Gunman takes bag
AKRON: A masked man jumped from behind a car and snatched a bank deposit bag from a payday lender employee, police said.
The 56-year-old woman was not injured during the robbery about noon Monday in the parking lot of Advanced America, 1684 W. Market St.
The woman told police she was walking to her car when the robber leapt from behind a car and wrestled the bag from her hands. The bag held an unspecified amount of cash and checks.
Police said the robber was a black male in his late teens or early 20s. He wore all black clothing, including a mask. He last was seen getting into a four-door, silver car, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, driven by a black female.
Lecture on blimp
AKRON: The Kiwanis Club of Akron on Thursday is hosting a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. executive who will talk about the rebuilding of the company’s blimp fleet.
Nancy Ray, director of Goodyear’s global airship operations, will speak about the rebuilding of the Goodyear blimp fleet and its future plans in Akron.
The luncheon will be held at noon inside the Portage Country Club, 204 N. Portage Path.
The event is open to the public. Cost is $15.
Driver hits five cars
AKRON: An unlicensed motorist was charged with failing to control a speeding truck that went off the road and damaged five vehicles parked outside Akron Children’s Hospital.
Alonzo Morton, 44, of Akron, was charged early Sunday with failure to control and driving with a suspended license.
According to witnesses and Akron police, Morton was speeding north on Locust Street near West Buchtel Avenue about 5:30 a.m., when his pickup truck struck a parked 2001 Honda Accord owned by a Bolivar man. No one was inside the car.
The collision set off a chain reaction involving four other vehicles parked on Locust Street, police said.
Meanwhile, Morton’s 2005 Dodge Durango went onto the sidewalk, striking a tree and several metal signs before re-entering the road and hitting another parked vehicle.
Police said Morton was not intoxicated. He was treated for his injuries at Akron General Medical Center.
No other injuries were reported.
Three vehicles, including Morton’s truck, were heavily damaged. The three other vehicles sustained minor damage, police said.
The owner of the truck Morton was driving is insured, police said.
Town hall meeting
BARBERTON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Akron, will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.
He will address the issues and concerns of the residents of his Ohio House district.
Park levy proposed
CANTON: The City Council has taken the first step toward putting a property tax levy on the May primary election ballot for parks and recreation.
The body agreed Monday to ask the Stark County Auditor’s Office how much money would be generated by a 4-mill levy.
The city Park Commission has proposed a tax to support the parks, Canton Joint Recreation District, J. Babe Stearn Community Center and Edward L. “Peel” Coleman Community Center.
It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $122 a year.
Sediment in water
CANTON: Residents on 41st and 49th streets in the northwest section of the city are experiencing murky water — a problem the city wants to correct, Service Director Warren Price told City Council on Monday.
Councilwoman Mary Cirelli presented Price with a bottle of water collected from a tap in the 1200 block of 41st Street at Monday’s council meeting. The liquid was a medium orange-brown color.
“While it looks bad, OK, this water is not unfit for human consumption,” Price said. He took a swig of the water, earning laughter and applause from the audience.
“The taste, by the way, it’s not bad,” he said. “But clearly, this is not the product we want to put out to the people of Canton.”
Sediment collects in the 41st Street waterline because it is at a low point in the distribution system, Price said.
The past remedy has been to flush the lines, but that presents safety issues in winter.
Redesigning that section of the distribution system is the long-term solution, Price said.
Areas recently added to the water system receive clear water because it is flowing through large, clean lines, he said.
Ryan case in court
A judge in Virginia has dismissed a public intoxication charge against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles.
The judge in Lexington, Va., tossed out the misdemeanor case Tuesday. Ryan didn’t attend the hearing.
His office says he had been charged with public intoxication Aug. 25 while attending a staff member’s wedding in western Virginia.
Police wouldn’t release any other details.
A spokesman for the Democrat said Ryan denied all along that he had been intoxicated, and the office is glad that the court agreed.
Ryan, whose district includes part of Portage and Summit counties, was first elected to Congress in 2002 and easily won a sixth term just a month ago.
— Associated Press
Child rape charged
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A Mansfield man faces a rape charge in a case involving a 12-year-old Springfield Township girl.
Corey A. Welch, 48, is being held in the Summit County Jail.
According to a police report, officers responded to a 911 call from the girl at her home Nov. 28. She said she woke up naked and felt as though she had been drugged.
The girl said Welch might have taken pictures of the assault with his cellphone. She described him as a family friend who was staying with them.
Detectives said they found evidence that corroborated her claims.
Welch could face additional charges.
AKRON: A Springfield Township man accused of abducting two women from an East Akron home was arrested early Tuesday morning.
Charles Brown, 26, is being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, illegal weapon possession, aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Police said Brown went to a home in the 2100 block of East Market Street about 2:30 a.m. and ordered the women, ages 21 and 25, from the house. Brown dated one of the women, police said.
Armed with a shotgun, Brown threatened to shoot the women, police said. He then took their cellphones and ordered the women into a car.
An officer arrived and confronted Brown, who dropped his weapon, but refused other commands, police said. After a brief struggle with the officer, Brown was struck by the officer’s Taser weapon and subdued, police said.
Police said Brown was intoxicated during the incident. He has a previous felony domestic violence conviction, which bars him from carrying a firearm.