Police on patrol

AKRON: City police announced they will increase traffic enforcement during the New Year’s holiday.

Officers will target impaired drivers and speed and seat belt violators.

The high-visibility enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distributed by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Gardening symposium

AKRON.: Author and perennials expert Stephanie Cohen will headline Design & Beyond 2013, a symposium presented by the Summit County Master Gardeners.

The symposium is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Sebastian Church’s Zwisler Hall, 348 Elmdale Ave. Check-in starts at 8 a.m.

Cohen will present two talks, Natives With Bling and Shrubaganza. Other speakers will be conservationist Judy Semroc and urban homesteader Lorree Cummings.

Cost is $40 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Registrations must be postmarked on or before Friday. A mail-in registration form is at www.summitmastergardeners.org.

Late registrations at $45 will be accepted until Jan. 12, if space allows.

For more information, call Sherry Beam at 330-342-0969.


Man struck by car

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A 22-year-old man was in serious but stable condition after he was hit by a car Friday evening on Howe Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls police reported.

The man, who police did not identify, was crossing Howe outside a crosswalk near Ritchie Street when he was hit at 6:54 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls paramedics transported the man to Akron City Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.


Council to meet

NORTON: Norton City Council will holds its annual organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

A president and vice president of council will be elected.


Cold-case list grows

COLUMBUS: Attorney General Mike DeWine says the number of cold cases listed in an Ohio database of unsolved homicides has more than quadrupled since September.

The online database had fewer than 170 cases in September when DeWine asked law enforcement agencies to submit their cold cases. Now the database includes more than 1,000 cases, and expected submissions from Cleveland police and the Montgomery County sheriff in Dayton could double that size.

DeWine says tips have come in on some cases, and the hope is that the tips lead to arrests.

In all, more than 50 law enforcement agencies submitted at least some of their cold cases for the voluntary database. It includes 423 cases from Cincinnati police and 376 from Dayton police.


Fishing for help

COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is seeking volunteers interested in learning about taking youngsters fishing.

A free workshop on becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the district office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive.

To register, call Ken Fry at 330-245-3030. Participants will be required to pass a background check.

For more information, go to www.wildohio.com.


Ohio must repay

CLEVELAND: Ohio overcharged about 270,000 businesses for workers’ compensation premiums and must repay them, a county judge said.

It’s a ruling could that cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation plans to appeal the decision issued Friday.

A group of mostly small businesses sued Ohio in 2007 for $1.3 billion, saying that they paid too much for their workers’ compensation premiums between 2001 and 2008.

Cuyahoga County Judge Richard McMonagle agreed but has asked the group to lower their monetary request because they are not owed interest on the premiums.