AKRON

City to go greener

AKRON: Akron is the latest city to study how to become greener.

City Council voted this week to form a Livable, Complete and Green Streets Task Force to make recommendations to council on future legislation.

The group will be made up of experts in engineering, design, planning and sustainability, along with representatives of the city administration and council. The council president will appoint the members, with the task force chaired by Councilman Rich Swirsky, who also heads council’s Green Committee.

Swirsky said Cleveland and Dayton, as well as other cities across the country, have already gone through this process, which aims to look at development more holistically.

“We have to figure out what’s right for Akron,” he said.

Victims remembered

AKRON: Victim Assistance Program will hold the 21st annual Angel Tree Ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Akron-Summit County Public Library auditorium, 60 S. High St.

Community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims are invited to the event, where they can remember their loved ones by placing a special angel ornament on a tree.

Pastor Eugene Norris of Mountain of the Lord will speak, and family members may share their memories.

There will be a slideshow with the more than 900 names and pictures of those whose lives were taken as a result of violence during the last 21 years while the ornaments are hung on three 12-foot trees. Family members and friends of homicide victims are asked to submit a photo of their loved one to display on the Wall of Remembrance, which will remain at the library throughout December.

For information, call 330-376-0040.

MEDINA

Airport grant received

MEDINA: The city has received a $570,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation for pavement work at the Medina Municipal Airport, state Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said.

Medina was among 24 Ohio airports selected for funding through the Ohio Airport Grant Program’s most recent round of projects. The grant will pay for 95 percent of a $600,000 taxiway reconstruction project.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Two boys found safely

An Amber Alert was canceled on Thanksgiving after two missing boys were safely found in a minivan shortly after it drove from Stark County into Tuscarawas County.

The boys’ mother was taken into custody, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a release.

The Amber Alert was issued at 12:31 a.m. on Thanksgiving by Belmont County for the boys, ages 6 and 8. Police identified the mother, from Flushing, Ohio, as the suspect who took the boys in a blue Dodge minivan.

The Canton post of the Highway Patrol received two calls at 11:37 a.m. from motorists on Interstate 77 southbound saying they were following the suspect vehicle.

The minivan was stopped without incident as it crossed over into Tuscarawas County on I-77.

The mother and children were taken to the Highway Patrol’s New Philadelphia post and were met by detectives from the Flushing Police Department. Police had not filed charges as of late afternoon on Thanksgiving.

Fire damage at warehouse

OBERLIN: Investigators planned to return to the scene of a fire that struck a warehouse and caused its roof to collapse.

The Wednesday fire was at a warehouse behind Carter Lumber on Route 20 outside of Oberlin. No injuries were reported. Cleveland.com reports the contents of the warehouse appeared to be destroyed.

Wellington fire officials were investigating the wreckage early Thursday, trying to determine what started the fire. Investigators were expected back Friday.