Akron basketball fans reference KSU shootings on Twitter, local TV news legend dies and CVS quits tobacco: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including tweets from University of Akron's student section about the Kent State shootings, local news legend Del Donahoo's death and CVS's decision to stop selling tobacco.

CVS: CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling tobacco products at all 7,600 of its CVS/Pharmacy stores by Oct. 1, even though that decision will cost the company an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue, according to The Plain Dealer. Larry J. Merlo, president and chief executive of CVS Caremark, released a statement saying that the cut will help focus their health care efforts and "the sale of tobacco is inconsistent with our purpose." The decision was lauded by the President Barack Obama and the American Lung Association, among others. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

FIREFIGHTER: An Akron firefighter indicted for felony heroin-possession charges in December is asking a Summit County judge to grant a request to seek treatment which could lead to his charges being dismissed, according to the Beacon Journal. Mark A. Hoffman, 27, was arrested after he was found collapsed in his home from an apparent heroin overdose and medically revived, still wearing his uniform from his previous work shift. His attorney filed the motion last month and Judge Alison McCarty approved his request to be assessed for entry into the program. These motions are common for first-time drug offenders. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

DEL DONAHOO: Former WKYC Channel 3 broadcaster Del Donahoo died Tuesday night at a hospice care facility at the age of 90, according to The Plain Dealer. Donahoo was known for his "Del's Folks" and "Del's Feasts" features on Channel 3, where he worked from 1968 to 2007, as well as interviewing former Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson. Nov. 15, 1968 — Donahoo's 65th birthday — was declared Del Donahoo Day in Northeast Ohio by the mayors of Cleveland and 115 other communities. He is survived by a son and daughter as well as four grandsons. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

CAR TAMPERING: Ronald Miller, 74, was found guilty Tuesday of trying to kill his wife by tampering with the throttle of the car, according to The Plain Dealer. Miller's wife, Rhoda Miller, crashed her car through the window of a Richmond Heights nail salon last February, and a tow-truck driver discovered the crash was caused by a wooden shim lodged in the throttle. Miller stated that he lost the shim in the engine after he attempted to change a windshield wiper blade, but prosecution said there was no way for the shim to accidentally get into the throttle mechanism the way it was found. Miller was convicted of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, and his wife has filed for divorce. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

AKRON/KENT RIVALRY: Kent State men's basketball win against rival Akron was tainted for some, after the official Akron student section Twitter account made references to the Kent State shootings, according to TV2. One of the tweets from @TheAKROWDIES read "Oh the kent [sic] students are sitting down? Apparently they finally learned to do silent protests. #SaferAlternatives" and a second contained lyrics from "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which was written in response to the May 4 shooting. AK Rowdy President AJ Fosselman issued an apology and removed the tweets Monday, saying that they "are taking steps so that it never happens again." Click here to read more at KentWired.com.

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