AKRON: An Akron man was punched and robbed after declining to buy drugs from his attacker, police said.
The man, 54, was assaulted while walking Tuesday about 6 p.m. near the Haven of Rest shelter in the 100 block of East Market Street.
He told police he was beaten by the man and robbed of $200 after he declined to buy cocaine from the suspect.
The attacker fled in a gray sport utility-type vehicle. The victim was treated for an abrasion to his head.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.
AKRON: An argument outside a Kenmore neighborhood house led to a delivery man being struck with an errant gunshot.
The man, 24, was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.
The accused shooter, Jonathan Wilt, 20, is wanted by Akron police on three counts of felonious assault.
The shooting took place about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Fifth Street Southwest, where a couple was moving into a house.
Outside the house, the new resident argued with Wilt before the suspect left momentarily and returned with two handguns, police said.
He then fired several shots at the resident, who was standing in the front yard, police said.
The shots missed the resident, but one bullet traveled inside the home, through a wall and into an appliance delivery man’s leg. Wilt then fled.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wilt is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4 WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330–434–COPS.
You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.
Prison for driver
AKRON: An Akron woman who drove into a construction zone and struck a worker was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison, authorities said.
Tamika E. Perkins, 41, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of vehicular assault late last month in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce’s court.
On Sept. 9, about 8 p.m., Perkins was driving under suspension, heading north in an SUV on I-77 near Vernon Odom Boulevard.
Police said she drove into the construction zone and struck the worker, causing serious injuries. She fled the scene.
Perkins was wanted on the hit-skip charge when she was arrested Oct. 25 at her Hollinger Street residence. Officers found her hiding behind the furnace.
In exchange for her guilty plea, the hit-skip charge was dismissed by motion of the prosecutor.
AKRON: A town hall meeting with East Akron residents will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.
Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara Samples Mosley and other EACH board members will meet with residents to give them a chance to voice their concerns on what programs they would like to see in their community.
CANTON: The owner of a Canton-area construction company is accused of making false claims in order to collect more than $34 million in federal contracts.
William Richardson III, owner of TAB Construction Co., was named in the wire fraud indictment that U.S. attorneys in Cleveland announced Wednesday.
Prosecutors say he intentionally misled the government about the company’s office location in order to obtain a HUBZone certification and qualify for tens of millions of dollars’ worth of federal contracts.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Act of 1997 (the HUBZone Program) provides assistance for some small businesses and helps increase employment opportunities, investment and economic development in designated areas.
Prosecutors say Richardson provided a bogus Walnut Avenue address for the company to become certified in the program. He is also accused of providing a fake lease to support the false address, prosecutors said.
Richardson and his 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, according to prosecutors.
Metro RTA meeting
GREEN: Metro RTA, which provides bus service through Green, will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the city’s Central Administration Building at 1755 Town Park Blvd.
The meeting is to discuss proposed schedule changes for this fall.
State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, will have office hours in her district this month.
Roegner’s hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Nordonia Hills Library, 9458 Olde Eight Road in Northfield and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 28 in the Twinsburg Library, 10050 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg.
Money for fire gear
PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees approved the purchase of personal protective equipment for Plain firefighters at their meeting Tuesday evening.
The coats and pants will be purchased from the Fire House at a cost not to exceed $23,000 and will replace 10-year-old protective gear.
Parks Director Rob Steinberg told trustees a farmers market might be coming to Schneider Park.
It would be in the upper area of the park and could be in operation by summer, he said.
Issue 1 endorsed
CANTON: Stark County commissioners have endorsed a statewide ballot issue to continue funding infrastructure improvements with bond sales.
The board passed a resolution supporting the measure Wednesday at the urging of County Engineer Keith Bennett.
He said the program has supported 680 Stark County projects with a total of $128 million since its inception in 1987.
Existing revenue sources pay off the bonds, meaning no new taxes need to be raised to pay for them, Bennett said.
The bond authorization issue will be state Issue 1 on the May 6 primary ballot.
TALLMADGE: Donovan Bagnoli Funeral Home is sponsoring a free seminar today called “To Plan or Not to Plan” designed to share information about estate planning, Medicaid and VA benefits.
The seminar will begin at noon at Tallmadge Lions Park, 245 Northeast Ave.
Presenters will include Sheri Peters, an attorney from Tallmadge, and George Tonies, a pre-planning specialist.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 330-633-3350.
Adoption, foster care
BARBERTON: Summit County Children Services is sponsoring a free foster care and adoption information meeting today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Avenue.
The meeting will cover the basics of foster care and adoption, including what and how long the process is and what kind of support is provided by the agency.
The event is free and reservations are not needed.