A 19-year-old Canton man is facing aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges after allegedly breaking into a home and seriously injuring a resident with a knife in the city of Green.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies say Andrew Ventura, 19, of Canton, wearing a bandana and armed with a 9mm handgun and a knife, entered the home through the garage door and was confronted by one of the residents in the basement.

Ventura allegedly demanded money and then physically assaulted the resident with the knife causing "serious physical harm."

The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment. Venture was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to mark the beginning of creating a new community park in the city of Green.

City officials are calling it Central Park -- which will be nestled between the Central Administration Building and the Green Intermediate School.

The $5.3 million park will feature an amphitheater, playgrounds and walking trails.

Watch live streaming video from greenlocalschoolsboe at livestream.com

Mayor Dick Norton said the city is also in need of another community center -- and that's one of the features that will be added to the park.

"It will include a major, modern, very attractive, community center that can be used as an open pavilion ," said Norton.

Norton said he understands that there are some residents who don't approve of the new park.

"But even those that are maybe having reservations, I can almost guarantee you that they will be at the park enjoying it and glad that we have it."

City officials are trying to track down the person responsible for defacing a temporary sign placed on the future home of the park. A sticker with the words "6.8 million tax dollars wasted" was placed on the temporary sign.

The park is expected to be completed next summer.

 

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It may not be New York City, but Green, Ohio will get its taste of Central Park.

Dick Norton, the out-going mayor of Green, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the process of putting together Central Park. Norton shared his vision of what the park will look like in the near and distant future, addressed any criticism he's received over focusing on the one park, rather than fixing up others.

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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:20

Mayor: Green Central Park Sign Defaced

As the city of Green prepares to break ground on their new Central Park this week, city officials are trying to track down the person responsible for defacing a temporary sign placed on the future home of the park.

"6.8 Million Tax Dollars Wasted." Those words were placed on the temporary sign.

While it's just a sticker, officials say it's still a crime to knowingly deface or vandalize any public or private property.

In a statement, Mayor Dick Norton says there are always naysayers to projects -- but he doesn't believe defacing a sign was the right thing thing to do or how someone should voice their concern.

City officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday at 9 a.m. The park is expected to open in the summer of 2016.

Below is Mayor Dick Norton's statement: 

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July 6, 2015

To the community of Green,

On Friday night, July 3, someone defaced the temporary sign announcing the future location of the new Central Park. The sign was installed to announce that construction of this much anticipated park will begin on Thursday, July 9. The sign was vandalized using stickers, which have since been removed. It is disappointing that someone would deface the sign in this way. While the sign was not damaged, it is still a crime to knowingly deface or vandalize any public or private property. Anyone with any information about who may have committed this crime is asked to contact Detective Larry Brown with the Summit County Sheriff Department at 330-643-2181.

There are always naysayers to every project, even a public park that a large majority of people will enjoy. For the person who felt it was his or her right or duty to deface public property, this criminal act was neither the time nor place to voice your concern.

Planning and design for this park began in 2012. Over the past three years, there has been a handful opposed to a Central Park. Many voiced their opinion at City Council meetings; or through letters and emails to Council and my office. We listened. We welcomed their input. We spent time understanding their concerns. In addition, we solicited opinions from the public in Spring 2014 about which features and amenities they would most like to see in the Park. We used the results of this survey to help finalize the construction plans. Throughout this process, we also received much praise and excitement about this new Park that will be a prominent feature in the center of our City. The City designed Central Park to bring people of all ages together to connect, play and gather. Once this Park opens in the summer of 2016, I am confident it will be a shining feature of our City.

This Thursday, we are hosting the ceremonial groundbreaking to signify the start of construction. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. under the tent at the future entrance of the park on Steese Road. I invite all who support this Park to come join us in celebrating this beginning of another great feature that makes Green one of the best places to live in the country.

Sincerely,

Dick Norton, Mayor
City of Green

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Fire officials are still trying to determine what caused a blaze at a popular Portage Lakes bar early Thursday morning.

The Green Fire Department, along with local departments, responded to the fire at Dano's Lakeside Pub on S. Main Street in Green around 3:15 a.m. -- about a half hour after the bar's staff left for the night.

Fire officials said that fire started inside the kitchen, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Captain Doug Cincurak said there was extensive damage to the first and second floors of the building. No injuries were reported.

Community members are reacting to the news following the devastating fire that tore through the bar.

New Franklin Mayor Al Bollas said it's a big loss to area.

"It's just an unfortunate thing," said Bollas.

Just hours after the fire, word spread on social media that the community would be coming together to hold a fundraiser.

"We've got a pretty tight community here and we all stick together," said Mark Norris with Dusty's Landing in Portage Lakes.

Norris is organizing a fundraiser at Dusty's Landing Friday night. The money will go to the employees and staff members at Dano's Pub.

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The cause of death has been released in the case of the 52-year-old man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with Summit County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office revealed that Jonathan Colley suffered three gunshot wounds to his chin, chest and to the back of his right upper shoulder. The gunshots to the chin and chest were considered "lethal wounds." Toxicology results are pending.

The manner of death has been ruled a homicide, but the medical examiner's office states that it is considered a "medical ruling" and "merely indicates that this death occurred at the hands of another person." 

On Wednesday morning, Summit County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fight between Colley and his father in at a Raber Road home in Green.

Authorities said Colley opened the front door with a knife, didn't respond to a number of verbal commands to drop the knife, moving towards deputies.

One deputy tried to use a Taser to try to gain control, which didn't work, according to Sheriff Steve Barry.

Barry said the deputy fired his weapon after Colley didn't respond to commands drop the knife.

Colley received first aid from EMS and from deputies at the scene, but died after being taken to Akron City Hospital.

Jackie Stout lives next door to the home and said Colley suffered from a mental health illness.

"I'm really heartbroken about it, because he was not a bad person." said Stout.

Stout said it wasn't unusual to hear an outburst or screaming late at night.

"I'm not going to say that it happens every week, but his outbursts are not, it's not the first time that it's happened," said Stout.

Sheriff Barry says the incident is being investigated, with the sheriff's department getting help from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

The deputy involved in the shooting, a 19-year department veteran, is on paid administrative leave.

 

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A Summit County Sheriff's deputy, responding to a fight between a man and his father in Green, shot a man wielding a butcher knife.

Deputies responded after a 9-1-1 call at the home on Raber Road due to a fight between a 52 year-old man and his father.

They say Jonathan L. Colley opened the front door with a knife, and say he didn't respond to a number of verbal commands to drop the knife. He slammed the door and opened the door again, again going towards deputies.

One deputy tried to use a Taser to try to gain control, which didn't work. Sheriff Steve Barry tells WAKR.net that the man continued towards the deputy and didn't respond to commands drop the knife...and the deputy fired his weapon.

Colley got first aid from EMS and from deputies at the scene, but died after being taken to Akron City Hospital.

Jackie Stout lives next door to the home and says Colley suffered from a mental health illness.

"I'm really heartbroken about it, because he was not a bad person." said Stout.

Stout said it wasn't unusual to hear an outburst or screaming late at night.

"I'm not going to say that it happens every week, but his outbursts are not, it's not the first time that it's happened," said Stout.

Sheriff Barry says the incident is being investigated, with the sheriff's department getting help from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

The deputy is a 19 year department veteran, and according to policy, is on paid administrative leave.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:24

UPDATE Drowning Victim In Green Identified

Sheriff's deputies are investigting a drowning in Green, a death that has shocked a local high school.

18-year old Brandi Morgan's body was recovered by the Green Fire Department's dive team from a pond on Greensburg Road Monday night...she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Brandi was a senior at North Canton Hoover High School.

"Obviously, we are deeply saddened by this news," North Canton Schools communications director Jamie Smart tells WAKR.net, "and our thoughts and sympathies are with Brandi's family and friends at this time."

Smart says grief counselors will be available over the next couple of days for anyone who needs help.

Brandi Morgan's Facebook page says she worked with the Ohio National Guard since July.

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(Earlier coverage) Summit County Sheriff's deputies say a North Canton woman was the victim in a drowning reported at a pond in Green Monday night.

The Green Fire Dive Team was called to the pond in the 3000 block of Greensburg Road where they recovered Brandi Morgan, 18, of North Canton.

She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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Friday, 20 March 2015 07:19

VIDEO A Bite Around Town

They take the conventional and offer up a twist.

The Twisted Olive, owned and operated by Gervasi Vineyard, sits on 10 acres of property in the city of Green with the mission of providing guests with a getaway experience.

Just a few months old, the restaurant has managed to create a traditional menu that gives guests an opportunity to 'twist" their meal. Crab cakes turned into sliders creates a modern twist to the traditional, according to Executive Chef Jerry Risner.

Ordering a dish "twisted" shouldn't scare you. It's a chance to enhance the flavor of your meal by topping your favorites with chimichurri and roasted finger hot peppers.

You can cook up a twisted crab cake slider in your own kitchen. The Twisted Olive is sharing their recipe:

Crab Cake Recipe (Portion 2 oz cake, 2 cakes per order)
1 can Jumbo lump Crab Meat
1/2tsp Old Bay
4 Scallions sliced ½ Cup yield
2 whole eggs
1 Lemon ¼ cup yield
1 T Whole grain Mustard
4 shakes tabasco
¼ cup parsley chopped
2 tsp Salt
½ tsp fresh Black Pepper
1 Cup Bakers Joy Bread Crumbs
1 1/3 Cup Mayo

Mix all ingredients add crab at end and fold in so that it doesn't t break crab up too much

Spiced Mango Sauce
1lb Mango Jelly
8 oz Sweet Chili Sauce
Mix both ingredients together

Verde Tartar Sauce
1 cup Mayo
¼ cup Relish
1 Lemon Juice
3 T Parsley Chopped
3 Dashes Tabasco
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 T Capers

Plate Up
2 Slider Buns
2 Crab Cakes
½ T Sweet Chilli Sauce per slider
5 Arugula Leaves per cake
½ T Verde Tartar Sauce per slider
1 Slice Roma Tomato per slider

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Monday, 23 February 2015 11:54

Salt Shortage Hits Local Cities

The rough winter season is leaving some local cities with low salt supplies.

The city of Green is moving forward with its alternative snow and ice removal plan as they wait for a new shipment of salt.

"This week we're anticipating 500 tons of salt to arrive in 100 ton increments everyday, as well as 750 tons that was on backorder," said Paul Oberdorfer, city service director. 

The city of Stow is dealing with the same issue. Stow officials are working to conserve its salt supply. They will ensure that there is enough road salt to treat main roads, hills, curves and bridges. In the meantime, Stow will use a liquid de-icing agent to make up for the salt deficit.

There's still a good amount of salt available in the city of Akron, but Public Works Manager Jim Hall did admit that this has been a rough winter season for the city and surrounding areas.

"I believe we committed to around 37,000 tons of salt for the year and that would give us a plus or minus of about 20 percent," said Hall. "We are in the upper end of that spectrum."

Hall says this season has been a little tougher than the past few years, but he's hoping they'll still have a good amount of salt left for next year.

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