Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including an Akron company's acquisition in France, a falling crane smashing nine parked cars and murder charges dropped against an Akron man 20 years later.
GOJO: Akron-based company GOJO Industries, known for making Purell, said it has acquired French company Laboratoires Prodene Klint, which makes professional hygiene, cosmetic and disinfectant products, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The acquisition will add about 300 employees in France and will use the new manufacturing facility to expand GOJO sales in Europe, while the Cuyahoga Falls manufacturing facility will be able to produce and sell Prodene Klint products in the U.S. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
CASINO MONEY: The Ohio Department of Taxation will give out the $68.6 million in tax money collected from casinos from October through December this week, although that total is 2.2 percent less than what was distributed in October, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The counties will receive $35 million of that money, and Portage in particular will receive $489,946. Schools will get about $23 million and the remainder will go to the Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, law enforcement training, gambling addiction efforts and the eight largest cities in Ohio. Click here to read more at Ohio.com
CRANE CRASH: A construction crane crushed nine parked cars but fortunately injured no one when it crashed to the ground at a Points East Plaza in Mentor Thursday, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The 90-foot crane was replacing an air conditioning unit when it fell, and investigators say they suspect the construction crews failed to properly engage the support arms of the crane. An investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating along with city police and firefighters. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
WORKSTEPS: AultWorks/AultCare is now offering a WorkSteps program, which treats employees in the gas and oil industry for work-related injury treatment and rehabilitation, at its Canton facility, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. The WorkSteps program treats employees as "industrial athletes," and tries to get workers back to work as quickly and safely as possible. WorkSteps also provides pre-employment testing to determine a "baseline" for a worker's strength, agility and flexibility, as well as to make sure workers are physically capable of performing their jobs. Click here to read more at OhioGO.com.
MURDER CHARGE DROPPED: Aggravated murder and other charges were dropped for an Akron man convicted in 1995 Thursday, after lack of evidence in a new trial resulted in the case dismissal, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Dewey Jones, 51, was aided by the Ohio Innocence Project, which convinced a judge to allow modern DNA testing to be used on the crime-scene evidence, which resulted in a new trial. Assistant Ohio Attorney General Micah Ault said that prosecutors will still consider retrying Jones. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.