AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced to the maximum prison term of eight years for slashing another man’s throat during an argument over the television volume at a boarding house, authorities said Friday.
Curtis T. Howard, 56, of Copley Road in Akron, received the sentence from Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty after a jury returned a guilty verdict for felonious assault March 12.
Prosecutors said Howard hit the man in the face and cut him under the chin with a pocket knife during an argument at the boarding house in September. The man needed 19 stitches to close the wound.
Moments after the attack, Howard chased the victim out of the house, prosecutors said, and threatened to kill him, according to other witnesses at the house.
Howard’s felonious assault conviction marks the third time he has been charged with such an offense involving a homeless man.
In 1994, prosecutors said, Howard beat a man with a napkin holder and cut him in the face with a box cutter during a fight at St. Bernard Catholic church. He cut another man’s face with a box cutter during a fight in 2006.
Howard pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree, in both of those cases when the victim did not appear for trial, prosecutors said.
Meeting at Leggett
AKRON: The Leggett Area Block Club’s monthly meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Leggett school cafeteria, 333 E. Thornton St.
Topics will include Exterior Home Improvement Program (EHIP) grants, spring clean-up and renovations to Boss Park.
The public is invited.
COPLEY TWP.: Ben Campbell, the decorated Copley Township police officer who stopped a gunman’s mass rampage in 2011, is being honored with a Congressional Badge of Bravery.
Campbell will be recognized with the national award during a ceremony Monday with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
The medal is awarded annually by the U.S. Attorney General to “honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state and local law enforcement officers.”
Campbell is one of 10 local or state law enforcement officers being recognized across the U.S.
It was Campbell who on Aug. 7, 2011, tracked down and then killed mass murderer Michael Hance when the gunman refused orders to drop his weapon. On that day, Hance killed seven people and injured another during a shooting rampage in the township.
Campbell has won several awards for his actions, including a Valor Award by the Ohio Attorney General and a “Top Cop” award from the National Association of Police Organizations.
River turns black
LAKE TWP.: A Hartville company has been cited for violation of state law, after black dye from mulch drained into the Tuscarawas River.
The problem involving Metger-Ech Inc. at 1173 W. Maple St., was investigated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The black dye was discovered last Saturday and affected several miles of the river that is about 7 feet wide.
There was no evidence of fish dying off or any environmental impacts, said agency spokesman Mike Settles.
The dye had reportedly been applied to the mulch on March 15 and then it rained, he said.
The company built a small dam to keep runoff away from the river south of Pontius Road, and the problem cleared up, Settles said.
The EPA will likely look further into the company’s permits and its mulch handling techniques, perhaps working with the Stark County Health Department, he said.
The firm was cited by the EPA for an unauthorized discharge to an Ohio stream.
A company official, contacted by the Beacon Journal, denied any knowledge of the problem.
Another dozen bicyclists are being sought for the FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride on May 18-19.
Up to 70 riders will pedal the length of the Towpath Trail from Cleveland through Akron to New Philadelphia to raise funds for the trail.
Bicyclists must each raise at least $750 on the ride. Riders can enter as individuals or a teams.
To date, 58 riders have committed.
For reservations and more information, go to www.ohioeriecanal.org.