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UPDATE 10/29/13: The owners of the Akron Aeros are expected to hold a press conference Tuesday to announce a name change.
Could the Akron Aeros be considering changing their name to the Akron Rubberducks?
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the name and logo was recently submitted under the company name, Akron Baseball, LLC. That's the same company name that was referenced in a press release when the city of Akron announced that the Akron Aeros had been sold to Ken Babby, current owner and CEO, in 2012. (Click here to read the full press release and story.)
Another previous submission was sent to the USPTO under the company name Akron Professional Baseball, LLC. The filing was abandoned on October 16, prior to the filing of the three other submissions.
In all of the submissions, the address for Canal Park, 300 South Main Street, was listed under the company name.
Adam Liberman, director of Public and Media Relations for the Akron Aeros, said in a written statement "Akron Professional Baseball, LLC is not the name of our operating company, which I believe is the name of the prior ownership."
The documents filed also include the name of the attorney who helped with the submissions. He's listed online as D. Scott Poley who is currently Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Minor League Baseball.
The Akron Aeros has yet to confirm if the team is considering a name change or if the team submitted the name/logo to the USPTO.
In 2011, the Akron Aeros held a renaming contest. Nearly 70 percent of fans picked "Aeros" as their top choice, beating out Rubber Ducks, Tire Jacks, Vulcans and Gum Dippers.
Akron police are investigating two separate robberies that happened over the weekend.
Police say two suspects, armed with handguns, attempted to rob a 32-year-old man near the intersection of East South Street and Allyn Street Sunday night. When the victim told the two suspects that he didn't have any cash, one of the suspects shot the victim in the leg. The suspects fled on foot.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where his injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Police say the suspects are between the ages of 13 and 15. Only a vague description of the suspects was released.
The second robbery happened near the intersection Lovers Lane and Inman Street around 11 p.m.
A 21-year-old man told police he was walking home when two suspects approached him from behind. Police say one of the suspects punched the victim in the head and another man took his belongings. The victim told police that one of suspects held a gun to the his head during the robbery.
Police say the suspects got away with $12.00 in cash, cigarettes and a cell phone.
Authorities say the victim's injuries are non-life threatening.
Police says the suspects are two black males, 20 – 25 years old. Police say the first suspect is 5’07” – 5’11”, thin, wearing blue jeans, button up shirt, hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask. The second suspect is 6’0” – 6’02”, wearing all black clothing.
A retail building, which has remained vacant since the day it was built about five years ago, is being torn down to make room for a new grocery store in Highland Square.
Adele Roth, economic development director for Akron, says the city bought the building for more than $400,000 from Albrecht Inc., but the city is unable to use the building because it's not big enough for Mustard Seed Market. The building sits on the future site of Mustard Seed Market at the corner of West Market Street and Portage Path.
"I don't think it's a loss when you realize that what the neighborhood wanted was a grocery store and that's what we're going to put in there," said Roth. "It's just part of the investment."
Roth agrees that it's unfortunate that the city has to tear down the building, but says it's a neccessary step in the plan to bring a quality grocery store to Highland Square.
"We actually tried to look at it as many ways as possible to see if we could fit a grocery store, retrofit it into that tiny space," said Roth. "I mean, the 7-Eleven is bigger than that."
Roth says even though the city had to tear down the more than 3,000 square-foot vacant building, she believes residents understand the value of moving forward to bring a grocery store to the area.
Habitat for Humanity is working with the demolition process to collect and reuse material from the building for future projects.
The new grocery store will be a two-story, 23,000 square-foot building and is expected to be completed by Fall of 2014.