Akron police are investigating the shooting death of a man on the city's west side Friday night.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports a man was shot at a home on Storer Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 p.m.
Further details and the victim's identity have not been released.
Richfield police are offering a $500 reward for anyone with information on the person who damaged a Christmas tree in the village's town square.
Police Chief Keith Morgan posted photos of the damage on his Facebook page. Officials said the tree will not survive after the holidays.
The reward is being offered to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
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A youth gymnastics coach has been indicted on three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says 28 year-old Derek Waskowski of Stow was indicted by a Summit County Grand Jury.
He is charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a 10 year old girl who was taking lessons at Hudson's Little Leapers.
He'll be arraigned next Friday in a Summit County courtroom.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that a Summit County Grand Jury indicted Derek Waskowski, 28, of Stow, on three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.
Waskowski worked as a coach at Hudson's Little Leapers and is charged with inappropriate sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl who was taking lessons at the business.
Waskowski is scheduled to be arraigned in Summit County Court on Friday, December 11, 2015.
A fugitive on the run from Akron since 2012 is back in custody.
The U.S. Marshal's Office Violent Fugitive Task Force and Akron police say they caught up with 29 year-old Shawn Johnson on Lumiere Street in Akron on Thursday night.
He has been a suspect in a shooting in March 2012, when he is charged with demanding money from someone in a car, and then shooting the victim even after he gave money.
Task force members say Johnson had changed his appearance radically and obtained a new identity. He was found hiding under a bed.
(U.S. Marshal's Office) Yesterday at approximately 10:00pm, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) Akron Division along with the Akron Police Department's Gun Violence Reduction Unit arrested Shawn Johnson, 29, at a residence located on the 500 block of Lumiere Street in Arkon. Johnson was wanted for felonious assault and aggravated robbery.
Johnson has been on the run since March 2012. It is alleged that he and another suspect walked up to an individual parked in a vehicle in the 900 block of Wall St. in Akron and demanded money and the car from the individual. Although the victim complied with Johnson's demands, Johnson allegedly shot him in the torso.
Numerous resources were invested in the search for Johnson, including running his information in the media as a U.S. Marshals 'Dangerous Dozen' and profiling his wanted photo on the Clear Channel billboards. When task force members searched the home, they discovered Johnson hiding under a bed. Johnson had drastically changed his appearance and obtained a new identity, which enabled him to stay on the run for so long.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "Members of the task force have worked this case extensively over the past few years. This is a top notch arrest and a testament that our teams will to never give up on the capture."
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force's "Dangerous Dozen" fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.
The NOVFTF Akron Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies: Akron Police Department, Barberton Police Department, Bath Township Police Department
Boston Heights Village Police Department, Copley Township Police Department, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kent Police Department, Medina County Sheriff's Office, New Franklin Police Department, Northfield Village Police Department, Norton Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Portage County Sheriff's Office, Reminderville Police Department, Streetboro Police Department, Stow Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office, United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service, University of Akron Police Department.
Coventry Local Schools is being placed in fiscal emergency.
The district has been in a fiscal watch for over 18 years, a situation that state auditor Dave Yost says isn't getting any better.
"They're looking at pretty close to a million dollar deficit this year," Auditor Yost tells WAKR.net, "and they haven't been able to find a way out."
Coventry Superintendent Rusty Chaboudy says that the district actually requested the fiscal emergency status, for a reason.
"To be able to borrow from the state Solvency Loan," Chaboudy tells WAKR.net, "pay off some of our debt, and get the school district on the correct financial track."
Yost says there is some short term help that the district could tap to help pay immediate expenses, while fixing the long term situation.
"We don't want the school to miss their payroll, and we're in the middle of a school year...the first issue is the kids," Yost says. "So, the state education department does have a little flexibility there to help out on a short term basis, while we get the ship righted."
The state will take over most financial decision-making through a commission five member commission.
That commission has to approve most spending, rather than a local school board.
(State Auditor's office, news release) The inability to submit an acceptable financial recovery plan that eliminates the projected current year deficit prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Coventry Local School District (Summit County) in a state of fiscal emergency.
"It's no secret that the Coventry Local Schools have been facing a constant financial struggle," Auditor Yost said. "With today's elevation into fiscal emergency, we'll take a hard look at their issues and help the district find a path toward solvency."
The Coventry Local School District was placed in fiscal watch on May 15, 1997 by the Auditor of State based on the following:
· An operating deficit of $895,000, which exceeded 8 percent of the previous year's general fund revenues;
· An unencumbered cash balance in the general fund (minus property tax advances for the preceding fiscal year) of negative $306,000, which was less than 8 percent of the preceding fiscal year expenditures; and
· The failure to pass a levy that would raise enough revenue in the succeeding year to eliminate conditions one and two.
After the declaration of fiscal watch, the district was required to submit and update a financial recovery plan each year with the state superintendent of public instruction. However, the district's board of education passed a resolution on October 26, 2015 that stated their inability to adopt a financial recovery plan that would eliminate the projected current year deficit. With today's declaration of fiscal emergency, the Auditor of State's office will conduct a full financial analysis of the district and certify the deficit to the Ohio Department of Education.
A Financial Planning and Supervision Commission will now be created to assume all or part of the powers of the board of education. Three members of this commission must be appointed within 15 days of this declaration of fiscal emergency. A financial plan must be developed by the commission within 120 days of its first meeting to address the district's financial crisis.
The Auditor of State serves as an advisor to commissions for all school districts in fiscal emergency. In this role, the office provides accounting training and assistance, as well as monthly monitoring of the district's financial activity to ensure compliance with the recovery plan and various accounting rules and reports.
A Mogadore man is charged with trafficking and growing marijuana after police discovered it at his home.
Mogadore Police were called to the Curtis Street home of 66 year old William Moore on Wednesday, after reports from witnesses who saw someone going into the house through a window.
Mogadore police chief Todd Higgins says that he responded to the home for a possible burglary, but after he went to the window, his nose made a discovery.
"When I went to check the window of the house, the top part of the window fell down," Chief Higgins tells WAKR.net, "and I could see inside the house, and I was blasted with the large smell of marijuana."
The person who went through the window wasn't a burglar, but turned out to be Moore's 24 year-old grandson, who lives there. He was hiding in the home, and told police he was afraid to answer the door.
Chief Higgins says there were about 20 marijuana plants in the basement, and more than 52 pounds of marijuana in the home, scales and packaged marijuana in the home.
He says some of that marijuana was packaged for sale, and that neighbors say there was short-term traffic at the home near an elementary school that would support that idea.
A new week, a new starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
Coach Mike Pettine says Austin Davis gets the nod as the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Josh McCown is hurt, and Johnny Manziel is being punished.
Pettine says it's not about the length of that punishment, but it's about a need to see both young quarterbacks.
Davis led the Browns to a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Baltimore replacing the injured McCown, and Pettine says he deserves the chance to start. The Browns also officially signed former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor - but as a wide receiver.
Coach Pettine does say that Pryor being on the roster provides "an insurance policy", should the team need a third quarterback.
The naming of Davis means another name has been added to an infamous Browns jersey display, as the 24th starting Browns quarterback since the return of the team in 1999.
Cleveland's Brokaw Advertising jokes that it's running out of white tape adding the names to the jersey.
The University of Akron is under the spotlight -- once again -- this time for an advertisement that appeared in Sunday's Akron Beacon Journal.
The full page ad was signed by business leaders, urging the community to "come together" and support the university.
The criticism comes after several noticed that the ad stated it is was paid for by "Friends of the University of Akron" for $5,000, but UA later clarified that is was paid for by the University of Akron Foundation. Some are questioning why that wasn't made clear in the ad.
UA offficials released the following statement Tuesday:
"The private, non-scholarship funds that were used for the ad are being donated to The University of Akron Foundation for this type of purpose by Richard W. Pogue, former chair of The University of Akron Board of Trustees, to help support efforts by the university and the community to – as the message in the ad stated – "Come together" and help position UA for "...greater success, growth and positive economic impact on our community." We wanted to check with Mr. Pogue before publicly identifying his contribution."
Of those business leaders who signed the ad, seven are part of a new nine -member advisory board including the presidents of FirstEnergy, Goodyear and FirstMerit.
On the web: www.ohio.com
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was pulled out of Monday night's game with the Ravens when he was injured.
Now, that injury will sideline him for the rest of this season.
"It's the worst case scenario for Josh," Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters in a conference call on Monday. "He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collarbone."
Coach Pettine says that McCown's injury won't require surgery, but the quarterback won't be able to come back before season's end.
"It's not displaced so he does not need surgery, but it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up," Pettine says.
Pettine says Josh means a lot to the team.
"He's in the locker room, practice field, game day, just the positive energy that he exuded, and leadership," Pettine says, "I just can't say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he's done for this football team, and what he means for this football team."
Pettine won't, however, name a starter in McCown's absence.
Second string quarterback Austin Davis led the Browns to a touchdown drive on Monday. Johnny Manziel was active as the third string quarterback, but did not play.
The new "Hall of Fame Village" at the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have an upscale hotel, and a member of the Hall of Fame is involved in the project.
The HOF Village has reached an agreement with Crestline Hotels and Resorts to co-develop and manage what's being called "an upper upscale hotel" as a key anchor to the $500 million dollar project.
Hall of Famer Bruce Smith is also involved in the hotel project. Smith's company is involved in other hotel projects with Crestline.
Construction on the Hall of Fame Village project got underway in September, and the hotel is expected to open in the Summer of 2018.
(Pro Football Hall of Fame, news release) Hall of Fame Village, LLC, a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group, has reached an agreement with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC to have Crestline co-develop and manage an upper upscale hotel in Hall of Fame Village. Hall of Famer Bruce Smith (Class of 2009) is also collaborating in the property that will be a key anchor to the Hall of Fame Village project, a $500 million development on the Hall of Fame's campus that got underway this past September.
"Hall of Fame Village will be a world class destination and our partnership with a leading hospitality management company is evidence of the high quality planned for the village," David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, stated. "It is also gratifying to have a hero of the game like Bruce Smith as a teammate in this project. He represents all of the Hall's values of commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence, and brings a great level of talent and expertise to this wonderful project."
"We are excited about the progress at Hall of Fame Village and bringing on Crestline to manage the Hotel & Conference Center and Bruce Smith to be its ambassador," said Stu Lichter, President of Industrial Realty Group. "The hotel is a key element in the next phase of development at the project."
Crestline Hotels & Resorts is one of the country's leading and largest independent hospitality management companies. Crestline expects to announce a national flag for the estimated $100 million luxury four-star hotel and conference center in the coming months. Construction will begin on the football-themed property, which will include approximately 250 guest rooms and suites, early next fall with a planned opening in the summer of 2018. Bruce Smith Enterprise LLC is a partner in several other Crestline hotels.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to manage this beautiful new hotel which will surely become a landmark for events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We are committed to supporting and promoting the rich heritage of this prestigious organization and are excited to bring Pro Football Hall of Famer, Bruce Smith, as our ambassador/partner for the hotel. We are dedicated to providing an excellent guest experience, but equally as important – ensuring a warm and gracious welcome for the entire Pro Football organization and Canton community," said James Carroll, President & CEO of Crestline Hotels & Resorts.
"I am honored and extremely enthused to partner in this choice hotel which will further elevate the Pro Football Hall of Fame by eminently servicing the needs of its distinguished members and devoted fans. As a proud Hall of Famer, and frequent participant in its ceremonies and events, I am delighted to have the unique opportunity to utilize my expertise as a real-estate developer to help create a more pleasurable and luxurious experience for the enshrined and the legions of enthusiasts who journey to Canton to celebrate the Game and its Heroes," shared Smith.
A Cuyahoga Falls man shot in a dispute at a home near Woodridge High School two weeks ago is now facing his own charges.
The Beacon Journal reports that Fred Fleischer faces child endangering and drug-related charges.
38 year-old Jason Beavers of Ravenna was arrested earlier for shooting and wounding Fleischer, in an apparent dispute over marijuana growing equipment.
Police looking into the shooting found evidence of a grow operation at the house on Quick Road.
They say Beavers used to live there, but didn't remove the growing equipment.
On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com
The current and new Akron mayoral administrations have tapped someone who will manage their transition, and will become the new mayor's chief of staff next year.
Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan say James Hardy will start Tuesday to ensure "a smooth and effective transition". He'll become Horrigan's chief of staff on January 1st.
Hardy is currently the Assistant Director of Community Health at the Summit County Health Department.
He served as an Akron school board member and became the board president in 2009.
(City of Akron, news release) Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan announced Monday that James J. Hardy, MPH, will join the administration on December 1, 2015, as an Assistant to the Mayor for the purpose of coordinating transition activities.
"When I assumed the position of Mayor in June, I knew I would be passing the torch to another Mayor on January 1st," Mayor Fusco said Monday. "In my six months as Mayor I've made it a priority to not only advance new initiatives and improve existing services and processes, but to set the groundwork for a seamless changeover between my administration and the next administration. I see significant value to the City in bringing James on board now to facilitate efficient and effective communication and planning as the City prepares for Dan Horrigan's new leadership."
"I have enormous respect for Mayor Fusco and how he has served and will continue to serve this City, and I'm grateful for his partnership in this process," remarked Mayor-elect Horrigan. "Our announcement today affirms our joint commitment to ensure a smooth and efficient transition."
Hardy currently serves as an Assistant Director for Community Health at Summit County Public Health. There he has led the Health Equity and Social Determinants Unit, managing a diverse portfolio of community-based programs and public health services. Previous professional positions include service as Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees of Kent State University, as a Regional Director for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and as an Executive Office Intern for Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
In 2005, Hardy was elected to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education. During his six years on the Board he served as chair of several committees, including the Joint Board of Review and the district's Finance and Capital Management Committee, which oversees Akron Public School's $313 million general fund budget. In 2009, his peers elected Hardy as Board President.
Mayor-elect Horrigan also announced today that Hardy would serve as Deputy Mayor for Administration, Chief of Staff beginning January 1, 2016.
"I've known James for 15 years, and during that time I've seen him emerge as acommitted, thoughtful leader who cares deeply about his community and the future of Akron," said Mayor-elect Horrigan. "He has always impressed me with his ability to manage complex issues and challenges with integrity and good judgment. His knowledge of Akron, and diverse professional background, makes him well suited for this role."
Hardy brings to the position a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science-Criminal Justice from the University of Akron, and a Masters in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.
A lifelong resident of Akron, Hardy is involved in various community organizations including service on the boards of Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) and the Akron Regional Interprofessional Area Health Education Center. He is a past recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 For the Future Award (2011).
Hardy's salary will be $106,454, consistent with other Assistants to the Mayor.
A man who raped more than a dozen women in Goodyear Heights for 11 years starting in 1985 won't be getting out of prison any time soon.
The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the "Goodyear Heights rapist", who was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to a minimum prison term of 20 years, and a maximum term of 50 years.
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office passed word of Bellomy's parole denial. In a statement, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh calls Bellomy "a dangerous criminal" who needs to remain in prison.
His next parole hearing is in 2025.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that the Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the Goodyear Heights rapist.
Bellomy was convicted in 1996 for raping more than a dozen women in Akron's Goodyear Heights neighborhood between 1985 and 1996. Bellomy was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison.
"David Bellomy is a dangerous criminal and needs to remain in prison. David Bellomy spent a decade terrorizing a neighborhood and our community," said Prosecutor Walsh. "We are pleased with the parole board's ruling. David Bellomy has no business being released back into society. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of opposition to the Parole Board, as well as those who signed the petition to keep Bellomy in prison."
Bellomy will not be eligible for parole again until September of 2025.