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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Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:53

Fatal Car Accident In Green

A young Rootstown woman died Saturday evening in a fatal car accident in Green.

The 17-year old was driving on South Main Street when she lost control of her car and struck a tree.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office reports the female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The roadway was closed for two hours. The driver was wearing a seatbelt.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:35

Missing Teen Report Leads To Arrest

A missing teen report led Summit County Sheriff's deputies to the man they say had sexual relations with a 13-year-old. Authorities say the mother of the teen called deputies to report her daughter was missing.

Deputies found the missing teen as she was getting out of the car driven by Raliegh Abraham, 23, of Parma. Authorities say the two met through an online dating website and arranged a meeting with her. The investigation revealed that Abraham engaged in sexual conduct with the teen.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant with Parma police at Abraham's home and seized computers, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property.

Abraham has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Kleckner Elementary School in Green appears to be serving the same purpose as it once had three years ago when it closed its doors for good.

The Green Fire Department and the Summit County Sheriff's Office have been using the building as an education facility, training firefighters, paramedics and deputies.

Firefighter and paramedic Jason Brian with the Green Fire Department was involved in the four-day training session focused on how to prepare and deal with a possible building collapse.

"It's very important that we know how to safely shore up the building to protect ourselves as we're going in and trying to rescue an individual who may be trapped or injured."

The fire department isn't the one taking advantage of the vacant school building. The Summit County Sheriff's Office and local police departments in the area have also used the building for training opportunities.

It's not hard to tell that the building has remained vacant since Kleckner closed its doors in 2011. Broken windows and graffiti have hidden some of the memories students, teachers and staff created inside the building over the school's history.

"It has had a purpose, even though maybe from the outside that purpose hasn't been apparent," said Julie McMahan with Green Local Schools.

Recently, the City of Green Zoning Committee approved the parceling of the land to separate the bus garage from the school building. The school district will keep the bus garage, but sell the building.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:21

Flood Cleanup Begins

This is a better day than yesterday in Louisville, a city hit hard with rain and flooding Wednesday morning. Despite heavy rain again this morning in some areas, City Manager Bob Ault says the water is flowing the way it was intended.

"All things are finally calming down," said Ault. "Waters are still high and everybody's got an to the sky to see what the day is going to bring, but we seem to be fairing ok, so far, this morning."

Ault says the Nimishillen Creek does occasionally flood but the unusually heavy rain in such a short period Wednesday took them by surprise.

In Green, Mayor Dick Norton says they're still dealing with some road closures. Norton says the city will have to make a significant amount of repairs to Graybill Road between Massillon and Mayfair roads after flooding damaged a portion of the roadway.

Norton says they had about 55 service requests in the city --- only a handful were related to basement flooding.

As of 9 a.m., the following roads are currently closed in Green.

-South Main Street between Caston and Nimilisa. This area is still underwater and will most likely be closed for the entire day.

- Graybill Road between Massillon and Mayfair Road is CLOSED. Flood waters have receded on Graybill, which revealed damage to the edges of the roadway where it flooded. The City engineer has deemed it unsafe for two-way traffic at this time. The City is working to set up a temporary signal to create a single lane of traffic on Graybill by early next week. The City is currently meeting with contactors to bid the emergency repair project. Specific details and the timing of the repair are unknown at this time.

- Residential street, Berna, will be closed for repairs to two pipes. Berna is expected to be closed for up to two weeks.

Other roads with storm damage:

- There is damage to the shoulders on Greensburg Road, in the 1600 Block near Nimisila. The road is open at this time, but will be reduced to one lane when repairs are made next week.

We're used to hearing about flooding issues in Barberton when heavy rain and storms hit Summit County, but it was a different story this time around.

Barberton Mayor Bill Judge says flooding wasn't a problem following this week's weather. He did note that because of the city's history with flooding issues, the city has been working with Copley and Norton to create a watershed district to alleviate flooding concerns.

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