Water shutoffs halted
AKRON: The city suspended the disconnection of residential water service for customers unable to make payments.
“I am pleased to continue our annual moratorium so all our customers will maintain water service during their holidays,” Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.
The moratorium will continue through Jan. 1.
About 675 customers per month are disconnected from water service because of nonpayment, the city said.
The Akron Water Supply Bureau provides water and sewer service to about 85,000 accounts in Akron, Fairlawn, Mogadore, Cuyahoga Falls, and Hudson, and Bath, Springfield, Copley and Coventry townships.
The utility will resume disconnections Jan. 2.
Last meeting of 2013
BARBERTON: The City Council will hold its final regular meeting of 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers. The session is scheduled as a legislative meeting.
The first meeting of the new year is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
Fire hits Little Tikes
HUDSON: An explosion and fire Wednesday evening at the Little Tikes plant resulted in minimal structure damage.
No one was injured.
The Hudson Fire Department responded to the report of an explosion and fire in a powder room and maintenance shop at the Little Tikes facility on Barlow Road at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Tom Richmond, executive vice president of Little Tikes, said company officials believe the blaze was caused by static electricity igniting plastic resin.
“No one was hurt,” Richmond said Friday. “The factory was evacuated for safety. All was back to normal by the next day after thorough review by our personnel, city of Hudson fire department, and our electrical contractors.
“We want to thank our city firefighters and police for a rapid and efficient response.”
Twenty-two Hudson firefighters responded with assistance from the Stow, Twinsburg, Valley Fire and Streetsboro departments.
Firefighters remained on the scene until about 10 p.m. to ensure the fire was out and to investigate its cause.
The damage estimated has not been determined.
NORTON: The City Council has completed its regularly scheduled meetings for 2013 and will begin the new year at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in council chambers with Municipal Judge David Fish swearing in the four newly elected members: Rick Rodgers, Ward 1; Danny Grether, Ward 2; Dennis Pierson, Ward 3; and Paul Tousley, Ward 4.
Following the ceremony, the council will elect its new president and vice president.
Light refreshments will be served following the formal portion of the meeting. Currently, there are no other items on the agenda.
The next meeting of the council will be 7 p.m. Jan. 6.
Bonds for sheriff
CANTON: Stark County commissioners on Friday authorized the purchase of three bonds to cover newly reinstated Sheriff George Maier.
The largest, for the same amount as the sheriff’s salary of $94,691, applies to federal furtherance-of-justice funds. The smallest is for $20,000, protecting the county from losses by employee theft. A bond for $50,000 covers the sheriff himself.
The vendor, Western Surety Co. of Sioux Falls, S.D., will be paid $1,400.
Maier resumed his duties as sheriff Wednesday evening after taking the oath of office from Massillon Municipal Judge Edward Elum.
Stark County Democrats chose Maier earlier that evening to replace interim Sheriff Timothy A. Swanson, who had been returned to office as the result of a Nov. 6 Ohio Supreme Court decision that said Maier was not qualified to hold the office.
That decision ordered Democrats to select a new sheriff, which resulted in Maier’s selection again.
A case pending before the court will determine if Maier can continue in the position.
The local lodge of Sons of Noway will hold its annual holiday party, or Julefest, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Advent Lutheran Church, 5525 Harper Road, Solon.
Norwegian Christmas music and special foods will be featured. Nordic foods, including Fattigman cookies and julekake, will be available.
Sons of Norway is open to anyone interested in Norwegian culture.
For more information, call 330-633-7482.
Four plead not guilty
STEUBENVILLE: Four eastern Ohio school workers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into other alleged crimes spurred by the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
The four include Mike McVey, Steubenville’s top school official, whose attorney promised to fight the charges.
Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove accepted the not-guilty pleas Friday in Jefferson County court and let the four remain free without bond.
In total, six individuals have been indicted by the rape investigation grand jury, whose work is finished.
McVey and three others are charged with trying to thwart the investigation into the August 2012 rape of the West Virginia girl by the football players.
The players were convicted in March and sentenced to the state’s juvenile detention system.
— Associated Press