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Local news briefs — Sept. 28

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AKRON

Motel robbed

AKRON: Akron police say a man with a knife robbed the Quality Inn on Gilchrist Road on Thursday night.

The clerk told investigators the man walked into the lobby about 9:30 p.m. and came behind the counter.

The robber took money from the register and ran from the motel and got into a dark blue 1990 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that was waiting outside.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 50 and 60 years old. He is about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. He has short white hair, was unshaven and wore a dark T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 330-375-2490.

Fugitive sought

AKRON: Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man Sept. 18 in East Akron.

Gracshawn G. Thomas, 22, of Lindsay Avenue in Akron, is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.

Police say Thomas was involved in the death of Alfonso Golden Jr., who was found dead inside his 2005 Dodge Magnum in the 400 block of East Waterloo Road. He had been shot multiple times.

Golden, 28, had been driving west on East Waterloo when another driver, inside a tan-colored SUV, pulled up next to him and fired shots, police said. The SUV driver then continued westbound.

Thomas is a black male, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

U.S. Marshals and Summit County Crimestoppers are offering a reward for information directly related to the arrest of Thomas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4WANTED or Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Candidate sues

AKRON: An independent candidate for the Ward 10 Akron council seat is suing the Summit County Board of Elections to gain ballot access.

Darrita Davis filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday, asking the court to require the elections board to put her name on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Davis said in her suit that the board told her she wasn’t permitted to run as an independent because she voted as a Democrat in the March 2012 election.

Warner Mendenhall, an Akron attorney representing Davis, said in the complaint that voting history alone isn’t a “basis to disqualify her as an independent candidate.” He said Davis “desires to be an independent and not a Democrat.”

Joe Masich, director of the elections board, said Friday evening that he could not comment on the suit because he had not seen it.

BARBERTON

Silent auction

BARBERTON: The Kiwanis Club of Barberton will hold its annual Mum’s the Word silent auction today and Sunday in conjunction with the city’s annual Mum Fest. Bidding will be held at the Masonic Temple, 107 Fifth St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Auction items, from local businesses, include golf packages, travel and art. Proceeds will contribute to charitable projects benefiting Barberton’s youth, seniors and families.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Event planned

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cuyahoga Falls will celebrate First Responders Appreciation Day on Sunday. The daylong celebration of those who are the first to respond to emergencies and disasters will be staged at Falls River Square. There will be family-friendly activities and displays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will culminate with a 4:30 p.m. performance by the band Buck Naked, whose members consist largely of Akron Police Department employees.

NORTON

Special meeting

NORTON: City Council has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday.

On the agenda are a charter issue and a transfer of funds.

Fire training

NORTON: The Norton Fire Department will hold live fire training from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today along Cleveland-Massillon Road, north of the library.

There will be minimal traffic interruptions.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Statehouse update

BRIMFIELD TWP.: State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Brimfield Town Hall, 1333 Tallmadge Road.

Clyde will give an update on important state issues facing lawmakers.

She also will hear citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Candidate out

AKRON: The Summit County Board of Elections has decided to stick with its original decision to deny ballot access to an independent candidate for Cuyahoga Falls mayor.

The board notified Stephen Dabney on Friday of its decision, which was made after the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office consulted with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office about Dabney’s appeal to be permitted to run despite a petition problem.

Dabney made question marks and circled some names on his petition that he wasn’t sure would be valid, then didn’t count those questionable signatures in the tallies on his circulator statements.

The common practice for the board is to dismiss only names that have been crossed out. This meant the board counted signatures Dabney had dismissed, making his number of submitted signatures and his signature tallies not match.

Dabney told the board he didn’t realize he needed to cross out questionable names if he wasn’t counting them.

Preservation event

AKRON: The Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the dinning hall of Camp Manatoc, 1075 Truxell Road, Peninsula.

The meeting will include a presentation on the history of Camp Manatoc and an overview of the camp buildings designed by Albert Good and his national influence on the Rustic Style of the 1930s.

The program is free and open to the public.

Chapel open house

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Ladies Cemetery Association will host a free open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery, 2420 Oakwood Drive, Cuyahoga Falls.

The event will include a presentation from Mary McClure on the history and symbolism contained in the chapel’s stained-glass windows. A book holding the names of all the veterans buried in Oakwood Cemetery since the Civil War will also be on display.

Light refreshments will be served.

WADSWORTH

Candidates forum

WADSWORTH: Wadsworth Public Library will host its 21st annual Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Monday in the main floor meeting room, 132 Broad St.

Candidates running for Wadsworth City Council, Wadsworth Township trustee, and Wadsworth Board of Education have been invited.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

WCTV will tape the forum for airing throughout October.

For more information call 330-335-2604 or email janet.griffing@wadsworthlibrary.com.


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