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Local news briefs — Oct. 18


Motel arrest

AKRON: Akron police have arrested a man in connection with last month’s robbery of a Gilchrist Road motel.

Michael Warder, 55, of Akron, was identified as a suspect and arrested Wednesday.

Police earlier released to the media a surveillance video of the Sept. 26 robbery of a desk clerk at the Quality Inn, 2677 Gilchrist Road. Police said they received several anonymous tips on Warder’s identity.

Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Warder on aggravated robbery charges. He was being held in the Summit County Jail.

Expungement clinic

AKRON: A free expungement clinic will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1350 Virginia Ave. near Wilbeth Homes.

The clinic is open to those who have been denied employment, housing or other government benefits because of a criminal record. Those who completed their sentences at least a year ago may qualify. A driver’s license or identification card, pay stub and proof of address are required.

The program is sponsored by Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee and the University of Akron law school.

For more information, call Mark Potter at 330-643-2725.

Porch success

AKRON: The second Porch Rokr Music Festival held in Akron earlier this month attracted 6,000 visitors, according to Ron Higgins, vice president of the Highland Square Neighborhood Association.

The festival that occurred along with Art in the Square was the second Porch Rokr festival of the year.

In June, 4,000 people attended the event.

This month’s event had 120 bands playing on 50 porches in the Highland Square neighborhood. Dates for next year’s events have not been set.

For more go to or email

Leaf pickup delay

AKRON: The city is delaying the start of its leaf pickups for a week this year.

“Mother nature is holding on to her leaves a little longer than expected,” said Public Service Director John Moore.

Moore said the city will attempt to stick with its schedule, but will change it if needed to respond to the weather.

Residents are asked not to rake leaves into the street until the day before their leaf pickups. Each of the wards takes more than one day to complete, so employees may not show up to collect leaves on the start date for the ward. Leaves still need to be in the street to ensure they get picked up.

The schedule is: Ward 2, Nov. 4; Ward 9, Nov. 6; Ward 7, Nov. 8; Ward 6, Nov. 13; Ward 1, Nov. 16; Ward 8, Nov. 21; Ward 4, Nov. 30; Ward 3, Dec. 5; Ward 5, Dec. 9; and Ward 10, Dec. 11.

The most up-to-date information on the pickup schedule can be found on the city’s website,, or by calling Akron’s information line at 311 from any land line or 330-375-2311 from any phone.


Summa plan OK’d

GREEN: Summa Health System is moving forward with plans for a $4.5 million Summa Green Medical Office Building to be attached to its emergency facility off Massillon Road.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to give the proposed one-story, 21,182-square-foot office facility on the 25-acre Summa Health System campus a favorable recommendation for City Council approval.

Summa officials indicated ground-breaking is anticipated for late November, with completion by next October at 1825 Franks Parkway, within the Heritage Crossings of Green planned development, just north of Graybill Road and east of Boettler Road.

The medical facility would be situated to the southwest of the emergency department.

The two structures would be connected via a corridor and gallery area, according to architect Dan Herstine of Hasenstab Architects of Akron.

The commission agreed with the city’s Planning Department that exterior lighting should be 25 feet high for consistency with the existing 25-foot poles previously approved.

For more from the commission meeting, see a longer version of this story at

DVD thefts

GREEN: Two Stow men are charged with theft following their arrests Wednesday in Green.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Wable and Jerry Buckoski, each 19, are accused of taking DVDs from the Target store.

Deputies were at the store following up on another investigation when a surveillance camera captured images of two individuals stealing DVDs.

Wable and Buckoski were stopped as they attempted to leave the store.

The sheriff’s office said that further investigation revealed that the two men have taken DVDs from another retailer in the area.

The men were being held in the Summit County Jail.


Fatal stabbing

MEDINA: A York Township man is accused of stabbing to death another man following an argument that broke out during a billiards game in Medina.

Aaron Furin, 30, is charged with murder in connection with the death of James Daryl Carney, 37.

Police say the men were together with others Wednesday about 10 p.m. playing pool inside a garage in the 300 block of Longview Drive.

Police say an argument and physical altercation ensued between the men and ended with Furin retrieving a hunting knife and stabbing Carney.

An injured Carney then drove off and crashed his car into a nearby house, police said. He was taken by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died.

Furin was being held in the Medina County Jail pending an initial court appearance.


School honored

PLAIN TWP.: Superintendent Brent May informed the Plain Local Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday about honors Avondale Elementary has received from the state.

State Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Ross recognized Avondale as both a High Performing School of Honor and a School of Progress.

The latter award program recognizes schools attaining solid student achievement in reading and mathematics while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students.

May also announced that the Battelle for Kids organization will award the district its High Progress Award for growth at a special event in Columbus on Nov. 11.

In other business, district Treasurer Kathy Jordan presented an updated five-year forecast.

The forecast shows a million-dollar loss in revenue that is linked to lower property values, but an increase in funding from the state.


Vet mentors sought

CANTON: Stark County Honor Court is holding mentor training for the Honor Court from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Stark County Courthouse, 115 Central Plaza N., Canton.

The court is seeking veterans willing to volunteer as mentors.

Veterans wishing to volunteer must register in advance with Terry Rowles at 330-341-9889 or


Financial forecast

WADSWORTH: Wadsworth school board members heard a “positive” five-year financial forecast from Treasurer Douglas Beeman.

Beeman said while the assessed value of property in the district has decreased, the amount of state aid is up.

For the 2013-2014 school year the system is expected to receive an additional $918,679 in state aid and for 2014-2015, $1,639,842, Beeman noted.

Beeman acknowledged “this is the first time we have seen positive growth since 2006.”

Board member David White did note that “we want to be cautious about getting too excited about these figures” since state aid has been “up and down” over the years.

Money from the casinos is expected to bring in $241,000.


School dedication

SMITHVILLE: The Green Township Historic Preservation Society will host a public dedication ceremony Saturday for the Historic Green High School — currently Greene Middle School, at 484 E. Main St., Smthville.

The event will be held rain or shine, beginning at 11 a.m.

The school, built in 1939, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in early September.

All past alumni and staff are invited.

Attendees should bring a lawn chair and park across the street at the Mishler Weaving Mill.


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