Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:28

Life In Prison For Cuyahoga Falls Murderer

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Jeffrey Conrad of Toledo has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Russell.

Russell's body was found in the backyard of her Cuyahoga Falls home back in August of 2014 by her then 14-year-old daughter. Russell, who had a protection order against him, was arrested and charged with murder. A jury found him guilty of Aggravated Murder, Felonious Assault, Violating a Protection Order, and Domestic Violence. 

In addition to the life sentence, Summit County Common Pleas Court Paul Gallagher tacked on 11 years for the assault of a fellow inmate. Conrad, remorseless in court Wednesday, wore a smile as he maintained his innocence in the murder of Russell whose body was found in her backyard. Conrad was convicted by a jury back in 2015. 

Jeffrey Conrad

Conrad made the news during the murder trial when he chose to represent himself and then, threatened to shoot other people in the courtroom. Later he decided that he didn't want to be in the courtroom any longer and removed himself, leaving no one to represent him and the defense of his case. He was in court for sentencing, and according to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, showed no remorse and claimed his innocence while smiling with the family of Amanda Russell present. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:13

Tallmadge Chemical Attack Rapist Sentenced

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Brendan Clark, 37, of Tallmadge has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape and domestic violence against a woman he knew back in July of last year.

Court documents show Clark entered the victim's home, threw an unspecified chemical in her face, and then attacked and assaulted her. The victim was later able to escape and alert a neighbor. 

Clark was sentenced immediately after his guilty plea in Summit County Court. After he serves his sentence, Clark willl have to register as a sex offender with the County every 90 days for the rest of his life. 

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Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Brendan Clark, 37, of Van Evers Road in Tallmadge, pled guilty in connection with an attack on a female acquaintance.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher immediately sentenced Clark to nine years in prison.

Clark pled guilty to the following charges:

  • Rape – a felony of the 1st degree
  • Domestic Violence – a misdemeanor of the 1st degree

In July of 2016, Clark entered the victim’s home, threw a chemical in her face, dragged her into a bedroom where he beat her and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to escape and ran outside where she alerted neighbors. The Tallmadge Police Department conducted an investigation and obtained DNA evidence and an admission from Clark.

Judge Gallagher also designated Clark as a Tier III sex offender. When Clark is released from prison, he will have to register with the local sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 08:08

Pair In Court For Barberton Murder

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Barberton police are putting a man and woman behind bars for a weekend shooting that left a Cleveland man dead at the scene. Justin Randle was found in the grass and died a short time later; witnesses fingered the shooters taking off in an SUV outside a home on Michigan Place; police stopped the vehicle, found a gun and shell casings in the vehicle.25-year old Akria Taylor and 26-year old Antonio Parra, both of the Cleveland area, arrested. Parra's facing murder, Taylor obstruction charges.

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(Barberton PD) On January 15, 2017 at 1:51 a.m., Barberton Police were called to 341 Michigan Place for a person who had been shot. Arriving officers found the victim lying in the grass. The victim was identified as Justin R. Randle, DOB 5/31/1989 from East 74th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Randle had been shot and witnesses stated that the suspect had left the scene in a Saturn SUV. Randle was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital where he was operated on. Randle died from his injuries early Sunday morning.

Shortly after the shooting call went out, Barberton Officers spotted a Saturn SUV that matched the suspect vhicle heading out of the City on Wooster Road North. Officers conducted a traffic stop. A loaded gun and two fired shell cashings were recovered from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was Akiria Taylor, DOB 2/21/1991 from Griffing Avenue in Cleveland. The passenger of the vehicle was Antonio Deon Parra, DOB 2/20/1990 from Walford Road in Warrensville Heights. Both Taylor and Parra were arrested and booked into the Barberton City Jail.

Parra is charged with Murder and Taylor is charged of Obstructing Justice. Both will have their initial appearance in Barberton Municipal Court on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Monday, 16 January 2017 12:44

Summa Adds "Executive Coach"

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A press release Sunday from Summa Health officials states that from now on, no doctor contracts will be terminated without full approval of the entire Summa Health System Board.

The announce comes as the hospital system continues to deal with the abrupt firing of the doctor group that manned the hospitals emergency rooms, prompting a group of roughly 100 doctors voting "no confidence" in Summa management and calling for Dr. Thomas Malone, Summa CEO, to resign. 

The Summa Board, which says they're "troubled" by recent events, is also hiring an "executive coach" to help create a new corporate culture, which, as stated in the release, "values employee and physician engagement."

Additionally, Summa Health is creating a new medical staff panel composed of doctors, to advise them on medical staff issues.

Read the full press release from Summa Health Systems below: 

Summa Health is grounded in the concept of servant leadership, of serving the patient or serving those
who do. The Board of Directors believes that this idea is the backbone of our mission, vision and values,
guiding our organization toward long-term success.


After facing difficult headwinds recently, we think it’s important to remember that our entire Summa
Health team has served one another and accomplished a great deal over the last few years. Together we
have launched a $350 million facilities plan that will form the cornerstone of our vision to drastically
improve the overall health of our community and give us a platform to continue to be a leader on
population health. Our finances are sound, our accountable care organization is a state leader, and the
performance of SummaCare is on the rise.


As pleased as we are by these accomplishments, recent events and the divisions that they have revealed
are very troubling to us. To address the concerns of our physicians and staff, and to build a culture that
aligns our values with our vision, we are: ? Hiring an executive coach who will report directly to the Board and provide guidance on the
establishment of a new culture, one that values employee and physician engagement. The work
of this coach will extend to all members of the Summa Health executive leadership team. ? Creating a medical staff panel of 3-7 physicians (both independent and employed) that will
report directly to the Board and advise on medical staff issues. The Board will work with medical
leadership to gather nominations for physicians to serve on this panel. ? Committing to filling the two physician vacancies on our Board by February 28, 2017. ? Revising our contract renewal process in accordance with best in class standards in order to
avoid a repeat of the recent emergency department transition. ? Providing direct Board oversight for all physician contracts for the remainder of 2017. No
physician contract will be terminated without the full approval of the Board.


All of these steps are intended to provide the foundation for the Summa Health leadership team to build
a culture of engagement and open communication. Our Board will be monitoring this situation closely.
As caretakers of Summa Health, it is our responsibility to provide the tools for management to develop a
way forward that ensures we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. It is also our responsibility to
ensure that our community is served by a high-quality healthcare organization that not only improves
the health and wellness of our region, but also remains a pillar of strength that helps drive Akron
forward. We take each of these responsibilities seriously and are committed to ensuring the execution
of our vision for Summa Health. We remain fortunate to be joined on our journey by the tireless and dedicated Summa Health team, the
physicians, employees, volunteers, donors and leaders who work daily to deliver quality, compassionate
care and strengthen our organization so, that as a vital community partner, we can continue to thrive.

Sincerely,


Summa Health Board of Directors 

Monday, 16 January 2017 12:22

Shooting At Akron Gentleman's Club

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Two men were shot inside the Clutch Gentleman's Club on South Arlington early Sunday morning. Now police asking for help finding two suspects. The police report states an altercation started inside the club just after 3 a.m. and then one, or possibly both suspects opened fire. A Canton man and a man from Detroit were both shot; both transported to Akron City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Suspect 1

Below is the press release from APD: 

Shortly after 3:00am Sunday morning, two males were shot inside the Clutch Gentleman’s Club, located at 1890 South Arlington Street. The victims reported they were involved in an altercation inside of the club when the suspect fired several shots. The first victim, 33 year old male from Canton, was shot in the abdomen and upper leg. The second victim, 33 year old male from Detroit, was shot in the upper right leg. Both victims were transported to Akron City Hospital by a friend with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are two black males. The first suspect is about 30 years old, 6’1” – 6’3”, 240 – 250 lbs., with black braided hair, beard, mustache, and was wearing a camouflage pants and gray shirt. The second suspect is 5’7” – 5’9”, wearing a knit hat with a white emblem on the front, a light colored hooded sweatshirt and jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact our department.

Monday, 16 January 2017 11:27

Mayor Orders Audit Of Oriana House

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On Monday, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan's office issued a press release stating that the mayor has ordered an audit of the contract between Oriana House and the City of Akron. 

The audit announcement comes shortly after reports of overdoses and even an overdose death at Oriana House Akron. 

You can read the full statement from the mayor's office below: 

Today Mayor Dan Horrigan made public his plans to seek an independent audit of the contract between the City and Oriana House, Inc.— a non-profit community corrections and rehabilitation organization that provides confinement, chemical dependency and employment placement services and operates a work release program for individuals convicted of certain offenses through the Akron Municipal Court.

“As we, as a community, strive to build collaborative, effective solutions to combat opiate addiction, my priority has always been to provide the victims of addiction with safe, healthy environments in which to recover and generate real opportunities for those individuals to turn their lives around and contribute fully to society.”

“Furthermore, from my first day in office, my administration has been systematically reevaluating each of our significant long-standing relationships and agreements to make sure we are achieving the maximum benefit for our citizens,” Mayor Horrigan said. “It is critical that Akron residents have full confidence that their public dollars are being well spent. For these collective reasons, I have asked my staff to see that the City’s contract with Oriana House is subjected to a full, independent audit.”

In addition to the independent audit, Mayor Horrigan also expressed his intention to reevaluate the process through which these services are awarded. “As we look to the future, we will be critically examining our procedures and contracting criteria with fresh eyes, to ensure fairness and transparency throughout the process,” Mayor Horrigan said. Additional details about the audit will be made public as they become available.

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:32

Akron Utility Wins High Response Marks

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Providing a helping hand during times of trouble doesn't go unrecognized. Akron-based FirstEnergy honored with the "Emergency Assistance Award" from an electric utility group for it's support of southern power systems following Hurricane Matthew last year. FirstEnergy sent hundreds of line workers to Florida and South Carolina last October to help restore power for more than a million customers. The local utility was also recognized for it's own efforts following storms in West Virginia caused power outages for customers of it's Mon Power subsidiary.

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(FirstEnergy) For the 11th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization.

FirstEnergy was honored with the “Emergency Assistance Award” as a result of sending about 600 line workers, contractors and support personnel to assist Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy after Hurricane Matthew caused large-scale power outages along the East Coast. Over a 10-day period in early October last year, FirstEnergy personnel were part of an effort that helped restore electric service to 1.2 million Florida Power and Light customers in Florida and 157,000 Duke Energy customers in South Carolina.

FirstEnergy also earned the “Emergency Recovery Award” for restoration efforts of its own customers following severe thunderstorms and flooding that caused more than 70,000 Mon Power customers in West Virginia to lose power in late June of last year. More than 1,000 company line workers, contractors, damage assessors and support personnel were part of the restoration effort. Despite accessibility issues with flooded substations and multiple transmission structures being damaged in inaccessible mountain areas, FirstEnergy crews were able to restore more than 90 percent of the customers within four days.

“The tireless work of FirstEnergy’s crews to quickly and safely restore service to customers, and to lend assistance to neighboring electric companies, demonstrates the industry’s strong commitment to customer service,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “FirstEnergy’s dedicated crews who faced challenging conditions are greatly deserving of this recognition.”

“Receiving both awards is a special honor because it means our employees used their considerable skills in difficult work environments to benefit our own customers, and those of other utilities,” said Steven Strah, senior vice president of FirstEnergy and president of FirstEnergy Utilities. “What is most impressive is that the repairs were made with no accidents or injuries, which is a testament to our employees’ commitment to safety.”

EEI presents these awards to member companies to recognize extraordinary efforts to restore power or for assisting other electric companies after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions and other natural events. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of electric industry experts following an international nomination process. The awards were presented January 11, 2017, during the winter EEI Board of Directors and CEO meeting in Florida.

Summit County Health officials say there may have been exposure to TB at a hospital here in Akron. About 50 families are being notified by Akron Children's Hospital for potential exposure at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Summa Akron City Hospital from mid-November through mid-December of last year. The Summit County Health Department says NICU patients at Akron Children's Hospital were not at risk of exposure. Doctors want to reach out to those potentially exposed since tuberculosis can be more serious in children, and treat them with proactive antibiotics.

In a press conference at the Summit County Public Health building Friday morning, Dr. Margo Erme, Medical Director with the county, emphasized that there is no risk of infection to the public. Measures have been and continue to be taken among those who were exposed, but the general public shouldn't be concerned. The county has added a list of Frequently Asked Questions to their website here

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news release updated 10:02 a.m.

(Summit County Health) 

REVISED news release

(Summit County Health Department) Summit County Public Health has confirmed a case of pulmonary tuberculosis in a Summit County resident on Jan. 3, 2017. In the course of the tuberculosis (TB) investigation, Summit County Public Health works with the individual to identify persons who were potentially exposed and would benefit from evaluation and testing.

Before being diagnosed with TB disease, this individual visited the Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit at Summa Akron City Hospital in mid-November through mid-December, 2016. Summit County Public Health shared this information with Summa-Akron City Hospital and Akron Children’s Hospital, which operates the neonatal intensive care unit.

Infants who were in the NICU at the Akron Children’s Hospital campus were not at risk of exposure.

The three organizations have worked collaboratively to identify approximately 50 families of infants who were patients in the unit during this time and may have been exposed to the disease. Akron Children’s has begun notifying these families directly.
“The risk for infection is low, but because TB can be more serious in young children we would like to evaluate these infants and begin them on a protective antibiotic,” said Dr. John Bower, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital. “We have set up a clinic and are providing this care at no cost to our patient families.” 

In the United States TB disease is an uncommon and potentially serious illness that usually involves the lungs but can affect other parts of the body. In rare cases, people with TB disease can spread the disease to others. TB is spread through the air by
close prolonged contact when a person coughs, speaks, laughs, or sings. It is not spread by casual contact or contact with surfaces.

Almost all cases of TB disease are curable with proper treatment and medication. Active cases of TB disease are uncommon, even after exposure. While TB is contagious, it is difficult for the disease to spread from person to person. Therefore, there is minimal risk to the greater public.

“Adult care givers, older children and other individuals who may have visited the unit only during this time period are also encouraged to have a TB test in 6 to 8 weeks to see if they have been infected,” said Dr. Margo Erme, medical director of the Summit  County Health Department. “This would be about 10 to 12 weeks after the last potential exposure which is the time for the body to develop its response to the TB bacteria. If testing is done earlier, the person would still need to return in 6-8 weeks to be retested. Testing can be done by their private physician or at Summit County Public Health by calling the Clinic Appointment Line, 330-375-2772.” 

Friday, 13 January 2017 05:12

West Thornton Victim ID'd

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The name of the 17 year old shot and killed on West Thornton Street Wednesday has been released -- and the Akron schools are mourning. Ernest Anderson, Jr. was killed, a 19-year old wounded after an argument.

The Summit County Medical Examiner reported Anderson died from gunshot wounds to the head and the torso.

Anderson was a student at East High School; the district released a video of Anderson working

Akron superintendent David James said ""we are deeply aggrieved by this tragic episode. Another student, another life filled with promise has been extinguished by violence. We are thinking of his family and the entire East CLC community." 

 

 

Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:51

New ADM Help Line To Fight Addiction

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The Summit County ADM Board is ramping up efforts to battle drug addiction and abuse in and around Summit County. 

Part of that effort is a new Addiction hotline they will be unveiling Tuesday, January 17th. The local number will be operational Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any calls made after hours will go to the ADM Crisis Hotline that will remain operational. 

Dr. Jerry Craig, ADM Board Executive Director, says the new hotline is not exclusive to opioid addiction. "Irrespective of the problem, we want to make sure that people have access to the most available treatment options," Craig says, whether that's treatment for drug, alcohol, or even gambling addiction. 

The number to the new ADM Addiction Help Line is 330-940-1133. Again, the ADM Crisis Hotline will continue to operate 24/7, but specific calls to this new hotline will be expedited and triaged to the most current and available resources regardless of patient needs. 

See the full press release from the Summit County ADM Board below. 

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ADM Addiction Help Line Opens Tuesday, 1.17.17

The ADM Addiction Help Line launches on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, as a new service to assist individuals who are looking to recover from an addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling. Callers will be asked a few questions to assist the Help Line staff in determining which local treatment providers could meet their needs. They will be provided with information about treatment options available to them based on their individual circumstances. Once the caller knows their options, they can choose the local agency where they would like to begin treatment. The Addiction Help Line staff will then connect the caller to the selected treatment agency to make a warm hand-off and to schedule the initial appointment. The ADM Board is contracting with the Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. for this new service. The Help Line number is 330-940-1133 and the hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm. The ADM Crisis Center will continue to be available on a 24 /7 basis to provide detoxification and drop-in services and treatment readiness groups. “Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. is pleased to partner with ADM on an Addiction Help Line”, stated Malcolm J. Costa, President & CEO of Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. “Calling the addiction helpline may be an act of courage; sometimes taking strength to admit you have a problem,” stated Costa. “We recognize the importance of getting people the help they need in a timely manner when they are ready to start their recovery. The ADM Addiction Help Line will fast track making the connection between those seeking addiction services and local treatment providers. By calling the Help Line, those seeking addiction services will choose from the most available agencies and have the convenience of being connected to their selected provider to get the process started”, adds Jerry Craig, ADM Board Executive Director.