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Firefighters battled a commercial building fire in Akron this morning that may have slowly ignited hours earlier.
Crews were called to the North American Lifting Equipment Company warehouse in the 700 block of Carroll Street around 6:30 a.m. .
Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg tells AkronNewsNow " They found heavy smoke from a warehouse structure. THey immediately made an aggressive interior attack and did an excellent job of bringing this fire under control in almost exactly 20 minutes."
Bragg says the firefighters quick work prevented a much bigger fire. "This could have been really devastating. By them getting in there as fast as they could, and being aggressive in putting the fire out. Their biggest problem I understand was ventilating the building, there was so much smoke," says Bragg.
The loss was limited to $50,000, with no injuries reported.
The cause remains under investigation.
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An employee complaint has prompted the University of Akron to place the Republican candidate for Summit County sheriff on paid administrative leave.
University officials tell the Beacon Journal commander of the UA police academy Randy Rivers was placed on leave while the university reviews the complaint. Further details of the complaint have not been released.
It's not unusual to place someone on leave while officials review the complaint, according to UA spokeswoman Eileen Korey.
Rivers will be facing Democrat Steve Barry for Summit County sheriff in the fall.
On the web: www.ohio.com
The Barberton School District has decided to lay off four bus drivers following changes made to its transportation policy.
Superintendent Patricia Cleary says the cuts were made after voters turned down a request for a new levy in August.
"We decided to cut back our busing to the state minimum of two miles," said Cleary. "That saves the district about $300,000."
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade who live more than two miles from their schools will get busing, but other students will have to find their own transportation. The busing policy changed from the previous minimum of a one mile distance to two miles.
The district has also approved a play-to-play policy for sports and extra curricular activities.
Superintendent Patricia Cleary says the school levy will be back on the ballot in November.
"If we do pass in November, we will have the abililty to bring the busing back to the one mile (policy) that we have always done in the past and we will look at doing away with the pay to participate."
If the levy fails, cleary says the district will face another round of cuts which will include eliminating arts and music programs and cutting back elementary school days to the state minimum of five hours.
On the web: www.barbertonschools.org
The Akron Bar Association is getting political by setting up a committee to review complaints and ask judicial candidates to sign a pledge to run a clean campaign.
Jack Weisensell, president of the Akron Bar Association, tells the Beacon Journal that the purpose of the Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee is to deter negative campaigning and to make sure campaigns are fair and honest.
Judicial campaigns are hot items and can get pretty negative. Municipal judges in Akron recently have made headlines over cases lately, including the resignation of one magistrate.
A three-bedroom ranch home for sale in Bath Township is attracting the attention of many for its history connected to a notorious serial killer.
The house on West Bath Road is the same home where Jeffrey Dahmer grew up.
Musician Chris Butler tells the Beacon Journal he is selling the home because he has been spending less time in the Akron area after his mother passed away. He would like to be closer to his son who lives in New Jersey.
The home 2,170-square-foot home is listed for $329,000.
On the Web: www.ohio.com
Three men are facing prison time for their role in the murder of an 24-year-old Akron man.
A jury found Robert Davis, 21, and Rahsheem Carr, 21, both of Akron, guilty of robbing and shooting 24-year-old Phillip Michael Anderson. On January 10, Anderson was robbed while he was in his car with two of his friends on Princeton Street in Akron.
Demarcus Williams, 21, of Akron, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery earlier this June. He testified against Carr and Davis at their trial.
Carr was convicted of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery with a firearm specification for shooting Anderson.
Davis was convicted as an accomplice to murder and aggravated robbery for planning the robbery with Williams and Carr and for driving Williams from the scene of the shooting.
All three men will be sentenced by Judge Allison McCarty on August 31 at 9 a.m.
As many students head back to school this week, law enforcement agencies are asking drivers to use extra caution.
Lt. William Weirtz with the Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol says he often hears complaints from bus drivers about drivers passing stopped school buses during school hours.
"That's not because they weren't aware of (the school bus). They are either in a hurry or they just, for some reason, decided to pass the bus," Weirtz said.
Weirtz says teen and adult drivers talking on the phone or texting is a major problem during the school year.
"That cell phone or text provides a hug distraction and we see a lot of that, unfortunately in the crashes we handle."
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He advises drivers to stay focused behind the wheel and resist the urge to text and drive.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol advises motorists to plan ahead and add a few minutes to their morning commute to make time for school bus stops.
Drivers should also watch out for children walking to and from the bus stop, especially when they are backing out of a driveway.
From 2009 through 2011, more than 4,300 Ohio motorists were cited for failing to stop for a school bus loading or unloading children.
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Akron Public Schools has declared another impasse with a union, but this time it's with a union representing maintainance, custodial, ground and transportation workers.
The Beacon Journal reports APS declared an impasse with Service Employees International Union, Local 1 F&O Division 100.
A union spokesperson told the newspaper they have already suffered cuts and will move towards an agreement once a guarantee is made that there will be no additional cuts.
An impasse was reached last week between the school board and the Akron Education Association.
A guilty plea was entered for one of the four defendants charged in connection with the drug-related death of 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch.
The Beacon Journal reports Allen Kostra, 25, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other felonies. Prosecutors say he faces up to 11 years in prison.
Kostra accepted a plea deal which includes testifying in the murder trial of the child's mother, 21-year-old Heather Lerch.
Lerch's boyfriend, Randy Legg, 19, and his brother Ronald Legg, 22, are currently awaiting trial.
Police found an active meth lab in a home on St. Ledger Avenue where 17-month-old Patrick Lerch was found unresponsive February 26th. The toddler's death was ruled a homicide from methamphetamine intoxication.
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