The Akron-Canton Foodbank is lending a helping hand to residents in Flint, Michigan with its water crisis after tests revealed the city's water supply contained elevated levels of lead. The foodbank has partnered with FirstMerit Bank to load and ship bottled water to those in need.
Akron-Canton Foodbank President and CEO Dan Flowers grew up in Michigan and started his career at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. He says the crisis hits close to home.
"When this crisis emerged, it just seemed like the right thing to do to share some of our water in our inventory," said Flowers.
A semi-trailer filled with 40-thousand pounds of bottled water left to eastern Michigan this morning. The water will be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and will be distributed to hundreds of hunger-relief programs like food pantries, hot meal sites and shelters.
"It's representative of that spirit of generosity and sharing that I think has made this community great and we know that it's going to help the people of Flint," said Flowers. "If we have more water donations that come our way that we can share, we're happy to do that."
(Press Release: Akron-Canton Foodbank) The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank in collaboration with FirstMerit Bank, have assembled a quick response to support a partner food bank in Flint, MI that is currently experiencing a contaminated water crisis.
A public health emergency has been declared in Flint, MI, after tests showed the city's water supply caused elevated levels of lead in children, following months of complaints about the smell and taste.
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank staff and volunteers loaded bottled water onto a semi-trailer for departure early Wednesday morning. The Foodbank’s trailer, carrying approximately 40,000 pounds of bottled water sourced from its Feeding America partnership, will travel to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and is scheduled to arrive later on Jan. 20, 2016.
"The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has a long and great partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. I grew up and started my career at that Food Bank. We have shared food and ideas with one another for many years. Our hearts break for the good people of Flint that are met with this unfortunate water issue. As the Akron community has done many times before in times of crisis, we are glad to share a load of water with them during this time of need and will stand by to help more if we can," said Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
The water donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will be distributed to its network of more than 400 hunger-relief programs like food pantries, hot meal sites and shelters.
“FirstMerit has always been an active leader in disaster recovery relief, here in our hometown region and elsewhere, such as New York City after 9/11 and the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy. With so many FirstMerit employees and their families living and working in Flint, this disaster hits close to home. We are pleased to be able to help the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank by covering the transportation costs of getting all of this drinkable water to the good folks in Flint,” said Nicholas Browning, Akron Regional President at FirstMerit Bank.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are both members of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks that provide food to virtually every community in the United States.
An Akron woman who slashed another woman's face and neck in a party argument in 2014 will spend five years in prison.
53 year-old Jacqueline Ware of Beardsley Street was found guilty by a Summit County jury last month on two felonious assault charges.
Prosecutors say the argument broke out at a January 2014 party on Russell Avenue, when Ware took out a knife and cut the victim's face and neck.
The scars are now permanent, and prosecutors say if the wounds were deeper, they could have been deadly.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Jacqueline Ware, 53 of Beardsley Street in Akron, was sentenced to five years in prison for slashing another person in the face and neck.
On December 4, 2015 a Summit County jury found Ware guilty of the following charges:
Two counts of Felonious Assault – felonies of the 2nd degree
On January 9, 2014 Ware and the victim attended a party on Russell Avenue in Akron. An argument broke out, which led to pushing and shoving. Eventually, Ware took out a knife and cut the victim's face and neck. The attack left permanent scars on the victim's face.
"To this day, the victim continues to suffer from what happened over two years ago," said Prosecutor Walsh. "The wound to her neck could have been deadly if it was any deeper. We are pleased knowing the defendant will spend significant time in prison and that justice was finally served for the victim."
The Summit County Medical Examiner is looking into the death of a man found dead in a parking lot on Grove Street just after nine Tuesday morning.
Akron police found the man unresponsive, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
The Medical Examiner says the shooting was a homicide.
No positive identification has been made, and none will be released pending notification of next-of-kin.
Local Democrats are putting their support behind a lesser-known candidate in the race for U.S. Senate. Summit County officials came together Tuesday morning to publicly endorse 31-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati councilman and candidate in the Senate race against Ted Strickland in the Democratic primary.
"I think that he understands what we go through," said Summit County Executive Russ Pry. "It's not just about passing bills. We have to figure out how to implement a lot of those different bills at the local level."
Summit County Executive Russ Pry, State Senator Tom Sawyer, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, President of Summit County Council Ilene Shapiro, and State Rep. Emilia Sykes were among those who publicly put their support behind Sittenfeld at Greystone Hall Tuesday morning.
But Sittenfeld said it's about more than just an endorsement .
"The people here today are saying this is why I support PG," said Sittenfeld. "We as a Democratic party should never be afraid of the democratic process, and that would be my main message here today."
State Rep. Emilia Sykes says Sittenfeld offers fresh ideas -- and can connect with the youth.
"We have an issue in the state of Ohio with brain drain," said Sykes. "We have to continue to make sure that we have young people who are willing and able and ready to take on the task in the state of Ohio."
Senator Tom Sawyer was one of five who applauded Sittenfeld's attention to local communities and new ideas -- and even encouraged a debate between Sittenfeld and Ted Strickland who is scheduled to speak at the Akron Press Club on Monday, Jan. 25. Sittenfeld accepted the invitation.
"I would be delighted to debate Ted Strickland at the Akron Press Club next Monday, should the invitation be issued and accepted on his end," said Sittenfeld.
While some critics and recent polls suggest that Sittenfeld will not win in a race against Republican Senator Rob Portman based on name recognition, Sittenfeld responds with hope that voters will look beyond the name.
"What [polls] usually reflect, and what they absolutely reflect at this moment in this campaign is name recognition. And the reality is, 'I have high name ID' isn't a very inspiring campaign slogan.
While Summit County leaders announced their support Sittenfeld, Strickland received an early endorsement in April from the Ohio Democratic Party.
Strickland released his list of endorsements Tuesday morning, which includes Portage County Democratic Party Chair Craig Stephens.
The winner in the Democratic primary in March will face off against Republican Sen. Rob Portman in the general election.
Akron police say a 51-year old woman was killed when she lost control of her car early this morning on NOrth Portage Path near Marks Drive, then hit a tree. Her name was not released pending family notification. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt and airbags in the 2005 Dodge Neon did deploy. Speed "appears to be a factor."
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(APD) The Akron Police Department Traffic Bureau is investigating a traffic fatality that occurred sometime between 3:00am and 4:00am this morning in the 1100 block of North Portage Path. A 51 year old female, driving a 2005 Dodge Neon, was traveling southbound on North Portage Path when she lost control and drove up over the southeast corner at the intersection of Marks Drive. She then struck a tree in the yard at 1108 North Portage Path.
The victim was pronounced dead on scene. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.
The airbags were deployed; however the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Speed does appear to be a factor in the accident. The victim's name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications.
Akron police have arrested a 23 year-old man for felonious assault, after they say he took the 16 year-old victim to Akron Children's Hospital on Saturday night.
Police say it didn't take long to determine that 23 year-old Ahamed Rasoul Abdum-Karim shot the teenage victim in the back on Arbutus Court, once detectives got to Children's Hospital.
The victim went into surgery after police say Abdul-Karim transported him to Children's Hospital, where they say he was listed in stable condition.
Kent State University and its faculty union have reached a new tentative agreement.
That's according to a release from KSU, which says the new collective bargaining agreement with the American Association of University Professors' Kent State chapter runs for three years, and covers both tenured and tenure track faculty members.
The deal will be presented to both sides this week, and details will not be released until the pact is ratified.
(Kent State University, news release) Kent State University and the American Association of University Professors-KSU have reached tentative agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement for tenured and tenure-track faculty.
The parties will present the tentative agreement for approval to their respective constituents this week. Details of the tentative contract will be released after ratification.
There are a few changes coming to Akron's west side -- including a pair of new buildings. Akron City Council President Marilyn Keith said a new drive-thru Starbucks is set to open at the corner of West Market Street and Pershing Avenue.
"Right across from Ken Stewarts, where China Gourmet is, that property has been bought and it will be turned into a Starbucks," said Keith.
There's another Starbucks located about half a mile away near Sand Run Road, but the coffee chain has yet to announce if it will relocate to the new location.
A developer has also knocked down the old smoke shop at the corner of Frank Blvd. and West Market St., but details as to what will go into that area has not been released.
"The developers have chosen not to share with me what's going in there. They also haven't pulled any permits, so I am not sure exactly what's going in there."
When the drive-thru Taco Bell restaurant was built at the corner of Frank Boulevard and West Market Street in Akron last year, there was controversy as to whether it would increase traffic issues in the area. Since it's opening, the city only received two complaints.
"I think it has established that we are rebranding ourselves in the neighborhood," said Keith.
There must have been something in the Stark County weekend water; North Canton's Target, a Wal-Mart and Circle K in Canton, and the police station were hit by bomb threats that closed the buildings until all-clear Saturday. Police are trying to determine who levelled the threats at the commercial buildings as well as the government office.
Then early this morning the Summit County bomb squad called to beach city over a false alam after a gasoline can with wires sticking out near Route 250 and 212. The device was detonated but it was found to not pose a threat.
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(Ohio State Highway Patrol) The Canton Post of the Highway Patrol is currently investigating a report of a suspicious object left in the roadway on SR212 near Johnsford Road SW.
At approximately 2:58 am, a motorist reported seeing a suspicious object in the roadway that resembled an explosive device. Beach City Fire Department responded and located the object. The object resembled an explosive device and the area was immediately secured by the Beach City Fire Department and units from the State Highway Patrol Canton Post. The Summit County Bomb Squad responded to the scene.
The device was secured and determined not to be an explosive device. SR212 was closed for approximately four hours. The Ohio Department of ransportation assisted with the road closure. There are no suspects at this time. The Canton Post is asking anyone with information to please call 330-433-6200.
An Akron man was found guilty of multiple rape charges on Friday.
The 19 year-old victim, who was diagnosed with wide-spread Aspergers disorder as a child, reported she had been raped by 42-year old Kevin Dasen of Newell Street for six years.
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office says Dasen took the stand in his own defense and admitted to having sex with the victim over 100 times.
Jurors found Dasen guilty of 12 counts of rape and seven counts of sexual battery.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 2 at 1:30 PM.
(Summit County Prosecutor's Office) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that jurors found Kevin Dasen, 42, of Newell Street in Akron, guilty of rape and sexual battery.
Jurors found Dasen guilty of the following charges:
12 counts of Rape – felonies of the 1st degree
Seven counts of Sexual Battery – felonies of the 3rd degree
The 19-year-old victim, who was diagnosed with wide-spectrum Aspergers disorder when she was 9-years-old, reported she had been raped by Dasen repeatedly for six years, beginning when she was 13-years-old. Dasen took the stand in his own defense and admitted to having sex with the victim over 100 times.
Avery II, the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office facility dog, sat with the victim as she testified. The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office received Avery II in August of 2013 from Canine Companions for Independence. Avery is a highly trained four-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix facility dog, whose primary job is providing emotional support to adults with developmental disabilities and children who are victims of crime. Since 2013, Avery II has been involved in over 80 cases in Summit County
Dasen is scheduled to be sentenced on .
Cuyahoga Falls firefighters spent the morning battling four house fires in an area where three homes were under construction.
Fire officials report that the initial blaze was reported around 6 a.m. on Lake Forest Drive. Four homes were on fire when crews arrived on scene, including two homes that were under construction.
One of the homes under construction was occupied, but no one was in the home at the time of the blaze. The other completed home was vacant.
Officials say the vacant home was unstable and had to be taken down with an excavator. The two other homes under construction have been torn down.
According to the fire department, Deputy Fire Marshal Tom Carano, who also serves as a firefighter, was able to save a cat that was hiding under a couch. No injuries were reported
The man who's accused of killing Canton police K9 officer Jethro appeared in Canton Municipal Court this morning for his arraignment.
A preliminary hearing for Kelontre Barefield has been scheduled for January 22nd at 1:30 p.m. and his bond remains at $5 million.
Barefield is accused of shooting K9 Jethro three times during a burglary at Fisher Foods in Canton last weekend.
Hundreds attended Jethro's funeral service Thursday afternoon.
Streetsboro police say it was indeed a rear end crash that caused minor injuries to 18 students on three buses, who were on the way home from Streetsboro High School on Wednesday.
Police have identified the three drivers as 48 year-old Wande Templeton of Ravenna, 44 year-old Sherill Shaffer of Streetsboro and 52 year-old Petrina Twigger of Streetsboro.
But they don't say if or when charges will be filed, as the investigation continues.
Police do say that alcohol or drugs are -NOT- suspected in the crash.