• LGBT discrimination real, advocates say, despite no mechanism to report it until now

    By Doug LivingstonBeacon Journal staff writerPam Nash worked at a bank and a bakery growing up in Massachusetts. “It’s not like I don’t have experience, not only in the quick-sale bakery stores but also a Sam’s Club doing this work,” said Nash of the missed job opportunities since moving to Akron in 2004. It wasn’t for lack of trying or qualifications. More likely, it was listing Pam Nash (a name a reporter was given permission to use) as a prior alias on job
  • Regional news briefs — March 30, 2017

    AKRON2 hit in separate shootingsAKRON: Police are investigating separate shootings that sent two young men to the hospital.In the first incident, a 23-year-old man was found shortly after 2 a.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to his head. He was sitting in a chair in the living room of a house in the 1000 block of Murray Avenue in the city’s North Hill neighborhood. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.No suspects have been identified.In the second incident, which o
  • Fundraiser set to benefit LGBT and HIV-positive people in Summit and Portage counties

    Local advocates are invited to a horse-racing and raffle fundraiser this weekend benefiting the local LGBT community and people living with HIV in Summit and Portage counties.The annual Race at the Raffle event is put on by the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative, also known as CANAPI, a nonprofit based in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood.The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. Tickets are $100 per person and include a reverse
  • Dan Colantone resigning as leader of Greater Akron Chamber

    Dan Colantone, who has led the Greater Akron Chamber for the last 17 years, is leaving his position at the end of May.Colantone announced his resignation as the chamber’s president and chief executive officer at a meeting Wednesday with the chamber board, said Donzell Taylor, board chairman.“Dan served the chamber for 17 years and did a great job,” Taylor said. He said he was not expecting Colantone’s resignation. “Dan made that decision on his own,” Taylor sa
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  • Akron school board approves teachers contract, receives master plan for academies

    Akron public school teachers will get pay raises, pay more for health insurance and see a change in the way they transfer jobs under a new three-year contract approved by board members Wednesday.The board’s meeting was moved from the usual Monday because of a conflict with the National School Boards Association annual conference. The teachers union, the Akron Education Association, voted to approve the contract Sunday night. The union represents about 2,000 teachers. “We’re hap
  • National Press Club president talks to Akron audience about Trump and media

    Journalism is under attack but is not doomed, despite the president of the United States declaring reporters the enemy of the American people, the National Press Club president said Wednesday at the Akron Press Club.“Trump’s statement has put journalists on the defense,” said Jeff Ballou, the first black man to be named president of the National Press Club in the organization’s 109-year history.“Some journalists used phrases to fight back. Some wore T-shirts that sa
  • Man and engine ejected from vehicle during suspected street race in Akron

    A 25-year-old Akron man was ejected from his vehicle early Wednesday morning during a suspected street race in East Akron.The man survived the crash, which occurred in the 1000 block of Kelly Avenue shortly after midnight.The driver lost control of vehicle, which jumped a sidewalk, drove through a fence, struck a utility pole and hit a parked car. The driver landed about 20 feet from his vehicle.The crash also ejected the engine of the vehicle. The engine struck the roof of another vehicle trave
  • Bob Dyer: What happens to Big Dig dirt?

    For anyone who believes the media just want to dig up dirt, this column is for you.Bob: I have been wondering what happens with all the rock and soil that is being removed from the tunnel. We are running out of wetlands and Lake Erie is already too shallow.Herman BennettBarbertonHerman: You are referring to the Big Dig, technically known as the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel, uncommonly known as OCIT. It’s the monstrous project that finally will get the city into compliance with the federal
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  • Democratic boss steps down to challenge one of the last Republicans elected in Akron

    The chair of the Summit County Democratic Party is stepping down to challenge one of the last elected Republicans in Akron.At-large Akron City Councilman Jeff Fusco will relinquish his title as party chair in an attempt to unseat Municipal Clerk of Courts Jim Laria.Laria was appointed to the nonpartisan position in 1997. He’s won election to stay there five times. On Wednesday, both candidates highlighted technology as a centerpiece in their campaigns.After learning that Fusco had announce
  • Complaints of dust in air near Republic Steel

    A Canton neighborhood's complaints about dust coming from a nearby steel factory are now sparking an investigation with the health department.
  • Colantone resigning as head of Greater Akron Chamber

    Dan Colantone, who has led the Greater Akron Chamber for the last 17 years, is leaving his position at the end of May.Colantone announced his resignation as the chamber’s president and chief executive officer at a meeting Wednesday with the chamber board, said Donzell Taylor, board chairman.“Dan served the chamber for 17 years and did a great job,” Taylor said. He said he was not expecting Colantone’s resignation. “Dan made that decision on his own,” Taylor sa
  • Not through being cool: Giant Devo photo will reappear in downtown Akron

    Oh No! Where’s Devo?Downtown Akron visitors may have noticed that the life-size art installation of Akron rock legends Devo posing outside the old Chili Dog Mac has disappeared. The installation was on the closed storefront next to the Akron Civic Theatre, in the vicinity of the original photo’s location. It was removed and preserved by Civic officials to make way for the $33 million Bowery Project, which has targeted the Landmark building and five others between the Civic and Bowery
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  • Summa loses appeal: Medical residency program at Akron City’s ER will end

    Summa Health System has lost its appeal with a national accreditation council that abruptly stripped the institution of its ability to train emergency room residents at Akron City Hospital July 1.Summa simultaneously lost its bid for the group to lift a blanket probation, prohibiting the health system from starting new residency programs or increasing the size of those that already exist.Dr. Cliff Deveny, Summa’s interim president and CEO, informed staffthat Summa had lost its appeal in a
  • Summa loses appeal: Medical residency program at Akron City will end

    Summa Health Systems has lost its appeal with a national accreditation council that abruptly stripped the institution of its ability to train emergency room residents at Akron City Hospital July 1. Summa simultaneously lost its bid for the group to lift a blanket probation, prohibiting the health system from starting new residency programs or increasing the size of those that already exist. Dr. Cliff Deveny, Summa’s interim president and CEO, informed staff that Summa had lost its appeal
  • Mother-in-law charged for shooting man in face

    An Ashland County woman has been charged with shooting her son-in-law in the face Friday morning.
  • Fugitive accused of shooting 59-year-old man in the head arrested in Akron

    The alleged killer of a 59-year-old man in Cleveland last year was arrested Wednesday in Akron.Kurtis “Dirt” Fields, 33, faces charges of aggravated murder and a parole violation. He’s accused of killing William Everett Sr. on May 22 in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. A warrant was issued in October for Fields’ arrest.According to reports, Everett was found dead in his vehicle. He had been shot in the head.The U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fu
  • Akron man pleads guilty to charges for carfentanil death

    A 24-year-old Akron man pleaded guilty this week to felony charges for supplying carfentanil to a woman who died of an overdose in New Franklin last summer.Jonathan Becker pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs Tuesday. He will be sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones at 1:15 p.m. April 25. Police say Becker supplied drugs to Alexandria Hoover, 19, who died of an overdose in July 2016. Investigators say powder found in a p
  • Akron man sentenced to 14 years for shooting death of his wife; man says shooting was accidental, blames drugs

    Prosecutors say Phillip Battle and his wife were using cocaine and drinking on the night before her death when they called police to report hearing noises and voices in their Goodyear Heights home.Officers found no one else in the house.Battle called police again the next morning to say he had accidentally shot his wife. Officers found Anita Heard lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head and bullet holes throughout the house with paper towels stuck in the bullet holes.“I don&rsq
  • Driver and engine thrown from car in Akron crash

    Police are investigating a two-car crash in Akron that ejected one person and sent an engine bouncing down the street overnight.
  • Two men accused of robbing pizza delivery driver in Green

    GREEN: Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after being accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver when he stopped at a Circle K store in the 3500 block of Arlington Road.Ronald Henry Jr., 23, of Oakwood and Wesley R. Hudson, 23, of Aurora are each charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, and are being held at the Summit County Jail.The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the victim stopped at the gas station at about 12:50 a.m. after his shift ended and two suspects followed
  • Former Garfield Heights basketball player dies after Canton shooting

    CANTON: A 23-year-old man who was shot along with his brother Monday night has died, city police said.Jermaine Davis II, lived in Canton but grew up in the Cleveland area, where he played basketball at Garfield Heights High School. He later played at La Salle University in Philadelphia and Texas Southern University in Houston.Davis and his brother Jordan Davis, 19, were both shot at about 8:58 p.m. in the 400 block of Arlington Avenue NW. They were taken to Aultman Hospital.Canton police are inv
  • Residents fighting Nexus seek more funding from Green

    GREEN: With passion in their voices, seven property owners asked the city to put $25,000 toward federal litigation to try to keep the Nexus natural gas pipeline away from the area.The Green and New Franklin residents want the city to help fund their lawsuit seeking to block Nexus from using eminent domain to obtain properties in the path of the proposed 250-mile pipeline.Green Mayor Gerard Neugebaueron Tuesday told an audience of about 30 people, “The city of Green has been very active in
  • Authorities investigating money embezzled from Beach City church

    BEACH CITY: Local police and the FBI are investigating a “significant amount” of money missing from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Massillon Independent reports.Authorities told the newspaper that they have identified a suspect who is cooperating with the investigation. They believe the money — an exact amount hasn’t been determined — was embezzled starting in 2012. To read the full story, go to: http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20170328/police-chief-monste
  • Most Crimestoppers tips come via text messages

    Summit County Crimestoppers received 253 tips in 2016 — the most in the organization's 13-year history — and the majority of the tipsters sent text messages to provide information on crimes.
  • Driver and engine ejected in Akron crash

    Akron police are investigating a two-car crash that ejected one person and sent an engine bouncing down the street.
  • Akron police looking for suspects in two shootings

    Akron police are investigating separate shootings that sent two young men to the hospital.In the first incident, a 23-year-old man was found shortly after 2 a.m. Monday with a gunshot would to the head. He was sitting in a chair in the living room of a house in the 1000 block of Murray Avenue in the city’s North Hill neighborhood. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.No suspects have been identified.In the second incident, which occurred shortly before 4:30 a.m.
  • Legislation would return tax dollars mishandled in charter schools to the local school districts that lost out

    Ohio Rep. Kristina Roegner says tax dollars recouped from mismanaged charter schools belong to local school districts, not the state.On Wednesday, the Hudson Republican will give the first testimony in support of House Bill 87, legislation she hopes will put school districts at the front of the line when tax dollars mishandled by charter schools are recovered and returned.Since 2001, accountants working for Ohio Auditor Dave Yost cited $29.3 million in tax dollars misappropriated, sometimes ille
  • Macedonia police wonder if presence at shopping plaza makes shoppers feel safer

    MACEDONIA: City police are asking the community whether officers’ constant presence at Macedonia Commons makes shoppers feel safe or gives the impression that it’s a high-crime area.It’s a discussion that’s taken place for a while at the police station.The shopping area, located at state Route 8 and Interstate 271, is home to businesses such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Applebee’s and Cinemark.Macedonia Commons “is relatively crime free,” police posted Monda
  • Akron ‘sponsors’ dam removal near Cincinnati to save millions back home

    With little more than saying OK, Akron has saved millions from its billion-dollar sewer project.Since 2015, Akron has utilized the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program to sponsor five projects plus three more on Monday. Each time the city “sponsors” another local government or nonprofit group seeking funding for a water conservation or habitat preservation project, the city shaves a tenth of a percentage point off the interest rate o
  • Regional news briefs — March 29, 2017

    AKRONFree health fair for seniorsAKRON:The Healthy Senior Expo, featuring free health screenings, giveaways, line dancing, senior exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, ask-a-doctor and more, will be held 8 a.m. to noon April 6 at Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Drive. The free event is presented by the Summit County Public Health Office of Minority Health and the Jewish Family Service of Akron and co-sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa Health.Forty vendors ar
  • Legislation returns tax dollars mishandled in charter schools to the local school districts that lost out

    Ohio Rep. Kristina Roegner says tax dollars recouped from mismanaged charter schools belong to local school districts, not the state.On Wednesday, the Hudson Republican will give the first testimony in support of House Bill 87, legislation she hopes will put school districts at the front of the line when tax dollars mishandled by charter schools are recovered and returned.Since 2001, accountants working for Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost cited $29.3 million in tax dollars misappropriated, somet
  • Kisling, Nestico and Redick accused in lawsuit of kickback schemes, fraudulent investigations

    Former clients of personal injury law firm Kisling, Nestico and Redick have sued, alleging the firm took kickbacks from other companies and charged clients for investigations that never happened.The lawsuit was filed by three former clients: Member Williams, of Wadsworth; Naomi Wright, of Akron; and Matthew Johnson, of Akron. The suit was originally filed by Williams in September, but was amended March 22 to include the other two plaintiffs and documents provided by former employees of the Cople
  • Former Edwin Shaw buildings coming down in Lakemore

    LAKEMORE: The buildings on the former Edwin Shaw medical campus — everything from the cottages to the main hospital — are starting to come down.Safeco Environmental Inc. is on the property tearing down the vacant structures and doing environmental work, including removing asbestos.The company won an $850,000 contract last year from Summit County for the demolition project.The demolition and removal of building materials is expected to continue until the end of the summer.Five of the
  • America’s largest candy store in Cleveland braces for Easter customers

    It is the calm before the sugar rush. Workers scurry about what is billed as the largest candy store in North America in anticipation of b.a. Sweetie’s biggest shopping season of the year — Easter. You would think Halloween would be the biggest, but owner Tom Scheiman says his sales at Easter far eclipse those around Halloween. For one, he said, retailers like Wal-Mart sell most of their Halloween candy at a loss to drive shoppers into their stores. It is also a holiday when the big
  • Former Edwin Shaw bulidings coming down in Lakemore

    LAKEMORE: The buildings on the former Edwin Shaw medical campus — everything from the cottages to the main hospital — are starting to come down.Safeco Environmental Inc. is on the property tearing down the vacant structures and doing environmental work, including removing asbestos.The company won an $850,000 contract last year from Summit County for the demolition project.The demolition and removal of building materials is expected to continue until the end of the summer.Five of the
  • New to Medicare? State aims to help you navigate the system

    The Ohio Department of Insurance is hosting a series of free “Welcome to Medicare” workshops in Summit and Stark Counties in April aimed at helping those who will soon be eligible for Medicare understand how the federal health care program works.Topics will include Medicare Part A and B benefits, the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance, and key registration deadlines.In Summit County, there will be two sessions A
  • WCSA Feeding Calcutta set for this Friday

    The Washington County Stockman's Association, joined by the Morgan County Cattleman's Association, is geared up for their annual Feeding Calcutta this Friday, March 31 at the Washington County Event Center.
  • 4-H County Council finalizes upcoming carnival

    Washington County 4-H Council gathered for their regular meeting Monday, March 20President Shayna Mason opened the meeting.
  • Akron Chamber still seeking new members

    Akron Chamber of Commerce met Monday, March 20 at Subway.Subway prepared the meals for the meeting.
  • Live "Barnyard" coming to 4-H Carnival and Raffle

    The 4-H Carnival and Raffle is just around the corner.The public is invited for a fun, inexpensive night from 5:30 to 8 p.
  • Akron Lions Clyb sponsoring 9News Health Fair

    After a two-year hiatus, the 9Nwes Health Fair is returning to Akron. Sponsored by the Akron Lions Club, the health fair will be held from 7 to 11 a.
  • Akron School Board approves four day week schedule

    The Akron School Board met Tuesday, March 21.A work session was held first.Nancy Bullard, Transportation Director, spoke about the bus fleet and a plan for bus replacement.
  • Latest participants complete Cooking Matters program

    Congratulations to the participants of the latest Cooking Matters for Adults class! This group of fun participants got together at Washington County Connections for six sessions of cooking, eating, learning and laughter.
  • U of Akron Basketball Coach Dambrot leaves

    University of Akron Men's Basketball Coach, Keith Dambrot is leaving for Duquesne University, according to the University. 
  • Akron administrators will buy software to track behavior of police, fire and first responders

    Akron council is eager to track how its first responders, police and firefighters are performing.The public body waived the usual second reading Monday and passed legislation to purchase software that will help monitor the behavior of public safety employees, including when, where and how often police officers show up to work late, discharge pepper spray, fire their weapons or damage their cruisers.The goal, Deputy Police Chief Charles Brown said, is not to penalize employees for bad behavior.&l
  • Regional news briefs — March 28

    AKRONUnion OKs contractAKRON: The Akron Education Association voted Sunday night to approve a new three-year contract with Akron Public Schools, the school district said Monday.The union represents about 2,000 teachers.A union representative could not be reached Monday for comment.The school board will vote at its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.The new contract, if it’s approved, will be effective retroactively from July 1, 2016, and continue through June 30, 2019. The previou
  • Stow judge creates program that uses inspiration to turn around offenders

    STOW: At 5:45 p.m. on a recent afternoon, the empty Stow Municipal Court parking lot started to fill again.Nearly 40 people headed for the entrance, nobody wanting to be late. A 6:01 p.m. arrival means a locked door and a required visit to the judge the next day.Promptness is just one tiny lesson Judge Kim Hoover has wrapped into a special after-hours program that attempts to rehabilitate thieves, substance abusers and other misdemeanor offenders using motivational speakers and inspirational vid
  • Bob Dyer: Rechecking TSA PreCheck

    If you’re part of the conspiracy and are planning to get on a commercial jet and help spread deadly chemtrails — insert laughing icon here — I bring you additional info about making your airport experience smoother.We launched the conversation with a couple of columns about the TSA PreCheck program, which for $85 gives you five-year access to airport security’s version of the fast lane.You can leave on your shoes, light jackets and belts and don’t have to remove you
  • Pastor calls foul over Akron sinking tax dollars into annual basketball tournament

    In search of pennies to pinch, elected leaders talked Monday about the possibility of pulling financial support for events the city of Akron has long backed, including the Dru Joyce Shooting Stars Classic and the All-American Soap Box Derby.During a committee discussion on parks and recreation spending, the Rev. Gregory Harrison asked city council to consider whether successful events that generate millions of dollars for the region and receive private funding really need tens of thousands of do
  • Akron fire union treasurer waives extradition, will return to Akron to face theft charges

    The treasurer of the Akron fire union, charged with stealing from the union, waived extradition from North Carolina Monday.This means Akron officers can travel to Mecklenburg County, N.C., get Joseph Ruhlin and return him to Akron so he can go through the court system here.Ruhlin, accused of stealing as much as $100,000 from the union, fled Akron after charges were filed against him Thursday, authorities said. He reportedly left a suicide note at his Akron home and was driving to Florida when he

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