Man shot in arm
AKRON: A Maple Heights man was shot during a confrontation Wednesday with an Akron woman’s boyfriend, police said.
The wounded man, 21, was being treated at a local hospital for a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound to his left arm, police said.
He was helping a woman move from her Romig Road apartment about 1 p.m. At some point, her boyfriend and a second man arrived, police said, and a physical altercation ensued.
The second man, whom police have not identified, fired the shot. Police said he is a black male in his 40s with a tear-drop tattoo near his right eye. He was dressed in a red sweat suit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Information also can be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677). Tipsters might qualify for a cash reward.
Ward 7, 8 events
AKRON: Two Akron council members will host events next week.
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8, will host a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.
Michele Colopy of ESOP, a nonprofit housing counseling agency, will discuss foreclosure prevention and provide resources for those in the foreclosure process. Jane Trinter, from Summit County Public Health, will share information on the county’s radon program and will provide coupons for free radon kits.
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7, will host a “lunch with the councilman” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Garfield High School’s restaurant, 435 N. Firestone Blvd.
His guest will be John Valle, director of neighborhood assistance.
Attendees can buy lunch from the school restaurant, which is staffed by students in a culinary vocational program.
Sandy funds sought
CLEVELAND: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon Lake, wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to commit Hurricane Sandy funds to pay for damage to the Cleveland harbor.
His request comes in the wake of a new federal report that says strong winds and waves from Hurricane Sandy caused nearly $18 million in damage on the Great Lakes, including almost $12.6 million in Cleveland.
Congress passed $50.5 billion in supplemental appropriations to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy and to rebuild and strengthen areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, including $821 million for expenses related to consequences of the storm.
In report language accompanying the legislation, the Senate Committee on Appropriations provided assurances that Great Lakes federal navigation projects damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy would be eligible for some of those funds.
Cleveland Harbor supports more than 4,000 jobs and generates an estimated $280 million annually, Brown said.
GREEN: The city’s Parks and Recreation Division and the Green Arts Council have teamed up to offer cultural arts programming, March into Art, beginning next month.
There are 17 different art classes geared to a variety of ages and interests, including quilting, egg art, metalsmithing, origami, jewelry making and guitar playing.
All programs will be held at Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road.
Cost and material fees, if applicable, vary by class.
For complete information or to register, visit www.cityofgreen.org/arts-programs ;.
Salvation Army offices still are accepting applications for EnergyShare, Dominion East Ohio’s program that helps families who have exhausted all other forms of winter energy assistance.
As it did last year, Dominion provided an initial $500,000 contribution to support the program, which enters its 12th year in Ohio.
To qualify for EnergyShare assistance, a person must live in the Dominion service area and be a Dominion customer. A recipient must have a household income no higher than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, be unemployed or demonstrate a personal or family crisis. To ensure the widest possible distribution of EnergyShare assistance, eligible persons can receive only one payment of up to $600 per heating season.
Dominion works with local Salvation Army offices to help eligible participants. Every dollar contributed to this fund goes to pay recipients’ Dominion East Ohio heating bills.
False refund alleged
CLEVELAND: A Twinsburg man was indicted on federal charges alleging he made false claims for income tax refunds totaling more than $8.8 million.
Federal prosecutors in Cleveland say Brian Krantz and corporations he controlled were issued 17 refund checks amounting to more than $3.6 million as a result of the alleged scheme.
Prosecutors say it involved fake Internal Revenue Service forms and that Krantz used some of the proceeds to finance a real estate venture.
The 45-year-old Twinsburg man was indicted on 30 counts of making false claims and one count of conspiring to make false claims after an IRS investigation.
It wasn’t clear Thursday if he had legal representation.
Prosecutors say his alleged co-conspirator pleaded guilty.