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Local news briefs — Oct. 17


Tenor to sing

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Irish tenor Pat Flynn will perform at a fundraiser to keep Mary Nichols-Rhodes as Ward 4 representative in Cuyahoga Falls.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

Refreshments will be provided. Tickets will be $20.

For more information, call 330-928-5347.


Candidate night

COVENTRY TWP.: The Coventry Education Association will host a candidates night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Coventry High School, 3089 Manchester Road.

The community will have the opportunity to meet candidates running for the Coventry Board of Education.


New library planned

CLEVELAND: Ground will be broken at 9 a.m. Friday for a 15,000-square-foot Orange Branch library at 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike.

The branch will replace the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s existing Orange Branch, at 31300 Chagrin Blvd.

Cost for the new branch is estimated at $6 million. Construction is expected to be completed next fall.

The existing branch will remain open during construction.

For more information about the system’s master plan, go to

Fundraiser walk

CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Out of the Darkness Community Walk, a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be held Saturday at the Wade Oval in the University Circle area of east Cleveland.

Funds will support research, education, advocacy and suicide prevention initiatives and programs.

Participant check-in will begin at 9 a.m., with the walk at 10:30, followed by a survivor remembrance ceremony and guest speakers.

Registration deadline is Friday. Go to and click on “Cleveland Walk” in the Events list.


Bras on display

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The annual Bras Across the Crooked River display will be put up along the Portage Trail bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The event, a tradition of the Celtic Club to raise breast cancer awareness, will feature a 715-foot-long banner of donated bras, which will later be given to battered women’s shelters. Feature among the bras is an 18-foot pink one created by local artist Amy Mothersbaugh.

The Celtic Club has plans for seven other displays around Northeast Ohio.


Help finding funds

MEDINA: The Medina County Treasurer’s Office will offer two help sessions this week for residents to determine whether they are eligible to collect unclaimed funds from the state.

Sessions, which are free and confidential, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Lodi Library, in the outlet mall, 9911 Avon Lake Road; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Medina County Library, 210 S Broadway St., Medina.

Unclaimed fund accounts can come from a variety of sources, including uncashed payroll checks, tax refunds, inactive bank accounts and utility deposits.

For more information, call 330-725-9190.


Nativity event

BEACHWOOD: Nativity of the Lord Jesus Church in Springfield Township is a tour site for those attending the national convention of the Friends of the Creche this week in Beachwood.

The convention of nativity collectors runs through Saturday at the Embassy Suites, 3775 Park East Drive. The public may view nativities and buy from vendors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the hotel. There is a $5 admission fee.

The local church, located at 2425 Myersville Road, is ranked high in the Friends of the Creche national directory of places with Nativity exhibits. It has a Nativity museum on the lower level that includes a variety of nativities from around the world.

For more information about the local church museum, call 330-699-5086 or go to More information about Friends of the Creche can be found at www.friendsofthecreche,org.


Administrator retires

NORTON: Mayor Mike Zita told City Council at its meeting Monday evening that Administrator Rick Ryland has resigned the position, effective Nov. 8.

“We will miss Mr. Ryland,” Zita said. “He has done a great job, and he will be difficult to replace.”

Zita said he has a few candidates to talk to about filling the position, but he did not mention names.

Ryland said he purchased a home in Port Charlotte, Fla., about three years ago and his wife, Kimberly, has been living there for the past 16 months.

“Obviously, I miss her, and at my age [62] it’s time to move on,’’ Ryland said. “I have enjoyed my time in Norton, and I think it’s a great place to live and work.”

Ryland has been city administrator for six years at an annual salary of approximately $60,000.

Police raises

NORTON: City Council voted Monday evening to raise the pay for part-time police officers.

With the increase, officers will be paid $15 an hour during their probationary period, $17.50 per hour for those with one to 10 years of service, $18.50 for those with 11 to 14 years of service and $20 per hour for officers with 15 years or more on the force.

Increases are retroactive to Jan. 5.


Hunter dies

RAVENNA: A Florida man who was involved in a hunting accident Monday in Kent died early Wednesday at Summa Akron City Hospital, authorities said.

Donald Pigg, 56, of Beverly Hills, Fla.,was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. He had suffered a gunshot wound and undergone surgery.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and Kent police are investigating.

The Record-Courier reported that the shooting occurred north of Howe Road between Mogadore and Sunnybrook roads.


Tennis star to speak

JACKSON TWP.: Kent State University, Stark Campus will host tennis champion and activist Billie Jean King at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Timken Great Hall, 6000 Frank Ave. NW.

King will present Pressure is a Privilege and Other Lessons in Business and Life. The lecture is part of the university’s Featured Speakers Series.

The talk is free, but tickets are required. A limit of four tickets will be distributed per person. Phone and email reservations will not be accepted. Tickets will be available at the Information Desk in Main Hall beginning at 8 a.m. Monday while supplies last.

For more information, call 330-244-3262 or visit


Ballot talk

AKRON: A candidate and issues night for the Portage Lakes area will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at New Franklin City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

The community is invited to hear candidates and representatives speak about their candidacy and issues on the ballot.

Speakers will be allotted up to four minutes each. Speeches then will be posted on YouTube and Facebook.

Video links also will be available after the event on the Portage Lakes Community Council website at

Chief to speak

AKRON: Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver will discuss his new book in a talk at 7 p.m. Monday at the Akron-Summit County Main Library auditorium, 60 S. Main St., Akron.

Oliver, author of No Mopes Allowed, will share experiences from his job and his evolution as an “Internet sensation.” His department’s Facebook page is one of the most popular for a police squad in the country.

The evening will include a question-and-answer session and book signing.

For more information, call 330-643-9020.


Jury gets case

ZANESVILLE: A jury is deliberating the fate of a man charged in the death of a Canton woman found beaten and burned on an eastern Ohio road.

The prosecution and defense presented final arguments Wednesday in court in Zanesville in the case against LaFonse Dixon, also of Canton.

Dixon, 34, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson charges.

Two women charged in the case pleaded guilty and testified against Dixon. They said the three took Celeste Fronsman, 29, to rural Muskingum County, where she was set on fire and abandoned in August 2012.

Defense attorneys say the women are liars trying to save themselves.

A driver found Fronsman. She died two days later.

— Associated Press


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