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Barberton Municipal Court Judge Christine Croce is moving on up to the Common Pleas division.
Croce was appointed to fill the unexpired term of retiring Judge Judy Hunter by Governor John Kasich. The appointment is effective the day before Thanksgiving and Croce will have to run for the full term in the November 2014 election.
In addition to her service on the Municipal Court bench in Barberton, Croce has also worked for Akron's law department, the Summit County Sheriff's Department, Summit County Prosecutor's Office. Other elected offices include Barberton Municipal Court Clerk, where she modernized the court's website to accept online payments, and Green City Council.
A Republican, Croce is a resident of Uniontown. She received her law degree from the University of Akron.
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(Governor's Office) Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Christine L. Croce of Uniontown (Summit Co.) to serve as a judge on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Croce will assume office on November 27, 2013, and must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the full term commencing February 10, 2015. Croce is replacing Judge Judy Hunter, who retired.
A Silver Lake contractor is one of two northeast Ohio home improvement businesses being sued by Attorney General Mike DeWine alleging shoddy work.
DeWine says Wayne Given, doing business as (dba) Basement Waterpoofing Systems and Mark Walker of Avon, dba All American Restoration, failed to deliver on promises to homeowners on a variety of home improvement projects.
In Given's case, the state says they received three complaints of shoddy basement waterproofing work costing nearly $13,000 in damages. 28 complaints were filed against Walker for a total of $135,000 in damages including roofing and room additions.
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(Attorney General's Office) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced lawsuits against two Northeast Ohio home improvement contractors. The lawsuits accuse Mark Walker of Avon, and his business, All American Restoration, and Wayne Given of Silver Lake, doing business as Basement Waterproofing Solutions, of failure to deliver and performing shoddy work.
“When consumers pay thousands of dollars for home improvement services they never receive as promised, there’s a problem,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We are committed to enforcing Ohio’s consumer protection laws and holding violators accountable.”
Mark Walker operated All American Restoration LLC at 33501 Lake Road in Avon Lake, Ohio. The business offered major home improvement services, including room additions and roofing projects, but consumers complained that the business failed to deliver. In 28 complaints, reported losses totaled $135,000.
Wayne Given operated Basement Waterproofing Solutions from his home in Silver Lake, Ohio, offering basement waterproofing services. Consumers complained that the business failed to deliver or did shoddy work. Reported losses totaled approximately $12,900 for three consumer complaints.
The lawsuits charge the businesses with violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act. Counts include failure to deliver and performing substandard work. In both lawsuits, Attorney General DeWine is seeking restitution for consumers, injunctions to stop the businesses from further violations, civil penalties, and other costs.
Consumers should take the following steps to protect themselves in a home improvement transaction:
Get at least three written estimates from different contractors before selecting a contractor.
Ask the contractor to provide references of past customers, and check the references.
Make sure the contractor has the proper permits to perform the work.
Ask the contractor to show proof of licenses, insurance, and bonding. State law does not require home improvement contractors to be licensed, but many Ohio cities do.
Check with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau to determine if complaints are on file against the company.
Get everything in writing, including any verbal promises.
Do not provide full payment up front. Pay when work is finished or for portions of work as they are completed, for example, one-third in the beginning, one-third in the middle, and the final third upon satisfactory completion.
Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.
Summit County Children's Services making it official with the t's crossed and i's dotted for Julie Barnes, who moves from Stark County to Summit County to head the agency. She will fill the shoes left by the retirement of John Saros, who is stepping aside at the end of the year.
Barnes was selected as the finalist for the position after a nationwide search; she begins her new duties on the Monday before Christmas and will make $145,000 a year with a three-year contract with the social services agency. She leaves her job as Executive Director of the Stark County Jobs and Family Services agency, a post she held for the past five years. Barnes is no stranger to Summit County of CSB, having worked for Children's Services from 2002-2007. She has degrees from Hiram University and Kent State University.
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(Summit County Children's Services) Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW, Executive Director of Stark County Job and Family Services (SCJFS) was officially named the next Executive Director of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) at a special Board of Trustees meeting on November 14. Ms. Barnes succeeds John Saros who is retiring as SCCS Executive Director at the end of 2013 after leading the agency for more than six years.
The SCCS Board of Trustees' Search Committee recommended Ms. Barnes as its top finalist for the position in mid-October after a nationwide search that lasted several months, and introduced her to the community at a reception held at Children Services on October 30. She will officially begin her new duties on December 23, and her three-year contract calls for a salary of $145,000 per year.
At SCJFS, Ms. Barnes has led a triple-combined agency including Human Services, Child Support and Children Services with approximately 475 staff and an annual budget of approximately $50 million. Before becoming Executive Director there in June 2008, she had served as Deputy Director of Children Services from May 2007-May 2008.
Prior to joining SCJFS, Ms. Barnes served as Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Summit County Children Services from February 2002-May 2007. Ms. Barnes has also gained experience in the child welfare field through earlier positions at the Ohio Department of Job And Family Services and Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services. Ms. Barnes has a B.A. Degree in Psychology from Hiram College and a M.Ed. Degree in Higher Education from Kent State University.
"The Summit County Children Services Board of Trustees is pleased that Julie Barnes has agreed to become the agency's next Executive Director," said Board Chair Daniel L. Bell. "Under John Saros' leadership, our agency has delivered innovative programming and expanded community partnerships that have improved the lives of the children and families we serve. We are confident that Julie will build on the agency's recent successes by using her fresh perspective to ensure that we continue to provide quality services to those children and families in need."
(University of Akron Athletics) The No. 9 University of Akron men's soccer team claimed its ninth-consecutive regular-season Mid-American Conference championship on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Western Michigan at WMU Soccer Complex.
Akron (14-3-1, 5-1-0 MAC) senior Robbie Derschang knocked in a corner kick taken by freshman Adam Najem in the 105th minute to extended the Zips' win streak to four matches and unbeaten stretch to eight (7-0-1). It was Derschang's fourth goal of the season and third gamewinner.