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Local news briefs — July 17


Suspect wanted

AKRON: Police were looking for an Akron man believed to be involved in a shooting Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to a call shortly before 11 a.m. in the 800 block of Lakewood Boulevard, where two men reported they were leaving a business on 13th Street Southwest when two other men in a silver LTZ Chevy Impala with Florida plates fired several shots at them.

A 20-year-old man was struck in the leg several times and was transported to Akron General Medical Center, where his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, police reported. His companion, also 20, was not injured.

Police said one suspect has been identified, and warrants for felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability were issued.

Detectives were asking for help in locating Thomas M. Blankenship, 29, of Lakemont Street in Akron. He is a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, police said.

A second suspect has not been identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Police arrest man

AKRON: An Akron man faces charges after an unsuccessful attempt to rob a gas station Monday night.

Around 6 p.m. Monday a man walked into the BP gas station at 778 Grant St. with his hand under his shirt and demanded money, authorities said.

A clerk pushed the panic alarm after telling the suspect he had to “walk to the back of the store near the coolers to get the money.” The suspect ran from the store.

The suspect, Troy L. Stevens, 37, whose last known address was on Anderson Avenue in Akron, was found on East South Street at Brown Street.

He was charged with robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Homes damaged

AKRON: Police were looking for someone who fired several gunshots at Cole Avenue and Moore Street just before noon Tuesday.

Several homes in the 1300 block of Moore Street were struck, police said.

No injuries were reported.

The shooters may have been in a black 2013 Dodge Dart, officials said.


Boat rides resume

CANAL FULTON: St. Helena III canalboat rides resumed Tuesday.

The rides, which depart twice daily from St. Helena Heritage Park in the summer and early fall, had been suspended because of high water in the Ohio & Erie Canal.

For more information about rides, go to or call the Canal Fulton Canalway Center at 330-854-6835.


12th Street project

CANTON: Reconstruction of one of the city’s main east-west roads is to begin next year.

The City Council on Monday authorized buying 349 properties along 12th Street between Maple Avenue Northeast and Monument Road Northwest.

The acquisitions include outright purchases of some land and temporary work easements. Four buildings are planned for removal.

The council appropriated $629,152 for the work.

Councilman Frank Morris abstained from voting because his uncle owns land proposed for purchase. Councilman Thomas West, who owns property on 12th Street, did not attend the meeting.

In other action, the council voted to honorarily name Second Street between Cherry Avenue Southeast and High Avenue Southwest as Ralph Hay Way. The National Football League was founded at a meeting of a Hupmobile dealership Hay owned.

The street is not expected to be renamed, but Hay’s name will be placed on decorative signs along the route, which includes the site of the former showroom.


Barricades planned

FAIRLAWN: Mayor William Roth said the city will install plastic barricades and delineators that will close Rothrock Road to all traffic Friday.

The barriers will be installed at a location to the west of the intersection of Rothrock Road and Sawgrass Drive.

Emergency responders will activate the gates at Rothrock Road and Rosemont Boulevard for use.

City officials said that signage will be placed to advise the public of the closure.

Copley Township officials have filed an appeal against Judge Alison McCarty’s ruling allowing Fairlawn to block traffic to a proposed new Walmart and Sam’s Club in Copley.

Roth, however, said the closure of Rothrock will occur Friday as scheduled.


Educator leaves

GRANGER TWP.: The Highland Board of Education accepted the resignation of high school assistant principal Ray Braunscheidel, effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, at its meeting Monday.

Braunscheidel is going to another district, but administrators did not release the name of that school system.


Levy rescinded

LAKE TWP.: Lake Board of Eduction members voted Monday to remove a 7.95-mill levy request from the November ballot.

Superintendent Jeff Wendorf told the board that passage of the state’s new two-year budget will allow an increase in funding for Lake schools and extended the horizon for seeking a levy by two years.

The board also adjusted pay-to-participate fees for extracurricular activities.

Under the original pay to participate plan, a student would be charged a maximum of $250 for participation in sports and other activities, and a family could be charged up to $750.

After the revision, Lake students will pay an annual fee of $100 for high school athletics only and $50 for middle school athletics — for as many sports as they wish at those schools.

A family’s cost will be capped at paying the fee for three students per year.

New member Gordon JR Suppes attended his first meeting with the board. He was appointed at a special meeting June 21 to replace Bill Jelen, who moved out of state.


Trial in fatal crash

MEDINA: A Guatemalan man will go on trial next month in Medina County Common Pleas Court on charges related to a fatal car crash June 13 on state Route 18 in Granger Township.

Mateo Ralios, 20, who was working in Akron at the time of the crash, is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and receiving stolen property.

He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for Aug. 19.

Ralios was arrested June 19 and is being held in the Medina County Jail on $300,000 bond.

He crossed the center line while driving a Ford Fusion stolen from a car dealer and collided head-on with another vehicle at 5:30 a.m., authorities said.

Chad Nelson, 29, of Columbus, died shortly after the crash. Nelson was a passenger in a 1996 Chrysler LHS being driven by Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

There are other charges pending, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.


Board resignation

WADSWORTH: Jim McIlvaine, a member of the Board of Education for 26 years at the end of this term, announced Monday he will not seek re-election.

McIlvaine urged others to consider filing for the vacancy. The deadline is in August.

“My term is up,” McIlvaine explained, “and it is time for someone else to take a turn.”

He has worked with two superintendents — Charles Parsons and Dale Fortner — and called himself fortunate to serve in a system with such stability.

Treasurer Douglas Beeman informed the board that the district had $864,836 more in revenue for the past fiscal year than projected and that expenditures were $6,960 less than estimated.

Beeman said the additional revenue was mainly because of increased property tax collections.

The board approved a $52,422 contract with Southeast Security Corp. to install the infrastructure for wireless service in the six district buildings.


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