Pupil paths studied
AKRON: The paths that children take when walking to school are being studied by the city and Akron Public Schools with an eye toward making them safer.
Akron Traffic Signal Engineer Andrew Davis said most, but not all, of the city’s 41 buildings for kindergarten through eighth grade will be “audited” in coming months.
The first study was done at Helen Arnold elementary school Friday during Walk to School Day.
Davis said problems found, such as broken sidewalks, overgrown vegetation of other safety hazards, will go on the city’s list of things to fix.
The information also will be used for a District-Wide School Travel Plan as part of the Safe Routes to School program that promotes the health benefits of walking and riding bicycles to school.
Parents who want to recommend their schools for audits may call Davis at 330-375-2851.
Ward 4 meeting
AKRON: Russel Neal, Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.
The Traffic and Engineering Department will give a report and update on the Copley Road traffic flow.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park ranger Pamela Machuga has won the National Master Frontline Interpreter award at the National Association for Interpretation annual conference in Reno, Nev.
She created park programming including the Deer’s Ears pre-school program, the Junior Ranger Program and Canal Camps.
Her Student Explorers program is presented to more than 8,000 students annually and highlights the role of the Underground Railroad. She helped devise an audio tour of the Cuyahoga Valley park.
“We are very proud of Pam and this prestigious award from the National Association for Interpretation. Pam continually strives for interpretive excellence in her public programming.
Her programs connect park visitors with stories of the valley and through her work Pam inspires people to love their national park,” said Paul Stoehr, acting superintendent of the park.
Machuga, who lives in Cuyahoga Falls, was nominated for the award by naturalist Ray Novotny of Mill Creek MetroParks in Canfield.
Teens held in thefts
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: Three teens were charged with breaking into Springfield High School last weekend and stealing 19 iPads, which they sold to unsuspecting buyers, police said.
All of the iPads, worth about $7,500, have been recovered, Springfield police said Friday.
The break-in happened sometime Sunday, and three juveniles are accused of stealing the tablet computers while also causing extensive damage to the school building.
This week, police detectives, with the assistance of school technology department workers, found that the iPads were being sold. .
Detectives devised a “sting operation” and purchased two iPads from the suspects.
The three suspects were all arrested on burglary, theft and vandalism charges. They were being held in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
AKRON: The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation teamed up on a raid Wednesday at a local hotel that nabbed 18 individuals who were arrested on drug and prostitution charges.
The investigation, which includes possible human trafficking in the county, has included undercover operations where individuals were contacted through websites that advertised sexual services, the sheriff’s office said Friday.
So far, the investigation has netted 27 arrests.
Some of the charges include soliciting, various drug charges and compelling and promoting prostitution.
No other details were disclosed.
COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will present a workshop Nov. 22 for educators and others who work with students in pre-kindergarten through high school.
The workshop will focus on two supplemental curriculums that help teach wildlife-related conservation concepts. They are: Growing Up WILD (for ages 3 to 7) and Project WILD (kindergarten through grade 12).
The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Division of Wildlife offices, 912 Portage Lakes Drive.
It is free, but advance registration is required.
To register, contact Jamey Emmert at 330-245-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, go to www.ohioprojectwild.org.
City to sell building
WADSWORTH: The city has a contract to sell a vacant city-owned building on High Street.
Bob Thurber said he will pay $50,000 for the building.
The 12,000-square-foot, three-story building, has been used for many purposes in its 80-year history. The last was as a home to the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, which moved to 617 School Drive. The nutrition center in the lower level also moved out.
Thurber, who owns a number of buildings, said he likes to “invest in downtown buildings.”
Plans call for the building to be demolished to allow for a drive-thru for Ritzman’s Pharmacy, which is in the building immediately south of 138 High St., a building that Thurber also owns.
In addition to the drive-thru, Thurber plans to have a parking lot constructed on the site.
The city had two rounds of bidding for the vacant building. All the bids of the first round were rejected by city officials. Thurber entered a bid for the second round and was awarded the contract.
Thurber said downtown Wadsworth needs more retail shops and restaurants and more visible parking will hopefully help to draw more businesses into the downtown area.