Killer gets life term
AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for firing a gun into a nightclub and killing a music producer.
Dontay Taylor, 23, will not be eligible for parole until 2052.
A Summit County jury last week convicted Taylor in the July 23, 2012, shooting death of Rahsaan Price, 38.
The shooting took place at the Embassy Lounge on Romig Road in southwest Akron. Police said Taylor became angry when he was denied entry into the club because of past misbehavior.
Taylor then went to a car, retrieved a pistol and fired eight shots into the bar.
Price, who was seated at the bar while working on a music video, was struck and killed. Two others were injured.
Taylor was convicted of murder and three counts of felonious assault.
Talk on Gay Games
AKRON: Thomas Nobbe, executive director of Gay Games 9, will give a presentation Monday to the Akron City Council.
Nobbe will speak at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 166 S. High St.
The Gay Games will take place in August at venues in Cleveland and Akron. They are open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability.
For additional information about the games, go to www.gg9cle.com.
Job fair at Akron Zoo
AKRON: The Akron Zoo will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for prospective summer workers.
The zoo at 500 Edgewood Ave. will be looking to fill jobs in the areas of guest services, education, horticulture, finance and custodial.
Guest services workers help with admissions, rides, gift shop and food service.
The zoo’s summer season runs from April 1 to Sept. 30.
Applicants will be asked to fill out an application, and some interviews will take place.
Anyone interested must be at least 18 years old.
For more information about the Akron Zoo, go to www.akronzoo.org.
New police cruisers
BATH TWP.: Bath Police Department will be getting four new vehicles as part of the regular rotation of cruisers within that department.
Trustees on Tuesday approved the purchase of two Ford Police Interceptor sport utility vehicles from Montrose Ford at a cost of $26,109.71 each, as well as one Ford Taurus police car at a cost of $24,158.59.
In addition, the department purchased a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SE from Fred Martin Superstore for $20,748.50.
All vehicles were planned replacements for current vehicles, and all were within the state bid price, Chief Mike McNeely said.
Trustees also accepted the recommendation of Service Director Caine Collins for the third cycle of work by JG3 Consulting to reinspect and rate all of the roads in the township, update the road inventory, upgrade the micropaver software and provide pavement condition analysis reports and projections at a cost of $11,210.
“This gives us a good picture of road conditions and helps us plan for pavement preservation,” Collins said.
AKRON: Summit County Probate Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer will hold a re-election fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Office Bistro, 778 N. Main St., Akron.
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Benefit for Scalise
AKRON: Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise will host her second annual Birthday Bash fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Laborers Local 894, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway.
Suggested donations are $35, $70 or $100.
Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Kristen M. Scalise, Melinda Gullace, Treasurer, 3842 Dogwood St. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685.
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New home for police
COPLEY TWP.: Construction tentatively is scheduled to start in early August on the Copley Police Department’s new building.
The design includes a 2,700 square-foot community room with seminar seating for 96 that can be divided to accommodate simultaneous meetings, a conference room, an area for staff, roll calls and for writing reports.
Project Manager Sharon Jurawitz, an architect with Horne & King Architects in Dublin, said the firm’s building design has received a “preliminary blessing” from the Summit County Building Department.
Copley Township trustees Wednesday were given a virtual tour of the 21,767 square-foot headquarters that will house the 30-member department.
Architect David King put the “hard cost,” that of the building and site, at $4.6 million, the overall cost at $5.4 million.
Construction is expected to take 13 months and be completed by November 2015.
The building footprint off Sunset Drive covers part of what is currently the Copley Community Center, scheduled to be torn down before construction begins.
Township Service Director Mark Mitchell said he would like to see the drive resurfaced, from a chip and seal to an asphalt surface.
Trustees said the township also will have to petition Akron to connect the new building to the city’s water and sewer lines.
CANTON: A second high-ranking administrator in the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services has resigned to take a job in Summit County.
Valarie Nash resigned Feb. 11 as deputy director for human resources and support service, with her last day at work to be March 19.
County commissioners accepted her resignation Wednesday.
She has followed former boss Julie Barnes to Summit County Children Services, where Barnes is now executive director.
Commissioner Thomas Bernabei said Nash had done an excellent job and thanked her for her service.
Baby rape alleged
MINERVA: A 23-year-old Mineral City man has been charged with rape and felonious assault in an incident allegedly involving an 11-month-old female, according the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in Pike Township on Wednesday for a welfare concern regarding the suspect when they noticed injuries to the girl, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Kyle Curtis Murphy was arrested and the investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said.
PLAIN TWP.: A McDonald’s restaurant will be built in Plain Township near the Walsh University campus.
Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin Farmer has ruled that the Township Board of Zoning Appeals acted properly in approving conditional-use permits to allow construction of the restaurant with a drive-thru on Market Avenue near Grove Street Northeast.
Nearby residents objected to the drive-thru, saying it would allow more traffic going through their neighborhood and also would expose them to added light, noise and litter.
After a hearing in September, the Zoning Board approved the conditional-use permit by a 3-2 vote.
Six residents then appealed that decision to Stark County Common Pleas Court.
Tom Locke, owner of the McDonald’s on Easton Street about 2 miles to the east of Walsh, proposes to move that restaurant to a new building at the Easton Village Shopping Plaza.
It will replace a vacant bank building in the plaza.
McDonald’s architect said the new restaurant would not add many more vehicles to the high-traffic area around the university.
Residents can appeal Judge Farmer’s decision to the 5th District Court of Appeals.