AKRON: An armed robber held up a cellphone store in the Wallhaven neighborhood of Akron, police said.
The man went inside the T-Mobile store at 1 N. Hawkins Ave. just after 5 p.m. Thursday, pointed a gun at workers and demanded cash.
One worker emptied a cash register into a black and white striped plastic bag the suspect carried. The robber then demanded money from a safe and ordered two workers to the floor, police said.
The robber fled with cash and cellphones.
AKRON: The Summit County bomb squad was called Friday morning to Meggitt Braking Systems to handle a hazardous spill.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said a worker found two containers of picric acid at the facility that had begun to crystallize near the top of the bottle. There were no reports of injuries.
Akron firefighters and the bomb squad responded to the facility on Massillon Road near the Akron-Fulton Airport and the Akron Airdock just after 8 a.m. Holland said in a news release that bomb squad personnel assisted in the disposal of the bottle.
Labor job filled
AKRON: Randy Briggs is moving from working for Summit County to working for Akron. He has been named the city’s deputy mayor of labor relations.
Patricia Ambrose Rubright filled this position on an interim basis, as well as serving as interim personnel director, since 2009 when the deputy mayor of labor relations and personnel director took buyouts during major budget cuts. Rubright, an assistant law director, will continue to serve as interim personnel director.
Briggs has served for several years as general counsel for the sheriff, where he advised the sheriff on legal issues, oversaw personnel matters, negotiated union contracts, addressed grievances, handled arbitrations, resolved employee discipline issues, and developed departmental procedures. Prior to this, he was in private practice.
“Briggs has the experience, temperament and ability to do this job well,” Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.
The presidents of Akron’s five unions have been calling for the city to name a new deputy mayor of labor relations, saying this was needed to expedite the handling of labor issues.
Briggs will earn $104,354 a year.
Ryan not running
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan isn’t running for governor.
Ryan released a statement Friday morning saying he has decided not to run. He was considered one of the Democratic frontrunners to take on Gov. John Kasich.
“I want to thank all of my dear friends, family and staff members for their views and support while I was considering this decision,” Ryan, D-Girard, said in the statement, noting that he thinks he can best contribute by continuing his efforts in Congress.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is so far the only Democrat who has announced he plans to run, forming a campaign committee to begin the process. Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton is another potential candidate, but hasn’t yet said if she will try for this or another statewide seat.
Fatal one-car crash
NEW FRANKLIN: New Franklin police is investigating a Friday morning fatal crash on Cleveland-Massillon Road.
Authorities say Aaron R. Friend, 20, of Clinton, was killed in a one-car crash around 1:45 a.m.
Police say the car was traveling south when it left the road, hit a culvert and a tree south of Luna Lake Drive.
Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Hours for Portman
CANTON: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s staff will hold office hours Monday in Stark County, just days after he announced a reversal on his position on gay marriage.
Portman told media during a news conference Thursday he has changed his mind and decided he should support gay marriage after learning his college-age son is gay. He is the first Republican senator to support gay marriage, according to Freedom to Marry Ohio, a group leading an effort to get an amendment on the ballot in Ohio legalizing gay marriage.
Portman’s office hours in Stark will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the board room of the Stark County Commissioner’s Office, 110 Central Plaza S in downtown Canton.
His staff will travel to each county in Ohio to meet with constituents during office hours, connect with local elected officials and attend community events. No appointments are necessary for the office hours.
Hours for Prentice
GREEN: Paula Prentice, Summit County Council vice president and District 8 representative, will hold office hours from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Green library branch, 4046 Massillon Road. She will give updates on county programs and legislation, answer questions and hear concerns.
AKRON: A Barberton woman was sentenced to three years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed her fiance last year. Jessica Thomas, 26, also received a lifetime driver’s license suspension and a $1,000 fine. A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury last month convicted Thomas of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while impaired.
Thomas was driving with her fiance, Jeffrey Spencer, 26, about 2:30 a.m. on March 31 when her car veered off state Route 241 in Springfield Township. The car hit a traffic sign and fire hydrant before crashing into a tree.
Spencer, who lived in Canal Fulton and was the father of a 1-year-old son, was partially ejected from the car. He died four days later. Thomas was also injured in the crash.
Prosecutors say Thomas had an alcohol level of 0.16 and traces of marijuana in her system. She denied being the driver despite having to be rescued from behind the steering wheel, police said.