Three men shot
AKRON: Akron police were investigating three shootings that took place Wednesday night.
None of the shootings appeared to be related, and no arrests had been made.
A 28-year-old man was working in an appliance store in the 700 block of South Arlington Street when a gunman came inside about 6 p.m.
The intruder took some things from a desk, then shot the victim in the abdomen before fleeing.
Police said the victim is expected to survive.
The shooting victim has a warrant for heroin trafficking pending in Medina County, police said.
About 90 minutes later, a man, 43, was shot inside a house in the 100 block of Miles Street after three men forced their way inside. The man’s wounds do not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Officers called to the scene said they recovered $795 along with marijuana and heroin from inside the victim’s residence.
About 8 p.m., a 20-year-old man was on a porch in the 2000 block of Manister Court when he was robbed of his shirt and shot in the leg, police said.
The man’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening, police said.
Trustees OK funds
COPLEY TWP.: Township trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved nearly $705,000 to cover Service Department expenses for 2013.
Service Director Mark Mitchell said funds from seven budget accounts will be used to pay for a variety of costs that include road salt purchases, heating and air conditioning services, fire inspections, street sweeping and mulching.
Trustees also approved a Service Department request to participate in a 2013 Summit County regional pavement and road marking program. The work is expected to range from milling and repaving streets to chip-and-seal to paving marking — repainting center, edge, stop lines and arrows. The township’s cost is $400,000.
Mitchell has said the county program saves the township money on maintenance costs for Copley’s 59 miles of roads.
In other action, Scott Dressler was elected 2013 board of trustees president, and Dale Panovich was elected vice president.
Fire Chief Michael Benson reported that for the second year in the row, firefighters answered a record number of calls. The 2,324 calls in 2012 were 40 more than in 2011. About 75 percent of the calls were for emergency medical services.
Liquor ruling sought
HARTVILLE: Village Council decided Wednesday to ask the state to hold a hearing about a request for a liquor permit at the Pantry restaurant at 101 N. Prospect Ave.
Village Solicitor Ronald Starkey said he will attend the meeting to make it “abundantly clear” that no alcohol can be sold in the village without approval of a local option in an election.
The Division of Liquor Control of the Ohio Department of Commerce would hear the issue in Canton because it is the county seat.
Suspect seeks ride
LAKEMORE: A man who asked Springfield Township police for a ride was arrested after officers found he was carrying a stolen purse.
Police said Daniel L. Beaver, 33, was standing outside Tri-County Plaza on Canton Road at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He told officers he had been waiting for a taxi for more than a half-hour and asked for a courtesy ride home.
Police performed a consensual search before letting him into the car.
According to a report, officers found a purse that had been stolen from the patron of a local all-night gaming parlor about 45 minutes earlier. The purse had no cash, and credit cards inside had not been used, police said.
A police spokesman said searches are customary for security reasons before giving anyone a ride. If the person declines, they are denied a ride but are allowed to leave unless they are intoxicated.
Beaver was taken to Summit County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drug arrest made
LAKE TWP.: Officers responding to a one-vehicle crash early New Year’s Day suspected a 20 year-old Lake Township man was driving under the influence and said he also had a large amount of cash and a stash of drugs in the vehicle.
Ewell K.T. Martin IV, also known as Tyler Martin, 20, of Smith Kramer Street, was arrested on drug and firearms charges after officers, who responded to the 3:24 a.m. crash at King Church Avenue and Meandering Creek Street, discovered $600 and more than 14 grams of cocaine in the vehicle.
After further investigation, authorities confiscated more than 9 pounds of marijuana, an additional $14,000, miscellaneous drug instruments and a loaded .25-caliber pistol with the serial number removed.
Martin, of Lake Township, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in cocaine, operating a vehicle under the influence, underage consumption, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug instruments, weapons under disability and possession of a defaced firearm.
Police indicated that additional charges and arrests were possible.
New Renacci office
WADSWORTH: Goodbye, Canton. Hello, Wadsworth.
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he is moving his district office from Canton to Wadsworth.
The new lines for his 16th District, which stretches from Lorain to Wayne county, includes only a sliver of Stark County. The district formerly had all of Stark.
“With the changing geography of the new 16th District, we made the decision early on to move our Canton office to a more centrally located area,” Renacci, R-Wadsworth, said in a news release. “My goal has always been to provide top-notch constituent services. Making my Northeast Ohio office accessible to the most people possible in the district is key to ensuring my staff and I are able to live up to that promise.”
Renacci’s office is at 1 Park Center Drive, Suite 302. The phone number is 330-334-0040.
Renacci’s district office deals mainly with casework and community outreach. Current casework will continue at the Wadsworth office, with no need for constituents to resubmit information.
Hospitals fear flu
Because of increased influenza activity in the community, numerous area hospitals are restricting visitation to provide additional protection to patients, the Akron Regional Hospital Association said Thursday in a news release.
Affected hospitals include: Affinity Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, Akron General Medical Center, Akron General Lodi Community Hospital, Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Aultman Acute Care Specialty Hospital, Medina Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.
Also, Regency Barberton Hospital, Regency Ravenna Hospital, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Select Specialty Akron Hospital, Select Specialty Canton Hospital, Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa Rehab Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and Summa Western Reserve Hospital.
Guidelines include only healthy visitors in the facilities and a limit of two visitors per patient.
For more information, contact the specific hospital.
NORTON: Donald Nicolard unanimously was re-elected as council president at an organizational meeting Wednesday.
Todd Bergstrom was re-elected as vice president on a 5-2 vote, with Charlotte Whipkey and Bill Mowery opposed.
Both Nicolard and Bergstrom will be in their second terms as council leadership.
No other business was conducted. Council next will meet Monday.
New hotel planned
PLAIN TWP.: Another hotel will rise this year on Broadmoor Circle, sometimes known as Hotel Hill.
David Kovass of Meander Hospitality Group IV, LLC, of Canfield, said his group plans to build an extended-stay hotel, adjacent to the Hampton Inn, which the group also owns and operates.
The 91 new rooms will have kitchenettes and other amenities for guests who require longer stays.
The Plain Township Board of Zoning Appeals approved a parking space variance and side yard variance for the new hotel at its meeting Wednesday evening.
Capt. Troy Slabaugh of the Plain Township Fire Department told the board that plans for the new hotel provide easy access around the building; and the existing Hampton Inn maintains all safety devices.
Change in sheriff
CANTON: County commissioners have called a special meeting for 1 p.m. today to select an interim sheriff, following the announcement Thursday that sheriff-elect Michael McDonald will not take office as planned Monday.
McDonald informed the county he cannot assume the duties of the job because of a change in a medical condition. He did not elaborate.
The commissioners’ appointee will serve as sheriff until the Stark County Democratic Party’s Central Committee meets and appoints a person to the job. That meeting must occur within 45 days.
Sheriff Timothy Swanson and county Chief Deputy Rick Perez are both scheduled to retire Sunday.
Center to open
CANTON: The city’s Tire Disposal and E-Waste Collection Center will offer special hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The center accepts steel office furniture, exercise equipment, small lawn or garden equipment, hangers and any item with an electric cord as well as cell phones.
There is no cost for this service.
The center is at 742 Schroyer Ave. SW, Canton.
EMS classes set
CANTON: Canton City Schools will be offering several Emergency Medical Service training classes or refreshers throughout January.
An Emergency Medical Technician class will be held beginning Thursday at Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton.
EMT refresher classes will be offered at Marlboro Fire Department, 9577 Edison St. NE, and Damascus Fire and Rescue, 201 Main St., beginning Monday.
An Emergency Medical Responder class will begin Jan. 31 at the Homeworth Fire Department, 63 E. Broadway St.
For more information, and to register for any of the classes, call 330-438-2556, ext. 101.
County post filled
AKRON: Summit County Executive Russ Pry has appointed Michael Weant as the new director of environmental services.
Weant was the deputy director of administration for the department for the past nine years. He has 22 years of experience in county government in Ohio and 10 years with CSX Railways, mainly in operations management.
He replaces Dave Marquard, who retired at the end of 2012 after more than 30 years in county government. Marquard was an engineer for the city of Kent, then worked in the Summit County Engineer’s Office before starting in the Department of Environmental Services in 1999.
Marquard had served as director since 2003.
COLUMBUS: The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has awarded safety intervention grants to Green and Silver Lake.
Green received $20,042 to buy two truck-mounted attenuator units and a traffic arrow board. Silver Lake received $13,997 to purchase a pipe maintenance trailer, which includes a hydraulic saw and lightweight jackhammer.
The grants were among 10 statewide totaling more than $233,704.
The bureau designed the Safety Intervention Grant Program to assist Ohio employers in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses.
Ohio private and public employers are eligible to receive the grants. The program provides matching funds to buy equipment that help prevent occupational accidents and injuries.
Sewer rates to rise
WADSWORTH: Residential customers of the city’s sewer services should expect a 4.5 percent rate hike starting Feb. 1.
The City Council on Wednesday gave second reading to legislation putting new rates into effect and is expected to adopt the measure at its Jan. 15 meeting.
Service Director Chris Easton estimated the average household’s sewer charge would increase by $2 per month, but still would fall below the state average.
Mayor Robin Laubaugh previously has said a number of factors indicated the need for a rate increase, including necessary improvements to the wastewater treatment plant based on regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, operating costs for additional chemicals and maintenance and a declining carryover balance.