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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Youngstown man cited for walking intoxicated, Uber drivers come to Cleveland and an estimated 150 people to be affected by closure of Terry's Tire Town in Alliance.
TERRY'S TIRE TOWN: Alliance company Terry's Tire Town is expected to close later this year following a $356.6 million stock purchase exchange by North Carolina-based company American Tire Distributors Inc. finalized on March 28, which will impact approximately 150 employees, according tot he Alliance Review. The Terry's Tire Town accounting department building and the distribution center and headquarters are set to close by the end of the year, and auditor Kevin Knowles said the company was consistently ranked in the top 10 to 15 employers in the city. The $365.6 million buyout consisted of non-cash consideration for $2.2 million in assumed debt and provides for put to $15 million payment in additional considerations. Click here to read more at the-review.com.
GAMBLING INDICTMENT: A federal indictment accuses three Stark County residents of running illegal gambling businesses from 2008 through May 2013, including the Golden Nugget on Whipple Avenue Northwest in Plain Township, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The two-count indictment named Jerry Warren, 70, of Canton; Tracie Warren-Pastore, 45, of North Canton, and Yabacushyanei Bennett, of Canton. The three are charged with conspiring to launder money and operating illegal gambling businesses, and federal prosecutors are attempting to seize more than $1.3 million as well as a 2011 Jaguar XJ8, a 2011 Mazda CX-9, a 2008 Land Rover and a 2000 Porsche Boxter. The gambling sites produced as much as $2,000 or more per day, according to prosecutors. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT: The family of 2-year-old Alijah Glenn, who fell from a 17th-story apartment window on Jan. 13, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against K&D Group management LLC, which owns the Crystal Towers Apartments building where the accident occurred, according to WKYC. Glenn's grandmother, whom Glenn was visiting with his mother and 3-year-old brother, told police the boys were roughhousing in the apartment when the boy fell through a seven-foot floor-to-ceiling window. Grant Goodman, the family's attorney, says the windows are "approaching paper-thin," and the suit alleges that the concrete slab above the window was badly eroded, allowing a "reinforcing bar to be completely exposed and hanging away from the building." Click here to read more at wkyc.com.
UBER: Uber, a company which began in San Francisco in 2010, officially launched in Cleveland today, allowing people to hail drivers already on the road with a mobile app, according to the Plain Dealer. Uber doesn't employ any drivers or own any vehicles, but instead connect passengers to drivers, who act as independent contractors. The app allows the user to see a description of the vehicle and watch as it goes closer, as well as sending you a text when the car arrives and allows you to pay with a credit card. The first rider in Cleveland was Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who Uber invited to try out the service on his way to the game. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
WIRE FRAUD: A wire fraud indictment has named William Richardson III, owner of Canton-area TAB Construction Co., for intentionally making false claims to collect more than $34 million in federal contracts, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Prosecutors say Richardson provided a fake Walnut Avenue address for the company, putting it in an area designated for the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Act of 1997, which provides assistance for small businesses in those areas. The company received more than $34 million in contracts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service between 2005 and 2012. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
WALKING INTOXICATED: Youngstown police cited both a man for driving under the influence and the man he hit for causing the accident by walking into the street intoxicated on Monday, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. David Crawford, 34, told police he was driving on South Meridian Road when he thought he hit Robert Bacami with his car's mirror after he was unable to avoid him when Bacami was walking in the road. Bacami was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for examination. Crawford's blood-alcohol content measured 0.113 after he was taken to the police station. Crawford was cited for walking intoxicated, reports said. Click here to read more at vindy.com.