• Reunions — May 28, 2017

    • Buchtel High School’s Class of 1977 will celebrate its 40th reunion over Labor Day weekend in September. Plans include a tour and informal get-together Sept. 1 and a reunion dinner Sept. 2. For details, email BuchtelClassof1977@gmail.com or call Gwen at 609-284-3222 or Phil at 410-404-5289. Facebook users can search for the John R. Buchtel High School Class of 1977 page for additional information.• Central-Hower High School’s Class of 1997 is having a barbec
  • Who is Stan Ford? Court records and interviews paint complicated picture of man charged with setting Akron fire that killed seven

    Glass shattered in the front window of Lindell Lewis’ Fultz Street home one night near Christmas 2015.The retired bricklayer with a bum hip awoke to find a broken pane in his front door, too.Lewis suspected his neighbor, his family said, but he had no proof, so he hired his brother’s friend to install four security cameras to catch the culprit in action.When Terrance Sibley arrived, Lewis was still patching up windows on his front porch when a pickup truck pulled into a driveway acro
  • Vet gets proper burial after urn tossed in trash

    The cream-colored urn found in the basement of an Akron home on Goodyear Boulevard was a riddle to Cliff Thomas, the man who found it.
  • Garage fire under control near West Hill restaurants

    Akron police are rerouting traffic surrounding the scene of a brick garage fire near Frank’s Place, Rockne’s and Tangier restaurants along West Market Street in the city’s West Hill Neighborhood.The Akron Fire Department issued a release saying an outside trash fire spread up to the eaves of the building and was under control by 6:50 p.m. No injuries were reported and the nearby restaurants were not affected.
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  • Regional news briefs — May 27, 2017

    AKRON BEACON JOURNALHoliday hoursAKRON: The Customer Service Call Center will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day.Customer service can be reached at 330-996-3600, or toll free at 800-777-2442.Regular daily hours of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will resume Tuesday. The Public Service Counter inside the Beacon Journal will be closed Saturday, Sunday and on Memorial Day. Regular hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume Tuesday.AKRONLast look at Roswell KentAKRON: The community is invite
  • Authorities identify man killed by train in Barberton

    The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who was hit and killed by a CSX train in Barberton earlier this week.Richard Higgins, 49, was struck at 5:45 p.m. Monday while on the tracks near Waterloo Road and Wooster Road North, authorities said.The cause of death is still pending.
  • Authorities crack down on seat-belt use for holiday weekend

    The Akron Police Department and State Highway Patrol will aggressively crack down on motorists who don’t wear their seat belts from now through June 5.Memorial Day weekend signals the return of the “Click It or Ticket” program. The Akron Police Department and other law enforcement communities across the state will be looking for and ticketing unbuckled drivers and passengers in an effort to raise safety awareness and prevent fatalities. The campaign is funded by the National Hi
  • Veteran homelessness in Akron reaches ‘functional zero’

    Federal officials have recognized the city of Akron and its partners in Summit County for developing a community care system capable of providing a home to every homeless veteran who wants one.Akron has achieved what is called “functional zero,” what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) defines as “a well-coordinated and efficient community system that assures homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring and no Veteran is forced to live on the street.”The designa
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  • Eight young people charged in Davenport Park in Ellet melee

    Police have charged eight young men and women from Akron and Coventry Township for a fight that ended in seven gun shots as little league baseball players and their families ran from Davenport Park last week.In a press release issued Friday afternoon, Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department said “a thorough investigation was done on the fight that occurred on the basketball courts at Davenport Park.” The notice named Billy Lee Bronner, 22, of West Ingleside Drive in Coventr
  • Lake Kim Tam Park being sold; immediate future is unclear

    SPRINGFIELD TWP.: Lake Kim Tam Park, a summer swimming hole and playground beloved by generations of families, won’t open for the season this Memorial Day weekend and it’s unclear when, or even if, it will again.The private park along Canton Road is in the process of being sold after patriarch Charles “Bill” Patton, who built the spring-fed attraction in the late 1950s, died in December.His daughter Lana Bodnar has taken over the trust that owns the park and has decided t
  • UA child development center shut down after nearly 50 years on campus

    For nearly 50 years, the University of Akron has had a collection of pint-size students.But that tradition ended this week, with UA closing the Center for Child Development in the face of campus financial woes.Parents, teachers and others are dismayed over the shutdown, saying the closing was too abrupt, and that center leaders weren’t given enough time to figure out ways to keep the doors open.“It’s so sad. It’s been such a part of the university, such a part of the comm
  • Akron man accused of kidnapping, raping high school girl

    MEDINA: An Akron man is facing new kidnapping and rape charges after being accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl from Brunswick High School last year.William Roberts, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court to charges of first-degree kidnapping and rape, and third-degree sexual battery. He previously had pleaded to two counts of kidnapping.Authorities have accused Roberts and Jennifer Meyer of Mantua of luring the teen from the school after contacting her on Facebo
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  • Ohio legislators ask Trump to kill E-Check

    Mostly conservative members of the Ohio House have resolutely asked President Donald Trump and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the 20-year-old E-Check program and other “burdensome” air quality initiatives they say choke the economy and peeve motorists.House Resolution 85 passed Wednesday. The measure creates no law but, rather, asks Trump and his U.S. EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to amend the Federal Clean Air Act to do away with the regular emissions check
  • Alliance man who tossed cat into fire sentenced to a year in prison

    CANTON: A former Alliance man who killed a cat by throwing it into a fire has been sentenced to a year in prison.Chad Karka, 40, claims he was drunk during the incident, which took place Jan. 19. He apologized this week in Stark County Common Pleas Court before the sentencing.He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of prohibitions concerning companion animals, a fifth-degree felony, and cruelty to animals, a first-degree misdemeanor.But Judge Chryssa Hartnett criticized him for his cruelty,
  • Ohio legislator ask Trump to kill E-Check

    Mostly conservative members of the Ohio House have resolutely asked President Donald Trump and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the 20-year-old E-Check program and other “burdensome” air quality initiatives they say choke the economy and peeve motorists.House Resolution 85 passed Wednesday. The measure creates no law but, rather, asks Trump and his U.S. EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to amend the Federal Clean Air Act to do away with the regular emissions check
  • Laura Culp named recipient of 2017 Lieberth Community Vision Award

    Laura Culp, a partner at Sikich LLP, has been selected as this year’s recipient of Leadership Akron’s Lieberth Community Vision Award.In a news release, the organization said Culp was chosen because of her significant contributions to the community through leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations.Culp served as the board chair for Leadership Akron from 2012 to 2014. She is also chair of the United Way of Summit County’s 2017 donor campaign and has been involved with
  • Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Check out our list of 2017 Memorial Day events

    Here are Memorial Day observances in the Akron-Canton area:FRIDAY-MONDAYJackson Township — Sixth annual Field of Honor/Field of Heroes will be presented at the Safety Center, 7383 Fulton Drive NW. Sponsored by Jackson Township Rotary, it salutes members of the armed forces, veterans, first responders, teachers, coaches and medical professionals. More than 1,000 flags are on display.SATURDAYShalersville Township — 10 a.m. parade will start at Save 4 Store on state Route 303 and procee
  • Ambassadors from LeBron James Family Foundation help open Cedar Point’s new water park

    Some kids from Akron were among the first Thursday evening to take the plunge at Cedar Point’s new water park.As part of a fundraiser for the LeBron James Family Foundation, water park enthusiasts had the chance to purchase $50 tickets to be the first to ride down the new slides and check out the other attractions at the new Cedar Point Shores Water Park.And thankfully for those at the park on a rainy and chilly Thursday, the water inside the park’s former Soak City area is heated.Ce
  • Suspect in fatal Akron arson says he's innoncent

    The man accused of setting an Akron house on fire and killing seven people contacted News 5 to proclaim his innocence.
  • Regional news briefs — May 26, 2017

    CUYAHOGA FALLSRobart declines mayoral runCUYAHOGA FALLS: Former Mayor Don Robart this week ended speculation that he would try for a comeback.In an email to supporters, Robert said he wanted to “clarify my position at this time” that he would not be seeking the mayor’s post this year.Robart, with one of the longest mayoral terms in the region, served from 1986 to 2013 before losing to current Mayor Don Walters three years ago.Walters has announced he will run for re-election th
  • $12 million, rock-splitting, tunnel-boring Rosie debuts for cameras

    With rain falling steady, Rosie’s makers pulled back the white tarps covering the two sections of her body exposed to the elements. Her back three sections were tucked somewhere out of sight inside a steel building at the Robbins Co., a Solon manufacturer of massive tunnel bores.Before a row of television cameras and cellphone videographers, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke his four “favorite words” into a microphone — “on time, on budget.” Then, he opened his g
  • Cedar Point’s new Point Plummet water slide not for the faint of heart or heights

    I had 109 chances to turn back. Yet I braved each step along the way as I climbed the stairs to face the plunge. Mind you the thought of standing atop a six-story water slide inside of a tube where the floor drops out beneath your feet is daunting enough but couple that with 60-degree temperatures, a brisk wind off Lake Erie and rain — what more reason could you have to say no to the new Point Plummet water slide attraction? The Plummet is the star attraction of the new Cedar Point Shores
  • Ohio lawmakers ask Trump to kill E-Check

    Mostly conservative members of the Ohio House have resolutely asked President Donald Trump and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the 20-year-old E-Check program and other “burdensome” air quality initiatives they say choke the economy and peeve motorists. House Resolution 85 passed Wednesday. The measure creates no law but, rather, asks Trump and his U.S. EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to amend the Federal Clean Air Act to do away with the regular emissions chec
  • KSU gift not lost in translation; gets $1 million for language translation program

    Kent State University has received a $1 million gift for its language translation program, already one of the leading such initiatives in the country.The donation from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Conn., will fund the development of a “distance learning” translation studies program that will include online courses.Kent State is the only school in the country to offer degrees in translation at all three levels — bachelors and master’s degrees in translation
  • Bond is set at $7 million for man charged with setting Akron fire that killed two adults and five children

    The attorney for an Akron man arrested on charges related to a house fire that killed seven people argued for a bond during his arraignment Wednesday morning.Akron Municipal Court Judge Ann Marie O’Brien had denied Stanley Ford a bond during his initial court appearance Tuesday. O’Brien agreed Wednesday to set a bond, but made it extremely high — $7 million or $1 million for each of the fire victims.O’Brien, in explaining the bond she chose, said seven lives were lost in
  • Blossom Music Center bans most purses and bags; orchestra performances not affected

    Just days after a suspected terrorist bombing killed concertgoers in England, Blossom Music Center on Wednesday announced a more restrictive policy on items that can be brought into popular music shows.While not citing Sunday’s attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the Cuyahoga Falls venue said the tightening of carry-in rules that were more relaxed than arenas’ and stadiums’ is effective immediately and will “provide a safer environment for our fans and expe
  • Stow police handle 12 crashes on state Route 8

    STOW: City police are warning drivers to slow down in rainy conditions after they handled 12 crashes on state Route 8 within a 24-hour period.One of those crashes involved a police vehicle. Police posted on their Facebook page that a cruiser was struck and sustained minor damage while an officer was handling a crash on Route 8 “by someone who did not allow themselves ample room to pass around him.”The officer wasn’t in the vehicle at the time.Police also posted photos of some o
  • Hudson breaks ground on new Splash Pad

    HUDSON: The city and the Kiwanis Club of Hudson broke ground this week on the new Splash Pad play area being built in Veterans Way Park.The water area, which will feature 12 in-ground mounted sprays, is expected to open in July. The project has been estimated to cost $200,000.
  • Estranged husband calls deadly Akron house fire “a tragedy”

    RAVENNA: The estranged husband of a woman who was killed along with six others in an Akron house fire called the blaze “a tragedy.”Patrick Boggs was arrested shortly after the fire on an unrelated parole violation and detained in the Portage County Jail.He had previously spent about 12 years in prison for dowsing his wife in kerosene and threatening to set her on fire.Boggs told WKYC Channel 3 on Wednesday: “I’ve been free of all charges. It’s a tragedy what happene
  • ArtsinStark hits $1.6 million fundraising goal

    CANTON: ArtsinStark raised $1.6 million in its annual fundraising campaign, surpassing its goal by $1,000, the Canton Repository reports.“This was a very tough campaign,” ArtsinStark CEO Rob Hankins told the newspaper.Read the full Repository report here.
  • Betty Seiberling, park activist and widow of retired congressman, dies at 96

    Elizabeth “Betty” Seiberling, the widow of retired Akron congressman John S. Seiberling, died Tuesday night in her sleep, friends confirmed to the Beacon Journal on Wednesday. She was 96.The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park posted a notice on its website honoring Mrs. Seiberling, an avid supporter of the park and a dedicated conservationist.John Seiberling co-sponsored legislation that established Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in 1974.The Conservancy said Mrs.
  • Student with spina bifida takes the longest walk of his life across graduation stage

    When people talk about Bryce Swartz, one word tends to come up repeatedly: Inspiration.Bryce’s peers at Norton High School will tell you the many reasons they chose him as homecoming king this year — his friendly demeanor, his words of encouragement, his cheers from the sidelines at sporting events. His parents will tell you the challenges he’s overcome since birth, each one done with a smile.But on Tuesday evening, Bryce inspired an entire room of people — and overcame h
  • Green and school district reach $1.5 million settlement over tax breaks

    GREEN: The Green school district will get about $1.5 million from the city this year to end an 18-month-old dispute over tax breaks the district said were costing it much-needed income.The school board unanimously passed the agreement Monday during its monthly board meeting without having complete figures. Those figures were added Tuesday before the council meeting at which the seven-member body unanimously agreed to the settlement package.In anews release issued after the council meeting, Mayor
  • Man with spina bifida takes the longest walk of his life across graduation stage

    When people talk about Bryce Swartz, one word tends to come up repeatedly: Inspiration.Bryce’s peers at Norton High School will tell you the many reasons they chose him as homecoming king this year — his friendly demeanor, his words of encouragement, his cheers from the sidelines at sporting events. His parents will tell you the challenges he’s overcome since birth, each one done with a smile on his face.But on Tuesday evening, Bryce inspired an entire room of people — an
  • Nutritional tips to avoid formation of kidney stones

    Here are some nutritional tips from Akron Children’s Hospital renal dietician Natalie Lussier on ways to avoid the formation of kidney stones:• School-aged children should drink two liters, or eight cups of water a day; three liters or 12 cups is recommended for teens and adults. Lots of water helps dilute the substances that may potentially form stones. Try adding lemon to the water. Adding citrus fruits, which include citrate, a natural kidney-stone inhibitor, can help even m
  • Blossom Music Center bans purses and most bags at concerts

    Just days after a suspected terrorist bombing killed concertgoers in England, Blossom Music Center on Wednesday announced a more restrictive policy on items that can be brought into shows.While not citing Sunday’s attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the Cuyahoga Falls venue said the tightening of carry-in rules that were more relaxed than arenas’ and stadiums’ is effective immediately and will “provide a safer environment for our fans and expedite entry.&rd
  • New Akron Children’s Hospital Kidney Stone Clinic offers one-stop shop for increased population of kids, teens getting kidney stones

    When 6-year-old Blakely Kopatz first saw blood in her urine in January, her mother didn’t know what to make of it.Blakely had no other symptoms, other than a mild stomachache. The thought that Blakely might have kidney stones did not cross her mother’s mind. She didn’t have the intense pain of a kidney stone that her mother, Angela Fisher, had experienced once as a young woman.Over the next two months, Blakely was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and strep throat after
  • Bob Dyer: Tribe’s scoreboard fails math

    When I see grammatically incorrect public signage, I cringe. One of my readers wigs out when he spots incorrect public math.Bob: I have been a math teacher for the past 38 years. In addition to teaching in the public schools for 35 years [at Aurora], I have also taught math at Kent State University and Hiram College for the past 30 years.You are obviously a very talented writer and columnist, but I would like to give you a chance to be what you always really wanted to be: a math teacher —
  • Regional news briefs — May 25, 2017

    AKRON BEACON JOURNALHoliday hours at BeaconAKRON: The Beacon Journal Customer Service Call Center will be open 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day.Customer service can be reached at 330-996-3600, or toll free at 800-777-2442.Regular daily business hours of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will resume Tuesday. The Public Service Counter inside the Beacon Journal will be closed Saturday-Monday.Regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume Tuesday.AKRONSewer work to close streetAKRON: Crouse St
  • Canton officers involved in fatal shooting

    Canton police officers were involved in a fatal shooting of a 24-year-old on Wednesday morning.
  • Art notes: Ellen Rudolph is new chief curator at Akron Art Museum; Knight grant will expand museum’s digital reach

    Ellen Rudolph is returning to the Akron Art Museum as chief curator.Rudolph served as curator of exhibitions, interim chief curator and senior curator, respectively, from 2008 through 2013, when retiring chief curator Janice Driesbach was hired.Rudolph was cited for her leadership, curatorial experience, and her understanding of the intersection of arts and culture in Northeast Ohio with national and global perspectives.Akron Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said in a prepared
  • Rubber City Pop Culture Fest debuts this weekend in Akron’s East End

    Get ready to geek out this weekend at the Rubber City Pop Culture Fest. Comics artists will mix with wrestlers, zombies and cosplay enthusiasts sprawled across 20,000 square feet at the Historic Goodyear Hall in Akron’s East End. Organizers are calling it the “first annual” in hopes that it will become a yearly event. “We are trying to include everyone and everything so that everyone feels part of this celebration of pop culture,” said co-founder Dan Gorman.He and h
  • Former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee’s sentencing delaying until August

    Former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee’s sentencing in her federal bribery case has again been delayed until early August.Lee’s sentencing was postponed from May 26 until June 28 to allow time for her new attorney to get up to speed on the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had a conflict with the June date and requested another delay.U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Boyko on Wednesday announced a new date for the sentencing: Aug. 3.Lee, 58, of Akron, was convicted of
  • Alcoholics Anonymous sues for return of 12-step manuscript

    Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the “Twelve Step” program of recovery from alcoholism.Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. in New York state court last Thursday sued an Alabama man, Ken Roberts, who owns the manuscript, a New York art gallery and a California auction house.The manuscript is to be sold June 8 at auction. The lawsuit said the manuscript was gifted to a man who left instructions for it to be given to Alcoholics
  • Green city, school district reach $1.5 million settlement over tax breaks

    GREEN: The Green Local School District is getting $1,524,612 from the city to settle an 18-month-old dispute over tax breaks the district said were costing it much-needed income.The school board unanimously passed the settlement agreement Monday during its monthly board meeting without having complete figures. Those figures were added Tuesday before the council meeting at which the seven-member body unanimously agreed to the settlement package.In a prepared joint news release issued after the co
  • International Soap Box Derby hires new president

    Mark Gerberich has three main passions.He loves events. He loves sports. And he loves teaching kids through competition.Gerberich will get to combine all three in his new job as president and chief executive officer of the International Soap Box Derby. The Akron nonprofit announced Wednesday that he will take over the leadership role effective June 12. “I love Akron and I want to see this iconic brand continue past my lifetime,” said Gerberich, 57, a Bath Township resident.He succeed
  • Akron man arrested on charges relating to fire that killed seven family members may face death penalty

    The case against an Akron man arrested for an arson that left seven people dead may become a death penalty case.Assistant Akron Prosecutor Marissa Pappas said this is possible Tuesday morning during Stanley Ford’s initial court appearance in Akron Municipal Court.Ford, 58, is charged with seven counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated arson for a fire last week that killed a mother, father and five children. Ford lives close enough to the Fultz Street home that he could have
  • Wisconsin man sentenced to prison for false claims in Summit County about being a Navy SEAL

    A Wisconsin man who falsely claimed to the Summit County Veterans Services Commission in Akron that he was a Navy SEAL wounded four times in Vietnam has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.Kenneth E. Jozwiak, 68, of Kenosha, Wisc., had requested Veterans Affairs benefits through the county agency in 2014, but something didn’t sit right with Executive Director Larry Moore at the time.Jozwiak showed a false military discharge certificate that included claims that he serv
  • Man killed by train in Barberton

    BARBERTON: A 49-year-old man was killed Monday night after he was struck by a CSX train near Waterloo Road and Wooster Road North, authorities said.The man’s identity has yet been released.He was struck at 5:45 p.m.Further details were not immediately available.
  • Suspect shot, killed by Canton police

    CANTON: A suspect was shot to death by city police early Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of 22nd Street NW, the Canton Repository reports.Few details have been released.“Right now, we’re in the first hours of this investigation,” Police Chief Bruce Lawver told the newspaper. “We’re going to conduct a very professional and thorough investigation. It’s definitely something we owe to everyone involved in this incident, and we’ll be very transparent in h

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