Amid fallout from Summa's decision to change ER doctor providers at the New Year, and following the resignation of Dr. Thomas Malone, the health system announced Friday that Dr. Cliff Deveny will take over as interim President and CEO, effective March 13, 2017.
Dr. Deveny is a former senior leader at Summa, and according to a press release is "absolutely expected" to be among those considered to hold the position permanently.
Most recently, Dr. Deveny comes to Summa from Locus Health in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he served as president. His focus was on software as a means to support population health efforts, according to a report from Crains.
Summa Health has been the target of severe backlash and concern for patient care and effectiveness. Efforts are being made locally on behalf of the Summa Health Board of Directors and politicians, including Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosely-Samples, among others.
The Summa board says Dr. Deveny will hold the position while they take the next "three to six months" to find a permanent replacement.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and City Council President Marilyn Keith released a statement, saying, in part, "As community partners, we must commit to offering Dr. Deveny the support, confidence, and assistance he will need to lead this great institution through this transition and into its next chapter. It is our responsibility to be part of the solution. We have full confidence that if we roll up our sleeves and get to work, we can heal relationships, both internal to Summa and within the larger community. We look forward to working with Dr. Deveny to create new jobs, invest in our City, and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro also reacting, calling the move "exciting and positive news for our county's largest employer."
Akron Police looking for a group that broke into the Community Builder Incorporated at 212 East North St. February 20th about 7 o'clock that evening.
They got away with some checks after breaking in through the back door. They were caught on surveillance video (below).
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Akron Police have arrested Duane M. Lucas, 29, of Akron in the murder of 31-year-old Brittany Littlejohn.
Police responded to a call about an argument and shots fired in the 2500 block of Romig Road, at the Woods Apartment Complex, about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday. There they found Littlejohn dead on arrival and they're investigating the incident as a homicide. She was found on an outside patio with several shots to the abdomen.
A warrant was issued for Lucas who police caught up with around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of North Howard Street in Akron. He's been charged with Littlejohn's murder.
Update: Wednesday evening, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner positively identified the body that was found in Chippewa Lake Tuesday afternoon as that of missing Lafayette Township trustee Bryon Macron.
No cause of death has been determined yet.
Macron's family has been identified.
A kayaker found a body in Chippewa Lake Tuesday afternoon, about 2:30.
Frank Webber told Channel 3 News that it looked like that of a middle-aged man with brown hair. Webber said the body was water logged and the feet were just touching the bottom of the lake.
The body has been taken to Medina County Coroner and authorities are awaiting a positive identification.
Chippewa Lake is where the car of missing Lafayette Township trustee Bryon Macron was parked after he went missing on December 16th. Investigators have had very little to go on since Macron was reported missing, aside from his office that was trashed and his car parked at the lake.
Blood was found both in the office and in the vehicle, but police have no other leads.
The Akron Zoo had planned their "free admission day" months ahead of Presidents Day 2017. There is no way they could have predicted the unseasonably high temperatures Akron for Monday.
With the combination of free admission, kids off of school for the holiday, and 61 degrees for the high locally, it made for a near-record for attendance at the Akron Zoo.
"Yesterday we had our second-largest attendance in the history of the Zoo; and we were only open for five hours. We had 7,300 people show up at the Akron Zoo," Dave Barnhardt with the zoo told 1590 WAKR.
The attendance was second to last year's record-setting day when the zoo hosted "Boo at the Zoo" last October. when we also saw unseasonably warm temperatures.
The zoo posted to their Facebook page just before 1 p.m., that they would be closing early and would update the status on whether or not they would reopen. By 4 p.m., the zoo's regular closing time, there was no status update. Mary from Akron called our newsroom around the same time saying that the line of cars was spilling out on to Copley Road at Edgewood Avenue. By the time her group had gotten near the zoo entrance, they were told by a police officer that they had to turn back; that the zoo wasn't letting any more people in.
University of Akron Police are investigating a shooting just off campus along South Adolph Avenue, just east of campus and Route 8.
According to the police report, the shooting happened Monday afternoon about 1:15. One 26-year-old male victim was shot in the foot and transported to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the victim hasn't been cooperative with them and hasn't provided a suspect description.
The only thing police know is that a male suspect fled the scene on foot, running through backyards toward campus.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron PD or University of Akron PD.
Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is the offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Raymond Gates.
Gates is wanted by U.S. Marshals and Summit County Sheriff's Office on a rape charge. He's accused of raping an elderly woman near her Northfield Center home earlier in February. A warrant was issued for his arrest on February 10th. He is listed as a white male standing 6 feet tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known address is in Hudson, Ohio.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED to 847411. Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.
Bath Police officers responded to a call of a woman operating a motorized shopping cart down the middle of N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. about 10:20 Sunday night.
According to a Bath PD Facebook post, Officer A. Chapman arrested 33-year-old Melissa Bradley after she pulled into a nearby Lowe's parking lot. It was later determined that the cart came from a nearby Acme grocery store.
Bradley, from Warren, was charged with fifth degree felony theft. She's booked in Summit County Jail. Police say alcohol was a factor.
The FirstMerit Bank and Huntington Bank merger is wrapped up and ready to go for Tuesday morning.
The banks closed Saturday and remained closed for the President's Day holiday Monday to finalize the computer switch-over and replace signage at FirstMerit branches that will remain open as Huntington branches.
According to the bank, customers will have full access to their account via ATMs, online, and in person, beginning Tuesday. New account and routing numbers will also be available Tuesday morning online and via the mobile Huntington banking app. If customers have received their new Huntington ATM cards, they can begin using them starting Monday. Once the new cards are activated, the old FirstMerit cards will stop working, according to the bank.
The following is a list of the branches that will be closing and those that will remain open:
A standoff that lasted more than seven hours in Kent Sunday ended with a suspect shot by police.
Kent Police responded to a call at about 2 p.m. regarding a suspicious person and suspected drug activity at an apartment complex located at 782 Silver Meadows Boulevard. Upon arrival, the police report states that Christopher D. Carter, 27, barricaded himself into the complex's basement laundry room and held a woman at knifepoint.
Seven hours later, Kent Police SWAT rescued the female victim unharmed, but shot and killed Carter.
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation and will determine whether or not the shooting was justified.
The toxicology report is back on Saif Alameri, the Case Western Reserve student from the United Arab Emerites who was shot by a Hudson Police Officer after a car-chase and foot-chase back in early December.
The Summit County Medical Examiner determined that Marijuana was the only drug found in his system.
After crashing his car on the Turnpike, Alameri fled to a nearby neighborhood. After a reported struggle with Hudson Officer Ryan Doran, who fired 5 shots, killing Alameri.
The investigation into whether or not Doran was justified is ongoing.
A Tallmadge company that provides health services owes more than $951 thousand dollars in reimbursements for overpayments of state Medicaid payments, including interest.
State auditors reports G. S. Burton Development was overpaid $895 thousand dollars between 2012 and 2014, at a time when the company received nearly $1.3 million dollars in payments for transportation and home care services.
Auditors also reported some services were performed for ineligible employees, iincluding two drivers who either didn't have a current license or were under license suspension.
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(State Auditor) Examinations of four northeast Ohio Medicaid providers identified more than $1 million in overpayments this week, according to reports released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
Auditors uncovered much of that amount at G.S. Burton Development, LLP in Summit County, where they calculated $895,617 in overpayments stemming from 860 service errors that occurred from 2012 through 2014.
During that time, the provider received nearly $1.3 million in reimbursements from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) for 22,357 services, mostly non-medical transportation and homemaker/personal care aide services.
Auditors determined 283 services were provided by 11 employees who were ineligible during the entire period and 17 employees who were temporarily ineligible. Reasons for those determinations included a lack of criminal background checks and drug tests, missing personnel files, no first aid and/or CPR certification, and failure to complete required annual training hours.
“These requirements are pure commonsense,” Auditor Yost said. “It’s disturbing to know that some Ohioans risk being in the care of individuals who lack basic but essential medical training and who haven’t even been properly vetted for the job."
”Additionally, two drivers went periods of time without having a valid driver’s license, one temporarily had a suspended license and another driver had a driving record with six points,“Yost said.
These standards are in place to protect people and are not optional,” Yost said.
Auditors discovered 297 errors in the provider’s service documentation, including 177 instances where the units billed exceeded those documented and 86 services with no supporting documentation. With the current amount of interest, the provider owes ODM $951,525.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rodney Lee Hylton, 49, of Akron, in connection to the home explosion on Courtland Avenue at South Hawkins in Akron last week.
Hylton, who was renting the home on Courtland, is charged with Aggravated Arson and Arson, both felony counts, in the explosion and fire. Hylton was inside the Courtland home at the time of the explosion and has been in the hospital since.
The two counts are because the neighboring home on South Hawkins.
Stay with WAKR.net and 1590 WAKR as more details are revealed.
Stark County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshalls worked together on their latest bust of three suspected heroin dealers in the Akron area.
Two Massillon residents, Damon Marcus Slocum and Tiffany Angel Kegley are charged with involuntary manslaughter for providing the heroin that Sean Latham killed Sean Latham last May. Vernall Floyd Robinson was arrested for selling the heroin that resulted in a non-lethal overdose of another area resident. He's charged with Corrupting Another with Drugs, a second degree felony.
Read the full press release from the Stark County Sheriff's Office below:
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce several arrests as part of the ongoing effort to
combat the local heroin epidemic.
Sheriff George T. Maier commends the hard work and dedication of the employees of the sheriff’s office as well as
numerous partners in the effort to keep communities safe.
Sheriff Maier: “The indictments Tuesday are a direct result of our deputies and investigators working collaboratively
to combat the heroin epidemic here in Stark County.”
On February 14, 2017, Stark County Sheriff’s Major of Investigative Services, John Oliver, along with members of
the Metro Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, conducted two arrest warrants.
Major Oliver: “Our metro agents are committed to continuing to investigate all overdose related cases to their fullest
to hold those accountable for their actions.”
An arrest warrant was executed in Akron where deputies located and arrested 36-year-old Damon Marcus Slocum
and 31-year-old Tiffanie Angel Kegley at their home, each on a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter, a Felony 1.
Detectives determined Slocum and Kegley directly contributed to the death of Sean Latham in May, 2016 by
supplying him with the heroin that caused his fatal overdose.
A roughly three-month-long investigation led detectives to conduct a second arrest warrant at a home in Massillon.
23-year-old Vernall Floyde Robinson has been charged with one count of Corrupting Another with Drugs, a Felony 2;
and Tampering with Evidence, a Felony 3.
The charges come after a person overdosed on heroin in a public restroom. The victim was transported to the
hospital where he received long-term care for a serious medical condition caused by the heroin Robinson distributed.
The investigations represent a strong partnership between multiple law enforcement agencies and the Stark County
Prosecutor’s Office. Each play a critical role in keeping Stark County safe.
Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Scott offers this comment on behalf of County Prosecutor John Ferrero:
“As our county fights the heroin epidemic together, our office will do all we can to assist the justice system and
treatment community to sensibly rehabilitate heroin users. But, we will continue to work with law enforcement to
aggressively prosecute heroin traffickers and hold them accountable for the death and misery their deadly product