A Canton man tells police he accidently shot himself on Monday.
Police tell News Channel 5 that Leonte Williams, 25, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment after he suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. His condition is not known.
The shooting happened at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at a house in the 1300 block of Gibbs Avenue.
Police Searching For Canton Shooting Suspect
Canton police are investigating a morning shooting, where an adult victim suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.
Police detectives tell News Channel 5 the shooting took place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at a house in the 1300 block of Gibbs Avenue.
The search for a the suspect is ongoing as police are also working to obtain more details from the victim.
Follow AkronNewsNow.com for details as information becomes available.
Residents in Cuyahoga Falls will shell out more for their water bills.
Starting this month, water rates rise by 15 percent. This is the second rate increase during the past two years.
City Service Director Valerie Wax Carr tells the Falls News Press that the Falls rates are still the lowest in Summit County.
Carr says the city needs to improve its "aging infrastructure" as she noted 70 percent of the city's water lines are more than 50 years old.
The rate hike is a move toward an EPA recommendation of water rates to fall in line with 1.3 to 3.1 percent of a median household income. Still, Carr tells the newspaper that with the 2012 increase, the city is still well below the recommended rate range.
The Cuyahoga Falls water system also services residents in Silver Lake, Munroe Falls and some residents in Stow. Customers in Silver Lake and Munore Falls will not only pay the additional 15-percent, but they also must pay an additional 20-percent under a new contract.
On the web: FallsNewsPress.com
Akron Snow and Ice crews are prepared to salt and clear the roads as bands of lake effect snow drop inches of heavy white stuff Monday.
A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for counties including Summit, Portage and Medina.
Click here for details on the storm from the Weather Channel.
Akron Public Works Manager Paul Barnett says he's considering bumping up the number of plows on the streets from 32 to 51 units, depending on the forecasts he usually depends on.
"If only one of the three indicates that we're going to get some lake effect, we'll probably keep it around 32," he said.
Keeping the main streets and highways clear is the first priority, but the ice is also weighing heavily on the battle plan.
Akron Snow And Ice Ready for Storm by WAKR Lindsay McCoy
"What we're worried about it getting a layer of ice on the roadway itself," he said.
"We go through a lot of salt in blowing storm like this with the temperatures the way they are. Getting that off, it really, really difficult once it forms."
Side streets will see treatment if the snowfall totals reach at least four to six inches. Otherwise, Barnett says keeping the main roads clear will come first.
It's starting to look a lot like winter in the Akron area.
The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning, which lasts through Tuesday at 12 p.m.
"We're going to see the lake effect snow, we're going to see significant snow bands start to set up late today and tonight especially," Michael Palmer said, Weather Channel meteorologist.
Lake Effect Snow Warning: Weather Channel Update by WAKR Lindsay McCoy
Three to five inches of snow is expected, with additional accumulation possible Palmer said.
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"With those winds gusting 30-40 miles per hour and the bands of heavier lake effect snow developing, that's going to whip around the snow and reduce visibility," he said.
Palmer suggests taking it slow while behind the wheel, as the roads could become slick through Tuesday.
After the snow moves through, a warming trend may help melt it away bringing highs into the 40s by the end of the week.
More Ohio workers will notice the bump in minimum wages earned than in any other state this year.
Those earning a minimum wage in the state, will see an additional 30 cents bringing the hourly wage to $7.70.
The National Employment Law Project is a non-profit organization that anaylzes the impact on minimum wage workers in the United States. The latest research from the organization shows that close to 347,000 low-wage workers will benefit from this increase.
What does this mean for paychecks? An added $624 each year in wages on average.
Washington, DC – On January 1st, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase 30 cents to $7.70 an hour, raising wages for 347,000 low-wage workers in the state. Ohio’s minimum wage increase means an extra $624 per year in wages for a full-time minimum wage worker. The increase is the result of a state constitutional amendment approved by Ohio voters in 2006 that provides for annual rate adjustments that keep pace with the rising cost of living. Ohio is joined by seven states— Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Vermont—that will also raise state minimum wage rates on New Year’s Day, boosting wages for more than 1.4 million workers nationwide. More Ohio workers will be directly affected by this increase than in any of the other states seeing a boost this week.
The increased consumer spending generated by the raises will lead to an additional $366 million in GDP and create the equivalent of more than 3,000 full-time jobs, according to an analysisby the Economic Policy Institute released locally by Policy Matters Ohio. While weak consumer demand is holding back business expansion, raising the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of low-wage workers who have little choice but to spend that money immediately on goods and services.
The National Employment Law Project hailed the upcoming increases for spurring recovery for families and the economy and called on Congress to follow suit.“These minimum wage increases represent bright spots on an otherwise bleak economic horizon,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “Workers’ buying power is the secret weapon in the fight to get our economy back on track. Ohio is taking action to protect that critical buying power. Congress should follow Ohio’s example to realize these benefits for the national economy.”
An estimated 291,000 workers in Ohio will be directly impacted as the new minimum wage rate will exceed their current hourly pay, and 56,000 more will see a raise as pay scales are adjusted upward to reflect the new minimum wage, according to an analysis of government data by the Economic Policy Institute. Seventy-three percent of these low-wage workers are over age 20; 71 percent work 20 hours per week or more. [See chartfor complete demographic breakdown.]
Strengthening the buying power of low-wage workers is especially critical in the current economic climate. A recent NELP studyfinds that the majority of new jobs created in the wake of the recession are in low- and mid-wage occupations. And while the share of the workforce comprised of low-paid workers is growing, the wages for this group are declining: workers in lower-wage occupations (with median wages under $13.52) have seen a 2.3 percent decline in real wages since the recession began. The proliferation of lower-wage jobs in the economy means the impact of the minimum wage will be even greater in setting wage scales for growing industries in which millions of workers will spend their careers. Wages and salaries are now the lowest share of GDP since 1955, while corporate profits are the largest share of GDP since 1950.
“The increase in the minimum wage will help Ohio’s lowest wage workers have a bit more in their pockets, which will in turn boost Ohio’s struggling economy,” said Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, which released the EPI analysis in Ohio. “Although it’s a modest change, this small boost is in the right direction for Ohio workers, Ohio communities and the Ohio economy.”
Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates above the federal level of $7.25 per hour, which is just over $15,000 per year for a full-time minimum wage earner. Unlike the federal rate – which loses value every year it is not increased by an act of Congress – 10 states increase their minimum wage rates annually to ensure that real wages for the lowest-paid workers do not fall even further behind: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Nevada indexes its minimum wage in July; Missouri announced that the state minimum wage remains below the federal minimum wage, and that the federal rate will continue to apply this year.
A large body of research shows that raising the minimum wage effectively boosts low-wage workers’ incomes without reducing the number of low-wage jobs or hours. A groundbreaking 1994 studyby David Card and Alan Krueger, who now heads President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, found that an increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage did not reduce employment among fast-food restaurants. These findings have been confirmed by 15 years of economic research, including a 2010 study, published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, which found that minimum wage increases did not cost jobs. Another recent study, published in April 2011 in the journal Industrial Relations found that even during times of high unemployment, minimum wage increases did not lead to job loss.
The following data reflect the impact of the 30 cent increase in the Ohio minimum wage to $7.70 an hour on January 1, 2012. Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of Current Population Survey data.
Estimated total number of Ohio workers affected by increase: 347,000
Directly affected workers: 291,000
Indirectly affected workers: 56,000
Percentage of total Ohio workers: 7.2%
Characteristics of those Affected by Increase
Percentage over age 20 years of age: 72.9%
Percentage working 20 hours per week or more: 71.4%
The table below lists the following: states with increases; amount of increase; the new wage on January 1, 2012 wage; and increase in annual earnings for a full-time worker:
Arizona $0.30; $7.65; $624
Colorado, $0.28; $7.64; $582
Florida, $0.36; $7.67; $749
Montana, $0.30, $7.65; $624
Ohio, $0.30; $7.70; $624
Oregon, $0.30; $8.80; $624
Washington, $0.37; $9.04; $770
Vermont, $0.31; $8.46; $645
Policy Matters Ohio is a non-profit, non-partisan policy research institute dedicated to a more prosperous, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio, online at policymattersohio.org.
The National Employment Law Project is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts research and advocates on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers, online at nelp
Akron area motorists will start the New Year paying more at the pump.
Gas prices in Akron have risen 6.3 cents for a gallon of regular, bringing the average price to $3.37. Gas prices website AkronGasPrices.com reports the average last week was $3.35.
"Average gasoline prices are moving up as we enter the New Year, a trend that has held since 2008," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan, in a press release.
"The biggest problem with that trend holding true this year is that we're starting 2012 about 20-cents per gallon higher than 2011, breaking yet another high price record and setting up an ugly year for motorists," DeHaan said.
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Akron detectives are investigating a shooting of two people inside a car early Friday morning.
A 54-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman told police they were shot at twice through the door and windshield of the car after leaving a club on Moore Street around midnight. Police say they were driving on Interstate 76 near South Main Street.
The man was shot in the lower jaw and the woman was shot in the leg. Both victims were taken to Akron General Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives are still searching for the motive of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.
A Perry Township woman admits to taking thousands of dollars from her former employer.
The Canton Repository reports Kathleen A. Craver, 52, pleaded guilty to the theft from her elderly employer and now she's being asked to pay it back.
While working as a secretary, Craver stole $300,000 from real-estate developer George Swallow and his company during a five-year period. Swallow died in 2009.
Police and FBI detectives were asked to follow the money after a review of Swallow's estate, the newspaper reports the numbers didn't add up.
Craver faces up to 10 years in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for January. The Stark County Common Pleas judge handling the case is waiting for additional testimony to determine if she'll be eligable for probation.
On the web: CantonRep.com
Warmer December temperatures have stalled the start of the full-on season at nearby slopes.
"We're looking around and it's good to see we're not the only ones struggling at this point," Steve Mackle said, marketing manager at Boston Mills and Brandywine.
At this point, Mackle says the ski resorts and snow tubing hills are still doing okay, with two lanes open at Boston Mills and Polar Blast tubing this week.
While he says they'd like to be operating at 100 percent right now, the latest they've opened in years past is close to Jan. 6. Mid-December is the time most operations hope to see the slopes crowded.
This week, Mackle said skiers can hit the hills for a reduced price at $20 if they want to use the lanes that are open for business.
Even though the resorts can't control the forecast, they doesn't mean they don't have a handle on producing snow.
"The natural snow is alway a benefit or a plus for us," he said. "What really is important to us, are the cold temperatures."
How Brandywine and Boston Mills Produces Snow! by WAKR Lindsay McCoy
Early Wednesday morning the machines were revved up to take advantage of the below freezing temperatures. Mackle is looking forward to January for the best time for the chilly temps to drop.
On the web: www.bmbw.com
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