A Cuyahoga Falls man shot in a dispute at a home near Woodridge High School two weeks ago is now facing his own charges.

The Beacon Journal reports that Fred Fleischer faces child endangering and drug-related charges.

38 year-old Jason Beavers of Ravenna was arrested earlier for shooting and wounding Fleischer, in an apparent dispute over marijuana growing equipment.

Police looking into the shooting found evidence of a grow operation at the house on Quick Road.

They say Beavers used to live there, but didn't remove the growing equipment.

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On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com

 

The current and new Akron mayoral administrations have tapped someone who will manage their transition, and will become the new mayor's chief of staff next year.

Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan say James Hardy will start Tuesday to ensure "a smooth and effective transition". He'll become Horrigan's chief of staff on January 1st.

Hardy is currently the Assistant Director of Community Health at the Summit County Health Department.

He served as an Akron school board member and became the board president in 2009.

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(City of Akron, news release) Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan announced Monday that James J. Hardy, MPH, will join the administration on December 1, 2015, as an Assistant to the Mayor for the purpose of coordinating transition activities.

"When I assumed the position of Mayor in June, I knew I would be passing the torch to another Mayor on January 1st," Mayor Fusco said Monday. "In my six months as Mayor I've made it a priority to not only advance new initiatives and improve existing services and processes, but to set the groundwork for a seamless changeover between my administration and the next administration. I see significant value to the City in bringing James on board now to facilitate efficient and effective communication and planning as the City prepares for Dan Horrigan's new leadership."

"I have enormous respect for Mayor Fusco and how he has served and will continue to serve this City, and I'm grateful for his partnership in this process," remarked Mayor-elect Horrigan. "Our announcement today affirms our joint commitment to ensure a smooth and efficient transition."

Hardy currently serves as an Assistant Director for Community Health at Summit County Public Health. There he has led the Health Equity and Social Determinants Unit, managing a diverse portfolio of community-based programs and public health services. Previous professional positions include service as Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees of Kent State University, as a Regional Director for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and as an Executive Office Intern for Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In 2005, Hardy was elected to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education. During his six years on the Board he served as chair of several committees, including the Joint Board of Review and the district's Finance and Capital Management Committee, which oversees Akron Public School's $313 million general fund budget. In 2009, his peers elected Hardy as Board President.

Mayor-elect Horrigan also announced today that Hardy would serve as Deputy Mayor for Administration, Chief of Staff beginning January 1, 2016.

"I've known James for 15 years, and during that time I've seen him emerge as acommitted, thoughtful leader who cares deeply about his community and the future of Akron," said Mayor-elect Horrigan. "He has always impressed me with his ability to manage complex issues and challenges with integrity and good judgment. His knowledge of Akron, and diverse professional background, makes him well suited for this role."

Hardy brings to the position a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science-Criminal Justice from the University of Akron, and a Masters in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.

A lifelong resident of Akron, Hardy is involved in various community organizations including service on the boards of Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) and the Akron Regional Interprofessional Area Health Education Center. He is a past recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 For the Future Award (2011).

Hardy's salary will be $106,454, consistent with other Assistants to the Mayor.

Monday, 30 November 2015 13:50

Goodyear Heights Rapist Staying Behind Bars

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A man who raped more than a dozen women in Goodyear Heights for 11 years starting in 1985 won't be getting out of prison any time soon.

The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the "Goodyear Heights rapist", who was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to a minimum prison term of 20 years, and a maximum term of 50 years.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office passed word of Bellomy's parole denial. In a statement, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh calls Bellomy "a dangerous criminal" who needs to remain in prison.

His next parole hearing is in 2025.

(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that the Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the Goodyear Heights rapist.

Bellomy was convicted in 1996 for raping more than a dozen women in Akron's Goodyear Heights neighborhood between 1985 and 1996. Bellomy was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison.

"David Bellomy is a dangerous criminal and needs to remain in prison. David Bellomy spent a decade terrorizing a neighborhood and our community," said Prosecutor Walsh. "We are pleased with the parole board's ruling. David Bellomy has no business being released back into society. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of opposition to the Parole Board, as well as those who signed the petition to keep Bellomy in prison."

Bellomy will not be eligible for parole again until September of 2025.

Monday, 30 November 2015 09:01

Jackson Alum Killed In Cali Ski Accident

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A Massillon native is dead following a California skiing accident over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Natalie Altieri was a 2013 graduate of Jackson High School and working an internship with fashion retailer and manufacturer BCBGMAXAZRIA in Los Angeles; she was a second year student of the University of Cincinnati's fashion design. She had also worked a fashion internship in Singapore as part of her studies.

Family members posted on Facebook; her sister Audrey noted "...I cannot imagine my life without her. My family and I are heartbroken. We truly appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts." In Cincinnati, a group of ski enthusiasts the Cincy Snowcats posted "...It is never easy to lose a member of the skiing community, but especially not one so close to home. A terrible reminder of the dangers of the sport that we all have such a passion for; this tragedy will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy, Natalie."

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:43

Businesses Celebrate Small Business Saturday

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Today is Small Business Saturday and the small mom and pop shops are capitalizing on the increased number of business.

"You get people especially during the holiday season purchasing gifts for people who don't even know we exist, so that's how we expand and we grow."

Angela Roloff, general manger of Rubber City Clothing, a business located in downtown Akron that sells Akron apparel, said community is one of the advantages of being a small business. She said it's being able to communicate and connect with customers that's one of the best parts.

"Being closer with the community, Roloff said. "Being able to give them what they want and not have to present it to a round-table before you give them what they want."

American Express has been credited with coming up with the concept Small Business Saturday, after seeing small business suffer from the Black Friday bargains.

Marge Klein, owner of the Peanut Shoppe that's been a fixture in the Akron community for over 80 years, said in order to have a successful small business, you have to be able to answer to what customers want.

"It's up to you and your employees and co-workers, to be able to keep a store going without having to answer to anybody, but your customers."

Shawn Ritchie, of Ritchie's Sporting Goods in Tallmadge, said people tend to think they can find cheaper deals at bigger, more established stores, but he said that's not always the case.

"They think they can get a better deal with the big box stores. You go online and I tell them all the time; I'll match anybody's prices of any other big box store because it's going to be the same price as mine."

The first day of Small Business Saturday was November 27, 2010. It encourages people to shop and support small and local businesses.

In 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, according to American Express.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 13:00

Akron Welcomes Santa at Annual Parade

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It sure does feel like Christmas.

The 29th annual "Welcome Santa Parade" kicked off in Downtown Akron on Saturday.

The parade started at 11:00 am and featured over 75 units including marching bands, floats, costume characters, dance groups and area organizations.

"I was happy to be in the parade," St. Sebastian's Arabelle Loyed said.

There were thousands of spectators along Main Street in front of Lock 3 to watch old St. Nick come to town. Spectators will also be treated to a mini concert from Nuance, an 18-member, all-male a cappella group from The University of Akron, along with other activities.

Arabelle's mother Marie said it was her kids first time being in the parade. She said they had a lot of fun and she enjoyed it as well.

"I think it's great. They enjoyed playing in the band. They enjoyed marching in it. Even though it was cold and wet."

Marie said it's different as a parent when Christmas rolls around. She said it makes her happy seeing the smile on her kids faces during this time of year.

"A lot of fun. I get to see family and get to see the kids enjoy Christmas. So it's that's the best part."

As for what's on Arabelle's Christmas list, she said she wants a Maestro toy from Santa that plays beats, while having to match the colors it plays.

The parade's media sponsors were our very own radio stations WAKR-AM, WONE-FM and WQMX-FM. WAKR's Jasen Sokol of the "Jasen Sokol Show" emceed the event.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 10:14

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips From The BBB

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The digital shelves are stocked for Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and the Better Business Bureau of Akron has some tips to help make the experience safe and easy.

First is to be what they call a "savvy shopper", meaning take your time and read the fine print especially on the store's return policy. Depending on the item you buy, some online orders may be returned for a full refund, but others could have restocking fees.

Next, make sure you know the advertiser. It's easy for fake websites to disguise themselves as popular retailers, so make sure you know that you're on a legitimate site. Also, If a deal sounds like it's too good to be true, it might be. So, only use retail websites that you trust.

When you're ready to checkout , the BBB recommends using a credit card as opposed to a debit card, because it provides additional protection in case of fraudulent transactions.

For the full list of tips, and to look up a business, you can visit the Better Business Bureau's website at bbb.org.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 09:49

APD: Man Shot By Officer For Backing Into Cop With Cruiser

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An Akron police officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly tried to back into cops with their own cruiser during a chase Friday afternoon.

Officers responded to a call on Carneige Avenue to check on 22 year-old David Duffield, who was possibly suicidal and armed with a handgun. The Portage County Sheriff's Department also had a warrant out for his arrest for violating a protection order.

When they got there they saw Duffield running westbound on Stanwood Avenue, leading officers on a foot chase through the back yards.

Police say Duffield later got into one of the police cruisers near Ivor Avenue, put it in reverse, and tried to back into one of the officers. Another officer fired rounds at Duffield, hitting him in the upper shoulder. While still in reverse , he drove over the curb, striking a fence and a fire hydrant.

Duffield was transported to Akron General Medical Center, with non-life threatening injuries.

The officer involved in the shooting is a 16 year veteran with APD. He will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 09:28

High School Playoff Scores: State Semifinals

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The high school football playoffs are coming down to the wire as local teams took the field for the state semifinals Friday night. Here are the results...

Division II State Semifinals

Massillon Perry 10, Hudson 7

Division III State Semifinals

Archbishop Hoban 33, Zanesville 21

Division V State Semifinals

Canton Central Catholic 17, Milan Edison 14

Division VII State Semifinals

Mogadore 35, Danville 21

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Stow will play Lakewood St. Edward tonight at 7:00 PM for the Division I Regional Final.

Friday, 27 November 2015 12:42

Santa Is Coming, Lock 3 Ready

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Lock 3 in downtown Akron is ready for the holidays.

The official tree lighting begins tonight at 7:00 followed by fireworks.

Other attractions are open earlier, including a new polymer skating rink and the reindeer run - also utilizing polymer. The traditional ice skating rink has been open. Also, the Akron Children's Museum pop up will be open along with the magical train ride.

Saturday is the annual Welcome Santa Parade. City officials expect about 75 units to participate, including costume characters, floats and marching bands. Of course, the man from the North Pole will serve as the finale before leaving his sleigh for some time at Lock 3. 

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