Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:14

Double Fatal Crash On Portage County Highway

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An early Christmas morning crash killed two people on a Portage County road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ravenna post say a van traveling east on Route 5 near Route 225 in Paris Township went left of center, and struck a car driven by a Newton Falls woman.

The head on crash caught the car struck on fire, and it went off the side of the road.

The car's driver, 39 year-old Sonya Diaz, died, as did the driver of the van. That driver's name isn't being released pending coroner's identification and notification of family members.

The crash is still under investigation.

A fire on Christmas is never a good thing, but this one could have been a lot worse.

Barberton firefighters were called to a fire in the basement of a home on Ford Avenue at just before 7 PM last night.

WKYC Channel 3 reports that they found heavy smoke coming from the home, but the fire didn't spread beyond one basement room.

There were no injuries reported, and firefighters say no one was in the home when that basement room caught fire.

Earlier that afternoon, Akron firefighters say it took just 5 minutes to knock down a small house fire on Brittain Road...minor damage, and no injuries reported.

Saturday, 26 December 2015 09:54

Two Browns Players Arrested After Traffic Stop

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The Cleveland Browns have confirmed the arrests of two players after a traffic stop early Friday morning.

General manager Ray Farmer, in a statement, says the team takes charges against De'Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant - quote - very serious. He says it's "extremely disappointing" that the players would put themselves in this situation by making poor decisions.

There's no word on what charges were made against the players.

Armonty Bryant won't travel to Kansas City and won't be active against the Chiefs.

Farmer's statement says there's no further comment due to policy, and the pending nature of the legal situation.


We are aware of the arrests of De'Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning.

These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions.

Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter.

In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.

Friday, 25 December 2015 13:22

Haven Of Rest Offers Christmas Dinner And Hope

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For more than 70 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has opened its doors on Christmas Day to serve dinner to hundreds of people in need.

But if you ask Executive Director Jeff Kaiser, he'll tell you it's more than just a hot meal.

IMG 6948"We really want to get to know the individual one-on-one," said Jeff Kaiser, executive director of Haven of Rest. "So our goal is always to make that connection even though we might have 200 or 240 people staying down here a night."

Whether someone is homeless, hungry or alone on Christmas Day, Haven of Rest spends the holiday preparing a fresh meal for hundreds of individuals and families around the Akron area. Each guest also received a bag of toiletry items and a Christmas stocking filled with treats.

"A lot of these people are very discouraged and there are a lot of hardships in their life. So we want to try to encourage them and offer them hope."

55-year-old Christopher Lemonte Lockett is no stranger to Haven of Rest Ministries. Several years ago, Lockett walked into Haven of Rest looking for shelter. On Friday morning, he returned to spend the holiday spreading a message of hope and strength.

"We damaged, but not done," said Locket. "That's why I'm here, to send that message."

Lockett said his mother passed away when he was just 18-year-old after battling alcoholism. He was left to take care of his siblings and later found himself battling the same addiction.

Lockett said Haven of Rest became his home where he could gain strength from the people who he now calls family.

"Everything that I've asked them for, they've never let me down. It's a beautiful place."

Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:09

Akron-Summit Library Offers Free Netflix-Like Service

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The Akron-Summit County Library is offering a new online service to access books, movies, and music. The library has teamed up with Hoopla, described as a Netflix-like online service, to offer users 24/7 online and mobile access to the library.

"We do intend to do a lot more with digital to make library accessible," said Collection Development Coordinator Val Sherman. "No matter where you are, we'll be there for you."

There's a checkout limit for library card holders -- just 10 items per month, but there are no fines since the items automatically return after the checkout period has ended.

"You can have a video for about three days and it'll just automatically return. You won't have to worry about fines."

The Akron-Summit County Library is just one of dozens in Ohio that have partnered with the new digital service.

Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:56

Former Our Lady Of The Elms Employee Charged With Sexual Battery

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An employee at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron is facing a sexual battery charge after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Jeffrey Peterson, 28, was fired from his job as an IT coordinator at the private, all-girls Catholic school after school officials learned of the accusations and reported it to Akron police.

Peterson is being held in the Summit County Jail and has a court appearance scheduled on Monday.

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Akron Public Schools are looking into allegations that a Firestone High teacher had an improper relationship with a female student.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the unnamed teacher was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago.

Firestone staff and APS administrators are working with legal counsel to look into the matter, though there's no word yet how it came to the attention of Firestone staff.

There's also no word on the length of the alleged improper relationship or the age of the student.

The allegation could be presented at the Akron school board's next meeting next month.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:21

Mushroom Bust In C. Falls

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A 29-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is facing drug trafficking charges after detectives followed up on a search warrant and found psychedelic mushrooms in a Stone Street house.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies found a Psilocybin Mushroom grow operation, including about a pound of the controlled substance, three handguns and a loaded shotgun.

Jack Kennedy, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 17:53

APD: Marijuana Sales Turns Into Shooting

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Akron police say a man who drove to sell marijuana last night, and instead of money, he got shot.

Police say it happened at around 10 PM Monday night at Washburn Street and Tressel Avenue - the would-be pot seller was in his car when someone fired several shots at his car.

The man was struck in the torso and arm, and called police after driving to a business at South Hawkins and Diagonal Road.

Police say the victim is in stable condition at Akron General Medical Center.

There's no description of the shooter.

Cops say they found 65 grams of marijuana in the man's car, and he was charged with attempted drug abuse.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:29

No Snow, Warm Temps Close Local Ski Resorts

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The warm start to the winter season is leaving local ski resorts empty. 
The winter weather is taking a break -- even before it begins -- which is putting things on hold at local ski resorts.
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort spent last weekend making snow and opened the Boston Mills ski area on Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather quickly changed from near freezing temperatures to a warm and rainy forecast across Northeast Ohio.

Music to our ears.Temperatures have allowed snowmaking to begin for the 15/16 ski season.We are staying optimistic and hope to have information on opening soon.

Posted by Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort on Friday, December 18, 2015
The above average temperatures are expected to last through the rest of the year, which has put the winter ski season on hold for local resorts . 
Ski resorts typically need consistent temperatures -- generally below 28 degrees -- to make snow and a dusting of real snow helps, too. 
Last year, Boston Mills/Brandywine opened on New Year's Eve. In 2013, the ski resort opened the season near the end of November.
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