalization through the extension of the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade, a pedestrian link from campus into downtown Kent. The property at 430-436 E. Main St. is the last piece
  • Bob Dyer: Solving the restroom ruckus

    Hey, I’ve got an idea.Instead of building three different restrooms on every floor of every building in America — which seems to be the direction we’re heading — let’s save ourselves a pile of money and build one big restroom on each floor for everyone. His, Hers and Transgender. And anybody else.Why do we continue to be so squeamish about bodily functions that are essentially the same for everyone?Even the Puritans didn’t care. For the first 111 years that th
  • Akron Woman’s City Club feeds police, prepares to show off new chef with twice-monthly brunches for public

    The Akron Woman’s City Club on Saturday evening smelled like Christmas, or maybe Thanksgiving, or whenever someone makes a big, home-cooked meal for people they love. Akron police officer James Craft came through the door in uniform just after 6 p.m.“How are you?” Woman’s City Club President Betty Spencer asked, welcoming him to the club’s 15th annual Police Appreciation Dinner.“Good,” Craft smiled, heading toward a buffet with a salad bar, fried chicken
  • Behind the Summa story

    We have a large TV screen in our newsroom that tells us in real time what stories are being read on our website, Ohio.com, and how much time you are spending on those stories. Stories about Summa Health have been high on the screen for three weeks now. Why? Summa is the region’s largest employer, and it is the place where many of you go for health care. When something significant happens there, people want to know. The hospital and the group of physicians who staffed the emergency rooms fa
  • Women’s March on Washington 2017: Ohioans loud and proud in the crowd

    Thousands of women and men have arrived in Washington to support the Women’s March and the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com is there to capture the event. Check back on Ohio.com throughout the day for updates from staff writer Doug Livingston and photographer Leah Klafczynski, who are in Washington to cover the march. O-H-I-O in D.C. A wave of Ohioans carried each other in spirit from Washington, D.C. stations and bus stops to the focal point of a march for women’s issues and the myriad othe
  • Regional news briefs — Jan. 21

    AKRONMan charged in fatal crashAKRON: Police have charged a 50-year-old man with being drunk when he caused a crash that left a teenager dead two days before Christmas.John Bird of Akronis charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and reckless operation. He appeared with a lawyer in Akron Municipal Court on Friday morning.Bird is accused of causing a crash on Dec. 23 at North Portage Path and
  • North High School students attend Inauguration watch party on day off

    As a room full of students watched Donald Trump place his hand on a Bible and swear to protect the Constitution, 17-year-old Angel Frescki’s eyes filled with tears.Instead of letting them spill over, she extended both arms toward the screen and tipped her thumbs down in an outright sign of disapproval.“My heart is heavy,” said Frescki, a junior at Akron’s North high school.Frescki was one of six North high DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) students who attend
  • Trump inauguration caps a most divisive year in America

    WASHINGTON: It was topsy-turvy as Never Trumpers mingled Friday with the Donald Trump fans on an emotionally charged Inauguration Day.The morning brought excitement and anxiety in lines that stretched for city blocks. Thousands waited three hours or more to pass through checkpoints.Some gave up and turned back after driving for hours to be there, angry that protesters had blocked their way. Others celebrated free speech and diverse opinions, using the moment to teach their children about the Fir
  • Shooter in Akron gunfight arrested after someone called tip line

    AKRON: A tip from the public led to the arrest of wanted fugitive Finess Terry on Thursday.Terry was charged with felonious assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. The 25-year-old man is accused of involvement in a gunfight on March 24 in the 300 block of Chittenden Street in Akron that injured a 62-year-old man who was in his home nearby.The U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward for information leading to Terry’s arrest. He was caught on Thursday afternoon in the 13
  • Charges filed in Akron crash that killed 17-year-old in December

    AKRON: Police have charged a 50-year-old man with being drunk when he caused a crash that left a teenager dead two days before Christmas.John Bird of Akron is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and reckless operation. He appeared with a lawyer in Akron Municipal Court on Friday morning.Bird is accused of causing a crash on Dec. 23 at North Portage Path and Sunnyside Avenue. At about 7:3
  • Police, family searching for motorist who paralyzed Akron woman, 72, in hit-and-run crash

    A family is hoping a motorist who caused a hit-and-run crash on Thursday afternoon that left a 72-year-old Akron woman paralyzed from the waist down will be found.“They say you never know what can happen,” said Kristen Davis, the woman’s daughter. “I didn’t know how true that was until now.”According to police reports, Doshie Gulley’s vehicle was struck while she was driving home from a hair appointment. The other driver was a man who sped through a stop
  • Inauguration 2017: Divided couple unite behind President Trump

    It’s Inauguration Day, and the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com is there to capture the excitement.Check back on Ohio.com throughout the day for updates from staff writer Doug Livingston and photographer Leah Klafczynski, who are in Washington to cover the celebrations and protests surrounding today’s historic event.United behind TrumpDave Tegal is a Buckeyes fan. His wife, Esther, prefers the Wisconsin Badgers.He preferred Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s firebrand conservatism in the Republican
  • Conductor extols life of possibility at Roundtable talk

    At age 78, maestro Benjamin Zander doesn’t care about reviews, wealth, fame or power.All he cares about are the shining eyes of his musicians and audience.“It’s tragic that people are looking at the world as a limited resource,” Zander said. “Don’t even concern yourself with fame. Only concern yourself with contribution — contribution to the world.” Helping to instill joy, commitment and passion in students, musicians and audience members is what m
  • Man charged in crash that killed 17-year-old

    The Akron Police Department has charged 50-year-old John Bird of Akron for his involvement in the crash that killed 17-year-old Chagrin Falls High School student.
  • Barberton’s once-abandoned West Theater reopens on its 70th birthday

    BARBERTON: Mark Anderson wanted the abandoned West Theater building for the space beneath it, behind it and on both sides of it.Since purchasing the building from the bank for $58,000 cash in 2012, that’s exactly the space he put to use. Storage rental units in the 8,000-square-foot basement. U-Haul trucks in the parking lot. Retail tenants on bookend storefronts.The 1947 theater whose screen last flickered in 2008? Well, that dark and cavernous space that Anderson would visit with a flash
  • Supporters, protestors wait in long lines for Trump inauguration

    It’s Inauguration Day, and the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com is there to capture the excitement.Check back on Ohio.com throughout the day for updates from staff writer Doug Livingston and photographer Leah Klafczynski, who are in Washington to cover the celebrations and protests surrounding today’s historic event.Supporters, protestors mixCheckpoints are taking three hours to process Trump supporters and protestors mixed together in long lines headed toward staging areas and parade routes
  • Get your motor running: Craft brewery opens inside Ohio Harley-Davidson dealership

    AUSTINTOWN TWP.: Harley-Davidson fans are passionate about their motorcycles. Craft beer fans are just as passionate about their favorite brews. Now two entrepreneurs are hoping to combine those fan bases with the Biker BrewHouse, believed to be the first craft brewery to open inside a Harley-Davidson dealership in the United States. “The biker community is just as large — if not larger — than the craft world,” said co-founder and brewer Larry Wilson, who was a home brew
  • Michael Stanley coming to Akron Civic Theatre — first appearance there in nearly 40 years

    A Northeast Ohio rock icon is coming back for a one-night stand at the Akron Civic Theatre.Michael Stanley and The Resonators will return to storied theater April 21 marking the band’s first appearance on that particular stage in nearly 40 years.Stanley last appeared at the Civic was in 1978.The opening act was an up and comer by the name of Billy Joel.Joel will be performing at Progressive Field on July 14.Tickets for Stanley appearance will go on sale Jan. 27 and will range from$37.50 to
  • Rainy Friday morning commute — up to a half an inch of rain possible

    By Craig WebbBeacon Journal staff writerA rainy Friday morning will usher in warmer temperatures for the weekend.Rain is predicted to fall through the early afternoon.By the time the rain stops, the National Weather Service says as much as a quarter to half an inch will have fallen.Temperatures will struggle to reach 50 Friday, but are expected to flirt with 60 degrees on Saturday with showers in the area.Temperatures are expected to remain above the average this time of year — 34 —
  • Regional news briefs — Jan. 20

    BATH TOWNSHIPNew president selectedBATH TWP.: Trustees met Tuesday and elected board officers for the year, with Trustee James Nelson elected president and Trustee Becky Corbett elected vice president.In other business, the board approved a discount purchasing agreement through the Ohio State Fire Association with Savvik Buying Group. This agreement will mean a 25 percent discount on some supplies the department uses, Fire Chief Walt Hower said. The board approved payment of $229,844 to Sutphen
  • Inauguration 2017: Local residents weigh in on inauguration

    The presidential election in November garnered a lot of attention.The inauguration, for some Akron-area residents, not so much. But they do care about the issues.A trip down Market Street in Akron on Thursday revealed that coffee shop, restaurant and barbershop patrons were mostly going to ignore Friday’s festivities as the nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump, takes office.At Angel Falls Coffee Co. on West Market Street in the Highland Square neighborhood, three young women, fourth
  • Inauguration 2017: Area politicians feel a range of emotions on Inauguration Day

    In 2009, Portage County Tea Party President Tom Zawistowski and his wife, Nan, rode a bus to Washington, D.C., to protest President Barack Obama’s policy proposals in the Taxpayer March on Washington.On Friday, the two were back in D.C. This time, though, they visited the capital to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration on the same turf where they protested Obama’s policies nearly eight years ago.Area politicians and community leaders have varied thoughts regarding Inauguration
  • Panel reviewing Ohio graduation requirements begins its work

    COLUMBUS: A panel considering whether to recommend adjustments to Ohio’s high school graduation requirements has begun its work.Akron Public Schools Superintendent David W. James is among the members of the statewide work group, which is tasked with making recommendations to the State Board of Education by April.Educators from around Ohio have warned that a large number of high schoolers are in jeopardy of not graduating next school year because of new graduation requirements tied to more
  • Longtime Akron City Center hotel closes

    By Katie Byard
and Jim MackinnonThe struggling Akron City Center Hotel, one of the taller buildings on Akron’s downtown skyline, has closed.It is unclear when the 19-floor hotel at Cascade Plaza off South Main Street shut down. The owner, Jack Saheid, a Texas businessman who took over the aging 243-room property in 2011, hoping to turn it around, could not be reached for comment.An inspector with the Akron Fire Department stopped by the hotel last week to check on how the hotel was p
  • Area politicians feel a range of emotions on Inauguration Day

    In 2009, Portage County Tea Party President Tom Zawistowski and his wife, Nan, rode a bus to D.C. to protest President Barack Obama’s policy proposals in the Taxpayer March on Washington.On Friday, the two were back in D.C. This time, though, they visited the capital to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration on the same turf where they protested Obama’s policies nearly eight years ago.Area politicians and community leaders have varied thoughts regarding Inauguration Day, when Tr
  • Local residents weigh in on inauguration

    The presidential election in November garnered a lot of attention.The inauguration, for some Akron-area residents, not so much. But they do care about the issues.A trip down Market Street in Akron on Thursday revealed that coffee shop, restaurant and barbershop patrons were mostly going to ignore Friday’s festivities as the nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump, takes office.At Angel Falls Coffee Co. on West Market Street in the Highland Square neighborhood, three young women, fourth
  • Firefighter, police union heads thank Akron mayor for budget plan allowing new hires

    First responders are celebrating new hires included in the 2017 city budget plan unveiled this week by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.The plan allowed for seven new police officers, 35 firefighters and six 911 dispatchers.Lt. Russ Brode, president of the firefighters’ union, said the new hires will boost the staff from about 330 to 360.“We need the numbers. For years, we’ve been doing more with less,” he said. “More manpower will let us do much more.”Brode said part
  • Peninsula Councilman Michael Matusz acquitted of misdemeanor charge

    Peninsula Councilman Michael Matusz has been acquitted of a misdemeanor charge of removing a video camera in council chambers.A jury in Stow Municipal Court found Matusz not guilty of criminal damaging on Thursday after a two-day trial that included testimony from many of the village’s top officials.Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer filed the charge against Matusz in September, accusing him of damaging the video system in council chambers by cutting wires while removing it on Sept. 14. Matusz rem
  • Inauguration 2017: Script Ohio spotting on Pennsylvania Avenue

    Ohioans are headed to Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump or to march for women’s rights. The Beacon Journal is there for it all. Check back for updates throughout the weekend.Buckeye red spottedThe red hats in the nation’s capitol are deceiving. Just about anywhere in Ohio, scarlet doesn’t usually carry a political campaign slogan.That’s why the script Ohio blazed across Jonas Hoover’s baseball jacket was so unmistakable. T
  • Akron man facing war crimes charges

    CLEVELAND: Authorities say a man who served in a military unit engaged in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s has been charged in federal court in Ohio for not disclosing that on immigration documents.Ilija Josipovic, 59, of Akron, is charged with having immigration documents procured by fraud.A message has been left for his attorney. Cleveland.com reports the charges were filed in a way that typically indicates a plea agreement is anticipated.Prosecutors allege he hid his service i
  • Summit County residents warned of jury scam

    Summit County Common Pleas Court is warning residents about a new jury scam happening in the county.Residents have received telephone calls from people saying they are in law enforcement and requesting payment or personal information, according to a news release from Summit County Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones. The caller refers to a discrepancy regarding jury service and demands payment to clear up the matter.Law enforcement won’t call residents about jury du
  • Akron fire investigators say unattended cooking caused fatal blaze last month

    Akron fire investigators say that a house fire last month that killed four people, including two children, was caused by unattended cooking.Authorities on Thursday morning announced the results of their investigation into the blaze at the three-story home at 266 E. Tallmadge Ave. in the city’s North Hill neighborhood.Investigators found “heavy damage to the first floor kitchen area at and near the gas stove,” the department said in a news release. “The knobs of the stove
  • Unattended cooking cause of deadly house fire

    Akron fire investigators said the cause of the fire that killed a family of four late last year was caused by unattended cooking.  
  • Wayne County authorities looking for pickup owned by homicide victim

    WOOSTER: The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a pickup owned by a man who was found stabbed to death in Chippewa Township last weekend.Authorities are looking for a white 1996 Chevrolet S10 truck with an extended cab and blue cap. It also has ladder racks.The Ohio license plate is GUD 7192.It was owned by Jeremy Dean Lesh, 44, of Perry Township, who was found dead Sunday afternoon in a wooded area just outside Doylestown. He was reported missing by his family on

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