Akron police recovered 23 guns and thousands of prescription pills during a traffic stop Monday.

Police say they ran a random registration check on a vehicle parked in a Romig Road nightclub, and picked up warrants on the vehicle owner on charges including outstanding warrants to include drug abuse marijuana, obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Akron police say they peeked into the car, saw ammunition, and took the driver into custody after being told there "might be" a rifle in the car.

Officers then found 23 guns, holsters, ammunition, marijuana and and a number of prescription medications.

Of the 23 weapons inside, police say two were confirmed stolen, and they're checking on the other 21.


Ryan Peltan of Doylestown and Derik Snell of Rittman (pictured: courtesy Akron Police Department) are facing a list of charges.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:52

Marathon Growing -- Including The Name

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Get ready for a mouthful; The Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Marathon, Half-Marathon and Team Relay will become the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series Marathon, Half-Marathon and Team Relay presented by FirstEnergy. And that's a good thing.

It may take a few breaths to get the name out, but it does show the deep level of support and backing one of the premier events showcasing Akron enjoys locally from the Akron business community. Two of the business community's heavyweights reinforced that message as Bill Considine, CEO of Akron Children's Hospital and Chuck Jones, CEO of FirstEnergy, teamed with Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco and Akron Marathon founder Steve Marks to announce the event's new sponsorships.

ACH AMA RaceSeries 13REL26 RGB FirstEnergyAkron Children's Hospital stepped in last month and FirstEnergy signed up as a presenting sponsor, something the Akron-based utility wanted to do before Time Warner first led as presenting sponsor in 2003. Jones said the utility sees the sponsorship as continuation of what it's done giving back to the communities it serves across it's five-state footprint.

"Our headquarters is here, this will always be our home, it's been our home for over a hundred years," Jones said. "Akron's a great community...I'm proud of the growth that it's seen, how it's transformed itself from the rubber capital of the world to a vibrant city."

Considine is a key player among Akron's corporate and community leaders.

"We're pretty excited about it. It unites the community," Considine said. "It's a national event...we're a national hospital, seeing patients from all 50 states at Akron Children's Hospital. An event like the Akron Marathon shows the community cares." Considine called Akron a "champion city" and said the Marathon is an "image builder" for Akron. 

"The Akron Marathon has always been about community, and we're extremely happy one of the largest employers in Summit County has stepped up," said Marathon founder Steve Marks.

The Akron Marathon drew more than 20,000 participants during it's events in 2015 with events including the full marathon, half-marathon, relay and other races.

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(Akron Marathon)FirstEnergy Corp. has signed a three-year agreement with the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay held each September. The announcement was made Tuesday at a special event at Cascade Plaza in downtown Akron.

FirstEnergy replaces Time Warner Cable, which had served as presenting sponsor since the Akron Marathon's inception in 2003.

"The Akron Marathon has always been about community and we're extremely happy one of the largest employers in Summit County has stepped up to become presenting sponsor," said Steve Marks, Akron Marathon founder. "At the same time, we'd like to thank Time Warner Cable for being a great partner for the first 13 years of the event."

Headquartered in Akron, FirstEnergy has more than 15,000 employees who serve six million customers across six states.

"We're thrilled to partner with Akron Children's Hospital to increase our sponsorship of the Akron Marathon," said Chuck Jones, president and CEO of FirstEnergy. "This race has become a nationally-respected event, both because it's so well-organized and because of the tremendous ways this community has embraced it. Many of our employees and customers run, volunteer and cheer for this event every year, making this a perfect fit for FirstEnergy."

FirstEnergy has been a major sponsor of the Akron marathon since its inception in 2003.

The inaugural Akron Marathon featured 3,775 participants and has grown to more than 14,000 across the weekend's events. The marquee event generates more than $6 million in economic activity and generates thousands of dollars more in contributions to countless charities.

"FirstEnergy has been a longtime partner of Akron Children's Hospital, and we are delighted that they accepted our invitation to step up to presenting sponsor of the marathon as we become the race's title beneficiary in 2016," said Bill Considine, Akron Children's Hospital president and CEO. "We are grateful to FirstEnergy and all the individuals and organizations who are so civic-minded and make Akron such a great place to live."

Known as the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series in 2015, more than 20,000 runners participated across the three events. The series dates were developed to help guide runners through a typical training schedule leading up to the marquee events. The 2016 events will be held June 25 (8k & 1-Mile), August 13 (Half Marathon & 10k) and Sept. 24 (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run). Registration is scheduled to open this winter.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:30

Circle Of Care For Elderly

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Area agency directors and elected office holders seem to agree that a new program targeting senior citizens will result in better care, particularly for those in need of special services.

It's called "Circle of Care" and that circle consists of about a dozen groups that include the Akron police and fire departments, Akron Metropolitan Housing, Summit County Probate Court, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addition and Mental Health Services and others.

The Summit County Health Department headed the effort and hosted representatives from participating agencies and others who have a role to officially sign an agreement to solidify the collaboration.

Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda says Circle of Care allows for quicker responses to problems encountered by the elderly through sharing information and avoiding duplication. She says using a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work.

"It's very comprehensive and it supports the client through a difficult time," said Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda. "So we're hoping that we don't see them again and it helps reduce the recidivism rate. They don't come back every three months in crisis."

Skoda says it's more important than every to launch programs like this because the Baby Boomer population continues to get older as the structure and connectedness of families continues to evolve.

"Everybody lives everywhere now, so it's difficult for some of these older folks who don't want to lose their independence, don't want to go to a nursing home, who really want to live independently and probably can at some level but need support," said Skoda.

Skoda says Summit County's approach has become a model for other communities across the state.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:25

Marijuana, Cash Found In Coventry Home

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A search warrant at a Coventry Township home led to the discovery of several pounds of marijuana and more than $40,000 in cash.
Summit County's drug unit was called in to search a home on Elora Avenue after a anonymous tip, according to Summit County Sheriff's Deputies.
Authorities found several pounds of marijuana packed for sale, scales, over $40,000 in cash, suspected cocaine, and a firearm.
Dexter Cooley, 24, of Coventry Township, was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:50

APD Investigating Monday Shootings

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Police are looking into two separate shootings that happened in Akron Monday.

The first shooting was reported outside a house in the 1800 block of 2nd Street SW around 9:30 a.m. A 28-year-old told police he was involved in an altercation and was shot in the arm and leg. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center where his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect allegedly fled in light blue or gray Chrysler minivan. Only a vague description of the shooting suspect was released and no description was given for the person driving the getaway van.

The second shooting happened near a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue. Three men asked of another trio of men walking past their house to walk across the street so their "dog would not attack them," according to police. That's when one man pulled out a gun and fired several shots. No one was hurt, but the bullets struck two homes. Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

A now former Akron police officer gets a four year prison term for attacking and stalking his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that 44 year-old Eric Paull, a 19 year Akron police veteran who was a sergeant, was sentenced today in the courtroom of Summit County Common Pleas Court judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

As a part of a deal with special prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office, Paull won't be allowed to work as a police officer again.

Paull retired from the Akron force in August, after being on paid administrative leave.


On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com



Monday, 26 October 2015 13:39

Another Name For Running

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The Akron Marathon's official name is getting even longer, with official word coming Tuesday afternoon.

It was a mouthful when the Akron Marathon Race Series became the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, and now you can add another title name sponsor into the mix.

Officials from Akron Children's Hospital, the Akron Marathon and FirstEnergy will be announcing even more support for the event that's grown into a national race. All are tight-lipped ahead of the announcement Tuesday afternoon but FirstEnergy will take title of one of the Akron Marathon signature races.

There is a delicious irony to FirstEnergy's sponsorship; the utility already sponsors the All-American Soap Box Derby by name, meaning it'll be a title sponsor on two Akron-based races -- one billed as a thrill down the hill thanks to and the other based on human-powered motion, both unaided by engines or motors. Neither race needing electricity.

Monday, 26 October 2015 13:36

Conrad Found Guilty In Falls Murder

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Jeffrey Conrad has been found guilty of all counts against him in the murder of Amanda Russell, his former girlfriend, in Cuyahoga Falls.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury returned guilty verdicts Monday against Conrad on two aggravated murder counts, one murder count, and other counts including felonious assault, violating a protection order and domestic violence.

Russell was found stabbed to death by her teenage daughter outside her home on 8th Street in August 2014. Russell had taken out a protection order against Conrad in 2012.

It didn't take long to find Conrad, once his arrest was imminent. He'd been in police custody, charged with assaulting a park ranger in Cleveland.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says Conrad was not in court Monday when the verdict was read. 

His sentencing date is still pending.

Monday, 26 October 2015 08:56

Bridgestone Deal Lands Pep Boys

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Manny, Moe and Jack finally have an Akron connection. Bridgestone Americas agreeing to an $835 million dollar all-cash deal to buy out the Pep Boys outlets that will add more than 800 more retail sales and service outlets to the Bridgestone/Firestone existing network of 2,200 stores, increasing that number by more than a third. The deal is expected to close in 2016. 


(Bridgestone) Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) and The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (Pep Boys; NYSE: PBY) today announced that Pep Boys and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BSRO will acquire Pep Boys in an all-cash transaction for $15.00 per share, or approximately $835 million in aggregate equity value. This represents a premium of 23 percent over Pep Boys’ closing price of $12.15 on October 23, 2015 and a premium of 62 percent over Pep Boys’ unaffected (prior to market speculation of a potential transaction) price of $9.25 on May 19, 2015. The transaction is structured as a tender offer. 

“Bridgestone and Pep Boys are two leading companies that share a proud heritage in the American automotive services industry,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “Our shared expertise and commitment to our customers and employees will help us build an even stronger organization.”

Pep Boys, headquartered in Philadelphia, has been one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chains since 1921. With more than 7,500 service bays in more than 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys offers tires, maintenance and repair and parts and accessories.

The acquisition accelerates the global growth strategy of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company and parent of Bridgestone Americas. Pep Boys will add approximately 800 locations to BSRO’s nationwide network of 2,200 tire and automotive service centers, which operate under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works brand banners. 

Along with these company-owned stores and Bridgestone’s more than 5,000 long-standing dealers and distributors in the United States, Pep Boys’ distribution network will help reach even more consumers with the products and services they want when they need them. The acquisition represents an immediate nationwide expansion of more than 35 percent for BSRO.

“We are excited to join the Bridgestone family of companies to become part of the world’s largest company-owned tire and automotive service retail network,” said Scott Sider, CEO of Pep Boys. “This transaction delivers a significant premium for Pep Boys’ shareholders and offers new opportunities for our employees across a bigger business. We look forward to working with the Bridgestone team for a smooth and successful transition.”

The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of both Bridgestone and Pep Boys, a wholly owned subsidiary of BSRO will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Pep Boys at $15.00 per share in cash. The completion of the tender offer will be conditioned on Pep Boys’ shareholders tendering at least a majority of Pep Boys’ outstanding shares, determined on a fully diluted basis, and other customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Following completion of the tender offer, both companies will complete a merger in which Pep Boys shares that were not tendered in the tender offer will be cancelled and converted into the right to receive $15.00 per share in cash. Following completion of the transaction, Pep Boys will be wholly owned by and operate under BSRO. Pep Boys’ stock will no longer trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

Monday, 26 October 2015 08:59

Canton Man Shot, Killed In Akron

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Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old Canton man over the weekend. 
The medical examiner said Joshua Curtis was reportedly involved in an altercation in a parking lot on Romig Road. He was pronounced dead at Akron General Medical Center at 5:50 a.m.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. Further details were not released. 
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