Guilty verdict

AKRON: A Summit County jury has convicted an Akron man of shooting another man in the chest following an argument.

Raymond D. Bushner, 24, of Orlando Avenue, was convicted of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, having a weapon illegally, intimidation of a crime witness and domestic violence.

Authorities say Bushner shot the man during an argument on Halloween weekend.

The man recovered.

Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter will sentence Bushner on May 29.

Tax evasion case

AKRON: An Akron-area nightclub owner has been indicted in federal court on 50 counts of tax evasion, U.S. attorneys said Wednesday.

Antonio “Jeff” Lorenzo, 51, is also accused in U.S. District Court of one count of conspiracy.

His companies’ bookkeeper, Kristen Smyers, 40, of Canal Fulton, is also facing a conspiracy charge, according to federal prosecutors.

The charges allege about $746,000 in unreported income and about $205,000 in unpaid taxes.

Lorenzo, who lives in Bath Township, is accused of paying some employees in cash and not taxing their wages between 2006 and 2010.

His companies have included Lorenzo Entertainment, the Posh and Lux nightclubs in Akron, and the Platinum Horse and Mars Men’s Club.

Ward 2 meeting

AKRON: Ward 2 Councilman Bruce Kilby will host his monthly ward meeting from 6:30 to 8 tonight at Forrest Hill Community Learning Center, 850 Damon St.

Housing Inspector Ed Dieringer will talk about the handling of housing complaints and the problem of vacant and abandoned properties.


Suspect arrested

A Barberton man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday night by U.S. marshals in Arizona.

John Gamble Jr., 19, was found at his mother’s home in Mesa, federal authorities said.

He was recently indicted by a Summit County grand jury on charges of rape, sexual misconduct with a minor and gross sexual imposition.

Gamble was being held in the Maricopa County Jail pending extradition to Ohio.

According to Jeff Irwin of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Gamble is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in November.

He later moved in with his mother in Mesa, Irwin said.

The indictment was brought this week.


Memorial tree

GREEN: A red sunset maple tree will be planted at Camp Y-Noah, 815 Mount Pleasant Road NW, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in memory of an Army officer killed in Afghanistan.

Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, of Bath Township, was an Army Reserve nurse when he was killed April 22, 2011.

Jeff Gorbach, the “chief of chiefs” of the Old Portage Longhouse of the YMCA’s Indian Princesses and Indian Guides organization, said McClimans was involved in Indian Guides through his son, Max, and with Indian Princesses with his stepdaughter, Emma.

Gorbach said McClimans once told him the most important title he held was “dad.”

A plaque will be placed by the tree in his name and with the words “Father First.”

Project funding

GREEN: City Council this week heard details of new debt totaling just more than $3 million, to be covered through sale of notes, to pay for extending Town Park Boulevard to Wise Road.

A second extension from Wise Road to Greensburg Road at Lauby Road is not included in the measure.

Rollovers of notes and bonds totaling about $6.7 million are being studied to cover the cost of the first extension of Town Park Boulevard east off Massillon Road, construction and improvements around Fortuna Drive as well as various other capital improvements.

In other business, Pat Carleski of Greenfield Road urged council to come up with an emergency preparedness plan should a disaster caused by the oil- and gas-drilling technique known as fracking occur in the city.

She also urged legislation that would prevent the use of city funds and tax incentive funds for a racino if one comes to Green.


School gets lift

GREEN: A new elevator to replace one at Green Middle School should be ready when the new school year begins Aug. 22.

To speed the process, the board of education this week gave Superintendent Michael Nutter approval to open bids and choose the satisfactory bid and installation specifications.

The board also approved a contract with the Summit County Educational Service Center to provide salary and benefits for school psychologists and occupational therapists for the next school year, with total cost paid from Title VI B grant funds.

On Tuesday, the school district learned that a refinancing proposal presented to City Council could net Green schools $1 million over 20 years.

Council is expected at its May 8 meeting to give city Finance Director Larry Rush the OK to issue bonds totaling $22.55 million to refund the community’s learning centers income-tax revenue bonds issued in 2004.

Upon approval, the action would provide the school district with $50,000 annually for two decades, Rush said.


Replacement levy

MEDINA: A replacement levy to fund the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities will appear on the November ballot.

County commissioners on Monday approved placing the 1.9-mill levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Medina DD officials say failure of the replacement levy would negatively affect the agency’s services.

The agency provides employment training and educational support to help those with developmental disabilities.

The group said “cost control measures” helped the agency “offset a deficit of $300,000 this year” in the wake of state funding cuts.


Special meeting

NORTON: City Council will meet in a special session at 11:30 a.m. Friday in council chambers to vote on legislation that will combine the fire, police and EMS dispatch duties for Norton, Barberton and Copley Township.

Barberton and Copley already have passed the necessary legislation, and the final ordinances must be filed with the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Loan Program no later than Tuesday.

The municipalities have agreed to fund the state financial match.


Director fired

PLAIN TWP.: Following a lengthy executive session, township trustees fired Zoning and Planning Director Nick Campanelli at their meeting Tuesday night.

No reason was given.

Campanelli had returned to the position a year ago.

In other business, trustees granted an easement to Stark County Parks for part of the trail going through Schneider Park and approved placing signage at pedestrian crossings at Marquardt Avenue and?Schneider Street.


Library levy

CANTON: Stark County commissioners on Wednesday approved the first of two resolutions required to allow the Stark County District Library to put a property tax levy on the November ballot.

The library board is proposing renewal of an existing 1-mill levy plus 0.7 mill.

The commissioners’ action sends the issue to the county auditor’s office for a determination of how much money the issues would raise.

In other action, commissioners awarded a $1 million contract to Guinto Schirack Engineering LLC of Garfield Heights to replace the Price Street bridge over Walborn Reservoir in Lexington Township.

Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Washington Township Hall, 5789 Beechwood Ave. NE, to allow citizens to talk to the board about county government.


Indictment filed

GREEN: A former Green Middle School drama instructor, whom deputies say they found partially clothed with a 14-year-old girl in his car this month, has been indicted.

Jason Mazan, 27, of Jackson Township, is accused in a Summit County grand jury indictment of felony attempted sexual battery, felony attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and falsification, a misdemeanor.

Deputies say they found Mazan and a Green High School freshman in his 2003 Nissan Altima about 1:30 a.m. April 7.

The car was parked behind a Massillon Road business.

Mazan most recently worked as an assistant drama instructor at the middle school.

His part-time supplemental contract began in December and ended in March, school officials said.

He is a 2003 graduate of Green High.

Drug raid

RICHFIELD: Richfield police and Metro SWAT officers raided a suspected drug house Wednesday morning on Brecksville Road.

No charges have been filed.

Richfield police Lt. Joe Davis declined to say what kind of drugs were targeted during the search, which began about 9 a.m. in the 2500 block of Brecksville Road.

One adult and three children were inside when officers arrived, he said.

No one was injured.

Davis said police initiated the search after receiving a tip alleging “drug activity” inside the house. Police seized “multiple types” of drugs that will be tested before any charges are brought, he said.


Deputy suspended

AKRON: A Summit County deputy once accused in the 2006 death of a jail inmate has been placed on administrative leave based on allegations of policy violations while working inside the detention facility.

Deputy Dominic Martucci was placed on paid leave Monday, according to sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland.

Holland said an internal investigation will examine potential violations of policies and procedures while Martucci was assigned to the jail.

Holland would not release information about the allegations.

The internal investigation could take about two weeks, he said.

Martucci could not be reached for comment.

The deputy was once charged with other deputies in the 2006 death of inmate Mark D. McCullaugh Jr.

After one deputy was acquitted of murder, charges against Martucci and three other deputies were dismissed in September 2008.

His father, Frank Martucci, is a retired Akron police officer and ran unsuccessfully in March as a Democratic candidate for sheriff.

Board seeks input

AKRON: The Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board is seeking public input on its annual community plan.

The board is required by Ohio law to prepare and submit a community plan each year to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Addiction Services.

An essential part of the process involves obtaining input from community members regarding service and treatment priorities and areas of need not being met.

Members of the community are invited to submit their ideas by responding to an online survey available through May 11 via the “News and Events” section of the board’s website, www.admboard.org.


Judges appointed

WOOSTER: Gov. John R. Kasich filled vacant judgeships this week in Wayne County Probate/Juvenile Court and Wayne County Municipal Court.

Latecia Wiles of Wooster was appointed to the probate/juvenile bench, and Mark C. Clark of Dalton was appointed municipal judge.

Wiles replaces Judge Raymond E. Leisy, who retired March 31.

She must run in the November general election to retain the seat for the unexpired term that ends Feb. 8, 2015.

Clark replaces Judge William G. Rickett, who retired Jan. 31.

He must run in the November 2013 general election to retain the seat for the unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2015.

Wiles received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

Since January 2011, she has served as a supervising attorney for appellate and civil divisions in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Clark received his bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and his law degree from UA.

He had been serving as a magistrate in the municipal court since 2008.