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A Kent Roosevelt student died Wednesday during a basketball practice session.
School officials told the Record-Courier sophomore Devon Conwell collapsed during an AAU event in Twinsburg.
Counselors are at the school today for students and staff.
More information will come as soon as it becomes available.
On the Web: www.recordpub.com
Two people have been arrested in connection with the attempted robbery of an elderly Bath Township woman thanks in part to a pair of witnesses.
NewsChannel 5 reports police arrested 25-year old Cameron Huth of Medina and 22-year old Ashley Schaff of Seville for multiple crimes according to authorities .
Police tell the TV station Huth allegedly stole the elderly woman's purse as she was unloading her shopping cart at a retail store. He took off running to Springside Drive were Schaff was waiting in a car.
Police caught up with the pair before they drove off and said they had help from two witnesses. Authorities said one of the witnesses chased Huth on foot after the purse was stolen and the other stood by the purse when Huth threw it on the ground.
On the Web: www.newsnet5.com
The Village of Lakemore is looking to try and combat the issue of blighted properties within its borders.
Mayor Rick Justice tells AkronNewsNow.com how the village plans on addressing the matter.
"We just started the process of instituting a rental registration code that will give us some enforcement ability and some inspection ability for some properties that are left under our standards," he said.
The mayor said the village is using money from the Moving Ohio Forward grant program through to demolish vacant or blighted properties.
"It's bad for the village, it's bad for the tenant, and I think that with a little more control on our end, we can have a safer environment for our residents," said mayor Justice.
He (Justice) says that Lakemore must take steps to prevent landlords from renting out property that hasn't had the proper type of repairs.
The village council introduced legislation Monday night to implement a rental property maintenance code to control the problem of deteriorating housing in Lakemore.
If approved, the legislation will require landlords to register their properties and make sure they are in compliance. The proposed measure would also give the village the authority to inspect rental units.
A group of local runners from are counting their blessings after the tragic events of Monday's Boston Marathon.
Bret Treier of Akron says he and 8 other runners ran in the marathon. He said the tragedy was the furthest thing from any of their minds.
"It is actually very stressful," Treier said. "It's a horrific scene, it's a very sad scene and nobody knows what to make of it at this point."
He says the other members of his running group -which are all accounted for- met up at the hotel they were staying at, which was only a couple blocks from the finish when the blasts were heard.
Treier said it was very difficult for he and the rest of his group to get a hold of their loved ones as soon as the news broke.
"Letting our families and friends and other contacts know that we were all safe and sound was a real challenge for the first couple of hours after the blast, but things seem to be calming down, so we're able to let people know that we are safe and sound."
Treier, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Akron Marathon, says security measures will be on the mind of all marathon cities moving forward.
"It's going to clearly affect how race planners consider Plan B in crisis management," Treier said.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and people affected by this tragedy."
He says currently the members of the running group are in lockdown at the hotel they are staying at for the next 24 hours.
Rich Wisneski of West Akron had just finished the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off. He was watching at the finish line near the Marathon Store.
"Where I went to watch the finish was...obviously, I didn't know it at the time," Wisneski tells AkronNewsNow.com, "but where I went to watch the finish was exactly where the first bomb went off."
Wisneski said his hotel room shook from the explosions.
"No sooner did I get back to the hotel, then like two minutes later, we heard the first bomb go off," Wisneski says. "And ten seconds later, the second bomb went off."
Former Copley resident Wesley-Anne Bock-Nelson described some of the tense moments after the bombs went off, trying to reconnect with family back in Ohio.
"It took a little bit of time to borrow somebody's phone to let my mom know that I was OK, because I knew that she would be freaking out, so they kind of just spread the word," she said.
Bock-Nelson, who currently lives in Austin, Texas says she received numerous texts, calls and Facebook messages from concerned family members and friends as soon as the news broke, and says she's appreciative of all of them after this tragic event.
She also commended the people and the city of Boston for opening up their hearts-and in some cases their homes to the runners and spectators.
"I've never had so many people open up their hearts before," she said. "People were opening up their houses and making sure that people could connect with loved ones and make sure they had water and food, so the people of Boston truly showed their beautiful colors."
Anne Bitong, Executive Director for the Akron Marathon says she's trying to make sense of the terrible events that took place.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone and we're hoping for everyone to have a safe return home," she said.
Bitong also told AkronNewsNow.com the Akron Marathon support staff and volunteers also work with city and local government to develop a crisis plan in case of emergency.
Over 15,000 runners participated in the 2012 Akron Marathon and even more are anticipated for this year's event.
The Akron Marathon issued a statement following the tragic events. "The Akron Marathon sends our heartfelt sympathies to all affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Like all who love and appreciate the sport of running, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events that took place on April 15, 2013. Our thoughts are with the runners, the race staff, the supporters and their families."
AkronNewsNow.com's Mike Ward contributed to this report.
UPDATE: The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties closed the shelter early Friday evening, after all who were staying there were able to return home.
(American Red Cross - news release) The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties is pleased to announce that it closed its shelter operation at 7:00 pm this evening. Although, the Red Cross originally planned to keep the shelter open overnight, the remaining two families were able to return to their homes late on Friday allowing the Red Cross to close operation sooner than anticipated. The shelter was opened on Thursday evening at its facility at 501 West Market Street to house and feed three local families -- 10 individuals in all -- who were displaced by the flooding in west Akron following a water main break.
(Earlier ANN coverage) Due to the flooding caused by a broken water main off West Market Street, some Akron families are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties
Mike Taylor, Communications Specialist for the Northeast Ohio Region of the Red Cross says they opened a shelter at their West Market Street facility around 7 pm. Thursday evening to help those who had to evacuate their homes.
"We brought some people in to our building three families - 10 individuals in all - and they have been sheltered there throughout the night," he explained.
Taylor tells AkronNewsNow.com the three families are currently at the shelter until alternative housing accommodations can be made.
He (Taylor) says the families are getting the basic essentials of housing and food after getting displaced from their homes last evening.
The flooding happened along West North Street, Valley Street and Gold Street Thursday night after a 36-inch water main burst.
Portage County authorities are continuing investigate a robbery that took place Thursday afternoon.
Portage County Sheriff David Doak tells AkronNewsNow.com they got the call around 3:45 p.m.
"We responded to the First Merit Bank on East Main Street just outside of Kent for reports of a robbery," Doak explained.
Doak says there was a single suspect alleged to have committed the robbery. He handed the teller a note demanding money and took off eastbound from the bank on foot.The man left with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet,10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing dark clothing and a scarf around his face during the time of the alleged incident. Sheriff Doak also said the suspect was wearing Aviator-type sunglasses and a dark hat.
Authorities are still looking for the suspect in this case. Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
UPDATE: 5:42 a.m.
A serious crash closed West Market Street just outside Summit Mall Thursday.
Fairlawn Police say it was an accident involving a stolen SUV and a telephone pole.
Power lines were knocked down as a result of the crash. Both the driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital.
West Market Street between Smith Road and Ghent Road opened around 1 a.m. Friday morning.
Authorities are continuing to investigate.
A serious crash has closed West Market Street just outside Summit Mall.
Fairlawn Police say it was an accident involving a car and a telephone pole. Power lines were knocked down as a result of the crash. Crews are looking to restore power in the area.
Police tell AkronNewsNow.com a car flipped over in front of the mall, taking out the power line.
Authorities say at least two people have been injured.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area of W. Market Street between Ghent and Smith Roads until the utility company can replace the telephone pole.
Check back with AkronNewsNow.com for more information.
Authorities are investigating a warehouse fire in Massillon that sent one firefighter to the hospital.
NewsChannel 5 says it broke out around 2 a.m. Thursday morning at NFM Welding Engineers on Oberlin Road. The company's CFO says the building is a total loss with damage estimated at $200,000.
Massillon fire officials tell the TV station the blaze caused the roof to collapse. One firefighter received minor injuries while battling the blaze and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Multiple fire departments including Massillon, Perry Township, and Jackson Township were on scene to put out the blaze, which took approximately six hours.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
On the Web: www.newsnet5.com
The University of Akron has appointed Denise Testa as director of the Medina County University Center.
The Beacon Journal is reporting Testa, who received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Akron joined the MCUC (Medina County University Center) six years ago as associate director for student services. Before that, she worked for UA's Office of Admissions and at Kent State Tuscarawas.
The center, which offers both credit and noncredit courses has been open since spring of 2008.
Testa will make $75,000 a year.
On the Web: www.ohio.com
Copley firefighters are battling a barn fire on South Medina Line Road.
Copley Fire has requested mutual aid to assist with the blaze. South Medina Line Road has been closed in Copley until further notice.
NewsChannel 5 along with fire investigators say the blaze broke out around 12:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
More information will come as soon as it becomes available.
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