Dead man identified
AKRON: Authorities have identified a man who was shot to death Monday afternoon.
Marshall Jones, 26, lived on Grand Avenue in Akron.
Police said he was in a Dodge Durango with three men when he was shot multiple times and his body was left in the 200 block of Noble Avenue.
No suspects have been identified.
Police Lt. Rick Edwards said a silver 1995-2000 Dodge Durango with tinted windows and three male occupants was seen leaving the scene on Noble Avenue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637.
Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.
Elms principal named
AKRON: Our Lady of the Elms has announced that Cynthia Wilhite will be the private Catholic school’s new middle and high school principal.
Wilhite has 16 years of administrative experience with Akron Public Schools at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.
Wilhite is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Cuyahoga Falls.
The public is invited to meet Wilhite from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the high school.
Parks levy on ballot
BATH TWP.: Trustees voted unanimously Monday to seek renewal of a five-year, 0.75-mill parks levy. It will appear on the May 6 primary election ballot.
The current levy is due to expire at the end of the year.
According to figures provided by the Summit County Fiscal Officer, the estimated property tax revenue to be collected would be $370,927, about $3,000 less than what is currently collected. That shortfall is due to the loss in property tax revenue based on a recent decrease in assessed value of township properties, Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike said.
Cost of the levy renewal to property owners would be $22.97 per $100,000 of valuation.
Open house at park
BOSTON TWP.: The National Park Service will host an open house at 7 p.m. Thursday for the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program at the Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road.
The program requires 40 hours of classroom instruction plus 40 hours of volunteer service to get certified. It begins in April. The program costs $250.
For more information, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, or send an email to email@example.com.
MUNROE FALLS: Councilman John Hegnauer will hold office hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month at McDonald’s, 12 Munroe Falls Ave. The next date is Jan. 25.
Residents are encouraged to use the office hours as an opportunity to connect with their local government. Hegnauer will be available to answer questions and hear concerns about our community.
Residents may also reach him by phone at 330-208-0767, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
The Western Reserve Land Conservancy reports that it preserved 51 properties covering more than 4,000 acres in 2013.
It was one of the best years ever for the nonprofit group that is based in Moreland Hills.
The 2013 work included new parkland in Medina, Portage, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Mahoning counties, starting land banks in Ashtabula and Richland counties, protecting 2,400 acres of farmland and securing state money for Ohio cities to demolish abandoned houses.
In Akron, the group acquired a 16-acre parcel that will be added to the South Akron Greenway along Adam’s and Haley’s runs.
The group has preserved 533 properties covering 38,494 acres in Northeast Ohio.