AKRON: Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man that occurred about 10:15 p.m. Monday outside an East Avenue home, police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
Deshawn Dwayne Smith 18, of Akron, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:42 p.m. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, Edwards said.
An Akron woman, 21, also was injured during the shooting. She suffered a bullet wound to her shoulder. She is being treated at an area hospital and is expected to survive, Edwards said.
No suspects have been identified.
The victims were found in a car in the 600 block of East Avenue. Police say the shooter approached the victims’ 1993 Cadillac Seville while it was parked in a driveway and opened fire.
Edwards said detectives are questioning several witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call 330-375-2490.
BARBERTON: City Council passed emergency legislation Monday evening extending the contract with Waste Management by 90 days.
The move will allow for a possible transition to another refuse/recycle pickup company beginning March 1.
The city is considering bids from Waste Management and Republic Services.
“At this time, Republic has the edge,” city Service Director Elwood Palmer said. “But we need the additional time in order to be certain it is, indeed, the lowest bid and to give the company time to distribute the trash containers required throughout the city.”
Palmer said both businesses will require customers to use company containers. Currently, Waste Management does not require special containers.
Also, the pickup will go to three days each week, and not be completed in one day as is now the case.
STREETSBORO: Police in Streetsboro said they have identified a man who took packaged turkey dinners intended for a food cupboard and know where the meals went.
On Monday, the manager of the Valvoline Oil Change, 9505 state Route 14, told Streetsboro police the business had raised $600 used to purchase 13 turkey dinners that were to be donated to Streetsboro Christian Cupboard for the holiday season.
The dinners were packaged in white boxes and placed outside the building, where a volunteer was told to pick them up. A person arrived about 10:30 a.m. and said his wife told him to pick up the dinners.
Employees assisted in loading the dinners into the person’s vehicle, and he left. About 1 p.m., a volunteer from Streetsboro Christian Cupboard arrived and found the dinners gone.
Police said the case remains under investigation and no decision has been made about whether charges will be filed.
No names or other details were immediately released.
AKRON: The Summit County elections board met for three hours Tuesday to decide which absentee and provisional ballots should be counted in the official vote count from the Nov. 6 election.
The board threw out more than 600 absentee ballots with deficiencies that included a lack of identification, signatures that didn’t match, envelopes with no ballots and ballots postmarked after the Nov. 5 deadline.
Tim Gorbach, the board’s Democratic chairman, said this might seem like a large number, but doesn’t seem quite as bad when compared to the overall number of absentee ballots cast in the county, which was about 91,000.
The board deemed about 7,000 provisional ballots valid and just over 1,400 invalid for problems such as an incorrect addresses, canceled registrations, no signatures, and a lack of the required identification.
Board employees will include the absentee and provisional ballots in the official vote count, which the board will certify Tuesday.
A recount may, however, have to be done on a charter issue in Green, which would allow the city to choose from a larger group of job candidates for civil service positions, rather than only considering the top performers. The unofficial vote count had Issue 15 passing by 48 votes. The board is required to do a recount when the vote is separated by less than one-half of 1 percent.