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AKRON

Crash victim dies

AKRON: A 49-year-old Akron man who was a passenger in a car involved in a crash Tuesday has died from his injuries.

Dwayne Hammond of Snyder Road died at Summa Akron City Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Hammond was a passenger in a vehicle traveling south on Brittain Road that jumped a curb and struck a utility pole near Alphada Avenue, said Gary Guenther, spokesman for the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Akron police and the medical examiner’s office are investigating the crash.

Book sale at library

AKRON: Friends of Firestone Park Branch Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Firestone Park Branch Library, 1486 Aster Ave., Akron.

The sale, which is open to the public, will offer fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, VHS tapes, books on CD and magazines.

A friends preview sale will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today.

CANTON

Stables purchased

CANTON: The historic Timken Stables, originally built for the horses of industrialist Henry H. Timken Sr., were sold at a sheriff’s auction Thursday.

The new owner, Beit HaKavod (Hebrew for “House of Glory”) Messianic Synagogue, plans to renovate the round, brick 15,500-square-foot building into worship space.

The synagogue, which attracts about 50 people to its Saturday service, has leased the building since August 2009. It paid $168,000 to become the new owner, said Rabbi Mark Lancaster.

PNC Bank foreclosed on the building, at 2317 13th St. NW, in 2012, after its previous owner, Hany “Mike” Potroos failed to pay a $503,013 mortgage note. Potroos formerly operated the Stables Restaurant and Hall of Fame Grille at the site.

The unusual round building is near the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is visible from Interstate 77. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property failed to attract a buyer at three previous auctions, in which the 4-year-old synagogue did not bid.

Lancaster said the congregation plans to hire an architect in the next few months to begin the process of making the building more suitable for the synagogue’s needs.

Messianic Jews blend a belief in Jesus as the Messiah with a traditional Jewish lifestyle. The local congregation offers a Saturday service at 10 a.m. and Israeli dance and Torah study at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on Wednesdays. For more information, go to www.beithakavod.com.

COPLEY TOWNSHIP

ADM levy promoted

COPLEY TWP.: Mary Alice Sonnhalter, board manager of community relations for Summit County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, made a presentation Wednesday to Copley trustees to garner support for the agency’s upcoming levy request.

Summit County ADM is asking voters to renew a six-year, 2.95-mill levy on Nov. 5.

Sonnhalter said voters first approved the levy in 2007 and that renewal won’t raise current taxes — $7.50 per month on a home valued at $100,000.

If approved, the issue would generate approximately $33 million, 75 percent of the board’s budget.

Sonnhalter said that in Summit County, “ADM programs touch about 50,000 persons a year.”

The board’s mandate is to see that treatment and support services are available for adults, teens and children with mental illness and/or alcohol and drug addiction, she said.

For more information about the agency, go to www.adm­board.org/.

New truck to arrive

COPLEY TWP.: The Copley Fire Department is expected to take delivery of a new $525,000 pumper truck outfitted for fighting structure fires and for rescue within the next couple of months, fire Chief Michael Benson said.

The pumper, manufactured by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis., will replace for a 30-year-old vehicle.

Township trustees approved the purchase last October through a five-year lease agreement. On Wednesday, they approved payment of the second installment of $109,828.75.

The Copley Fire and Rescue Association is picking up $80,000 of the cost.

HARTVILLE

Extra cost waived

HARTVILLE: The village will incur no extra cost for giving late notice to the Stark County Board of Elections about the validity of initiative petitions that put an income tax issue on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Solicitor Ronald Starkey told the Village Council this week that he will pay the $380 bill for legal services submitted by initiative proponent Beverly Green. She had submitted the bill from attorney Roy Batista for telephone conferences with Starkey and an assistant county prosecutor.

“These telephone conferences were the direct result of the village’s failure to certify sufficiency and validity of the initiative petitions before the filling deadline of Aug. 7,” wrote Green, a former mayor, in seeking payment. “Both Mr. Starkey and Fiscal Officer Scott Varney accepted responsibility for that failure at the special council meeting on Aug. 13.”

Starkey said Green lost no time in promoting the issue because the filing was accepted by the Board of Elections.

The issue seeks to reinstate a credit given on the village’s 1 percent income tax to residents for municipal income taxes paid elsewhere.

The Village Council eliminated the tax credit to raise $310,000 annually to compensate for reductions in state funding and the elimination of personal property and estate taxes.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP

Mother charged

SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A Springfield Township mother is accused of leaving three children alone at a meth lab while taking a burn victim to the hospital.

Amanda Sue Garrison, 31, is wanted on charges of child endangering, tampering with evidence and illegal assembly of chemicals.

Police said they responded Saturday to a Gowanda Avenue residence for a suspected methamphetamine lab and found evidence of an active lab that caught fire the night before.

A man, 32, was burned by the explosion, and police said Garrison left the children inside the contaminated home while she drove the man for treatment at a hospital.

Springfield police Sgt. Eric East said doctors examined the children, who then were placed in protective custody.

The man is still hospitalized, police said.

Anyone with information about Garrison’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 330-784-1609 or the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Governor to speak

FAIRLAWN: Gov. John Kasich will be the speaker at the Summit County Republican Party’s annual finance dinner Oct. 1 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.

A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.

Tickets are $300 each.

Kasich, elected in 2010, is running for re-election next year, facing a challenge from Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

For tickets, call the party’s headquarters at 330-434-9151.

Memorial concert

AKRON: Chorus for a Cause will perform concerts Saturday and Sunday.

The concerts titled, Beyond September Hope Lives On, Remember 9/11, will benefit the HALO Foundation in educating children about 9/11 and the 93 Cents for Flight 93 program.

The Saturday concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Park United Methodist Church, 2521 12th St. NW, Canton.

The Sunday concert will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 476 Mull Ave., Akron.

Tickets for each concert are $15.

For more information, visit www.achorusforacause.org/events.html.

STATE NEWS

Airports win grants

WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration has granted three Ohio airports more than half a million dollars to be used for environment-friendly initiatives.

The federal agency said Thursday that Akron-Canton, Dayton-Wright Brothers and Kent State University airports are among the 20 facilities nationwide that will receive sustainability grants.

The airports can use the money in projects to help reduce noise and water usage, improve air quality and bring down emissions from ground-based vehicles.

Akron-Canton Airport received $234,000; Kent State received more than $102,000.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the grants will help protect the health of the local communities that the airports serve.

— Associated Press


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