Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:09

Akron-Summit Library Offers Free Netflix-Like Service

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The Akron-Summit County Library is offering a new online service to access books, movies, and music. The library has teamed up with Hoopla, described as a Netflix-like online service, to offer users 24/7 online and mobile access to the library.

"We do intend to do a lot more with digital to make library accessible," said Collection Development Coordinator Val Sherman. "No matter where you are, we'll be there for you."

There's a checkout limit for library card holders -- just 10 items per month, but there are no fines since the items automatically return after the checkout period has ended.

"You can have a video for about three days and it'll just automatically return. You won't have to worry about fines."

The Akron-Summit County Library is just one of dozens in Ohio that have partnered with the new digital service.

Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:56

Former Our Lady Of The Elms Employee Charged With Sexual Battery

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An employee at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron is facing a sexual battery charge after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Jeffrey Peterson, 28, was fired from his job as an IT coordinator at the private, all-girls Catholic school after school officials learned of the accusations and reported it to Akron police.

Peterson is being held in the Summit County Jail and has a court appearance scheduled on Monday.

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Akron Public Schools are looking into allegations that a Firestone High teacher had an improper relationship with a female student.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the unnamed teacher was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago.

Firestone staff and APS administrators are working with legal counsel to look into the matter, though there's no word yet how it came to the attention of Firestone staff.

There's also no word on the length of the alleged improper relationship or the age of the student.

The allegation could be presented at the Akron school board's next meeting next month.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:21

Mushroom Bust In C. Falls

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A 29-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is facing drug trafficking charges after detectives followed up on a search warrant and found psychedelic mushrooms in a Stone Street house.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies found a Psilocybin Mushroom grow operation, including about a pound of the controlled substance, three handguns and a loaded shotgun.

Jack Kennedy, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 17:53

APD: Marijuana Sales Turns Into Shooting

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Akron police say a man who drove to sell marijuana last night, and instead of money, he got shot.

Police say it happened at around 10 PM Monday night at Washburn Street and Tressel Avenue - the would-be pot seller was in his car when someone fired several shots at his car.

The man was struck in the torso and arm, and called police after driving to a business at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road.

Police say the victim is in stable condition at Akron General Medical Center.

There's no description of the shooter.

Cops say they found 65 grams of marijuana in the man's car, and he was charged with attempted drug abuse.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:29

No Snow, Warm Temps Close Local Ski Resorts

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The warm start to the winter season is leaving local ski resorts empty. 
The winter weather is taking a break -- even before it begins -- which is putting things on hold at local ski resorts.
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort spent last weekend making snow and opened the Boston Mills ski area on Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather quickly changed from near freezing temperatures to a warm and rainy forecast across Northeast Ohio.

Music to our ears.Temperatures have allowed snowmaking to begin for the 15/16 ski season.We are staying optimistic and hope to have information on opening soon.

Posted by Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort on Friday, December 18, 2015
The above average temperatures are expected to last through the rest of the year, which has put the winter ski season on hold for local resorts . 
Ski resorts typically need consistent temperatures -- generally below 28 degrees -- to make snow and a dusting of real snow helps, too. 
Last year, Boston Mills/Brandywine opened on New Year's Eve. In 2013, the ski resort opened the season near the end of November.
Monday, 21 December 2015 10:35

Winter Season Off To Warm, Rainy Start

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The winter season officially begins tonight, but the freezing temperatures and snowflakes are nowhere in sight.

"If you like mild temperatures and lots of rain, you're going to like the forecast, " said Meteorologist Richard Lewelling with the Weather Channel.

Temperatures are expected to reach near the 60s on Wednesday and stay above average through the rest of the year.

"In fact, the coolest temperature I see, anywhere in the next 16 days, is a 40 degree low at night," said Lewelling. "So, pretty much, everyday between now and the end of the year we're going to be looking at 40s, 50s and even 60s in the forecast."

Lewelling predicts record-breaking temperatures across the country as the year comes to a close.

"We're going to see a lot of records fall by the wayside. I think you have to go way back in the record books to some of the strongest El Ninos to actually see weather like this, anywhere in the country. In fact, there's really nothing that compares to it."


Sunday, 20 December 2015 15:44

Elves & More Delivers Bikes For Families, Kids In Need

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It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

They came by the truck loads, hundreds of bikes delivered by Elves & More put a mile-wide smile on parents and kids faces in Akron on Sunday, just a week a before the holiday.

"Yes, I'm excited because I haven't had a bike in a longtime," Treymaine Lucas said.

Lucas received a bike from LeBron James, as part of the 'I Promise' program, but was stolen when he left it outside on the porch of their house.

Brandy Moore, his mother, said her son was very upset about what happened. She has three kids and was not able to buy her son another one. She said this event made things a lot easier, especially with her Christmas shopping.

"[This event] helps me out a lot because I can't afford to buy three bikes," Moore said. "Being that they were able to give my kids bikes, it's going to be their Christmas presents now."

Elves & More delivered 1,600 bikes total to kids and families in Akron, Canton and Springfield on Sunday.

Moore said she think it's "wonderful" what the people from Elves & More did because it will help a lot of families.

"I think it's nice. I think it's wonderful. It's a nice Christmas gift for all of these kids. Some kids aren't going to get nothing else for Christmas."

Tim House, Co-Founder of Elves and More, said it started about ten years ago when they decided to giveaway bikes for Christmas to kids who needed them most.

"Many of these parents and grandparents that are raising their granddaughter and grandsons or parents that are raising their own children; they're struggling right now and Christmas time puts another stress on them. They have no idea how they're going to buy a gift, so we supply that gift for them."

House said it's the smile on the kids faces year after year that makes this all worth it.

"If you see a kid on an Elves & More bike with a backpack, you know, you just say to your self, she's on her way to a library, she's on her way to school, she's on one of our bikes. There's nothing you can say bad about that."

House said he's lucky to have the amount of people that volunteers each year.

"We are very fortunate in volunteer base," House said. "Last week we put together 1,600 biclycles in about four hours. We had a little over 400 volunteers show up, put the bikes together and clean the warehouse."

One of the many volunteers who helped deliver bicycles at the Akron site was Walter Holtz. Holtz, who works for XPO Logistics as an operations manager in the Alliance and Youngstown area, said it feels good to deliver the bikes and see the kids reactions.

"It's really nice to see the faces and the expressions on kids faces when we give back," Holtz said. "Everybody likes to receive but at the same time there's that special feeling you get every time when you give to someone's an indescribable feeling."

Elves & More does not fund-raise and try to receive grants and donations from corporations to fund the giveaways, House said. He said they're bank account is really low right now after getting the bikes, but in the end, he said, "it's all worth it."

Saturday, 19 December 2015 08:25

ONG Updates Security Policies

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It's taken nearly half a year -- but the Ohio National Guard is now allowing it's soldiers to carry firearms at all facilities, a response to the attacks this past summer on a Chattanooga, Tennessee Naval recruiting office that killed five,  including the gunman. The FBI declared the shootings "inspired by terrorism."
The updated security policies come after a review ordered by Governor John Kasich after heavy criticism that members of the military were not permitted to carry firearms for their own self-protection.
Four storefront recruiting centers in Ohio have been closed since the July attack. They were scheduled to reopen yesterday.
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(Ohio National Guard) The Ohio National Guard has taken steps to increase security at all of its facilities. 
At the instruction of Gov. John R. Kasich, in July, the Adjutant General of Ohio, Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, began updating policies and training requirements for personnel at Ohio National Guard facilities and reviewing all security measures at these facilities. 
After the completion of this extensive review, Bartman updated the Guard’s policy to authorize Guard members to carry firearms at Ohio National Guard facilities. 
"We must take the necessary action to protect our members," Bartman said. "These updated policies will ensure our service men and women may protect themselves in the event of a threat. Their safety is paramount and our first priority." 
The four store front recruitment offices that were temporarily closed this July in response to the Chattanooga, Tenn. shootings will be reopened on Dec. 18, 2015.
Saturday, 19 December 2015 12:00

UA Student Graduates -- From Bed

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Zachary Betscher couldn't come to commencement at the University of Akron, so they brought his hospital bed. Fraternity brothers, Zach's parents and family, and UA officials brought commencement to his hospital bed on Thursday, where he got his diploma in a small ceremony.
Dr. Ravi Krovi, dean of the College of Business Administration, led the ceremony at Akron General Medical Center...with some 25 people packed into Zach's hospital room. "You hate to see somebody miss such a great moment just because of an issue like that, unfortunate issue, for him, health related," Dr. Krovi tells "So, I thought it would be a good idea to go there and surprise him."
Dr. Krovi says the idea first came from Zach's girlfriend and his father. The mini-graduation came complete everyone wearing appropriate attire, and with the singing of the UA alma mater. Krovi says all that was missing were the speeches before the ceremony. As for Zach's condition - he had surgery for appendicitis, but the surgery went was just too soon for him to participate in Friday's ceremony.
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