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Average gas price dips below $3 mark

Oct 24, 2014 -- 10:40am

Ohio's average gas price has dropped below $3 for the first time in 4 years. According to auto club AAA, a gallon of regular gasoline in Ohio averaged $2.99 today. AAA says it's typical for gas prices to drop during the last months of the year, but other factors have helped bring prices down. The auto group also attributes the falling gas prices to lower crude oil prices at home and abroad, an increase in U.S. Refineries' crude oil supplies to make gasoline and a quiet hurricane season along the eastern coastline. AAA expected gas prices to remain low through the end of the year.

Newspapers endorse Kasich

Oct 24, 2014 -- 10:35am

The daily newspaper in Cleveland and Cincinnati are endorsing Republican Gov. John Kasich for re-election. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland said today Kasich has proven himself an excellent fiscal manager of Ohioans' money. The newspaper said Kasich's bid for a second term has been benefited by the problems within the campaign of Democratic nominee Ed FitzGerald. The Cuyahoga County Executive earlier this year acknowledged that he went years without a permanent driver's license. The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Kaisch, saying he has done a competent job and overseen a gradual improvement in the state's economy. The newspaper added that Kasich has shown his independence by pushing through the expansion of Medicaid.

Ohio hospitals are prepared for Ebola

Oct 24, 2014 -- 10:12am

The Department of Health says all hospitals in the state have completed Ebola preparedness drills. The health department says the response drills have included training to manage a suspected Ebola-positive patient and the proper use of personal protective equipment. Even though there have been no confirmed cases in Ohio, health officials urged hospitals to be prepared. The state has been on alert since a Texas nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson , was diagnosed with the virus after visiting northeast Ohio earlier this month. Vinson helped care for a Liberian man with Ebola who died at a Dallas hospital. Doctors say Vinson no longer has it.

Dozen injured as truck crashes into bar

Oct 24, 2014 -- 8:34am

Authorities say at least a dozen people were hurt, several seriously after a stolen truck crashed through a Westlake bar last night. Around m 9 last night, Avon Lake police began pursuing the stolen pick-up truck. Officers in Avon and Westlake joined the pursuit as the reckless driver continued driving east on Detroit Road. The suspect eventually lost control of the stolen vehicle, crashing into the tavern on Detroit Road. Fox 8 reports, the truck went through the patio area and pinned several people behind the bar.

Akron man sentenced to life in prison

Oct 24, 2014 -- 7:22am

An Akron man has been sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 27 year-old Marshall Jones.... Prosecutors say, Ronald Bishop Jr., along with Charles Fortson and Devante Scurry, all of Akron, met up with Marshall Jones, a known marijuana dealer, so they could rob him. During the robbery, Jones, who was in the back seat of a car with Bishop, attempted to reach for his own gun when he was shot twice by Bishop. Bishop then pushed Jones out of the car on Noble Road in Akron. The three men drove off leaving Jones to die in the street. Bishop will be eligible for parole in 18 years. Scurry and Fortson, who each plead guilty to Manslaughter and Aggravated Robbery, are awaiting sentencing.

Student released brake before fatal bus accident

Oct 24, 2014 -- 7:00am

Police in Akron say a student accidentally released the emergency brake on a bus that rolled back and killed the driver as she conducted an evacuation drill last month. Police say the 10-year-old girl ran to the back of the bus after releasing the emergency brake. The driver, 51 year-old Laura Zobrowski, tossed the student out of the way before the bus rolled over her. Zobrowski has been hailed as a hero for saving the child's life.

Akron police take guns, vehicles from accused police impersonator

Oct 24, 2014 -- 6:57am

Authorities seized around 30 guns, 15,000 rounds of ammunition and police equipment, including badges, uniforms, silencers and vehicles from an Ohio man who tried to pull over a uniformed officer as he drover to work last week. Akron police, sheriff's deputies and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the home of 50-year-old David Scofield after his arrest earlier this month. He is charged in Akron with impersonating a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon. Records show Scofield is a licensed firearms dealer and has an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification. His attorney said Scofield did not try and pull over the officer, and that police trashed his client's home.

Man's body found in salt dome

Oct 24, 2014 -- 6:48am

The body of an Akron man reported missing Sept. 22 was found earlier this week inside a salt dome. Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office ; investigating the death of 51 year-old Wesley Riffle. There were no signs of trauma to his body, and foul play is not suspected. A cause and manner of death are pending toxicology test results. Investigators say, Riffle was reported missing last month after he left his home following a domestic quarrel. A city worker found Riffle's body atop of a large pile of salt stored inside a facility on Evans Avenue, in Akron. Riffle worked as a salt truck driver for a nearby company on Evans Avenue.

Man charged with robbing same house twice

Oct 24, 2014 -- 6:22am

The Portage County Sheriff's Office has charged a Franklin Township man with two robberies at the same home last week. Deputies arrested 25 year-old Donald Cline III, of Brady Lake Road, on Oct. 3, and charged him with two counts of burglary. Authorities say, on Aug. 14, Cline allegedly entered the residence of a neighbor in the 1800 block of Brady Lake Road while the neighbor was not at home and stole jewelry. He allegedly returned to the same home five days later , and this time stole a five-gallon water bottle half-full of change and paper money. 

Library levy on ballot

Oct 24, 2014 -- 6:03am

And, after taking a few years off the ballot, the Portage County District Library is asking for voter approval of a 1.0 mill, 10-year levy. The issue will not appear on the ballot in the Kent and Ravenna school districts, which have their own libraries. Cecilia Swanson is director of the Portage County District Library.1006/1005. The library levy would generate about $2.4 million per year

 

YSU faculty to strike

Oct 24, 2014 -- 4:58am

Faculty members at Youngstown State University have voted to authorize a strike as the school and the faculty union work to reach a contract settlement. The faculty union at YSU voted last night to authorize a strike, which allows a bargaining committee to submit a 10-day strike notice to the state. Faculty members have been working without a contract since mid-August. Health care coverage has remained a sticky issue throughout negotiations. The two sides are scheduled to to meet again to negotiate non Oct. 28, and a strike notice could be issued in November if no agreement is reached.

OVI checkpoints in area

Oct 24, 2014 -- 4:31am

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Kent police, will hold an OVI checkpoint tonight along S.R. 59 in Kent, intended to deter and intercept impaired drivers. Officials advise residents to designate a driver or make other travel arrangements if they plan to drink.

Also, the Summit County OVI Task Force will be conducting sobriety checkpoints Saturday. Task Force officials say...”We're all Trick & No Treat....Don't Drink and Drive!”

Powdered caffeine ban

Oct 23, 2014 -- 11:23am

Following the death of a local high school student, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will stand with Logan Stiner's parents today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of powdered caffeine. Logan Steiner was a student at a school in Lorain when he died in May after ingesting too much powdered caffeine. Earlier this year, Logan's parents started a national crusade asking for an internet ban on caffeine powder. The coroner's report says they found more than 70 micrograms of caffeine in the teen's blood. That's equal to drinking about 23 cups of coffee. Although the FDA has alerted consumers to the dangers of powdered caffeine on its website, these products remain on the shelves and are readily available online without any sort of regulation, warnings or protections.

Minerva-area man dies in crash

Oct 23, 2014 -- 10:50am

A Stark County man was killed in a single -car crash around 11 last night on Meese Road NE, north of state Route 153 , in Nimishillen Township . the State Highway patrol says, alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash that killed 36-year-old Kenneth Williams, of Minerva. Authorities say , Williams was driving south on Meese when he traveled off the right side of the road. He was thrown from the vehicle when he struck a utility pole and several trees. Williams was not wearing a safety belt. 

Copley man accused of stealing $1.5M from health-care plans

Oct 23, 2014 -- 10:41am

A Copley Township resident is accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from health-care plans he administered and using the money to pay for bonuses, operating expenses, luxury car leases and a country club membership. The feds say, 61-year-old Robert Hartenstein was indicted on 7 counts of theft from a health benefit program. Officials say, Hartenstein was entrusted with millions of dollars to pay for hospital stays and medical tests , but instead betrayed that trust and used his clients' money for fancy cars, lavish entertainment and his own business operation. 20 years-ago , Hartenstein started PBA- Professional Benefits Association , a company that was a third-party administrator of health care plan benefits. It was located in Cuyahoga Falls and had a branch office in Austintown.  

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