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Local news briefs — Aug. 1

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AKRON

Man shot in arm

AKRON: A man was shot in the arm in an apartment near Akron General Medical Center early Wednesday morning.

The man, who police did not identify, was wounded when someone fired into his West Cedar Street apartment about 12:30 a.m., according to Beacon Journal news partner WEWS.

Officers patrolling the area heard the shots shortly before 911 calls were made to the police department.

Witnesses reported hearing six to eight shots.

The man was transported to Akron General with a gunshot wound to the arm.

A security guard at the apartment told police a sport utility vehicle was seen fleeing the scene, but a description of the vehicle was not released.

Bullet holes were visible in the building’s exterior brick and a window was shot out in the apartment.

Medication stolen

AKRON: A worker assigned to two Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board group homes is facing criminal charges alleging she stole medications intended for patients and replaced them with over-the-counter alternatives.

Jennifer Evans, 32, of Akron, was arrested Tuesday by sheriff’s detectives on charges of theft of drugs and tampering with drugs. She was freed on a $10,000 bond after an initial court hearing in Barberton Municipal Court.

Evans was employed by Hattie Larlham at the time. She has since been terminated, authorities said.

Board officials contacted deputies this month after suspicions arose that one group home patient in Copley Township and another in Cuyahoga Falls were not receiving proper pain medications, authorities said.

Sheriff’s detectives said their investigation showed Evans “had been stealing prescription pain medications from group home residents and replacing them with over-the-counter drugs,” sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said Wednesday.

The drugs taken were dia­zepam, a generic form of Valium, and lorazepam, a generic version of Ativan, Holland said. Court records show the patients were given Tylenol instead.

Holland said the thefts appear to have taken place during a two-week span in July and involved medications of two patients.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Benefit for Cook

A garden tea party fundraiser to support the committee to Keep Judge Katarina Cook for the Akron Municipal Court will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at 661 Highlands Drive, Bath Township.

Guests will enjoy homemade treats from Cook’s kitchen.

Suggested donation is $50; junior tea drinkers are $25.

Prizes will be awarded for best hats. In case of rain, the party will move indoors.

For more information or to RSVP, call 330-836-6620 or visit www.JudgeKatarinaCook.com.

Walters fundraiser

CUYAHOGA FALLS: City Council President Don Walters will host a “Bowling for Victory” fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Legend Lanes Bowling Center, 4190 State Road.

Walters is a candidate for mayor of Cuyahoga Falls.

Pizza and wings are included in the event.

Requested contribution levels are: $20 donation, $50 “Spare Sponsor” and $125 “Strike Sponsor.” Children are free.

For more information, call 330-434-1311 or email WaltersForMayor@gmail.com.

CLEVELAND

Plea in slayings

CLEVELAND: An East Cleveland man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags earlier this month.

Michael Madison, 35, appeared via a video feed from jail for his arraignment, for which he was handcuffed and wearing orange jail scrubs. When the judge asked him how he was, Madison answered, “I’ve been better.”

The judge continued his $6 million bond and said she would appoint two attorneys to represent him. A pretrial hearing was set for Tuesday morning.

Madison is facing six charges of aggravated murder, two for each victim under different killing theories. He’s also charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of weapon possession by an ex-convict.

— Associated Press

COLUMBUS

PUCO delays move

COLUMBUS: Ohio utility regulators have delayed action in a case affecting potentially millions of dollars in rebates of renewable energy overcharges to customers of FirstEnergy Corp.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler said Wednesday’s vote was postponed a week to allow time to fine tune an order addressing whether the Akron utility overpaid for renewable energy credits and passed those excess costs on to customers.

Environmental and consumer advocates expressed disappointment in the delay.

Portions of audits detailing estimates of the overcharges have been blocked from public view because of confidentiality claims by the company.

That has meant parties — including FirstEnergy competitor American Electric Power-Ohio, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel representing utility ratepayers and environmentalists — can’t discuss details.

One estimate put excess payments between $96 million and $126 million.

— Associated Press

GREEN

Grant for airport

Akron-Canton Airport received a federal grant Wednesday that will help it complete two projects.

The $4.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 percent of the cost to expand the airport’s de-icing pad for planes, rehabilitate a taxiway and reconstruct the airport’s entrance driveway, airport Director Rick McQueen said.

The airport matches the remaining 10 percent, he said.

The new de-icing pad will allow for three 737 planes, those flown by Southwest, to be de-iced at the same time, airport spokeswoman Kristie Van Auken said.

The airport is also reconstructing approximately 2,500 feet of asphalt on taxiway E.

The de-icing and reconstruction project has begun and will be complete by Nov. 1.

The second project is the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s entrance road.

“The goal of this project is to relieve congestion in the front of the terminal building during peak periods and make the airport easier to navigate,” McQueen said.

It should be complete by February.

REVERE SCHOOLS

Principal appointed

REVERE: During a meeting Tuesday, the Revere Board of Education appointed Judy Myers as principal of the middle school.

Myers, a former Springfield teacher and principal at a Barberton middle school and Green elementary, replaces Joe Niemantsverdriet, who resigned in July to become principal in the Lakewood school district.


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