A truck driver was killed in a weekend crash.

Troopers in Stark County are investigating the accident that left a 48-year-old East Sparta man dead.

The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports Sterling W. Samples traveled off the right side of the road, and struck trees on Downing Street.

Emergency crews found Samples partially pinned under the left side of the truck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 p.m. Sunday.

The accident remains under investigation. 

An Akron man is found guilty of stealing a purse and lunchbox.

Terrell Nurse, 20, of Akron, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges in the September incident Thursday.

Authorities say Nurse and three others were involved in a home invasion robbery where they held up two residents for money. Authorities say they ransacked they house leaving with the lunchbox and the female victim's 6-year old boy was in the house at the time.

Nurse faces six years in prison and will be sentenced later this month.

Friday, 03 February 2012 06:23

Akron Ranks #14 Among Top Miserable Cities

The City of Akron joins the ranks of Forbes.com's Most Miserable Cities in the U.S. While the rubber city found itself at #12 on the list in 2010, this year, it's a little better.

Forbes.com cites Akron's vacant "3,000 properties currently on the Akron Service Department's list of problem homes" to list it at #14 in 2011. 

America's Most Miserable Cities:

1. Miami, Florida.

2. Detroit, Michigan.

3. Flint, Michigan.

4. West Palm Beach, Florida.

5. Sacramento, California.

Cleveland swooped in to take over the #12 spot, falling from #10 in 2010.

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:28

Abercrombie Store Closes At Summit Mall

The teen retailer's windows are covered and the doors are shut for good.

Shoppers in search of a t-shirt featuring the Abercrombie label or distressed jeans, will have have to go elsewhere.

Summit Mall officials confirm the Abercrombie and Fitch store has moved out and to stay tuned for new retailers joining the mall's line-up.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., a New Albany, Ohio-based company, saw its shares tumbled before the opening bell Thursday morning after the retailer announced its fourth-quarter earnings would disappoint.

Abercrombie Fitch says it was forced to slash prices thanks higher cotton prices and cited an increase in markdowns.

"Our sales for the quarter were below expectations in a highly promotional environment," Mike Jeffries said, chief executive officer and board chairman of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., in a company investors press release.

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Abercrombie Fitch Shares Tumble On Weak Outlook


Akron police arrest a third suspect in a Princeton Street murder.

Rahsheem Carr, 20, of Akron, was booked into the Summit County Jail Tuesday on aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges.

Police believe Carr was involved in the death of Phillip Anderson, who was found fatally shot in early January on Princeton Street.

Two other suspects already facing charges, Robert Davis Jr., 20, and Demarcus Williams,20, are facing similar charges.

Previous Coverage:

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Giant Eagle operates two stores in Cuyahoga Falls, but one might move if plans progress for a retail development the city has been working to kick start.

Giant Eagle officials tell the Beacon they're interested in becoming an anchor store at the Portage Crossing retail development off of State Road. Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart said the store of a major anchor would take up 94,000 square feet.

The Pittsburgh-based chain would then have to move its Graham Road location just down the street.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart told 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner back in December that the city had 15 businesses committed in one fashion or another to the development of Portage Crossing.

"Whether it be through a letter of intent or a signed lease or expressed some desire in wanting to be part of the team," Robart said.

Groundbreaking is expected to start no later than the fall of 2013.

On the web: Ohio.com

Groundbreaking for the new Summa Western Reserve Hospital on Seasons Road in Stow is expected this year.

"We're just thrilled to have the hospital project underway," Sara Drew said, Stow mayor.

The new hospital plans to hire for close to 600 jobs.

While the construction start date is not as soon as the city had hoped, Drew expects it begin at the end of the third quarter of 2012.

"The doctors who are moving the project forward, had some snags when the economy had the downturn," she said. 

"They re-grouped, they're moving forward in getting their financing in place."

Drew says the full-service hospital will provide emergency care and doctor's offices will outline the complex for convenient follow-up care.

Aside from its location off of Route 8, Drew says Stow is very fortunate to have the land and infrastructure that can be developed by future businesses.

"In Summit County, we are really one of the only communities that can offer that kind of environment with developable land, as well as, the proximity to all of the transportation arteries," she said.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:12

Acme Details State Road Store Makeover

Acme Fresh Market plans to expand it's State Road location in Cuyahoga Falls.

Acme President Steve Albrecht tells the Beacon Journal the store will undergo a much needed makeover.

The Akron-based grocer will add 20,000 square feet to it's already 30,000 square foot facility.

The company has acquired land surrounding the store for the planned growth. Groundbreaking could take place as early as May 1.

The expansion is expected to cost about $8 million.

The store has been open since the 1950s and will remain open during construction.

On the web: Ohio.com

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Friday, 17 February 2012 11:00

AUDIO Gen Y Workers Show Job Hopping Trend

Whether it's to earn a paycheck or advance in their careers, Generation Y employees in the U.S. are job jumping-- more often than those from older generations.

"Younger workers are more likely to take jobs in retail or fields like that, where there is higher turnover," Ben Johnson said, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesperson.

Data company Identified.com sifted through four million profiles of Gen Y users, ages 18 to 29, on Facebook in November of 2011. Forbes.com reports 80 percent of those reviewed listed at least one college or university and only 36 percent listed place of employment.

Top 10 Gen Y Employers:

1. Armed Forces

2. Wal-Mart

3. Starbucks

4. Target

5. Best Buy

6. McDonald’s

7. Abercrombie & Fitch


9. CVS Caremark

10. UPS

Forbes.com interviewed Dan Schawbel, the founder of Millennial Branding, regarding the findings. Schwabel said Gen Y employees will spend about two years at their first job, and will have close to nine jobs between age 18 and 32.

While Johnson says it's "logical" that older workers are keeping their management positions longer, the economy's role may mean a long wait for Gen Y workers interested in career advancement.

"Older workers are staying in the workforce long," he said.

"For a number of different reasons, during the recession and now after in the recovery period, older workers have decided not to retire or not to pursue maybe some other career option that might have been considering in better economic times."

From 2009 to 2010, Johnson said unemployment was the highest among young workers.

"Layoffs can often strike those who were most recently hired, older workers are holding onto their jobs, creating few openings, it makes sense that unemployment would be highest among the youngest Ohioans," he said.

Johnson says efforts are in motion to assist anyone searching for employment.

The website OhioMeansJobs.com, is the state's job aggregation tool for job hunters.

The state is in the process of developing programs with the Ohio Board of Regents to keep younger workers find employment within Ohio.

Monday, 30 January 2012 12:38

Falls Company Fined For Employee Injury

A Cuyahoga Falls company known for custom rubber mixing and products is slapped with citations after an employee suffered a life-changing injury.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed up on a complaint that an employee at Polymerics had suffered an injury while using a rubber cutting shear machine. The employee's injury on July 27, 2011, resulted in a hand amputation.

Polymerics faces four citations, including a willful violation for failing to ensure that the machine in question, was kept in good working order.

“Failing to ensure that safety mechanisms on hazardous machines are working properly demonstrates a lack of regard for employees’ safety and health,” Howard Eberts said in a press release, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”

The company has 15 business days to pay $74,900 in fines. Polymericsemploys 56 people at its two facilities in, one off of Second Street in the Falls and the other in Kent. In the past, OSHA has inspected the company six times since 1983.