Initiative to launch
AKRON: The Akron Urban League is launching a new initiative called the Ice House Program.
It is an introduction to becoming an entrepreneur or getting an entrepreneurial mindset in a traditional job.
Principles of the program are based on the book, Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger.
The program will be free to the first 100 qualifying participants.
To qualify for the program, participants must be unemployed, underemployed, receiving government assistance or a veteran.
Call 234-542-4162 for details.
Man, 37, killed
AKRON: The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and Akron police are investigating the shooting death of an Akron man.
Brandon Given, 37, of Lake Street, was shot by an unknown suspect at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Lake Street, authorities said. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.
No suspects have been identified.
Akron police say Given was with his 16-year-old stepson in the church parking lot near his home when he was shot in the chest while meeting with several men. An injured Given managed to walk to his home where he collapsed in the dining room.
No suspects have been identified.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Valle office hours
AKRON: John Valle, Akron’s director of neighborhood assistance, will have office hours this month at local community centers:
• 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.
• Noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St.
Center to open
AKRON: The visitor center at the Seiberling Nature Realm will be open on Veterans Day.
The center, normally closed on Mondays, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at 1828 Smith Road.
The park district offices off Treaty Line Road will be closed that day.
For more information, call 330-865-8065.
COVENTRY TWP.: Coventry schools on Wednesday submitted a bond issue and additional tax levy to be placed on the Feb. 5 special election ballot.
The district is seeking a $28.3 million bond to purchase and renovate school buildings and facilities. The bond would be repaid through a 4.89-mill property tax to be collected over 34 years.
The accompanying 1.1-mill property tax would pay for permanent improvements, maintenance and property expansion.
If approved, a district resident with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $599 a year in additional property taxes.
COVENTRY TWP.: A Coventry Township man faces charges that he tossed a cup of coffee in a man’s face over an argument over political signs outside a polling place.
The Summit County sheriff’s department reports that John Pegley, 58, faces a misdemeanor assault charge.
Authorities charge Pegley yelled obscenities from his car over political signs held outside the polling place on Portage Lakes Drive around 8 a.m.
The victim said he was more than 100 feet from the polling entrance and was within the limit where politicking is allowed.
The sheriff’s department says Pegley continued to yell at the man and then threw coffee in his face.
CLEVELAND: A Cuyahoga Falls man has been indicted on charges of unlawfully having five pipe bombs, a silencer and a machine gun.
The indictment against David Dougherty, 41, was announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.
Dougherty was arrested last month at his home when paramedics called for help with an unruly patient. Officers said they found pipe bombs, a silencer, explosive powder and caps and marijuana plants.
Prosecutors had no comment on a possible motive.
No attorney is listed in court records for Dougherty, and he could not be reached for comment.
Tasers on the way
HARTVILLE: Four Tasers are being purchased for the Police Department at a cost of $4,854, Mayor Richard Currie told the Village Council this week.
He said the purpose was to provide an alternative to the use of deadly force.
“There are some instances that are very confrontational with the possibility of becoming violent,” he said Tuesday.
The purchase includes holsters and cartridges.
Currie also reported that a pair of night-vision goggles will be bought for the police at a cost of $3,040.
Income tax effort
HARTVILLE: The resources of Cleveland’s Central Collection Agency soon might be used to help the village find those people and businesses that have not paid the 1 percent Hartville income tax.
The agency can access Internal Revenue Service records not available directly to communities of fewer than 250,000 people, Fiscal Officer Scott Varney told Village Council this week.
CCA would charge 5 percent of any amount it collects.
“It’s likely there are delinquent taxpayers accounts that we don’t have any idea are even there,” Mayor Richard Currie said Tuesday.
A contract for the service is expected to be submitted to the council for consideration.
KENT: Kent State’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is seeking volunteers to help with a free tax-filing service this tax season for low- to moderate-income individuals who qualify to have their income taxes filed free of charge.
Training sessions will begin the week of Jan. 14. Sessions related to foreign student and scholar returns will be Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. Volunteers are required to attend a training class or self-study online and all volunteers will certify online. Additional volunteer positions that do not require certification include greeters, clerical assistants and receptionists.
Visit http://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/ for details.
KENT: A bowling fundraiser for Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer and Wellness Center will be held at 9 p.m. Friday at Kent Lanes, 1524 S. Water St.
The event is organized by students at Kent State University. It will include unlimited bowling, raffles, door prizes and food until 2 a.m.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
CANTON: Stark County commissioners will recoup some of the nearly $2 million they expect to spend remodeling the Frank T. Bow Federal Building for court-related offices.
The state will pay $160,064 over two years to help defray the cost to prepare the historic downtown structure for occupancy. It will also pay annual rent of $9,994 for 7,808 square feet of office space in the basement.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will move into the Bow building offices for probation supervision currently housed in the Stark County Office Building. No use has been designated for the space to be vacated.
The county also plans to move the public defender, intensive supervised probation and day reporting offices into the Bow building.
COLUMBUS: Regulators say the opening of Ohio’s third casino sharply boosted wagering in October, despite a drop in betting at the other two gambling houses.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Wednesday that wagers at the Horseshoe Cleveland, Hollywood Columbus and Hollywood Toledo casinos totaled nearly $479 million last month. The Columbus casino opened Oct. 8.
The highest monthly wagering total for the Cleveland and Toledo casinos, which opened in May, was $417 million in June as bettors tried out the new experience.
In its first 3½ weeks, the Columbus casino attracted $165 million in wagers. Last month, betting dropped 9.2 percent in Toledo and 2.2 percent in Cleveland. Ohio’s fourth casino opens next year in Cincinnati.
— Associated Press