AKRON: Akron police have arrested a suspect accused of robbing two Highland Square businesses in the past week.
Dvante Antwain Dier Suddeth, 18, of Akron, is being held in the Summit County Jail on two charges of aggravated robbery.
Akron police detectives spotted Suddeth about 11 a.m. Wednesday in Highland Square and recognized his clothing as matching what was worn by the man who robbed the Pandora Novelty & Gifts store on two occasions within a week and a Georgio’s Pizza on Sept. 28.
AKRON: A Medina man is wanted in connection with Wednesday afternoon’s robbery of an Akron bank.
William P. Hawes, 26, is being sought on a charge of aggravated robbery.
An anonymous tipster identified Hawes as the man responsible for robbing the FirstMerit Bank branch at 840 Brittain Road.
Tellers told police the robber entered about 5:30 p.m. and put a note on the counter saying he was armed and demanding money.
Anyone with information about Hawes’ whereabouts is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.
AKRON: A Pizza Hut delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night on the city’s east side.
The driver had just delivered food near Johnston Street and Johnston Court, police said. He told police he had just left a home when a gunman approached and demanded money.
The gunman took about $25 and fled.
The driver was not harmed.
Police say the gunman is a black male in his mid-20s with a beard and moustache. He wore dark jeans, a short-sleeve white T-shirt and a black, flat-billed baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.
Ross jury still out
AKRON: A Summit County jury concluded its third full day of deliberations Thursday in the Denny Ross retrial without reaching a verdict, court officials said.
Ross, 33, is charged with two counts of murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the 1999 slaying of Hannah Hill of Akron.
Hill was 18 when she went missing on the night of May 19, 1999, after leaving her parents’ home in Kenmore to visit Ross at his Springfield Township apartment.
Ross’ first trial, in October 2000, ended in a mistrial after the jury signed verdict forms finding him not guilty of murder, aggravated murder and rape.
The mistrial ruling led to protracted appeals, primarily over the issue of double jeopardy.
AKRON: Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta sororities will host “A DSTinctively SophistAKAted Friday” beginning at 9 p.m. today at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 W. Exchange St.
A portion of the proceeds from the social event will support the American Diabetes Association. The sororities also will be collecting new or gently used bras for Breast Oasis, a nonprofit organization that works with women in need in the Akron area.
The event will feature the sounds of DJ Lokey of Lokey Entertainment and vendors.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information, call 330-714-5097 or 330-714-5232.
AKRON: A parade to celebrate Columbus Day will be held two days before the holiday in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, stepping off at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The parade will start in the parking lot of Jennings Community Learning Center, travel to Dayton Street, turn right onto Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and finish in the parking lot of Stonehedge Family Fun Center. It will be held rain or shine.
The North Akron Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event.
For more information, call Jim Iona at 330-630-2311 or Linda Hughes at 330-945-5926.
AKRON: The Community Clubhouse is hosting its Fall Farm Market event from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The organization, at 2799 Copley Road, Akron, provides recovery services for people from Summit, Medina, Stark and Portage counties with a brain injury.
Attendees can purchase mums, ornamental peppers, cabbages, pumpkins, gourds, cornstocks and crafts.
BOSTON TWP.: Akron-Peninsula Road between Northampton and Quick roads will be closed to motorists for 15 days beginning Monday, Summit County Engineer Al Brubaker said.
The closure is necessary to waterproof two bridges. The work schedule is subject to weather conditions.
The posted detour will involve Bolanz Road, Riverview Road and state Route 303.
Craig Romney visit
KENT: Craig Romney, one of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s sons, will meet with volunteers at the campaign’s Kent office at 175 E. Erie St. at 5 p.m. today.
He will move on to the Youngstown office, 621 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman at 7 p.m.
The visits will help kickoff the campaign’s Buckeye Blitz this weekend in which volunteers will reach out to as many Ohio voters as possible.
Fire truck approved
COPLEY TWP.: Township trustees on Wednesday approved the $525,000 purchase of a fire and rescue truck for the Copley Fire Department.
Outfitting the dual-use fire truck to department specifications is expected to take six or seven months.
The purchase, under state pricing, will be through a five-year lease agreement.
“Approval of this purchase agreement will allow the truck committee to work with the manufacturer through the month of October to create the engine we want,” a department statement said.
The Copley Fire and Rescue Association has agreed to pick up $80,000 of the cost.
The truck will replace a 30-year-old vehicle and will be designed for use in both rescues and in fighting structural fires.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: A workshop for adults who work with youths in the Project Wild, Growing Up Wild and Wild and Aquatic programs will be Oct. 12.
The workshop, to help teach youngsters about ecology, wildlife and water, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lions Lodge, 641 Silver Lake Ave.
Presenters will be Gene Easter of Brushfire Science and Sandy Barbic of the soil district.
The registration deadline is Saturday. There is a $2 fee. Bring a sack lunch.
To register, contact Easter at 330-928-6691 or email@example.com.
Parking area OK’d
NORTH CANTON: The city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday approved an application from McKinley Development to add 89 parking spaces at Washington Square.
The new parking will be east of the 91 Wood Fired Oven restaurant and bordering the Washington Square condominium community.
The additional parking, to be built before the end of the year, will serve customers of tenants who occupy retail and restaurant space under construction along East Maple Street, McKinley Development representative Beth Borda said.
She told planners the parking area would be buffered by plantings, including spruce trees. Borda also said lighting would be directed and diffused to reduce glare.
Residents of Washington Square last year opposed construction of a gas station in this area.
NORTON: Ward 3 Councilman Bill Mowery’s town hall meeting scheduled for today has been postponed for a week.
The meeting now will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at the community center, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.
For more information, call 330-808-3150.
Free health test
CANTON: The Canton City Health Department is offering free hepatitis C testing at 420 Market Ave. N.
The service will be offered for a limited time.
For more information, call the nursing division at 330-489-3322.
AKRON: Akron police accuse a Tallmadge woman of being drunk and driving the wrong way on Interstate 76 before causing a crash that killed another driver last month.
Phyllis Treich, 61, was charged Thursday with aggravated vehicular homicide and drunken driving.
Police say her blood-alcohol level was 0.162, more than double the legal limit, when her car collided with another vehicle and killed Karon Briggs, 57, of Akron.
The crash happened Sept. 6, when police say Treich was driving the wrong way on Interstate 76 near the Seiberling Street and Brittain Road exit ramp.
Treich’s 2006 Dodge Durango struck a 2006 Ford Fusion head on. Briggs died later at Summa Akron City Hospital. Three people in a third car were treated at local hospitals and released.
Treich is being held in the Summit County Jail.
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A Springfield Township man surrendered to SWAT officers Thursday morning, ending a brief standoff.
Brandon Riley, 19, was arrested on a charge of inducing panic, Springfield police Sgt. Eric East said.
SWAT officers were called to a Carper Avenue home about 9:30 a.m. with reports that someone inside was armed and making threats.
After a brief standoff, Riley surrendered. Police seized a modified air pistol made to look like a real gun, East said.
Riley was being held in the Summit County Jail pending an appearance in Akron Municipal Court.
AKRON: A Summit County Board of Elections meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, a member of the board, is expected to be out of the hospital in time to attend the rescheduled meeting.
Arshinkoff has been recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident last month.
Voyager to speak
WOOSTER: Wooster Friends of the Library will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the main conference room of the Wayne County Public Library, 220 W. Liberty St., Wooster.
The meeting will feature Wooster resident Linda Brush, who will talk about the 5,000-mile, yearlong voyage she and her husband made on “The Great Loop” — a circular route of the eastern United States that involves the Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes and rivers.