Friday, 20 November 2015 18:02

Medical Examiner IDs All Akron Plane Crash Victims

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The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has officially identified all nine victims killed in last week's jet plane crash in Ellet.

The final identification came Friday, of pilot 40 year-old Oscar Chavez and co-pilot 50 year-old Renato Marchese, both of Florida.

The seven passengers, all employees of a Florida real estate firm, were identified earlier.


(Summit County Medical Examiner's office, news releases) The Summit County Medical Examiner has positively identified the two remaining victim's from the plane crash that occurred on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, on Mogadore Road in Akron, Ohio
Pilot - Oscar Chavez, 40, from North Bay Village, Florida.

Co-Pilot – Renato Marchese, 50, from Boynton Beach, Florida.

(earlier names released)

· Gary Shapiro, 35, from Boca Raton, FL

· Diana Suriel, 32, from Wellington, FL

· Thomas Virgin, 31, from Boca Raton, FL

· Jared Weiner, 35, from Boca Raton, FL

· Ori Rom, 32, from Delray Beach, FL

· Nick Weaver, 34, from Boca Raton, FL

· Diane Smoot, 50, from Delray Beach, FL

Friday, 20 November 2015 16:35

Man Arrested In Connection With Norton Bar Death

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An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal fight at a Norton nightclub Thursday night.

Norton police tell that 36 year-old Robert Lantz of New Franklin is charged with felonious assault and murder in the death of 63 year-old Daniel Carraway of Norton, who was found next to his car, unresponsive outside Desiree's Nightclub on Wooster Road West.

Police say Lantz got into a fight with Carraway inside the nightclub, was asked to leave and later returned.

They say witnesses saw the two leave the back of the bar before Carraway was assaulted.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says results of an autopsy are pending.

Friday, 20 November 2015 15:14

Ellet Man Gets 10 Years For Harassment Campaign

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A man officials say conducted a reign of harrassment of his Ellet neighbors will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

42 year-old Jason West was sentenced after pleading guilty to 22 counts of harrassment, witness intimidation and obstructing justice.

West was also charged with harrassing Summit County prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

He was charged with sending sexually explicit letters, nude photos, pizzas and prostitutes to a neighbor's homes, and with harrassing officials and media outlets even behind bars.

West bragged about killing 31 people - crimes he did not commit.

(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Todd McKenney sentenced Jason West, 42, of Hillman Road in Akron, to 10 years in prison.

On October 21, 2015, West pled guilty to the following charges:

17 counts of Telecommunications Harassment – felonies of the fifth degree
Intimidation – a felony of the third degree
Menacing by Stalking – a felony of the fourth degree
Two counts of Intimidation of a Victim or Witness – misdemeanors of the first degree
Obstructing Official Business – a misdemeanor of the second degree

"Jason West preyed on innocent, unsuspecting people in the community, and made them fear for their lives," said Prosecutor Walsh. "West continually harassed, badgered, and made false accusations about his neighbors and community leaders. Even as an inmate at the Summit County Jail, West would contact his victims. I'm pleased he will spend significant time behind bars."

West was arrested on October 1, 2014, accused of sending dozens of explicit text messages and images to a number of people and organizations in Summit County. West also stalked one of his victims by putting explicit notes where she worked. West would continually harass the community by sending prostitutes, pizzas, and taxi-cabs to the homes of elderly neighbors at all hours of the day and night. He also sent text messages containing nude photos to members of the community.

As an inmate in the Summit County Jail, West continued to harass his victims. He relentlessly sent letters to Summit County judges, the Akron Police Department, the Oriana House, the Akron Beacon Journal and several other government agencies and media outlets, accusing investigators of unfounded misconduct.

Friday, 20 November 2015 11:27

Ice Skating Rink At Lock 3 Opens

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The ice skating rink at Lock 3 opens today (Friday) -- a week before the official grand opening of this year's winter lineup in Downtown Akron. 

New to the winter lineup this year is an indoor/outdoor skating rink, sponsored by the University of Akron, with a polymer surface for beginners 14 and under. 

That will open next Friday, November 27, along with many of the traditional events schedule, including the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival. 

Below is a list of events/activities scheduled this year, provided by Lock 3:

THE ICE RINK: The Lock 3 ice rink opens Friday, November 20, 2015 through Presidents Day, February 15, 2016. Admission to the ice rink is free to everyone. Skates can be rented for $3. Skate rental closes 1⁄2 hour before rink closes.

ZIPPY'S LITTLE ROO RINK: Presented by The University of Akron, Ohio's Polytechnic University. The 28' x 48' rink designed for beginner skaters, age 14 and under, is an all weather, indoor/outdoor synthetic skating surface and is one of our newest attractions to Lock 3! Zippy's Little Roo Rink will operate during the same hours as the Ice Rink.

AKRON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM POP-UP SITE: Explore the emerging Akron Children's Museum Pop-Up Site, presented by PNC at Lock 3 this winter! Families can explore, create, build, and move through our interactive exhibits designed to inspire the imagination. Admission is $3.Open Wednesday-Saturday 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday 11 am –5 pm. Check for more information.

POLAR PUTT-PUTT: 9 holes of indoor putt-putt golf that winds through festive holiday decor. Fun for all ages. $3 for 9 holes.

THE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL: On Friday November 27th at 7 p.m. the City of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership will light up the night sky over Lock 3. The half hour program hosted by WONE's Jeff Kinzbach will feature North East Ohio native, The Voice's Jacob Rummel and end with the lighting of spectacular displays throughout Lock 3 & a must see pyrotechnics show. It is also tradition for guests to stay after the show and ice skate into the night.

THE WELCOME SANTA PARADE: Saturday November 28th at 11am. This annual family tradition features over 75 units including marching bands, floats, costumed characters, dance groups and area organizations. The parade will end with Santa coming to town! Santa will stop at the main stage for the end of the parade entertainment and then come to Lock 3 to meet everyone. All Lock 3 attractions will be open.

REINDEER RUN: Enjoy 150 feet of downhill fun on our all-season polymer coated slide designed for children 14 and under. Adults may accompany children on the slide. Only sleds provided by Lock 3 may be used and are rented for $3 for 30 minutes. The number of sleds available each half-hour will be limited to ensure maximum fun. Purchase wristband and time slot at Skate Rental Desk.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9:30-11am. Breakfast is $10 and includes pancakes with lots of yummy toppings, sausage, hot chocolate and orange juice. A ticket to ride the Magical Train, access to the Akron Children's Museum Pop-Up location, and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run wristband, or a game of polar putt-putt. Bring your camera for plenty of photos with Santa! Reservations recommended by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877.

COUNTOWN TO FIRST NIGHT: A celebration in diversity and the largest community visual arts display in Northeast Ohio is Lock 3's "Countdown to First Night," featuring 40, hand-painted banners from schools, churches, community centers, ethnic organizations and civic groups - each one illustrating an expression of the winter holiday season. Lock 3 unveils a new banner on the State Street Parking Deck façade each evening, between Nov. 27 and First Night.

THE MAGICAL TRAIN: Enjoy a drive through Lock 3 on this trackless train that holds both adults and children. Fare is $3 for adults and children.

THE VINTAGE ONEIL'S WINDOW DISPLAYS: The famous classic department store animated window displays that Akronites remember from the 1960's through the 1980's will be displayed in the windows of the O'neil's and Polsky buildings on Main St. Displays include The 3 Little Pigs, The Wizard of Oz, 3 Men in a Tub, Alice In Wonderland, The Cabbage Patch Kids, Raggedy Ann and more.

CRAFT IN SANTA'S WORKSHOP: December 3, 10, 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Santa's Workshop (located inside Polar Putt Putt). Children 3-12 years old. FREE. Looking for a fun evening out with the kiddies? Join Santa and his helpers making crafts inside Santa's workshop! Lots of fun craft projects to choose from. You make it and then take it home with you! Enjoy photo opportunities with Santa and complimentary cookies and punch. Lots of holiday fun!

CRAFTY MART PRESENTS COTTAGE MART: For the first time, Crafty Mart is hosting a holiday pop-up market with a curated collection of our area's finest artists and makers in the outdoor wooden cottages. Enjoy ice skating, the new Children's Museum space, have a cup of hot chocolate, and stroll through the outdoor marketplace. Do your holiday gift shopping for locally-made items by small business makers for one weekend only. Saturday December 5th 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

AKRON2AKRON HOLIDAY WALKING TOUR: Join us for the Akron2Akron Downtown Christmas History Walking Tour and After Party on Saturday December 12th. The Walking Tour starts at 4pm and is free to the public and is led by Joanna Wilson the author of The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman and Akron's History of Christmas Attractions.

FIRST LOCK 3 JINGLE BELL BASH: To benefit Ronald McDonald House of Akron. December 12th at 6pm inside Lock 3. Admission is $10 and each party goer will receive 2 tickets to a raffle, one drink ticket, and food. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, Thirsty Dog's Christmas Ale, soda, holiday cookies and hor d'oeuvres available. Guests will also have free access to ice skate and play putt putt golf during the event.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Need something to make your winter weekends a little warmer? Stay tuned to the website for more events and activities throughout January and February.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: The concession stand at Lock 3 offers chili, soups and other hot items to warm skating and sledding enthusiasts. Akron's own Thirsty Dog brews are offered, including Lock 3 Lager. Coca Cola soft drinks and hot chocolate are also available.

Friday, 20 November 2015 11:21

Family Dust-up Leads To Conviction

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An Akron man will likely be heading back to prison, this time for shooting a family member in the stomach during a wild all-day gathering at a family home.
A Summit County jury found Jonathan Fedrick, 31, of Hallie Street guilty of two counts of Felonious Assault with gun specifications. Fedrick fired a shot during a gathering last March, left and returned later when he confronted another family member and shot the man in the stomach.
Fedrick was recently released from prison where he was doing time for aggravated assault; at the time of the March shooting, he was free on bond after an arrest on separate gun and drug charges.
Sentencing hasn't been scheduled.
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(Summit Prosecutor) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that jurors found Jonathan Fedrick, 31, of Hallie Street in Akron, guilty of shooting a family member.
It took jurors less than an hour to convict Fedrick of the following charges:
Two counts of Felonious Assault with Gun Specifications – felonies of the second degree
Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Todd McKenney also found Fedrick guilty of Having a Weapon Under Disability, a felony of the third degree.
In March of 2015, during an all-day gathering at a family member’s home, 
Fedrick fired a gun, nearly hitting a woman. Fedrick left, then returned a short while later and confronted the woman’s husband, who was also a family member. Fedrick eventually shot the man once in the stomach at point blank range.
Fedrick was recently released from prison, where he spent time for aggravated assault, and at the time of the March shooting, was out on bond after being arrested on separate gun and drug charges.
Sentencing for Fedrick has yet to be scheduled.
Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:21

KSU President: Looking At Accomplishments And The Future

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Kent State University president Beverly Warren gave her first State of the University address Thursday.

"Kent State is already a shining example of the best in higher education," Warren told the audience at Kent State's Kiva Center.

She talked both about the university's accomplishments and the future.

"We continue to shatter student enrollment and retention records," Warren said. "Where we see other universities seeing declining enrollments, we have had record enrollments over the last seven years."

Warren said it's not just about enrollment records, it's about the high quality of incoming students.

"Most importantly, we also attracted really highly academically qualiifed freshmen in our university. And freshmen with talents that abound in all ways," Warren said.

She says it's about preparing for jobs and careers, but also believes the value of higher education extends far beyond job preparation

"Now, I'll be the first to say preparing students for great careers is a fitting goal for us," Warren commented. "But I also stand with those who say the value of higher education extends far beyond job preparation.

Warren says students should think about what they want to do in life, not just "checking off" degree requirements.

Warren says Kent State should get more national recognition for everything it does.

A copy of the speech is available on Kent State University's website.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:43

Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of 19-Year-Old

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Akron police say they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an Akron man over the weekend.

On early Sunday morning, Jaleel Jovon Woods, 19, of Endicott Drive was found with a gunshot wound to the head near Cordova and Courtland avenues.

Detectives arrested Jovonte A. Veal, 21, of Copley Road and charged him with murder. He was taken into custody Wednesday night and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Akron police have launched their third homicide investigation in four days.

The latest fatal shooting was reported on Edward Avenue, where the body of 29-year-old Devon M. Anderson of Caddo Avenue in Akron was found in a car parked in a driveway.

He had been shot several times.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy, and says Anderson died of a gunshot wound to the torso, a homicide.

Akron police are investigating what happened.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:19

15-Year Old Nabbed In Car Chase

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Sheriff's deputies arresting a 15-year old after a traffic stop turned into a chase over a stolen vehicle. Deputies noted the driver crashed near Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township, then took off on foot. The deputy caught up to him after a short foot chase.

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(Summit County Sheriff) On November 19, 2015, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Manchester Road in Coventry Township in regards to a stolen vehicle.

The deputy confirmed that a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer was stolen, and at approximately 3:00 p.m., the deputy located the stolen vehicle in Coventry Township.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle did not comply with the deputy's order. The stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Prosser Avenue and Sauer Drive in Coventry Township.

The driver of the vehicle exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. The Deputy pursued and eventually apprehended the suspect a short distance away without any furhter incident. The suspect was identified as a 15-year old male from Coventry Township.

He was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property (F­4), Failure to Comply with an Order of a Police Officer (F­3), and Criminal Damaging (M­2). He was transported to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:20

UA Requests Funding For Capital Improvement Projects

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The University of Akron has released its list of capital improvement projects on campus. University officials are asking the state for more than $32 million dollars over the next two years and an additional $60 million to help pay for projects from 2018 to 2022.

One of their main priorities is to keep all the lights on, according to UA Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Nathan Mortimer.

"Our number one priority is our infrastructure on our electric. We've got a single loop infrastructure right now and we're trying to go into a double loop, which means if something happens, we've got backup. Right now if it goes out, we're going to lose power for about a million square feet of our campus and that wouldn't be good for us."

Among the projects: building renovations, roof replacements, building demolitions, and repairs to sidewalks, fire alarms and elevators.

Click here to view the entire list of projects.

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