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The number of job postings online has dropped a few thousand from September to October in Northeast Ohio, but the number still stands higher than last year.
The number of ads online stood at more than 88,500 between September 14, 2012 and October 13, 2012, according to the latest report from OhioMeansJobs.com.
The amount of job postings online dropped around 3,100 from the last reporting period, but it's still more than 2,000 more than the same time last year.
Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine, www.ohiomeansjobs.com
The top jobs online in Northeast Ohio include registered nurses, retail salespersons and truck drivers.
About 50 percent of the 88,000 job postings pay a salary between $30,000 and $80,000.
If you're looking for a six-figure job, you won't find many ads. It's just about 4 percent of the total amount of jobs.
In the Akron area, there are currently more than 4,000 jobs available through ads online on OhioMeansJobs.com including some internship and co-op opportunities for students.
Click here to find the full report.
An Akron pizza delivery driver was robbed for the second time this week.
Police say the delivery driver for Papa John’s Pizza on East Market Street was robbed in the 300 block of Kline Avenue early Thursday morning around 12:30 a.m.
The driver told officers that he had made the delivery and was walking back to his car when the suspects approached him. Police say one suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the driver’s money and car. The suspects fled in the victim's 2001 Honda Civic. The driver returned back to the restaurant and called police. Police say the driver was not injured.
The driver’s car was recovered in the 700 block of Moon Street. The Papa John’s delivery sign was found in the street at Adolph Street and North Forge Street.
Only a vague description of the suspects has been released.
On Tuesday, the victim was robbed while delivering food to a home in the 700 block of Alicia Walk just before 2 a.m.
In the spirit of the holiday season, the city of Cuyahoga Falls is giving drivers a chance to trade in traffic tickets for a toy donation to Toys for Tots.
Over the next two weeks, the Cuyahgoa Falls Police Department will issue "toy waivers" to replace a minor traffic violation.
According to Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Thomas Pozza, minor traffic violations include not using a turn signal, weaving down the road or an equipment violation.
"Anything that is a violation of law, but wouldn't be considered a serious traffic offense or any traffic offense that would endanger anybody else," said Pozza.
This is the 5th year the department has participated in the program. Last year, Pozza says the department collected around 200 toys.
"We get three large (toy) boxes from the Marine Corps and those boxes were filled, and we had toys lining the hallway."
Drivers can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department between December 2nd and December 15th.
Mayor Don Robart released a statement in response to the program stating "in the spirit of the holiday season, I hope that the donated toys will have a positive and lasting impact on the children of our community and the drivers who are saved more than a few dollars in fines and court costs."
For additional information, call the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-971-8300.
Akron City Council approved the legislation Monday that will give all city employees a raise for the next three years.
Ward 10 Councilman Garry Moneypenny says a two percent raise was approved for all city workers including union and nonunion employees, the mayor and council members.
"We settled with all four unions, which are the major bulk of our city employees. But, generally what we give them, we also give non-bargaining member units and administrative people the same exact raise," said Moneypenny.
A two percent raise for employees is guaranteed for 2013 and at least a one percent increase for the next two years. Bonuses would be connected to the city's income tax revenue in 2014 and 2015.
The tentative agreement was reached in early October between the city of Akron and all four labor unions.
"The fact that we were able to settle all four unions' contracts, all at the same time, is very unique. In fact, they're indicating to me that it's probably the first time in Akron that we were able to do this," said Moneypenny.
Ward 10 Councilman Gary Moneypenny by Amani Abraham
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President Paul Hlynsky says if the agreement had not been reached, it would have been a time consuming process.
"Through this agreement, we were able to avoid lengthy contract talks, which ties up attorneys, ties up committees , ties up man hours," said Hlynsky. "Everything else is put on hold while we negotiate contracts."
The unique agreement between the city and all four unions was reached through cooperation with city members and the unions, according to Hlynsky.
"I think that everyone deserves credit. My colleagues deserve credit for it. The mayor deserves credit for it," said Hlynsky. "We all worked hard to make this happen."
FOP Lodge 7 President Paul Hlynsky by Amani Abraham
Hlynsky says he's ready to move forward and focus on his department.
"With this deal out of the way, it enables us to focus on other priorities for the citizens."
A Black Hawk helicopter reportedly made an emergency landing Monday afternoon in Holmes County.
News Channel 5 reports the helicopter landed in a field between Mt. Eaton and Wilmot.
No injuries were reported, according to the Wooster Post of the State Highway Patrol.
The Back Hawk helicopter is expected to fly out by 8 a.m.
No further details have been released.
On the Web: www.newsnet5.com
How would you like to celebrate your 100th birthday?
For Elizabeth Ciborek, it's a surprise party at the Firestone Park YMCA with family, friends and her very own parking space.
“Everyone of them, just has been beautiful, it’s unbelievable,” Ciborek said.
You couldn't unwrap the gift given to Ciborek, but the special gift made a lasting impression. YMCA membership director Michele Grubich presented Ciborek with her own parking space at the facility.
“Hopefully she will get another year strong. We will repeat this next year,” said YMCA membership director Michele Grubich.
Ciborek has been a resident of the Firestone Park are for most of her life. Her friends say she stays healthy and active by participating in a Muscular Strength and Range of Motion class at the YMCA three days a week.
One of Ciborek’s fitness instructors, Sherry Jackson, says she is an inspiration to many at the YMCA.
“She became an inspiration to other people coming in the evening,” said Jackson. “If she can do it, at ninety-something-years-old, we can come to.”
Ciborek’s daughter, Martha Horvath, says her mother deserves a big celebration.
“She has gotten to be the most outgoing, friendly and sweetest person,” said Horvath. “Everyone is drawn to her sweetness.”
Akron-Canton Airport is preparing for yet another busy holiday weekend.
Kristie Van Auken, senior vice president, expects traffic at the airport this holiday season to increase around 15 percent.
Earlier this summer, the airport opened a new 750 space economy parking lot to help with the heavy volume that was building up due to the increase in passenger traffic.
"We got shuttles to bring you right up the building. We've got the economy lot, the two long-term lots on the main campus and the short term if you're maybe running a little behind," Van Auken said.
Van Auken says as long as the weather holds up, chances are you won't find many delays this week.
"Airlines are used to full planes now. So, the only time that there's going to be a significant delay is if there's weather." Van Auken said. "If another superstorm or nor' easter, or something like that hits, you don't want to go there and you don't want to be on a plane headed in those directions."
If you want to make sure you get through security on time, she encourages travelers to arrive around 90 minutes before flight take-off.
Update 12:25 pm: The man who killed in the double shooting has been identified as Deshawn Dwayne Smith, 18, of Akron.
Akron police are investigating a homicide after a double shooting left one man dead and another woman injured late Monday night.
Detectives say the shooting happened in the 600 block of East Avenue, around 10 p.m.
Officers found Deshawn Dwayne Smith, 18, of Akron with a gunshot wound to his upper torso inside a car. Smith appeared to the the driver of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The front seat passenger, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the shoulder and taken to Akron General Medical Center where her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Akron police say no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490.
The so-called "babble" made popular by Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver has moved to its own Facebook page.
Oliver has been known for posting his own "rants" and opinions on the department's Facebook page targeting everything from criminals to social issues.
Now, Oliver has decided to make a switch. He has created his own page to feature the "babble" which has made him popular over the past year.
"I just thought, if we keep it separate, everyone knows that what's on my page is my opinion and it's not always politically correct by any stretch of the imagination," Oliver said.
Oliver uses a humorous and sarcastic approach when he posts stories and events on the department's page which yields a list of comments from residents in Brimfield and surrounding areas.
"Obviously, by the numbers, it's pretty popular," Oliver said. "We have over 12,000 likes on the page and some regular interaction with not only residents, but we have 19 countries and 31 states that check in with us, now and again."
Oliver recently posted about an incident where Brimfield officers caught a drunk driver:
"Dear Drunk Driver, Thanks for the call today….but it’s not my problem. You should have thought about all of this before you made the CHOICE to drive drunk. You drove in from out of town, went to a campus bar in the area, got hammered like a piece of wood on home makeover…and made a choice to drive drunk. Luckily, my officers caught you before you killed someone…or yourself. So, your litany of grievances and complaints are not my problem."
"Babble" Moves To New Facebook Page by Amani Abraham
Oliver says the department will continue to post information on their Facebook page including a few sarcastic comments, but his so-called "rants" and "babbles" will be featured on his own page.
Some of those who commented on the chief's posts didn't approve of the "babble" on the Facebook page, but he says that didn't influence his decision to move to another page.
"That really had no weight at all. What had the weight was just making sure that the Brimfield Police Department is known for what the organization provides and not being known for the chief having a big mouth and trying to tell it like it is."
Since it's recent launch, the new Facebook page has collected more than 2,000 'likes".
What's the biggest thing Oliver has learned from his experience on Facebook?
"I think that the biggest thing that it's taught me is that people want the interaction and that they care about what happens in their community."
If you are a convicted sex offender, Ohio law requires you to register your address.
A New Channel 5 investigation revealed that there appears to be a loophole, which allows sex offenders to list themselves as homeless and register an intersection as an address.
Summit County Sheriff Inspector Bill Holland says they are not breaking any laws, but he admits that there is a fear that many are trying to "skirt the system."
Nearly 1,000 sex offenders live in Summit County. There are currently 31 sex offenders who have listed themselves as homeless.
Holland went looking for Joshua Krunich, a Tier 3 sex offender, who listed an intersection in Akron as his address, but deputies did not find him.
A 42-year-old woman who was raped by Krunich in 2008 tells News Channel 5 that she's terrified to learn that deputies can't find him.
Holland says it's important for residents to call authorities if they believe a sex offender is not living at the address they have registered.
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