AKRON: Akron police have arrested a suspect in the December shooting death of two people.
Dawud El Spaulding, 29, is being held in the Summit County Jail on two counts of aggravated murder and single charges of felonious assault and attempted murder.
He is accused of shooting and killing Erica Singleton of Tallmadge and Ernest Thomas of Akron outside Thomas’ Grant Street home on Dec. 15.
He also is accused of shooting and injuring Patrick Griffin the same day.
The shootings took place during a six-day period in mid-December that was described by police as one of the most violent times in the city’s history.
Nine people were shot, and Singleton, 28, and Thomas, 31, were among six who were killed.
AKRON: The Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls has inducted officers for 2012-14.
They are President Terry Lueck (University of Akron, School of Communication); Vice President Debbie Casanova (retired from Charter One Bank); secretary Linda Marx (retired from the University of Akron, International Programs); and treasurer Marcia Adair (retired from FedEx Supply Chain Services).
Newly elected directors are Jo Dinuzzo (FirstMerit Bank); Sara Sehm (FirstMerit Bank); and Donna Beheydt (Minuteman Press).
Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Fairlawn Country Club.
For information, check out www.zonta.org.
BARBERTON: The Alcoa Co. in Barberton has challenged the city to basketball games as part of its community involvement series May 26.
Tournament games start at 8 a.m. at the Barberton High School and Barberton Middle School gymnasiums.
The day will end with the best Alcoa team playing the best city team (mayor, police, teachers) at 4 p.m. at the Barberton High School gym.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children and 3 and under are free with a canned good.
All proceeds will go to the Summit County Veterans Service Commission.
Tickets are available at the high school, 555 Barber Road, Alcoa Barberton Integrity Federal Credit Union, 971 Wooster Road, or the mayor’s office, 576 W. Park Ave.
Tickets will be available at the door.
Man flees motel
BRIMFIELD TWP.: Brimfield police say a man fled a local motel leaving his girlfriend, two children and a pile of drugs behind.
A warrant has been issued for Steven Bianca, 33, who is wanted on allegations of trafficking heroin and cocaine.
Police say officers William Atha and Kelly Sonagere spotted a stolen car parked Sunday at the Days Inn on state Route 43 and eventually identified Bianca as the suspect.
Police searched his motel room and car and recovered an ounce of cocaine, 2 ounces of heroin packaged in 67 small bags, 53 prescription painkillers, a scale, two safes and about $2,600, according to Chief David Oliver.
Bianca’s girlfriend, Melissa Osborne, was arrested on drug trafficking charges, and her two children, 4 and 6, were placed with relatives.
Bianca fled the motel before police found his room.
Police ask that anyone with information about Bianca’s whereabouts call 330-673-7716 or 330-677-1234.
COLUMBUS: Portage and Medina counties are getting $171,542 in recycling grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Portage County is getting $122,500 in community development grants for its materials recovery facility and for deconstruction materials recycling.
Medina County is getting $49,042 for a recycling drop off.
The grants were among 23 totaling nearly $1.1 million the state awarded.
GREEN: Kimble Cos., the city’s trash and recycling hauling, will pick up scrap appliances citywide Saturday.
Service Director Randy Monteith said city residents desiring removal of an old appliance should call the Kimble office at 800-201-0005 to make arrangements.
Task force plans
CLEVELAND: The U.S. Attorney for the northern half of Ohio is announcing a task force dedicated solely to the issue of prescription drug abuse.
The announcement by U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach comes as a two-day conference begins on the abuse of prescription drugs such as painkillers.
Overdose drug deaths fueled by prescription painkiller addiction are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio and more than a dozen other states, surpassing car crashes.
Dettelbach says one of the exciting initiatives at the conference is the release of details on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit investigating nothing but prescription drug cases.
Doctors researching the issue and addicts telling their stories also plan presentations.
– Associated Press
Fire open house
NORTH CANTON: The Fire Department will conduct an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Fire Station No. 2 at 345 Seventh St. NE.
The event will include glucose and thyroid testing by the Mercy Community Outreach Lab.
A Blood Mobile conducted by Lifeshare at Mercy Medical Center will be held from 3 to 7 p.m.
Air Bear, Akron Children’s Hospital’s helicopter, will land in the pool lot about 7:15 p.m.
Fire and EMS personnel will conduct two auto extrication exercises by cutting a car apart.
Other groups in attendance will include Aultman Trauma Services, Safe Kids of Stark County, Akron Children’s Hospital staff and the Stark County Sheriff’s Comp-U-Kids fingerprinting program.
Light refreshments will be served.
Child protection fair
FAIRLAWN: An education and prevention child protection fair will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 25 at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St.
The program will be a part of the National Missing Children’s Day sponsored by Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection.
The event will feature family-focused activities including ID kits, radKids demonstrations, safety tips and informational booths.
The event is free and open to the public.
For information, call 330-247-1402 or visit www.gasp123.org.