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Local news briefs — Oct. 8


Car strikes church

AKRON: Akron police were looking for the driver of a car that crashed into a Kenmore church early Tuesday. The man ran away from the scene, leaving an injured passenger in the vehicle.

The driver, known to the passenger only as “Fat Boy,” crashed a 1998 Honda Accord into The Sanctuary on 13th Street Southwest just after 7:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, the driver was northbound on 13th Street when the vehicle jumped a curb and became airborne before hitting the front corner of the church.

According to witnesses, the driver fled the scene by running north, Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said.

The passenger, a 20-year-old man, hit the windshield of the vehicle on impact, leaving hair and blood embedded in the glass, Edwards said.

The man was taken to Akron General Medical Center with injuries that were described as nonlife-threatening.

Witnesses described the driver as a black male weighing about 250 pounds and wearing his hair in dreadlocks. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt.

Union backs plan

AKRON: The city of Akron has won an important endorsement for its proposal on the November ballot to give its steam plant to Akron Children’s Hospital.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8 is urging voters to approve the proposal, which will be Issue 4 in the Nov. 5 election.

The union opposed Akron’s previous proposal to lease the sewer system to fund scholarships and supported a ballot issue that requires a vote before the lease or sale of any city-owned utility.

George Johnson, president of the Akron AFSCME chapter, said the union thought the latest ballot issue was supportive of Children’s Hospital.

“I stressed to the committee the nature of the steam plant as a whole and feel this just may be the exception to the risky nature of selling, contracting out, leasing or giving away our government entities,” Johnson said.

Derby has officers

AKRON: The Akron Area Soap Box Derby has elected its board for the 2014 racing year.

The officers are: Bruce Hunsicker Sr., president; Jeff Iula, vice president; Vickie Beck, treasurer; Donna Longfellow, secretary; and Wayne Rathbun, derby director.

The 77th Akron Area Soap Box Derby has been scheduled for May 31 and June 1.

School open houses

AKRON: The Lippman School has planned two open houses this month: 1 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

The school, at 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, welcomes boys and girls in grades K-8.

For more information, go to

Personal tours also can be scheduled by calling 330-836-0419.


Fundraiser for Cook

AKRON: The Keep Judge Katarina Cook Committee will host a Count Down to the Election Fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Baxter’s Bar, 205 S. Main St.

Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Suggested donation is $75 per person or $125 per couple, payable at the door.

For more information, call 330-836-6620 or go to

Benefit for James

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Ward 7 Councilman Jerry James will host a campaign fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the party room at Rocco’s Pizza, Portage Trail at 11th Street.

Co-sponsoring the event are state Sen. Tom Sawyer, Summit County Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Jones and Cuyahoga Falls Democratic mayoral candidate and council President Don Walters.

Donation of $25 per person will be asked at the door. Checks (no corporate accounts) can be made payable to Jerry James Committee.


Cafe ban extended

CANTON: The City Council has extended its moratorium on the opening of new businesses that offer skill-based amusement or computerized sweepstakes devices.

The measure is a backup to a state law prohibiting storefront gambling establishments, so-called Internet cafes, that took effect Friday.

Councilman Edmond Mack, who sponsored the resolution continuing the city’s ban for 180 days, said the moratorium is needed to protect the city while the Ohio attorney general develops enforcement mechanisms for the new law.

In other business Monday, the council authorized the administration to demolish and remove asbestos from two vacant industrial buildings: Weber Dental, 2408 13th St. NE; and U.S. Technology Corp., 1446 Tuscarawas St. W.

The properties are being considered for other commercial uses.

The council also authorized the administration to accept 11 houses from the Freed Housing Corp. and two houses from DDK Property Group for rehabilitation and sale.


Marathon delayed

BOSTON TWP.: The Towpath Marathon has been rescheduled for Nov. 3.

The 26.2-mile race, plus a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) and a half-marathon, had been scheduled to be run Sunday in the now-closed Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The sponsoring Ohio Canal Corridor in Cleveland met Monday with National Park Service officials and decided to postpone the event. The park service gave final approval to the change Tuesday.

An alternative date of Nov. 10 also was added — if the federal shutdown should continue beyond Nov. 3, said Tim Donovan, executive director of Ohio Canal Corridor.

The three races typically draw about 1,200 runners and 3,500 spectators.

The races begin and end near the Boston Mills ski resort north of Peninsula in Boston Township.The runners head north on the Towpath Trail, then south on the trail, then back north again to the hamlet of Boston.


Stokes appointed

KENT: Kent State President Lester Lefton has named former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes as the 2013-2014 President’s Ambassador, the fourth to be selected.

The position is a one-year, part-time appointment paying $10,000 that begins in the fall. It aims to bring distinguished local minority leaders to KSU to promote diverse constituencies.

Stokes, the first African-American member of Congress from Ohio, represented Cleveland for 15 consecutive terms in the U.S. House.

A Democrat, he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Western Reserve University and Cleveland-Marshall Law School. He practiced law for 14 years before serving in Congress.

He has received 27 honorary doctorate degrees and the Congressional Distinguished Service Award.


Sheriff’s auction

CANTON: Recovered and abandoned property will be auctioned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Stark County Sheriff’s Office, 4500 Atlantic Blvd. NE.

Items being offered include motor vehicles, various tools, generators, lawn-care equipment, jewelry, bicycles, furniture and electronics.

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Cancer support

FAIRLAWN: The Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group will have its monthly meeting at 7 tonight at Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St., Suite R, Fairlawn.

Dr. Herb Croft will talk about recent developments in cancer research.


Monitors needed

WADSWORTH: Fire/EMS Chief Carl Rommel told the City Council’s Safety Committee on Monday that the EMS department needs to replace its four heart monitors — one for each of the city’s four ambulances.

According to Rommel’s report to the committee, EMS answered 183 calls in 2012 and had responded to 176 through September of this year. Heart monitors are used in 95 percent of the department’s calls, Rommel said.

He said the monitors in use are 8 years old and might not be supported any longer by their manufacturer should they break down.

Safety Director Matt Hiscock told the committee, “I don’t know of a more important piece of equipment.”

The monitors cost $33,000 each, Hiscock said.

The EMS department is funded by a levy, charges to those who use the service and a contract with Wadsworth Township for fire and EMS service.


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