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State and local officials are teaming up for National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at the last five take back events at collection sites across the nation.
Several collection sites will be available throughout the area including in Akron at the METRO Regional Transit Authority Center on South Broadway Street.
Also on the list, Bath, Copley and Springfield Township police departments.
(Press Release) On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Summit County Community Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to METRO Regional Transit Authority Center-Visitor’s Parking Lot at 631 South Broadway St., Akron, OH 44311. The service is free and anonymous.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. The METRO Regional Transit Authority Center site in downtown Akron collected 102 pounds of pills which ranked 17th out of the 88 sites in Northeast Ohio. Collections from all 88 sites were taken by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to a central location where they were disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement, agencies like Summit County Community Partnership and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
For more information, please call (330) 374-0947 or (330) 322-5007.
It's a new beginning for Lake Cinemas 8 in downtown Barberton as the theater opens its doors on Friday.
The theater closed earlier this year, but Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) purchased the building to keep the theater alive with an upgraded look.
Dave Vaughan, executive director of NDS, says he realized how important the theater was to the city when they decided to become the developer of the project.
"The people of Barberton are incredibly loyal to this facility," said Vaughan. "We didn't want to see it sit empty or converted into a warehouse, or any of those kinds of things."
Moviegoers will notice a few changes when they step inside the theater. The outdoor box-office has moved inside the theater and upgraded technology has made it an all-digital theater capable of showing 3-D films.
"The key of this project, though, is going to be its sustainability," said Vaughan. "When we bought the facility, there were no previous financials. So no one really knows how it does."
The marque outside the building will stay the same to keep the historical element of the facility.
A trial date has been set for suspended University of Akron basketball player Alex Abreu.
The Beacon Journal reports Abreu is due in court on July 24 on felony drug charges after he was arrested in early March when police say Abreu and Austin Lee Durgala, both 21, accepted a delivery of five pounds of marijuana.
Abreu's attorney, Bob Meeker, commented on the allegations saying that the package was delivered to the residence of Durgala and was not addressed to Abreu.
Abreu pleaded not guilty to the charges which include trafficking and possession of marijuana. He is currently free on bond.
On the web: www.ohio.com
Firefighters battled a large blaze at a metal recycling facility in Akron Wednesday morning.
Akron Fire Lt. Leon Henderson says heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the roof of the building when crews arrived on scene in the 300 block of Silver Street around 8 a.m.
The fire was under control around 10 a.m., but crews were still on scene putting out hot spots around 11:30 a.m.
Officials say the building is a total loss.
Henderson says crews used a defensive approach when they battled the blaze because of how the building was constructed and some of the flammable materials inside.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Henderson says it appears the building was empty when firefighters arrived on scene. No injuries have been reported.
A plea deal is a possibility in the case of an Akron father accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son.
The Beacon Journal reports Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter scheduled a trail date for 49-year-old Terrance Allen for July 15. The deadline for reaching a plea deal has been set for July 9.
On January 23, police say Allen's 4-year-old son, Jamarcus Allen, got a hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself inside a car.
Allen is also facing charges including child endangering, tampering with evidence and possessing a weapon under previous felony disability.
Court records show a burglary conviction in 1996 in Cuyahoga County barred him from carrying or owning a gun.
On the web: www.ohio.com
Akron police say four people were robbed during a home invasion late Monday night.
The victims told police that suspects knocked on their apartment door in the 1800 block of South Arlington Street and entered armed with handguns.
The suspects fled in a 2013 Dodge Charger, which belonged to one of the victims. The victims' cell phones, $100 in cash, a pair of shoes and keys were also taken in the robbery. No injuries were reported.
Police found the vehicle a short time later. They charged Quamaine RJ Young, 23, of Akron with receiving stolen property.
Detectives are following up on Young’s arrest to see if he is also involved in the home invasion.
Akron police are looking for a 31-year-old man who is suspected of punching another man in the head with brass knuckles following an argument Monday night.
Police say Charles N. Hunt, 31, of Akron is wanted for allegedly assualting a 44-year-old man multiple times with brass knuckles, which had spikes on the end.
The victim had injuries on the back of his head and on both hands. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information on Charles Hunt’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.
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.