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Local news briefs — Oct. 16


Job posting

AKRON: The Cascade Locks Park Association is accepting applications for the post of education and volunteer coordinator.

The person hired will succeed Rowan MacTaggart, who is retiring.

The job, which covers 28 hours per week Tuesday through Friday, includes planning events, working with volunteers and scheduling school visits and docents at the Mustill Store.

Resumes should be sent to: Cascade Locks Park Association, 248 Ferndale St., Akron, OH 44304, or


Site cleared

BARBERTON: The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued a covenant not to sue on a 1.7-acre site that was previously contaminated and is now ready for redevelopment.

The action clears new owners from being held liable for additional cleanup costs.

The building, at 345 15th St. NW, has been vacant since 2007. It previously housed offices and a parking lot for the former Seiberling Rubber Co. Barberton police also used it as an impound lot.

Asbestos was removed from the historic building. Testing showed no petroleum by-products in the soil or ground water.

The cleanup was conducted through Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program.


Tenor to sing

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Irish tenor Pat Flynn will perform at a fundraiser to keep Mary Nichols-Rhodes as Ward 4 representative in Cuyahoga Falls.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Erie Room of the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

Refreshments will be provided. Tickets will be $20.

For more information call 330-928-5347.


Grant money

CANTON: The city school district will be able to enroll 63 more children in preschool with a $252,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

Superintendent Adrian Allison told the Board of Education on Monday night that the additional pupils should begin classes within six weeks.

Partners in the project are the JRC Learning Center and the YMCA of Central Stark County.

In other business, the board heard David Ross of Colonial Boulevard Northeast question the need for additional administrators added at an estimated cost of $1.5 million to $2 million. The positions are for assistant elementary principals and transformation specialists.


Fall book sale

FAIRLAWN: Friends of the Fairlawn-Bath Library will hold the group’s annual fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the branch library, 3101 Smith Road, across from Summit Mall.

More than 10,000 items will be offered for sale in such categories as cookbooks, biographies, history, children’s literature and fiction.

A preview sale for friends members will be 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Individual memberships can be purchased at the door for $5.

A bag sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.


Anger over shots

GRANGER TWP.: The sound of gunfire in their neighborhood prompted about a dozen residents from Medina Line Road, between Valentine Farms and Granger Road, as well as the Granger Condominiums to attend Monday’s meeting of township trustees.

The residents are concerned about target shooting on an 8-acre parcel on Medina Line Road. They told trustees that AK-47s are being shot, sometimes as early as 9 a.m. and continuing for hours.

Trustees said state law limits what can be done, but they might be able to address the problem by enacting noise policies.


Fall festival

KENT: Kent’s newest retail and restaurant development, College Town Kent, will host the new Kent Fall Fest from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Free children’s activities include face-painting, balloon artistry and a strolling magician. Guests can visit area businesses for samples, drawings, giveaways, a beer garden with live music on East Erie Street, games at Carnaby Street Style and Newdle Bar and henna tattoos at One Love Yoga Boutique.

Proceeds at the beer garden will benefit the Ben Curtis Family Foundation in its efforts to assist Kent-area children with supplemental meals and hygiene items throughout the school year. Donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hand sanitizer will be accepted at the beer garden.

College Town Kent is located at East Erie and South Water streets.

For more information, visit


Employee resigns

LAKE TWP.: Township trustees on Monday accepted the resignation of Christy R. Bresson as fiscal assistant, effective Oct. 31.

Bresson has served 34 years in township government, including 11 years in Lake.

The board agreed to sell two police cruisers — a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria — no longer in use by the Uniontown Police Department. Sealed bids will be accepted until Nov. 12 and will be opened at the meeting that evening.

Rebecca Segetti asked trustees about future plans for the former senior center on Edison Street. She said she wants to use the vacant building for a senior activities center.


Beer event

PENINSULA: Century Cycle will mark Cleveland Beer Week on Saturday with a party, even if the planned bike ride is canceled.

The continuing federal government shutdown might wipe out the bike ride planned on the Towpath Trail at 8 p.m.

Events will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the store, 1621 Main St. (state Route 303) with festivities moving at 8 p.m. to the Winking Lizard Tavern next door.

For more information, go to


Guilty plea

AKRON: A Coventry Township woman pleaded guilty Tuesday for her role in the heroin overdose deaths of two men three years apart.

Danielle Hoover, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

Hoover was charged earlier this year after Summit County sheriff’s deputies linked her to two heroin-related deaths: Richard Allen Davis, 40, of Coventry, in 2009; and Rollie Harmon, 34, of Akron, last December.

Prosecutors say Hoover was with the men around the time they used heroin and died.

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a statement that Hoover provided heroin that she had purchased using the men’s money.

“The two got high together, and then the man overdosed and died,” Walsh said. “And each time, Hoover fled instead of trying to get help for the men.”

Davis was found dead inside a pickup truck on Killian Road in Coventry Township from what the medical examiner’s office said was an overdose of heroin and cocaine.

In December, Harmon died from a heroin overdose, authorities said. His body was found at a motel in Green, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Hoover will be sentenced Nov. 19.

View from Norway

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The local chapter of Sons of Norway, an organization for anyone interested in the country’s culture, will see a travelogue at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2121 Sixth St., Cuyahoga Falls.

Roger and Verna Barrett will describe their recent trip to Norway.

For information call, 330-794-5875.


Sentence delayed

COLUMBUS: Sentencing has been continued for a man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking.

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office says more time is needed as both prosecutors and defense attorneys submit additional information ahead of the sentencing of Matthew Cordle.

Sentencing before Franklin County Judge David Fais was moved from today to Oct. 23.

Cordle, 22, faces two to 8½ years in prison, a $15,000 fine and loss of driving privileges for life. He pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the June crash that killed Vincent Canzani of suburban Columbus.

— Associated Press


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