Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:05

NEXUS Awards Stark State With Scholarship

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Stark State College has announced that NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, has presented the school with a $50,000 scholarship donation during a presentation ceremony Tuesday.

The college's campus is near where NEXUS is looking to route its pipeline, pending approval from the federal government, and offers relevant training for students in the oil and gas industry programs. Stark said, in a press release, that the money will be put toward industry-related programs, scholarships, or facility improvements for students in that field.

The NEXUS pipeline proposal has been met with local opposition, including from the City of Green and local activist groups.

Read the full press release below. 

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CANTON – NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC (NEXUS) presented Stark State College with a $50,000 scholarship donation during a check presentation ceremony held earlier today.

Stark State is located near the proposed NEXUS route and offers relevant training for many careers in the oil and gas industry. As indicated by the college, the one-time donation will be used to support industry related programs, scholarships or training facility improvement for students pursuing certification and training to work in the oil and gas industry.

“We are grateful for this donation and the ability to use it to directly support hands-on training activities related to OSHA Safety Classes, Environmental Compliance Sampling of soils, water and air, and Department of Transportation (DOT)-required Operator Qualification training,” said Stark State College President Para M. Jones, Ph.D. “These skills and certifications are critical components of the labor force needs related to gas, water and other infrastructure projects throughout the region.”

The college executed a memorandum of understanding with NEXUS to ensure that funds are allocated to directly benefit students specializing in training for the oil and gas industry. If dollars are allocated for a student scholarship, Stark State officials will select the recipient and determine how the funds will be distributed.

“We value the role that Stark State College plays in educating and training the labor force in the region,” said NEXUS Spokesman Adam Parker. “Stark State has a positive reputation for attracting and retaining the most talented students and we are proud to support their efforts. Our investment today is rooted in our commitment to help build a highly skilled employee base in communities where we work and operate.”

The NEXUS Project is a proposed 255-mile natural gas pipeline that would run from eastern Ohio to existing pipeline system interconnects in southeastern Michigan. The proposed pipeline has been under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) review and permitting process since 2015. A decision on the Project’s Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is currently pending.

Construction of the NEXUS project is estimated to support 6,800 jobs, more than $650 million in wages, and $830 million in total economic activity. In its first five years of operation, NEXUS will generate an estimated cumulative tax revenue of $412 million, of which approximately $116 million will go directly to local school districts in Ohio.

To learn more about NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC and the proposed pipeline, visit www.nexusgastransmisison.com.  More information about Stark State’s Oil and Gas programs can be found at https://www.starkstate.edu/oilandgas/.

Summit County deputies say a man who tried to get into the Summit County Courthouse bearing a handgun and with a child in handcuffs will face a battery of charges for impersonating a police officer -- and they're hoping other children who may have taken part in a fake "Scared Straight Program" will come forward.

Deputies and Akrn police say 26-year old Christopher S. Hendon of Akron claimed he was a "Resource Officer" and dressed in "tactical police attire," including a weapon. He was stopped on April 6th, and a subsequent search of his home yielded a handgun, a fake firearm, handcuffs, a tactical vest and items with police labels. Charges range from weapons charges, criminal trespass and impersonating a peace officer. He's being held in the Summit County Jail.

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HendonVest(Summit County Sheriff) On April 6, 2017 the Summit County Sheriff's Office was contacted by court personnel in reference to an individual attempting to gain entry into a County Courthouse with a firearm. The suspect had a child in handcuffs with him and the suspect claimed to be a Resource Officer working as a part of a "Scared Straight Program."

The Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Akron Police Department. During the course of the investigation, investigators identified the suspect as Christopher S. Hendon. It was determined that on 4 occasions, Hendon attempted to gain access to a County Courthouse while dressed in tactical police attire and carrying a firearm. Each time, he had children in handcuffs and he portrayed himself as a "Resource
Officer." On one occasion, Hendon attempted to gain entry into the Summit County Jail with handcuffed children.

It was determined that Hendon is not a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio. On April 24, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant at Hendon's Akron residence. During the search, investigators seized a handgun, a simulated firearm, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment, a tactical vest, and items labeled with police insignias (photos attached). Christopher S. Hendon, age 26 of Akron was arrested and charged with (4) counts of Illegal Conveyance of a Deadly Weapon into a Courthouse (F-5), (4) counts of Criminal Trespass (M-4), and (4) counts of Impersonating a Peace Officer (F-3).

He was transported to the Summit County Jail.

If you know of a child that participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

Monday, 24 April 2017 11:57

Fugitive Of The Week: Akron Murder Suspect

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has named Kenneth Lindsey of Akron this week's Fugitive of the Week. 

Lindsey is wanted in connection to a murder last week on Pine Knolls Drive. It happened Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. Police say it started as a verbal argument and then Lindsey allegedly shot the victim in the chest. 

U.S. Marshals say Lindsey is likely hiding out in the Akron area. They're offering a reward for any information leading to Lindsey's arrest. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Friday, 21 April 2017 11:46

Akron Man Sentenced In Fentanyl Death

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Derrick Sales, 24, of Akron, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for selling the fentanyl that killed a Cuyahoga Falls woman back in June of last year. 

Court documents show that Sales sold the deadly opioid to Sheena Moore who was found dead in her home on June 9, 2016. An autopsy later revealed it was in fact fentanyl that killed her. Sales was arrested a charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Having a Weapon Under Disability, and Aggravated Trafficking in Fentanyl and Carfentanil, all of which were felonies. He was found guilty in Summit County Common Pleas Court on April 14, 2017. 

In a statement released Friday, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said, “These drugs have devastated our community and these dealers of death need to be held accountable. We will fight every day for people like Sheena Moore. Sheena never had a chance to live her life. Sheena’s grieving family is forced to pick up the pieces because these drug dealers have no regard for the destruction they leave behind.”

Moore was 31-years-old. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:13

Horrigan Proposes Medical Marijuana Restrictions

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On Monday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan proposed legislation that would regulate any potential medical marijuana facilities, including dispensaries or grow houses, within the city limits.

The move is ahead the State of Ohio issuing licenses to businesses for cultivation, processing, testing, and despensing of medical marijuana. 

In his proposed regulations, Mayor Horrigan outlines guidelines that restrict any medical marijuana facility operating within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground, or park, and requires City Council to issue a special conditional use of medical marijuana business before it can operate in the city. The ordinance also implements a melti-step local licensing process and give cart blanche to Akron Police to inspect any medical marijuana facility at any time. 

Back in September of 2016, one month after the State of Ohio passed medical marijuana statewide, Mayor Horrigan placed a one-year moratorium on the "issuance or processing of any license, building permit, certificate of occupancy, conditional use or other authorization that would enable the cultivation, processing, or dispensing of medical marijuana within the City of Akron." 

A public hearing before Akron City Council regarding the proposed zoning regulation of medical marijuana factilities is scheduled for Monday, May 1. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:20

Bridgestone Unveils New Akron Data Center

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In front of Akron's top brass, Bridgestone/Firestone executives, and the media, Bridgestone cut the ribbon on the new Akron Data Center Tuesday morning, unveiling a new, re-purposed national IT hub. 

The building, located at the Bridgestone Firestone Tech Center on Main St. in Akron, has been there and operational since 1968. Bridgestone is celebrating 17,724 consecutive days of service from that data center, and say that now the center is capable of holding 3,000-times the amount of data from when the first servers were put in place. 

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan thanked Bridgestone for their commitment to Akron. Bridgestone Chief Information Officer Robert Olds said it was important to the company for this centralized data center, that will combine the operations of five data centers across the U.S. One-hundred and forty employees, in both IT and print, will work out of the data center or remotely through the data center. The environmentally-friendly cooling system was manufactured by Akron-based Air Enterprises, and utilizes outside air to cool the center 70% of the year. The only time mechanical cooling would be required is when the outside temperature reaches above 70 degrees. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 12:18

LeBron Proposes New "I Promise" School in Akron

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It's no secret that LeBron James is committed to making his home town of Akron better. 

With that in mind, LeBron hosted a press conference Tuesday night to announce his proposed "I Promise" elementary school in Akron. 

During the press conference, with the help of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the Akron-native made public his intention to provide a first-eighth grade school for students who may be at a disatvantage and more prone to falling behind their peers. 

The school would be in the city of Akron and would operate in conjunction with and according to regulations for Akron Public Schools. Eligible students would be selected through a lottery system, according to James. 

The focus of the school would be providing a hands-on-learning environment for kids through the eighth grade and focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. 

An official proposal for the school will be presented to the Akron School Board in October, 2017. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:17

Signet Expanding Barberton Facility

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Fairlawn-based Signet-Jewelers announced Tuesday that they will be expanding their Barberton fulfillment center. 

In a statement, the company said they'll add another 56,000 square feet to the facility, expanding it to 134,000 square feet. 

"This expansion is vitally important to Signet's continued success and enables us to configure an ideal space to best meet the needs of our business and our Team," said Bryan Morgan, Signet Jewelers' chief operations officer in the press release. "It is an initiative that will further cultivate the growth of Signet as a Company nationwide, as well as in the Barberton area and the entire Greater Akron community."

The Barberton facility will add about 18 new jobs. 

Signet has made headlines for the wrong reasons recently, amid allegations of rampant sexual harassment throughout the company on an executive level. Following the allegations, which came to light late last year, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of stockholders who claim they were mislead on the severity of the harassment claims and told that their stock would not be adversely affected. 

It was. 

In 2015 the company was trading as high as $140.00 a share. Recently, shares for Signet stock have been traded as low as $70, Crain's Akron

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 05:14

UPDATE: Uber Driver Turns Himself In

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UPDATE: Akron Police say Brandon Franklin turned himself in to the Summit County Jail Wednesday morning. A warrant for sexual battery had been issued for Franklin stemming from the claim a female Uber passenger made that Franklin sexually assaulted her. 

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Akron Police are looking for 33-year-old Brandon Franklin, of Tallmadge, in connection to a sexual assault. 

According to reports, Franklin, who is an Uber driver, gave a woman a ride home and when he dropped her off he sexually assaulted her. 

The woman reportedly admitted to police that she was intoxicated, which is why she was using the ride service. 

A warrant on sexual battery was issued for Franklin (pictured) on Tuesday. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 12:22

Newcomerstown Officer Shot, Suspects Loose

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Newcomerstown Police have issued a statewide Blue Alert after an officer was shot Tuesday morning around 10:15 at Johnson Hill Road SW and Post Boy Rd. SW in Tuscarawas County. 

Police are looking for two male suspects driving a black Geo Tracker with the windows heavily tinted and no plates. Both men are believed to be armed and dangerous. 

Information has been released on one of the suspects. His name is Chaz Gillilan, 28. He's listed at 5'11", 185 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. A photo of Gillilan was release (see above). 

Anyone who sees the suspects is asked to immediately call 911. 

The name or condition of the officer has not been released as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The following is a Facebook post from the Canal Fulton Police Department: 

A Newcomerstown police officer was involved in a shooting as the victim. The officer is reported to be driving himself to Newcomerstown Fire Department for assistance. The shooting took place close to the Newcomerstown Corporation near the bridge over the Tuscarawas River. There are two male subjects fleeing the scene headed South on Johnson Hill Road in a Black Geo Tracker. All available area law enforcement officers are searching for them. The passenger named as Chaz Gillilan was reported to be the shooter, using a handgun.
Subjects believed to have a shotgun in the vehicle also bottles appearing to be part of a 'Rolling Meth Lab' was also reported seen inside.

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