AKRON: The Akron City Council approved a resolution Monday urging the U.S. Postal Service to hold off on closing distribution centers, including the one in Akron, until Congress decides on legislation that would save the nearly bankrupt postal service money.
The postal service pledged to delay closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities until May 15 to allow Congress time to approve postal legislation.
The U.S. Senate approved a bill April 25 that would provide the postal service with an $11 billion cash infusion, while delaying closings and an end to Saturday delivery.
The House, however, has not yet acted on a companion bill.
“This asks for more time before they [postal officials] do or make any more decisions,” Akron Councilman Jeff Fusco said.
Fusco and other city and county leaders have argued that closing Akron’s distribution center, which would mean a letter mailed from Akron to another location in the city would first be shipped to Cleveland, doesn’t make sense.
Plane aids arrest
AKRON: A Wadsworth man is accused of fleeing police Saturday and speeding up to 90 mph before he was arrested.
Jeffrey Flaherty Jr., 22, faces charges of reckless operation, willful fleeing and speeding.
According to Akron police, an officer spotted a motorcyclist speeding on a Suzuki near U.S. Route 224 and South Main Street Saturday afternoon.
The motorcycle was darting in and out of traffic, police said, at speeds ranging from 70 mph to 90 mph.
He was also seen doing wheelies on the roadway.
Officers say the motorcyclist refused to pull over and sped away from the police cruiser.
For safety reasons, the officer said, he stopped the chase.
Instead, the State Highway Patrol followed the motorcyclist by airplane.
Flaherty was stopped by authorities in cruisers at Mount Pleasant Road in Jackson Township.
Flaherty remained in the Summit County Jail on Monday pending an appearance in Akron Municipal Court.
Vets added to wall
The names of 10 servicemen, including an Akron soldier, have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has announced.
The Akron soldier added to the wall is Larry Morgan Kelly, who was wounded in Vietnam on Aug. 22, 1969, and died June 14, 2010, at the age of 61.
Lee Allen, director of communications for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said that with the addition of the 10 names, the number of names on the wall is now 58,282.
He said some names were added to the wall as the war zone was expanded over time to include people who were killed in Laos or Cambodia.
Kelly never fully recuperated from the wounds he received in combat in Vietnam, Allen said.
A ceremony dedicating the new names along with the designation of 12 others who are being changed from missing in action to killed in action will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the memorial.
Kelly’s name is on Panel 19 West, Row 94 of the wall.
Driver dies in crash
BOSTON TWP.: An Akron man died as a result of a motorcycle accident Sunday in Boston Township.
Thomas Mutchie, 32, was killed when he was thrown from the motorcycle after losing control on Northampton Road shortly before 6 p.m., the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Mutchie was wearing a helmet, according to Peninsula police officer Eddie Westfall.
Peninsula police, the Summit Metro Crash Response Team and the medical examiner’s office are investigating the crash.
Mutchie was pronounced dead at 6:42 p.m. Sunday.
AKRON: The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Clair Dickinson to the 9th District Court of Appeals will hold a fundraiser Thursday to celebrate his birthday.
The event will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bricco, 1 W. Exchange St. in downtown Akron.
Dickinson is running for his third term on the court, which hears appeals from trial courts in Summit, Lorain, Medina, and Wayne counties.
The suggested contribution is $100.
CUYAHOGA FALLS SCHOOLS
CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Board of Education voted Monday to hire the treasurer of Newbury Local Schools to the same job in the Cuyahoga Falls district.
David Hoskin, who has served Newbury for the past eight years, was awarded a three-year contract.
His annual salary will be $85,000.
Hoskin will assume his post July 1. He will spend up to 10 days in July — at $326.92 per day — as a consultant for the Falls schools so that he can become familiar with the district.
“I’m excited about starting, and look forward to serving the children of the district,” Hoskin said.
“This is a good district. With our leadership, we can move forward and become even greater.”
Board President David Rump said Hoskin will be an asset to the district.
CANTON: The Stark County District Library system will be closed Sunday in observance of Mother’s Day.
The system will resume regular hours Monday.
TWINSBURG: The effort to revamp the Cornerstone Business Park in Twinsburg got a boost Monday, receiving $2.2 million from the State Controlling Board.
The funds are through the Ohio Job Ready Sites Grant, which prepares properties for commercial use.
Twinsburg and its partners plan to clean up more than 165 acres of industrial and manufacturing space at Cornerstone Business Park on East Aurora Road.
The project includes a new 100,000-square-foot building for Vistar, a branch of the Performance Food Group.
The state money can be used for debris removal, demolitions, wetland mitigation, road construction and the installation of sewage and electrical lines.
Condo units OK’d
WADSWORTH: The Planning Commission held a special meeting Monday and approved the addition of two new units to the Ashley Court Condominium Association on the south side of Great Oaks Trail.
The agreement also adds land as part of the association.
The commission canceled its regular meeting scheduled for May 14 and instead scheduled it for May 21 with an expected 5:30 p.m. starting time.
Planning Director Jeff Kaiser informed the commission the regularly scheduled meetings for June, July and August will be held on Tuesdays instead of Mondays.