Tuesday, January 15, 2013
If the judge decides in Fairlawn's favor, police will fine drivers who go around Rothrock Road barriers as well.
Fairlawn City Council is looking to approve legislation that will allow police officers to fine drivers who go around or through the gates at Rosemont Boulevard. City Law Director Ed Riegler said police Chief Kenneth Walsh wants to add a new section to the traffic code that will allow officers to enforce the gates and, if the judge rules in Fairlawn's favor, the barriers at Rothrock Road. "It will say that a motorist cannot drive within 25 feet of the barricades," Riegler said. "We can get the code into place now, but we cannot enforce it on Rothrock Road until the judge makes a decision." Mayor William Roth said people have already tried to drive around the concrete barricades and gates at Rosemont Boulevard. "People try to drive around …
Monday, December 31, 2012
In the next few days we'll look at three important news topics for Fairlawn and Bath Township in 2012. Here's the second installment.
There's a lot happening in Fairlawn and Bath at any one time, but there are three topics that people buzzed about most this year: panhandling, Rothrock Road and crime. In this three-part series, we'll break down these three topics. Next up is the infamous Rothrock Road trial that took place this summer. Check back for the third part of our series on Tuesday. Rothrock Road Before we dive into this recap, let me start by saying that Summit County Common Pleas Judge Allison McCarty still has not made a decision in this trial. On June 1, Copley Township and Fairlawn went to court in the battle over the closure of Rothrock Road. The conflict began in 2011 when Walmart announced it wanted to move into Copley Township. Mayor William Roth made the…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The gates are in the lifted position, and are not yet functional.
The emergency access gates at Rosemont Boulevard are now fully installed, but not yet functional, said Fairlawn Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten. The gate's purpose is to prevent through traffic from using Rosemont Boulevard as an easy access to a future Walmart/Sam's Club development on Rothrock Road. Read more about how the gates work here, and check back with Fairlawn-Bath Patch in the coming weeks to find out when Staten plans to activate the gates.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Follow our live feed of the trial and join the conversation here.
The last testimony of the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road trial will be heard today. Tune in at 9:30 a.m. for our live feed. Local editor Megan Rozsa will be at the courthouse covering the trial. Fairlawn Mayor William Roth is the final witness. Join the conversation above and tell us what you think. Look for the full story the next morning. Related articles: Catch Up: Last Witness in Rothrock Road Trial Takes Stand Wednesday Chief Hose: Blocking Rothrock Would Not Hurt Copley Township LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 10 Copley Township, Jacob Pollock Attorneys Rest in Rothrock Road Trial LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 9 Expert: 'Copley Place Location is Every Fire Chief's Dream' LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fairlawn fire Chief Russ Hose testified on Day 10 of the Rothrock Road closure trial.
Fairlawn attorneys called their second to last witness to the stand in the Rothrock Road closure trial, and he said closing the road will not hurt Copley Township's ability to respond efficiently to Copley Place. Fairlawn fire Chief Russ Hose testified in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty's court Tuesday morning. Hose has been with the Fairlawn Fire Department for 30 years. "Copley Place is one of the best served areas you can have in Summit County," Hose said. "It's triangulated between three fire stations that have fire response vehicles and EMS vehicles." Hose said he doesn't know of any other facility in Summit County that has that kind of emergency service available to it. Over the last month of trial, several of Copley'…
Friday, June 8, 2012
The trial continues today at 1 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse.
For continuing coverage of the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road trial, tune in today at 1 p.m. for our live feed. Local editor Megan Rozsa will be at the courthouse covering the trial. The trial is expected to break for a week after today's session, and resume on June 18. Join the conversation above and tell us what you think of this trial. Look for the full story the next morning. Related articles: Planners: Rothrock Road is a Principal Highway, Not Residential Road Copley Police Chief: Closing Rothrock Could Be Disastrous Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Continues to Day 4 LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 3 Copley Chief Says Barricades Put Lives at Risk, Fairlawn Chiefs Say No Witnesses: 'There is No Good Reason to …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Jacob Pollack's attorneys will continue to call witnesses today. The trial starts at 9:15 a.m.
Local editor Megan Rozsa cannot attend Wednesday's continuing Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road trial, which starts at 9:15 a.m. Jacob Pollack's attorneys will continue to call witnesses to the stand, including a traffic planner and the developers from Stark and Newman. The trial will start with the cross examination of Joe Paradise by Fairlawn attorney Stephen Funk. Related articles: Copley Police Chief: Closing Rothrock Could Be Disastrous Copley Chief Says Barricades Put Lives at Risk, Fairlawn Chiefs Say No Witnesses: 'There is No Good Reason to Barricade Rothrock' LIVE: Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road Trial Day 2 Copley Attorney: Fairlawn at War with Copley & Rothrock is a Battle LIVE: Copley v Fairlawn Trial Day One Judge Dismisses …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Witnesses at Monday's trial talked about the increased response times for emergency vehicles.
Copley Township's lawyer in the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road closure trial called forth witnesses Monday who said closing the road could be life-threatening. Attorney Irv Sugerman led Monday's trial by first calling forward Pat Laube, a resident at Copley Place, which is on Rothrock Road. Laube brought with her seven residents who all signed an affidavit saying closing Rothrock is an inconvenience and a safety hazard. Laube has lived in Copley Place for four years. "Copley Place is very beautiful," Laube said. "There are about 132 residents and it's a lovely place to live because we are a big family. But I'm concerned for my family." Copley Place is an independent senior living community that does not provide medical services to …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Follow our live feed of what happens in the courthouse today. The trial starts at 9:30 a.m.
For continuing coverage of the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road trial, tune in today at 9:30 a.m. for our live feed. Local editor Megan Rozsa will be at the courthouse covering the trial today and the rest of the week. Join the conversation above and tell us what you think of this trial. Look for the full story later in the day (depending on how long the trial goes, of course). Related articles: Copley Attorney: Fairlawn at War with Copley & Rothrock is a Battle LIVE: Copley v Fairlawn Trial Day One Judge Dismisses Some Rothrock Closure Claims by Copley
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Copley and Fairlawn attorneys made their opening statements in the Rothrock Road closure case Friday afternoon.
Jacob Pollack's attorney in the Copley v. Fairlawn Rothrock Road closure case says the only reason Fairlawn wants to close the road right now is to win a battle in an existing war. Opening statements in the case were given by Pollack's attorney Tim Duff, Copley's attorney Irv Sugerman and Fairlawn's attorney Stephen Funk Friday afternoon. The trial started around 1 p.m. at the Summit County Common Pleas Court. Read a live feed from the trial here. The Walmart Corporation plans to build a 300,000-square foot complex that includes a super center with groceries and a Sam's Club with a gas station on Rothrock Road. To protect its housing stock in the area, Fairlawn's Mayor William Roth and city council voted to close off a portion of Rothrock …