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Authorities are investigating an explosion that happened on the front porch of an Akron home late Tuesday night.
NewsChannel 5 reports Akron police, the Summit County Bomb Squad, the ATF and the Akron Fire Department responded to the home that was hit by the explosive, which ripped the front doors from the house on McKinley Avenue around 11 p.m.
Three people were inside the home at the time of the explosion, but no one was injured in the explosion.
Authorities have not identified any suspects. The incident is still under investigation.
On the web: www.newsnet5.com
Summa Health System has received its largest donation in the organization's history.
The health system announced life-long Akron residents Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin donated a $4 million gift to the organization which will be used to create a hybrid cardiovascular operating room at Summa Akron City Hospital.
The new addition will include the dual functionality of a traditional operating room and a lab that will offer new procedures to heart patients and perform existing procedures with the latest technology.
Mr. Hamlin founded The Reserve Group and The R. M. Hamlin Construction Company. He also co-founded The Brenlin Group which was one of the largest privately held companies in the United States according to a 1992 Forbes magazine article.
((Summa Health System Press Release)) Through the kindness of Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin, Summa Health System announced today the largest philanthropic gift in its organization’s history – a $4 million contribution for the creation of a hybrid cardiovascular operating room at Summa Akron City Hospital. In honor of the benefactors, Summa’s Center of Excellence building at 95 Arch Street in Akron will be renamed The Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Pavilion. The facility is home to numerous cardiopulmonary patient services as well as medical and surgical physician offices.
“We are grateful to the Hamlin Family for their generosity in this gift,” said Thomas J. Strauss, Summa Health System President and CEO. “Their gift, the largest in our history, coupled with the kindness of so many other donors throughout our community, will help to ensure we continue to provide the technology and services that our patients are accustomed to receiving.”
The Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite will include the dual functionality of a traditional operating room and cardiac catheterization lab allowing Summa Cardiovascular Institute to offer new procedures to heart patients and perform existing procedures with the latest cardiothoracic, interventional and vascular surgery technology.
“We are pleased to make this gift to support Summa Hospital’s heart program. Akron is a great town, and Summa has done so much for the Akron community as well as our family,” said Richard M. Hamlin of Akron. “Our family is extremely grateful for the care we received at Summa, and with this gift, we are pleased to be part of Summa's continued service to the greater Akron community.”
Mr. and Mrs. Hamlin have been life-long Akron residents. Mr. Hamlin founded The Reserve Group and The R. M. Hamlin Construction Company, both of Akron. In addition, he co-founded The Brenlin Group with David Brennan and James McCready. Brenlin, also based in Akron, was one of the largest privately held companies in the United States according to a 1992 Forbes magazine article.
With the Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite, Summa surgeons will have the ability to offer new services to cardiovascular patients that previously were only available outside of Akron, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Construction of the suite will begin this fall and is expected to be complete in spring 2014.
“The Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite will be a foundational component in Summa Cardiovascular Institute’s further integration of heart and vascular services,” said Kenneth Berkovitz, M.D., medical director of the Summa Cardiovascular Institute. “Our surgeons and staff will be able to provide complex procedures that require multidisciplinary care between cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiologists and radiologists who share decision-making and management of patients for optimal care delivery.”
Through this integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the care and treatment of cardiovascular patients, Summa Cardiovascular Institute will have applications for the Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite through procedures including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, thoracic aortic aneurysm repair, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass, percutaneous coronary intervention, complex peripheral vascular cases and peripheral stenting, and the introduction of TAVR.
The Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite will be equipped with the latest in medical imaging, audio and video integration along with full health information technology. It is expected to serve 1,000 patients in its first year.
A 57-year-old man has died following a motorcycle crash in Akron Sunday evening.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports Charles Duncan, 57, of Cleveland, lost control, fell off his motorcycle and slid across the roadway on Route 224 at Manchester Road into a grassy berm shortly before 6 p.m.
He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries Monday afternoon.
A parade filled with champions marked the beginning of this year's 76th All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron Monday afternoon.
"It's a good way for a family to be together," said Dwaine Roy of New Hampshire. Roy is in Akron supporting his son Jacob in this week's All-American Soap Box Derby.
From the U.S. to New Zealand, champions moved through the streets of Downtown Akron to mark the beginning of a busy week. It's all leading up to the week of events including technical inspections, weigh-ins and trial runs on the famous 989-foot-long track.
Race officials say more than 400 youngsters and their families will be attending this year's activities.
(All-American Soap Box Derby) Saturday, July 27 - Opening ceremonies at Derby Downs begin at 8:00 a.m. and racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Champions of the 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be determined by 4:00 p.m.
Boys and girls compete in three divisions. They are the novice Stock Car division, which features the smallest, simplest ready-to-assemble kits purchased from All-American Derby headquarters; the Super Stock division, whose cars are similar, but larger to accommodate larger youngsters, and the Masters division, featuring the traditional, more sophisticated cars.
The youngsters have earned the right to race in the championship finals by winning the local Soap Box Derby race in their home communities or by accumulating points in rally competition held around the United States since last August. Rounds of single-elimination heats will lead to new champions in each of the racing divisions.
They are competing in their gravity-powered race cars for a share of $30,000 in scholarship awards. The National Super Kids Classic, a race for special needs children, will take place at Derby Downs on Friday, July 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Additional information is available at www.aasbd.org, where a live webcast will enable race fans to follow the race day action on Saturday, July 27.
The Akron Zoo is unveiling their largest expansion project in their 60 year history with the opening of Grizzly Ridge this Saturday.
The Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge will include grizzly bears, river otters, red wolves, bald eagles, coyotes and a walk-in aviary.
The two grizzly bears making their debut at the zoo were orphaned in the wild after being born in 2011 in Wyoming and brought to the zoo from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo last month.
A special experience is included in the river otter exhibit (left photo) where kids can slide through the exhibit in a fully enclosed acrylic tube with the otters swimming around them.
Visitors can also check out the new walk-in aviary where they will be surrround by sixty-five Ohio birds as they're suspended 16 feet in the air onto a rope bridge and tree house.
Grizzly Ridge opens to the public on Saturday, July 20th.
On the web: www.akronzoo.org