Fake arrests of three Akron pastors, Kelly Blazek returns award and Chinese herbal therapy comes to area hospitals: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including confusion over the fake arrests of three Akron pastors, Job Bank creator Kelly Blazek returns her award and Chinese herbal therapy comes to Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

CHINESE HERBAL THERAPY: Northeast Ohio residents can now receive Chinese herbal therapy from certified herbal therapists at Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, according to the Plain Dealer. Herbal therapy is used for alleviating chronic conditions like allergies and insomnia, decreasing cold and flu symptoms and improving digestion, among many other uses. Herbal therapy can also help patients who have exhausted other medical treatment options or to counteract the side effects of prescription medicine. Cleveland Clinic each hired an acupuncturist who is also a certified herbal therapist in January and March, respectively. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

NEW FRANKLIN MURDERS: Summit County Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio is being urged by prosecutors not to consider the IQ of 70 of 15-year-old Jamal Vaughn in considering whether Vaughn should be tried as an adult in the murders of a New Franklin couple last year, according to the Beacon Journal. Teodosio decided in August that there is sufficient evidence to try Vaughn's as an adult, but state law demands an amenability hearing be held to see if Vaughn could be rehabilitated in the juvenile system, and Vaughn's attorney says that Vaughn is not emotionally, physically or cognitively mature enough to be tried as an adult. Vaughn is awaiting trial as an alleged accomplice in the murders of Jeffrey and Margaret Shobert, who were beaten to death in their bedroom on April 2. The principal defendant, Shawn Eric Ford, Jr., 19, is the former boyfriend of their 18-year-old daughter Chelsea, who allegedly attacked her days before. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

KELLY BLAZEK: Kelly Blazek, the Cleveland Job Bank creator who last week received a blast of Internet rage for her harsh rejection letters to job seekers, has agreed to return her 2013 Communicator of the Year Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and agreed not use that title going forward, according to the Plain Dealer. Blazek came under fire after a job seeker named Diana Mekota requested to connect with Blazek on LinkedIn and also requested to receive her listserv updates, despite not knowing Blazek personally. "Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky. Wow, I cannot wait to let every 25-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job. Love the sense of entitlement in your generation," part of the reply from Blazek read. Mekota shared the replies on social media sites and the story went viral, earning many negative responses from Cleveland-area professionals. Blazek has also deleted her blog and her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

DISC GOLF: The city of Aurora has $15,000 in its budget to put in an 18-hole disc golf course this year at Sunny Lake Park, according to the Aurora Advocate. Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said he wants to have at least nine holes completed this year but hopes they can finish the full 18. Disc golf, which involves throwing plastic discs into baskets with the least amount of throws, will be free unless a tournament is organized, although the cost of tournaments has not yet been determined. Signs will be placed around the course asking park patrons to be aware of flying discs. Click here to read more at auroraadvocate.com.

FAKE ARRESTS: A fake video doing the rounds on social media showing deputies from the Summit County Sheriff's Department arresting local pastors during Sunday services has caused real problems for the department, despite being staged as part of an upcoming drama at the Akron Civic Theatre, according to the Beacon Journal. The play, titled "Defending the Faith," is set in a courtroom where local pastors will respond to the charge of not defending their faith on March 22. The arrests, in which three Akron pastors were arrested during their services and put in the back of police cruisers, was filmed by KAZ Radio Television Network and put on YouTube, where it was criticized by those not knowing the skit was fake. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

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