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AKRON

Lock 3 activities

AKRON: Holiday activities at Lock 3 in downtown Akron will kick into high gear this weekend, with several popular activities planned.

These include the holiday lighting ceremony and fireworks, which will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, and the Welcome Santa Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street.

The holiday market and Reindeer Run, a 150-foot sledding hill, will kick off Friday night. The ice skating rink has been open since Nov. 15.

For more information, visit www.lock3live.com.

Arrests made

AKRON: Four men have been arrested in connection with a Monday night robbery in Akron.

Police say two men were walking near the intersection of Power and King streets shortly before midnight when a passing car stopped and its driver and a passenger got out to rob the pair at gunpoint.

The robbers took wallets, keys, debit cards, cellphones and $30 from the men.

Police officers stopped the car near the intersection of East Market Street and East Buchtel Avenue.

Omar T. Mustin, 21, of Cleveland; Asante R. Sharp, 19, of Akron; London T. Campbell, 23, of Tallmadge; and Jordan A. Jones, 17, of Akron, were charged with robbery.

Officers recovered a pellet gun from the car.

Landlord guilty

CANTON: A jury has found an Akron landlord guilty of dropping a woman out of a window.

Luis Martinez, 37, of Chalker Street, was found guilty of felonious assault.

Authorities say Martinez got into an argument with the girlfriend of one of his tenants in July. Martinez grabbed the woman and hung her out of a second-story window and dropped her. The woman suffered a broken leg.

Police were called after witnesses saw the woman dangling from the window.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O’Brien will sentence Martinez on Dec. 19.

CANTON

Fair housing grant

CANTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the city $349,500 to expand fair housing enforcement and community outreach.

The city is preparing to hire an investigator and an education/intake specialist. The grant will pay their salaries for three years, in addition to educational material and other costs.

The effort is to include partnerships with the Domestic Violence Shelter Inc., the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and members of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

GREEN

Speed limit to change

GREEN: The 55 mph speed limit on a portion of Mount Pleasant Street is expected to change after a consultant recommended it should be reduced to 45 mph.

Councilman Ken Knodel made City Council aware of the consultant’s study when asking the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation to declare a reasonable speed for Mount Pleasant Road between Frank Avenue and the intersection of Pittsburg/Mayfair roads.

Council members talked about the issue over several months, following citizens’ requests for a reduction. Action is expected when the council meets Dec. 10, but the new speed limit will not go into effect until signs are posted, City Engineer Paul Pickett said.

Christmas plans

GREEN: The annual Christmas-at-Town Park Holiday event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The event will begin with the second annual Rudolph Run at 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Christmas costumes for the fun run. Family and individual prizes will be awarded to best theme costume, most creative, bah humbug costume and spirit of Christmas costume. Registration is required for this free event. The first 50 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

In addition to the fun run, family activities include make-and-take crafts and a story time. Cookies and hot cocoa will be available in the Central Administration Building.

Following the fun run, a community sing along will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the lighting of holiday decorations by Santa Claus and the mayor. Fireworks will be at 5:30 p.m.

Santa will meet with children in the lobby of the Central Administration Building. Admission is a donation of a nonperishable food item or personal care item for the city’s Green Gives Back food drive benefiting Green Good Neighbors.

For event updates and registration, visit www.cityofgreen.org.

MEDINA COUNTY

Homestead push

MEDINA COUNTY: Medina County Auditor Office will conduct mobile sign-ups for Homestead Exemptions Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.

Those 65 years or older, who own their own home and have a household income of $30,500 or less are eligible to receive up to $500 a year break in property taxes.

The sign-ups will be held at the following locations:

Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brunswick Drug Mart, 5270 Center Road.

Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, and from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Medina Eat’n Park. 1007 E. North St.

Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Medina Library, 93 Public Square.

Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Wadsworth Walmart, 222 Smokerise Drive.

Residents do not need special documentation to sign up for the program.

For more information about the program and registration, call 330-725-9754.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Nominations sought

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

The program awards up to 10 Jewish teens with $36,000 for leading volunteer service projects that are “repairing the world.”

The community is asked to nominate young Jewish leaders in the community at www.dillerteenawards.org. Teens may self-nominate. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 5.

PLAIN TOWNSHIP

Cots purchased

PLAIN TWP.: Trustees on Tuesday approved the purchase of four power-assisted ambulance cots for the township fire department.

The units will be purchased from Stryker EMS at a total cost of $80,000, with half being paid through a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Fire Chief Don Snyder said the new cots will be easier for township paramedics to use and will reduce the number of back injuries.

The board said it will hold a joint meeting with the Plain Board of Education before its next meeting, 5:20 p.m. Dec. 10 in township hall.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Judicial appointment

AKRON: The Summit County Republican Party is seeking applicants for the judicial vacancy on Barberton Municipal Court created when Christine Croce was appointed to a Summit Count Common Pleas Court judgeship.

Those interested may submit a resume to: GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, OH 44313. Deadline is 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

A screening committee will interview candidates at noon Dec. 19 and make a recommendation to the party’s executive committee.

The executive committee will meet at noon Dec. 21 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, and decide on three candidates to be submitted to Gov. John Kasich for consideration.

Kasich will make the appointment.

Music class

The Fairlawn and Hudson Schools of Music will hold a Master Class for the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble contest.

The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14.

The class will be taught by OMEA adjudicators William and Judith Guegold at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 334 East Hines Road in Boston Heights.

The Guegolds will assist students in preparation for the upcoming OMEA Solo and Ensemble event including the process for entering the event, what the adjudicators are listening for from the performers and offer performance critiques.

The class is free and open to the public. Students and families from local schools are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP call the Hudson School of Music at 330-653-3676 or visit hudsonschoolofmusic.com.


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