Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:13

Goodyear Using Soybean Technology in Tires

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The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, always on the edge of innovation, is taking a brand new approach to tire technology with the help of the United Soybean Board. 

In a release sent Tuesday, Goodyear announced the first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound that's helping enhance tire performance in several differnt weather conditions, including winter weather. The tread compound, created by a group of Goodyear scientists, uses soybean oil, which is naturally grown and harvested, cost-effective, and a renewable source, according to the company. Goodyear says they've found a new way to keep the rubber pliable in different weather conidtions, increasing grip to the roadway in varying conditions. 

“Goodyear’s legacy of innovation drives us to continue to apply new technology solutions, developing superior performing tires that meet consumer demands,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global materials science.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:27

Harvey Hits Local Gas Pumps

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Harvey made landfall in Texas a a category 4 hurricane last Friday, August 25th; the largest storm system to make landfall in the U.S. in more than a decade. In the process, Harvey destroyed or otherwise damaged refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, near Houston.

Patrick DeHaan, with GasBuddy.com, says that is going to affect the price at the pump in Akron and prices across the U.S., due to the trickle-down effect.

"This is such large event and there are so many refineries in Houston; you're talking about the energy capital of the U.S.," DeHaan told the Ray Horner Morning show Tuesday. He added that Harvey has tipped the supply and demand scale, with demand now outweighing supply, due to the damage to those refineries in the Gulf. DeHaan says that because of the amount of production at those affected refineries that has been temporarily thrown offline, we are seeing increases in our area and across the U.S. 

Below is the weekly release from GasBuddy.com detailing increases in Akron gas prices and including information on the impact Harvey will have: 

(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 14.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.36/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 16.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on August 27 in Akron have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.16/g in 2016, $2.53/g in 2015, $3.39/g in 2014, $3.54/g in 2013 and $3.75/g in 2012.

Areas near Akron and their current gas price climate:
Cleveland- $2.25/g, up 4.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.21/g.
Pittsburgh- $2.60/g, flat  from last week's $2.61/g.
Ohio- $2.30/g, up 7.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.23/g.

"Gas prices are up in many places and motorists should be gearing up for more in the coming weeks, thanks to Hurricane Harvey inundating significant refineries along the Texas coastline, leading to closures and tilting the delicate balance of supply and demand," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "Prices will likely rise nearly country wide heading into Labor Day, from rural towns in the Rockies to major cities in the Midwest and West Coast- nearly everyone will feel a bit of a pinch at the pump from Harvey. The impact could linger for several weeks or longer, depending on how long it takes Texas refiners to return to normal operations. In addition, the situation could worsen should more shutdowns or outages happen in the coming week as Harvey continues to drop feet of rain on already flooded Texas."

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says it's a criminal investigation that led to his surprise call Sunday to Chief of Police James Nice to resign -- and not the death of a teenager Friday in the backseat of a police cruiser of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Nice delivered a terse 30 word resignation letter around 4:00 yesterday afternoon. Mayor Horrigan told reporters this afternoon he had been informed by police higher-ups that the Chief was part of an investigation involving his nephew, Joseph Nice of Uniontown, who is under indictment relating to his auto sales business. The case involved possible criminal misconduct by Nice, city officials said, including making derogatory comments and inappropriate conduct with city employees.

The City says it will turn the information over to the Summit County Prosecutor, but wouldn't provide more information or a timeline.


Joseph Nice of Uniontown was indicted for grand theft and forgery in March of this year. His criminal case is being heard by Judge Jason Wells in Summit County Common Pleas Court. The nephew Nice is also listed in numerous civil lawsuits in Summit County, including lawsuits alleging fraud and breach of contract for the sale of automobiles through Metro ACC Car Sales on Waterloo Road. 

Below is the statement released from the Office of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan regarding the resignation of former Chief James Nice: 

Akron, Ohio, August 28, 2017 – Mayor Horrigan formally asked for, and accepted, the resignation of City of Akron Police Chief James Nice effective Sunday, August 27th, 2017. Evidence of conduct unbecoming of an officer, inappropriate contact with a city employee and potential criminal misconduct led him to make this immediate decision. The City will be referring any and all information regarding potential criminal conduct to the County Prosecutor.

Mayor Horrigan stated, “These actions violate the mission, vision and values of the Akron Police Department and the City of Akron and they will not be tolerated. All of us who serve the public must hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. It is clear to me, that in this instance, Jim Nice’s conduct violated that standard, and he lost his ability to lead the department. I will not let anyone impugn the integrity and confidence of our City organization, and I will fiercely uphold that standard as long as I am Mayor of this City.”

Mayor added, “What is also clear to me, is that the men and women of the Akron Police Department acted appropriately and swiftly upon receiving information of misconduct. At every step of the way, investigators put what was right above all else. I have full faith and confidence in the department going forward.”

Mayor Horrigan appointed Major Kenneth Ball as acting Chief of the Akron Police Department, effective August 27th. Ball, an Akron resident, has more than 26 years of service to the Akron Police Department. He joined the Akron Police Department in 1991, was promoted to sergeant in 1997; lieutenant in 2000; captain in 2006; and major in March of 2015. He graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College in 2001, and from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2013.

Mayor Horrigan will work closely with Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Charles Brown and Director of Human Resources Don Rice to select a permanent police chief, in accordance with the Charter of the City of Akron.



Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:23

Stow Truck-Train Wreck Detailed

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Stow police releasing more details of a collision between a train and a dump truck on Monday.

64-year old Darodd Duncan was seriously injured when his Skios Trucking rig was hit while trying to cross the tracks near Middlebury Road by an eastbound CSX train. The impact came on the passenger side. Duncan was transported to Akron General with his injuries.

Multiple tow trucks had to be called in to pull the truck wreckage from the tracks; the locomotive sustained damages as well but was still operating. It took five to six hours for cleanup crews to restore rail service at the scene.

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(Stow PD) On August 21, at 2:53 p.m., Tallmadge Police responded to a train versus dump truck accident on a private road near Middlebury Road. At 4:15 p.m., it was determined the accident actually occurred within the boundaries of the City of Stow. Both the Stow Police Department and Stow Fire Department responded.

The driver of the dump truck, Darodd Duncan, age 64, of Akron, Ohio, was transported to Akron General Hospital (downtown Akron) with serious injuries. No one on the train was injured. The driver of the Skios Trucking vehicle was southbound attempting to cross the tracks when it was struck by an eastbound CSX train on the passenger side. The accident will be investigated by Stow Police and CSX will conduct their own internal investigation.

The locomotive sustained damage to the front of the engine but remained operable. The dump truck had moderate, disabling damage to the cab and sustained damage to the entire vehicle until finally coming to rest. Multiple heavy rescue tow trucks were used to remove the truck from the tracks to avoid damage to the rails.

The Summit County Hazardous Materials Team was notified and responded to provide initial control and cleanup of a fuel and oil leak from the dump truck. The Summit County HazMat truck arrived at 4:41 p.m. and began cleanup operations. Continued cleanup of the site was performed by Sunpro and the EPA was also notified. Stow Fire and Summit County Hazmat Teams cleared the scene at 8:35 p.m. after the truck had been removed from the tracks and towed from the scene

The tracks were closed for approximately 5-6 hours. This crossing has no gates but does have warning signs and is on a private road. 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:20

Browns Name Kizer Starter Against Tampa Bay

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The Cleveland Browns have announced rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will start the Browns preseason game 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, August 26th in Tampa. 

Here is the statement from Hue Jackson: 

“This morning, I informed our quarterbacks that DeShone will be our starter for the third preseason game against Tampa. He has made a lot of progress by investing the time necessary to learn our offense, working hard to improve on his fundamentals while also effectively moving the offense in preseason games. Development is so important for a young quarterback, this is the next step he needs to take and he deserves this opportunity. We are very excited about seeing DeShone in the role of starter for this week, as he is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.

“Much like DeShone, Brock, Cody and Kevin have worked extremely hard throughout training camp and have helped create a very supportive environment in our quarterback room. They’ve pushed each other, worked well together and we expect that to continue.”

Monday, 21 August 2017 12:11

Steubenville Judge Shot in Courthouse Ambush

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Municipal Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot and wounded outside of a Steubenville courthouse at the start of the workday Monday morning. 

According to reports, a suspect and another man were seen waiting outside of the courtroom and then approached Bruzzese as he was walking up to the entrance of the building. That's when police say the suspect, whose name has not been released, fired five shots. Judge Bruzzese, who was carrying a gun, fired five shots himself, though it is reported that a probation officer returned fire, killing the suspect on the scene. 

Judge Bruzzese was transported to an area hospital with injuries and later Monday morning was reportedly in stable condition. 

Police were seen taking a man into the back of a police car, but, in a Facebook Live interview with WTOV-9 Steubenville and other news outlets, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said that this person was not considered a suspect at the time. Sheriff Abdalla added that the man was a passenger in the vehicle with the shooter, and claims that he had no prior knowledge. 

The shooter was reportedly due in court that morning, but it wasn't immediately clear for what exactly. Sheriff Abdalla suggested that it was some kind of retaliation shooting, but a clear motive hasn't been established yet. 

Steubenville Police and Ohio BCI are investigating. 

Monday, 21 August 2017 09:04

Rare Bat Found In Twinsburg

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Summit Metro Parks reporting a rare discovery -- a northern long-eared bat discovered in Twinsburg, the first time they've seen the endangered animal in five years. The northern long-eared bat has been hit hard by white nose disease, a fungus that claimed 90% of the bat population. Biologists attached a small transmitter and let her fly back to a colony she shares with brown bats.

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(Summit Metro Parks) Summit Metro Parks biologists captured a rare northern long-eared bat in Twinsburg earlier this month – the first sighting of the species by park staff in five years – and learned that it's living with a different species of winged mammal.

Biologist Marlo Perdicas said the federally endangered bat was found near Liberty Park. Summit Metro Parks manages 3,000 acres of the park that spans northeast Summit and northwest Portage counties. Much of it is in Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township.

"We have not seen a northern long-eared bat since 2012 due to the effects of white-nose syndrome," Perdicas said, referring to a disease that wakes up bats in winter, when there are no insects to consume. The fatal fungus has devastated bat populations across the eastern United States, including Northeast Ohio. "We have about 10 percent of the bats we used to have," Perdicas added.

The northern long-eared bat captured August 10, an adult female, was fitted with a transmitter and tracked back to her roost. "To our surprise, she is roosting with a colony of little brown bats," said Perdicas.

Perdicas explained that sort of grouping is unusual in summer as bats are roosting, but more common during hibernation. Bats hibernate in groups, and summer is coming to a close.

Hibernation for both species begins between September and October and can last as long as May.

The northern long-eared bat's range is the eastern United States and Canada, while the little brown bat's range includes most of North America. Northern long-eared bats, on average, tend to be slightly smaller than little brown bats.

Eight different bat species have been recorded in Summit County: northern long-eared, little brown, Indiana (another federally endangered species), big brown, tri-colored, silver-haired, hoary and red.

Friday, 18 August 2017 10:07

Akron Zoo Loses Leo

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Liver disease the reason the Akron Zoo euthanized their Sumatran tiger "Leo" earlier this week. The Zoo had been home for the past couple of years; he was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 2011. The tiger exhibit will remain closed for the time being; the Zoo's other tiger Sanjiv is at the Topeka Zoo on a "breeding recommendation." 

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(AkronZoo.org) he Akron Zoo is mourning the loss of their male Sumatran tiger, Leonidas, “Leo,” who was humanely euthanized on August 13, 2017. The zoo’s professional Animal Care staff recently observed a change in Leo’s appetite, leading to a comprehensive veterinary medical exam on Thursday, August 10. During his annual physical on June 27, 2017, Leo showed no signs of illness and all his lab work came back normal. However on the August 10 exam, their Veterinary Staff discovered that he had significant liver disease. Leo immediately underwent an aggressive treatment regimen, however he did not respond to therapy and continued to rapidly decline. The difficult decision was then made to humanely euthanize Leo.Leo was born on July 9, 2011, at the Oklahoma City Zoo. He arrived in Akron on March 3, 2015. The Akron Zoo is actively working with the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) and is expecting a placement recommendation soon, but until that time the tiger exhibit will remain closed. The zoo’s other male tiger, Sanjiv, was recently relocated to the Topeka Zoo on a breeding recommendation from the Tiger SSP.“Leo was a great cat and a wonderful ambassador for his species,” commented Eric Albers, Animal Curator. “He was very much like a typically finicky cat and would only do what Leo wanted to do and when Leo wanted to do it. However, the staff appreciated him and enjoyed having him in Akron to educate and inspire our community.”

Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:29

APD Investigating after Mausoleum Vandalized

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Akron Police are looking for a suspect, and a motive, after a woman found an Akron mausoleum broken into and vandalized.

Rita Day-Lavelle tells News 5 that she was walking past East Akron Cemetery Tuesday and noticed the door to a mausoleum was open. Upon further inspection she saw the lock had been broken. When she looked inside, she saw that a casket had been toppled over, and a man's body was sprawled onto the floor. She tells News 5 that limbs had been broken and the man's head was detatched. 

The man, later identified as a World War I veteran, had been buried in the mausoleum 37 years ago. Another crypt was damaged as well. 

Akron Police Lt. tells the news outlet that grave robbery could be a possible motive, but they haven't established any suspects yet. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:16

Akron Dad Leaves Toddler in Car at Jack Casino

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An Akron man is charged with Child Endangering after reportedly leaving his toddler locked in the car while he was inside the Jack Casino in Cleveland. 

Cleveland Police responded to a call of the young boy locked in the car Saturday night, around 9:30. When they arrived, 28-year-old John Pierre McCallister was reportedly walking through the garage toward the car. He met the police there and reportedly said, "Oh, my bad. I was just coming back to check on him." The report claims McCallister told police his girlfriend had driven them to the casino and that she was inside. He later admitted that she was actually at their Akron home. 

Police contacted the girlfriend, the boy's mother, and she told them that she was unaware McCallister was in Cleveland and that she would come pick up the boy. 

McCallister appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday and is due back in court next week. 

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