One of the big surprises in Tuesday's Primary election was in the Democrat Race in Akron Ward 6.
Long-time Councilman Bob Otterman was defeated by political newcomer Bob Hoch. The difference in the race, 71 votes.
The 61-year old Hoch is a retired manager at ACME.
The 79-year old Otterman has served in elective offices for more than 40 years at the Municipal, County and State Levels.
Hoch says he 'was surprised' at the results of yesterday's election. Hoch believes people in the Ellet community wanted a 'new voice' to represent them at Akron City Hall. He says the decision has nothing 'to do with Bob Otterman, its just that people wanted change.'
Hoch will face Republican David Goodspeed in November for the Ward 6 Council seat.
The Browns have signed veteran punter Brad Maynard to replace Richmond McGee, who injured his back in pregame warmups Sunday and is out for the season.
Maynard, a 14-year NFL veteran, played the past 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was released in July and spent the exhibitionseason with Houston.
McGee herniated a back disk during warmups before the season opener against Cincinnati, his agent told the Associated Press yesterday. Agent David Canter said McGee's back was so bad he lost feeling in his legs. He kicked anyway, averaging just 36 yards on eight punts in his pro debut.
Cleveland has placed McGee on injured reserve. Coach Pat Shurmur didn't mention McGee's injury following Sunday's game or during his Monday news conference.
McGee was signed in August after punter Reggie Hodges tore his Achilles' tendon in practice and was lost for the season.
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Early this morning, Stow Police received a tip of two men operating a meth lab at a residence at 2106 Uniondale Drive.
When police arrived on the scene, they located the two men operating the lab in the garage as well as throughout the residence.
Police say one of the men had a weapon in his hand when they arrived and fled into the home with the apparent intent to hide the revolver.
Police took into custody, without incident, Stow residents 38-year old Lewis Butler Junior of Uniondale Drive and 41-year old Stephen McKinney of Norman Drive. The pair are charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs and McKinney is facing an additional weapons charge.
The drug charges are felonies because of the presence of a two-year old child in the home.
Butler and McKinney will have a video arraignment today in Stow Municipal Court.
Flu season in Northeast Ohio is just around the corner. Is now the best time to get a flu shot, or wait?
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Akron General phycisian Doctor Tim Brown says if you are in a high-risk category, people who go to the hospital often, the sooner you get a flu shot, the better.
But, Doctor Brown says if you are young, healthy and in your 20s, you could probably wait until October to get a flu shot.
Doctor Brown says usually, flu shots last between 4 or 5 months inside a patient's body. He says flu season usually peaks in Northeast Ohio in January and February.
So, Doctor Brown says getting a flu shot now would carry most people through the traditional end of the flu season. Doctor Brown says there is not enough evidence either for or against getting a flu 'booster' shot in 4 or 5 months.
The city of Akron is planning to offer leaf pick-up for homeowners once autumn begins.
Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville says there is enough funding in the Treasury to cover the cost of the program this year.
But, Sommerville says there are questions about the future of the leaf program for 2012 and beyond. Sommerville says that's because of a cutback in funding from state and federal sources.
Sommerville says the city has to constantly look at ways to trim the budget or look at ways to increase revenues. Sommerville says the leaf program is just one of many programs operated by the city of Akron that are constantly under the microscope.
No date has been set for when the 2011 Leaf Program in the city of Akron will begin.
UPDATED to include partial listing of events today
The Executive Director of the Summit County Victims Assistance Program says remembering the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks really hits home with him.
Reverend Bob Denton says he was asked to come to New York City on September 11th, 2001 to help those who were working at Ground Zero.
This was a first for the National Organization of Victims Assistance Programs, helping first responders deal with their pain and suffering. In 2011, it's something that we all take for granted. But, back in 2001, it was new technology.
Reverend Denton says dealing with victims was psychological in nature back in 2001. Ten years later, Reverend Denton says the response in helping victims of crimes or other disasters is now more social in nature.
The most difficult problem Reverend Denton says he had to deal with 10 years ago was to have first responders separate their professional duties from their personal feelings.
Plus, Reverend Denton says 9/11 showed professionals how important a faith based alterative was was in dealing with a disaster of this magnitude. Now, Reverend Denton says Victims Assistance programs routinely use faith based efforts.
Denton is one of several church leaders participating in a non-denominational service Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairlawn.
Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiners Office are investigating a traffic accident that claimed two lives late last night.
The accident took place at Waterloo Road and Bey Drive.
The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives.
The accident took place shortly before 10 o'clock last night.
Heavy rain is pelting the Portage and Geauga Counties this morning.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a FLOOD WARNING for Northern Portage and Southern Geauga counties until 2:00 this afternoon.
The FLOOD WARNING is for Urban Areas and Small Streams in those two counties.
The Weather Service says between 2-to-3 inches of rain fell between Hiram in Portage County and Bainbridge and South Russell in Geauga County on Saturday morning between 9 and 9:45. Forecasters say the heavy rain is continuing in that area.
The rain has caused State Route 700 to be washed out near Hiram at Norton Road. Plus, flooding is taking place in a residential area near Hiram Rapids. Safety officials have evacuated one home in that area.
Plus, a FLOOD WATCH is in effect in Summit County until 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
Safety officials area asking motorists to not drive into areas where water covers the highway.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a pair of two-run homersand the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 on Friday night.
Chisenhall, Cleveland's rookie third baseman, set career highs with his two homers and four RBIs and the Indians snapped a four-game losing streak.
Ezequiel Carrera, Kosuke Fukudome, Shelley Duncan and Lou Marson had two hits apiece for the Indians. Carrera and Fukudome each drove in two runs.
Jeanmar Gomez allowed two runs and six hits over six innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30.
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle had his second straight rough outing, allowing seven runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.
The teams play Game Three of their Four-game series Saturday afternoon in Chicago.
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Brent Morel hit two homers and Paul Konerko had a grand slam, lifting the Chicago White Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Morel hit a solo shot off Indians starter David Huff (2-4) in the third and a three-run homer off Frank Herrmann in the seventh, both on the first pitch. It was Morel's first career multi-homer game and his four RBIs were a career-high.
Konerko's 10th career grand slam tied Robin Ventura's White Sox record and capped Chicago's seven-run seventh. Gavin Floyd struck out four and held Cleveland to one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Matt Thornton (1-4) retired all four batters he faced, striking out three.
Huff gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five, as the Indians lost their fourth straight.
The teams play game two of their four-game series tonight in the Windy City. Lefty Mark Buehrle pitches for the White Sox. Jeanmar Gomez starts on the mound for the Indians.
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