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AKRON

Vandalism charges

AKRON: Two 14-year-old boys are in juvenile detention custody on delinquency charges alleging their involvement in a rash of vandalism last weekend at the Coventry Crossing neighborhood in South Akron.

The teens were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Akron police said.

The boys were each charged with one count of burglary, three counts of vandalism and 18 counts of criminal damaging.

They are accused of slashing a large number of car tires, swimming pool liners and trampolines in the housing development.

Police have yet to put an exact number on how many residents were affected by the vandals, but residents estimate as many as 60 car tires were cut late Friday or early Saturday.

The damage spree ran along Picadilly Circle toward Canterbury Circle and Abbey Lane.

Purse snatched

AKRON: Two Akron teens are accused of assaulting a woman while stealing her purse Tuesday afternoon.

The woman, 51, suffered injuries to her right arm, leg and ankle during the attack that took place about 4:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Portage Trail.

The woman told police she was walking to her car in the CVS parking lot when the teens approached and grabbed her purse.

The woman held onto to her purse and was dragged through the parking lot before the boys ran off with her purse, police said.

Officers said they found the suspects at the Waterford Court Apartments.

The boys, 16 and 14, are charged with robbery and obstructing official business.

They were being held in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Jazz concert Friday

AKRON: The second-annual Ward 4 Summer Jazz Concert will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Forest Lodge Park off Mull and Jefferson avenues.

The concert will feature the 18-piece jazz ensemble, the Northeast Ohio Jazz Orchestra.

It is sponsored by Councilman Russel Neal Jr., the city of Akron, and the Ward 4 Leadership Team.

For more information, call Neal at 330-212-3034.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Scalise fundraiser

AKRON: Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise will hold her third annual corn roast fundraiser from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at VFW No. 3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road.

Cost is $35.

Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Kristen M. Scalise, 3842 Dogwood St. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685.

For more details, call 330-697-6545 or email sarahhegnauer@hotmail.com.

CLEVELAND

Free casino parking

CLEVELAND: Free parking will be offered after 6 p.m. until 4 a.m. at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland.

Guests who self-park in the casino’s Collection Auto Group Centre parking structure and its surface parking lot on West Third Street will receive free parking on days when no other special event (Browns, Cavs or Indians games, for example) is occurring downtown.

Parking at the casino on major event and game days will continue to be free for Total Rewards guests.

The public may use the parking structure or surface lot on event days for the posted rate.

For a calender listing free parking dates, go to www.horseshoecleveland.com/shows/free-parking.html.

GREEN

Natural gas leak

GREEN: A natural gas leak in the city of Green forced the closure of a portion of Boettler Road.

Boettler Road was closed in both directions between Tabs Drive and Corporate Woods Parkway for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Peace group picnic

The Barberton-Norton-Wadsworth Peace Group will hold its annual Potluck Picnic at 2 p.m. Sunday at the lakeside home of Paul and Louise Baker, 3895 Boston Ave., New Franklin.

The community is welcome.

Those attending are asked to bring a salad, a covered dish or a dessert.

For additional information about the picnic, call 330-867-7812.

SILVER LAKE

Drunken driving

SILVER LAKE: Village police are participating in the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Drunk” campaign.

Nearly one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve drunken drivers or motorcycle operators.

In 2011, 9,878 people were killed on America’s roads in drunken driving crashes — about one person every 53 minutes.

“That’s why our local police are joining nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to crack down on anyone caught driving drunk, mid-August through the Labor Day holiday,” village police said in a news release.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP

Worker charged

SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A former U.S. Postal Service worker living in Springfield Township has been found guilty of workers compensation fraud.

Amber R. Angeline, 41, was found guilty Wednesday of the charge by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynn Callahan.

Authorities say Angeline received federal workers compensation benefits for a job-related injury between August 2009 through August 2010.

Angeline claimed travel expenses for 91 alleged trips between a doctor’s office in Oakland, Calif., and Elk Grove, Calif. Investigators found she was actually living in the Akron area at the time. She received travel reimbursement payments of $10,955.70.

Angeline pleaded no contest and was found guilty by Callahan.

She was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $10,955.70.

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Lapina, of the Eastern Area Field Office, said the agency spends about $1.4 billion per year in workers’ compensation costs.

“The majority of postal employee who collect these benefits have legitimate claims due to on the job injuries and are truly unable to perform any work,” Lapina said. “A small percentage, however, abuse the system and cost the Postal Service millions of dollars in fraudulent claims.”

STARK COUNTY

New parks director

PLAIN TWP.: After an executive session, Plain trustees on Tuesday selected Robb Sternberg to be the township’s new parks director.

Sternberg, a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School, attended Cleveland State University while on a swimming scholarship, then did graduate work at Walsh University.

He will be paid $50,000 per year and will begin work Monday.

Trustees also approved a contract with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office to provide a school resource officer for Plain schools for 2013-2014. The district will pay half of the officer’s $50,212 salary.

Trustees also had a lengthy discussion with the sheriff regarding the closing of several township roads for a marathon Sept. 8 and expressed their displeasure that township residents would be inconvenienced for the Sunday morning race.

STOW

Man kills dog

STOW: A Stow man told police he was forced to shoot his neighbor’s dog after the mixed-breed animal came into his yard and acted aggressively toward him and his son.

A Genevieve Boulevard man was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor counts of killing or injuring an animal and discharging a firearm after turning himself in to Stow police. He is scheduled to appear Friday in Stow Municipal Court.

According to a news release issued Wednesday by Stow police, a witness told police that he saw the man shoot his neighbor’s dog the afternoon of July 27.

Officers then questioned the suspect, who said he was shooting a pellet gun with his son when the “dog entered their yard and acted aggressive.”

WADSWORTH

Highway ramp work

WADSWORTH: Motorists should expect to be slowed by construction work on the westbound off-ramp from Interstate 76 to state Route 94 beginning Aug. 19, the city said.

The ramp will be reduced from three to two lanes, with Great Oaks and northbound Route 94 traffic using the right hand lane and southbound Route 94 traffic using the left lane.

Motorists should use caution while in this area and should anticipate additional travel time, the city said.


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