4 hurt in shootings
AKRON: Akron police detectives are investigating two separate shootings that left four injured early Friday morning.
None of the four victims suffered life-threatening injuries and no suspects have been identified, police said.
The first shooting was reported just after midnight in the 100 block of Brittain Road, where at least three people were arguing. A 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were shot during the altercation. They were treated at a local hospital. Police do not have a description of the shooter.
About an hour later, officers were called to the 400 block of South Rhodes Avenue, where two men, ages 19 and 20, were shot while trying to flee two armed robbers.
The victims told police that two armed men approached their car and demanded the vehicle. The victims tried to drive away and the gunmen opened fire, police said.
The 20-year-old had serious injuries to his arm and a bullet grazed the 19-year-old. Both were taken to a local hospital. Police did not have a detailed description of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for these or any crimes can be made at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.
AKRON: A day after the founder of a local animal rescue group pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, the group's Web site announced a change in leadership.
Patricia Mihaly, co-founder of the rescue shelter, was named new Executive Director of Heaven Can Wait according to the group's Web site Friday.
Laura Oakes, a volunteer for the group, announced in July she was serving as interim Executive Director following a July raid at the shelter's Vesper Street address where more than 105 animals were removed by authorities.
Mihaly and her daughter, Heather Nagel, were each charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty and several zoning code violations following the raid.
During the three-day trial this week, Visiting Summit County Common Pleas Judge Michael Weigand dismissed four of the charges. Shortly before closing arguments were set to begin in her criminal trial Thursday, Nagel agreed to plead guilty to four counts of animal cruelty. The rest of the charges were dismissed by Akron city prosecutors.
In addition, prosecutors agreed to drop all 11 counts facing Mihaly, who co-founded the rescue shelter in 2003 with Nagel.
AKRON: Mobile Meals of Akron and Meals on Wheels of Stark County are among 147 local programs across the United States that will receive a portion of a $2.2 million donation from the Walmart Foundation awarded to the Meals on Wheels Association of America.
The Walmart Foundation Impact Grant Program will provide struggling Meals On Wheels programs with essential items such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, delivery vehicles and other equipment so they can continue providing meals to homebound seniors and seniors in need.
Local Meals On Wheels programs will receiving grants of up to $15,000 and were selected through a competitive grant process.
Two off ballots
Two Republican candidates for Congress won't be on the May 4 primary ballot.
Frank Chestney of Brunswick, a 13th district candidate, and Kevin Kapel of Munson Township in Geauga County, a 16th district contender despite living outside the boundaries, were disqualified by county elections board this week for insufficient valid signatures on their petitions.
Both races still will be crowded. Six GOP candidates will face off in the 13th district, while four will compete in the 16th.
The 13th district covers portions of Summit, Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. The 16th District includes Stark and Wayne counties and parts of Ashland and Medina counties.
JACKSON TWP.: The Jackson Township Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 8 a.m. Monday.
The meeting will be in the Jackson Township Administration Building at 5735 Wales Avenue Northwest.
The purpose of the meeting is to authorize the sale of a 1996 Ford truck to the city of Massillon.
LAKE TWP.: Trustees promoted Officer Dan Stiles to the rank of captain in the Uniontown Police Department at a special meeting Thursday morning.
His promotion takes effect today.
GRANGER TWP.: A Chippewa Township man died Friday from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash.
Robert K. Krause, 38, was traveling east on state Route 18 at 11:35 a.m. when he lost control of a 2008 Chevy Tahoe, slid left of center and struck a truck driven by Ronald M. Marcinko, 46, of Medina, the State Highway Patrol said.
Krause was taken to Medina Hospital, where he died.
Marcinko, who was traveling west on Route 18, was taken to Medina Hospital with facial injuries, authorities said.
Neither of the men was wearing a seat belt.
The crash remains under investigation.
WADSWORTH: A 12-week grief recovery support group will begin meeting Wednesday at the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, 138 High St.
The group will meet each Wednesday through May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Center.
A certified grief recovery specialist will lead the program, which is offered by Crossroads Hospice.
For reservations, call 330-335-1513.
Plan for snow days
COLUMBUS: Ohio students who might be used to sledding or playing video games on snow days could instead be given schoolwork via computer, under a proposal from state lawmakers.
A bill offered by a bipartisan group of legislators would let schools use online lessons so as many as five school days called off for bad weather or other calamities would not have to be made up. Districts could immediately post assignments on their Web sites for students to complete within two weeks.
One of the bill's co-sponsors says students who don't have Internet access at home would receive hard copies of the lessons when classes resume.
House Education Committee Chairman Brian Williams, D-Akron, has reacted favorably to the proposal. He says learning would keep moving during snow shutdowns.
— Associated Press