AKRON: An Akron woman faces multiple charges after she called police to complain about her cousin.
Police say Rosalind D. Sheppard, 38, of Mohawk Avenue, called police Monday to report an “altercation” with a relative.
When officers responded , they say they found Sheppard in a car with two open containers of alcohol. A search of the vehicle also uncovered marijuana and stolen items.
Sheppard has been charged with receiving stolen property and various drug charges.
AKRON: Accounting firm OFG Advisors LLC is offering several free community events to mark the opening of its new location in the Village at New Seasons development in West Akron.
A free Community Day Diabetic Food Testing, prepared by chef Dennis Baylor and Henry’s Acme, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
A free wine tasting and jazz night will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony 3 p.m. Saturday.
The firm is located at 1511 S. Hawkins Ave.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bid for GOP post
KENT: Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People Convention and executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, has announced his bid for chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.
Retiring state Chairman Bob Bennett is vacating the seat.
Zawistowski announced his candidacy in a letter to the Republican Party State Central Committee, saying his leadership the past several years “was successful in bringing people with many diverse viewpoints together. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to unify the fiscal conservative, social conservative, and moderate Republicans here in Ohio and extend my previous success to the entire Republican Party.”
Zawistowski is the recent past president of the statewide Ohio Liberty Coalition and has been running the Portage County Tea Party since July 2009.
The vote on the chairmanship is scheduled for April 25.
HARTVILLE: Village Council has renewed the contract of a Wadsworth certified public accounting firm to serve as fiscal officer for a year.
Varney, Fink & Associates will continued to be paid $1,500 a week for standard services such as processing payroll, recording receipts and preparing financial statements.
Additional work not outlined in the scope of the agreement is to be billed at the firm’s standard rate of $65 per hour.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: All Together Now Inc., which coordinates Kent Community Dinners to give the area the opportunity to get to know people of all races and religions, has four events planned this year.
Mark your calendar for April 20, May 18, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.
This month’s dinner is in partnership with the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK) and marks the fifth annual Spring Celebration of Brotherhood.
“Globally, All Together Now Inc. understands that Christians and Muslims have the greatest area of opportunity for developing understanding and respect for each other, qualities we see as the precursors to peace,” the organization said in a news release.
Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Islamic Community Center, 152 E. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
Transportation is provided at 4:45 p.m. behind the United Church of Christ.
Reservations are required by calling 330-922-9991.
AKRON: The Zonta Club will host its annual Power of the Purse fundraiser at 11 a.m. April 13 at the Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road in Akron.
The luncheon will feature a silent auction of designer purses as well as other items.
Bargain-priced, gently used purses also will be sold.
Proceeds will benefit local and international charities that work to advance the status of women.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or calling 330-554-8844.
State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, will host two sessions of office hours this month for constituents.
• 9 to 10:30 a.m. April 15 at Stow Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road.
• 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 29 at Nordonia Hills Library, 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield.
No appointment is necessary.
Constituents unable to attend can contact Roegner at 614-466-1177 or Rep37@ohiohouse.gov.
Meet with Rodgers
CUYAHOGA FALLS: Summit County Councilwoman Gloria Rodgers will hold public office hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St.
Rodgers will be available to answer questions and hear concerns.
For more information, call 330-643-2725.
COLUMBUS: A conservative nonprofit has launched an online video series opposing Republican Gov. John Kasich’s proposed tax hike on oil and gas production.
Opportunity Ohio’s three-day series began Tuesday, as state representatives are preparing changes to Kasich’s $63.2 billion, two-year state budget.
The effort proceeded despite indications the House won’t include the plan in its version of the budget.
Tuesday’s spot suggests that directing proceeds of a drilling-tax hike toward income-tax reductions, as Kasich proposes, is unfair to farmers. It features residents from Ohio’s poor areas with “My Property, My Opportunity” signs.
Opportunity Ohio president Matt Mayer says the 9-month-old group believes in protecting Ohioans’ property from unnecessary taxation.
Kasich argues Ohio’s severance tax is lower than other states and proceeds from an increase can benefit the entire state’s economy.
— Associated Press
Early voting starts
COLUMBUS: Ohio voters can now start casting early ballots for local races and issues for the May 7 election.
The state’s top election official said Tuesday that voters in 74 counties will decide several local races and 355 local issues. Those local issues include 116 school issues and a number of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments.
Ohio law allows voters to cast early ballots in person or by mail before Election Day.
Monday is the deadline to register to vote for next month’s election. Voters have until May 4 to request an absentee ballot by mail from their county elections board.
Several school districts in the Akron area have placed issues on the May 7 ballot.
— Associated Press