AKRON: Akron City Council has added its voice against installing a second juvenile court judge in Summit County.
Council approved a resolution Monday urging the Ohio Senate and Gov. John Kasich to remove an amendment to the state budget by Reps. Anthony DeVitis and Marilyn Slaby, the two Republican representatives from Summit County, that would add another juvenile court judge in the county.
“They deserve a big fat ‘F’ for failure,” Councilman Jeff Fusco said of the representatives. “There’s no way this makes sense.”
Council approved the resolution after hearing from Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, who told them a second judge isn’t needed and would cost the county more than $300,000, taking money from other valuable court programs.
Councilman Ken Jones, who works for the juvenile court, abstained from the vote.
Summit County Council passed a similar resolution April 29.
Robber in drag
AKRON: A man dressed in women’s clothing robbed an Akron loan company Monday afternoon, police said.
The robber, who wore a wig and carried a purse, used a gun to rob a teller inside First American Cash Advance, 1509 S. Arlington St., about 3:30 p.m.
The man was given $3,463 and fled the office.
There were no reports of injuries.
The suspect is a black male in his early 20s, standing about 5 feet 10.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.
Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677).
Tipsters might qualify for a cash reward.
COLUMBUS: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2012 received 224 sightings for an estimated 93 black bears in the state.
A total of 65 of the 224 reports were confirmed by agency personnel.
The number of bear sightings increased from 152 in 2011.
Five black bears were responsible for 62 sightings in 2012.
Portage County had the most sightings: 36. Trumbull County had the most confirmed sightings: 10. Portage had six confirmed sightings with Ashtabula, Geauga and Mahoning counties each with five.
In 2012, a total of 21 counties had reports from about 35 bears, the state said.
Three reports of a sow with cubs and two sightings of lone cubs were unconfirmed.
Black bears are a state-endangered species and protected by state law.
They disappeared from Ohio in the 1850s, but they have moved back from neighboring states since the 1980s.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: Citizens, businesses and organizations are encouraged to recycle old electronics on Friday and Saturday.
The city’s 2013 E-Recycle Collection will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the city’s Service Complex, 2560 Bailey Road.
Participants are asked to enter the complex parking lot off Gaylord Grove Road.
Items that can recycled for free include old cellphones, computers/computer towers and monitors, copiers/printers, cameras, game systems, video equipment, batteries and battery-operated equipment, DVD/CD players, old radios, clocks, appliances not containing Freon and electronic accessories such as speakers.
Televisions that are not flat screens will be recycled but the fee is $15. Cash or checks will be accepted.
The collection is open to nonresidents.
For more information, call 330-971-8201 or go to www.cityofcf.com.
A list of items that can be recycled is available at City Hall.
Asian carp testing
NEW PHILADELPHIA: The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on Tuesday announced it is helping fund a new project to test for Asian carp in the Muskingum River Watershed.
The district will provide $46,000 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy for tests for what’s known as environmental DNA from the invasive fish that could threaten native fish.
Bighead and silver carp have not been found in the Muskingum River or its tributaries, but they are in the Ohio River.
Any Asian carp detections from the tests would trigger additional monitoring.
“We are concerned about these fish becoming established in the Muskingum River,” said state spokesman John Navarro.
Free arts programs
For the second year, the Canton Museum of Art will join with other arts organizations to present free arts programs at the North Canton Civic Center, beginning Thursday with the Canton Ballet, and continuing through July.
All programs at the Civic Center will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday evenings.
The schedule includes:
Thursday, Canton Ballet performance, led by Artistic Director Cassandra Crowley.
May 23, Canton Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
June 6, Players Guild Theatre cast members will present Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan.
June 20, Canton Museum of Art will introduce the exhibit Illuminating the Word, The Saint John’s Bible, with a video and showcase of medieval drawing and calligraphy.
As part of an art education outreach component, the Canton Museum of Art will present an hourlong Art Experience at 6 p.m., just prior to the evening performances. Designed to involve school-age children and their parents, each Art Experience will use recycled materials to construct large, multicolored geometric shapes.
All programs are free, and open to the public.
For more information, call 330-453-7666 or go to www.cantonart.org/.
Tax liens sold
AKRON: Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise released the April 30 negotiated tax lien sale results Tuesday.
Tax Ease Ohio, located in Dallas, bought the tax liens on 56 parcels for $124,869.
The parcels sold were both residential and commercial properties.
Prior to the tax certificate sale, the fiscal office collected $393,044 on properties that were pending sale.
Tax certificate sales ensure that taxing districts receive the revenues from property tax collections.
Tax dollars are collected to help operate schools, levy agencies and the county.
Properties must be certified delinquent for at least one year before a lien can be sold. Properties that are in bankruptcy or foreclosure are not eligible.
Tax liens can be prevented by setting up a payment plan with the fiscal office.
Group to meet
AKRON: The American Cancer Society’s Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group will meet at 7 p.m. tonight.
The meeting at Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St. Suite R, will feature guest speaker Terry Gordon, philosopher and author.
Refreshments will be served and Gordon’s book No Storm Lasts Forever will be available for sale.
For more information, call 330-836-1772.