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Local news briefs — Oct. 26


Arrest in hit-skip

AKRON: Akron police said they arrested a motorist suspected of crashing into a construction site and injuring a worker on Interstate 77 last month.

Police Lt. Rick Edwards said Tamika Perkins, 40, of Akron, was taken into custody around 9 a.m. Friday by Akron officers along with the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Edwards said Perkins was found “hiding behind the furnace in her basement on Hollinger Street.”

Perkins is charged with felony hit-skip and misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and failing to control a motor vehicle.

A surveillance video showed a woman get out of a vehicle and go into a gas station convenience store following the crash.

Police have identified Perkins as the driver of the tan sport utility vehicle Sept. 9 that struck the construction worker on Interstate 77 north of the Vernon Odom Boulevard exit. The worker suffered severe injuries, police said.

Police call backfires

AKRON: An Akron man called police to report a burglary and ended up in handcuffs after officers reported finding a “line of cocaine on the top of the microwave.”

Darren Portis, 45, of Hart Street, faces a charge of possession of cocaine, obstructing official business, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the cocaine on the microwave, police said they also found marijuana in Portis’ pants pocket and a digital scale in his bedroom.

Meet with lawmaker

AKRON: Some people may be fed up with Washington and frustrated that they can’t share their thoughts or hear directly from those involved in the process.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge plans to give her constituents the opportunity to do just that at an event in Akron next week.

Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, will provide a state-of-the-district update and discuss “Where do we go from here?” after the recently ended federal government shutdown.

The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.

Fudge will provide an update on legislation and federal issues, including the shutdown and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also will listen to constituents’ concerns.

“The unfortunate impasse that led to vital government services coming to a standstill and to uncertainty that the United States may not pay its debt has been the epitome of dysfunction and irresponsibility for this Congress,” Fudge said in a news release about the Akron event.

Fudge represents the 11th District, which includes parts of Summit County and Akron. Those attending are asked to RSVP by calling 330-835-4758.

Recycling campaign

AKRON: Edgewood Village, a neighborhood near the Akron Zoo that includes a senior center and single-family homes, is launching a campaign to encourage residents to recycle.

ReWorks, a recycling expert in the county, is leading the effort, with the help of the city of Akron and the Akron Urban League.

The city will place a large recycling container in the parking lot of the senior center.

A recycling kickoff will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the greenspace park of Edgewood Homes, 491 Vernon Odom Blvd.

ReWorks will educate residents about recycling, and the city will provide curbside recycling carts.

Refreshments will be provided.

The Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., will offer a recycling session from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for business and organization leaders in the Edgewood neighborhood.

Free recycling program packets will be provided.

The city of Akron provides a $2 discount on trash bills for recycling.

For more information, call Shelly Kadilak at 330-374-0383 or visit


Changes in busing

GREEN: Residents who use Metro RTA buses are encouraged to attend a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the city’s Central Administration Building to learn of changes coming to routes and schedules starting in January.

Councilman-at-large Joel Reed made the announcement at this week’s City Council meeting after receiving a flier from Metro noting some of the changes being considered.

Reed said the meeting will discuss changes concerning routes 18, 110 and 111, as well as the call-a-bus and grocery bus programs.


Pulitzer speakers

KENT: Husband-and-wife journalists and activists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will speak at the fourth Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Student Center.

Kristof and WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement.

This free, ticketed event is open to the public.


Ice causes crashes

Police are blaming black ice for several traffic crashes that closed a section of state Route 21 near Copley Road on Friday morning.

Copley Township police report several people were hurt in multiple crashes on the northbound lanes of the highway near the Copley Road exit.

Cars spun out on bridges and overpasses, police said.

Afterward, authorities called for salt trucks to respond to the area on Route 21 from Norton to Fairlawn.

Police also closed Cleveland-Massillon Road near the Copley town hall because of icy road conditions that resulted in a crash with injuries.

A crash on the Greenwich Road overpass at Route 21 in Norton closed that road as well.

There was no further information on the extent of the injuries to the motorists involved in any of the crashes.


Humane Society aid

PLAIN TWP.: Plain Township will hold a donation drive for the Stark County Humane Society in November and December.

Donations can be made at Plain Township Hall, 2600 Easton St. NE.

Donations accepted include: wet and dry food, bowls, flea powder, cat litter, and blue dish soap.

For a complete list of requested donations, visit

The Stark County Humane Society is seeking volunteers of all ages.

Volunteer orientations are held at 11 a.m. every Saturday at the Society, 5100 Peach St. NE, Louisville.

For more information, call Jackie Godbey at 330-453-5526.


Thieves loot cars

WADSWORTH: Wadsworth police are alerting residents of a rash of vehicle break-ins the past several days.

The thefts have been reported around the neighborhoods of Highland Avenue, Ohio Avenue and North Pardee Street, police said Friday.

Items taken include phones, wallets, coins and various electronic devices.

Police recommend residents lock their vehicles and take steps to safeguard their property.

Police also ask resident to report any “unusual or unfamiliar vehicles, persons or activities” in their neighborhood.

Anonymous information may be left via a voice mail box at 330-335-2769, email at wads­ or the department’s Facebook page,


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