AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced to life in prison Monday after pleading guilty to the rape of a 4-year-old girl, authorities said.
Cory J. Stevens, 37, of South Adolph Street, was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty. Under terms of the sentence, he will be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Prosecutors said Stevens sexually assaulted the girl while baby-sitting and that he later confessed when confronted by DNA evidence.
Officer fires shot
AKRON: An off-duty Akron police sergeant fired a shot at a burglary suspect Monday morning as the man fled after trying to attack his former girlfriend, police said.
The sergeant’s single gunshot possibly struck the suspect’s silver Saturn sedan as it fled the Orlando Avenue home about 10:30 a.m.
The suspect remains free.
An arrest warrant for attempted aggravated burglary and domestic violence was issued for Daniel E. Bailey, 30, of Akron.
The sergeant lives across the street from Bailey’s former girlfriend and came outside after hearing Bailey using a bat to smash the windshield of a car driven by the woman’s companion, police said.
Earlier that morning, police said Bailey tried to break inside the woman’s home.
Bailey then saw her inside the car parked outside the home and used the bat to damage the windshield, police said.
The officer’s use of force is being investigated by the department in accordance with city policy. His name was not released.
Anyone with information about Bailey’s whereabouts is asked to call police detectives at 330-375-2490.
Traffic signal talk
AKRON: A meeting to discuss the possible removal of traffic signals at Bellows Street and Cole Avenue, and Grant Street and Cole will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.
John Nelson, who heads the South Akron Neighborhood Council of Block Clubs and the Council of Block Clubs of East Akron, is concerned about the signals being taken out because students use these intersections to get to McEbright Elementary School. The intersections had full traffic signals and now have flashing lights that the city is considering removing.
Representatives of the city’s traffic engineering bureau and council members are expected to attend the meeting.
Nelson recently spoke at an Akron City Council meeting to express his concerns.
For more information on the meeting, call Nelson at 330-957-4728.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: City Council should see legislation relating to Portage Crossing “in the next several weeks,” according to Falls Development Director Sue Truby.
Truby said the Pizza Hut “non-relocation” hurt not only the developer’s plans but also public improvements being made by the city.
There are also legal issues and an environmental “no further action” letter that need to be finalized before the sale of the land to Stark Enterprises is formalized, Truby said.
Truby said the retail side of the project is going well.
Under the city’s contract with Stark Enterprises, the sale of the property was supposed to close at the end of October.
When one of the owners of a parcel on the edge of the project, currently occupied by Pizza Hut, refused to sell, Stark was left scrambling to find another anchor tenant.
The extra parcel was needed to construct a Menards home improvement store.
Stark announced Cinemark as the new anchor.
Mayor Don Robart said during his State of the City Address that Menards still plans to locate in Cuyahoga Falls.
KENT: The Kent State Planetarium will present Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe at 8 p.m. April 12, 13 and 19 at 108 Smith Hall on the Kent campus.
The third presentation of the school year will tour the night sky to find stars that died in cataclysmic explosions, scattering the matter from which fresh stars are born. Observers will see huge clouds of dust that slowly come together to give birth to planets that begin their long, lonely orbits in unnamed solar systems.
The show is free and open to all, but not recommended for children under 6.
Seating capacity is limited, so reservations must be made by calling 330-672-2246. KSU will begin accepting applications on Monday.
The Nordonia school board voted Monday to extend its contract with Superintendent Joe Clark through 2018.
Clark’s current contract was set to expire in 2014.
The new contract does not call for a raise, but the board reserves the right to grant one at a later date.
The board also voted to freeze administrators’ salaries for the fourth year. Administrators will be required, like the superintendent already does, to contribute 20 percent toward their health care starting the next school year.
Administrators now pay 6 percent for single coverage and 12 percent for family coverage.
KENT: Edith Chase of Franklin Township will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 15th annual Portage Environmental Conservation Award Dinner on April 27.
Chase is a founding member of the Kent Environmental Council and has been involved in Lake Erie for four decades.
Others to be honored are:
• Lee Schaeffer, a Portage Park District volunteer, stewardship award.
• Berlin Lake Association, community volunteerism award.
• Anti-fracking activists Gwen and Stan Fischer, environmental activism award.
• Kent Natural Foods Store, green business award.
The dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kent American Legion Hall, 1945 Mogadore Road. Tickets are $35 a person. Call 330-297-7728 or go to www.portageparkdistrict.org.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Summit Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting orders for tree seedlings and wildflower seeds for spring planting.
Available evergreens are Colorado blue spruce, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, Scotch pine and white pine.
Also available are new packets of flowering trees and shrubs, native hardwoods, nut trees and shade trees, plus pawpaw and persimmons.
New is a wild edibles package with American plum, elderberry, spicebush and persimmon.
Two wildflower packets are available.
Rain barrels holding up to 55 gallons are also available. The price is $80. Connecting barrels are available for $50.
The deadline for orders is Friday. Orders must be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12.
Order forms are available at the office, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, or by calling 330-929-2871, ext. 10. Orders also can be placed online at www.summitswcd.org.