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Local news briefs — Oct. 23

AKRON

Bridge to close

AKRON: The Bath Road bridge, located between Akron-Peninsula and Riverview roads, will be closed daily between 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. from Thursday to Tuesday, according to Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker’s office.

Motorists should anticipate using detour routes, including the official detour from Riverview Road to Ira Road to Akron-Peninsula Road.

The closure is necessary to reinforce the bridge railing. All work is weather-dependent.

For updates, go to http://summitengineer.net.

Open house today

AKRON: Barbara M. Vassel Comprehensive Care Center will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

The center at 147 Park St. is dedicated to outpatient services of Pastoral Counseling Service of Summit County, a mental-health provider that offers diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, advocacy and referral and child, adolescent and adult psychiatric services. It houses the offices for three licensed therapists and two registered nurses to help clients cope with things like trauma, grief, mood disorders and relationship issues.

The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accepting referrals for adults.

Pastoral Counseling’s administrative offices will remain at 282 W. Bowery St.

For more information, call 330-996-4600 or visit www.pcs­summit.org.

BARBERTON

Man shot in groin

BARBERTON: A Barberton man remained hospitalized Tuesday after he was shot in the groin area Monday, police said.

No charges had been filed and police said the shooting appears to be accidental.

According to a report, the man, 20, was shot once with a .22-caliber rifle inside his Stratford Street home Monday afternoon.

A report shows that the man was with an 18-year-old friend from Norton when the shot was fired. Police said the friend was in control of the rifle when it was discharged, but it appears to have fired accidentally.

A 14-year-old boy witnessed the shooting, but was not injured, police said.

After the shooting, the two men drove to the Norton’s man home. Paramedics were called and the wounded man was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment.

Details of how the rifle fired were not available. The Norton man declined comment when contacted Tuesday by phone.

CANAL FULTON

Unveiling of mural

CANAL FULTON: A mural that captures scenes from Canal Fulton will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The work consists of nine historical images and covers more than 500 square feet on the side of an old fire station near the corner of state Route 93 (Cherry Street) and High Street.

Images were painted on framed, weather-resistant panels that then were mounted to the building’s wall. The piece cost about $22,000.

The dedication, which will recognize several participants in the project, is open to the public.

CANTON

Accounting contract

CANTON: Three councilmen have objected to the hiring of a Columbus-area accounting firm to help the city auditor’s office.

John Mariol II, Edmond Mack and Frank Morris voted against the three-year contract with Julian & Grube Inc. of Westerville at Monday’s meeting of City Council.

“We need to do anything we can to keep Canton’s money in Canton,” Mariol said.

Mack objected to Auditor Richard A. Mallonn II not asking local firms for proposals to do the work.

Mallonn said he chose the company on the recommendation of the state auditor’s office. He said the $24,900 annual cost for the contract is less than the $52,000 a year it would cost to add an employee to his office.

Julian & Grube will assist with the annual comprehensive annual financial report, annual state audit and conformance with generally accepted accounting procedures.

CLEVELAND

Air show to return

CLEVELAND: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team will perform at the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show, organizers said in a news release Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Blue Angels notified Cleveland Air Show officials late Monday that the Department of Defense has approved the group’s 2014 schedule.

Tentative dates for the Cleveland performances are Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

Many show dates for the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were canceled in 2013 because of government cutbacks.

For more information on the 2014 show, go to www.clevelandairshow.com or call 216-781-0747.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Benefit for Fusco

AKRON: Jeff Fusco, an at-large Akron council member, will have a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Highland Theatre, 826 W. Market St.

The suggested donation is $25 per person or $10 for senior citizens and Young Democrats.

LAKE SCHOOLS

Evaluations policy

LAKE TWP.: The Lake Board of Education gave a first reading to policies evaluating teachers, administrators and staff at its meeting Monday evening.

All evaluations will be carried out by persons holding evaluator credentials that the Ohio Department of Education has established. Evaluators must complete state-sponsored training.

The board also authorized the board president and district treasurer to enter into an agreement with the village of Hartville and Lake Township pertaining to the Lake High School/Lake Middle School/Community Center annexation, pending review by legal counsel.

MEDINA SCHOOLS

Ex-official must pay

MEDINA: The state auditor says the embattled Medina school superintendent must repay about $4,000 for questionable expenses including gift cards and travel upgrades.

The findings announced Tuesday against Randolph “Randy” Stepp left unresolved the issue of $172,011 paid by Medina schools for his college loans. That matter is pending before the U.S. Department of Education.

The repayments include $1,410 for gift cards for no apparent business purpose and $277 for a business flight upgrade.

Stepp could not be reached for comment. Messages were left at the school board and for an attorney representing him on a separate school-related lawsuit. A phone listed for his home has been disconnected.

Stepp, who was put on paid leave, has sued the board for defamation. The district has challenged that claim.

— Associated Press

PORTAGE COUNTY

Two meth arrests

RAVENNA: The Portage County Drug Task Force arrested Kristien Tarleton, 19, of the 200 block of South High Street in Hartville, and Nanette Williams, 44, who lives in the 6100 block of Prospect Street, Atwater Township, on Oct. 16.

A call to check on the welfare of a child living at the Prospect Street address resulted in the arrests after deputies found chemicals along with other components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and several grams of methamphetamine.

The Department of Jobs and Family Services was called to the scene and removed Tarleton’s 1-year-old child. She faces child endangering charges and has a pending case in Summit County for illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Williams was charged with possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The task force has cleaned up more than 90 meth labs in Portage County in 2013, according to Sheriff David Doak.

STATE NEWS

Defendant speaks

ZANESVILLE: A Canton man found guilty in the death of a woman who was set on fire and found wailing on a road says the jury’s decision was based on lies.

LaFonse Dixon Jr. spoke Tuesday in court in Zanesville in the sentencing phase of his case.

His family testified in support of his plea for leniency as jurors weigh whether to recommend a death sentence.

Dixon, 34, was convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson.

Two women pleaded guilty in the case to avoid the death penalty. They testified that the trio took Celeste Fronsman, 29, to rural Muskingum County, where she was set on fire and abandoned in August 2012.

Dixon’s attorneys argued he wasn’t involved and said the women lied to save themselves.

— Associated Press



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