Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:59

Akron Enters Deal to Protect Your Service Lines

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The following is a press release from the City of Akron: 

 

The City of Akron has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer homeowners optional residential external water service line warranties. The coverage is voluntary and available at affordable monthly or annual prices. Founded in 2003, SLWA has partnered with over 400 leading cities and municipalities in the U.S. to provide repair service plans that offer peace of mind and convenience.

“Far too many homeowners are unaware that they are responsible for any repairs needed as a result of damage to the water service lines on their property,” said John O. Moore, Akron’s Director of Public Service. “This means that homeowners can be stuck with the hassle and expense of the repair – from identifying a good contractor and scheduling time for the repair to be done to finding extra money in the budget to cover the cost of the repair. As Akron homes age along with the infrastructure serving them, SLWA repair plans provide homeowners with an optional peace of mind solution so they can be better prepared in the event of these unexpected repairs.”

The SLWA Service Line Warranty Program protects against damage to pipes on homeowners’ property. Repairs to these pipes are not covered by basic homeowners insurance or by the City of Akron. If a customer’s line is in need of repair, a simple call to the SLWA 24-hour hotline will dispatch a local, licensed contractor familiar with local code. The coverage features include:

  • ·Up $8,500 per covered incident with no deductibles or annual caps
  • ·Hotline access 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
  • ·Normal 30-day waiting period waived for immediate coverage
  • ·All for $3.47 per month

Many factors contribute to the life expectancy of a service line including the age, type of piping material, soil conditions and installation quality – all factors which are covered through the SLWA protection program. This program is voluntary for residents and provided at no cost to the City of Akron and no public funds are used to promote or administer the program.

“Our service plans not only cover the cost of the repair, they also provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of SLWA parent HomeServe USA. “We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Akron and look forward to the opportunity to provide Akron homeowners with the assistance they need when faced with a home repair emergency.”

SLWA has been recognized as the nation's largest and most trusted source of utility line plans endorsed by the National League of Cities (NLC). The company is committed to customer service, ethical marketing practices and maintaining an A+ accredited rating with the Better Business Bureau. For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact SLWA at 866-922-9006 or visit www.slwofa.com.

About Service Line Warranties of America

Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) is part of HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 3.4 million customers across the US and Canada. Founded in 2003, SLWA is the trusted source of utility line protection programs endorsed by the National League of Cities. Together with HomeServe, SLWA is dedicated to supplying best-in-class repair plans and delivering superior customer service to consumers through over 500 leading city, municipal and utility partners.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:41

"Warming Center" Hours Extended Through Saturday

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The cold isn't going anywhere, so the City of Akron has extended hours for four local community centers throughout the city that have been converted into "Warming Centers" for those stuck outside in the dangerous cold. 

Below is the press release from the City of Akron, including a statement from Mayor Dan Horrigan: 

 

Akron, Ohio, January 2, 2018 – Effective today (Tuesday, January 2) and continuing through Saturday, January 6, the City of Akron will be extending hours in four community centers to provide warming centers for residents who are in need.

“As we continue to face temperatures in the teens and single digits, we will be extending the operating hours of our community centers throughout this week in order to provide our residents with a warm place to drop in and escape the cold,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

The following centers will be open between the hours of 8:30 AM and 10:00 PMJanuary 2 - 6, 2018:

 

Mason Park Community Center

700 E. Exchange Street

Akron, OH 44306

330-375-2821

 

Patterson Park Community Center

800 Patterson Avenue

Akron, OH 44310

330-375-2819

 

Summit Lake Community Center

380 W. Crosier Street

Akron, OH 44311

330-375-2826

 

Lawton Street Community Center

1225 Lawton Street

Akron, OH 44320

330-375-2825

 


The City will continue to monitor for continuous frigid temperatures and will extend community center hours as necessary.  Unless otherwise specified, the centers will return to their normal business hours starting Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Friday, 29 December 2017 09:38

Staying Warm This Weekend In Akron

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The city of Akron is keeping three community centers open later than usual through the holiday weekend, to help people who need somewhere warm to stay.

They are Mason Park, Patterson Park, and Summit Lake community centers--all staying open until 10 PM, because of the cold weather--even on New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Also, Haven of Rest reminds anyone who is homeless, and needs a place to stay, that they're open 24/7, and available for shelter during cold weather. Haven of Rest is located at 175 East Market Street in Downtown Akron.

Friday, 29 December 2017 09:36

Akron Extends Warming Center Hours

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Akron is in store for more bitter cold temps as we make are way toward the New Year, with overnight lows in the single, even negative digits Saturday and Sunday. In response, the City of Akron has extended cold shelter hours at various community centers throughout the city.. Mayor Horrigan said, in a press release, "The City of Akron would like to do our part in making sure we provide a warm place to drop in and escape the cold." 

Meanwhile, Haven of Rest Ministries is under a "Code Zero", reminding Akron area residents who may be looking for a break from the cold, that their doors are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Haven is located at 175 E. Market Street in Downtown Akron. 

See the full press release and list of community centers below: 

(CITY OF AKRON) Akron, Ohio, December 28, 2017 –

Effective Saturday, December 30, 2017 and continuing through Monday, January 1, the City of Akron will be extending hours in three community centers to double as warming centers for those residents who are in need.

“As temperatures are slated to drop significantly, and some citizens may not have adequate access to a properly heated facility throughout the day, the City of Akron would like to do our part in making sure we provide a warm place to drop in and escape the cold,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “Specific centers will now be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when many other public spaces may be closed.”

The following centers will be open Saturday, Dec 30 – Monday, Jan 1, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:

Mason Park Community Center 700 E. Exchange Street Akron, OH 44306 330-375-2821

Patterson Park Community Center 800 Patterson Avenue Akron, OH 44310 330-375-2819

Summit Lake Community Center 380 W. Crosier Street Akron, OH 44311 330-375-2826

The City will continue to monitor for continuous frigid temperatures. Unless otherwise specified, the centers will return to their normal business hours starting January 2, 2018. 

Friday, 29 December 2017 09:35

Murder-Dismemberment Suspect Indicted

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The Coventry Township woman who is alleged to have killed her husband, then to have lived in her home with pieces of his dismembered body in bags and boxes, for months---has been indicted on four felony charges.

49 year old Marcia Eubank of Linda Street, is charged with Aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse, in connection with the death of her husband, 54 year old Howard Eubank.

She'll be arraigned on the charges next Friday, January 5th, and is currently being held in the Summit County Jail.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:03

APD: Suspect Shot Victim After Robbery

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UPDATE: The following is an update from the Akron Police Department: 

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the suspect involved in last night’s homicide outside of Luei’s Carryout, located at 1012 Hammel Street, has been arrested.

Task force officers and officers from the Akron Police Department arrested Jarvell Henderson, 27, with an unknown address in Akron. Henderson was taken into custody on Akron’s west side without incident. Henderson will be charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Shortly after 4:00pm yesterday evening, Henderson entered Luei’s Carryout armed with a handgun. Henderson robbed the clerk and fled the store. While Henderson was fleeing the store, a customer who witnessed the robbery sprayed Henderson with a chemical mace. Henderson fired a shot, striking the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Henderson fled through a neighboring apartment complex.

Henderson was identified after he dropped an out of state identification card at the scene of the robbery/homicide.

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Akron Police Detectives are investigating a deadly shooting that happened after an alleged robbery outside a carryout store in Akron. 

According to the report, the suspect robbed Leui's Market about 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. As he was leaving with the cash, the suspect was confronted by a man who witnessed what had happened. That man sprayed the suspect with what is thought to be pepper spray, trying to stop him. The suspect then shot the victim and ran. The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His name hasn't been released, pending an autopsy and positive identification from the Summit County Medical Examiner. 

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, between 25 and 30-years-old, about 5'3", 13-140 pounds, with a short beard. He was wearing a plaid shirt, black Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, and white sneakers. 

Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Akron Police Detective's Bureau. 

 

Thursday, 21 December 2017 14:14

Opiod Epidemic: County Sues Drug Makers

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Summit County is suing 11 drug manufacturers and 3 distributors for their part in creating the opiod epidemic that has killed over a thousand people in our area over the past 5 years. 21 other communities and government agencies have joined in the suit as well, including Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Norton, and Green.

Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro, says county will spend a quarter of a billion dollars on dealing with the issue over a ten years, and although they are asking for monetary compensation; it's about more than just that. "We want these practices to stop", she says.

 

 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:21

Ken Ball Named Akron's 16th Police Chief

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has officially named Ken Ball the 16th Police Chief for the City of Akron's police department Wednesday. 

Ball, who has been with Akron Police for 26 years, has been serving as interim chief since the abrupt resignation of former Police Chief James Nice back in August. Nice was asked to resign by Mayor Horrigan after allegations of professional misconduct and was said to be criminally involved with his nephew's car dealership in the city. Nice's attorney has denied any criminal wrongdoing. 

During the press conference, Mayor Horrigan said that when deciding to promote within, he knew that he needed someone who understood that while the Akron Police Department is an outstanding law enforcement agency, wouldn't accept the status quo and would always be looking to move the department in a forward direction. 

Of the appointment, Chief Ball said that he will approach the office with "quiet disconent," meaning he will not be the chief that is banging on doors, demanding change. Instead, Chief Ball says he will be someone who, "internally, not satisfied with where they're at," and always seeking improvement and to get better. 

The initial term for Chief Ken Ball's office is four years. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 05:53

Help Find Missing Tallmadge Girl

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking the public's help to find missing 16-year-old Jordan Lindsey of Tallmadge.

She was last seen December 16th. Reports indicate she may be riding in a black, 2009 Hyundaie Sonata with Ohio plates DZV-2645 that has a Miami Dolphins plate cover.

Lindsey's 5 foot, 7, about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She also wears glasses. Anyone with info is asked to call Tallmadge Police. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:36

KSU Announces Tuition Hike, Freeze for Fall 2018

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Kent State University has announced a "tuition guarantee" program, similar to the University of Akron and Youngstown State University, along with several other statewide universities and colleges, that made announcements on their plans recently.

The tuition increase, which will be rolled out for incoming freshman starting Fall semester, 2018, and will freeze undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board rates, including meal plans, for four years. Eric Mansfield with KSU says that there could be additional costs for specific programs, but the tuition guarantee applies to the base tuition.  

The Kent State Board of Trustees is meeting again in March of 2018 to discuss what the tuition hike will be. Mansfield added in an interview with the Ray Horner Morning Show on 1590 WAKR that while in-state, undergrad tuition has not increased since 2014, and the tuition guarantee does not affect current students, the Board will discuss in that meeting in March what will happen with the tuition for current students. 

 

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