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Area news briefs — July 29


Rapist sentenced

AKRON: A 28-year-old Akron man was sentenced Monday to life in prison after pleading guilty to rape and gross sexual imposition in a 2012 case involving a girl who was under the age of 13, authorities said.

Timothy Schussler of Oakdale Avenue will be eligible for his first hearing before the Ohio Parole Board in 2023, prosecutors said. He was sentenced immediately after entering his plea in the court of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

Schussler also was listed in the most serious sex offender category, Tier III, requiring lifetime registration of his address with the sheriff’s office.

Fatal crash

AKRON: A 40-year-old Clinton man who was involved in a traffic crash in May died Sunday at Summa Akron City Hospital.

Michael Davis of Appleridge Circle died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday of injuries sustained in a crash with a tractor-trailer May 15 on state Route 8 in Akron, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

Akron police and the Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing their investigation of the accident.

Clinic for felines

AKRON: Appointments are still available for low cost spay and neuter through CHAP Inc.’s mobile clinic for cats from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the NEFCO building, 180 E. South St.

Kittens and cats need to be at least 12 weeks old, in good health and weigh at least 3 pounds.

Male cat neuter is $40 and female cat spay is $60. The clinic will also spay pregnant cats that are not too close to term for $70.

Low-cost vaccines; flea, tapeworm and ear mite treatments; nail trimming and ear tipping for feral cats will also be available.

Registration is required. Call 330-724-6181.


Event plans

A Buckeye Family Scavenger Hunt will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.

The event, a fundraiser for Citizens for Good Schools, will begin at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills, 5740 Center Road, in Valley View.

Participants will travel by car to destinations in three townships — York, Litchfield and Liverpool — within the Buckeye school district.

The entry fee is $25 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight.

For more information, email


Guilty plea

CLEVELAND: A 50-year-old Akron man was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison on Monday for a 1989 cold case involving the murder of a Maple Heights man.

Eric Register pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the murder of Armond Earl, according to a news release from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors’ Office.

Earl was found dead in his Lee Road apartment on July 19, 1989. He sustained four wounds, two to the forehead and two to the chest. The injuries were believed to have been made by a screwdriver.

Over the years police preserved a bathtub drain, a bloody screwdriver and a bloody fingerprint impression from a fan.

The case was reopened in February 2010.

The cold-case unit of the prosecutor’s office asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to determine if any fingerprints in its system matched the bloody fingerprint.

The prints matched Register’s, who at the time of the discovery was in Summit County Jail for sexual assault and gross sexual imposition of a 7-year-old girl.

The blood found on the screwdriver belonged to both Earl and Register.

Register was charged with murder in November.

— Plain Dealer


Planes to land

GREEN: The Wings of Freedom Tour of vintage aircraft will be held at the MAPS Air Museum at 2260 International Parkway Aug. 9 to 11.

The event will feature B-17, B-24 and P-51 planes.

The planes are owned by the Collings Foundation, and flights on the planes will be offered. A 30-minute bomber flights is $425 per person. A P-51 flight is $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for an hour.

To make reservations to fly, call 800-568-8924 or go to Walk-through tours to see the Collings planes and the MAPS Air Museum planes and displays are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

For more on the MAPS Air Museum go to www.mapsair


Crime maps offered

MEDINA: Medina police have partnered with a company to offer crime maps to alert residents of incidents in their neighborhoods.

The department and BAIR Analytics Inc. are offering crime information at

The service will also allow the department to alert users about crimes as they happen.

RAIDS Online automatically syncs with the department’s records system to update crime information online and in a mobile app.

The system allows residents to map the incidents and look at what type of incidents are happening in their neighborhoods.

“We provide dispatch services for and collaborate with Montville Police and Medina Township Police. By using a single computer-aided dispatch system and police electronic records system, we are able to offer this benefit to their communities at no cost,” said Medina Chief Patrick Berarducci.

The maps will only display incidents in which a report is written such as an arrest report, crash report, or theft report.


Firefighters grant

NEW FRANKLIN: The fire department has been awarded $97,795 in a Federal Aid Firefighters Fire Prevention grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The department will use the money to purchase a comprehensive injury prevention program developed through the national Fire Protection Association that will be used to educate school children in Manchester, Coventry and North schools. It will also be used to purchase 1,500 smoke detectors for city residents.


Library opening

NORTH ROYALTON: The Cuyahoga County Public Library will hold a grand opening celebration for its new North Royalton Branch and the library’s 90th anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 5071 Wallings Road.

The ceremony will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, food trucks, free photo booths, an outdoor toy tent and limited edition commemorative library cards.

The New, eco-friendly branch features community meeting spaces, children’s and teen spaces, public computers, a full-service drive-up window and a wide selection of books, DVDs, CDs and other items.


Scams discussed

GREEN: The Summit Senior Coalition will meet at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at GreenView Senior Assisted Living, 4000 Massillon Road.

Summit County prosecuting attorney Joe Fantozzi will present a program on Senior Scams.

Call 330-807-6281 to reserve a seat.


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