Matt Hartong graduated from The University of Akron in 2012. He is proud of his family history as farmers and operators of one of Summit County's last-remaining dairy farms, with a deep history in the region. Contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org with tips and comments.
33 year old Ricky Boykins has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for Aggravated Robbery.
In December, Boykins saw an elderly women drop her purse while Christmas shopping. He saw a large some of money inside, and followed her out of the store, onto a bus, and then back off the bus at her stop.
Boykins grabbed the women's purse causing her to fall back and break her hip.
Boykins plead guilty on May 1.
May 17, 2013… Akron) … Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Judge Amy Corrigall-Jones sentenced Ricky D. Boykins, 33, of Independence Avenue in Akron, to 10 years in prison.
An 87-year-old Barberton woman dropped her purse while Christmas shopping on December 20. Boykins saw the woman drop her purse and noticed a large sum of money inside. Boykins followed the woman out of the store, onto a bus and then got off the bus at her stop. Boykins snatched the woman’s purse, causing her to fall and break her hip.
Boykins pleaded guilty to Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree, on May 1.
A number of organizations have started raising money for the three girls in Cleveland that were held against their will for over a decade, and where there is money being donated there are "scammers" looking to take advantage of your generosity.
David Weiss with the Better Business Bureau serving greater Cleveland warns residents that there are people out there trying to make a quick buck.
"People need to know that whenever you have some sort of a high profile event like this, one that's really publicized by the media, your going to get a lot of con-artists that come out of the wood-work trying to take advantage it" says Weiss.
Right now there is no specific scam Weiss says to watch out for, but he does state that you should know exactly what group you're donating money to.
Weiss say that "The most important thing that consumers can do is to know who they are giving money to. Know that they are giving money to an organization that will responsibly maintain the funds and distribute them in a way that best benefit the victims."
It's important that you confirm offline that whatever you want to donate to is legitimate and forthright about what they intend on doing with the money.
"There are folks that are selling t-shirts with Charles Ramsey's face on it. Claiming that all profits from sales will go to the victims, again very well meaning but how do you define profit? what is their Profit? If they were charging $20 for a t-shirt, would you be happy knowing that $2 of it was going to Charles Ramsey? I'm not saying that's how much it is, but you need to find out" Comments Weiss.
Bottom line, Weiss says that you need to ask questions and make sure that your donation is going to be used in the most effective way possible.
The U.S. Postal service partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers will be taking part in their 21st annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.
Spokesmen David Van Allen tells AkronNewsNow that mail carriers will take any non-perishable food items you leave by your mail box on Saturday.
"Things like peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats and fish, canned vegetables, boxed goods like cereal and pasta and rice are all good" says Allen.
The food drive is held nation-wide and benefits local food banks and pantries and Allen says "We have about about 50 million Americans living at risk of hunger right now."
On a national scale, 175,000 letter carriers will collect food donations throughout 10,000 communities.
Since it's inception in 1993, Stamp Out Food has gathered over one billion pounds of food.
A missing child alert has been issued for Jediah Stoves of Youngstown.
Police are looking for the 13 year old, she's about 5 foot with a blonde weave in her hair.
She was last seen wednesday around midnight, on 622 Mistletoe in the City of Youngstown wearing black pants and shirt with black boots and a fuchsia puffy style coat.
Police are also saying she may be in need of medication.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Youngstown Police Department at (330) 742-8916.
38 year old Michael Alan Morlock and 37 year old Jerri Del Rossi of Akron have been found guilty of Manufacturing Meth along with other drug related felonies.
The charges stem from an investigation in October of last year of a possible meth lab house on Willard st.
Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands will sentence Morlock and Del Rossi on Tuesday, April 30 at 1:15 p.m.
North Canton resident, Rose Ann Butts, has plead guilty to four counts of Aggravated Arson, among other charges for a fire she caused in North Canton, and earlier this week charges of Insurance Fraud were tacked on.
Butts is accused of setting fire to a residential structure that damaged three surrounding homes, one of which is her own in April of last year
Rose Ann Butts was sentenced to three years in prison after the investigation revealed the fire to be an act of Arson.
The Summit County Prosecutor announced today that 62-year-old Jack Carmel was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for molesting two young children.
Carmel entered a plea of guilty to five counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, Third Degree Felonies.
Carmel admitted to molesting the 6 and 10 year olds over a period of several years.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that Jack Carmel, 62, of Killian Road in Akron, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison, for molesting two young children.
On January 23, 2013, Carmel entered a plea of guilty to five counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, felonies of the Third Degree.
Carmel admitted to molesting the 6-year-old and 10-year-old girls over a period of several years.
One of the first thunderstorms of the season that rolled through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night through Thursday morning, left it's mark on the Portage County Regional Airport.
Airport President, John Trew, got a call Thursday morning detailing the aftermath.
"There was debris scattered about the golf course and strewn about, and at that time they had told me we had a hanger collapse on the property" said Trew.
Trew says that the Portage County Building Department has shut down all four of the airport's hangers because they appear to be leaning about five inches off center.
"The hangers were blown completely off the foundation and then there are seven planes. I believe three ultra-light and four prop-planes, single engine" (That could be damaged).
A structural engineer needs to inspect the hangers before any of them can be repaired.
There's also significant clean up required before any plane owners can get to their personal items.
"At this time I don't think it will effect the airport itself as traffic, it's just the interim storage of any other planes if indeed they will need new planes where were going to put them at this time, we only have two hangers that are open" concluded Trew.
After being stranded in the Florida Everglades for the night, A family from Medina has been rescued.
Scott Schreck, 44, and his wife Carrie, 42, and their three small children stranded their rented air boat on Thursday, and when they didn't return by nightfall a massive search was launched.
Jorge Pino, spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spoke with AkronNewsNow and said that the family is covered in mosquito bites, but okay.
"The Family is fine. They're just a little shaken up obviously. They spent a very tough night out in the everglades. We had a severe thunderstorm and lightning storm that hit our area and they were caught right in the middle of that" said Pino.
The search effort included airplanes, helicopters, and at least six airboats that spread over 1,000 square miles in the Everglades National Park.
Pino said that "It took a while to get to them because they were in an area that is not a high traffic area and it's very congested with thick brush."
Thick vegetation made the family very difficult to locate on the ground, even with the loud whistles and air horns they were blowing.
A helicopter spotted the family Friday afternoon.
"We were able to determine they were fine. They were not in need of emergency medical treatment. We helped them free the air boat and then we escorted them back to land" Pino concluded.
In honor of his 95th birthday, William Takacs has been awarded six medals for his service in World War II.
According to News Channel 5 Takacs' daughter, Carol Fouch, knew he deserved medals he had not received.
"He had the purple heart that they had awarded him, but none of the other ones."
The former tank driver was bestowed the medals Thursday by Congressman Jim Renacci, Takacs now has seven medals adding to his purple heart that was awarded to him at his time of service.
"When I asked him about it, because we had to fill out some paper work and he said, yeah i was supposed to get some stuff he said but i never got it" said Fouch.
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