Friday, 12 September 2014 11:59

Akron Man Indicted In Fatal Crash

An indictment was announced today against a 39-year-old Akron man accused of causing an accident in July that ultimately took the life of an 18-year-old Stow man.

A Summit County grand jury indicted David Brown on a list of charges including:

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a felony of the second degree
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a felony of the third degree
Vehicular Homicide, a misdemeanor of the first degree
Vehicular Homicide, a misdemeanor of the second degree
Operating Under the Influence, a misdemeanor of the first degree
Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, a minor misdemeanor
Speeding, a minor misdemeanor
Space Between Moving Vehicles, a minor misdemeanor

Andrew Moncheck, 18, a graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School, died following a crash on Interstate 77 South in Bath Township on July 12. Moncheck was ejected from the passenger side of a vehicle after the car he was in was struck from behind. Brown was the driver of the other vehicle. Authorities said he failed a sobriety test.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office reports that Brown was arrested yesterday and arraigned this (Friday) morning. His bond has been set at $50,000 at 10% and his driving privileges have been revoked. His pretrial has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.

Published in Local

A long-time manufacturing plant in Stow is closing, with a loss of about 115 jobs.

Bemis Company operates the MACtac Pressure Sensitive Materials plant in Stow. The company says 160 workers will remain, as the Stow location will continue to be the headquarters for that division.

Stow Mayor Sara Drew says that the city will work to help the affected workers, including coordinating with Summit County Jobs and Family Services to provide education on available benefits and services.

She also says the city "welcomes the opportunity" to partner with Bemis to repurpose the vacated portions of the site.

In a release, Bemis says the MACtac manufacturing plant will "wind down operations" by May of this year.

------------

(News release, City of Stow) Stow, OH: The City of Stow was informed this morning that Bemis Company, Inc. intends to close the manufacturing portion of its plant in Stow. Approximately 115 manufacturing positions will be affected by this closure. Bemis has indicated transition services will be offered to these employees to aid in their search for new employment.

Although the manufacturing division will be leaving the City, Bemis has noted in conversations with the Mayor's office that the approximately 160 positions at the headquarters of the Pressure Sensitive Materials business will remain in Stow.

Stow Mayor Sara Drew stated, "the City of Stow will assist the impacted workers in any way possible, including coordinating with Summit County Jobs and Family Services to provide education on available benefits and services. Additionally, the City welcomes the opportunity, if asked, to partner with Bemis Company, Inc. to repurpose portions of the property that will be vacated. "

(News release, Bemis Companies) NEENAH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 3, 2014-- Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) announced today that it will close its plant in Stow, Ohio, one of its Pressure Sensitive Materials manufacturing facilities. The Company expects this plant closure to improve its market competitiveness and to better position its Pressure Sensitive Materials business for long-term growth. Management expects to discontinue operations at this location in May 2014. The headquarters of the Pressure Sensitive Materials business will remain in Stow, Ohio. The manufacturing facility recorded 2013 annual net sales of approximately $45 million. The facility, started in 1959, primarily manufactures solvent-based pressure sensitive materials.

The Stow plant workforce includes approximately 115 employees. The Company recognizes that these changes will have a significant impact on employees and their families and intends to offer transition services to affected employees to aid in their search for new employment.

In 2014, the Company will record a pre-tax charge related to the plant closure of approximately $30 million which includes estimated costs related to the settlement of a multi-employer pension liability, employee severance and benefit costs, and fixed asset related costs.

Published in Local

A sobriety checkpoint in Stow Saturday night resulted in a single OVI arrest, but a number of others were charged.

The Summit County OVI task force says 580 vehicles passed through two checkpoints at 4571 Kent Road in Stow, and 31 drivers were pulled aside for a closer look.

The driver arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence had a blood alcohol level of .129.

Officers working on the task force also arrested drivers for having open containers of alcohol, and underage consumption of alcohol.

Two were arrested for felony drug trafficking. along with arrests for drug paraphenalia.

A total of eight vehicles were impounded at the OVI checkpoint.

Published in Local
Friday, 18 October 2013 17:56

Stow Man Charged With Wire Fraud

A Stow man has been charged with wire fraud, ten counts relating to a $744,000 scheme in which he ordered equipment at his company but then resold it for personal profit.

Thomas Steiger, 45, faces six counts of wire fraud and four counts of interstate transportation of property obtained by fraud.

Steiger worked as a manager of truck repair and cleaning departments at Voith Industrial Services’ plant in Walton Hills.

The company had a contract with Ford Motor Company to provide parts and repair services for industrial equipment at Ford’s stamping plant in Walton Hills

From January 2011 through January of 2013, Steiger would allegedly order parts neither Voith nor Ford needed, including infrared cameras, oscilloscopes, particle counters, earth-ground testers and Fluke meters.

Steiger would then resell the parts to third parties, primarily an individual in San Diego.

The equipment was paid for by Voith, but delivered to Steiger.

He then allegedly shipped the products via UPS and had the payments from third party purchasers wired to his personal account.

Steiger also allegedly had Voith purchased a number of personal items including a laptop computer, chainsaw, rock salt, a snow thrower and other items.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney James V. Moroney  following an investigation by the FBI.

Published in Local
Friday, 13 September 2013 16:33

Stow Suspends Cost of Living Adjustments

Stow City Council has voted against legislation that would give non-union employees a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment for 2013.

The Beacon Journal reports that the city negotiates with five unions every three years, and this year the unions have agreed to pay an increase for their members health insurance.

The city has agreed to pay the COLA for union employees because of the agreement.

An ordinance in place for Stow employees automatically applies the unions health care to the 83 non-union workers, but the ordinance does not apply the COLA.

Stow Mayor, Sara Drew originally proposed the legislation that would give non-union employees a 1.5 percent COLA increase for this year, and a 2 percent increase for 2014.

City council says its not about fairness, it's about what the city and the budget can afford.

Published in Local
Friday, 30 August 2013 17:58

Stow Man Arrested For Child Porn

Summit County Common Pleas Court has sentenced Thomas Williams, 75, of Stow to four years and eleven months in prison.

Williams plead guilty to two counts of pandering obscenity involving a juvenile.

The Internet Crimes Against Children task force investigated allegations against Williams last spring and at the time he was reported to be the second most active downloader of child pornography in the State of Ohio.

The investigation lead to the discovery of nearly 800 images of child porn.

Release

Yesterday in Summit County Common Pleas Court, Judge Alison McCarty sentenced Thomas E. Williams, 75 of Stow to four years and eleven months in prison. Williams had pled guilty in July to two counts of pandering obscenity involving a juvenile.

One charge is a second degree felony and the other is a fifth degree felony. A Tallmadge Police Detective who is also a member of the “Internet Crimes Against Children” (ICAC) task force investigated allegations against Williams last spring. At that time he was reported to be the second most active downloader of child pornography in the State of Ohio. The investigation led to the discovery of nearly eight hundred images of child porn in Williams’ possesion.

This is not a victimless crime. It is important for the public to understand the nature of this crime. Men like Thomas Williams create a market for the sexual exploitation of children. In this case there were images of very young children performing sexual acts on animals.

Published in Local

An attorney representing women who say they were victims of sexual abuse at a Stow pain clinic say more women could be added to the suit.

Lawrence Scanlon tells The Beacon Journal 10 more women could join the eight already suing Dr. James Bressi for what is described in the suit as "non-consensual touching" during his time at Summit Pain Specialists.

Attorneys for Bressi say in court filings that the women haven't presented evidence to back up their claims. Bressi's medical license was suspended indefinitely last week. Stow Police and the Summit County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the possibility of criminal charges.

The suit also lists Summit Pain Specialists and Bressi's partner Dr. Robert Geiger as co-defendants, alleging Geiger knew what happened but did nothing about it. Summit Pain Specialists' website notes Bressi left the practice on March 15.

On the Web: www.ohio.com

Published in Local
Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:49

Akron Man Charged With Raping Teenager

An Akron man faces charges of rape and gross sexual imposition after Stow Police say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

37-year-old Darryl Johnson was taken into custody earlier this month and charged with one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. Det. Jeff Swanson says the assault happened in April

Johnson is a convicted sex offender who has been charged with failing to register his home address on several occasions. His case was bound over last week from Stow Municipal Court to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Published in Local

Stow Police need your help finding the person who shot a flare through an apartment window on the Fourth of July.

It happened at an apartment complex on Mac Drive. The resident came home around 11:20 p.m. and found her apartment filling up with smoke.

Police said someone shot a flare gun at close range outside the apartment. The flare landed in a laundry basket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Stow Police at 330-689-5731 or CrimeStoppers at 330-434-2677. A reward of up to $2,000 is available for tips leading to an arrest.

Published in Local

Stow police and firefighters helped rescue a 12-year-old boy after he apparently jumped over a wall and fell into a gorge near Kent Road.

Police say they were called shortly before 1 o'clock Tuesday morning in regards to a pair of juveniles in the area. When officers arrived on scene, the kids ran into a wooded area and one of the juveniles jumped over a short wall and fell about 10 feet down a rocky cliff into the gorge.

Police say the 12-year-old boy was rescued and taken to a local hospital with a head injury.

The other juvenile, a 15-year-old boy, was found hiding in a nearby residence after a 2 hour search.

Police charged both boys with curfew and obstructing official business.

-------------------------------------------------------

((Press Release)) At 1245 a.m. on July 2, 2013, Stow Police Officers were dispatched to Kent Road near Darrow Road regarding juveniles in the area.  Upon arrival, the juveniles ran from Officers when they saw the cruisers.  Officers gave chase behind CVS pharmacy and ultimately behind the Tip Top restaurant. 

The juveniles were observed running into the wooded area by the gorge.  Officers found that one of the juveniles had apparently jumped over a short wall in an attempt to hide, but had fallen down a rocky cliff into the gorge and was bleeding from the head.  He was approximately 10-15 feet down the gorge and was in danger of falling further.  Officers, along with Stow Fire Department were able to rescue him and treat him for his head wound and other injuries.  He told the paramedics that he had been temporarily knocked out. 

Officers were unable to locate the second juvenile and were concerned that he may have fallen into the gorge.  An exhaustive 2 hours search by Stow Police Officers and Stow Fire Department was conducted in the steep, rocky terrain for the second juvenile.  Further investigation led officers to a nearby residence where the second juvenile was found hiding.  He was unaware that his friend had fallen in the gorge and was injured. 

The first juvenile who fell in the gorge was a 12 year old male and was from Munroe Falls.  He was transported by EMS to Akron Children’s Hospital.  The second juvenile, who was later located, was a 15 year old male and is from Cuyahoga Falls.  He was arrested and transported to Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. 

Both boys were charged with Curfew and Obstructing Official Business and referred to juvenile court.

Published in Local
Page 1 of 3