Springfield High School officials sent students home for the day in light of a bomb threat. Now Springfield Police say it was a hoax. And they weren't done yet, arresting a 12-year old for allegedly trying a similar stunt at Springhill Junior High School
(Springfield PD 3:39 p.m.) This afternoon officers responded to Springhill Jr. High after a student reportedly found a note that said "Springhill is next at 12:00 be warned now." This was after the earlier bomb threat and evacuation at Springfield High School. An investigation into the incident discovered that the student that turned in the note was in fact the person who wrote it. The threat was a hoax and no children or staff were ever in any danger. The 12 year old student was arrested and charged with inducing panic. This arrest is not connected to the earlier threat at Springfield High School.
UPDATE 1:35 p.m.
(Springfield PD) As earlier reported, this morning the staff of the Springfield High School found a threatening message on the wall of a bathroom at the high school.
The message indicated that a bomb was set to detonate at noon. The building was evacuated as a precaution while police investigated. Due to the chilly temperatures, and the fact that the children may have to be outside for an extended period of time, the decision was made to send the students home for the day.
A search of the building reveled no explosive device.
Assistance in the search was given by the Summit County Sheriffs Departments bomb detection dog. At this point the threat is deemed to be a hoax and there is no reason to believe that the students or staff were ever in any danger. The threat is continuing to be investigated by the Springfield Twp. police.
Meanwhile, students were evacuated from the high school Friday morning. Springfield schoools superintendent Bill Stauffer tells AkronNewsNow the threat was discovered before 9:00 this morning. It was a crude drawing of a bomb left on a third-floor boy's restroom wall. He said police were called and didn't find anything, but as the search continued it was apparent the evacuation of students from the building would be longer than originally thought so the decision was made to send students home.
"We always take the kids safety first," Stauffer said. "I hated dismissing, and I hate closing school for that, but you just never know. I'd rather be safe than sorry."
Students that normally ride the bus were sent home on their bus route; most of the students with their own transportation already left. Those students missing bus transportation or being picked up by parents were taken to the Assembly of God Church at 1551 Canton Rd., across from Tri-County Plaza, for pickup.
Five days to go until Super Tuesday, with delegates in ten states up for grabs, including 66 in Ohio.
Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split 30 delegates in Michigan earlier this week. Click here to see the latest poll among Ohio voters by Quinnipiac University.
"We feel that this race is now narrowing to a two person race," Santorum said, while joining the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show Thursday.
"I think they're looking for someone who's authentic, someone who they can believe, some who they know is not going to go to Washington D.C. and not be a well-oiled weathervane," he said.
Santorum shared his views on energy, pointing out that the county has got to stop saying no to opportunities to get oil and gas out of the ground, disagreeing with President Barack Obama's approach.
"It's an opportunity to create jobs and drive down the price of electricity, drive down the price of gasoline and really put some wind in the back of the economy instead of the face of it," he said.
When Horner asked Santorum to narrow in on Akron, the GOP hopeful described how he would help companies with success by changing tax rates.
Listen to a portion of his interview here:
The Summit County Medical Examiner describes the weekend death of an Akron toddler as "suspicious death" and a "possible homicide".
"It's going to take several weeks, probably four to six weeks for further testing before an official ruling has been made," he said.
Guenther says doctors have to look at toxicology results before making a determination.
This comes after four people, including mother, Heather Lerch, 20, of Akron, were arrested this week on drug and child endangering charges.
Authorities say the body of Patrick Lerch was found unresponsive Sunday night at at a home in the 500 block of Saint Ledger Avenue in Akron.
The Beacon Journal reports police discovered a meth lab at the home.
Four Arrested Following Toddler's Death
Medical institutions included in the state's accelerated broadband internet network are pleased with the quick results.
The Center of Pain Medicine at Summa Western Reserve Hospital was highlighted in Ohio Governor John Kasich's tour of the state's medical corridor earlier this week.
Chairman for center, Dr. Samer Narouze, joined 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner on Tuesday morning to talk about the changes in bandwidth and how the Cuyahoga Falls pain center benefits from the improved service.
Dr. Narouze emphasized the positives of downloading and sharing files that are large in size. He says doctors often send images, scans and x-rays, as well as conduct video conferencing within the state, country and doctors in other countries.
"Sometimes it's challenging, it's cumbersome to share those such files in a sufficient manner," Dr. Narouze said.
He said the new broadband is close to ten times faster than their current services.
"Now it takes hours and hours, with this high speed Internet, it will take a couple of minutes to load many, many files," he said.
Governor Kasich Promotes Ohio’s Medical Technology Corridor State’s Increased Network Bandwidth Speeds Will Solidify Ohio’s Standing in Cutting Edge Medical Research
Following his State of the State announcement of a ten-fold boost to OARnet’s statewide network bandwidth, Governor Kasich today reaffirmed the benefits of the accelerated network as he toured the latest advancements in research and technology of Ohio’s medical corridor. Doctors and researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls and University of Cincinnati Medical Center showcased the latest research technology and discussed how Ohio’s accelerated bandwidth of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) will allow them to collaborate on a global scale—greatly enhancing the state’s medical corridor as a leading hub for clinical innovation.
Under a recently approved agreement with Cisco and Juniper, Ohio will invest approximately $10 million to harness new innovative technology that will, in essence, “open the faucet” of Ohio’s current broadband infrastructure, over 1,850 miles of fiber, from its current 10 Gbps capacity to an impressive 100 Gbps.
Ali Rezai, M.D., professor and chair of Ohio State’s Department of Neurological Surgery demonstrated an advanced procedure to treat a patient diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and discussed the benefits of high capacity broadband communications.
“Ohio’s enhanced 100 Gbps broadband capability will greatly facilitate our clinical, research and training programs,” Rezai said. “We can remotely evaluate patient clinical status, monitor and optimize their programming/adjustments, review structural and functional brain imaging, and assess intra-operative brain recording and mapping to guide DBS surgical implantation at other institutions. This capability can facilitate our specific multiple research efforts not just within Ohio, but also with leading institutions like NIH, Brown, Rochester, Vanderbilt, Mount Sinai and Thomas Jefferson University.”
Dr. Joseph Broderick, Chairman of University of Cincinnati’s Medical Center Department of Neurology also spoke of how Ohio’s broadband technology will benefit his clinical work using telemedicine to facilitate treatments for stroke patients. Broderick highlighted the technology challenges the medical research community faces in transmitting medical information, particularly complex genomic data that consumes so much capacity and bandwidth that current broadband speeds can’t handle. Ohio’s new 100 Gpbs network will change that.
“Up until now, the only way to transmit this type of data was to physically load it onto large external hard drives and ship them between institutions,” Broderick said. “At these new unprecedented speeds, we will be able to transmit this type of data in minutes at the click of a button.”
Dr. Samer Narouze M.D., Chairman, Center for Pain Medicine at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, also joined by videoconference to discuss new, innovative procedures being used by the medical community in Akron and how Ohio’s extensive broadband network will benefit the state for training doctors on the newest clinical procedures.
“Ohio is already a national leader both in advanced medical procedures and its unsurpassed connectivity within the state and to the broader national medical community,” Narouze said. “Increasing the speed and capacity of this network will help expand medical training and make Ohio an advanced competitor for federal research grants.”
“Ohio has a rich history as a pioneer of innovation whether it’s our role in aviation, the Space Race, or, today, in the information technology race,” said Governor Kasich. “Our state has tremendous advanced resources in medical research that are the envy of the nation, and this is just the beginning. Enhancing our already impressive broadband network with minimal investment is certain to reap benefits for our next chapter in innovation and growth.”
This expansion leverages the fiber optic network operated by OARnet, a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium. The 100 Gbps network will connect Ohio’s major metropolitan areas to northern and southern connection points of Internet2, a nationwide advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community, spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government.
For the network, $8.1 million will fund hardware development for Phase 1, which will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo by June 2012 and Phase 2 markets of Akron, Athens and Youngstown by October 2012.
Akron Police detectives are investigating the death of a toddler in Akron.
The Beacon Journal reports the body of 17-month old Patrick Lerch was found unresponsive Sunday night.
Police discovered a meth lab at the home where he was found in the 500 block of Saint Ledger Avenue in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood.
The toddler's mother, Heather M. Lerch, 20, was arrested along with three other men Monday.
She was arrested on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, among other charges.
She's being held in the Summit County Jail.
The other suspects Ronald S. Legg, 22; Randy L. Legg, 19; Allen R. Kostra, 24, are all facing similar charges. Police say the three men lived at the home with Heather Lerch.
An autopsy was conducted by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday and results are pending.
Patrick Gillespie, spokesperson for the medical examiner's office, told the Beacon that Lerch was found in his crib when officers arrived.
The child was taken to Akron Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m.
On the web: www.Ohio.com
It's the single largest gift the foundation has received in its 56-year history.
Medical Mutual of Ohio presented a check to the Akron Community Foundation for $5 million for a charitable fund. Meanwhile, the insurer has plans in the works to build a new downtown Akron office building.
President and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation John Petures joined 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner Friday morning and explained how they will use the donation. Listen to his interview below:
AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2012) – Jared Chaney, chief marketing and communications officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio, presented a $5 million check to Akron Community Foundation Chair Michael A. Sweeney at the foundation’s quarterly board meeting this morning. The gift is the largest in the community foundation’s history. With it, the company established the Medical Mutual Community Investment Fund, a corporate-advised fund that will be the company’s charitable arm in the Akron area, where it will break ground on a new office later this year.
According to Chaney, the main reason Medical Mutual established the fund is Akron Community Foundation’s ability to gauge the needs and emerging issues of greater Akron: “You have your finger on the pulse of this community,” he said. “Working with Akron Community Foundation gives us a partner who understands local issues and who can help us use our charitable dollars to maintain a vital, healthy community for our policyholders.”
This fund is the first of several charitable funds Medical Mutual plans to establish at community foundations across Ohio. As a mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders, Medical Mutual is a strong supporter of nonprofit causes that improve life in its customers’ communities, Chaney said. “Our first responsibility is to our policyholders. Part of that is meeting the charitable needs in the communities where they live,” he told the board.
In addition to Chaney, the fund’s advisory committee will consist of President and CEO Rick Chiricosta, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President Pat Dugan, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis Jancsy. They will meet periodically with community foundation staff to recommend grants that support a broad range of programs in Summit County.
Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. said he is “thrilled” to be partnering with Medical Mutual to make greater Akron “a more vibrant community.” He said he views the partnership as a model of how community foundations can work with charitable people of all kinds, be they individuals or organizations.
“Akron Community Foundation exists to help charitable people make a permanent commitment to the good of the community – whatever ‘good of the community’ is to them,” Petures said. “Our goal is to enhance people’s philanthropy by making it less cumbersome and more strategic: from handling gift acknowledgments and tax reporting, to offering grant-making options that match donors’ charitable intent. We are excited to be partnering with this great organization, and we can’t wait to work together to improve Summit County’s quality of life.”
The foundation’s largest previous gift of $4.74 million came in 1994 from the John A. McAlonan Trust, which established the John A. McAlonan Fund. Since then, the fund has made $5.1 million in grants and grown to $9.5 million in assets, nearly entirely from its initial gift.
About Medical Mutual of Ohio
A trusted insurer for more than 75 years, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance company headquartered in the state of Ohio and its Family of Companies has operations in Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina. As a mutual company, Medical Mutual operates for the benefit of its members without being required to meet the demands of stockholders or Wall Street analysts. Instead, the company focuses on developing products and services that allow it to better serve its customers and communities. Visit us at: medmutual.com.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating more than 56 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a $135 million philanthropic endowment with a growing family of 400 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life.
To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded a combined $94 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own fund, call Dr. Suzanne Allen or Laura Fink at 330-376-8522.
A strong low pressure system will move into the greater Akron region Friday and with it, it will bring winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning, which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Friday night.
Forecasters say the high winds could be powerful enough to damage power lines and trees.
"That could cause localized damage and spuratic power outages," Jen Nitoso said, Weather Channel meteorologist.
Wind warnings are issued when sustained winds of 40 miles per hour are expected for at least an hour, with gusts as strong as 58 miles per hour or greater.
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The city of Akron and one of its unions could soon come to a formal agreement on wage increases.
AFSCME Local 1360 and city reached a tentative deal, but Beacon Journal reports the details on the new wage rates for workers were not provided.
The union's 405 members will vote on the proposal on Wednesday.
If it's approved, the agreement will go before Akron City Council for a vote.
Before the end of this year, the city is expected to begin contract negociations with AFSCME, the police and fire unions.
A Green High School student is accused of posting photos of teachers online with the word "murder" in the captions.
News Channel 5 reports Dalton Holmes, 18, was arrested and charged with six counts of misdemeanor aggravated menacing and theft on Friday. A classmate noticed the photos posted to Facebook and told school officials, who then alerted the Summit County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say Holmes took school ID photos, then posted them onto Facebook. A total of six pictures of teachers from the high school were uploaded. A single word, "murder", was displayed under each photo.
His mother, Kelley Holmes, was also taken into custody and charged with intimidation of a witness and menacing after she allegedly tried to intimidate police officers Friday.
On the web: NewsNet5.com
UPDATE Officials have now identified the two men killed in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday evening on Akron's city streets.
The Summit County Medical Examiner reports Richard Ratliff, 34, of 12th Street SW in Akron and Anthony Mook 24, of 15th Street SW were in the vehicle hit head-on by another car that police say went left of center near the intersection of Wilbeth Road and Ninth Street.
The identity of the Ford Bronco has not yet been identified.
The vehicles involved in an Akron collision were crushed.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the collision where two men inside a Chevrolet Caprice died.
Officials say the Chevy was traveling east on Wilbeth Road, when another vehicle went left of center and struck them head-on.
The driver of the Chevy was said to be 34 and his passenger was 24-years old.
The driver of a Ford Bronco, a 39-year old man, was seriously injured and taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment.
Names of the victims are being withheld at this time.
The collision happened close to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the intersection of Wilbeth Road and Ninth Street.
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