Snow Parking Bans have already been announced for the following areas and times:
City of Canton: 3:00AM Sunday through 3:00AM Monday
Lake Township: Noon Sunday through Noon Tuesday
The City of Akron is warning drivers of the likelihood that a Snow Parking Ban may be issued this weekend due to the prospect of heavy snowfall. The City says it wants to get the word out in advance of Super Bowl Sunday, due to the fact many people tend to park on the city streets while attending gatherings and events. City officials are asking people to make alternate parking arrangements ahead of time, in case on-street parking is prohibited due to the approaching winter storm. If a parking ban is implemented, vehicles left parked on the street could be towed by the city at the vehicle owner's expense.
The man who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that caused a fatal crash in Columbus appeared for arraignment on Friday in Franklin County Court. 62-year-old Terrance Trent pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the December 12 crash involving a school bus in downtown Columbus. His license was revoked on the spot and his bond was set at 205-Thousand dollars. Police say Trent ran a red light and collided with the bus, with the impact sending the vehicles into a nearby crosswalk, where two people were hit. A woman died at the scene while the man she was walking with died about two weeks later.
The City of Akron is advising water customers in Hudson of a water main break that may affect your drinking water:
Akron, Ohio, (January 30, 2015) - The City of Akron, Drinking Water Supply Bureau is performing an emergency maintenance repair on a 24” force main which primarily serves Akron water customers who reside in the City of Hudson. During the repair, customers in Hudson may notice minor variations to their water pressure. The work is not expected to cause any interruption in water supply or quality.
The repair is extensive and may last multiple days and involves the correcting of a force main leak at State Route 43 and Ravenna Road just north of Kent.
The Akron Water Supply Bureau provides approximately 35 million gallons a day of drinking water to customers throughout the City of Akron and many neighboring communities. If you have any additional questions, please call the Akron water distribution dispatch office at (330) 375-2420.
If things get bad over the weekend, you can't say you weren't warned.
The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a Winter Storm Watch for late Saturday night through Monday morning, predicting as much as 8-10 inches of snow in some areas. Weather forecasters say the most intense snowfall will occur from mid-day Sunday into Sunday night.
Officers from the Canton Police Special Investigations Unit this week seized more than 21 pounds of marijuana and slapped the cuffs on a man for running a growing operation. Officers raided the house in the 1600 block of Spring Avenue NE on Thursday afternoon where they found 9.6-kilo's of marijuana, grow lights, scales, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash. 41-year-old Mark Petrik was arrested on charges of illegal cultivation and possession and drug paraphernalia. He was set free after posting 50-Thousand dollars' bond.
A man who had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend is now facing a list of charges after he allegedly fired a shot. Akron Police say 44-year-old James Neloms of West Long Street pulled the weapon and fired a shot as his girlfriend tried to leave during the fight. He was later spotted in his car and officers pulled him over, finding two loaded handguns inside. Neloms was booked into Summit County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm and inducing panic.
An elderly couple was robbed during a home-invasion this week in Akron and detectives are scouring the area to find the suspect. Police say the intruder knocked on the door to the victims' home in the 2100 block of Kelty Court around 8:30 Wednesday night and when one of them answered, he forced his way inside, demanding money and jewelry from the victims at knife-point. He unplugged the house phones and began searching the house until something startled him and he fled the scene. Detectives are looking for a black male in his late-20's, around five-feet-nine and 160 pounds. At the time of the crime he wore a green and yellow knit hat, black coat and blue jeans. Anyone with information, call APD Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.
A Youngstown man was sent to prison for eight years on Friday by a Mahoning County judge. 24-year-old Patrick Howard of Cambridge Avenue had been convicted in December on a felonious assault charge, stemming from the attack on a Boardman woman during the early-morning hours of March 29, 2013. The victim had been stabbed multiple times inside her apartment in the 4000 block of South Avenue. Howard was originally indicted on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery.
An elderly couple lost their lives when flames broke-out inside their home in North Olmsted on Friday morning. A neighbor smelled smoke and dialed 911 around 6:15 after seeing the flames coming from the victims' home in the 5700 block of Columbia Road , where other neighbors tried to get inside to rescue the couple but were forced back by the intense heat. Fire crews arrived to find the back of the home engulfed in flames, which spread through the walls into the attic before they were brought under control. James and Gloria Joyce were both found inside their bedroom, where he died on the scene while his wife died a short time later at Fairview Hospital. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
For the second straight week, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting fewer people in the state who've been hospitalized due to the flu virus. Numbers released on Friday showed that 400 people were hospitalized between January18 and the 24th...significantly lower than the 692 hospitalizations reported the previous week. The total number of Ohio flu hospitalizations so far this season stands at seven-Thousand, 199. During the week of January 4-10, well over 16-hundred people were admitted to hospitals around the state because of the virus.
A Stark County Grand Jury is now reviewing the evidence involving an arson fire that destroyed a home in Massillon. 45-year-old Felicia Castorani and her 19-year-old son, Francesco, were both initially charged with aggravated arson after flames gutted their home in the 1000 block of North Avenue NE, a fire that authorities say was intentionally set in order to claim insurance money. The young man reportedly doused the interior with gasoline and started the blaze, resulting in an explosion that left him in the Burn Unit of an Akron hospital in what he initially told investigators was a blast he thought was caused by a natural gas leak. Both remain in Stark County Jail under 100-Thousand dollar bonds.
The two people who were killed in a crash in Austintown on Thursday have been identified by the Mahoning County Coroner’s office and the State Highway Patrol. Authorities say 78-year-old Irven Wilhelm of Deerfield and his 76-year-old wife, Evelyn, both died instantly when the pickup truck in which they were riding slid on an ice-covered surface and head-on into the path of a box truck that was driven the other direction by a 67-year-old Pennsylvania man. He was not hurt. The crash happened around 11:30AM on Mahoning Avenue, just west of Turner Road.
Winning all the marbles in college football this year will have a pretty sweet financial pay-off for The Ohio State University. Officials there say they’re expecting a three-Million dollar increase in royalties this year, thanks to brisk sales of National Championship gear and keepsakes. More than half of the money generated through sales that comes into the school’s licensing office goes toward academic affairs. Portions of the revenue also go to the athletics department, alumni association and the student life program.
You hear a lot of talk around this time of year about your "munchies of choice" while watching the Super Bowl. While a number of those “big game” parties feature chicken and pizza as the so-called main course, an independent market research firm says good old vegetables remain at the top of the list in what football fans reach for instead of biting their nails. The NPD Group tracks the eating habits of Americans and says veggies have been king of the hill for 30 years. Baby carrots and veggie trays lead the pack but retailers that sell chips, alcohol, wings and pizza have seen a sharp spike in sales.
In case you heard the distant roar of fighter jets in the sky on Friday, you were not imagining things. Air fighter jets from the Ohio Air National Guard were scheduled to conduct exercise flights on Friday morning…testing response capability involving the Eastern Air Defense Sector, the FAA and the 180th Fighter Wing. The flights were slated to happen between 8-11 AM Friday but officials said the tests might be delayed due to the weather conditions.
A task force convened by the White House to review law enforcement practices made a stop in Cincinnati on Friday, part of a two-day event to study best practices and get input from law enforcement officials, community leaders and activists. Topics discussed at the gathering on Friday included use of force, diversity and interaction with demonstrators. Saturday discussions are aimed at technology and use of social media. The Task Force on 21st Century Policing was formed in December amid the uproar over police-related civilian deaths. The group will assemble the information it gathers and submit a report to the President’s desk.
While many people in the US on Sunday night will sit down to watch the Super Bowl, a number of media outlets and businesses have shied-away from using the name. That’s because the NFL has a trademark on use of the title and strictly enforces its ban on use without permission. The league says it’s only protecting its intellectual property but none the less, many broadcasters and businesses refrain from using the title and choose instead to call it “the big game” or “game day”.
Workers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati took to the streets on Friday in a demonstration calling for full staffing and improved working conditions. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2031 say under-staffed facilities and gross mismanagement have been harmful to the veterans they serve and they still haven’t seen any improvements that were outlined in Federal legislation that was approved last year. A VA spokesperson says the hospital has been working with union leaders to address their concerns and plan to continue doing so.
In response to orders from the Federal government, rail firms have released data on the number of crude oil shipments passing through Ohio by train. The numbers show that each week, over a Million gallons of crude oil pass through our state on over a dozen trains. CSX says it has between 15-30 trains each week that cross some Ohio counties with only 1-5 per week in other areas. Norfolk Southern transports 1-14 trains each week across 19 counties while Canadian Pacific hauls three trains each week across northwest Ohio. The crude oil haulers have come under scrutiny after a number of fiery derailments including one in July 2013 that killed 47 people near Quebec in Canada.