Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:04

Former Portage County Employee Sues Sheriff's Office

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A former employee at the Portage County Family and Community Services is suing the deparment, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, and a former Sheriff's Major, claiming she was forced to quit her job after she was sexually harrassed by that major.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Akron, details comments allegedly made by Major Dennis Missimi, who the woman claims asked her to take pictures of herself while she was in the bathroom, among other harrassing comments or actions.

The Akron woman shared an office with the Sheriff's Department between January and May in 2017. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.  

Executive Director of Family and Community Services Mark Frisone told the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, "Obviously, we're going to take this very seriously." 

Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:21

Renacci Leaves Governors Race for OH Senate Race

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U.S. Representative Jim Renacci is dropping Ohio Governor's Race to challenge Sherrod Brown in the U.S. Senate Race in Ohio.

In a statement released Thursday, Renacci said he attended a meeting at the White House earlier this week, when he was asked to drop out of the Governor's race, and run for U.S. Senate.

The former Republican challenger to Brown, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he is suspending his campaign for the U.S. Senate due to his wife's health. 

Below is the is the official statement from the Renacci Campaign: 

Dear Friends, 

As many of you know, after spending most of my career in the business world, a few years ago I chose to run for Congress because I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington. 

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across Ohio, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.  However, it was sense of duty to restoring effective, conservative leadership to government that drove me into national politics in the first place—and it’s that sense of duty that has guided my approach towards public service ever since. 

And as many of you also know, several months ago, after witnessing years of dysfunction in Washington, I announced my intention to leave the House of Representatives to run for Governor Ohio.  Yet, while I believe as firmly today as I did then that my decades of experience in the business world would deliver needed stewardship to our state, true leadership requires a willingness to always put country first and answer a call to action in service to the nation.

Earlier this week I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House, at which I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump’s agenda by entering Ohio’s 2018 race for the United States Senate.  While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President’s agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America. And for that reason I’ve agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate. The drive to change the status quo is stronger than ever and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I have received from Amy Murray, who served as the Lieutenant Governor candidate on our ticket, and who will now serve as the statewide Chair of my campaign for the United States Senate.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state.  I thank you sincerely for your support and please keep an eye out for news coming directly from our Senate campaign, which we are launching today.  It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator.  

-Jim

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:48

Gun Indictments Soar in 2017 Across No. Ohio

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The U.S. Attorney's Office out of Cleveland has released data from 2017 regarding gun indictments, and the report is showing a drastic jump in cases across Northern Ohio. 

In 2017, 202 people across the northern part of the statewere indicted on gun charges. That is an increase from 105 the previous year, and the highest number of indictments since 2013 when there were 207. 

Cleveland lead the way with 116, while Akron was a distant second place, logging 35 gun indictements over the year, followed by Youngstown (27) and Toledo (24). 

The average sentence for a gun sentence in 2017 was 9 years in Northern Ohio, according to the Attorney's Office. 

 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:38

New Court Program To Battle Opiod Addiction

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Summit County Common Pleas Court has partnered with Greenleaf Family Center, to provides addiction and mental health assessments for low-risk criminal offenders, in an effort to steer them into intervention and recovery--instead of jail.

Judge Amy Corrigall Jones explains, ""If you address the underlying issues, albeit drugs and alcohol, mental illness, or intellectual disabilities; ultimately, you're going to reduce recidivism, poor decision making, and reduce crime. In the end, that will save our taxpayers money".

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:36

Medina Issues NEXUS Pipeline Construction Permits

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Medina County has agreed to issue construction permits for the NEXUS natural gas pipeline, in exchange for the pipeline company agreeing to put up $6.5 million dollars in bonds, that will cover the county for road and bridge repairs.

Medina Gazette reporting county officials say they'll only need to dip into that bond fund, if damage caused by heavy pipeline trucks and machinery isn't done within 48 hours of when they're first reported.

Construction on the pipeline, which will run from Ohio up to Canada, hasn't started in Medina County yet, though it has started on a compressor station in Guilford Township.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:34

Fire Destroys Stow Wendy's

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The Stow Fire Department says they still don't know what caused the Wendy's on Graham Road to burn to the ground last night.

Firefighters from Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, and Monroe Falls helped battle the flames for eight hours last night, but were hampered by the cold weather and icy conditions.

No one was hurt, but the building was a total loss.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:33

US Supreme Court Hears Voter Roll Purge Arguments

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Ohio Secretary of State John Husted is in Washington today, where the US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on whether or not it was legal for his office to purge voter rolls of the names of people who hadn't voted in a few years, and who couldn't be found to confirm their home addresses.

Husted contends it was legal, opponents claim it was not. Now it's up to the Supreme Court to decide.

Friday, 05 January 2018 05:19

Missing Adult Alert for Massillon Man

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A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Massillon Police Department for Stark County and surrounding counties: Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Portage, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.

Information as of: January 5, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On January 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Mr. Andrews left a business on foot and failed to return home.

The incident took place in Stark County, OH On Whipple Ave NW in the city of Canton.

The adult's name is Carl Andrews and the individual is missing. The adult is a Black male, age 71, is 6'00" tall, weighs 215lbs, and has gray hair and brown eyes. Mr. Andrews suffers from Dementia. He was last seen wearing a red and gray hat, red coat, gray jacket underneath his coat, and white shoes. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

To unsubscribe reply to this email with "unsubscribe" as the subject or call (800) 325-5604.

Missing Adult

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:59

Akron Enters Deal to Protect Your Service Lines

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The following is a press release from the City of Akron: 

 

The City of Akron has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer homeowners optional residential external water service line warranties. The coverage is voluntary and available at affordable monthly or annual prices. Founded in 2003, SLWA has partnered with over 400 leading cities and municipalities in the U.S. to provide repair service plans that offer peace of mind and convenience.

“Far too many homeowners are unaware that they are responsible for any repairs needed as a result of damage to the water service lines on their property,” said John O. Moore, Akron’s Director of Public Service. “This means that homeowners can be stuck with the hassle and expense of the repair – from identifying a good contractor and scheduling time for the repair to be done to finding extra money in the budget to cover the cost of the repair. As Akron homes age along with the infrastructure serving them, SLWA repair plans provide homeowners with an optional peace of mind solution so they can be better prepared in the event of these unexpected repairs.”

The SLWA Service Line Warranty Program protects against damage to pipes on homeowners’ property. Repairs to these pipes are not covered by basic homeowners insurance or by the City of Akron. If a customer’s line is in need of repair, a simple call to the SLWA 24-hour hotline will dispatch a local, licensed contractor familiar with local code. The coverage features include:

  • ·Up $8,500 per covered incident with no deductibles or annual caps
  • ·Hotline access 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
  • ·Normal 30-day waiting period waived for immediate coverage
  • ·All for $3.47 per month

Many factors contribute to the life expectancy of a service line including the age, type of piping material, soil conditions and installation quality – all factors which are covered through the SLWA protection program. This program is voluntary for residents and provided at no cost to the City of Akron and no public funds are used to promote or administer the program.

“Our service plans not only cover the cost of the repair, they also provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of SLWA parent HomeServe USA. “We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Akron and look forward to the opportunity to provide Akron homeowners with the assistance they need when faced with a home repair emergency.”

SLWA has been recognized as the nation's largest and most trusted source of utility line plans endorsed by the National League of Cities (NLC). The company is committed to customer service, ethical marketing practices and maintaining an A+ accredited rating with the Better Business Bureau. For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact SLWA at 866-922-9006 or visit www.slwofa.com.

About Service Line Warranties of America

Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) is part of HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 3.4 million customers across the US and Canada. Founded in 2003, SLWA is the trusted source of utility line protection programs endorsed by the National League of Cities. Together with HomeServe, SLWA is dedicated to supplying best-in-class repair plans and delivering superior customer service to consumers through over 500 leading city, municipal and utility partners.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:41

"Warming Center" Hours Extended Through Saturday

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The cold isn't going anywhere, so the City of Akron has extended hours for four local community centers throughout the city that have been converted into "Warming Centers" for those stuck outside in the dangerous cold. 

Below is the press release from the City of Akron, including a statement from Mayor Dan Horrigan: 

 

Akron, Ohio, January 2, 2018 – Effective today (Tuesday, January 2) and continuing through Saturday, January 6, the City of Akron will be extending hours in four community centers to provide warming centers for residents who are in need.

“As we continue to face temperatures in the teens and single digits, we will be extending the operating hours of our community centers throughout this week in order to provide our residents with a warm place to drop in and escape the cold,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

The following centers will be open between the hours of 8:30 AM and 10:00 PMJanuary 2 - 6, 2018:

 

Mason Park Community Center

700 E. Exchange Street

Akron, OH 44306

330-375-2821

 

Patterson Park Community Center

800 Patterson Avenue

Akron, OH 44310

330-375-2819

 

Summit Lake Community Center

380 W. Crosier Street

Akron, OH 44311

330-375-2826

 

Lawton Street Community Center

1225 Lawton Street

Akron, OH 44320

330-375-2825

 


The City will continue to monitor for continuous frigid temperatures and will extend community center hours as necessary.  Unless otherwise specified, the centers will return to their normal business hours starting Sunday, January 7, 2018.

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