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Area briefs — Aug. 26


Robbery arrests

AKRON: Akron police are investigating the Sunday morning robbery of Emidio’s Pizza.

Workers told police that at about 2:30 a.m. a man walked into the business at 636 N. Main St. and put money on the counter to purchase beer.

As a worker rang up the sale, authorities say, the man pulled out a gun and demanded money.

After the employee ran, the suspect jumped the counter and took cash.

Responding officers arrested George W. Beeler, 40, and Diamond D. Smith, 43, on Schiller Avenue. Both were charged with aggravated robbery.

Officers recovered more than $700.

Man shot; car taken

AKRON: A 41-year-old man was shot in the leg and his vehicle was taken in a carjacking Sunday morning.

According to an Akron police report, the man told police he was walking back to his car in the parking lot of the BP gas station at 778 Grant St., shortly after 5 a.m, when two robbers approached him.

One robber fired shots and demanded the man’s keys.

Police said the robbers fled in the man’s car, which has not been recovered. The vehicle is a light blue 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan with Alabama license plates FCT 5286.

Paramedics transported the man to Akron General Medical Center, where his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the whereabouts of the car is asked to call 330-375-2490.

Special meeting

AKRON: Akron City Council will hold a special meeting at noon Friday to discuss a proposal to put an issue on the November ballot.

The city wants to donate its downtown steam-heating and cooling system to Akron Children’s Hospital, one of the plant’s major customers.

No other items will be discussed at the meeting, which is being held while council is on its summer break.

Mayor Don Plusquellic last week proposed giving the system to Children’s, which then would find a permanent owner or operator for the plant.

Under its charter, the city can’t sell any public-owned utility to another operator or enter a long-term operational lease without voter approval.

The steam plant provides heating and cooling to more than 50 downtown businesses and locations. Other major customers include Akron General Medical Center, Canal Place, City Hall and Summit County offices.


Wine-tasting event

AKRON: The Committee to Elect Gary Hagen will host a wine-tasting fundraiser this afternoon to kick off his campaign for Akron City Council’s Ward 8 seat.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Grape & Granary, 915 Home Ave.

Suggested contributions are $50 per person or $75 per couple.

Fusco rally

AKRON: Councilman-at-large Jeff Fusco will hold a rally from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Steel Workers Local 21, 501 Kelly Ave.

Suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for seniors and Young Democrats.

Fusco is one of four Democratic candidates competing for three at-large seats in the Sept. 10 primary.

For more information, call 330-873-9594.

‘Fun’-raiser planned

Chuck Heimbaugh, a candidate for Akron City Council’s Ward 1 seat, is hosting an event he is calling a “Fun Raiser at the Highland Theatre.”

A screening of the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, will be free to the first 100 patrons.

Donations will not be accepted.

The theater is at 826 W. Market St.


Book delayed

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The wait for the Cuyahoga Falls Pictorial History Book, featuring the 2012 Bicentennial Celebration, will continue for a little while longer.

After a few publishing delays, the book now is expected to be available to customers, including pre-orders, in November.

The book, which will include added materials, will contain more than 200 pages filled with history of the city and highlights of recent events.

For more information, go to


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