BOLIVAR: The man killed in a gas-oil well explosion Monday has been identified as a 19-year-old from Jackson Township.
Paul Christopher Sherman was painting the tank off state Route 212 south of Bolivar in northern Tuscarawas County about 9:30 a.m. when the explosion occurred, officials said. The cause remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Sherman was a 2011 graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School and had attended Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Plain Township.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Karlo-Libby Funeral Home, 5000 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township.
AKRON: President Barack Obama’s campaign kicked off its “Made in Ohio” manufacturing tour Wednesday morning with a stop in Akron.
William Crooks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Tri-County Regional Labor Council, and Sandra Kurt, a Summit County Council member, were the speakers at the event at the Laborers’ International Hall on Wolf Ledges Parkway.
The two-week, statewide tour also will include a visit from Vice President Joe Biden to Columbus today.
Obama’s campaign released a report Wednesday detailing how Obama’s policies have helped Ohio’s manufacturing industry, with the state adding 44,700 manufacturing jobs.
City, village in deal
CANTON: A facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will open in the village of Meyers Lake with assistance from Canton.
A divided City Council approved an incentive Monday for D’Amico Senior Health Care that gives the company the in-town rate for water, rather than the out-of-town rate, which is 150 percent higher.
In return, the company must pay the equivalent of the city’s 2 percent income tax on wages for employees who live outside Canton. The company will receive a credit for city income taxes paid by Canton residents.
Council President Allen Schulman had to break council’s tie vote on the agreement.
Mayor William J. Healy II said the agreement is good because it can create jobs for residents in an area that is unavailable for annexation.
Councilwoman Mary Cirelli said the facility would be built at 3332 13th St. NW with or without the incentive. Councilman Greg Hawk said the city’s loss on the water surcharge will not be recouped through the income tax.
In other action, council approved creation of a tax-increment financing district on Tuscarawas Street West from Whipple Avenue to Third Street Southwest.
The arrangement will capture taxes on any future improvement in property values for infrastructure improvements to the corridor. School district revenue will remain the same.
HARTVILLE: Village Council has agreed to seek bids for expansion and improvement of the sewage treatment plant.
Construction on the $7.3 million project is expected to start in the fall and last more than a year. The work will be financed through grants, a loan and user fees.
Also Tuesday, council learned that an informational meeting about the change to a single rubbish hauler for all residents will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Village Hall.
Residents are advised to tell their current contractors the new service will start in September.
Council scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. July 30 to select a replacement for Councilman Thomas Hough, who resigned June 28.
Councilman Edsel Tucker objected on grounds that the extra session will cost money because members are paid $78 for each meeting.
Members will meet only once next month, on Aug. 7.
JACKSON TWP.: The movie Truthland will be screened at 7 p.m. tonight at Kent State University’s Stark campus.
The film, touted as a counter to the anti-fracking film Gasland, is being presented by Energy in Depth-Ohio, the pro-drilling industry group.
A key figure from the film, Shelly Depue, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania, will join in a panel discussion of drilling after the film is shown.
The film will be shown in the auditorium at Main Hall at 6000 Frank Ave. NW.
Admission is free.
KENT: Kent police are asking for help finding the person who shot a 17-year-old early Wednesday.
Authorities found the victim, who had been shot multiple times, while responding to a report of shots fired at 12:21 a.m. in the 700 block of Silver Meadows Boulevard.
The victim’s name and condition were not released.
The shooter is described as a white male in his mid 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavy build and wearing a white, sleeveless tank top-style T-shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent police at 330-673-7732.
MANTUA TWP.: Authorities say they have arrested a second suspect from a residential burglary.
Portage County deputies located Aaron Love, 20, at an apartment in Mantua on Tuesday evening, Sheriff David Doak said in a news release Wednesday.
Love’s last known address is in the 4100 block of Wayne Road in Mantua.
He is accused of fleeing from a bedroom being burglarized Monday when the homeowner on his lunch break returned to the residence, also on Wayne Road.
Austin Frederick 19, was arrested and charged with burglary after the homeowner subdued him following a brief struggle, authorities said.
Deputies located Love after receiving multiple tips on his whereabouts, they said.
Love is charged with aggravated burglary and is being held without bond at the Portage County Jail.
Authorities said Love was wanted on three previous warrants, including one for burglary and two counts of theft.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
New bridle trail
HINCKLEY TWP.: Cleveland Metroparks has opened a new section of bridle trail in its Hinckley Reservation in northeast Medina County.
The new section is 1,500 feet long and 36 to 40 inches wide. It connects riders from Hinckley Hills Trailhead off Hinckley Hills Road to a loop trail near the Redwing Cabin.
The new trail required a new bridge for a creek crossing.
Materials to build the new bridge cost about $600.
The park district has just over 11 miles of bridle trails in the Hinckley park.
Ice cream social
MUNROE FALLS: The city’s annual ice cream social will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Free ice cream will be dispensed at Guise Park, 43 Munroe Falls Ave. Local musician Brian Lisik will provide the entertainment, and a free bounce house will be available for kids.
Also that day, the city’s police department will offer car washes to raise money for its new K-9 program from noon to 5 p.m. at the police academy parking lot, 9 S. Main St.
K-9 Officer Badger will be available for photos.
RAVENNA: Portage County Drug Task Force agents arrested two people Tuesday after a monthlong investigation into trafficking cocaine in western Portage County.
Paris T. Rzyczcki, 19, and William K. Smith, 29, were arrested at a residence in the 900 block of Singletary Drive, Streetsboro. They are charged with trafficking in cocaine with a juvenile present.
Rzyczcki lives in the 9000 block of Cranbrook Drive in Northfield. Smith lives in the 16700 block of Lorain Street, Chagrin Falls.
Authorities said Smith used a 6-year-old child at the Streetsboro location to facilitate a drug transaction. Two other children, ages 15 months and 8 years old, were present, the sheriff’s office said.
Smith is responsible for bringing cocaine into Portage County from Geauga County and distributing it in Streetsboro, authorities said.
He has previous arrests in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties that include drug trafficking.
The Portage County Drug Task Force is made up of members from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office and officers from Aurora, Kent, Streetsboro, Garrettsville and Windham.
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A Springfield Township teenager was struck and killed by a hit-skip vehicle at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday while walking eastbound on Albrecht Avenue in the township, authorities said.
Anthony Weakland, 16, of Columbine Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle didn’t stop.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and State Highway Patrol are investigating.
CANTON: Stark County commissioners decided Wednesday to proceed with a Marlboro Township sewer project designed to make Alliance drinking water cleaner.
The $3.2 million project includes installing sanitary sewers, a lift station and treatment plant for about 90 properties. The purpose is to stop the flow of untreated sewage to Walborn Reservoir, which supplies Alliance with water.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is contributing a $2 million grant. Property owners will not be assessed for sewer lines.
Bids are to be sought soon. Construction is expected to take a year.
OPEN M fundraiser
AKRON: OPEN M, the neighborhood, faith-based nonprofit dedicated to serving Akron’s underprivileged community, will host its 12th annual golf outing fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Paradise Lake Golf Course in Suffield Township.
All proceeds go directly to OPEN M’s free health clinic for the uninsured in Summit County.
OPEN M — an acronym for Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry — is recruiting golfers and businesses for sponsorships.
The $100 fee includes golf, cart, lunch, light appetizers and a steak dinner. Remaining sponsorships begin at $100 a hole. Reservation deadline for golfers is Sunday.
Steak dinner only is $25.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-434-0110, ext. 404.
Pit poker run
AKRON: One of a Kind Spay & Neuter Clinic will hold a Poker Run for Pit Bulls at 2 p.m. July 28 starting at the clinic at 1700 W. Exchange St. Deadline to register is Saturday .
Registration is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt, scorecard and food.
The run, generally done on a motorcycle, may also be done by car. Check in for the poker run begins at 1 p.m. and the run will end about 5 p.m. at Arnie’s Standing Room Only, 1682 W. Exchange St.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the agency’s Pit Bull Fund to help low-income families spay or neuter pit bulls.
To register, go to www.oneofakindpets.com or pick up a registration form at the clinic.
Anyone interested in being a sponsor or a stop on the run should call 330-328-6439.
Safety Town planned
TWINSBURG TWP.: The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will host 2012 Safety Town at Township Hall, 1790 Enterprise Parkway, from Aug. 6-9.
The program, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day, is a summer safety program for children entering kindergarten this fall.
For reservations, visit www.twinsburgtwp.com, or call 330-425-4497, or complete an application at the town hall by Friday.
Participants will learn about a variety of topics, from animal safety to fire safety.
The program is free to township residents.
WADSWORTH: City council voted Tuesday to put a 2.3-mill, five-year renewal levy on the November ballot to help fund the city’s emergency medical service.
Safety Director Matt Hiscock said the levy is expected to generate $882,000 a year. Because it is a renewal, it does not require a tax increase from what is now being collected with the levy, which expires Dec. 31.
In addition to the levy, fees charged for EMS service help fund the department. Rates for city residents range from $400 to $565 based on the level of service needed; for residents outside the city, the rates are $450 to $650. If the ambulance responds and no transport is needed, the fee for city residents is $120; nonresidents, $250.
Hiscock said the city has four ambulances as part of its EMS service, with two normally at each fire station, downtown and on Weatherstone Drive in the northern part of the city.
Building a third station in the southern section of the city has been a longtime goal. Hiscock said the discussion continues with the possibility of a regional facility with another political entity (or entities) to fund and staff it.
Hiscock said the EMS department made 1,747 runs in 2011 and has 10 full-time employees along with some part-time employees.
The city does have a contract with Wadsworth Township to provide EMS and fire service to that area.
Casino opening set
COLUMBUS: Ohio’s third casino is scheduled to open by early October.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday decided Hollywood Casino Columbus should open by Oct. 8, as long as it meets necessary requirements.
Commission Executive Director Matt Schuler says that includes the installation of about 3,000 slot machines and 70 table games and the licensing of employees and the casino itself.
A spokesman for developer Penn National Gaming says about 900 of the 2,000 employees have been hired.
Ohio’s first two casinos opened earlier this year in Cleveland and Toledo.
Gamblers bet more than $417 million during those casinos’ first full month in business, and operators paid out more than $371 million in winnings.
A fourth casino planned in Cincinnati is expected to open next year.
— Associated Press