A local congressman and 12 other Ohio lawmakers are still upset over the announcement that Mount McKinley will be renamed, an announcement made earlier this week by President Obama.

Congressman Bob Gibbs, Senator Rob Portman, House speaker John Boehner [[ BAY-nur ]], area Congress members Jim Renacci and David Joyce and 8 other lawmakers, all Republicans, signed a letter to the president questioning the process of "unilaterally" renaming Mount McKinley to Mount Denali by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat, did not sign the letter.

Gibbs' office says the letter seeks a delay in any renaming of the Alaska mountain "until the administration" can answer questions asked in the letter.

(Congressman Bob Gibbs, news release) Congressman Bob Gibbs, joined by Senator Rob Portman, Speaker John Boehner, and 10 other members from Ohio, sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday raising questions regarding the process and authority of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to unilaterally rename Mount McKinley. Secretary Jewell announced on Sunday evening she used a 'Secretarial Order' to change the name of Mount McKinley, overriding the Board of Geographic Names and ignoring pending legislation in the House of Representatives.

After sending the letter, Congressman Gibbs made the following statement:

"The Secretary's action is disrespectful to the legacy of President McKinley, our 25th President, 39th Governor of Ohio and an officer in the Civil War. I object to this change because of the separation of powers issue this action raises, as it was an Act of Congress that named Mount McKinley. This letter requests the President delay any action in changing the mountain's name until the administration can answer the questions asked."

The Mount McKinley National Park was designated by an Act of Congress in 1917. The Board of Geographic Names has a long-standing policy of not taking up any petitions for name changes while there is pending legislation in Congress. On January 21st of this year, Congressman Bob Gibbs introduced H.R. 437 to provide for the retention of the name of Mount McKinley.

A copy of the letter can be viewed here (below).

Signatories joining Congressman Gibbs are:

Speaker John A. Boehner
Congressman Robert E. Latta
Senator Rob Portman
Congressman Jim Renacci
Congressman Steve Chabot
Congressman Steve Stivers
Congressman Bill Johnson
Congressman Patrick J Tiberi
Congressman Jim Jordan
Congressman Michael R. Turner
Congressman David Joyce
Congressman Brad Wenstrup

UPDATE 11:28am: Cuyahoga Falls police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office have launched an investigation after a body was found near two schools in Cuyahoga Falls.

The body of a 27-year-old 4th Street resident was apparently found in Newberry Park, next to Summit Christian Academy and near Bolich Middle School, around 7:30 a.m. Police say it appears to be a self inflicted wound.

Police say Summit Christian Academy was placed on "place and secure" (not a lock-down) for a few hours.

No other information is available yet.


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Cuyahoga Falls police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are launching an investigation near Bolich Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls.

A body was apparently found in the vicinity of the school on 13th Street.

Police say it appears to be a self inflicted wound.

No other information is available yet.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:09

UPDATE: Two Dead, One Injured In Twinsburg Shooting

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Update 11a: We're learning more about double-fatal, police-involved shooting Tuesday evening in Twinsburg.

Chief Chris Noga says 76-year old Charles Shaw of Sherwin Drive shot and killed his 55-year old son, Scott Shaw.

When police arrived, Charles was reloading the gun and cocking it, ignoring orders to put it down and then pointing the loaded weapon at officers. Noga says that's when a 32 year old officer with three and a half years on the force opened fire on Shaw, killing him.

A female was also wounded and her condition hasn't been released.

Noga says the officer who fired his gun is on standard administrative leave until a mandatory investigation is complete.


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Two people are dead, including the gunman, and another person is injured following a shooting in Twinsburg yesterday evening.

Police tell NewsChannel 5 (WEWS-TV) a 76-year-old man, who police say is the shooter, was pronounced dead on scene on Sherwin Drive.

A 55-year-old was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office believes the victims are father and son, but the identities have not been released.

A third person was taken to the hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.

Local schools and the Kent State Regional Academic Center at Twinsburg were placed on lockdown for a short time.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com


Tuesday, 01 September 2015 17:46

Akron Man Indicted In Drug Overdose Death

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An Akron man has been indicted in a drug overdose death, and two others have been indicted on drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern Ohio says 35 year-old Leroy Steele was indicted on counts linked to distribution of fentanyl - one of those counts in the fatal overdose of a man known only as "T.R." in March.

Two others, 34 year-old Sabrina Robinson and 26 year-old Ryan Sumlin, were also named in the indictment.

The trio are charged with getting fentanyl from Chinese suppliers, and distributing the drug in Akron, Fairlawn and elsewhere.


(U.S. Attorney's Office Northern Ohio, news release) An Akron man was indicted for selling fentanyl he obtained from China that resulted in a fatal overdose earlier this year, law enforcement officials said.

Leroy Shuarod Steele, 35, was indicted on two counts: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl. Count two specifies that the fentanyl Steele distributed resulted in the fatal overdose of a person identified only as T.R. on March 21, 2015 in Akron.

Also named in the indictment are Sabrina M. Robinson, 34, and Ryan Sumlin, 26, both of Akron.

Steele, Robinson and Sumlin conspired together between March and April of this year to possess and distribute fentanyl. They obtained fentanyl from suppliers in China and then distributed the drug to people in Akron, Fairlawn and elsewhere, according to the indictment.

Sumlin faces an additional charge of distribution of fentanyl.

"A human life was snuffed out because of the poison this defendant brought to Akron," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "This tragedy underscores the danger of using heroin or fentanyl. Making the mistake of using this drug even once might be the last mistake a person ever makes."

The investigation is ongoing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda H. Barr following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Akron Police Department and the Fairlawn Police Department.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:32

Bath Police Looking For Truck Thief

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Bath police are looking for someone who stole a pickup truck from a man in a gas station parking lot.

Police say the 75 year-old truck owner was putting air in his tires at the gas station on Medina Road at about 10 AM Tuesday, when a man jumped in the driver's seat and started the truck.

They say that owner tried to stop the man from stealing the truck, and was dragged down and thrown to the ground.

The thief got away west on Medina Road toward I-77.

The victim was treated at a local hospital.

Bath Police are still looking for the thief.

(Bath Township Police, Facebook) The truck pictured below was stolen at 10 a.m. from a gas station parking lot at Medina Rd. & Springside Drive. The truck is a 2011 Ford F-250 bearing Ohio license plate 899 YPK.

The 75 year old owner was putting air in the tires when a heavy set male with brown skin jumped in the drivers seat and started the vehicle. The owner attempted to stop the male from stealing the truck. The owner was dragged by the truck and thrown to the ground as the suspect fled west on Medina Rd. toward I-77.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment by Bath Fire Department.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective Ellinger at Bath PD, 330-666-3736.

The producers of the "Broadway in Akron" series at E.J. Thomas Hall say they won't be presenting the series.

But despite the announcement, posted on the Theater League's website, the University of Akron says the show will go on.

UA finance vice president/chief financial officer Nathan Mortimer issued a statement in response to the announcement, saying "Broadway in Akron" will go on as scheduled, with the same dates and times, and at E.J. Thomas Hall.

Mortimer says the Theater League has "terminated its relationship" with the university, but that UA is - quote - "we are fully committed to delivering those shows".

As of yet, there are no further details from the university. Mortimer says those details will be announced "in the near future".

The "Broadway in Akron" series has been scheduled to start in November with the show "The Producers".


(University of Akron statement, Nathan Mortimer) "The University of Akron has announced that the Broadway in Akron series will continue as scheduled...the same shows, the same dates, the same times and the same venue (E.J. Thomas Hall). While the original producer has terminated its relationship with the University, we are fully committed to delivering those shows. The details will be announced in the near future."

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:02

Highway Shooting In Akron

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A 35 year old man suffered minor injuries in an early morning highway shooting.

Akron police say the bullets were flying across State Route 8 around 3:30 a.m. just north of the central interchange.

The vicim reported a Kia Sorento was behind him when the driver fired several shots at his vehicle," said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
The Kia Sorento then pulled up next to the passenger side of the vehicle and fired several more shots."

One of those shots hit the man in a leg. He was treated and released at Akron City Hospital.

Edwards says the shooter knew exactly what he was doing.

"Detectives feel the shooting was not random," said Edwards. "The victim was definitely targeted."

Another vehicle got hit by stray bullets, puncturing a tire. The driver of that vehicle didn't realize there was a problem for several miles.

Police are looking for a black or blue Sorento.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:59

Perfect Score

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How high did you score on the A.C.T.? How about a 36?

The perfect composite score of 36 doesn't happen often but a Green High School student is celebrating the equivalent of an A+.

Arman Aboutorabi brought home the top score - and he's only a junior.

Hard work is obvious. Some genetic intervention?  Maybe. Arman's brother, Bijan Aboutorabi scored perfect scores on the PSAT, SAT and ACT before he graduated from Green High School a few years ago.

ACT administrators say about 1.85 million students take the college entrance exam each year. Approximately, one-tenth of 1% earn the highest composite score.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:17

Summit County Resident Tests Positive For West Nile

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A Summit County resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV). Dr. Margo Erme with the Summit County Health Department says it's the first case in the county this year, but it's not unusual.

"We've had West Nile in Ohio since the late 1990s and the number of cases of human West Nile that we get per year, actually varies from year to year based on climate, weather and other conditions," said Erme.

It's not unusual to hear about a positive West Nile case this late in the summer season, according to Erme.

"In Ohio, we tend to see it towards the end of August and in September."

Erme stressed the importance of protecting yourself against mosquitoes -- whether it's using EPA-registered repellant with DEET or installing/repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Several other WNV cases have been reported in the state -- including one death in Williams County.


(News Release - Summit County Health Department) - Summit County has received its first case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2015 in a Summit County resident. The infected individual is currently recovering from the virus.

"During the warm summer months, especially between the hours of dusk and dawn, it remains important to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes," said Dr. Marguerite Erme,

. The primary way to get WNV is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. In about 1 percent of cases the infected individual develops a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Tips to avoid mosquito bites:

- If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear light colored long pants, along-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

- Use EPA-registered mosquito repellant with DEET and follow the directions on the label.

- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

- If possible stay indoors while mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn.

Tips to remove mosquito breeding grounds around your home:

- Eliminate standing water

- Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.

- Make sure all gutters are clean and draining properly.

- Keep wading pools empty and on their side when not in use.

For more information about West Nile virus visit Summit County Public Health website at www.scph.org.


Tuesday, 01 September 2015 11:23

Akron Restaurant Week Turns Into Month-Long Tour

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A week-long celebration of restaurants in downtown Akron -- has now turned into a month-long tour.

Sharon Gillberg with Downtown Akron Partnership said 18 restaurants are involved in the tour this month between Sept. 1 - Sept. 30.

"These are all locally owned, they're independent," said Gollberg. "We're very proud of the food scene we have downtown."

An interactive passport will be part of the event to encourage residents to support local businesses. Customers earn stamps for each entree purchased at the restaurants to redeem for gift certificates at the following levels:

5 stamps = $10 dining certificate
10 stamps = $20 dining certificate
15 stamps = $30 dining certificate

2015 Participating Restaurants

121 Cafe
3 Point
Barley House
The Coffee Pot Cafe
DBA (Dante Boccuzzi Akron)
Diamond Deli
The Game Grill + Bar
Jilly's Music Room
The Lockview
Nuevo Modern Mexican
Pizza Fire
Urban Eats

Visit www.downtownakron.com/restauranttour for details.

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