While Summa Western Reserve Hospital had hoped to build off of Season's Road in Stow this year, the city's mayor says groundbreaking is up in the air.
"Initially, they were hoping for breaking ground later this year, that may or may not be able to happen," Drew said, on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show Thursday.
Drew says she's told the economy has slowed the process for SWRH, but the principle partners remain optimistic.
"They're confident that they're moving forward," Drew said.
The hospital, proposed to sit off the newly paved Route 8 exit, would bring 600 jobs to Stow.
"That's the linchpin for further medical office or associated type development," she said.
Drew doesn't see the location attracting a large number of retail businesses similar to the bustling Steels Corners Road exit.
Meanwhile, redevelopment efforts are underway to better utilize the current Stow-Kent Shopping Center on Rt. 59.
Stow city officials have met with the owner of the plaza to institute a zoning overlay district, which would allow for a mix of residential, retail and office space, similar to First and Main in Hudson. Drew says the owner is enthusiastic about the possibility.
"I couldn't be more pleased with how things are going right now," Drew said.
The new future for the plaza could become a reality. The city planning commission approved the overlay district and the measure will go before city council in late July.
If it's given the green light, Drew expects the old plaza to be demolished, with a new structure in its place. A study is planned to determine the proper mix of housing, retail and office space.
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A clean-up effort is underway after a train derailment in downtown Akron.
Akron Police tell News Channel 5 that the collision forced three train cars into a nearby parking lot at Quaker Square.
According to police, a CSX train traveling about 20 miles per hour rear-ended a stationary train at about 1:30 Thursday morning. Both of the trains were empty at the time of the collision.
A section of the parking is expected to be closed off until the trains are removed.
No one was injured.
Ohio's Attorney General launches a statewide effort to stop prescription pill thefts in care facilities.
In response to the growing concerns of abuse and missing drugs, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is intensifying his efforts to slow the growing number of pharmaceutical thefts with a new assistance program.
Beginning next week, the state will send letters to every care facility in Ohio, reminding them of their obligation under law to report suspected illegal activity.
DeWine says his office will also make investigative assistance available through its Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for each and every facility-- if needed.
"Every time this happens a real patient is deprived of the medication they need to get well," DeWine said, in a press release. "This is why my office is now contacting facility administrators throughout the state. We want to remind them that we can help."
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he is intensifying his efforts to stop pharmaceutical drug thefts in adult care facilities by offering investigative assistance to every nursing home, assisted living agency, and residential care facility in Ohio.
The effort is in response to growing concerns over prescription drug abuse, including drug diversion (theft), by care facility employees. In many cases employees steal prescription drugs to feed their own addictions, the addictions of a loved one, or to sell the medication on the streets.
"Every time this happens a real patient is deprived of the medication they need to get well," said Attorney General DeWine. "This is why my office is now contacting facility administrators throughout the state. We want to remind them that we can help."
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Ohio Attorney General's Office is authorized to review and investigate complaints of elderly abuse, neglect, and drug diversion. Along with the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the Ohio Department of Health, the MFCU can also seek the prosecution of suspects.
"Our law enforcement officers have been aggressively shutting down "pill mills" across the state, but now addicts may turn to care facilities to feed their dependence," DeWine said. "We want to remind those who work in these licensed care facilities that they have the mandatory duty, as required by law, to report suspicions of abuse, neglect or drug diversion."
Over the past several years, drug diversions cases have become more common, including several cases prosecuted by the MFCU:
Beginning next week, administrators of every care facility in the state will receive a letter reminding them of their obligation under state law to report suspected illegal activity and that investigative assistance is available through the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Anyone who suspects abuse, neglect or drug diversion in one of Ohio's care facilities can file a complaint by contacting the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 614-466-0722, by calling the Attorney General's Help Desk at 800-282-0515, or by filing a complaint online at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Enforcement/Report-Patient-Abuse-or-Neglect.
The Akron Police Department is waiting for results from an Ohio State Highway Patrol inspection early next week on the truck that crashed into the Cuyahoga River at the bottom of Portage Trail in Akron Thursday morning.
The driver, 41-year old Christopher Burgess, was killed in the accident after police believe his brakes may have given out. The Ravenna man was an employee of Huber Trucking out of Kent.
One of the greatest fears of a truck driver-- loosing the brakes while traveling downhill or around a sharp corner.
What kind of measures does the state take to ensure the safety of the motor carriers?
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio works in conjunction with the patrol to implement and inforce intrastate and interstate trucking in accordance to Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.
While a number of the violations stem from patrol traffic stops, compliance checks are also conducted at random.
"We'll have an investigator go to a motor carrier's place of business and kind of review all their records and make sure they're on top of all of their inspections, making sure the vehicle is working properly and safely including brakes and lights," Matt Schilling said, PUCO spokesperson.
If companies are found in violation, Schilling says fines from $50 to close to $2,000 could follow, depending on the violation. If a company is found in violation of safety regulations, Schilling says the PUCO will send out an investigator to follow-up on the status of the changes to be made.
With thousands of trucks to regulate, Schilling says the agency doesn't have the capacity to inspect every truck every year, therefore selecting at random is its enforcement of choice.
"There's just thousands and thousands of motor carriers out there and we're only one agency," he said.
Driver Killed As Truck Plunges Into River
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the drowning death of an Our Lady of the Elms student.
It happened in 2010, when police say Emma Nahas, 19, was drinking on a yacht on Lake Erie, went for a swim and drowned.
Naha's mother, Tracy Holmes Super, has filed the lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The defendents include boat operator Alex J. Cucu of Willoughby, and John Slyman, a fellow swimmer on the evening of July 8, 2010.
The lawsuit claims the two were negligent and reckless when it came to the safety of Nahas and the other underage woman on the 48-foot boat.
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Akron swimmers who plan to soak as temperatures sizzle, have city pools as an option.
Both the Perkins pool at the Davis Community Center and the pool at Resivior Park are open to the public as the outdoor sauna bakes with highs in the low to mid 90s for the week of the Fourth of July holiday.
Swimming hours stay put, opening at 1 p.m. on days in operation. Kalail says the city doesn't have plans at this time to adjust hours for extra swim time amid the heat, as a number of organizations utilize the facilities for swimming lessons during the morning hours.
"So far, things have gone well," Greg Kalail said, parks and recreation department bureau manager.
"The pools have been very busy, but we've been able to accomodate everyone."
Despite a national trend of lifeguard shortages, this season Akron was able to recruit enough for pool supervision.
"It's always difficult to get lifeguards, but we have managed to get a good group of guards this year," Kalail said.
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Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared a statewide state of emergency following the storms that knocked out power for close to one million Ohioans Friday night.
The widespread outages in northern, central and western Ohio, could take up to a week to fully restore.
Kasich says he's "very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat."
He's now urging state agencies to begin their coordinated response.
COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio after severe storms and high winds knocked out power for approximately one million power company customers across two-thirds of the state. The widespread outages could take up to a week to fully restore and, together with the current severe heat wave, could create crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.
The governor’s declaration authorizes state agencies to take any necessary actions to assist local government authorities anywhere in Ohio to help respond, cleanup and recovery efforts and coordinate activities.
“I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this,” said Kasich.
Kasich has directed Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani to open the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus to coordinate state and local resources. Officials from all state agencies, volunteer organizations such as Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross are converging at the Emergency Operations Center to monitor response and recovery efforts within the affected areas. The state has already been in contact with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and will request federal assistance if it is needed.
State agencies supporting the response efforts include the, Ohio Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Health, Public Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
The Stow-Kent Shopping Plaza could become the site of a new mixed-use housing for those over 55, commercial and retail properties.
Citing the partially empty plaza off of Rt. 59 as a "major concern for many years" in her city, Stow Mayor Sara Drew says the city's now considering acting upon recommendations from a study conducted a few years ago-- by enacting a change in zoning by creating an overlay district.
"We are moving forward on some possible plans to take a look at redevelopment options," Drew said.
Burton Carol Management LLC, owns and operates various properties across Northeast Ohio, including the Stow-Kent plaza. President and CEO Rob Risman oversees the company, which formerly owned the State Road Shopping Center off of State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, now known as Portage Crossing.
Drew says conversations with Risman as of late, have been positive.
"It's been one of my primary goals to have that re-developed and turned into something that's an asset to the community instead of a detriment," Drew said.
The city's feasibility study is underway to determine what "works" for the location in terms of percentage of retail, commercial and housing.
"It would likely involve multi-family buildings, apartments, in some design," Rob Kuntz said, city planning director.
While there's no firm plans in place, he says it's likely the study could call for a larger commercial component for the 35-acre space.
"It may be that there's a lower percentage of retail, it's certainly a likely outcome," he said.
Kuntz describe's Stow's retail vacancy rate as slightly lower in comparison to other towns within the Akron region.
Currently, the plaza boasts a Fitworks and retailers Big Lots and Macy's.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend right? An Akron woman took that concept too far.
Sitting in the slammer on grand theft charges, Luella M. Conley, 24, of Akron admitted to Akron Police that she stole $70,000 worth of diamonds from her employer Sterling Jewelers.
She stuffed her jewelry stash with heart earrings and ruby and blue sapphire accessories during her four to five month stint with the company off of Ghent Road.
She's expected to appear in court today for her arraignment.
Troopers from the Medina Post of the State Highway Patrol are investigating a crash where three were ejected from an Amish buggy.
The accident happened at 9:10 Tuesday night on State Route 301, near the intersection of Black River School Road. The collision between the buggy and a Ford F-150 is still under investigation.
The 25-year-old driver of the buggy, Joseph Swartzentruber, of Spencer, Ohio, his wife Katie and their 2-year-old daughter Lizzie were all taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. Lizzie was taken to Akron Children's Hospital. Both Joseph and Katie Swartzentruber were taken to Akron General Medical Center.
The horse pulling the buggy had to be put down due to injuries.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. So far, no charges have been filed.
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