Update at 12:46 p.m.
Akron Firefighters finished battling a house fire on Douglas Street and now investigators are working to determine a cause.
The home near the dead end of the street was fully engulfed in flames.
"The fire was severe enought to melt siding on homes on either sides of the house ... it was pretty severe," Bragg said.
Calls came into the department at about 9 a.m. Friday as some say they saw smoke billowing out of a window.
The flames apparently started on the front porch and spread to the rest of the house.
One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion and was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured.
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Two suspects were arrested after a Springfield Township home was found engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to control the blaze in the 2400 block of Ladd St. Thursday morning, but the house is a total loss.
The homeowner was not at the residence at the time of the fire, but officers say witnesses lead them to two suspects seen leaving the home shortly before it started.
Both Doug Congrove Jr., 22, of Springfield Township, and Allen Keller, 21, of Akron, were taken into custody. The two were charged with felony burglary and theft. Keller also faces aggravated arson charges.
Following an investigation, police say it appeared they had burglarized the home, then set the fire and stood by to watch it burn.
Both are now being held in the Summit County Jail.
A suspect in a 2011 Akron home invasion appeared in court Thursday morning to face a list of charges.
Micahel A. Hollis Jr., 20, of Akron, entered a not guilty plea during his arraginment at Akron Municipal Court. Hollis Jr.'s bond was set at $100,000.
He's charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, among other charges in connection with the Sept. 9 incident where he and a victim suffered gunshot wounds.
Akron Police say Hollis Jr. and two other suspects were armed and forced their way into a home in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, then held a victim at gunpoint while working their way through the house in search for money.
A hearing is scheduled for March 16.
The National Weather Service has issued a Thunderstorm Warning for Medina County.
The warning remains in effect until 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
The storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail.
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The City of Fairlawn hopes to attract a buyer for its last parcel of available real estate for business development.
Mayor Bill Roth tells the Beacon Journal that he and city officials are searching for new corporate offices, possibly a business headquarters, to purchase the city's final 56 acres of undeveloped land off of Cleveland-Massillon Road, near Ridgewood Road.
The Fairlawn Community Improvement Corp. has already hired realty group Jones Lang LaSalle out of Cleveland in a commission -only agreement to find a potential buyer.
On the web: Ohio.com
A new dining option is coming to Summit Mall's food court on April 1.
The Ohio Burger Company will begin grilling customized burgers made will 100 percent Ohio beef this spring.
“We’re all about being green and local,” said Benne, owner of The Ohio Burger Company in a press release.
“Our burgers will be made of 100 percent beef raised within 30 miles of our location. We will also locally-source our ingredients as much as possible, such as onion rings from Garfield Heights. Quality is key.”
The new eatery will add 10 new jobs at the Fairlawn shopping destination.
The Ohio Burger Company will offer a variety of side items including fresh cut fries that you can watch them slice, onion rings and loaded fries with chili, cheese, salsa and more. More than 20 toppings will be available to customize your burger, including a variety of cheeses. Chicken and fish sandwiches also will be available.
The restaurant is a new concept by local restaurateur Ray Benne, who has more than 12 years experience in the restaurant business. He previously owned Cyber Pete’s Internet Café in Bedford, Ohio, the state’s first cyber café. He hopes to expand the Ohio Burger Company to six locations over the next three years.
“We’re all about being green and local,” said Benne, owner of The Ohio Burger Company. “Our burgers will be made of 100 percent beef raised within 30 miles of our location. We will also locally-source our ingredients as much as possible, such as onion rings from Garfield Heights. Quality is key.”
All packaging used in the restaurant will be made from recycled material or be recyclable.
“We are pleased to partner with a local restaurateur to offer another unique dining option for our customers,” said Kate Anderson, area director of mall marketing and business development, Simon Property Group.
In preparation for the April 1 opening, the restaurant is looking to hire 10 part-time employees to work approximately 30-hours per week at the new location. Applications and more information are available online at www.ohioburgercompany.com.
“Come see us on April 1,” said Benne. “You know you want one!”
The aftermath of the levy failure in the Woodridge Local School District will consist of cuts and pay freezes at the top.
The Woodridge School Board is faced with decisions for where to make cost-cutting measures.
At a special meeting on Friday, Superintendent Walter Davis detailed what he and the district treasurer will do on their ends-- they've agreed to take a pay freeze and contribute more to their healthcare premium expenses.
FallsNewsPress.com reports Davis told the board he'll soon recommend the elimination of 27 jobs.
Combined, those moves would save $530,000, but that's just the start as another $70,000 in proposed general fund reductions are on the way from Davis.
The district is eyeing a possible pay to participate program and transportation cuts.
The levy lost Tuesday by 249 votes.
On the web: FallsNewsPress.com
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A Massillon man was shot in his side during a chase before 3 a.m. Monday morning.
Canton Police tell the Repository that it happened in the 2300 block of Eight Street NW. The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital.
Police say the bullet may have traveled to his spine.
His condition is not known at this time.
On the web: CantonRep.com
Giant Eagle may be gearing up to take on a new competitor in Green, but the company won't comment about it either way.
The Beacon Journal reports Giant Eagle has submitted plans to the city's planning and zoning commission for a 23-thousand square foot store expansion and additional parking.
The extra space would be added to the store's north end, along with 438 parking spots
When asked if the company was sprucing up its store in response to Acme Fresh Market's new store coming soon, the company spokesperson did not comment.
Acme Fresh Market is set to build a new grocery nearby, off of Massillon Road in 2013.
The extra space would be added to the store's north end, along with 438 parking spots.
Medina Police Chief Patrick Beraducci will serve a four week suspension for making a sexual gesture at a staff meeting in January.
In an interview with the Medina County Gazette, Beraducci apologized and said he "didn't intend for the gesture to be offensive."
The Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association filed a complaint in February regarding the incident. According to the complaint, the gesture was made during a staff meeting where scheduling changes were discussed.
Beraducci is not permitted to return to work until April 9.
On the web: Medina County Gazette
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