Summit County Executive Russ Pry is keeping an eye on the situation surrounding the NEXUS pipeline, which would travel through Green and New Franklin.

In his monthly segment on the Jasen Sokol Show, Pry said he hasn't heard anything new from representatives since Council passed a resolution opposing the pipeline last month. He encouraged people to submit comments on the pipeline, saying that taking the pipeline through a heavily populated area will create more risk.

Because Green and New Franklin are cities with home rule authority, Pry said, the county has a more limited impact on the situation.

Pry said the sewer issue is one that many parts of Summit County are working on. In Barberton and Norton, Pry said progress is being made to turn sewer service over to Barberton rather than having several jurisdictions operating sewer systems. Sewers are also a challenge in Peninsula, where Pry said studies are ongoing to try to figure out how to best make sewers work.

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Summit County Sheriff's deputies were called to two separate school bus accidents early Wednesday morning. Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland confirmed that a Green Local Schools bus was struck from behind by a vehicle on South Main Street around 7:35 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The 36-year-old driver of the vehicle was cited for assured clear distance.

The second accident involved a special needs bus near Nordonia Middle School on Leonard Avenue around 7:45 a.m. The bus struck the side of another vehicle. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:07

AUDIO Brian Nelson on Sales Tax

Brian Nelson stops by the Ray Horner Morning Show. He is the Summit County budget and finance director. We talk about the impact of money on the economy over the past 5 years. "State county wide we have lost over 800 employees since 2008," Nelson said, noting revenues are still lower than before the 2008 Great Recession hit. 

The turnaround is to stabilize the services that the county provides. Where do the tax dollars go? What's the status quo on public safety?

Listen to our interview below!


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Summit County officials are citing an electrical failure as the reason for closing the Sojourner Truth Building in Akron today.

The North High Street building, which houses the Department of Job and Family Services, will be closed Monday.

Clients with appointments scheduled for today (Monday) at the Sojourner Truth Building will be contacted by Job and Family Services to reschedule. Other locations are not impacted by the closure.

For emergency services, clients are asked to go to the OhioMeansJobs offices located at 1040 East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron.

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:07

Two Found Unconscious In Car With 3-Year-Old

Two Coventry Township residents are facing child endangering charges after they were found unconscious in a car with a 3-year-old child.

The Summit County Sheriff's Officer reports the two adults appeared to be under the influence of narcotics -- one with a syringe in their left arm. Another syringe and a small amount of marijuana was found in the car.

Christopher McGarr, 25, and Tiffany Lovejoy, 28, were arrested and charged with child endangering.

The 3-year-old child was taken to a relative.

Summit County sheriff's inspector Bill Holland tells that the 3 year-old was not in a safety seat.

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County leaders are seeking ways to come up with a solution to combat the ongoing issues related to the release of inmates from the Summit County Jail due to staffing levels.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry spoke about the criteria used for those released from the jail and those who have yet to be released.

"We start with un-scentenced misdemeanors by name, and on a case by case, inmate by inmate basis, and that's what we have to base our criteria on, and that's how we get the numbers (in the jail) down," Barry explained.

"That is why it is so hard, because it is an ever-changing process due to what's brought into the jail, and what inmates have been released already."

Barry credited the the registrars and the civilians down at the jail who checked the inmates for meeting the criteria for about 4-5 nights before the mass release January 11.

Summit County Executive Russ Pry also spoke about the ongoing issues regarding inmate release in Summit County.

Pry said part of why they ran the campaign to get the word out on the sales tax levy (Issue 12) was to educate the public on the problem.

"We told people that this (inmate release) was something that was probably going to happen if this did not pass," he explained.

When asked if the jail issue will go back to the voters, Pry says he wasn't convinced that something could get passed quickly.

"If we don't get the buy-in from the local communities, or the local law enforcement out there, it's going to be very, very difficult to get this passed under any circumstances."


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A pair of marijuana grow operations were found in Cuyahoga Falls following a search warrant at two locations on Thursday.

Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland said anonymous tips led authorities to the first location in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue.

The drug unit seized 30 mature plants, around $2,000 in cash, and marijuana grow equipment at a location in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 7-year-old child was found in that same location.

Thomas D. Coffman III, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested and charged with cultivation and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs.

Law enforcement officials also seized 55 starter plants, 40 mature plants, around $8,000-$10,000 in cash, and marijuana grow equipment at a second location on East Bath Road. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Monday, 29 December 2014 11:53

AUDIO Pry: Developing Jobs Key In 2015

With any community, keeping and retaining jobs is at the top of the to-do list and for those in Summit County, it's no different.

Summit County Executive Russ Pry says job growth and development continues to be a point of emphasis, and that there's still more work that needs to be done.

"We've got a lot of people working right now, but when you still have over 87,000 people getting some kind of food stamp relief in this county, that number's way too high, and it's still way above what it was when we went into the Great Recession."

Pry did point to some business development that happened in the county over the past year including the hotel in East Akron, as well as the redevelopment of Goodyear Hall , among other ribbon cuttings and openings, saying those successes have the county moving in the right direction.

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Monday was a windy day in Northeast Ohio, with a high wind warning and numerous power outages.

Tens of thousands of Ohio Edison customers went without power in much of the area, with many small, scattered outages taking out power to thousands in all area counties.

North Hill saw some larger outages that meant traffic lights were out on much of Tallmadge Avenue.

Bath police lost phone lines and 911 lines and asked emergency calls be directed to the Fairlawn Police Department.


(Previous coverage) The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning throughout Northern Ohio until 10 PM.

High winds can cause power outages, and there are scattered, widespread outages around the area this afternoon. Tens of thousands of Ohio Edison customers are without power in Northeast Ohio.

At this hour, FirstEnergy says over 6,200 people are without power in Summit County.

Many of the outages have in the North Hill area of Akron...the Summit County offices on Tallmadge Avenue - home of the Job Center, the Title Bureau and other offices - were in the dark and without phone service for a while, but the county says that's all back up again. Richfield has also had its share of outages.

Bath Police say their phone lines and 911 lines are out, and ask emergency callers to call the Fairlawn Police Department at at 330-666-8871.

We're getting a lot of reports of traffic lights out - along Tallmadge Avenue, Home Avenue and Brittain Road, and at Portage Trail West at Northampton Road. They always remind you - treat any traffic light outage as a four way stop.

(Numbers as of 3:00 p.m.)

Cuyahoga - 14,842

Medina - 1,461

Portage - 1,514

Stark - 320

Summit - 6,211

Wayne - 128

For an updated list of power outages, click here.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014 16:47

Weekend Trick Or Treat For Summit County

Several communities in Summit County and the surrounding area are hosting their Trick-Or-Treat events this weekend. Check out this list to find out when your community is Trick-Or-Treating.

Trick-Or-Treating on Saturday:




Cuyahoga Falls


Communities Trick-Or-Treating Sunday:






North Canton

Bath Township



For more informaiton, visit

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