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A private investigator has offered to help an Akron family with the search for missing 19-year-old Taylor Robinson.
Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, is working on the case with his investigation team. They have contacted the Akron Police Department and reviewed the scene where Taylor was last seen on the night of May 3.
Taylor was dropped off at a house on Kipling Street in Akron where she went to work as a home health care aide.
Dimoff believes whoever is involved in Taylor's disappearance, knew her very well.
"The bottom line on the profile is this; whoever came to the door, she knew, she knew him well and she's known him for a long time," said Dimoff.
Akron police said the Taylor's shoes and a coat was left behind inside the home, which could be a sign that that she may have felt comfortable to open the door and go outside with an individual.
"Maybe she wasn't planning on getting in the car. Maybe the person says let's just sit in the car and talk and then something happened inside that car," said Dimoff. "We believe she never got out of that car and we believe it was physical."
Dimoff said his team is looking at a couple of prime suspects in the case.
"We know that the couple of people we're looking at, strongly, absolutely fit our profile and actually exemplify a strong relationship with problems in that relationship."
Dimoff is only charging the family $1 to help with the investigation.
The next time you're looking for a Swensons Drive-In Restaurant, you could be grabbing their famous "Galley Boy" from inside a food truck.
Lindsey Flowers, director of the new Swensons food truck, said they've been flooded with catering requests, which influenced their decision to launch the custom-built food truck.
"We are able to go anywhere a customer needs us to go, cook the food on-site and it's made hot and fresh and ready to order," said Flowers.
The 28-foot food truck will serve the same menu items made popular at the drive-in restaurants.
"Anything a restaturant can make, we can make in the food truck."
The food truck made its first appearance in Akron at opening ceremonies for the All-American Soap Box Derby Monday. Their next appearance will be at Hardesty Park for the annual Taste of Akron Thursday evening.
"We have not even started advertising yet and the books are filling up. Word of mouth is great and we're very excited for this new business venture for Swensons."
There's been a lot of discussions surrounding food trucks in Akron. The city currently prohibits food trucks from operating on public property.
Flowers says at this point, the ban will have little impact on their new business venture. She says the food truck was set-up to focus on improving their catering business.
"We're not looking to just pull up and cook anywhere," said Flowers. "This is more for catering, so we will be on private property. So the Akron [food truck] ban will not affect us."
On the web: www.swensonsdriveins.com
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.