Friday, 31 October 2014 18:28

Fire Destroys Charity Trailer

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A charity project storing items headed for Africa lost it all in a fire this week that is being considered arson.

NewsChannel 5 reports that the "Educate the Congo Project"'s trailer at a downtown Barberton company's parking lot was storing everything from medical equipment that was destined for a hospital project in the Congo.

The fire broke out October 29th. The charity says only a rosary survived the fire.

Barberton police reportedly are questioning a juvenile who was brought into custody on another complaint.

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On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5, www.newsnet5.com

Educate the Congo Project, https://www.facebook.com/educatecongo

 

Friday, 31 October 2014 18:25

Browns' Gordon Fined In Speeding Case

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Browns fans hope Josh Gordon will be speedy on the field when he returns next month. But Berea cops hope he'll pull back on the lead foot.

NewsChannel 5 reports that the Browns wide receiver was fined $150 plus court costs in Berea Municipal Court.

Gordon was pulled over in Berea in May for going 14 miles per hour over the limit.

That's the traffic stop where Gordon's passenger, 26 year-old Terrell McKenzie, was cited for possessing a small amount of marijuana.

The jury has recommended the death penalty for the man convicted of murdering a New Franklin couple.

The jury that convicted Shawn Ford Jr. in the deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert recommended a death sentence for Margaret's killing, and life in prison for Jeffrey's killing.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker didn't yet schedule a hearing date to consider the jury's recommendation.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that the judge will also hold a hearing considering Ford's IQ and how it affects his eligibility for the death penalty.

Ford's family testified during the penalty or "mitigation" phase, hoping to spare his life.

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On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com

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(Earlier coverage) The jury recommended both a death sentence and life in prison in the penalty phase of Shawn Ford Jr.'s murder trial

The Akron Beacon Journal's Phil Trexler reports that the jury voted for the death penalty in the death of Margaret Schobert, but voted for life in prison in the death of her husband Jeffrey. The same jury had earlier voted to convict Ford of aggravated murder in both deaths.

Ford's family testified during the mitigation phase in an effort to spare his life.

The jury's sentencing recommendation will be considered by Judge Tom Parker.

Friday, 31 October 2014 13:48

Ohio Health Strengthens Ebola Traveler Protocols

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As monitoring for Ohio contacts with now-Ebola free nurse Amber Vinson winds down, the Ohio Department of Health has issued new, stronger protocols for anyone coming back to the state from West African nations with Ebola outbreaks.

The new protocols call for daily health checks for 21 days for those who came back but didn't have exposure to someone who's infected, recording of their out-of-home trips and discouraging visits to public places.

For those with exposure to potentially infected people, the new Ohio Department of Health Protocol calls for a 21 day quarantine and daily health checks, with possible trips outside the person's home, but avoiding public places.

The ODH says the protocols are stronger than what the CDC recomments, while they say the protocols are still "respectful of travelers".

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(Ohio Department of Health, news release) Today the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) strengthened its protocols for managing travelers returning from West African nations that have Ebola outbreaks. The new protocols are stronger than those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while still being respectful of travelers and informed by the latest medical considerations for risk and exposure.

Highlights of the new protocols include:

· Returning travelers who had no exposure to a potentially infected person are to:

o Undergo daily health checks by a public health official for the 21 days of the Ebola incubation period;

o Record any trips outside their homes;

o Avoid public places;

o Remain within their health district unless they can make arrangements for public health officials in the district to which they are traveling to assume their daily monitoring, and;

o Remain within the United States for their safety and the safety of other travelers.

· Returning travelers who did have exposure to a potentially infected person are to:

o Be quarantined at home with daily health checks by a public health official for 21 days, and;

o Possibly be allowed trips outside their homes in some cases, away from public places, if public health officials determine they are at a low risk.

If public health officials have any doubt about a travelers' history or exposure, they should always default to a stronger, safer protocol level.

"Our goal is to keep Ohioans safe, period—both those who travel to West Africa and those who don't. We're considering a lot of different needs with these new protocols, landing on the side of protecting Ohioans' health while still working hard to respect the rights of travelers," said ODH Director Richard Hodges. "We don't want to build counterproductive barriers to those who have a desire to volunteer for medical relief efforts. We believe these new protocols are the right approach—strong, common sense, and informed by science—but we're also continuing to monitor the situation to keep our protocols in the right place to protect Ohioans."

ODH will work with local health departments to implement the new monitoring and quarantine protocols, and also meet whatever needs arise from those people who might be placed under a 21-day quarantine.

To help protect the privacy of individuals under quarantine or monitoring, ODH and local health departments do not release their names or other information that could potentially lead to their identification. Traditionally the number of travelers returning to Ohio from West Africa is very low, averaging out to approximately two per day. For the safety of first responders, local health departments will verify a quarantined individual's identity and status in the event first responders must respond to a request for help at the home.

Ohio's stronger health monitoring and quarantine protocols for travelers returning from West Africa can be viewed here.

Friday, 31 October 2014 13:00

Snowflakes Expected This Weekend

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We're expecting our first snowfall of the season this weekend with temperatures dropping to around 30 degrees in the Akron area.

If you think it's too early for snow, it's not...

"It's actually fairly normal. We start to see the first flakes, typically, toward the end of October. Last year, the first trace of snow was measured on October 24," said meteorologist Jim Kosarik with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

Kosarik says we won't see any significant accumulation this weekend. The first snowfall that sticks to the ground is usually recorded in early to mid-November.

Temperatures are expected to climb back to the 50s by early next week.

Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Friday, 31 October 2014 12:40

UA Freshmen Retention Better

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The University of Akron is seeing a payoff with efforts to retain students. The retention rate among first-time, full-time Freshmen has jumped 7.5-percent.

"Typically, you would seee, with some good concerted efforts 2% or 3%, so we were thrilled that we were able to move the needle that far," said
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Stacey Moore.

Nearly 74% of Freshmen enrolled again.

Moore credits an overhaul in everything from admissions and advising to orientation and communications.

"We're no longer sitting in our offices sending out passive communications about where we are, so we shifted what we do in academic advising and beyond to be high touch, highly-relational, highly intentional and highly structured," said Moore.

Moore says the biggest gains were among students who are typically the ones that bring the average down.

Friday, 31 October 2014 07:23

VIDEO: A Bite Around Town

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Not only is the paintbrush sitting on the counter in the back of the shop edible, but the attention to detail will make you look at chocolate in a different light.

Erin Rohr, owner of Chocolates by Erin in Massillon, likes to try new things -- like focusing on unique flavor combinations.

- Pumpkin white chocolate

- Maple pecan chocolate cups

- Dark chocolate with cranberries, blueberries and almonds

- Lemon meringue chocolate

This week, a Bite Around Town travels to Massillon to satisfy its sweet tooth...

Friday, 31 October 2014 04:34

AUDIO Buchtel Band: Size Does Not Matter

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How can a marching band have a list of instruments that is longer than its list of members?

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That's what it takes to stage a marching band at Buchtel Community Learning Center.  There's nothing easy about putting together a high school marching band at any school.  It is, however, much easier when there are students who have access to instruments and students who can read music. Those basic assumptions about marching bands are not entirely true at Buchtel.Simple:  Just have most of the marchers play two instruments.

But they have not given up.

According to the band director, Lee Gibson, the program faltered a few years ago.  After all, schools are struggling to keep up with ever-changing academic standards, a revenue stream that is more like a trickle and a voter base that is sympathetic but worried about their own budget.  Those forces are much more powerful than research that suggests links between higher academic performance and students who participate in instrumental music.

Gibson has not given up.

At a recent practice there was one flute, two clarinets, one saxophone, one trumpet, one french horn, one sousaphone and five drums.  Only a couple of people were missing and a couple of those participating were alumni who just want to help.

Gibson says there are other students who would like to participate in the band but they don't have an instrument.  The school has an instrument rental program but even that is a problem:  First, there are almost no instruments available because they've been loaned to other Akron schools.  Second, Gibson says most of the students in the school come from families who can't afford to rent an instrument at any cost.

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But nobody has given up.

Most of the students have some of the fundamental music-reading skills that thousands of other band students in Summit County began learning as fifth graders and basically mastered before entering high school.  Gibson says has taught them a modified way to read music but the music they could realistically handle is limited.  They play pop music that the students and Gibson just figure out.

The students have not given up.

As for the number of instruments mentioned at the top of this article, Gibson says there's high demand from the stands for a drumline approach but he's concerned that if everybody plays percussion, there would be no band during the concert season, a concert band that does have additional members.  So, most of the students have a wind instrument and a drum.

Many other marching bands in Summit County will travel to Disney World, raise tens of thousands of dollars for uniforms, and offer scholarships.  At Buchtel, Gibson would just like to get some donated instruments.  You can hear from some of the students and hear the band in the audio file below.

If you would like to donate an instrument, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:45

Timken Steel Reports Big Increase

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TimkenSteel is reporting a big increase in its net income.

The Canton-based steelmaker says its third-quarter net income went up over 50 percent to nearly 26 million dollars, on sales of over 430 million dollars, compared to the same period last year.

Timken says earnings per share are also up 107 percent compared to last year.

The company says it sees "continued strength" it its markets, and will continue to focus on sales growth.

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(TimkenSteel, news release) TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST, timkensteel.com), a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, today reported third-quarter net income of $25.7 million on net sales of $434.2 million. Net income increased 50.3 percent, and net sales increased 23.9 percent compared with the same period in the prior year. Earnings per share (EPS) of $0.56 are 107 percent higher than adjusted EPS(1) of $0.27 for the third quarter of 2013.

"Our team's focus on executing the company's strategy delivered solid performance in this initial quarter as an independent company, enhancing shareholder value through increased profit. We also paid our first dividend and gained board authorization to repurchase up to 3 million shares through the end of 2016," said Ward J. "Tim" Timken, Jr., chairman, CEO and president. "We see continued strength in our markets and remain focused on sales growth from both our existing capabilities and recent investments, like the new jumbo bloom vertical caster."

THIRD-QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Third-quarter net sales increased $83.7 million or 23.9 percent year over year.

Ship tons were approximately 284,000, an increase of 22.2 percent over the third quarter of 2013.

Surcharge revenue increased 36.0 percent from the prior-year quarter.
Increased volumes in the energy and industrial market sectors were the primary drivers for growth.

EBIT was $39.9 million, a 104.6 percent increase compared to adjusted EBIT(1) for the same period a year ago.

Third-quarter EBIT was favorable, primarily due to increased shipments in the industrial and energy market sectors and manufacturing productivity.
Melt utilization of 75 percent for the quarter is 110 basis points (bps) higher compared with 64 percent in third-quarter 2013.

BUSINESS SEGMENT THIRD-QUARTER RESULTS

Industrial and Mobile Segment

Net sales of $240.8 million, including higher surcharges of $55.6 million, increased 10.0 percent over third-quarter 2013, driven by demand in the industrial market sector.

Third-quarter EBIT margin of 8.4 percent is 130 bps higher than the prior-year third-quarter adjusted margin(1) of 7.1 percent, primarily due to favorable volume.

Energy and Distribution Segment

Net sales of $193.4 million, including higher surcharges of $48.9 million, represent a 47.0 percent increase over the third quarter of the prior year, driven primarily by continued growth in demand in the energy end markets and strength in the distribution channel.

Third-quarter EBIT margin of 14.4 percent is 730 bps higher than prior-year third-quarter adjusted margin(1) of 7.1 percent, driven primarily by volume increases and manufacturing productivity.

The company announced a $40 million investment in a new advanced quench-and-temper facility in Canton to produce value-added steel for demanding applications in energy and other markets.

OUTLOOK

Sales growth for 2014 is projected to be 20-22 percent over full-year 2013, driven by strength in our end markets.

Surcharge for the fourth quarter is anticipated to be $10 to $15 per ton lower and base sales per ton will remain flat to third-quarter 2014.

Annual shutdown maintenance and caster ramp-up costs in the fourth quarter are projected to remain flat with the third quarter 2014.

Fourth-quarter LIFO expense is projected to be $1 million to $3 million.

Fourth-quarter 2014 capital spending is forecasted at approximately $55 million to $65 million.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:11

Stow Man Pleads Guilty To Prosecutor Forgery

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A 40 year-old Stow man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to forging the signature of Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

According to Walsh, James Six applied to a temporary job agency with a letter stating that his identity had been stolen and his criminal record consisted of only misdemeanor convictions. At the end of the letter, he sighed it "Sherri Bevan Walsh, District Attorney".

 

 Courtesy: Summit County Prosecutor's Office

 

 An employee of the agency thought the letter looked suspicious and contacted the Prosecutor's Office. He was told to file a police report. The employee says this is not the first time this has happened.

"My office never sends out letters regarding criminal records having been expunged, says Prosecutor Walsh "Should anyone see a letter like this, allegedly signed by Sherri Bevan Walsh, know that it is fraudulent."

Six is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2nd.

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