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Police in Jackson Township are investigating a robbery at Buckeye State Credit Union on Munson Street NW. Police say a man with a wig and fake beard walked inside the credit union Tuesday afternoon with a gun and demanded money. He took off in a black compact car. Police did not say how much money the robber got away with.
(Jackson Township PD) On May 27 2014, at 1400 hours, officers responded to the Buckeye State Credit Union located at 4100 Munson St. NW, Canton, Ohio, for a Bank Robbery. A white male entered the Credit Union and demanded money and brandished a handgun. The suspect fled the area in a small, black compact car towards Whipple Road. The suspect is described as follows: 5’3 to 5’6, heavyset, wearing a long, dark wig, fake beard and glasses to conceal his identity. Investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when the investigation requires a release. Anyone with information please contact Lieutenant James Lenemier or Detective Kim Haines of the Jackson Township Police Detective Bureau at 330-830-6264. Anonymous tips can be directed to the tip line at 330-834-3967
Jeff Kinzbach recorded many of the "get down" rants from Murray Saul back in the glory daze of the Buzzard. Murray passed away Sunday at the age of 86; in classic fashion he waited until the weekend was over. Jeff talked with former Buzzard program director John Gorman about Murray and shared just a few of the stories they could tell on the air.
Innovation is a word politicians, academics and deep corporate thinkers like to toss around, especially when discussing their own programs. They'll point to their vision as being "innovative" when it strays from the conventional thinking and finds new ways to work within a system to improve a service or a product.
Goodyear reporting first quarter income was up even as sales were down overall. The Akron tiremaker reports a 23 percent increase in earnings on $4.5 billion in sales worldwide.
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(Goodyear) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today reported higher Segment Operating Income for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the year-ago quarter.
“Our Segment Operating Income growth demonstrates our strategy is working and continues to deliver sustainable results. Despite the Venezuelan charge in the quarter, our operating results remained strong and in line with our expectations and we are reaffirming our 2014-2016 financial targets,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer.“We delivered solid performance in our developed markets, led by North America, which reported a 23 percent increase in earnings. Growth in North America and Europe offset headwinds in emerging markets where we continue to navigate foreign currency and economic challenges,” he said.
Goodyear’s first quarter 2014 sales were $4.5 billion, compared to $4.9 billion a year ago. First quarter 2014 sales reflect $202 million in lower sales in other tire related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America; $126 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation; and $98 million in lower price/mix, principally due to lower raw material costs, partially offset by $44 million in higher tire unit volumes.Tire unit volumes totaled 40 million, up 1 percent from 2013. Original equipment unit volume was down 2 percent. Replacement tire shipments were up 3 percent.
“We remain confident in our full-year expectation of 2 percent to 3 percent year-over-year volume growth, despite the negative impact of severe January winter weather in North America and labor and economic disruptions in Venezuela during the quarter,” Kramer said.
Goodyear’s first quarter 2014 Net Loss Available to Common Shareholders was $58 million (23 cents per share), driven by a $132 million after-tax foreign currency exchange charge in Venezuela. Goodyear Net Income Available to Common Shareholders in the 2013 first quarter was $26 million (10 cents per share). All per share amounts are presented on a fully diluted GAAP basis.
The company reported record Segment Operating Income of $373 million in the first quarter of 2014. This was up 24 percent from the year-ago quarter, reflecting $111 million in cost savings that more than offset inflation of $75 million, lower unabsorbed overhead of $48 million due to higher production levels and favorable price/mix net of raw materials of $17 million (excluding raw material cost savings). These were partially offset by $22 million of increased SAG expense and $16 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.Consistent with historical seasonal trends, the company used cash in the first quarter. This use of cash was due to the normal timing of collections in Europe as well as higher inventory levels in North America to support sales growth in the second quarter. As a result, Free Cash Flow from Operations was a use of $513 million for the first quarter of 2014.
Changes in the chairs for Mayor Plusquellic's cabinet. Deputy Director for Economic Development Sam DeShazior will replace his boss, Economic Development deputy mayor Bob Bowman, on his retirement the end of the year. The Mayor's office also announcing Economic Development Manager Adele Roth will take DeShazior's post. Plusquellic also renaming a cabinet post for Intergovernmental Relations and picking former councilmember Terry Albanese for the new Assistant to the Mayor for Education, Health and Families. Albanese will be paid over $105,000 in the post. She now works as manager of Medical Health for Summa Health System.
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(City of Akron) Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced today that veteran cabinet member Bob Bowman is retiring by year’s end. Bowman, who has been serving as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development since 2004, is retiring due to the new OPERS changes that kick in this year. Under the previous law, public employees with 10 years of service are fully vested for health care purposes after retirement. However, the new law requires 20 years of service beginning January 2015 for that benefit. Certain employees with 10 years of service providing the mandatory 2014 retirement notice to their employers are not affected by the new requirement. Bowman began his career at the City of Akron nearly 10 years ago, after serving as Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Akron Chamber, previously the Akron Regional Development Board. He held that position for 16 years.“Bob has been a great asset to the City of Akron and has done a fantastic job of attracting companies and bringing jobs to our residents,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “He is a devoted, hard-working public servant who had the knowledge to run our Economic Development Department successfully and efficiently. I am losing a great employee and good friend.”“I have been honored to serve under Mayor Plusquellic’s leadership for the past 10 years,” said Bowman. “I really appreciate the Mayor’s confidence in me, in allowing me to expand and develop the City’s economic development program into a full service development plan, consisting of business retention, attraction, and creation. I have also enjoyed working with, and have been impressed by, the talent and professionalism of the many great council representatives, cabinet members, and city employees. Akron is a great city with unlimited potential. I am pleased to have played a small part in its success over the years.”
Moving into the position of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development is veteran Deputy Planning Director for Economic Development Sam DeShazior. DeShazior, who also came to Akron via the Greater Akron Chamber, has worked side-by-side with Bowman for the past 26 years. “Sam knows the City’s Economic Development Department inside and out,” noted Mayor Plusquellic. “There will be no transition period for him as he will seamlessly step into the role of Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.”Also making a move upward is Economic Development Manager Adele Roth. She will become a cabinet member when she moves into the position of Deputy Planning Director for Economic Development, the position that is currently held by DeShazior. “Adele will also effortlessly transition into her new position as she has worked closely with both Sam and Bob for over 8 years,” said Mayor Plusquellic. “She already is an integral part of our economic development team, and she has earned her new position through hard work. I am pleased she accepted the new assignment and obligations.”Also, Mayor Plusquellic is renaming and filling the cabinet position Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations. The position will be named Assistant to the Mayor for Education, Health and Families, and that position will be filled by Dr. Terry Albanese, currently Summa Health Care System’s Manager of Medical Health.The Mayor explains the name change as, “just a different name that better reflects what the job entails, better explains its multifaceted responsibilities.” As Assistant to the Mayor for Education, Health and Families, Albanese will be the City’s liaison to many agencies and organizations including the Akron Public Schools, Summit Education Initiative, Summit County Health Department, Summit County Job and Family Services, Community Support Services, Summit County Juvenile Court, Oriana House, and many others. Prior to serving as Summa Health Care System’s Manager of Medical Health, Albanese spent seven years conducting health services research at Summa and, before that, she taught in Community Health Sciences at NEOMED (working for Akron’s own Dr. Keck). Albanese also represented Ward 6 as a Councilperson from 2001 until 2009, and currently serves on the City’s Planning Commission, a position she will have to resign before assuming her new obligations.
“I am very excited and humbled about this opportunity to again work with Mayor Plusquellic,” said Albanese. “This is a way of serving the City of Akron in a very different capacity than I have before and I am looking forward to that challenge. It is equally humbling to just think for a moment about the people who work (or have worked) under the Mayor’s leadership and their long history of successes for Akron. The Mayor has created teams that have been nothing short of awesome, and now I am joining the team – that is humbling!”
Mayor Plusquellic is also excited about the prospect of working with Albanese in this new capacity, “When Terry was a City councilperson, we didn’t agree on everything. But, she challenges me in ways that make me think differently about issues, and she is all about making our City a better place. Her background in health services and serving our community, unique perspectives, and passion for our City make her a perfect addition to my staff in an expanded position that compliments her strengths.”
Albanese will start at the City upon completing some projects at Summa, which should be in about a month. Her salary will be $105,393.60.
Summit County's OVI Task Force went fishing last night and pulled in a quite a haul. Twin sobriety checkpoints with more than 320 vehicles checked on Brittain Road and another at Tallmadge Avenue. Six arrested for driving under the influence, and half refused a breathlyzer. The others had an average reading nearly double the legal limit.
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(OVI Task Force) On Friday, April 18th, 2014 the Summit County OVI Task Force conducted two sobriety checkpoints; one at 1561 Brittain Road and the second at 975 Tallmadge Avenue- both in the City of Akron. The results of the Brittain Road checkpoint are as follows: 145- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
17- Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
03- People were arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
06- People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
01- Person was arrested for Wrongful Entrustment of a Motor Vehicle
01- Person was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant
01- Person was cited for Failure to Use Safety Restraints
03- Vehicles were impounded The results of the Tallmadge Avenue checkpoint are as follows: 181- Vehicles passed through the checkpoint in total
18- Vehicles were directed into the diversion area for further investigation or violations
03- Person was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
06- People were arrested for Driving under Suspension
02- People were arrested for outstanding Felony Warrants
01- Person was arrested for Carrying a Concealed Weapon
02- People were arrested on outstanding felony warrants
01- Person was cited for an open container of an alcoholic beverage
01- Person was cited for Fictitious License Plates
01- Person was cited for Failure to Use Safety Restraints
06- Vehicles were impounded Of the six total individuals arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence, three refused to provide a breath sample, while the other three opted to provide a breath sample resulting in average BAC
Gunfire at play in Montrose is a relatively rare occurrance -- except for Friday, when a man was shot after what's being described as a "verbal altercation." Bath Township police say the 44-year old victim, a former Navy Seal, tried to follow his assailants but drove himself to the Bath Police Department headquarters despite "bleeding profusely" from the abdomen. The vehicle carrying three individuals was last seen heading toward the entrance ramp on I-77 northbound from Ghent Road and is described as a gray "low profile sports car" with a raised spoiler, black rims and trim, tinted windows and a performance-style muffler.
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(Bath Police Department) Bath police are seeking witnesses to a Friday, March 28 at the West Market Plaza, 3800 Medina Rd., Bath Township. A 44-year old Medina man sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen following a verbal altercation at 5:25 p.m.
The suspects fled the shooting in a motor vehicle described as a low profile sports car. The car was a shade of gray described as neither primer nor metallic. It had a raised spoiler on the trunk and black rims. There was a dark black tint on the side rear windows and back window. The muffler was a performance style muffler with a loud noise.
The vehicle traveled north on N. Cleveland Massillon Road and turned southeast onto Ghent Rd. It was last seen at the traffic light at Ghent Rd. and entrance ramp to Interstate 77 north.
The vehicle was occupied by three male subjects. Two are described as African-American. The third subject was seated behind the rear seat tinted window.
The victim, a former Navy Seal, attempted to follow the suspects but realized he was bleeding profusely. He drove himself to the Bath Township Police Department to seek help. Bath Township Fire Department personnel administered first aid and transported him to a local hospital. The victim remains hospitalized.
Police are reviewing numerous videos from local businesses to determine if the crime was recorded.
UPDATE : Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce has ordered Doug Prade to appear in her court for a hearing Thursday morning at 9 after the 9th District Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled that Prade, who was convicted of the 1997 murder of his ex-wife Dr. Margo Prade, should have never been released from prison by former Summit County Judge Judy Hunter based on new DNA evidence which his attornies claimed proved Prade's innocence.
Another reversal in the Doug Prade case. The 9th District Court of Appeals has issued an opinion that sides with prosecutors and says that post-relief conviction should never have been granted. The former Akron police captain was convicted for the 1997 murder of his estranged wife, Dr. Margo Prade. Doug Prade was released from prison, based on new DNA testing that ruled him out as the person who left DNA evidence through bite marks on Margo's lab coat. The appellate judges say that the meaningfulness of the new test results is unclear and given what they called the "enormity" of other evidence that points to Prade as the killer, they disagree with Judge Judy Hunter, who said that "no reasonable factfinder" would have found him guilty. The case now goes back to Summit County Common Pleas Court for reconsideration that is consistent with the appellate decision.
A copy of the Court's decision is attached to this story as a .pdf file.
The Plusquellic Administration winning a round in the State Supreme Court, which rules mayoral assistant Charles Brown could serve as acting police chief because the position doesn't exist.
The court also ruled Brown doesn't serve as deputy police chief either. The Court's ruling came on a challenge from six of the nine captains on the police department who contended the Mayor's appointment of Brown, who had retired in 2013 as a Lieutenant, overstepped them as the qualified contenders.
Brown served as acting chief for four days. In their 4-3 ruling, the Court reinforced the power of the Mayor to appoint and remove non-elected city officials.
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(Ohio Supreme Court) An assistant to the Akron mayor cannot be removed as acting city police chief because there is no such position, and he does not hold the office of deputy police chief so he cannot be ousted from that position either, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.
In a 4-3 decision, the court denied a request from nine captains in the Akron Police Department for a special order called a writ quo warranto to remove Charles Brown from two offices. The captains argue that they are eligible to serve in those positions while Brown is not.
Brown resigned as a police lieutenant in the department and was appointed in January 2013 as an assistant to the mayor and as assistant chief of police, a position not included in the police division's manual or the city's charter. In February, Akron's police chief appointed Brown to serve as acting chief of police for four days. Before that, the chief typically had named a police captain as acting police chief in his absence.
Since the captains filed their action, the chief has not appointed anyone as acting police chief in his absence, but instead has ordered that any issues be directed to the mayor.
In today's per curiam (not authored by a specific justice) opinion, the court determined that the evidence shows that "acting chief of police" is a temporary assignment filled only when the police chief is away for a brief time. The court stated that because acting police chief is not a public office to which anyone has a right, it is not an office from which a person can be removed by court order.
The captains also contended that Brown has been serving as de facto deputy chief of police. To be a de facto officer, Brown must appear to be in an office he is not entitled to hold and appear to be performing that office's duties and responsibilities, the court explained.
Akron's police department has no official deputy chiefs. The court stated that Brown does seem to carry out some duties usually done by a deputy chief, such as signing findings and recommendations while sitting on the city's firearms review board, overseeing the community relations office, and representing the chief at meetings and events, and he had been named assistant chief of police, a title he often has used publicly.
The court noted, however, that Brown does not claim to be a deputy police chief, and these facts do not necessarily support a court order to remove him.
"[T]o the extent that [the captains] question the legality of Brown's actions as an assistant to the mayor and assistant chief of police because those actions are normally performed only by a deputy chief, quo warranto cannot be used to oust him from his position," the court's opinion stated.
"The mayor of Akron has the power to 'appoint and remove all employees in both the classified and unclassified service, except elected officials,' and to exercise control over all departments and divisions," the opinion continued. "The mayor has the power to appoint Brown as an assistant to the mayor. If the duties Brown performs in that capacity violate the city's collective-bargaining agreement or state or federal law, [the captains] are free to pursue those theories. But the writ of quo warranto does not lie to oust Brown as assistant to the mayor even if Brown, as an assistant, performs duties that are more akin to the duties usually assigned to deputy chiefs." The court concluded that Brown is not a de facto deputy chief.
Making up the court's majority were Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Terrence O'Donnell, Sharon L. Kennedy, and William M. O'Neill. Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger dissented in an opinion joined by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and Justice Judith L. French.
In her dissent, Justice Lanzinger agreed with the majority's decision that the court cannot remove Brown as acting chief of police because that position is a temporary assignment rather than a public office. However, she would order Brown to be removed from performing the duties of deputy chief because he is unlawfully serving as a de facto deputy chief.
Justice Lanzinger wrote that this is not a situation where the writ is being sought to test the legality of Brown's actions but that instead the captains are asserting that Brown usurped or intruded on the office of deputy chief.
"The majority in part justifies denying the writ on the fact that Brown does not claim to be a deputy police chief," she continued. "Such a claim, however, would not be in his interests. If Brown claimed he held the position, it would be readily apparent that he has usurped, intruded, or unlawfully exercised that public office. Instead, he refers to himself as 'assistant chief of police,' a position the majority acknowledges does not exist under the city charter."
"In my view, sufficient evidence exists to show that respondents have sidestepped the provision of the city charter that requires the deputy police chief to be a member of the classified civil service," she wrote. Brown's position as assistant to the mayor is unclassified. "By assigning Brown to perform the functions of a deputy police chief without actually appointing him to that position, respondents have circumvented civil-service requirements, a maneuver we have held to be improper," she concluded.