Stow police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing several homes, cars and mailboxes last week.

Police said someone is using a unknown black substance -- possibly a black magic marker or spray paint -- to draw male genitalia, symbols, and other markings on properties in two neighborhoods. Most of the vandalism was done in the neighborhood where Berkshire Road, Devonshire Circle and Glencairn are located.

Police said traffic and street signs were also damaged. It happened between April 9th and April 12. The total amount of damage hasn't been released, but police believe it could cost thousands of dollars to remove the graffiti.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stow Police Department at 330-689-5700.

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Update: Saturday, April 4 - Boil alert has been lifted. 

A precautionary boil alert has been issued for some Stow residents due to a water main break.

The boil alert affects residents who live west of Route 8 and south of Steels Corner Road. This includes the Bridgewater and Wyndham Ridge Apartment complexes. It also includes businesses in Bridgewater Plaza, McDonald's , and Circle K/Dunkin Donuts store.

The City of Stow Water System advises residents to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation.

The water main has been repaired temporarily. Permanent repairs will be scheduled for a later date.

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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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Saturday, 27 December 2014 06:38

Missing Streetsboro Man Sought

A statewide search is on for an elderly Streetsboro man who's been missing since Friday afternoon.

Streetsboro police say 82 year-old Alfred Donaldson never made it to his home on Seasons Road after leaving from a friend's home on Temple Trail in Stow at about 2:30 on Friday afternoon.

Donaldson is describe as being a white male, age 82, 5-foot-9 inches tall, 200 lbs. with no hair and blue eyes. Police say he's driving a maroon 2010 Ford Fusion with Ohio plates EKW 9402, with a handicap placard and no hubcaps.

He's said to suffer from several medical conditions and has no medication with him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Streetsboro Police Department at 330-626-4976.

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(Ohio Attorney General's office) A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Streetsboro Police Department statewide.

Information as of: December 27, 2014 at 4:02 AM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On December 27, 2014 at 3:55 AM, He was last seen on 12/26/2014.

The incident took place in Summit County, OH on Temple Trail in the city of Stow at 2:00PM.

The adult's name is Alfred Donaldson and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 82, is 5' 9" tall, weighs 200, has no hair, and has blue eyes. Mr. Donaldson suffers from several medical conditions and needs medication, which he does not have with him. He was last seen wearing dark dress pants, a maroon button down shirt with a white t shirt underneath, black velcro shoes, wears glasses and uses a cane.

The vehicle involved is a maroon 2010 Ford Fusion with OH plate number EKW 9402. Vehicle has a handicap placard and no hubcaps

(Streetsboro Police Department, news release) The Streetsboro Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 82 year old male. Alfred Donaldson was last seen on Friday December 26, 2014 at a friend's home on Temple Trail in Stow at around 2:30pm. He left that address and was supposed to drive home to Seasons Rd in Streetsboro but has not been seen since.

Mr. Donaldson is a white male, 5'09" and about 200lbs and was last seen wearing dark dress slacks, black velcro shoes, glasses, and a burgundy snap up collared shirt. He also carries a wooden cane.

He drives a maroon 2010 Ford Fusion with OH registration EKW9402. The vehicle does not have wheel covers.

Mr. Donaldson does not have a cell phone with him. He has traveled to Tennessee in the past but there are no indications he was going there yesterday.

A photo of Mr. Donaldson is attached and the Missing Adult Alert has been activated for this situation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Streetsboro Police Department at 330-626-4976.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:10

Buck Gets Life For Murder Of Stow Roommate

The Stow woman convicted of murdering her roommate has been sentenced to up to life in prison.

45 year-old Roxanne Buck got a 15 year-to-life prison sentence in the court of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands, and also got sentenced to three additional consecutive years for tampering with evidence.

Buck fatally stabbed 21 year-old Michelle Johnson on March 14th in her Stow home.

Police found Johnson's body hidden under blankets in a backyard shed.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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