When a weather event such as the "Winds-day" storms sweep across the area and knock out power by the thousands, exactly what goes into the process FirstEnergy, like other electric utilities, use to restore service?
FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin says it starts with the obvious "9-1-1 calls" with immediate safety concerns posed by live wires falling from utility poles. A complicating factor is crews don't always know before they are dispatched whether the downed lines are for electricity, cable television, telephone or fiber optic use but either way restoring service starts with cleaning up downed lines. Then the utility works with local agencies such as police and fire to safely reopen streets which may have been closed due to downed lines.
Getting service restored to critical organizations comes next: that list includes hospitals, nursing homes and critical care facilities along with police, fire and emergency responders. Then the condition of the electric grid is analyzed to determine where the quickest work can more efficiently restored to the greatest number of customers. Durbin says residential customers with health devices can also call the utility and be placed on a database list, although those customers are best advised to have some form of power backup such as a generator to make sure critical service is uninterrupted.
Then the utility focuses on service impacting smaller numbers of outages, such as the one or two houses immediately impacted by falling trees. And it's the trees that pose the biggest issue on the restoration landscape; Durbin notes that while much of the charm and beauty of northeast Ohio is found in the woodlands we all enjoy, those same tree-shrouded walkways and streets are a liability not only when lines are taken down by fallen limbs but also in allowing for quicker response by utility crews needing to move equipment in and out of storm-ravaged areas to attack the outage.
The victim of a deadly shooting of a bouncer at Game 7 Bar and Grill on South Arlington Rd. in Akron Saturday night has been identified as 33-year-old Daniel Turner.
Initially, Thomas Dunn III, 19, and Anthony Cox, 21, were charged with Obstruction of Justice, but the charges have since increased. Dunn is charged with Murder and Cox charged with Complicity to Commit Murder.
Saturday's incident is the second deadly shooting at Game 7 in just over a month, and now residents are calling on local officials to do something about it.
Back on January 28th, 2017, 23-year-old D'Cortez Taylor was found shot to death in his car that was parked in the Game 7 parking lot.
Residents of the area have called on Akron City Council to do something about the area. Councilwoman Tara Mosely-Samples is suggesting making that area a "Dry Zone," or free of alcohol. She tells WKYC-TV that she's not sure if that's the final answer, but she thinks it could help the situation.
Not many details are available just yet, but traffic was tied up and I-71 South closed at State Route 3 in Medina County for roughly four hours early Tuesday morning.
According to multiple police reports, a chase began in Strongsville after a white passenger van didn't pull over along Pearl Road when instructed to around 2:30 a.m. A chase lead police to I-71 where a Strongsville Police Officer reportedly opened fire, hitting the suspect who was driving, and then causing the subsequent crash at 71-South and SR 3 near I-271.
Multiple police units from surrounding cities and counties replied, including Medina City Police, Medina County Sheriff's Office, and Strongsville Police. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has since taken over the investigation.
BCI has reported that in addition to the suspect, who was driving the van and was killed at the scene, a woman and three children were also in the van. It is not known the relation between the suspect and the others, nor have their ages been released.
WAKR.net has made a call to Ohio BCI.
Akron Police are looking for help for a suspect they say punched and then shot a man he was arguing with Saturday morning.
It happened around 2 a.m. inside a home on West Crosier St. According to the police report, John R. Meeks, 28, was involved in an argument with the 41-year-old victim. It turned physical and Meeks allegedly punched the victim in the face. Then, police say, Meeks pulled out a handgun and shot the victim "several times" in the abdomen. Meeks then fled the season.
The victim was later transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with potential life-threatening injuries. There's been no update on the victim's status.
Meeks is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to not approach him and to call 911 immediately.
Cleveland Indians single-game tickets went on sale to the public Monday and within minutes the Home Opener at Progressive Field against the Chicago White Sox on April 11th was sold out!
The Indians issued a press release shortly after 10 a.m. when the tickets went on sale at Indians.com saying the game was sold out. They also mentioned that tickets to later series, such as the Tigers, Blue Jays, and Yankees series, were selling quickly.
Just before noon Monday, StubHub.com, the after-market ticket website had standing room only tickets for the home opener going for $88, normally $13.
The season opener for the Indians is April 3, against the Rangers in Texas.
An Akron bar security guard is dead, two men in custody but charged with obstructing justice. The call came in from the Game 7 Bar and Grille on South Arlington around nine Saturday night.
No ID on the guard, who was shot in the hip and died at City Hospital. 19-year old Thomas Dunn III and 21-year old Anthony Cox are due to be arraigned on the obstruction charges later today.
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(APD) Shortly after 9:00pm last night, a 33 year old male, working as a security guard, was shot outside the Game 7 Bar and Grille, located at 627 South Arlington Street. The security guard was standing near the front, westside door, when the suspect(s) fired a shot from the southwest corner of the nightclub striking the victim in the hip. The victim was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died.
The victim's name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.
Two males, Thomas Dunn III, 19, of Longview Street and Anthony Cox, 21, of Edmeyer Court both of Akron, were charged with obstructing justice and booked into the Summit County Jail. No suspect(s) have been positively identified in the shooting and no charges have been filed.
Around 2:30am on January 28, 2017, detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting death of D'Cortez Taylor, 23, of Manchester Road. Taylor was found shot to death inside of his vehicle in the parking lot of the Game 7 Bar and Grille, located at 627 South Arlington Street. No suspect(s) have been identified or charged in Taylor's death.
Summit County deputies came away from a call on a breaking and entering with a bigger haul than they expected in Coventry Township.
Deputies arrested the homeowner, 29-year old Charles Kalail of Kingsley Avenue, after reports a neighbor and suspected thief were in a chase and the suspect fired a couple shots.
When police arrived at the home, they did a search for a second suspect who may have remained in the house after the homeowner returned as deputies were securing the area around the home. They didn't find the second person, but they did find bags of marijuana and secured a search warrant. Deputies say they found even more drugs including Xanax and other drug paraphernalia, along with three firearms.
Kalail remains in the Summit County Jail on drug charges.
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(Summit Sheriff) On March 1, 2017, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary in progress on Kingsley Avenue in Coventry Township. The reporting party notified the Sheriff's Office of a male suspect forcing entry into his neighbor's house. The suspect had removed an air conditioning unit and broke a window as he attempted to gain entry into the residence.
The reporting party confronted the suspect at the window and the suspect fled on foot. The reporting party gave chase until the suspect turned and fired two rounds from a handgun. The suspect continued to flee in an unknown vehicle.
The homeowner, identified as Charles Kalail, arrived at his residence as deputies were securing the area. The residence was checked for evidence of the burglary and the possibility of a second suspect inside the house. No suspects were located inside the house.
However, deputies located multiple packages of Marijuana in plain view. The marijuana was packaged and ready for sale and shipment. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched for additional evidence. The search warrant was executed and additional packages of Marijuana, Xanax, drug paraphernalia, cash and three firearms were recovered.
Charles Kalail age 29 of Coventry Township was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Drugs-Marijuana (F-5). He was booked into the Summit County Jail. Additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Ohio Supreme Court stayed Dawud El Spaulding's execution, that was scheduled for 2021, pending appeals.
Spaulding was sentenced to death for the 2011 killings of his ex-girlfriend Erica Singleton, 28, and Earnest Thomas, 31, of Akron.
At the time of her murder, Singleton had a protection order against Spaulding, who had stalked and terrorized the woman before killing her and her boyfriend, Thomas.
Ohio State Representative Greta Johnson (D-Akron) announced Thursday that she'll be resigning her office to join Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's office, effective the end of March.
The press release states that Johnson will take on the role of Deputy Law Director for Summit County.
Johnson was elected to the State House in 2014 and took office January 2015.
In a statement release from Johnson's office, she said of the position, “Ilene has been a mentor to me for many years and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of her team. I am excited to join in her vision for Summit County and I will bring my skills as an attorney and an advocate for working class people to the executive’s office."
She'll officially start her new role on March 27, 2017.
During his "State of the City" address today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan promised to do more with less, and to continue efforts to revitalize the city of despite continued economic challenges.
Horrigan pointed to action he's taken over the past year to reduce spending on city health care benefits, to increase collection of funds owed to the city, and to cut the cost of the city's massive sewer improvement project, as examples of progress.
He also pledged that support for basic city services such as police, fire, and road maintenance, will remain strong.
The State of the City event also included an appearance from Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, who presented a $50,000 check for a law school endowment to University of Akron President, Matthew Wilson.
The money will be used for scholarships, and was given to the University in honor of former County Executive, Russ Pry, who passed away last year.
The Summit County Medical Examiner has released the identity of the recycling worker who died on the job in Akron last week.
On February 22nd, Eric Russell, 24, reportedly became trapped inside a baler machine at Greenstar Recycling at 1535 Exeter Road in Akron.
It has been ruled an accident. An investigation into how it happened is ongoing.
The State Fire Marshal's Office has confirmed that the cause of the Medina Village Apartments explosion that lead to a fire was related to a gas leak in the building.
The explosion and subsequent fire the morning of February 9th left 18-year-old Jacob Drake, and later his mother Sheila, dead. Jacob was bed-ridden and suffered from autism. His father was also badly injured in the fire. Sheila died at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland 11 days after the incident.
Kelly Stincer, Public Information Officer for the Fire Marshal, said, "This is not the final determination of the cause; they just know that the two are related."
Following the explosion, inspections of the other units in the Medina Village Apartments revealed 63 other gas leaks in the complex that houses 100 apartments.
The investigation is ongoing.
A new report released Monday shows since Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted took office in 2011, 821 non-citizen voters have been identified in Ohio, and 126 of them have actually voted in elections.
Eighty-two of these non-citizen voters cast ballots in one election alone.
Husted said that those who have illegally cast ballots in elections have been or will be referred to law enforcement. As for those who are illegally registered, but haven't voted, they will be notified and given 30 days to cancel their registrations or face penalties under the state law.
Husted reinforced that voter fraud in the state is rare. There are nearly 7.9 million registered voters in Ohio, with roughly 5.6 million of them casting ballots in the last election.
Amid fallout from Summa's decision to change ER doctor providers at the New Year, and following the resignation of Dr. Thomas Malone, the health system announced Friday that Dr. Cliff Deveny will take over as interim President and CEO, effective March 13, 2017.
Dr. Deveny is a former senior leader at Summa, and according to a press release is "absolutely expected" to be among those considered to hold the position permanently.
Most recently, Dr. Deveny comes to Summa from Locus Health in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he served as president. His focus was on software as a means to support population health efforts, according to a report from Crains.
Summa Health has been the target of severe backlash and concern for patient care and effectiveness. Efforts are being made locally on behalf of the Summa Health Board of Directors and politicians, including Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosely-Samples, among others.
The Summa board says Dr. Deveny will hold the position while they take the next "three to six months" to find a permanent replacement.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and City Council President Marilyn Keith released a statement, saying, in part, "As community partners, we must commit to offering Dr. Deveny the support, confidence, and assistance he will need to lead this great institution through this transition and into its next chapter. It is our responsibility to be part of the solution. We have full confidence that if we roll up our sleeves and get to work, we can heal relationships, both internal to Summa and within the larger community. We look forward to working with Dr. Deveny to create new jobs, invest in our City, and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro also reacting, calling the move "exciting and positive news for our county's largest employer."