Cavaliers select Collin Sexton at No. 8. Reported by Marla Ride-in-hour. Collin Sexton made an impassioned plea for LeBron James to remain in Cleveland after the Cavs selected the freshman point guard from Alabama with the eighth overall pick in Thursday night’s N.B.A. Draft. Sexton said to E.S.P.N., quote, Man, LeBron, let’s do it! I see you needed a few pieces — one or two pieces — this past last season. Let’s do it! Let’s go back to the Finals! end quote. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.
Akron banks on its residents, offers free financial empowerment through United Way partnership. Reported by Doug Livingston. Akron’s first center for financial empowerment is open for business. Run by the United Way of Summit County in a bank location shuttered and donated last year by Huntington, the center on Kenmore Boulevard is accepting the first of an estimated 500 clients this year. By 2025, the United Way — in a growing partnership with the city of Akron — expects to use the center, and more to come, to equip 11,000 Summit County residents with the skills they need to get out of debt, build equity, better budget their money, improve credit scores and generally lift themselves out of poverty.
New guide for school drug prevention programming says no to scare tactics, stories from recovering addicts. Reported by Theresa Cottom. Gone are the days of educators teaching kids to just say no with frightening visual representations of a brain on drugs. But today’s new wave of drug prevention programming in some schools might be just as ineffective — and, in some cases, harmful to developing minds. Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine released a guide for schools this week outlining how they can implement effective drug prevention programs starting in kindergarten while ditching scare tactics — like mock car crashes — and other common approaches used in schools. The guide is based on a 2017 report from the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education.
Goodyear’s Wingfoot Three airship debuts on first day of summer. Reported by Jim Mackinnon. Goodyear’s newest airship, Wingfoot Three, debuted outdoors on the first day of summer. The airship, under construction since last year inside the Wingfoot Lake blimp base in Suffield Township, was pulled out of the hangar about 6:15 a.m. Thursday for testing. The blimp remained outside until 11:45 a.m. before returning to the hangar.Wingfoot Three remained tethered to its heavy-duty mast truck for the outdoor engine and systems checks.
The first flight could take place this weekend. But the forecast as of Thursday called for rain on Friday and Saturday, which would postpone the first flight.
Kent State partners with LeBron James Family Foundation to get kids ready for college. Reported by Theresa Cottom. Kent State University has joined with the LeBron James Family Foundation to help high school kids in the foundation’s I Promise program prepare for college and beyond. The partnership kicked off last week with a three-week summer program, an overnight immersion experience on Kent State’s campus where 29 upcoming 10th-grade students have been focusing on ACT test preparation, college readiness and personal development.
Rubber Bowl comes tumbling down. Reported by Doug Livingston. With a backdrop fit for a post-apocalyptic movie set, Akron’s mayor took one last trip down memory lane before the jagged teeth of an excavator slammed into the concrete stands of the Rubber Bowl. The yellow machine has been nibbling on the stadium all week. By this fall, the Public Works Administration project from 1940 will be mostly chewed up and carried away.
Widow files wrongful death lawsuit against Summa, ER physician staffing group, others. Reported by Betty Lin-Fisher. A Norton widow is accusing Summa Health and its emergency medicine physician group of negligent care that she says led to the death of her 58-year-old husband. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday, Julie Bradshaw alleges that her husband’s death from a stroke last year was caused, in part, by negligent care and “deviations from acceptable industry standards” after Summa abruptly switched ER physicians and lost its emergency medicine residency training program. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.
Apartments with a downtown Akron view awarded $2 million in tax credits. Reported by Katie Byard. Another 112 apartments could be coming to downtown Akron across the street from where roughly 90 apartments are in the works. The projects — spearheaded by different developers — are directly across from each other on South Main Street. On Wednesday, state officials revealed that the new project — which would create apartments in the 100-plus-year old Law Building at 159 S. Main Street — has landed about $2.4 million in state historic preservation tax credits.
Summit County authorities still reviewing potential charges against naked man. Reported by the Beacon Journal and Ohio dot com. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still reviewing potential charges against a naked man who led authorities on a strange chase Monday morning on Interstate 77 and state Route 8 in Summit County. The chase ended on Route 8 in Stow when Jovon Dawson, 23, of University Heights exited his car, ran into the woods and then ran back onto the highway and struck the side of a van around 5:15 a.m., according to authorities. He received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital. The patrol said drug use is believed to be factor in the incident.
As summer of uncertainty begins, potential draft day trades will present dilemma for Cavaliers GM Koby Altman. Reported by Marla Ridenour. A summer of uncertainty for the Cavaliers opens Thursday night and general manager Koby Altman will be feeling his way through his first NBA Draft with no hint of whether LeBron James will be wearing wine and gold next season. James has until 11:59 p.m. on June 29 to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. If he remains true to form, he’ll take a least a week after free agency opens on July 1 to decide if he’s leaving Cleveland again.
Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance Jr. weds girlfriend in Summit court ceremony. Reported by Stephanie Warsmith. Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance Jr. is a bachelor no more. Nance caused a stir Tuesday in the Akron legal community when he got a marriage license in Summit County Probate Court and then tied the knot in the Summit courthouse with long-time girlfriend, model Hailey Pince. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones performed the ceremony and then memorialized it on Facebook. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.
Nexus pipeline project causes Arlington Road to sink in Green; thousands of vehicles must detour. Reported by George W. Davis. South Arlington Road between East Nimisila and Killian roads is closed after digging for the controversial Nexus natural gas transmission line caused the road to partially sink. Valerie Wolford, the city’s communications manager, said the road was closed Monday afternoon and could be opened by midday Friday.
More changes for Cavaliers coaching staff as Jim Boylan, Phil Handy depart, Dan Geriot promoted. Reported Marla Ridenour. Changes to coach Tyronn Lue’s staff continued Monday as Dan Geriot, the Cavaliers’ assistant video coordinator player development, was promoted to full-time assistant coach and the contracts of Phil Handy and Jim Boylan were not renewed, a team source confirmed. Big man coach Vitaly Potapenko left for the Memphis Grizzlies last week.
Former treasurer of Akron firefighters union going to prison. Reported by Rick Armon. An Akron firefighter who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his union to bankroll a lavish lifestyle is going to state prison. Joseph Ruhlin, 41, was sentenced Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison and ordered to repay the $385,000 he stole from Akron Fire Fighters Local 330 over several years. Ruhlin, who served as the union treasurer before being caught, was immediately placed in handcuffs and led out of the courtroom as family members embraced and wept.
Akron firefighters suspended for allegedly making porn recording on city property. Reported by Doug Livingston and Jim Mackinnon. Two romantically involved Akron firefighters are on paid leave for possibly getting too hot in a firehouse. City administrators have suspended Lt. Art Dean and Provisional Lt. Deann Eller after receiving a tip that the pair of officers allegedly produced pornographic videos on city property then posted their flames of passion on the internet. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.
Reportedly naked pedestrian injured following police pursuit on Route 8. Reported by the Beacon Journal and Ohio dot com. A reportedly naked University Heights man was injured early Monday morning during a police pursuit along Interstate 77 and state Route 8 in Stow. Jovon Dawson, 23, was driving a 2013 Kia Optima southbound in the northbound lanes of I-77 at 4:50 a.m. when authorities began a pursuit, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Stow police deployed Stop Sticks on Route 8 to slow the vehicle near Seasons Road. When the car came to a stop, Dawson ran from the scene and into the side of a 2008 Honda Odyssey that was traveling southbound, according to authorities.
Stan Hywet hosts Father’s Day classic car show, previews upcoming exotic car show. Reported by Theresa Cottom. At Stan Hywet’s 61st annual Classic, Antique and Collector Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, fathers, daughters and sons got lots of smiles from this year’s features, including a small collection of exotic cars to preview a new show coming to the venue in September. There were 450 cars at the show.
Indians notebook: Carlos Carrasco placed on 10-day D.L. Reported by Ryan Lewis. The Indians on Sunday placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list, but they must still wait to see how long they’ll be without one of their key cogs in the starting rotation. Carrasco was hit on the elbow-forearm area by Joe Mauer’s line drive in the second inning of Saturday’s 9 to 3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Indians 4, Twins 1. Reported by Ryan Lewis. Shane Bieber turned in a solid performance on the mound, and Yan Gomes continued his torrid June at the plate with the key hit to spark the Indians to a 4 to 1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday on Father’s Day at Progressive Field. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.
Ohio schools absorbing Puerto Rican students in wake of hurricane. Reported by Shannon Gilchrist. Whenever a world event forces people to move en masse, Ed Kennedy knows some of them inevitably end up in central Ohio. That is proving true yet again in the South-Western City Schools near Grove City, where Kennedy is the coordinator for services for English language learners. It’s been nine months since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico and left many people in the U.S. territory without electricity and belongings. So far, about 45 Puerto Rican children enrolled in South-Western this past school year, and 10 more have enrolled for next year since the summer began. Across Ohio, at least 600 children from Puerto Rico have enrolled in schools since September 2017, most settling in Cleveland and its suburbs, according to the Ohio Department of Education.