AKRON: Akron police are investigating a crash Friday morning that left one woman dead.
The driver, Carla Mitchell, 28, of North Highland Avenue in Akron, died at Akron General Medical Center.
Officers were called to the one-car accident around 10 a.m. on Aqueduct Street near Doyle Street and Mount Peace Cemetery.
Investigators said Mitchell, driving a 2000 Dodge Neon, was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when her car left the roadway and struck a tree.
Mitchell and a passenger were trapped inside the car.
The passenger was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital and is listed in serious condition.
Police said neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.
Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed appear to have contributed to the crash, police said.
AKRON: The Summit County Republican Party will have a State of the State watch party at 6 p.m. Monday at the party’s headquarters, 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250.
A live stream of the State of the State speeches, including Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor at 6:15 p.m. and Gov. John Kasich at 7 p.m., will be shown. Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
Kasich is giving his State of the State in Medina High School’s Performing Arts Center.
RSVP for the watch party by calling 330-434-9151 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREEN: A 16-year-old boy was charged with aggravated arson Thursday after a fire at a multi-unit residence at 1952 Koons Road, authorities said.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Green Fire Department responded at 6:50 p.m. Thursday to the fire, which started in a garage.
One unit of the dwelling was damaged, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators determined the fire was deliberately set and an accelerant was used.
The boy, who was located nearby, is being held at the county Juvenile Detention Center.
NORTH CANTON: A precautionary boil alert was issued Friday by North Canton water officials after a water main break.
The alert is centered in the area of Highland Park and Aultman streets.
According to the city’s website, the area included is bordered by Aultman Road to the west, Lee Avenue between Pleasantwood Avenue and Cleveland Avenue on the south.
It also includes Cleveland Avenue on the east and the businesses and residents just north of Highland Park.
Any water used for drinking, cooking or oral hygiene should be boiled for at least one minute before being consumed.
For further information, call 330-499-8223.
New radio station
The Akron area is getting a new radio station that will focus on local politics, music, art, healthy living and working-class issues.
The Federal Communication Commission recently approved a construction permit for Radio Free Akron, which will begin broadcasting on 96.9 FM in about 18 months, according to a news release issued today.
The 50-watt station will broadcast to Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge.
One of the station’s shows will focus on union perspectives on labor and employment rights. The show and topics will be developed and presented by area union members.
George Johnson, president of the Akron chapter of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is a member of the station’s committee and supported its FCC application.
High school closed
Woodridge High School was closed Friday due to a gas leak.
Superintendent Walter Davis told parents that maintenance staff and fans attending the girls basketball game at the high school noticed the strong smell of natural gas in the building Thursday evening.
The school was evacuated, and Cuyahoga Falls fire crews were called to the school.
The gas company shut off gas to the building after discovering “what appears to be multiple gas leaks just outside the building.”
The school was also closed due to a gas leak on Feb. 3.