More than 55,000 drivers were forced to find a new route to work this week after construction crews closed the westbound lanes of the Kenmore Leg.

On Monday morning, the Ohio Department of Transportation closed I-76 WB for a resurfacing project that expected to last about 35 days.

ODOT District 4 Spokesman Justin Chesnic said it's no surprise that drivers had to deal with a few issues on their detour route.

"We've obviously had some back ups around the morning rush hour and afternoon rush hour, but for it being the first couple days of the closure, we would say things have gone pretty smooth," said Chesnic.

Chesnic said they haven't received any complaints -- despite some slowdowns reported during rush hour.

"A lot of folks see the inconvenience of the closure, but what they also see is that we're getting the work done out there," said Chesnic.

Once crews complete the construction work on the westbound lanes, ODOT will move over to the other direction and close the eastbound lanes for the same amount of time. Crews hope to reopen the eastbound lanes of I-76 by the end of July, but the entire $9.6 million project to make pavement repairs and resurface the Kenmore Leg is expected to be completed by October.


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Kenmore Leg To Close April 27

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A 30-year-old Coventry Township man has been charged with attempted murder in a stabbing that left a person in critical condition late Tuesday afternoon.

James Kury, 30, is accused of a stabbing a 26-year-old in the neck with a long blade knife.

The victim was taken to a hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies said Kury could be facing additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:24

Kenmore Leg To Close April 27

In just about ten days, road crews will be closing a portion of the Kenmore Leg at the end of this month for pavement repairs and resurfacing.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is beginning their long list of construction projects throughout the state, including the resurfacing project on the Kenmore Leg where crews will close the westbound lanes between I-77 and I-277 beginning April 27 through early June.

"Once we get that work done, basically, what we'll do is switch over and do the eastbound side of the Kenmore Leg, with the goal to have all this work done by the time the big golf tournament starts in late July and the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame Inductions ," said Justin Chesnic, ODOT District 4 public information officer.

As a result of the closure of the westbound lanes, the following ramps will also be closed during construction:

· The ramp from I-77 southbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound. The detour will be I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound to I-277 westbound.

· The ramp from I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound. The detour will be I-77 northbound to SR 21 southbound.

· The ramp from 22nd St. to I-76/Kenmore Leg/ westbound The detour will be Kenmore Blvd. to SR 93 south to Waterloo Rd. to I-277.

The $9.6 million project is expected to be completed by October 2015.


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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:28

Hunger Rate Remains High in Ohio

A new report out shows that the amount of Ohioans who are struggling to afford food remains high -- above the national average.

The group Feeding America released the Map the Meal Gap 2015 report which shows the state's food insecurity rate stands at 16.9 percent. In Summit County, the food insecurity rate is 16.5 percent.

Kat Pastian from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank says it's even worse for kids.

"For children, it's nearly one-in-four or 23.5 percent are going to face food insecurity this year," She explains. "Food insecurity basically means that they don't always have access to safe and nutritious foods."

The report shows there are more than 89-thousand "food insecure people" in the county with the average price of a meal around $2.75. Missouri's food insecurity rate tops all Midwestern states, but Ohio is ranked second.

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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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