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Local news briefs — Aug. 16


5K to help derby

AKRON: Early, online registration has closed, but runners interested in participating in the Color Me Rad 5K fundraiser Saturday at Derby Downs still can join in the spectrum of fun.

On-site registration will be taken from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Derby Downs Museum, 1000 George Washington Blvd., and at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Runners who registered online will pick up their race packets today as well.

Cost for late registration is $55. Proceeds from the race will benefit the All-American Soap Box Derby.

The course starts and ends on the service road at Derby Downs and also includes stretches of George Washington and Triplett boulevards. At intervals along the way, race volunteers will bombard runners with soy-based powders in bright hues of blue, red, pink, purple and green.

Waves of runners will leave the starting line beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.

Free parking is available in a lot off Springfield Lake Boulevard.

For more information, go to and click on the map’s dot for Akron.

Store robbed

AKRON: Akron police are investigating the Wednesday afternoon robbery of a Family Dollar store in East Akron.

Employees said a man entered the store at 1156 E. Tallmadge Ave. about 3 p.m. and approached the checkout counter with one hand in his pocket, as if he had a gun.

According to the police report, the man told the clerk, “Don’t make this hard. Give me the money and you won’t get shot.”

The clerk handed the robber an unreported amount of money and the man fled.

He was described as a black male, 28 to 32 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He had a light beard and wore a blue baseball hat, blue jacket, dark T-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 330-375-2490.

Truck flips on I-76

AKRON: A semi-tractor trailer flipped over Thursday afternoon, prompting the closure of the Innovation Way exit from Interstate 76 in Akron.

There were no reports of injuries.

The truck spilled some fuel on the road.


Board meets today

GREEN: An emergency Board of Education meeting has been called for 6 p.m. today to consider the settlement of a longstanding legal matter.

Superintendent Jeffrey L. Miller said board action is possible following an executive session at the Central Administration Building at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

No further explanation would be provided in advance of the meeting, Treasurer Eydie Snowberger said.


Zone change denied

PLAIN TWP.: Most of the 200 people packed into the GlenOak High School theater for a hearing got their desired outcome Wednesday night when the Plain Township Zoning Commission unanimously recommended denial of a zone change for 114 acres at 6900 Market Ave. N.

McKinley Development LTD has requested a zone change from single family to low-density multifamily to build single-family homes and apartments on the tract.

First Christian Church, Edgewood Community Center and Edgewood Golf Course lease the property from CDF Holdings LLC of Irvine, Calif.

Many people have expressed opposition to the elimination of the nine-hole Edgewood course, one of the oldest in Stark County. Nearby residents also are concerned with the potential for increased traffic in the area and the size of the apartment buildings and senior housing planned for the acreage.

The Stark County Regional Planning Commission had recommended approval of the zone change.

The request now goes to Plain Township trustees for a final decision, which will be preceded by another public hearing.

The trustees must vote unanimously to overturn the recommendation of the zoning commission.

Detour for festival

NORTH CANTON: Several roads in the area of the city square — Maple and Main streets — will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday for the 17th annual Main Street Festival.

The event includes food, rides, artisans and other vendors, and a performance by the Hoover High School marching band.


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