An aggravated burglary suspect was shot at after he allegedly punched his neighbor in the face and walked into his home.

Police said a 66-year-old man reported that his neighbor, 36-year-old Daniel Givens, knocked on his door around 7:30 Sunday morning on Sullivan Avenue.

The victim told police he refused to answer the door and Givens left -- only to return several minutes later. When the man opened the door, Givens punched him and entered the home. That's when the victim pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and fired a shot, striking the neighbor in the ankle.

According to police, Givens was treated for non-life threatening injuries and was later charged with aggravated burglary and assault.

The Tallmadge City School District is hoping voters say YES on two bond issues on the upcoming ballot to make changes to its buildings and athletic facilities.

Issue 43 is a 3.86 mill bond issue that would consolidate the district's primary, elementary and middle schools into two buildings, a K-5 building and a 6-8 building on the middle school campus.

Issue 44 is a 0.9 mill bond issue that would relocate the high school athletic facilities to its current campus.

"The way we see it, it's just a completion of that original vision when we built that high school is that eventually we would get all the high school athletic facilities over the high school," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson.

Ferguson said the reason for splitting the issues was to remain transparent.

"The board of education though it was very important to be transparent, so they didn't want any confusion when you look at one number and then say 'how much is the athletics going to cost," said Ferguson.

The former treasurer of the Parent, Teacher and Student Association at Firestone High School CLC is accused of stealing more than $6,600 from the association.

Police say Stacy Walker, 42, of Akron, forged checks from the association (previously known as the PTA) and deposited the money into her own account during her time as the PTSA's treasurer.

The fraudulent transactions were allegedly made between December 2015 until the account was audited in late July. The total loss to the association was $6,671.55.

Police say Walker turned herself in Thursday morning. She was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:47

PAWSibilities Changes Name

A local animal welfare group is changing its name. PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron is changing its name to the Humane Society of Summit County. The organization says it'll more accurately reflect the region it serves and distinguish itself from other animal adoption agencies.

According to the Humane Society, the organization says it's the only animal rescue and adoption agency with the legal authority in Summit County to enforce animal cruelty laws.


(Press Release - Humane Society of Summit County) PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater
Akron is changing its name to the Humane Society of Summit County.

The animal rescue agency chose the new name to distinguish itself from other
animal adoption agencies and to more accurately reflect the region it serves.

"We love the message 'PAWSibilities' conveys, and we do believe that the possibilities are endless with our rescued animals. However, we felt that we were being seen as just another animal adoption agency, and our critical roles of protecting animals from neglect and abuse and fighting for animal rights were being overshadowed," said Diane Johnson, president/CEO.

"We hope that changing our name will help clarify the distinctly different roles that animal adoption agencies, Summit County Animal Control, and the Humane Society of Summit County have in our community.

"People understand what the Humane Society is, and that's why we've chosen to put it at the forefront of our new name. Changing "Greater Akron" to "Summit County" clearly conveys that we serve every city and community in Summit County, not just Akron."

The Humane Society is the only animal rescue and adoption agency with the legal
authority in Summit County to enforce animal cruelty laws. The nonprofit agency rescues sick, abused, and abandoned animals ranging from dogs and cats to livestock and exotic animals and provides them with veterinary care and shelter until they are adopted.

Though the Humane Society has law enforcement powers, it is not tax funded. It relies on donations from its community to cover more than 90 percent of its nearly $2 million annual operating costs.

The Humane Society of Summit County is an independent, nonprofit organization and is not associated with any national animal welfare groups. The expression "PAWSibility" will not be exiting from the Humane Society's lexicon. It will remain as the identity of the agency's largest annual fundraiser, The PAWSibility Ball.

Much of the work necessary to accomplish the rebranding was done by Akron's WhiteSpace Creative during its 24-hour pro-bono "Creative Marathon" in January. PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron asked the agency to evaluate is brand and update its materials. WhiteSpace developed the new identity and updated the logo and collateral materials to reflect the new name. The Humane Society was one of six nonprofit agencies chosen for pro bono work during the "Creative Marathon."

Saturday, 24 September 2016 06:59

About A Dozen Arrested In Sobriety Checkpoints

About a dozen people were arrested after police conducted a pair of sobriety checkpoints Friday night.

Officials said two people were charged with OVI, seven people were arrested for driving under a suspension, three people were arrested for outstanding warrants and one person was arrested for violating concealed carry laws.

More than 360 vehicles passed through the checkpoints in Barberton and Coventry Township.


(News Release - Summit County OVI Task Force)

On Friday September 23rd, 2016, the Summit County OVI Task Force conducted two sobriety checkpoints; one at 292 East Robinson Avenue in the City of Barberton and the second at 3089 Manchester Road in Coventry Township.

At 292 East Robinson Avenue:

223- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total

18- Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations

05- People were arrested for driving with a suspended license

03- People were arrested for outstanding warrants

01- Person was cited for driving without a license

03- Vehicles were impounded

At 3089 Manchester Road:

145- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total

09- Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations

02- People were arrested for OVI

02- People were arrested driving with a suspended license

01- Person was arrested for violations of the concealed carry law

01- Person was cited for possession of marijuana

02- Vehicles were impounded

The average BAC of the two persons arrested for OVI was .094.

A new long-term partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron-based Signet Jewelers is set to provide more mentoring opportunities for Akron Public School students.

Michele Campbell, executive director of LJFF, said the partnership allows for Signet employees to train and become one-on-one mentors for 3rd-8th grade students.

"We have 1,129 students and we need more mentors," said Campbell. "With Signet right in our backyard and committed to our program and committed to this community, it's going to allow us to have more mentors , one-on-one, with our children."

Several students joined Campbell, APS Superintendent David James and Signet officials for the announcement at Litchfield Middle School Friday morning. It's safe to say that Jayden Shippe, 13, is enjoying his time spent with the LJFF.

"I love this program," said Shippe. "I love the fun trips , the mentors and how we get to go to Cedar Point every year ad I love how they're giving us a scholarship to [The University of Akron.]"

Shippe said the mentoring program has been beneficial and helped him succeed in the classroom. 13-year-old Mikhaila Bonds said it's more than just helping with work in the classrooms.

"We just talk," said Bond. "They're like a counselor."

Campbell said volunteers will work directly with United Way of Summit County's iC.A.R.E Mentoring program, to offer training.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:58

Akron CSO Modifications To Save $30 Million

The city of Akron has announced that modifications to the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project are expected to save the city around $30 million.

"I'm pleased to report that yesterday the federal court entered the first amendment to Akron's orginal 2014 consent decrees, allowing for two major modifications." said Mayor Dan Horrigan outside of the Main Outfall Sewer Cap on Riverview Road.

The location of Wednesday morning's press conference is the center of the first modification in the CSO plan. Horrigan said the first modification to the plan would eliminate the need to build a "parallel interceptor sewer"on Riverview Road. That modification alone is expected to save the city $30 million. Horrigan says the city has been able to save around $57 million on the CSO project this year.

Horrigan said the modifications to the plan are expected to help bring down the costs to rate payers, but details on when rate payers would see the decrease were not released.

Previous Coverage: 

Akron: EPA Approves Three Alternative Sewer Projects

Rosie The Boring Machine To Get Started


Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:02

Allegiant Moving From CAK To CLE

Allegiant Air has announced that they are moving its services from Akron-Canton Airport to Cleveland Hopkins Airport beginning February of next year. 

The airline says the decision doubles the number of weekly routes out of Northeast Ohio.

Any customers who purchased tickets for flights leaving out of Akron-Canton Airport next year can be re-accommodated from Cleveland Hopkins or receive a full refund.

CAK released this statement following the announcement: 

"We were informed by Allegiant Air that despite great performance at Akron-Canton Airport they will cease service at CAK on February 15, 2017.

Although we hate to lose any airline service, we do not anticipate a significant impact from this announcement as customers have many other exceptional vacation destination options from CAK.

Customers can still very easily and affordably fly to Florida and Myrtle Beach nonstop from CAK aboard Spirit Airlines. Customers looking for great fares, exceptional service and easy connections can also fly American, Delta, Southwest or United from CAK.

Despite this reduction in service, CAK capacity (number of available seats daily) is anticipated to be an increase in the second quarter of 2017 (after service ends) over this year. Customers with Allegiant Air reservations after February 15 should contact the airline directly at or call 1-702-505-8888."

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 07:45

Hoban HS, Coach Hit With Penalties

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the penalties issued against Archbishop Hoban High School and Knights football coach Tim Tyrrell over recruiting violations.

The investigation is ongoing, but OHSAA released the initial findings and penalties against the school. In a statement, OHSAA interim commissioner says Tyrrell "was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA's recruiting bylaw."

The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs. Hoban also will be placed on probation for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and all of the 2017-18 school year. Tyrrell will also be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the summer of 2017.

The OHSAA is expected to announce the end of the investigation and any additional findings and penalties at a later date.

Just days after attending a rally focusing on the heroin epidemic in Akron, a local woman found herself more than a thousand miles away getting treatment for her addiction.


Tonia Wright's 21-year-old daughter Kylie found herself in need of help -- struggling with addition shortly after the birth of her child in 2013.

"She liked the high of the pain pills and the opiates and it eventually led to heroin," said Tonia. "We had no idea."

It wasn't until Tonia recieved a phone from her daughter in April of 2015 that she realized her daughter was in trouble. Kylie was found sweating and vomiting and later admitted to her mother that she was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Tonia has been by her daughter's side looking for help and dealing with the often long wait periods to get into an inpatient treatment center in the area.

"They would put her in a five-day detox but after the five-day detox, they would put her back on the streets on a waiting list for rehab. We'll guess what? She started using again."

But it was guidance and advice from those at a heroin rally at Lock 3 in mid-August that led Kylie to find immediate help.

"She called me at 10:15 Monday morning. At 5:30 Monday evening, Kylie was on a plane," said Tonia. "That all came from the rally."

Kylie found out her health insurance would allow her to seek help at a treatment center in Florida. She was accepted and immediately told to head out on the next flight to begin her recovery treatment. That was less than a week after attending the rally.

Wright is now sharing her experience to help others and to spread the message on other resources that are available in Summit County and beyond. She helped to launch the "Akron Epidemic News" Facebook page to update the community on resources and news across the area.

"There are so many treatment plans that I was completely unaware of that nobody ever brought to my table and it's there. You just have to find it."

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