Fatal head-on crash
CANTON TWP.: A Canton man was killed in a head-on collision Friday morning on Interstate 77.
Leone Turpin, 28, was traveling southbound on the highway near Fohl Road when a driver traveling northbound lost control of his vehicle, crossed the grass median and hit Turpin’s 2004 Dodge pick-up head-on.
Turpin was taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton, where he was pronounced dead.
The other driver, Jesus Pelico, 20, of New Philadelphia, was not injured in the crash and fled the scene. He was arrested shortly afterward and was taken into custody.
Bullet fired into door
NORTH CANTON: A North Canton woman was arrested Friday after a Thursday night shooting incident outside of the Centre Court Apartments on Peach Street Northeast.
Officers were called to the apartments around 11:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.
Police say a resident said his estranged girlfriend, Kristen R. Miller, was pounding on his door and he did not answer then he heard what sounded like gunshots.
Officers recovered one .380 silver bullet and one bullet casing fired from a .380 handgun.
A bullet was recovered from the apartment’s door.
Miller, 33, was arrested Friday afternoon on a charge of discharging a weapon into a home.
Canton Municipal Court Judge Mary A. Falvey set bond at $50,000.
Miller is in the Stark County Jail.
Crash causes gas leak
KENT: A car struck and damaged a pipeline, spewing natural gas into the air and forcing the evacuation of a Kent senior citizens apartment complex Friday morning, police said.
The incident happened about 11 a.m. at the Four Seasons Apartments at 5956 Horning Road. About 67 residents were temporarily evacuated.
The United Church of Christ and the Kent State University’s Newman Center were used to house evacuated residents. PARTA assisted with transporting the residents.
In addition, the American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at the Kent State Recreation and Wellness Center.
Dominion East Ohio workers repaired the leak.
311 is 10 years old
AKRON: The city’s 311 information line is 10 years old.
Since June 2004, the information line has fielded more than 1.8 million calls for non-emergency city services and information. Call takers entered more than 750,000 customer service request from these calls, according to a city news release.
The most common calls are for special bulk pickups, potholes, high grass and weeds, snow plowing and storm damage.
“Our 311 employees make a conscious effort to stay true to the center’s original purpose of ‘one-stop shopping’ so that a resident’s needs can be handled with one call,” Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.
Upgrades are planned to the 311 system to improve hold times, system management, mobile computing for field inspectors and the ability for citizens to enter requests for services from their smartphones or home computers.
Akron residents can access the line by calling 311 from any land line or 330-375-2311 from any phone.
Parade taking shape
AKRON: Applications are now being accepted for the East Akron Labor Day Parade and Festival.
For festival information call 330-459-2469.
To participate in the parade or for more information call 330-907-7742.
Wards 8, 9 meetings
AKRON: Two Akron council members will have meetings next week.
Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, will meet with residents of Parkway Estates at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave. She will discuss new developments for the area.
Mike Freeman, the Ward 9 councilman, will have office hours with residents in the Castle Homes and Highland Park area from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sam Salem Elementary School, 1222 Waterloo Road. Residents are asked to call the council clerk’s office at 330-375-2256 to make an appointment.
COPLEY TWP.: Township trustees have awarded a $23,650 contract to ETA Development Inc. in Akron for demolition of the Copley Community Center. The firm was picked from among a dozen companies that bid on the demolition contract.
Demolition of the 1278 Sunset Drive center will make way for a new $5.4 million 21,767 square-foot police station. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in August and be completed by November 2015.
Service Director Mark Mitchell said razing the community center probably will start in late July, but will be contingent on asbestos abatement that satisfies “the Akron air-quality people.”
Trustees also approved a request from Mitchell for a $7,250 Environmental Design Group feasibility study on whether installation of a “retention/detention basin in the Copley Meadows allotment would help prevent flooding in the area.”
PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees have reopened Alpine and Diamond community parks, which had been closed due to high water and debris on the grounds from storms this week.
Parks users are advised to be cautious around creek beds in the parks. Although water has receded significantly, the flow in the creeks remains faster than normal and could be hazardous.