• Regional news briefs — Feb. 26, 2017

    AKRONKiwanis meetingAKRON: John Shulan, owner of Shulan’s Jewelry in Fairlawn, will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Akron’s luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at the Game Grill & Bar, the restaurant in Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.The title of Shulan’s talk is The Scale of the Universe. It’s a Very Big Place!Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by contacting Laura Brelin at 330-643-5503 or by email at lbrelin@uwsummit.org. Free tax preparationAKRON: Appoint
  • Wadsworth girl leads dog to win at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    WADSWORTH:Teresa West-Holmes never had much luck training Bro for dog show competitions.The 98-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback would act like — in her words — a goofball.But that all changed when her 10-year-old daughter Emily was put in charge.It turns out that the soft-spoken brunette girl who wants to grow up to be a veterinarian is a Bro whisperer.Under Emily’s direction, the dog started listening and winning awards, including an American Kennel Club Grand Champion title.They rea
  • Bath Township Pekingese treated like a princess, takes crown at dog show

    BATH TWP.: Halle Luxmore fell in love with Pekingese dogs for one main reason — they don’t give her the time of day.“They’re terrible,” she said with a laugh. “They’re so ornery. They’re stubborn. And they make you work for it.“There’s a big joke in the Pekingese community: How do you tell a Pekingese to come, sit and stay? It’s all the same. They don’t listen.”Well, Luxmore’s dog Emmie — who appears to be
  • Wadsworth girl stars at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    WADSWORTH:Teresa West-Holmes never had much luck training Bro for dog show competitions.The 98-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback would act like — in her words — a goofball.But that all changed when her 10-year-old daughter Emily was put in charge.It turns out that the soft-spoken brunette girl who wants to grow up to be a veterinarian is a Bro whisperer.Under Emily’s direction, the dog started listening and winning awards, including an American Kennel Club Grand Champion title.They rea
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  • Akron Marathon schedules three “how to” meetings to motivate new runners and walkers

    Remember that time a friend told you about running in a local race and you wished you could do something like that?You’ve just lost your last excuse.The Akron Marathon has scheduled community meetings with tips on how to get off the couch and onto the Blue Line — even if the most you can imagine is walking a brisk pace.There are three special evenings this spring during which organizers will share training and event information and registration incentives for first-timers ready to gi
  • Bob Dyer: NASCAR drivers honoring Akron engineer

    Forty of the best race-car drivers in the world will fire up their engines at 2 p.m. Sunday for the 59th annual Daytona 500.Also known as The Great American Race, it is indisputably the premier event on the entire NASCAR schedule.Normally, Daytona is a cause for celebration among race fans. But when this year’s contest begins, a bunch of area residents likely will be watching with tears trickling down their faces.Their grief will be tied to special decals affixed to many of the cars in th
  • Area deaths — Compiled Feb. 26

    MEDINAEverett, Lenora S., 90, of Litchfield Township. Died Friday. Parker, Lodi.McDermott, Clair Jr., 80, of Westfield Township. Died Friday. Parker, Lodi.STARKHarrison, Lucy, 76, or Alliance. Died Thursday. Cassaday-Turkle-Christian.Qualk, JoAnn, 83, of Atwater. Died Thursday. Cassaday-Turkle-Christian, Alliance.
  • Regional news briefs — Feb. 25, 2017

    AKRONMan accused of killing wifeAKRON: A Kenmore man faces murder charges in the death of his wife.Akron police charged Donald Alexander Sr., 51, with murder on Friday. He’s accused of shooting and killing his 37-year-old wife, Shannon Meyer.Meyer was found dead about 5:30 a.m. Friday in the couple’s home in the 2300 block of 14th Street Southwest. She had been shot in the head.The two quarreled before Alexander pulled out a gun and shot her, according to reports.Alexander is schedul
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  • Woman dies after hit by Cleveland RTA train

    CLEVELAND: Authorities say a woman hit by a rapid transit train as she tried to climb up on the platform of a Cleveland train station has died.Police and fire officials said the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority train hit the 18-year-old woman Friday afternoon. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Investigators say the woman was with a group of people passing out promotional fliers in the neighborhood. Police say the group ran across the tracks and the woman was climbing onto t
  • Area deaths — Feb. 25, 2017

    MEDINACox, William Lee, 41, of Chatham Township. Died Thursday. Waite & Son, Medina.STARKCary, Nancy E., 76, of Massillon. Died Wednesday. Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch.Bethel, Roger A., 60, of Canton. Died Thursday. Paquelet & Arnold-Lynch, Massillon.
  • Ohio bill outlawing marital rape gets no GOP support, again

    As an assistant prosecutor in Summit County, Greta Johnson made a habit of asking females on the witness stand if they had married their alleged rapists.“And that just seemed crazy to me. But it was a question I had to ask,” Johnson said. “I remember occasionally thinking, what if they were married? Would that have changed the situation?”The situation? Maybe not. Justice for the crime? Maybe.In Ohio, husbands or wives can rape their spouses so long as there is no force or
  • Summit County high school students vie for prizes by building bridges

    Colin Leporis knelt on the ground with his teammates as they scooped cup after cup of steel pellets into a 5-gallon orange bucket.The bucket swung from a rope strung through the center of a miniature bridge Colin and his team constructed solely out of balsa wood and glue.Finally, after minutes of scooping, the bucket crashed to the ground, its handle bent from the weight.“What? How! That doesn’t make sense,” 15-year-old Colin said in amazement with eyes widened as the bucket we
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  • High school students vie for prizes by building bridges

    Colin Leporis knelt on the ground with his teammates as they scooped cup after cup of steel pellets into a 5-gallon orange bucket.The bucket swung from a rope strung through the center of a miniature bridge Colin and his team constructed solely out of balsa wood and glue.Finally, after minutes of scooping, the bucket crashed to the ground, its handle bent from the weight.“What? How! That doesn’t make sense,” 15-year-old Colin said in amazement with eyes widened as the bucket we
  • New Summa president & CEO addresses ER concerns

    Summa Health interim President and CEO, Cliff Deveny, doesn't officially start on the job until March 13, but he's already speaking to employees about concerns over "culture and trust" after a rocky couple of months.
  • Barberton teacher who used “inappropriate word” during class resigns his post

    A Barberton High School math teacher has resigned his post following controversy that he used an offensive word during class.Superintendent Patty Cleary said on Friday that David Barnwell, who had been with the district since 1993, had resigned. Cleary described Barnwell as an otherwise exemplary teacher.“Mr. Barnwell’s personnel file is devoid of any discipline,” she said in a statement. “During the course of the investigation, Mr. Barnwell sincerely apologized for his u
  • Akron area companies lauded for safety innovations

    Since 2012, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has annually honored employers for innovations designed to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. Here are previous area winners of the bureau’s Safety Innovations Awards:• AWP (Area Wide Protective) of Kent, provider of traffic-control and flagging services for cities and other clients. Took fifth place last year for using drawer-like Bedslides in its pickup truck beds to help employees load and unload traffic-contro
  • Akron man, 51, charged with shooting, killing his wife, 37

    A man from Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood faces murder charges in the death of his wife.Akron police charged Donald Alexander Sr., 51, with murder on Friday. He’s accused of shooting and killing his wife, 37-year-old Shannon Meyer.Meyer was found dead at about 5:30 a.m. Friday in the couple’s home in the 2300 block of 14th Street Southwest. She had been shot in the head.The two argued before Alexander pulled out a gun and shot her, according to reports.Alexander is scheduled to f
  • As sextuplets turn 13, life changes for the Hanselman family

    CUYAHOGA  FALLS: When Jennifer and Keith Hanselman became the parents of sextuplets, people all over the world started praying for them.  Now there’s a new reason to send up a few words on their behalf. They have seven teenagers in their house. Sunday is the 13th birthday of Alex, Bella, Sophia, Lucy, Logan and Kyle Hanselman, who were born Feb. 26, 2004, at Akron General Medical Center. They’re joining brother Connor, 15, in the tumultuous teen years. The milestone brings
  • Tuesday night crash claims life of woman, 41

    A three-vehicle crash on a ramp to Interstate 77 on Tuesday claimed the life of a 41-year-old woman, according to reports.The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. on the ramp from state Route 224 east to I-77 south. A Dodge Caravan struck a Kia Amanti from behind. A third vehicle then became involved in the crash.The crash caused flames to engulf the Kia. Fire department from Akron and Coventry responded to the crash and pulled the driver, Dawn Harr, from the vehicle. Harr, 41, of Akron, was pron
  • Akron breaks another weather record Friday, high winds and storms expected after midnight

    The records for high temperatures kept falling all across Northeast Ohio Friday in anticipation of them falling after storms sweep across the region early Saturday morning.Record highs were set at the Akron-Canton Airport around noon when the mercury hit 71 degrees breaking the previous record of 68 set in 1961.Record highs were also recorded in Toledo, Cleveland, Mansfield and Youngstown.This marks the third day in a row a new high temperature was recorded in Akron and the fourth time in a week
  • UA student charged with killing roommate’s cat; student is first in Summit County charged under Goddard’s Law

    University of Akron student Gillian Strait was sitting in class when she got an urgent text from one of her roommates.She needed to go to the vet. He had lost his temper with her kitten, Leo.When Strait arrived at Highland Veterinary Clinic, she learned it was too late. Leo had died from severe head trauma.Strait was saddened by the loss and furious with her roommate, whom she said Leo was scared of and tried to avoid. She decided to cooperate with the Humane Society officer — alerted by t
  • Here’s what people are saying about Summa’s new leader

    Here’s how people are saying about the appointment of Dr. Cliff Deveny as Summa’s interim president and CEO:Dr. Michael Bage, an independent cardiologist, former Summa medical staff president and author of the no-confidence letter seeking resignation of former CEO:“I believe that everyone deserves a chance. We must come together as a medical community to save the institution and restore the public’s trust. The culture of Summa must once again focus on delivering the highe
  • February 24 Weather

    There is a little snow falling at the moment and we may get another inch.We got about 1 1/2 to 2 inches yesterday and we could sure use more.
  • Wadsworth police asking for help to locate rape suspect

    WADSWORTH: City police are asking for help in locating a rape suspect.Rodric S. Green, 41, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and kidnapping in October but his whereabouts are unknown. He is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl during a party in July at a Wadsworth residence where he had been staying.He is described as a black man with black hair and brown eyes, 6-foot-3 and weighing 225 pounds.Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police at 330-334-1511.
  • About Dr. Cliff Deveny

    Dr. Cliff Deveny• Age: 56• Personal: Wife, Sandy, ER physician in Colorado; Three adult children: Hannah, 27, physical therapy student at Washington University; Robbie, 25, Fourth-year medical student, University of Queensland Oschner/University of New Orleans; Maggie, 22, recently graduated from University of Colorado-Boulder• Born: Pittsburgh, came to Akron in 1965• School: King Elementary, Litchfield, Firestone High School• College:
  • Summa names former executive to serve as interim leader

    Summa Health has hired one of its former executives to lead it out of an ongoing crisis that has hurt its reputation, upended its relationships with hundreds of local physicians and is threatening to destroy its medical education program.Dr. Cliff Deveny, 56, will take over as the health system’s interim president and CEO March 13. Deveny grew up in Akron, graduated from Firestone High School and spent nearly 20 years of his career at Summa.When he got the phone call asking if he was inter
  • Regional news briefs — Feb. 24, 2017

    AKRONTwo teens shot in drive-byAKRON: A pair of teenage cousins were injured in a drive-by shooting in Akron on Wednesday afternoon.The teenagers — 18 and 17 — told police they were walking south on Sylvan Avenue about 3 p.m. when a silver, four-door vehicle drove by. Someone in the vehicle fired several shots at the two teens near the intersection with Pardee Avenue.Bullets struck the 17-year-old boy in the head and the 18-year-old man in the left leg. They were transported to local
  • Russ Pry to be honored posthumously with Greater Akron Chamber award

    Beacon Journal staff report The Greater Akron Chamber said Thursday that longtime Summit County Executive Russ Pry, who died July 31 from health setbacks after cancer surgery, will be honored posthumously with the H. Peter Burg Award.Last year’s awardee, retired FirstEnergy Corp. CEO and President Tony Alexander, will present the award March 16 at the John S. Knight Center during the Greater Akron Chamber’s 110th annual meeting.Pry’s friend Phil Montgomery announced at Pry&rsqu
  • Community activist Muriel Walker, first black nurse hired at Akron hospital, dies at 89

    Mrs. Muriel Walker, 89, played dozens of supporting roles for her family and community during her lifetime: nurse, union organizer, church volunteer, political activist and community board member. She was also a trailblazer. Mrs. Walker was not only the first African-American registered nurse to be hired at Peoples Hospital ­— now called Cleveland Clinic Akron General — but the first African-American hired at the hospital.She was active in the community and politics. She served a
  • Area deaths — Feb. 24, 2017

    MEDINACotman, Roger, 79, of Medina. Died Wednesday. Waite & Son.STARKMossor, Paul A., 85, of Canton. Died Monday. Paquelet, Massillon.
  • N.Y. singer and songwriter visits Hudson schools to show kids can make a difference

    HUDSON: Singer and songwriter Jesse Ruben has written a lot of songs about relationships.“Songs about relationships are great,” the Philadelphia native said. “But there are other things to write about, things going on in the world, things going on in your life.”And one of those things is helping others. Ruben, 30, who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., is spreading his message of doing good through his We Can Project, an initiative that inspires and connects students to the dif
  • Community activist Muriel Walker, first black nurse hired at Akron General, dies at 89

    Mrs. Muriel Walker, 89, played dozens of supporting roles for her family and community during her lifetime: nurse, union organizer, church volunteer, political activist and community board member. She was also a trailblazer. Mrs. Walker was not only the first African-American registered nurse to be hired at Cleveland Clinic Akron General — then called People’s Hospital — but the first African-American hired at the hospital.She was active in the community and politics. She serve
  • Woman reportedly shot in leg Thursday in altercation in an apartment above the Odd Corner shop

    AKRON: Akron police responded to a shooting Thursday afternoon near the Odd Corner, a gift shop at 360 E. Exchange St., near the University of Akron campus.Akron and UA police were on the scene at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. An apartment above the store appeared to be where the shooting occurred.Kamron Johnson of Akron said she was heading into the store when police and an ambulance arrived. Johnson said an Odd Corner employee told police that the store manager took a break and headed up to one o
  • Pry to be honored posthumously with Greater Akron Chamber award

    Beacon Journal staff report The Greater Akron Chamber said Thursday that longtime Summit County Executive Russ Pry, who died July 31 from health setbacks after cancer surgery, will be honored posthumously with the H. Peter Burg Award.Last year’s awardee, retired FirstEnergy Corp. CEO and President Tony Alexander, will present the award March 16 at the Greater Akron Chamber’s 110th Annual Meeting at the John S. Knight Center.Pry’s friend Phil Montgomery announced at Pry’s
  • Bryon Macron's toxicology report takes 2-3 weeks

    The preliminary autopsy report of Bryon Macron is completed, but will not be released. The toxicology report will take 2-3 weeks according to Dr. Lisa Deranek.
  • Authorities share few details about discovery of missing trustee’s body in Chippewa Lake

    Medina County officials released almost no new information at a meeting held Thursday to answer reporters’ questions about the discovery of a missing township trustee’s body floating in Chippewa Lake earlier this week.The most significant revelation was that officials had completed a preliminary autopsy on the body of Bryon Macron, 45, who had been missing two months. However, no information was released regarding the state of his body.Asked if Macron’s body was bruised or visi
  • Summit County residents can now access food and utility services via text message

    Services and information for Summit County residents in need are now just a text message away.Info Line 2-1-1 expanded its 24-hour phone service to include 2-1-1 OnDemand, a program that allows people to receive referrals for food and utility assistance via text message.“In 2016, Info Line 2-1-1 received nearly 40,000 requests for food and utility assistance by phone,” Richard Stahl, the CEO and executive director at Info Line, said in a written statement. “But many lower-incom
  • Highway would remind veterans with PTSD to not go it alone

    He did not hesitate to answer his nation’s call, enlisting in the U.S. Army two days after 9/11.After a decade of explosions rattling his three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. James Franklin Allen III came home for good in 2011, a decorated soldier.Allen was trained to engage the enemy from an armored vehicle and to treat the wounded. Stateside, soldiers who suffered invisible, emotional scars looked to his unflinching strength for support. “He was always the one they would go to
  • Akron breaks another weather record, storms on the horizon — winds up to 70 mph possible Friday night

    All good things must come to an end.And this record-breaking string of warm days will come to an abrupt and stormy end Friday night.It was another record-setting day in Akron on Thursday when the mercury rose to 67 degrees around 3 p.m. breaking the previous record of 63 degrees set in 1906.If things shake out as expected on Friday with a high predicted of 73, it would set another new record high shattering the previous record of 68 for the day set back in 1961.A cold front is expected to storm
  • Pair of cousins shot in drive-by on Sylvan Avenue

    A pair of teenage cousins were injured in a drive-by shooting in Akron on Wednesday afternoon.The teenagers — 18 and 17 — told police they were walking south on Sylvan Avenue at about 3 p.m. when a silver, four-door vehicle drove by. Near the intersection with Pardee Avenue, someone in the vehicle fired several shots.Bullets struck the 17-year-old boy in the head and the 18-year-old man in the left leg. They were transported to local hospitals, where police said their injuries do not
  • Mary Taylor launches gubernatorial campaign committee

    Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is touting her fundraising ability as she inches into the crowded field of politicians who seek to replace the term-limited Gov. John Kasich in 2019.On Thursday, Taylor filed the necessary paperwork to begin campaigning and collecting donations for what could be a contested Republican primary in 2018.Mary Taylor for Governor will be the name of her gubernatorial campaign committee. For her treasurer, the Springfield Republican has named Rick Fedorovich, the CEO of Fairlawn a
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad names new president and CEO

    Joe Mazur is trading in derby cars for trains.The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced Thursday morning that he is taking over as president and chief executive officer effective March 21.Mazur has served as president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby for the last six years and is credited with strengthening the nonprofit, which had been struggling financially before he took over.“The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Cuyahoga Valley National Park are wonderful assets to No
  • Investigators looking into cause of fire at Akron manufacturing building

    AKRON: City investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at a manufacturing building Wednesday afternoon at 355 Morgan Ave. Firefighters responded at 4:27 p.m. to a call about heavy smoke coming from the building and opted not to attack the interior of the structure because of previous fire inspections. Morgan Avenue was closed during the incident. Fire spokesman Brodie Sadowski said Thursday morning that the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He could not immediately pr
  • Macedonia police warn about gas company scam

    MACEDONIA: City police are warning about a gas company scam in the community.A resident reported having some items stolen from his home this week by a couple disguised as gas company employees.The couple knocked on the door and stated that they worked for the gas company. The female took the homeowner to the basement and distracted him by telling him there was water in his gas lines, police said.Meanwhile, the man rummaged through the house and took cash and bank records.A similar incident took
  • Regional news briefs — Feb. 23, 2017

    AKRONMan charged in drug deathAKRON: A 33-year-old Akron man faces charges for allegedly selling carfentanil to two people who overdosed — one of them fatally.Joe Louis Turner II of Tyner Street also is facing charges of manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in carfentanil.Turner sold the drugs to two people on Kent Street on Sept. 22, according to the Akron Police Department’s daily report. Belinda Godfrey, 49, of Akron, was revived by paramedics, but later die
  • Akron man seeks early release after serving three months of yearlong sentence in shooting death

    Marcus Glover’s family wasn’t happy when the man who shot and killed him was sentenced to only one year in jail.The family will be even less happy if that man gets out after serving only three months.Kerry O’Brien, the attorney for David Hillis, recently filed a motion requesting that Hillis’ sentence be modified to permit him to serve the remainder of his time through home incarceration or work release from the jail.Glover’s family, who had pushed for Hillis to get
  • Money in the bank, development plans among good reports in Cuyahoga Falls mayor’s State of the City address

    cuyahoga falls: Making neighborhoods more vibrant, reopening the Front Street pedestrian mall to traffic and making the most of the Cuyahoga River’s new whitewater rapids are among the things Mayor Don Walters said his administration has been focusing on.He also cited a new police program in the fight against drug abuse, a healthy cash flow and a growth in the citywide paving program as he addressed the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Wednesday in his annual State of the City address.He
  • Bob Dyer: The rest of the story on TSA PreChecks

    A recent column about obtaining a five-year TSA PreCheck airport security clearance for $85 brought reactions from folks who said there was more to the story than their favorite columnist had reported.Imagine that.Globe-trotting Bob: I enjoyed your column (as usual).You might want to let your readers know about another option offered by Homeland Security for those who travel outside of the U.S. For another $15 (total of $100), you can go for the Global Entry (GOES) program.GOES provides the same
  • Gardens sprout from concrete at Akron Home & Flower Show

    February isn’t normally garden-planting season.But at the John S. Knight Center, this week was an exception.Crews were bustling around the downtown event center earlier this week, installing indoor gardens in time for Friday’s opening of the Akron Home & Flower Show. Two gardens and an outdoor bar will be featured in the show, and additional landscaping will enhance a village of tiny houses and outdoor buildings.Building gardens in a convention center takes a little sleight of ha
  • Medical examiner confirms missing trustee’s body pulled from Chippewa Lake

    A body pulled from Chippewa Lake on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, the Medina County Sheriff’s office said Wednesday evening.Sheriff Tom Miller confirmed the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s finding in a news release. Notification has been made to Macron’s wife and family.The cause of death was not released, and the body was undergoing further testing as investigators continued to try to piece together answers.Despite the cas

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