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6/6/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green hosting recycling events

Shown above is household hazardous waste being collected at the first of three recycling events in Green.
Photo courtesy of the city of Green
GREEN — The first of three recycling events took place last weekend in Green.

According to city of Green officials, more than 250 residents dropped off household hazardous waste for recycling June 1. For those who missed it, hazardous waste may be dropped off at ReWorks’ (formerly called Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority) Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, 1201 Graham Road in Stow, between 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 26. [For more on that, see related News & Notes item below.]

The city is hosting two other recycling events this summer, with the first one being an electronic waste recycle drop-off July 20 between 9 a.m. and noon at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd. According to city officials, items such as computers, printers, cable boxes, TVs up to 40 inches, telephones, keyboards, fax machines, switches and batteries will only be accepted from residents of Green. For a complete list of accepted items, visit www.cityofgreen.org/sanitation-services.

On Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, the city and ReWorks will host a Document Shredding Day at the CAB. A maximum of 10 file boxes or bags will be accepted from each person or business. This event is open to all residents in Summit County.

Both of these events are free of charge. For more information, visit the website.

HHWRC now open through September

STOW — The Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center (HHWRC) owned and operated by ReWorks opened its doors June 6.

“The Stow center will operate from June 6 through September, every Thursday, and will continue to offer a responsible way to safely dispose of and recycle unwanted household hazardous waste,” said Yolanda Walker, ReWorks executive director.

Solvents, automotive products, lawn care products, batteries, fluorescent tubes and tires are examples of acceptable items that can be dropped off and recycled this season. All recycling of household hazardous waste is free except for tires. The fee for tires is $1 (cash only) per tire. The center accepts light truck and passenger tires only, with a limit of 10 tires per visit.

Visit saswma.org/items.htm for a complete list of all acceptable items.

Oil-based paint is acceptable at the HHWRC, but not latex paint. If you have dried latex paint cans, they are an acceptable item for curbside trash. Latex paint can be dried out by adding an absorbent material into the paint and allowing the mixture to dry, or by removing the lid and allowing the paint to dry out, according to ReWorks officials.

For details, call ReWorks at 330-374-0383 or visit www.summitreworks.com.

E-filing commences in Summit court clerk’s office

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Clerk of Courts Daniel Horrigan’s office now accepts electronic filing of court documents for cases in the Summit County Common Pleas Court Civil Division.

The E-Filing system will allow attorneys and pro se litigants to file the vast majority of pleadings and other documents from anywhere.

For additional information, call 330-643-2212 or email mdaugherty@summitoh.net.

Two eagle pairs nesting in Metro Parks

SUMMIT COUNTY — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County biologists have confirmed two nesting pairs of bald eagles on park district property.

One of the new nests is in Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls and the second is in a conservation area in Clinton adjacent to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Park officials do not yet know how many young eaglets may be in the nests but said a clutch could contain up to three eggs.

They added the nests are only the third and fourth known nests in Summit County in several decades.

“We’ve been aware of these nests for several months, and there have been several reported sightings in those areas,” said Mike Johnson, the park district’s chief of natural resources. “We waited to release this news until the tree canopy could provide some cover, though people may still be able to see the eagles flying overhead.”

There are no trails to the nest sites and no public access where the nests are located. Park officials said that’s a good thing because human disturbance could impact the birds — a federally endangered species just a short time ago.

Of the two previously known Summit County nests, one is in the Nimisila Reservoir area in Green. A second was discovered earlier this year on property near the Bath Nature Preserve.

Johnson said the nests show that conservationists in Ohio have made great strides by cleaning up rivers and making public lands hospitable places for sensitive wildlife like eagles.

Ohio had just four bald eagle nests in 1979, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. By 2008, there were more than 150 nesting pairs. Nests are typically 5 to 6 feet wide and 2 to 4 feet tall.

Though no longer endangered, bald eagles are still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The laws prohibit taking, killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs.

“There may be a time in the near future when an eagle’s nest is as common as a hawk’s nest,” Johnson said. “Until then, we have to be sure to keep our distance and give these birds of prey the respect they deserve.”

Akron consumers can get free credit freeze

AKRON — On May 29, FBI agents met with city of Akron officials to discuss the FBI’s coordinated national effort to identify the individuals in the Turkish organization who hacked into the city’s website and about 20 other government and corporate websites recently, according to city officials.

The FBI informed the city that the extent of recent cyber-attacks was more expansive than originally thought. The Akron-Canton Airport, Sony, Twitter, the Department of Defense and defense contractors and Pepsi, along with Lansing, Mich., and Mobile, Ala., were among recent sites hacked.

Since the cyber-attack, the city has been working with all three credit agencies to get free credit freezes for Akron consumers whose information was compromised by the hacking.

“I am happy to report that all three agencies, TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, will all be providing free credit freezes to Akron consumers that were affected by the cyber-attack on the city of Akron’s website,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic. “Additionally, those who already paid for the credit freezes will be eligible for refunds.”

To get a free security freeze from Equifax, those consumers affected should send the city of Akron police report or the letter they received from the city identifying them as a victim to: Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or by fax to 888-826-0573.

For those residents who have already placed a security freeze (for a fee) on their credit file as a precaution, Equifax will honor all refund requests. Refund requests should include the payment method information and amount paid, along with either a copy of the police report or the city’s letter identifying them as a victim. Requests should be sent to: Equifax Refund, P.O. Box 105395, Atlanta, GA 30348.

To access the police report, visit www.akronohio.gov.

Residents wishing to get a free credit freeze or to get a refund from the credit agency Experian can call 800-232-8081. Experian will be able to assist residents with adding a freeze, or if they have already paid for a freeze, Experian will assist them with the refund.

Residents also may receive a free copy of their credit reports upon request. To write with a request for a free credit freeze, residents can send it to: Experian, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013.

Residents must include in their written correspondence: complete identification information (including Social Security number and date of birth); complete addresses for the past two years; and reference to the Akron breach and a request to add a freeze or receive a refund. Those writing to ask for refunds need to supply those three pieces of information and also the credit card number used to purchase the freeze or, if they paid with a check, the front and back copy of the check.

To get a free security freeze from TransUnion, Akron consumers should call 888-909-8872 or apply online at www.transunion.com/securityfreeze. Akron residents who paid a fee to place a security freeze on their TransUnion credit file can receive a refund of that fee by calling 800-916-8800 and selecting “Option 3” to speak with an agent. To receive a prompt refund, callers will need to provide the same credit card information used when they placed the freeze.

U.S. marshals NOVFTF celebrates 10th anniversary

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) is celebrating its 10th anniversary of pursing the most-wanted violent criminals in Northern Ohio.

The NOVFTF was first established in June 2003 by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott as he teamed up with various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Northern Ohio’s major cities to bring resources together to track down the area’s most violent offenders.

The NOVFTF first began operations in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo. During the last 10 years, the NOVFTF has expanded with teams now also established in Elyria, Mansfield and Painesville, with the latest forming in Canton. The NOVFTF now consists of more than 110 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with more than 300 law enforcement officers assigned.

Since its inception, the NOVFTF has been responsible for the arrests of nearly 32,000 fugitives and has cleared more than 45,000 warrants, according to Elliott. Arrests include more than 745 fugitives wanted for homicide, more than 2,275 fugitives wanted for sex offenses, more than 3,900 fugitives wanted for assault, more than 2,200 fugitives wanted for robbery, more than 1,800 fugitives wanted for weapons offenses and more than 9,000 fugitives wanted for narcotics offenses. The NOVFTF also has seized more than 1,180 firearms, more than 24,000 rounds of ammunition, more than 570 kilos of illegal narcotics and more than $2.2 million in currency.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the NOVFTF at 866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous, and a cash reward might be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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