AKRON

Death probe

AKRON: Authorities are investigating the death of a man near his home, where police say methamphetamine was being produced.

Patrick M. Pettit, 33, was found unconscious Monday morning near the intersection of South Seiberling Street and Englewood Avenue. He died later at Summa Akron City Hospital.

The cause and manner of death has not been established.

A spokesman with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy has been completed and authorities are awaiting toxicology tests. There were no outward signs of trauma on Pettit’s body.

Police investigating his death said they went to Pettit’s home on League Street and recovered “a full meth lab in the apartment.”

Officers arrested four people inside the apartment: Eugene D. McElwee, 48; Kurt D. Lansberry, 35; Stephanie M. Lansberry, 27; and Brian L. Wallace, 38. The four were charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, illegal assembly of chemicals, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Home invasion

AKRON: An intruder broke into the home of a 97-year-old Akron man, held him down and stole his wallet containing about $200.

Police have not identified the robber. No description was listed in the incident report.

The man was not injured.

He was inside his Selden Avenue home about 3:30 p.m. Monday when the intruder kicked in a basement door and confronted the man. He was held down on the floor and robbed of his wallet and credit cards.

The culprit then fled.

The victim called his son, 63, who contacted police. The son declined to comment when reached Tuesday afternoon.

Craigslist case

AKRON: Attorneys for a teen charged in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme want a judge to prohibit prosecutors from using their client’s statements at trial.

Brogan Rafferty of Stow is to be tried as an adult in the case. He is suspected of helping 52-year-old Richard Beasley lure victims with bogus job offers.

Three men were killed last year in Noble and Summit counties after responding to what authorities said was a bogus online job posting.

Rafferty’s attorneys say their then 16-year-old client was coerced by investigators and a public defender who failed to properly research the case before plea negotiations.

Rafferty’s attorneys said authorities also questioned Rafferty after his Nov. 16 arrest without his parents or an attorney present.

— Associated Press

CANTON

Tax rebate OK’d

CANTON: City Council has approved a tax incentive for GE Oil and Gas of Houston to build a 24,000-square-foot facility in the Mills Business Park.

For five years, the company will receive a rebate equal to half the 2 percent city tax on wages and the location’s net profits.

Councilwoman Mary Cirelli cast the lone vote against the measure on grounds that lawsuits have been filed over issues related to construction of the industrial park on the city’s south side.

Stark County labor is to be used for construction of the $4.9 million building, Councilman Kevin Fisher said.

The building is expected to house 30 workers and serve as a regional hub for the company’s Marcellus and Utica shale operations.

Payroll is projected to grow from $1 million in the first year to $2.4 million in five years, city Development Director Fonda Williams said.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Mom charged

COVENTRY TWP.: An Akron mother was arrested Monday after Summit County sheriff’s deputies said they found her three children alone inside her car.

Marie Berger, 25, is charged with three counts of child endangering. She was booked into the Summit County Jail.

The children, ages 5, 3 and 18 months, were not injured.

Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland said the children were inside the car for about an hour while their mother, a student at the school, was inside the Akron Institute building on South Arlington Road in Coventry Township.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the Akron Institute parking lot about 9 a.m. Monday when a witness called and reported hearing a child crying inside a vehicle. Responding deputies found three children inside the car.

Berger came out of the school about 9:45 a.m., Holland said.

GREEN SCHOOLS

New jobs outlined

GREEN: The Board of Education has approved job descriptions for two supervisory positions — one each at the district’s north and south campuses.

The positions have not been posted internally yet nor have salaries been determined.

Approving the job description had to be done first, with the hirings expected at the next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, in the Central Administration Building’s council chambers at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

Superintendent Michael Nutter said the North Campus will consist of facilities at the high school and middle school as well as the stadium and practice field.

The South Campus will consist of the Greenwood Early Learning Center, Green Primary, the Intermediate School and the former Kleckner Elementary building, which is vacant but not torn down.

The board abolished the positions of maintenance and grounds supervisor and custodial supervisor. The positions weren’t currently filled, Nutter said.

He told the board abolishing the positions would save money.

HUDSON

House fire

HUDSON: A fire inside a Hudson home caused about $250,000 in damage, authorities said.

The Ellis family was home when the fire inside their Division Street residence began at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. All four escaped unharmed.

Two family cats died in the fire, one is missing and a fourth survived.

Fire officials say the blaze started in the basement and was brought under control in about 16 minutes. A cause is being investigated.

Damage was estimated at about $250,000.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Project discussed

LAKE TWP.: Trustees agreed Monday to look into the possibility of an Ohio Public Works Project in Lake Township.

Trustee Ellis Erb has scheduled a meeting with engineers to discuss preliminary design work for a possible storm sewer improvement project for older streets in the Greentown Square or Uniontown Square area.

The State Capital Improvement Program would finance improvements to the infrastructure, with the township contributing 10 percent of the cost.

In other business, board President John Arnold said the township’s spring cleanup program cost $7,026.

CSB budget

AKRON: The Summit County Children Services Board on Tuesday approved the agency’s 2013 budget.

The $47.5 million spending plan is a 0.3 percent decrease from the current $47.6 million budget. The budget includes no new major initiatives.

Revenue is expected to be $44.7 million, and the agency will use reserves to balance the budget.

The budget still must be approved by the county Social Services Advisory Board and County Council.