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The Summit County Board of Elections has fired an employee after they found an anonymous comment he wrote on the Beacon Journal's website.
The Beacon Journal reports the comment made by Andrew Wright, a Republican who worked on campaign finance reports, stated that he hoped a judge and a prosecutor would be the next victims of an accused Akron killer.
The comment was made under the name "DeathByAkron" on a story in January about a man who was acquitted by a jury of murder. It targeted Democratic Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
No charges have been filed against Wright.
The board also approved a motion to adopt a stricter Internet-use policy.
Wright is the brother of Common Pleas Judge Allison McCarty.
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Downtown Akron Partnership has launched a website encouraging residents to submit project ideas that will enhance the downtown area.
Director of business relations Kimberly Beckett says the project ideas have to stay within a budget of $300 to $500.
"Really, the sky's the limit for ideas. We're really looking to tap into the creativity of the community and kind of get them to take ownership of the downtown area which belongs to them," said Beckett.
Residents have until May 17 to submit their ideas online at MyAkron.net. The public will vote for one of the projects at a final pitch meeting on June 25th.
A final pitch of the project ideas will be presented in June where the public can attend and donate to the winning project.
Beckett says it's an opporutinity for residents to buy into the program.
"It's beoming a trend in cities around the country and it's really just a way to get people to feel like they're an important part of the community, which they are," said Beckett.
A registered sex offender in Alliance is facing new child pornography charges.
The Canton Repository reports Alliance police arrested Steve F. Slimak, 42, of Alliance, after a two-week investigation.
He was charged with one count each of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Slimak was convicted of similar charges in 2002.
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted with the investigation .
A motorcycle crash seriously injured a 20-year-old man in Perry Township Friday evening.
Troopers with the Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports the driver, John M. Fellouzis, 20, lost control of his motorcycle on Perry Drive around 6:30 p.m.
The motorcycle overturned and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. Fellouzis was taken to a hospital with life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver only had a temporary motorcycle endorsement and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
Authorities say no one was inside of a vehicle that was found in a river in Akron Friday morning.
Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg says the vehicle was found in the upright position in the water near the 1000 block of Cuyahoga Street around 7:30 a.m.
Tow trucks were called to the scene to pull the vehicle out of the water.
Authorities have not identified or located the owner of the vehicle.
The Akron Police Department is investigating the incident.
Cuyahoga Falls High School is closed today after schools officials received a bomb threat, similar to one that was sent about a month ago.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols says school remains closed today until further notice. He says the FBI is working with local law enforcement to clear the campus.
"We became aware of an email threatening the campus with a device to be detonated between 9a.m. and 2 p.m. on the campus of the high school," said Nichols.
Nothing turned up following the last investigation, but Nichols says law enforcement officials will once again work to find the source of the email.
Nichols says school remains closed until further notice.
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State and local officials are teaming up for National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at the last five take back events at collection sites across the nation.
Several collection sites will be available throughout the area including in Akron at the METRO Regional Transit Authority Center on South Broadway Street.
Also on the list, Bath, Copley and Springfield Township police departments.
(Press Release) On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Summit County Community Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to METRO Regional Transit Authority Center-Visitor’s Parking Lot at 631 South Broadway St., Akron, OH 44311. The service is free and anonymous.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. The METRO Regional Transit Authority Center site in downtown Akron collected 102 pounds of pills which ranked 17th out of the 88 sites in Northeast Ohio. Collections from all 88 sites were taken by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to a central location where they were disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement, agencies like Summit County Community Partnership and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
For more information, please call (330) 374-0947 or (330) 322-5007.
It's a new beginning for Lake Cinemas 8 in downtown Barberton as the theater opens its doors on Friday.
The theater closed earlier this year, but Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) purchased the building to keep the theater alive with an upgraded look.
Dave Vaughan, executive director of NDS, says he realized how important the theater was to the city when they decided to become the developer of the project.
"The people of Barberton are incredibly loyal to this facility," said Vaughan. "We didn't want to see it sit empty or converted into a warehouse, or any of those kinds of things."
Moviegoers will notice a few changes when they step inside the theater. The outdoor box-office has moved inside the theater and upgraded technology has made it an all-digital theater capable of showing 3-D films.
"The key of this project, though, is going to be its sustainability," said Vaughan. "When we bought the facility, there were no previous financials. So no one really knows how it does."
The marque outside the building will stay the same to keep the historical element of the facility.