Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:21

Empty Shelter Refills

Finding an empty animal shelter is rare, but it is possible. Just ask officials with Summit County Animal Control. The 6th Annual Summit County Adopt-A-Thon over the weekend found a home for every single animal at the shelter.

"We put all of the animals, dogs and cats, up for adoption for $10," said Animal Control Manager Christine Fatheree. "It was a great turnout. We adopted out 93 animals."


Friends, THERE IS NOT A DOG OR A CAT LEFT IN THE BUILDING!There are several dogs on stray hold but the adoption floor...

Posted by Friends of Summit County Animal Control on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Over the past six years, the event has helped to place 809 animals in new homes.

"This is our sixth year doing it and we've never emptied out the facility," said Fatheree. "We've never been able to get every single animal a home."

While the event was a success, Fatheree said everyday brings a new challenge. The shelter has already picked up about 30 animals. Fatheree says the shelter brings in more than a dozen animals everyday.

On the web: https://co.summitoh.net.

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Monday, 09 November 2015 09:10

UPDATE 27-Year-Old Shot, Killed In Green

The shooting death of a 27-year-old man over the weekend in Green is under investigation.

The Summit County Medical Examiner reports the man, identified as Corey S. Seibel of Green, was shot at his home in the 2700 block of Long Road around 11 o'clock Sunday night. 

The Summit County Sheriff's Office reports Seibel suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour and a half later.

Details related to a possible suspect or motive were not released.

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A program once available in Summit County two years ago is making a comeback at Akron General Health System to help victims of sexual assaults. Trained nurses with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program will be available beginning Sunday to address the growing issue of sexual assaults in the area.
The PATH Center and Program was developed with the hospital's OBGYN and emergency departments.
The program's medical director, Dr. Jennifer Savitski, said the nurses go through 40 hours of base training, as well as clinical training to help sexual assault victims. 
"The nurses also have been trained on the neurobiology of trauma and how that may affect a patient's response to the sexual assault or domestic violence that they may have experienced," said Savitski.
Savitski explained the importance of gathering evidence in order to strengthen the ability to prosecute the person responsible for the crime. 
Dr. Tim Stover, Akron General president and CEO, said he didn't hesitate to support the program's launch at the hospital. Stover's daughter was a victim a domestic violence. 
"I remember, now, why I said 'yes' to this need, because it has to get done," said Stover. "That's all there is to it." 
Akron General has also designated space for program in the main hospital's Emergency Department, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The center will include office space, a separate waiting area and exam room, and a private shower for patients to use.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office handed out more than $51 million to over 300 crime victim support agencies, including nearly $229,000 for the new SANE program at Akron General.
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:56

New Recycling Service Comes To Summit County

There's a new way to recycle and it's coming to several cities in Summit County. 
"It's estimated that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year," said Bill Wilk with Simple Recycling. "That's where we come in." 
Wilk said the company, based out of Warrensville Heights, offers a free curbside recycling service for clothing and textile materials. 
"When I say textile items, I mean anything. We take clothing, no matter what shape it's in. We take old towels, bed sheets," said Wilk. "...we'll even take one sock with a hole in it."
The company is working with several cities in Summit County including Bath Township, Norton, Tallmadge, Munroe Falls and Green. 
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A Summit County resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV). Dr. Margo Erme with the Summit County Health Department says it's the first case in the county this year, but it's not unusual.

"We've had West Nile in Ohio since the late 1990s and the number of cases of human West Nile that we get per year, actually varies from year to year based on climate, weather and other conditions," said Erme.

It's not unusual to hear about a positive West Nile case this late in the summer season, according to Erme.

"In Ohio, we tend to see it towards the end of August and in September."

Erme stressed the importance of protecting yourself against mosquitoes -- whether it's using EPA-registered repellant with DEET or installing/repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Several other WNV cases have been reported in the state -- including one death in Williams County.


(News Release - Summit County Health Department) - Summit County has received its first case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2015 in a Summit County resident. The infected individual is currently recovering from the virus.

"During the warm summer months, especially between the hours of dusk and dawn, it remains important to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes," said Dr. Marguerite Erme,

. The primary way to get WNV is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. In about 1 percent of cases the infected individual develops a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Tips to avoid mosquito bites:

- If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear light colored long pants, along-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

- Use EPA-registered mosquito repellant with DEET and follow the directions on the label.

- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

- If possible stay indoors while mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn.

Tips to remove mosquito breeding grounds around your home:

- Eliminate standing water

- Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.

- Make sure all gutters are clean and draining properly.

- Keep wading pools empty and on their side when not in use.

For more information about West Nile virus visit Summit County Public Health website at www.scph.org.


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:54

Plane Tracks Speeding, Fleeing Motorcyclists

In the last five days, two motorcyclists have been arrested for speeding and fleeing from officers in Summit and Stark counties, thanks to help from an eye in the sky.

The patrol's fixed-wing aircraft, stationed out the Akron – Fulton Airport, is able to track speeding motorcyclists and stay connected with them when a chase on the ground is terminated.

"Our pilots are real good about tracking these motorcycles or cars to where they ultimately stop, at which time he guides ground units into their locations," said Lt. Leo Shirkey. "At that time, they can make an apprehension."

On Friday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Division helped Stark County Sheriff's deputies and Canton police track a speeding motorcyclist who was fleeing from authorities on US 30.

A similar incident happened on Tuesday after troopers found a motorcyclist who was traveling 90 mph in a 60 mph zone.

In both pursuits, the drivers were tracked by the plane to residences in Canton and Akron where they tried to hide their motorcycles.

So far this year, Skirkey said six motorcycle fatalities have been reported in Stark and Summit counties.

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Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:50

Nexus: A Tale Of Two Counties

It's a tale of two counties when it comes to surveying for the proposed Nexus pipeline.

The company did not get a temporary restraining order in Summit County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, that would allow it to go onto properties to survey without permission.

Many of those involved in the court case are from the city of Green, where G-I-S planner Chrissy Lingenfelter says property owners are being told that the city sent the surveyors.

"And that's just simply not true," Lingenfelter tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "We never sent them, we've been adamantly opposed to this project, from day 1, coming through the city of Green. And there's no permit for them to have."

Lingenfelter says the pipeline should go in less populated, more rural areas.

In Stark County, the Repository reports that Nexus got an extension on Thursday to an existing temporary order allowing surveyors. 

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:23

AUDIO: Portage County To Increase Sales Tax

The quarter-percent sales tax hike should go into effect in October in Portage County.

Commissioners voted to impose the tax Tuesday, according to the Beacon Journal. It stays on the books for five years, then voters can decide if they want to keep it.

The heroin epidemic is just one problem that has forced commissioners to raise the sales tax.

So far this year, the county has recorded double the amount of heroin deaths compared to traffic fatalities, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.

The estimated 5-million dollars per year raised from the tax would pay for more deputy sheriffs, more jail space and more programs to prevent and treat heroin addiction.

Sheriff David Doak said one of the first major issues that needs to be addressed deals with the growing number of female inmates at the jail. The current maximum capacity is 35 inmates.

"About three weeks ago, we were at 73. Last week we were at 65," said Doak. "We just can not continue this trend and be able to keep the inmates and staff safe."

Voters will have the opportunity to decide on whether they want to keep the sales tax increase after 5 years.

Don't look for Summit County Council to follow the lead of Portage County Commissioners. Summit County Executive Russ Pry said the county charter doesn't allow any tax without a vote of the people. And he said it's not likely that a long-term sales tax - like the one that failed last year - will be on a ballot any time soon.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:49

AUDIO: Russ Pry Addresses County Budget

Portage County announced a sales tax to help quell the heroin epidemic. It will be a quarter-percent hike in sales taxes to help pay for medical treatment for victims, extra space in the jails, and other amenities.

Can Summit County do the same? Will they?

Summit County executive Russ Pry joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to compare and contrast the two counties, as well as discussing what is outlined in the budget.

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A Stow couple has waited 31 years for this day.

"It's like I won the lottery," said 66-year-old John Marshall.

Marshall couldn't hold back the tears while explaining the meaning behind getting a marriage license to legally tie the knot with his partner, 65-year-old James Neilsen.

"It's just like all of your life you've been denied something that you know in you heart is right," said Marshall. "And finally the door swings open."

According to the Summit County Probate Court, Marshall and Neilsen were the first male couple to recieve their marriage license in Summit County.

Marshall called it a historic day -- breaking down barriers and giving same-sex couples equal rights.

Within a two hour period, four couples applied for a marriage license Friday afternoon.

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