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Questions concerning security and safety at Timber Top apartments have come up following the recent fire that tore through an office building at the complex Tuesday morning.
Records show 35 burglaries were reported in 2011 at the apartment complex. So far this year, another 14 have been reported.
Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department said it's not an unusual amount of burglaries considering the large number of residents living at the complex.
"There's a large population in that area," said Edward. "This is not a significant amount of burglaries in that area."
In the recent months, the complex has taken some steps forward to keep residents safe in the area.
"Timber Top has just recently, within the last six months or so, hired off-duty officers to patrol their parking lots and their apartment complex help combat burglaries and suspicious people walking around," said Edwards.
Since the complex has hired the off-duty officers, five arrests have been made, according to Edwards.
The cause of Tuesday's fire is still under investigation.
Akron-Canton Airport has busted another record - the 13th record breaking month in a row.
In April, more than 146,000 passengers flew in and out of the airport. The number beats last year's record in April by 12,000 passengers.
Traffic is up 13 percent compared to the first four months in 2011.
Passenger traffic was up on all airlines at the airport.
Beginning August 12, Southwest Airlines will offer two daily nonstop trips to Chicago Midway along with replacing AirTran's nonstop flight to Denver.
Akron-Canton Airport Press Release
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) marked the busiest April in airport history with passenger traffic surging 9 percent compared to 2011. For the month, 146,215 passengers flew in/out of CAK.
That figure surpasses our previous best April (2011) by 12,241 passengers. It also marks the 13th record-breaking month in a row for CAK. Year-to-date passenger traffic is up 13 percent compared to the first four months of 2011.
“Thank you, Northeast Ohio!” said Rick McQueen, president and CEO. “We are so grateful that Customers continue to enjoy our low fares and relaxing airport experience. We are lucky to have exceptional airlines too- AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, US Airways and United Express. We don’t break records without their solid commitment to the market.”
Passenger traffic was up on all airlines serving the airport. AirTran Airways (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) offering nonstop service to Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Myers, Atlanta, New York, Boston and Milwaukee, increased 13 percent compared to April 2011 carrying 74,438 total passengers. And, beginning June 3, 2012, AirTran will offer a daily nonstop flight to Denver (which will transition to Southwest on August 12, 2012).
Frontier Airlines flying nonstop to Denver was up 32 percent compared to last year. US Airways, with flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Reagan), increased by 13 percent. Delta, flying to Atlanta and Detroit, and United with flights to Chicago O’Hare, were up 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.
Further, beginning August 12, 2012, Southwest Airlines will offer two daily nonstop trips to Chicago Midway along with replacing AirTran's nonstop flight to Denver. Southwest flights can only be purchased at southwest.com.
An Akron bar accused of serving an 18-year-old Revere High School student alcohol before she crashed her car is now under investigation.
The Ohio Investigative Unit received paperwork this morning from the Ohio Highway Patrol and plans to launch the investigation as early as today. At issue is where the young adult got the alcohol. Her mother points at The Dorm, a bar in the Merriman Valley, a claim that Akron Agent in Charge John Campbell says needs to be looked at in an official capacity.
"As of this point, no, I can't 100% say that she was at that bar or that she drank at that bar, but that's why we're going to do an investigation and see what results from it," said Campbell.
Campbell says he can't discuss how such investigations are conducted, but he plans to start as early as today.
"We do have the report and we'll be starting that investigation by the latest by the end of this week, I would say," said Campbell.
Campbell says it could take several weeks to complete.
Akron police have a arrested a 17-year-old Akron teenager in connection with last week's ATM robbery on Kenmore Boulevard.
Authorities received several tips after posting a surveillance video on social media sites.
Officer found a loaded .25 caliber handgun when they arrested the teenager Monday afternoon.
On May 15th, a woman reported she was robbed at gunpoint by several men at a First Merit Bank ATM machine in the 1000 block of Kenmore Blvd. The suspects took the victim’s car keys, cigarettes and $20.
The teen has been charged with aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and weapons under disability.
He was taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
A morning fire destroyed a building at the Timber Top apartment complex in Akron.
Akron police dispatchers said fire crews responded to the community center in the 1500 block of Treetop Trail around 6 a.m.
Drivers could see flames and heavy smoke shooting up near Portage Trail as trucks raced to the scene.
The building was a total loss valued at $800,000.
Fire officials said no one was injured in the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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Giant Eagle is pulling Farmer's Market bagged lettuce of its shelves after a recall was issued due to listeria concerns.
River Ranch Fresh Foods, a California-based company, expanded a voluntary recall of their bagged salads because of possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes.
The Farmer's Market brand is listed under the recall among other brands distributed nationwide.
The products have either “Best By” code dates between 12MAY2012 –29MAY2012 or Julian dates of 118 and 125.
Customers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
There have been no reported illnesses from the contaminated bagged lettuce.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-888-624-2569.
Click here to find the full list of products on the recall list.
Motorists can let out a sigh of relief - 277 east is is open to traffic.
The nearly month-long closure between the Kenmore Leg and I-77 was scheduled to open late Sunday night.
Brent Kovacs, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, said construction crews worked diligently to complete the first phase of construction at the scheduled date.
The entire construction project includes:
- The reconstruction of I-277/I-76/US 224 in the city of Akron.
- The resurfacing of I-271 from state Route 8 to the Cuyahoga County line.
- Bridge re-decking of seven bridges along I-77 in northern Summit County
Starting June 1, drivers will still have to adjust their routes as ODOT closes the Kenmore Leg for one week in each direction. However, the closures will not occur at the same time.
Construction on I-277 west will close between I-77 and the Kenmore Leg in late June for about a month.
Click here to get the latest updates from ODOT.
Updated 12:18 p.m.
The man found dead in a Kenmore driveway is the latest murder victim in Akron.
The Medical Examiner's office say 17-year old Tyler Bryce Anderson, of Fawler Avenue, died from a gunshot wound to the head. Two teenagers found his body in their driveway Thursday afternoon on their return from school.
(Medical Examiner's Office) The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office and the Akron Police Department are investigating the homicide death of Tyler Bryce Anderson, a 17 year old male from Fawler Avenue in Akron.
On May 17, 2012, at approximately 3:00 pm, Mr. Anderson was discovered deceased in a driveway located at 2314 21st Street in Akron. Mr. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:24 pm on May 17, 2012.
An autopsy has been performed and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
The death has been ruled a Homicide.
Akron police detectives are investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy found in a Akron driveway Thursday afternoon.
Police say two teens found the victim in the 2300 block of 21st Street around 3 p.m. Authorities are investigating the cause of death.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's will conduct an autopsy today.
The victim's name is not being released by authorities, pending positive identification and notification of relatives.
A Thursday night party held at the Coventry High School parking lot ended when shell casings spilled out of a truck.
News Channel 5 reports one neighbor joined the unchaperoned party hosted by Coventry seniors and started doing doughnuts in the parking lot, striking a light pole.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies say several students called 911 when shell casings fell out of the truck.
No weapons were found at the scene. Authorities say no one was injured at the party and no arrests were made.
On the Web: www.newsnet5.com
The struggling economy and tough job market has forced hundreds of older workers to find employment in Summit County.
Hundreds of job seekers along with about 40 employers attended the 22nd Annual Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair Thursday at the Akron-Fairlawn Hilton.
Sandra Shade, 60, of Akron, was laid off her retail job in 2008. She hopes companies see the true value when hiring older workers.
"I think mature workers are more reliable, dedicated, and dependable," said Shade.
Mature Workers' Job Fair: Sandra Shade by Amani Abraham
Shade has been involved with a Mature Services program that offers training to older workers who want to advance their job skills.
Al Frank, 80, of Akron, is a retired engineer looking for a change to help keep him active.
"I would like to find something that is more productive or rewarding," said Frank. "I'm very open-minded. I'm not looking for anything in particular."
Mature Workers' Job Fair: Frank Shade by Amani Abraham
Frank says he believes companies look for mature and older workers for the dependability.
"I have read that many companies have come to the conclusion that age is not the limit for an employee," said Frank.
Click here to find more information about job fairs hosted by Mature Services.
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