Man shot twice
AKRON: An Akron man was shot twice after pulling his car into his home’s driveway early Wednesday morning.
The victim, 39, was being treated at Akron General Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. No suspect has been identified.
The man told police he returned to his Frederick Boulevard home about 3 a.m. when another car pulled in from behind. Someone inside the car, which held a man and a woman, fired several shots into the victim’s 2001 Ford Taurus.
The victim was struck in the leg and suffered a graze wound to his neck, police said. He could not provide a detailed description of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.
AKRON: A “Community Winter Holiday Celebration” for Ward 4 will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lodge Park, 260 Greenwood Ave.
The event will be hosted by Councilman Russel C. Neal Jr. and organized by the Ward 4 Quality of Life Committee. It will include caroling, hot chocolate, cookies and fellowship.
For more information, call 330-212-3034.
COLUMBUS: Ohio moved one step closer Wednesday to protecting thousands of young athletes statewide from head injuries.
The Ohio House of Representatives approved minor changes made by the state Senate to a measure requiring all youth athletes to get clearance from a doctor or other medical expert before returning to competition if they show signs of concussion.
The youth concussion legislation — House Bill 143 — now heads to the governor for signature. The rules will go into effect 90 days after the governor signs them into law.
Under the plan, youth coaches, officials and referees will complete free basic online training about head injuries.
The Ohio Department of Health also will develop a fact sheet about the signs and symptoms of concussions to distribute to parents of children participating in youth sports.
MEDINA: Keller Williams Realty Tri-County Properties is hosting a “Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar” 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its office, 2425 Medina Road.
Proceeds will benefit Medina Creative Housing’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Ranch/Medina Creative Therapy Ranch which offers therapeutic horseback riding for persons with disabilities. There will be homemade cookies, Christmas decor, holiday gifts, a silent auction and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Donations of Christmas cookies (by the pound), items to sell at the bazaar and gift baskets for the silent auction are still needed. Please drop off on Friday at 2425 Medina Road or at Medina Creative Housing, 1120 N. Huntington St., Medina.
Man hurt in fire
NEW FRANKLIN: An Ott Drive resident suffered minor injuries in a house fire Wednesday afternoon.
New Franklin firefighters were called to the home at 3:24 p.m. and found heavy fire venting from the roof, according to a news release from the department.
The fire was brought under control in about 35 minutes with assistance from Clinton, Coventry Township, Canal Fulton and Jackson Township firefighters.
New Franklin paramedics treated the man at the scene.
Investigators said a gas leak caused the fire. Damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $100,000.
Official fills post
U.S. Rep.-elect David P. Joyce has named Hudson native Christyn Keyes as his communications director.
Keyes has worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee and for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. She graduated from Miami University in 2010 and Hudson High School in 2006.
“Christyn grew up in the district, and together we’ll work hard to make sure we’re effectively communicating with each and every constituent,” Joyce said in a news release. “I look forward to an ongoing conversation with the people of Northeast Ohio so that I can serve them to the best of my ability.”
Joyce, R-Novelty, was elected in November to represent Ohio’s 14th District. Longtime U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette did not seek re-election.
NORTON: Personnel from the Norton police and fire departments will be accepting donated nonperishable food items in the parking lot of Acme Fresh Market, 3200 Greenwich Road, this weekend.
Collection hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
All food collected will be distributed to area families in need.
Cafe isn’t allowed
PLAIN TWP.: The proprietor of Walther’s Cafe will not be opening a restaurant in Plain Township.
Following a public hearing Tuesday, trustees upheld the decision of the Zoning Commission and denied a zone change for a 6-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Market Avenue and Schneider Street Northeast.
Jan Walther had requested that zoning be changed from residential to neighborhood business to build on the site. He operates Walther’s Cafe on Maple Avenue Northeast in Canton.
Many area residents opposed the zone change and spoke at various public meetings. The Stark County Regional Planning Commission also recommended denial for the zone change.
Walther said he was disappointed with the board’s decision, but still plans a second restaurant — probably in North Canton. He also disclosed he and his daughters soon will open a Pita Pit in the area.
CANTON: A Stark County grand jury has indicted the former basketball coach and school aide accused of videotaping student-athletes in the boys locker room on eight counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Scott Studer, 46, who coached the Jackson High freshman team, was arrested in November after investigators searched his home and found nude images on a DVD, a laptop computer and a flash drive.
The assistant chief of the Stark County prosecutor’s criminal division says Studer could be sentenced to up to 64 years in prison if he’s convicted of all charges.
Calls to Studer’s home Wednesday were not answered. A call to his attorney was not immediately returned.
— Associated Press
TALLMADGE: The Akron Local Soap Box Derby will hold an indoor rally this weekend to benefit Toys for Tots.
Two races will be held Saturday and two Sunday at the Summit County Fairgrounds, 1100 North Ave., Tallmadge. Racers should arrive by 8 a.m.
Also, children who live in Summit or Medina county who are at least 7 years old and interested in derby racing are invited to take a test run.
Attendees are asked to bring a toy for the Marines’ annual campaign. Marines will hand out trophies to race winners.
WADSWORTH: Legislation is on the table for salary increases for city police, firefighters, sanitation and cable television employees and the auditor.
The police contract, which contains increases negotiated with the Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, covers 23 patrol officers, eight dispatchers and five sergeants. Contracts typically run for three years.
City council members and the law director have reviewed the contract. Safety Service Director Matt Hiscock declined comment following a Tuesday council meeting, saying union members have not voted.
That vote is expected within the next two weeks.
Council members unanimously voted to move the contract legislation to a third reading. If approved by police union members, the contract could be placed before council for approval at its Dec. 18 meeting, Hiscock said.
Council also moved an ordinance to third reading that would change the pay rate for uncertified auxiliary patrol officers.
Similarly, ordinances were moved to third reading that cover wage increases for firefighters, sanitation division and cable communications employees, and city auditor.