A Boil Alert has been issued in Cuyahoga Falls for residents and businesses along Second Street between Prospect Avenue and Chestnut Boulevard.
The city advises boiling water for a minimum of two minutes before using until 9 a.m. Sunday morning. City service crews are working on a pipe repair.
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A popular gadget that has made it's way into the hands of consumers is assisting in the learning process for children who suffer from Autism.
Akron Children's Hospital's speech language pathologists say they're seeing results when using the iPad to communicate with children.
"The iPad gives them a tool that is predictable and it's stable, it's always the same, they know where to go, they know how to navigate it," Lisa Gonidakis said, speech language pathologist.
"They get that feedback without the surprises and lack of predictability that they get with people."
Gonadakis says she's discovering that children know and understand more than previously thought as well.
Speech Language Pathologist Stacey Fernstrum works with 5-year old Hayden. She says he's memorizing sequences on a device similar to the iPad.
Fernstrum says she remembers a breakthrough moment that brought tears to her eyes when Hayden shared that he loved her by tapping the "love" button.
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In terms of dependency, Fernstrum says research shows devices, including an iPad, can only help children learn to communicate.
While a number of new apps claim to work with child with Autism, Gonadakis says they vary in quality.
When children begin to learn "cause and effect" (the back and forth manner of conversations), Gondakis says using iPad apps are a good starting point.
"Visual attention, waiting and listening and being able to discriminate between what's on the screen and what they're supposed to do is really important."
(Gonadakis works with Aiden McKoski, 6, of Cuyahoga Falls, on the iPad.)
It's used to learn "cause and effect" and taking turns in conversation.
This app works on sounds, letters and pre-reading skills. Those without the iPad can use this program online at Starfall.com.
This beginner-level program challenges children through animated sequences with distractions.
Akron Children's Hospital is accepting new or used iPads or iPod touch donations. Those interested may contact Gonadakis at 330-543-8642.
President Barack Obama's recent campaign stop and overnight stay left behind a bill that Fairlawn's mayor doesn't want going to the taxpayers.
President Obama's arrival and one-night stay at a Fairlawn hotel cost the city about $34,000 according to Mayor Bill Roth.
Roth says he's sending the bill to those who he believes should pay.
"We going to send it on both to the Obama campaign and to the Democratic National Committee," Roth said.
"Hopefully we do get some payment, realistically it's impossible to tell."
The bill includes $12,000 in police overtime, along with manpower for set-up ringing up for the president's arrival at about $2,800. The city also had to purchase materials and equipment in preparation. Manpower from the city's fire department is included on the tab at about $5,000.
Roth says he's honored to have the President and any other candidate visit his town, but he reiterated that it's difficult to maintain the city's budget without advance notice.
"Regardless of what political party, if office holders come in or the present other office holders in municipalities have to incur costs, because of those visits, and they're purely election trips, then frankly I don't think the taxpayers should have to subsidize that," Roth said.
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It wasn't a garden authorities uncovered when they found 60 marijuana plants ranging in size from six inches to six feet over the weekend.
Portage County Drug Task Force agents arrested and booked 62-year old Robert W. Hart of Deerfield Township into jail on a charge of cultivation of marijuana. It's a felony of the 3rd degree.
Agents say they found the plants at his home in the 10000 block of Higgins Road thanks to a tip on Friday.
The operation was scattered in three rooms inside the home, equipped with growing lights, transformers, humidifiers, fans and filters.
Hart could face additional charges.
The North Ridgeville man facing charges for carrying a bag of weapons into a Westlake movie theater will appear in court this morning for his arraignment.
Police tell Channel 3 News that 37-year-old Scott Smith purchased a ticket to the late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" Saturday at the Regal Cinemas at Crocker Park.
An off-duty officer and theater manager searched his bag after he took his seat. They found a loaded 9mm handgun, three knives and a fourth knife under his clothing.
Westlake police tell Channel 3 they later discovered more weapons, a gas mask, tactical gear and ammunition at Smith's home. He did not have a gun permit.
While police say they haven't determined a motive, Smith's attorney claims he brought the weapons for self defense with "no intention to harm".
On the web: www.wkyc.com
A Stow teen is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-month old infant.
Logan A. West, 18, was arrested and charged with rape of a child under the age of 10 Monday.
EMS responded to treat the injured female infant on Saturday, August 4, at a home in the 5600 block of South Prospect Street in Ravenna Township. She was then taken to Akron Children's Hospital for treatment to injuries that appeared to be severe.
During the investigation, authorities learned that the trauma she suffered appeared to be the result of a sexual assault.
The Portage County Sheriff's Office reports several other people were at the home during the alleged incident, including West.
Authorities say West is the boyfriend of the infant's mother. The infant has since been released from the hospital.
West will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Ravenna Courthouse.
UPDATED 1:11 p.m. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has released the official cause of death of Barbara Wise, 65, of Massillon. She's the woman who was shot while in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Akron General last Saturday.
The cause was a gunshot to the head, and the case is ruled a homicide.
Prosecutors have been waiting for the report to determine charges her husband, John, 66, will face. Police said he carried a gun into the hospital and shot his wife while she lay in the ICU bed, in critical condition.
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(Summit County Medical Examiner) The autopsy has been completed on Barbara Wise, the 65 year-old female that was shot on August 4, 2012, while an inpatient at Akron General Medical Center.
The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death is homicide.
Bond is set for the Massillon man accused of shooting his wife in the ICU at Akron General Medical Center.
NewsChannel 5 reports John Wise appeared in Akron Municipal Court on an aggravated attempted murder charge Tuesday. His bond was set at $1 million.
Police say the 66-year old entered the hospital Saturday and calmly walked into the Intensive Care Unit where he shot his critically ill wife, 65-year old Barbara Wise.
The charges could change pending autopsy results.
On the web: www.NewsNet5.com
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Despite raises, assistant prosecutors in Summit County are finding their pay doesn't quite compare to those in the private sector.
During the past two years, the Beacon Journal reports 16 assistant prosecutors have left during the past two years-- the majority for higher paying jobs.
With a starting salary of $44,000, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh tells the newswpaper that even with raises, the assistants salaries are "so much lower" than a typical attorney.
So far this year, Walsh says she's handed out $64,000 in raises targeted at lower-paid assistants.
On the Web: www.Ohio.com
Bond was set at $50,000 today for the Kent State student charged with making threats to "shoot up" the campus and KSU President Lester A. Lefton in a Twitter post last week.
William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick was arraigned in Ravenna this afternoon on a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. His next court date will come with a scheduled hearing August 3.
Koberna was told to stay away from the KSU campus as well as avoid any contact with Lefton. In addition to the criminal charges, he also faces university sanctions that include suspension as well as expulsion from the University.
Kent State University officials were monitoring Twitter last week when they ran across a tweet allegedly posted by a student that allegedly made threats to "shoot up" the campus.
Today, social media websites create an avenue for users to send messages to large audiences and with that advantage, can come new consequences.
"What they haven't learned is that's a huge format and we are going to take it seriously in law enforcement," Tim Dimoff said, president of SACS Consulting, Inc. in Akron.
As police departments advance their response protocols for incidents in relation to threats, Dimoff says charges may become more severe.
"What you're going to see is faster reaction and you're going to see an upgrade in response from the police departments and the charges," Dimoff said on 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show.
What may have been a misdemeanor charge, is now a felony charge in some cases according to Dimoff.
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