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Just as President Obama's latest visit to northeast Ohio led to closing portions of the Shoreway in Cleveland -- now North Canton's police department is warning residents Friday night's Romney/Ryan campaign rally at Hoover High School's baseball stadium will lead to travel headaches.
Delays could start early; the candidates are expected around 6:30. Portions of Seventh Street Northeast and Wise Avenue Northeast will be closed after 3:30 and there will be checkpoints for local homeowners.
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(North Canton PD) The North Canton Police Department wants to advise motorists, residents, and visitors attending the Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan “Friday Night Victory Rally” of the following street closings and /or temporary travel delays. Starting at approximately 3:30 PM and ending at 10:00 PM. the following streets will be closed or have travel restrictions.
Seventh St. NE. between Woodside Ave. NE. to Dogwood Ave. NE. closed to thru traffic
Wise Ave. NE. between Hower St. NE. to Seventh St. NE. will be closed [Law enforcement officers will assist residents living on this section of Wise Ave. NE. by having them exit the area south towards E. Maple Street. When returning home they will be required to enter a checkpoint at Seventh St. NE at Woodside Ave. NE.]
Handicap parking will be available on a first come first serve basis. Those attendees must enter through the checkpoint at Seventh St. NE at Woodside Ave. NE. Law enforcement officers will direct them to a designated area.
Residents on Wise Ave. NE are asked to refrain from parking on the street from 9:00 AM. to 10 PM. Parking on Woodside Ave. NE. will also be restricted. Parking on the east side of the street will be permitted. Motorists should expect some delays on other streets in the area of the event. Vehicles blocking driveways, fire hydrants, and traffic flow are subject to being towed. We seek the public’s cooperation in hosting a safe event.
A Bath Township man is facing federal tax evasion charges for allegedly skipping nearly $400,000 in taxes by selling products for cash.
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a criminal information against 59-year old John Hufgard, charging he operated his Universal Service and Repair, Limited business by selling racks to metal scrap dealers, even to the point of doing business long-distance rather than deal with local dealers who might pay by check.
The government says he deposited the cash into a personal rather than a business account. Prosecutors say he then recorded any business income as short-term loans from himself.
(U.S. Attorney's Office news release) A criminal information was filed charging John W. Hufgard with three counts of tax evasion for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 after he evaded nearly $400,000 in taxes by selling items for cash, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Hufgard, 59, resides in Bath, Ohio, according to court records. The information alleges that Hufgard, the sole proprietor of Universal Service and Repair, Limited, Hufgard sold manufacturing racks to metal scrap dealers, and failed to report the proceeds on his federal income tax returns.
Hufgard concealed his scheme by selling racks for cash, by depositing business income into his personal account, business income diverted into his personal account, and falsely recording business income as short term loans from himself, according to the information. He also tried to conceal his scheme by moving large amounts of scrapped metal racks, long distances, to scrap dealers who were willing to pay him in cash rather than using unknown dealers who might pay by check, according to the information.
Through this scheme, Hufgard evaded approximately $397,659 in federal taxes. If convicted, defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, defendant’s role in the offenses, and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases they will be less than the maximum.
This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Perry D. Mastrocola, following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
That boil water alert for parts of Hudson, Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township served by Akron city water now lifted. The city says tests after a water main break were repaired show no contamination.
(City of Akron) The City of Akron’s boil water advisory for Akron Water customers in portions of Hudson, Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township has been lifted. Water testing completed over the past 48 hours has confirmed the water had not experienced contamination and is safe to drink. Customers are no longer required to boil their drinking water.
The final defendant in the case surrounding the meth poisoning death of 17-month of Patrick Lerch last February will spend seven years in prison on Involuntary Manslaughter.
20-year old Randy Legg, who lived on St. Leger Avenue, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter and drug-related charges. His three co-defendants were sentenced last month, including little Patrick's mother.
21-year old Heather Lerch was found guilty of murder and other charges in a jury trial and Judge Tom Parker sentenced her to life in prison with parole possible after 22 years; 22-year old Ronald Legg, Randy Legg's brother, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and was sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole after 27 years; and 25-year old Allen Kostra received a nine-year sentence after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drug-related charges.
(Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh - news release) Judge Thomas Parker sentenced Randy Legg, 20, of St. Leger Avenue in Akron, to seven years in prison for the death of 17-month-old Patrick Lerch. Randy pleaded guilty on September 21 to Involuntary Manslaughter and Illegal Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs. His three co-defendants were sentenced on September 25.
Patrick died February 26 after ingesting large amounts of methamphetamine. Heather Lerch, 21, of St. Leger Avenue in Akron, and her son Patrick moved into Randy’s home on St. Leger Avenue just days before Patrick died. Patrick was kept in the home’s rat-infested basement in the care of Randy’s brother Ronald Legg, 22, of Akron, and Allen Kostra, 25, of Akron, who were cooking and high on meth throughout Patrick’s last days.
Kostra pleaded guilty on August 16 to Involuntary Manslaughter, Child Endangering and Illegal Manufacture of Drugs and was sentenced to nine years in prison. A jury found Heather guilty of Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Endangering on August 27. She was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 22 years. On September 21, Ronald Legg pleaded guilty to Murder, Child Endangering and Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs and was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 27 years.
A handful of local schools making the grade on the U.S. Department of Education's listing of "Blue Ribbon Schools" recognized nationally for their performance.
In Summit County Our Lady of the Elms Elementary in Akron and Holy Family Elementary in Stow made the grade; Lincoln Elementary in Wadsworth and Chippewa Elementary in Wayne County also made the list.
Editor's note: AkronNewsNow earlier reported the honor for Our Lady of the Elms and Holy Family Elementary schools; this latest release includes other area schools honored by the U.S. Department of Education.
(Ohio Department of Education) Six Cuyahoga County schools, two Summit County schools and one school in Medina, Ashland and Wayne counties were among the seventeen Ohio schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for the 2012 school year by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). Thirteen public schools along with four private schools were added the USDOE’s list of schools recently.
“We want to congratulate the 11 Ohio schools in northeast Ohio for this outstanding accomplishment and praise them for helping students reach their potential,” said Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers. “These schools are committed to preparing students for success in college and careers and should serve as models for other schools in the state.”
Ohio’s Blue Ribbon Awardees were not included in the Department of Education’s original release because the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) had not verified AYP status due to the ongoing investigation into attendance data. With the recent release of preliminary report card data, the Department is confident that the following schools data is accurate and their recognition deserved.
The schools selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools include:
Bassett Elementary School, Westlake City School District;
Butternut Elementary School, North Olmsted City Schools;
Hilliard Elementary School, Westlake City School District;
Independence Primary School, Independence Local School District;
Rocky River High School, Rocky River City School District;
St. Dominic School, Diocese of Cleveland;
Holy Family School, Diocese of Cleveland;
Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School;
Lincoln Elementary School, Wadsworth City School District;
Chippewa High School, Chippewa Local School District;
St. Edward School, Diocese of Cleveland.
Other National Blue Ribbon schools in Ohio include:
Arcadia High School, Arcadia Local School District, Hancock County;
Ohio Fairbanks High School, Fairbanks Local School District, Union County;
Horizon Science Academy, Lucas County ESC, Franklin County;
Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, Shadyside Local School District, Belmont County;
Lincoln Elementary School, Tiffin City School District, Seneca County;
Western Reserve High School, Western Reserve Local School District, Mahoning County.
The USDOE recognized more than 270 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.
The Department will honor the schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 417 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
You probably get them in the mail - offers from companies offering to help lower your property taxes.
But many of those offers are unnecessary and costly.
Cynthia Sich of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs says simply put - why pay for help that you can get for free?
"For example, your property taxes. You yourself can file the paperwork," Sich tells AkronNewsNow. "And many times these companies use the exact same paperwork that you can reach at the Fiscal (Officer's) office through Board of Revision."
Sich says some of the companies ask for a Social Security number when it isn't even necessary.
She says before you shell out money, check with the county to see if they can do the same service for free or at a low cost.
The second debate in Ohio's hotly contested U.S. Senate race has been almost vitriolic with Republican challenger Josh Mandel and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown clashing on policy issues.
The tenor of the televised debate Thursday night in Columbus mirrored the barrage of negative TV ads that have marked a race that is one of the most expensive in the nation.
Mandel, the 35-year-old state treasurer, and 59-year-old Brown, who is serving his first term in the Senate, clashed not only personally but on most policy issues, including gay marriage, Medicare, trade policy, taxes and government bailouts.
The debate was held at the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Insurance in downtown Columbus. It was sponsored by a network of Ohio's eight largest newspapers, The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
The new General Manager for the Double A Akron Aeros gets a homecoming.
Jim Pfander has been serving as General Manger of the Charlotte Stone Crabs in Florida; they're the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and he also oversaw the major league team's spring training operations. In addition to stop in Florida, Pfander's been involved with teams in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Washington state.
Pfander is a Archbishop Hoban High School graduate and also an alum of Ohio University. He got his start in baseball with the Cleveland Indians as an intern.
(Akron Aeros - news release) Akron native and veteran minor league baseball executive Jim Pfander has been hired as the new General Manager of the Akron Aeros. Pfander is only the second general manager in Aeros history, and the first executive named by new owner Ken Babby.
No tour of Canal Park will be necessary for Pfander, who served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aeros in 2011. Pfander’s efforts that season resulted in the first attendance increase in seven years. Ticket and sponsorship revenue also increased from the previous year under Pfander’s leadership.
Most recently, Pfander spent the 2012 season as the General Manager of the Charlotte (Fla.) Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. The Stone Crabs are a Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. His responsibilities included overseeing the Stone Crabs organization and the Rays spring training as well. He and his staff also hosted the Florida State League All-Star Game last season.
Other stops during his 13-year career include various positions with teams in Charleston, South Carolina, Brockton, Massachusetts, and Spokane, Washington.
Pfander is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Ohio University. He began his baseball career as an intern in the Cleveland Indians broadcasting department in 2000, prior to several assignments with minor league teams across the country.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Jim back home to Akron and Canal Park,” said Babby. “His experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as we enter a new era of Aeros baseball.” As General Manager of the Aeros, Pfander will oversee all business and promotional aspects of the organization, including sales, ticketing, marketing and community relations.
“The opportunity to return to my hometown and rejoin the Aeros is very exciting,” said Pfander, who is expected to officially begin working with the team on October 22nd. “I look forward to working with Ken Babby, and the new business team we are assembling, and certainly embrace coming home to the passionate Aeros fans in Akron/Canton and all of Northeast, Ohio. I am also excited to continue to build on our great relationship with the City of Akron and the Indians organization.” Pfander will be residing in Akron with his wife, Page, and daughter, Olivia, 5
There are a handful of local medical facilities on a list of 64 across Ohio where the threat of contaminated medical products at the heart of a nationwide meningitis outbreak is of concern to the state Department of Health.
On the list: Akron Children's Hospital; NOVUS Clinic, Tallmadge; Ohio Retina Associates, Canton; St. Clare Surgery Center, Stow; Vitreo Retinal Consultants, Canton; and Western Reserve Surgery Center, Kent.
The list was released late Thursday by ODH and the state is urging the facilities to contact patients who may have been prescribed products manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. The list is based on those health centers that purchased NECC products since May 2012.
So far, Ohio reports seven cases of fungal meningitis. None were located on northeast Ohio and the nearest case to Akron is in Crawford County.
(Ohio Department of Health) The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is encouraging all health care providers to follow-up with patients who received any injectable products from New England Compounding Center (NECC) since May 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided states with a list from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of all facilities that purchased NECC products during that time frame. ODH is making the list of the 64 Ohio facilities available online to aid in the outreach to patients. The list includes any provider who bought a NECC product since May 21, 2012, even topical products, which FDA has indicated are low- or no-risk products.
“We are working with health care providers to reach out to patients, but we need two-way communication,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director at ODH. “At this time, ODH does not have a count on the number of patients that received drugs in the expanded recall list. Since this investigation is changing so rapidly, it’s critical that Ohioans who received these injections or solutions be informed and watch closely for any change in how they are feeling.”
ODH used a statewide health emergency alerting system to contact health care providers and hospitals throughout the state with this additional guidance from FDA. Local health departments are being tasked with calling each facility in their jurisdiction and supporting those facilities with patient outreach. ODH expects every patient who received a recalled injection to be contacted.
Unlike bacterial or viral meningitis, fungal meningitis cannot be spread person-to-person. Ohio currently has seven cases of fungal meningitis (no deaths), all linked to back injections with steroids distributed by NECC. The case numbers for Ohio could change as CDC adjusts their case definition and Ohio further evaluates each patient.
· Crawford County: 40, female
· Hamilton County: 65, male
· Marion County: 55, female; 45, male; 47, female; 50, female
· Morrow County: 39, female
The medication at the center of the recall is a widely distributed steroid medication used to treat back pain and is administered by injection. Medication provided by NECC may be contaminated with a fungus that has led to some patients to develop a rare form of fungal meningitis (brain infection) and stroke.
On October 3, 2012, the company ceased all production and initiated recall of all methylprednisolone acetate (a steroid medication) and other drug products prepared for injections in and around the spinal cord (known as intrathecal administration). On October 6, NECC announced a recall of all its products. A complete list of all products subject to this recall can be accessed here. ODH alerted health care providers in Ohio to inform them of symptoms that could be cause by the tainted drug as well as updated lists of recalled products. ODH teamed with local public health departments and other resources such as law enforcement to contact every patient who received an injection with methylprednisolone acetate.
ODH’s call for additional outreach to patients comes after the FDA reported that two transplant patients with Aspergillus fumigatus infection were administered NECC cardioplegic solution during surgery. FDA has not confirmed that these two infections were, in fact, caused by an NECC product. The cases did not occur in Ohio.
Week 8 is down as area teams start eyeing playoff positioning and rankings ahead of November's round of post-season play.
St. Vincent St. Mary made a big statement with a 56-7 drubbing of the Barberton Magic. In other parochial action Archbishop Hoban fell to Notre Dame Cathedral Latin 35-7.
In Akron city series matchups Ellet slipped by Firestone 13-7 while Garfield blanked East 27-0. Kenmore fell to Northwest 21-6.
Other local teams:
CVCA 17, Tusky Valley 16
Dalton 27, Chippewa 21
Elyria 49, Stow 13
GlenOak 35, Lake 17
Highland 43, Green 21
Hudson 25, Mayfield 13
Kent Roosevelt 62, Springfield 6
Manchester 34, Triway 31
Mentor 63, Medina 21
Mogadore 63, Rootstown 26
Nordonia 40, Revere 10
North Canton Hoover 21, Canton Central Catholic 16
North Royalton 24, Cuyahoga Falls 23
Norwayne 42, Smithville 6
Ravenna 39, Norton 6
Southeast 55, Waterloo 14
Streetsboro 48, Coventry 21
Tallmadge 55, Cloverleaf 21
Twinsburg 29, Solon 22
Wadsworth 28, Copley 0
Woodridge 52, Garrettsville 14
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