Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 5 special election.
Only two issues will be on the ballot in the special election in the Akron area: a Mogadore school levy in Summit and Portage counties, and a Perry Township police issue in Stark County. Wayne and Medina counties have no issues on the ballot, according to the local elections boards.
Absentee voting for the special election will begin Tuesday.
Tour and reception
AKRON: The Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, or PAGA, will host a reception and historic tour of architecturally and historically significant homes in the Merriman Road/Mayfair Road area, including Paul Litchfield’s Anchorage at 1010 Merriman Road.
The tour will begin at 2 p.m. July 19 in a nearby parking area, followed by a short trolley tour of the Merriman Hills area that will end at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a tour and reception hosted by Anchorage homeowners Jack and Sara Jeter.
Cost is $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers.
Reservations are required and must be made by July 14.
Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com or by mailing checks payable to PAGA to Preservation House, 2074 West Market St., Akron 44313.
Forum on police
AKRON: A town hall meeting on the use of force by police officers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul AME Church, 1250 S. Hawkins Ave.
The event is being held by the American Education Institute of Ohio, the Coalition for a Safe Community, clergy and community leaders, Stop the Violence Akron Movement and Stand Up For Ohio.
Panelists include Akron Police Chief James Nice and Assistant Chief Charles Brown.
The session will be moderated by Victoria Sheppard, a social scientist and criminologist. The town hall meeting is free to the public.
MACEDONIA: ReWorks will be hosting a free on-site document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Macedonia City Hall, 9691 Valley View Road.
This event is for Summit County residents and businesses only. There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle.
There will be additional document shredding events Aug. 9 in Green, Sept. 13 in Barberton and Oct. 4 in Akron.
STOW: The Graham Road eastbound to southbound state Route 8 entrance ramp just east of Red Lobster will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Monday through 6 a.m. July 15.
Work commenced June 6 on Graham Road in the state Route 8 interchange area and will run through Aug. 25.
Traffic on Graham Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction during that time period. In addition, the work requires closing state Route 8 entrance and exit ramps for periods of time.
AKRON: The United Way of Summit County Volunteer Center’s website currently has more than 150 different volunteer experiences.
Many opportunities at special events are available, including the Akron Marathon, Gay Games, Hattie Larlham Street Fair, Hale Farm and Village Civil War Reenactment, Bridgestone Invitational, 2014 Race for the Cure, West Akron 5K and Stop Bullying Festival and Walk.
Chief pleads not guilty
ATHENS: A southeast Ohio village police chief suspected of helping a woman avoid arrest has pleaded not guilty on 12 counts, including obstructing justice.
The Athens Messenger reported that Glouster Chief Lucas Mace entered the same plea on six misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty, single felony counts of theft in office and having criminal tools, and another misdemeanor, failing to aid law enforcement.
The Athens County prosecutor says Mace knew the woman was wanted by authorities and should have arrested her. He says Mace instead took the woman to dinner, let her stay at his home and gave authorities misleading information.
4 charged in shooting
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS: Police said a kitchen worker is among four men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular suburban Cleveland restaurant owner.
Cleveland Heights police said Brennan’s Colony owner Jim Brennan was shot during an attempted robbery at the restaurant Monday and died at a hospital.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reported the Cleveland Heights police chief said one of the defendants is a 23-year-old man who had been working in Brennan’s kitchen for about a month.
Chief Jeffrey Robertson said that suspect, his brother and another pair of brothers are expected to make initial court appearances next week on preliminary charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.
Police have said the shooting is being investigated as gang related.
Group ordered to pay
COLUMBUS: A Franklin County judge has granted a default judgment against Teen USA and Darien E. Smith of Cleveland for violating the terms of an agreement with the state in 2013.
Smith had agreed to dissolve Teen USA — which officials said was a sham charity where teens sold candy door to door — to not hold any position in or participate in soliciting donations for any charitable organization in Ohio, and to pay $10,000.
The judge ordered Smith and Teen USA to pay a $320,000 penalty for violating the previous agreement.