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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.
Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has already garnered a top honor for his outstanding performance last week.
Richardson was voted the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on September 13-17, the NFL announced Friday.
The former Alabama standout rushed fondar 109 yards with a 32-yard touchdown run and caught four passes for 36 yards with a 23-yard score at Cincinnati last Sunday.
He is the first Browns rookie to win a weekly award since Charlie Frye was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in Week 17 of the 2005 season.
Browns News Release
Browns running back Trent Richardson was voted the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on September 13-17, the NFL announced today. He is the first Browns rookie to win a weekly award since Charlie Frye was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in Week 17 of the 2005 season.
Richardson rushed for 109 yards with a 32-yard touchdown run and caught four passes for 36 yards with a 23-yard score at Cincinnati last Sunday. He became the first Browns rookie to rush for 100-yards in a game since 2003 and his 109 rushing yards are the most of any NFL rookie this year in a single-game.
Richardson was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were punter Johnny Hekker of the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Andrew Luck of Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Miami Dolphins and quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
This is Pepsi’s eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
Akron City Councilman Bruce Kilby has lost his Supreme Court bid to change the ballot language in a proposed city charter amendment, giving the all-clear for the issue to appear as is during the November 6 election.
The amendment is asking voters to pass measures increasing the terms of ward council members from two to four years, making it so that all members of Akron City Council are elected at the same time as the mayor. It would also limit the amount of raises for both the mayor and council members to averages seen in the private sector.
Kilby filed suit in early September against the Summit County Board of Elections, the Secretary of State's office and Akron City Council.
The court made their unanimous decision Thursday declining the Ward 2 councilman's bid to change the wording describing what the amendment would potentially do.
City Council voted 10-3 in July to put the amendment on the ballot and the Board of Elections then voted 3-1 to approve the wording in August.
Akron Police need your help in identifying a pair of robbery suspects.
On August 26 around 2:40 p.m two men walked up to a car and allegedly robbed the individuals at gunpoint at the Wash Works Car Wash on Frederick Boulevard.
The victims were from Wooster and were trying to sell stereo equipment and a projection TV.
Police say suspects were hiding inside one of the bays for several minutes at the car wash prior to the robbery .
The pair are described by authorities as two black males between 22 – 26 years old, 5’07” – 5’09”.
The first suspect has black short hair and was wearing a black baseball hat and dark clothing during the time of the incident. The second suspect was bald and had gold capped teeth.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Akron Police.
A federal jury in Cleveland Thursday found the 16 members of the Amish breakaway group guilty of hate crimes for carrying out beard-and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.
Steven Dettlebach U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Ohio, said that the victims were violently denied the freedom to practice their religion as they saw fit.
"They simply wanted to be left to practice their religion in their own way in peace," Dettlebach explained.
"Unfortunately, the evidence in this case demonstrated that the defendants denied them this most basic of American rights and did so in the most violent of ways."
The jurors also found Samuel Mullet Sr., the leader of the group, guilty of planning the attacks in the fall of 2011.
All of the members of his group are facing prison terms of at least 10 years.
Defense attorneys say the hair cuttings took place, but the dispute was over religious differences and couldn't be classified as hate crimes.
Dettlebach said the evidence shown in the trial depicts the attacks as vicious in nature.
"The evidence in this case showed the defendants invaded their homes, that they physically attacked them, and that they sheared them almost like animals, leaving them bloodied , bruised and beaten."
The beards of men and the hair of women has spiritual significance in the Amish faith.
He (Dettlebach) said members of the Amish community wrote in saying there was no religious dispute between Mullet's group and those they targeted.
"People wrote to us saying the defendants were dangerous and that they were scared of them, thanking and praying for the prosecution team to continue in their work," Dettlebach said.
"Today those prayers have been answered by your (the jury's) work."
The University of Akron's Board of Trustees approved 3 percent merit-based raises for for eligible non-bargaining administrative staff as well as a 5.5 percent increase for faculty as stated in the final year of a 3-year contract during their monthly meeting.
The increases are retroactive to July 1, 2012.
Also getting a raise was University of Akron President Dr. Luis Proenza, whose base salary is increased by 5 percent.
News Release from University of Akron
Today, in recognition of the hard work and productivity of the University’s faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees approved the allocation of merit-based raise pools of 3% for eligible non-bargaining unit administrative staff and 5.5% for faculty (as stipulated in the final year of a 3-year contract).
“During these challenging times, it is vital that we remain competitive,” said UA President Luis M. Proenza. “With this action by the Board, we are more appropriately aligned with Ohio’s higher education marketplace.”
The Board also expressed its gratitude to President Proenza for his accomplishments over the years, and in 2011 in particular, in spearheading significant progress at the University. In recognition, and in keeping with increases offered to faculty and staff, the Board awarded him a 5% increase to his base salary, retroactive to January 1, 2012, as per his contract.
Also at the Board meeting:
The Board heard from grateful recipients of the Achieving Distinction Awards, including Dr. Peter H. Niewiarowski, who called the competitive process a “valuable bottom-up process” important to the faculty, encouraging collaboration and building on university strengths in research and teaching. Dr. Monte Turner called the Board “forward-thinking” in investing in these awards, which will allow the University to meet the goals of Vision 2020. Jeffrey M. Samuels and Elizabeth Reilly told the Board that these awards help to build a culture of innovation and contribute to a thriving regional economy.
The Trustees authorized the administration to explore the procurement of solar panels to provide electricity, reduce usage of fossil fuels, and contribute to energy savings and efficiencies. The solar panels, about the size of an acre, would be installed on the south facing roof of the Stile Athletic Field House and would be the largest solar array on a rooftop in the state. Providing the system is a company called Carbon Vision, which has a proven track record of providing “green” systems at other universities in Ohio. This system would help the University comply with state mandates to reduce fuel consumption by 20% by July, 2014.
The Board approved the naming of the engineering building located at 264 Wolf Ledges Parkway: “The University of Akron Engineering Research Center,” developed to bring together industry and faculty to engage in both fundamental and applied research.
The Board highlighted outstanding student athlete Charlie Bull, the first member of the men’s golf team to compete at the NCAA regional championships, and the first UA golfer to be named to the PING All-Region Team; and the Board provided Brandon Padgett, head coach of the UA tennis team, with a framed resolution recognizing several players on the team and the entire team’s performance in its second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. The team has compiled historic records of 20-5 (2011 season) and 24-4 (2012 season).
At each Board meeting, two students are featured and honored, talking about their Akron Experience. Eric Compenhaver, a senior majoring in both physics and philosophy, told the Board how he came to UA aspiring to be a jazz guitarist, but inspiring professors led him to pursue interests in philosophy and science, with a new plan to pursue a PhD in physics. Katelyn Mertz is a graduate assistant in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, an accomplished poet and fiction writer, who expressed her gratitude to the University for creating a culture where creative writers could excel and be supported in professional pursuit of a writing career.
A Canton man has pleaded not guilty in connection with the brutal killing of a woman found burned alongside a rural road.
The Beacon Journal reports LaFonse Dixon Jr pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated arson and conspiracy charges in Muskingum County court. Wednesday.
Two women, Katrina Culberson and Monica Washington have also pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
A driver found 29-year old Celeste Fronsman along a road in Zanesville August 26. She had been raped and burned over 80 percent of her body with a strap tied around her neck.
She was taken to a Columbus hospital where she died two days later.
Dixon’s attorney tells the newspaper he didn't commit the crime and that he wasn't there.
On the Web www.ohio.com
Springfield Township Police need the public's help in looking for a suspect who is wanted in connection with theft and credit card fraud.
Police say a wallet was stolen at the S. Arlington Rd. Home Depot on August 2. A photo from the police department shows the suspect using a debit card from the wallet at the US Bank on Canton Rd.in Akron
The picture of the suspect can be seen on AkronNewsNow.com.If you can identify the suspect, call Springfield Township Police.
The prosecutors in the Denny Ross case are expected to have their closing arguments next week.
News Channel 5 reports more than 60 witnesses testified in the retrial of Ross, who is accused of murdering 18-year old Hannah Hill.
The TV station says Michael Riley took the witness stand Wednesday afternoon.
He told jurors he was friends with Ross, and the two smoked pot, drank beer, and played video games many times at Ross' apartment in Springfield Township.
Riley testified he and Ross got into two fights. In the second fight, Riley said he broke Ross's arm. During the first trial in 1999, he appeared in court with his left arm in a cast.
It's uncertain whether the prosecution will argue material from Ross's cast was present on Hannah Hill at the crime scene.
Hill was found strangled and stuffed in the trunk of her gold Geo Prism in Ellet approximately a week after she was reported missing.
On the Web www.newsnet5.com
As the election draws closer, members of Summit County's GOP held a fundraiser Tuesday to discuss some of the strong points and shortcomings of the Romney campaign among other items.
One of the topics discussed at the Summit County Republican Finance Dinner was the viral video of Governor Mitt Romney speaking during a private fundraiser earlier in the year.
Matt Moravec says the video won't hurt him at the polls.
"Everybody makes comments like that and I don't think that will affect him at all."
In the video Governor Romney said 47 percent of Americans think the government has the responsibility to care for them.
University of Akron professor Dr. Ramona Ortega says she's not disappointed with the Romney campaign thus far, but .would like to see him reach young people leading up to the election.
"What I would like to see him do in my personal opinion is to talk to young people especially on college campuses and tell them that Romney/Ryan stands for jobs, better jobs," Ortega said.
Roy Lewis says he needs to be more agressive in discussing some of the country's issues with the American people to swing the vote his way.
"I think he needs to let the American people know exactly what he plans on doing in terms of fixing the economy and improving health care."
The keynote speaker for the dinner was U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota, whose stance against Obamacare and reducing the national debt resonates with GOP members in Summit County.
The funds raised during Tuesday night's dinner went towards supporting local campaigns and regain a Republican majority in the Senate among other efforts before November 6.
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