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Tentative agreements between city and all four labor unions were reached Monday.
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said after Monday night's city council meeting that it was important to get all four union agreements done at the same time.
"Doing all four of them, which was really their idea to sit down and negotiate, I feel was very valuable for the taxpayers and the employees of the city to get this behind us."
AFSCME, Local 1360 President George Johnson said he thinks the tentative agreement for his union is a win-win for both sides.
"My recommendation is that it's a fair agreement, and I think that when the employees see it as a whole, not just my members, but as a whole, they will think it's a fair agreement as well."
AFSCME Local 1360 represents city employees.
Johnson said it was important that not only his union but the other unions came together to the bargaining table so they can concentrate on other issues.
"With all the ups and downs that we have had in the past, it's refreshing we can still sit down and come to a fair agreement to provide the services the citizens of Akron deserve."
The city says the agreements are subject to union ratification, a process it says should occur over the next two weeks.
News release, City of Akron
In an attempt to achieve Labor Management peace, the four City of Akron Unions and the Mayor discussed a proposal to resolve all four Collective Bargaining Agreements at the same time. These efforts over the last six weeks have been successful and resulted in a tentative agreement between the City of Akron and the IAFF, Local #330, the FOP, Akron Lodge #7, AFSCME, Local 1360 and the Civil Service Personnel Association.
This Agreement is subject to each Union’s ratification process which shall occur over the next two (2) weeks. State Law prevents the release of the specific terms until after ratification.
A Cuyahoga Falls man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Monday.
The Cuyahoga Falls Patch reports 27-year old Timothy Cherveny pleaded guilty to charges of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material according to the Falls News Press.
Cherveny entered his plea in Summit County Common Pleas Court . The news organization reports the remainder of the counts from his 2011 indictment were dismissed.
Falls Police arrested Cherveny in August of last year after obtaining a search warrant at his Maitland Avenue home.
During the time of his arrest, detectives seized several items from his home including computers and storage devices according to police.
On the Web www.cuyahogafallspatch.com
In preparation for the Akron Marathon Saturday, a pinning ceremony was held at the John S. Knight Center downtown to honor those who ran in the full marathon for the past 5-10 years.
Donna from Akron said it was quite an honor to receive her pin for running in the event since it started a decade ago.
"I feel honored," she said.
"I'm from Akron and I think it was a great thing when they started this ten years ago, it's just a great community builder."
The 2012 edition of the Akron Marathon will begin near the National Inventors Hall of Fame and finish at Canal Park, home of the AA Eastern League Champion Akron Aeros .
Mark Chaloupka a five-year participant, says the annual event is one of the more enjoyable marathons he's run.
"It's just a great event, of all the marathons I've run including Boston, this is the most fun."
Akron resident Jim Ballard, another five-year runner says the event is first-class and appreciates all of the ways the city tries to make each marathon better than last year's.
"I just think that Akron does everything really really well , every facet of the marathon, something not every city does," Ballard said.
"Once they find what works, they don't sit there and keep gliding on that, they look for ways to even improve on what's better than most."
Robert Shaddock says he enjoys the course because of the variety of sights he sees during the race.
"That is one of the unique things about this race, " Shaddock said.
"I've run some other races and 26 miles is a long way to go and it's hard to make the whole race pleasant and as far as I'm concerned, there's no part of the race that isn't pleasant."
More than 15,000 runners will be participating in the 26.2 mile jaunt through the Rubber City on Saturday.
The Indians have fired Manny Acta as the team's manager. Bench coach Sandy Alomar has been named interim manager for the final six games of 2012.
The rest of the coaching staff will remain intact through the end of the season.
Cleveland Indians Press Release
The Cleveland Indians today announced MANNY ACTA will not return as manager.
Manny Acta compiled a record of 214-266 (.446) over his three seasons after being named the 40th Manager in franchise history on October 25, 2009.
“The Cleveland Indians would like to thank Manny Acta for everything he has done for the organization in his three seasons as our Manager,” said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager CHRIS ANTONETTI. “Manny’s passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure. Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary.”
“I have great respect for Manny and appreciate the effort he exhibited not only leading our team, but also the contributions he made in our community over the past three years,” said Cleveland Indians Chairman/CEO PAUL DOLAN. “I fully support Chris’ decision to make this change and am confident that he will lead a tireless search to find the right individual to lead the club to our ultimate goal of winning the World Series.”
The club has named SANDY ALOMAR Interim Manager for the final six games of the 2012 campaign. Alomar, 46, has been a member of the Cleveland Indians Major League coaching staff since 2010, serving as Bench Coach in 2011. The 2009 Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame inductee will manage the final six games of the 2012 season and will also be a candidate for the position during a search process that will begin immediately.
The rest of the coaching staff will remain intact through the end of the season.
The city of Tallmadge will be changing fees for those who use their recreational facilities and not raising rates for those who live in the city.
Fees for non-Tallmadge residents to use the facilities such as the Tallmadge Rec Center have gone up $1 per month.
Tallmadge Mayor David Kline says the method for determining rate structure ties in to use of the facilities , such as the softball field for example.
"The league may only play 5 games instead of 6 games, so we drop the fee a little bit there, and then at times we can raise the rate because the city pays the referees instead of the leagues paying the referees," he said.
Mayor Kline says he's pleased with the influx of outside residents using the city's rec center.
"It's open to everybody, but we like to give our own Tallmadge residents a break for the facility," Kline said.
"When we built it, we hoping to get 2,000 members, but now we have over 4,000 members so we are very happy with that."
The mayor says that with new programs and marketing that have been implemented at the fitness facility, revenue is up and they can keep prices affordable for residents and non residents alike.
Tallmadge City Council has adopted the rate structure for the city's recreational facilities for the past 5 years.
Akron Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a Highland Square novelty shop at gunpoint.
Shortly before 9:00pm Tuesday night a man entered the Pandora Novelties and Gifts on South Highland Avenue and pointed a gun at the clerk.
The clerk then told police the man took money from the register before taking off southbound on South Highland Avenue.
No shots were fired.
Police describe the suspect is a black male, 5’10” – 6’0” tall. He was wearing a black mask covering his face and all black clothing during the time of the incident.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Akron Police.
Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday night near the intersection of Noah Avenue and Copley Road on the city's west side.
The victim, 18-year old Michael D. Jones of Noah Avenue was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Jones was taken to a local hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police say he was found shot around 8:30pm, giving authorities a vague description of the alleged shooter.
A discount store employee who attempted to stop a group of accused shoplifters was struck with their getaway car in the parking lot.
It happened at the Family Dollar on South Arlington Street 2:30pm Tuesday afternoon.
Akron Police were on scene immediately and attempted to stop the vehicle as they attempted to take off from the store.The driver led the officers on a short car chase before being apprehended.
Katrina L. Clark, Keniceia Miller,, Lawon Prima, and a 15- year- old juvenile were arrested in connection with the incident. Clark was charged with theft and assault, the other three individuals were charged with theft.
The worker sustained minor injuries according to police.
Akron will be taking a serious look at its procedure and policy changes to animal control in the wake of the pit bull attack on the city's east side last Wednesday.
Director of Neighborhood Assistance for the City of Akron John Valle tells AkronNewsNow.com the city still needs to coordinate with the police department before making any changes.
"We want to meet with the Akron Police Department, and we want to talk about some rules, policies and procedures we discussed Friday morning," Valle said.
Once that is done, the city will notify the public as to what changes, if any will be implemented. The changes are likely to be announced later in the week.
Three people including two children were bit by a loose pit bull near the intersection of Dietz and Stanton avenues.
A 6-year old suffered several serious bite wounds and was hospitalized along with the other individuals.
Valle says the dog warden did not show up the night of the incident, but said he followed proper procedure.
"Our animal control officer followed proper protocol," Valle explained.
"The dog was not harming anyone any longer, it was the owner's property and the owner had the animal inside his residence."
Current policy states a judge would have to issue a search warrant for a dog warden to take an animal away from a home.
Residents in the neighborhood are upset about the situation and want to see something done about the dog and the animal control policy, but Valle says the situation hasn't been good for the city.
"That gives the department a black eye, I don't like that kind of negative publicity, but it's something we have to deal with and make sure that we don't have these types of situations in the future."
Ward 7 Councilman Donnie Kammer tells AkronNewsNow.com says he would like to see the city increase the number of animal wardens to effectively deal with dangerous animals.
"I'd like to see maybe if we could get one or two more animal control wardens or even collaborate with Summit County and their animal wardens too," Kammer said.
The incident happened in Kammer's ward, where he says he hasn't got many calls from residents regarding dog attacks.
Kammer says the dog owners need to be held responsible if they get loose and start attacking.
"I think we need to hold these dog owners more accountable because we can't have these dogs getting loose and running the neighborhood, so they need to be held accountable for their actions."
The dog's owner, Andre Brown was cited for letting the dog run loose and is scheduled to appear in court. Tuesday.
Tallmadge Police are investigating a shooting that left an Akron man hospitalized after he allegedly broke in to an apartment.
Police say the incident occurred Sunday night around 9:30 p.m. in the Saxon Village Apartments on North Thomas Rd.
A 24 year old Akron man is listed in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot multiple times.
Police say the man had forced entry into the apartment and was shot by the resident. Charges have not been filed as of yet.
The incident remains under investigation.
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