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Local news briefs — July 12


Death probed

AKRON: An Akron man has been arrested on drug trafficking charges following an investigation that started after Monday’s sudden death of a 47-year-old Coventry Township woman.

Joseph T. Morgan, 47, is accused by authorities of trafficking the prescription anxiety medicine Xanax, according to Barberton Municipal Court records.

Summit County sheriff’s detectives began investigating Morgan after Coventry Township paramedics were called Monday to a Judy Avenue home when Kelley Harrington, 47, was found unconscious. The woman died later that day at Akron General Medical Center.

A cause of death is pending toxicology results, which typically take several weeks.

During the investigation into Harrington’s death, “Morgan admitted to supplying Ms. Harrington a controlled substance prior to her death,” sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said Thursday.

During a search of Morgan’s Ninth Street home, deputies recovered 21 firearms, an unspecified amount of controlled substances and $110,000, Holland said.

Sixth conviction

AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after being convicted on his sixth drunken driving offense.

Samuel D. Hoffmeyer, 41, of West Crosier Street, also lost his driving privileges for life.

A Summit County jury last month convicted Hoffmeyer after a trial before Judge Tammy O’Brien.

Prosecutors say Hoffmeyer crashed his truck into a guardrail at the Sheetz gas station on West Waterloo Road on Sept. 25. Akron police officers in the area saw Hoffmeyer trying to flee the area on foot and arrested him.


New concert date

CANAL FULTON: A concert by the Majestic Voice Chorus has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

It will be at 7 p.m. at Public Square at North Canal and Market streets.

The show had been scheduled for July 1 but was postponed because of inclement weather.

For more information, call 330-854-6835.

Rides canceled

CANAL FULTON: Rides aboard the canal boat St. Helena III have been canceled until further notice.

The rides, halted Wednesday and Thursday because of high water, were expected to resume today, but continued flooding from the Tuscarawas River and Ohio & Erie Canal has changed that timetable.

The replica canal boat departs for hourlong horse-drawn rides along the Ohio & Erie Canal at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays in the summer and early fall.

For more information on the status of the park and the rides, go to or call 330-854-6835.


Burglary arrests

JACKSON TWP.: Five suspects have been arrested in connection with last month’s burglary of a Jackson Township home.

The suspects are all between 15 and 18 and are accused of taking part in the June 26 crime in the 5900 block of Island Drive Northwest.

Jackson police Detective Tony Crookston led efforts to investigate the burglary. The investigation led to one juvenile suspect and a search of the suspect’s home July 3.

Subsequent interviews led to the arrest of four others and the recovery of some items taken during the burglary, police said.


Worker killed

MONTVILLE TWP.: A 33-year-old Fairlawn man working at Fox Meadow Country Club was apparently electrocuted about noon Wednesday after coming in contact with underground wiring, said Sgt. Matt Neil of the Montville Township Police Department.

According to the Plain Dealer, Neil identified the victim as Michael J. Krebs, a father of three. He was a maintenance employee of the country club. Neil said Krebs had been operating a backhoe around 1:15 p.m. when he climbed off the machine and stepped into a 9-foot hole. He was alone at the time.

Krebs and another employee of the club had been replacing damaged irrigation pipe, Neil said. Krebs’ co-worker found him unresponsive in the hole.

Weather does not appear to have been a factor in the incident, Neil said, adding, “There were no storms at that time.”

Officials from FirstEnergy and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene.


Veterans’ grants

New federal resources will provide support services for homeless and low-income veterans served by two local agencies, U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown’s office said Thursday in announcing grants.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, through its Supportive Service for Veteran Families program, has awarded $800,575 to Family & Community Services Inc. in Portage County and $354,196 to Community Services Support Inc. in Summit County.

The money will be used to provide supportive services to low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. The VA program aims to prevent and end homelessness among veterans.

The Portage County group plans to serve 425 households in Summit, Lorain, Portage, and Trumbull Counties. The Summit County group plans to serve 70 households in the Akron area.


Provost hired

JACKSON TWP.: Stark State College on Thursday named Lada Gibson-Shreve as provost and chief academic officer.

She joined the college in 1993 as a faculty member and has served in several administrative positions, most recently as dean of liberal arts.

In her new role, Gibson-Shreve will lead Stark State’s academic functions and will collaborate the programs with the needs of business and industry.

Her annual salary was set at $155,486.


Concert mistake

AKRON: There is no concert scheduled for July 26 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park.

Incorrect information was distributed in the park district’s monthly program guide, Metro Parks, Serving Summit County said in a clarification issued this week.

Movie night

AKRON: Summit County Progressive Democrats will host a viewing of the film Triangle Fire at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Laborers Hall 894, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

This film details the 1911 tragedy that took the lives of 146 garment workers and sparked a series of labor and union laws in effect to this day.

A discussion will follow about the recent disaster in Bangladesh and what further work needs to be done to protect the safety of workers.

The event is free and open to the public.

Memorial bricks

STOW: Memorial bricks for the Christmas Box Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial are available for the fall placement ceremony.

Deadline to order is July 22. Cost is $100.

The replica of an angel monument, inspired by the book The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, is at the memorial site in Silver Springs Cemetery, 5080 Stow Road. More than 500 bricks have been placed at the memorial to provide a peaceful place for grieving parents and families whose children have died to heal and remember. The fall placement ceremony will be in October.

Order forms are available at the memorial, at, or by calling 330-689-1089.


IRS hearing

CINCINNATI: A state House committee wants to hear from Ohioans who believe the Internal Revenue Service targeted them because of their political leanings.

The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee scheduled a July 25 hearing at the University of Cincinnati. The committee stated Thursday that comments from those testifying will be submitted to Ohio’s congressional delegation.

An IRS Cincinnati office played a key role in what agency officials have said was improper scrutiny of tea party and other groups when they sought tax-exempt status.

Several Ohio-based tea party groups and leaders have charged they were unfairly singled out. IRS employees have denied partisan motives.

— Associated Press


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