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Local news briefs — Nov. 18

AKRON

Girlfriend shot

AKRON: An Akron man faces several charges following a fight early Sunday with his girlfriend, police said.

A report from Akron police said officers were called to the couple’s Gaylord Drive home about 1 a.m., after the 31-year-old girlfriend reported that she had been shot in the arm.

Her injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Demetrius U. Felder, 32, is charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability.

Shooting victim

AKRON: Akron police are investigating a shooting early Sunday outside an Akron nightclub.

Officers were called to the El Camaleon Nightclub, 1079 S. Arlington St., about 3 a.m. for a reported fight with shots being fired.

While officers were at the nightclub, they were told there was a shooting victim from the fight at Summa Akron City Hospital.

The victim, a 37-year-old man, was shot in the arm while sitting in the back seat of a car in the club’s parking lot, police said, and his injuries were not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 330-375-2490.

Ward 6, 8 meetings

AKRON: Two Akron council members will hold meetings this week.

Bob Hoch, the Ward 6 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive. It will be an open forum.

Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, will host a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Akron Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

Harris CLC

AKRON: A community meeting about the new Harris Community Learning Center will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Jennings CLC Student Cafeteria, 227 E. Tallmadge Ave., in Akron.

The meeting will include a presentation of the exterior renderings and project status update on the new Harris CLC.

The meeting is open to all Harris and Jackson neighborhood residents and businesses.

CUYAHOGA VALLEY

‘Express’ derailed

A derailed train car kept the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad from operating its holiday-themed Polar Express run from Akron on Friday night.

The car derailed late Friday afternoon in the railroad’s Fitzwater rail yard in Valley View with no passengers aboard, railroad spokeswoman Kelly Steele-Moore said Monday.

That kept the train from heading south to Akron but did not affect Friday’s Polar Express train ride from Independence, she said.

Steele-Moore said Friday’s cancellation affected a full train of about 520 passengers.

It was the opening night of the Polar Express season.

The passengers were all telephoned Saturday with the railroad providing an added train ride Dec. 21 to make up for the forced cancellation, Steele-Moore said.

She said the derailed car did not affect trips over the rest of the weekend.

Honor for CVNP

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a climate friendly park.

That designation came from the Climate Friendly Parks program devised by the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It is one of 106 national parks nationwide that are committed to reducing source consumption, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and educating staff and the public about climate change and sustainability or being environmentally friendly.

HIGHLAND SCHOOLS

All-day classes

GRANGER TWP.: Highland School Board voted Monday to move forward in making plans for all-day, every-day kindergarten beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Highland has had an all-day, alternate day kindergarten for about 30 years.

The vote came after a presentation by Superintendent Catherine Aukerman regarding the pros and cons of such a change.

She said that with increasingly rigorous standards under the core curriculum, more time and consistency is necessary for kindergartners to meet expectations. She said that the increased learning time in kindergarten will also help kids be better prepared to pass the third-grade reading guarantee. She said that the district’s kindergarten teachers strongly recommend the change.

Aukerman said that the state requires districts to offer a half-time kindergarten option. If parents opted for the half-day program, they would have to provide transportation at midday. Highland would have the option of charging tuition for the all-day program, as is the case in Medina, but Aukerman and board members agreed that they did not plan to pursue that option.

Implementation of all-day, every-day kindergarten will involve doubling the number of kindergarten teachers. Aukerman said that the district would need four or five additional teachers, at a cost of about $40,000 each, including benefits. There would also be slight additional costs in supplies. The costs can be covered by the district because the possibility of all-day, every-day kindergarten was included in the five-year budget forecast.

STARK COUNTY

Civil War talk

STARK COUNTY: The Stark County Civil War Roundtable will meet 7 a.m. Thursday at the Greentown United Methodist Church basement, 3088 State St. NW in Greentown.

The meeting will include a presentation by Timothy R. Brookes who will talk about the 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry training in Massillon during the Civil War.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Photo winners

Scott Christopher of Cuyahoga Falls is the top winner in the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 photo contest.

His winning photo featured black cherry trees in the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park in North Akron.

It appears on a billboard for the next month on the west side of State Road near Broad Boulevard in Cuyahoga Falls.

Second place went to Laura Prager of Barberton, and third place was awarded to Mary Lou Jubin of Norton.

The contest theme was “Taking Root for Clean Water.”

WADSWORTH

Book signing

WADSWORTH: An author will discuss her Amish upbringing at a book signing and music program at 6:30 p.m. today at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St.

Mary Kaufman Schwartz, author of Coming Into Focus: From An Amish Childhood to a Journey of Many Choices, and her husband, Larry, will present a program of stories that detail the triumphs and struggles of assimilating from her Amish childhood into Western culture.

For more information, call 330-334-5761.

Electrical work

WADSWORTH: Electrical repairs will require Wadsworth Public Library to shut down all computer and phone access Monday.

Patrons will be able to visit the library, at 132 Broad St., to check out and return materials, make copies, request items and ask questions at the reference desks. They will not be able to reach the library by telephone and will not have access to the public computers, wireless service, the online library catalog, the library’s website or the fax machine.

Full service is expected at 9 a.m. next Tuesday.

STATE NEWS

Hurdle cleared

COLUMBUS: A proposal to require Ohio to invest billions of dollars in solar, wind and other energy sources has cleared an initial hurdle to getting on the ballot.

Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday that backers of the so-called Ohio Clean Energy Initiative amendment have met state requirements to proceed with their effort.

If successful, the measure would require the state to invest $1.3 billion each year for the next decade on energy infrastructure, research or development.

— Associated Press



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