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A fatal crash closed a portion of Interstate 77 in Broadview Heights Tuesday morning.
NewsChannel 5 reports the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that two people were killed in the accident near State Route 82.
The dead were identified as: David Starr, 33, of Barberton and Gail Bradley, 57, of Medina.The Ohio Department of Transportation reported the closure shortly before 9 a.m. Richfield police extended the closure to the Ohio Turnpike.
The highway was reopened to traffic around 2:00 this afternoon.
A portion of I-77 southbound at Wallings Road was also closed for a short time as part of the investigation. ODOT crews are repairing a damaged guardrail. All lanes will remain open.
A fire destroyed a Canton auto shop early Monday morning. Firefighters were called to the fire at Auto Specialties in the 2100 block of Cleveland Avenue around 6 a.m.
Battalion Chief Tom Garra with the Canton Fire Department says the fire started in the basement, which was fully engulfed in flames.
Several nearby homes were evacuated as a safety precaution. No injuries have been reported.
A number of used cars for sale surrounded the structure at Auto Specialties. Fire officials have not evaluated the amount of damage to the cars outside the building.
Garra says the building is considered a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Auto Specialties sells used cars and offers repair and towing services, according to their website.
Construction begins today on a new critical care tower at Akron Children's Hospital, which is the centerpiece of a $200 million expansion project.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says the new tower will house several departments including a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient surgical suites.
The emergency department will remain open during the construction phase, but Locust Street between Exchange Street and Buchtel Avenue will close.
Street signs will be posted throughout the area to help drivers get around the closure.
"So we're suggesting that people use their GPS to get close to campus and then once they get on campus, they follow all the signage," said Gentile.
Linda Gentile, vice president for professional and support services, says they're still in the demolition phase.
"You won't see any walls going up or anything that looks like a building anytime soon. It'll take a little while."
The expansion project also includes a new six-level, 1,200 space parking deck.
Akron police are investigating a robbery that happened Thursday evening.
Police say a man approached a 38-year-old woman at an ATM machine at a FirstMerit Bank on North Main Street and attempted to grab the money from the ATM. The woman told officers she slapped the suspect's hand when he said "I don't want to hurt you, just give me the money."
The suspect ended up fleeing with $120 in cash.
Police describe the suspect as a white male, 20 – 25 years old, 5’09” – 5’11”, 170 – 190 lbs., wearing a white t-shirt, gray sweat pants, with tattoos on his left arm down to the wrist.
Akron police say a 24-year-old man was shot while driving in the city's east side Thursday evening.
Police say the victim was shot in the right hand and left shoulder while driving near the intersection of Hammel and Corice streets around 5 p.m.
The victim drove to a nearby store where he called police. He told officers that he was shot following an argument that occurred earlier in the day.
He was taken to Akron City Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Cleophus Thompson Jr., of Akron. Detectives have signed a warrant for his arrest for felonious assault. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau, at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
Firefighters battled a large fire that broke out at an Akron pallet company early Friday morning.
Crews responded to the fire at Tri County Pallet and Mulch on Flora Avenue near West Wilbeth Road around 5 a.m.
Around 9 a.m., Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg said the fire was under control and crews were working to put out hot spots throughout the area.
"There were six or seven tractor-trailers inside that were burning; as well as some tow motors, a few explosions in there," said Bragg. "A pretty substantial fire."
Bragg says size of the building is comparable to the size of a football field.
No injuries have been reported.
Fire crews were able to clear the scene at around 2:30 Friday afternoon.
It appears the building is not a total loss, according to Bragg. But the damage estimate so far totals more than $650,000
"I was told that they were able to save a substantial portion of the business. So, right now, it looks like there has been some of the business saved."
Fire investigators say sparks from a band saw could have ignited the fire.
Bragg says crews had to shutdown a portion of the railroad near the fire for several hours.
An 18-wheeler parked outside of Buchtel CLC is far more than just a transportation vehicle. It's an interactive experience that creates a unique learning environment for students.
The National Science Center and the U.S. Army traveled to the school with their Mobile Discovery Van (MDV) filled with hands-on activities related to science and math.
Students had an opportunity to visit the Mobile Discovery Van which included a 50-minute presentation. Col. Wayne Recknor, senior aerospace science instructor, requested that the mobile classroom make a trip to Buchtel CLC four years ago.
Sgt. 1st Class Steven McCarroll, an instructor with the MDV, says some students absorb more information when it's presented in a creative way.
"They get that hands-on experience and they can always relate back to that. 'I can remember when I did this' as opposed to when you read something or are told something, you don't always put it in the same part of your memory bank," said McCarroll.
McCarroll works with students across the country inside the mobile classroom using physical science demonstrations to peak the interests of students. Topics include electricity, magnetism, light and motion.