BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP

Crash halts traffic

BRIMFIELD TWP.: Motorists experienced long delays while traveling westbound on Interstate 76 near the border of Summit and Portage counties Friday.

A semitrailer flipped on its side in the high-speed lane west of the Tallmadge Road exit, creating traffic delays for hours while workers cleared debris.

No injuries were reported.

AKRON

Ground broken

AKRON: The city broke ground at a ceremony Friday for the Highland Square grocery store that residents long have been clamoring to see.

The store will be a two-?story, 23,000-square-foot building with a second-floor terrace and restaurant. It is being built on the triangular-shaped parcel at North Portage Path and West Market Street.

The owners of Mustard Seed Market, who have two other stores, will operate the business. They will lease the store from the city, with the option to buy, and will operate the nearby city-owned commercial strip that includes Chipotle.

Phillip and Margaret Nabors, who own Mustard Seed Market, and their two sons, Abraham and Gabriel, joined Mayor Don Plusquellic in shoveling dirt to officially launch the project.

To make way for the new store, an existing building will be torn down. Habitat for Humanity will help with the deconstruction and will recycle and reuse many of the materials, according to a city news release.

The grocery store is expected to open next year.

Call center open

AKRON: The Customer Service Call Center at the Akron Beacon Journal will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today, Sunday and Monday.

Regular weekday business hours of 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday.

Anyone with delivery issues should call 330-996-3600.

Meeting canceled

AKRON: Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, has canceled his monthly ward meeting because of candidates forums he will be attending.

Neal said he plans to attend candidates forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olive Baptist Church and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Church of Christ.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Candidates night

AKRON: A candidates night for Akron City Council seats in Wards 1, 3 and 4 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Grace United Church of Christ, 350 S. Portage Path.

The event is aimed at opening up communication between the candidates in the Sept. 10 primary election and their constituents, according to a news release.

For more information, call Steve Arrington, director of community outreach, at 330-431-0677.

Ward 4 forum

AKRON: A Ward 4 Community Candidates Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Mount Olive Baptist Church social hall, 1180 Slosson St.

Attendees can meet candidates running for the Ward 4 and at-large seats of Akron City Council.

Those unable to attend can email questions to deacon?owens@aol.com.

For more information, call Rick Owens at 330-212-2355.

Grand opening

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Don Waters for Mayor Campaign will host a grand opening of its headquarters, at 450 Portage Trail, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Free food, games and entertainment will be part of the festivities.

COVENTRY SCHOOLS

Special meeting

COVENTRY TWP: The Coventry Board of Education has called a special meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lakeview Administrative Offices, 2910 S. Main St.

On the agenda are a bond resolution and a discussion involving the Portage Lakes Fitness Center.

For more information, call 330-644-8489.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Costly ‘prank’

CUYAHOGA FALLS: From the outside it looked sinister.

Cuyahoga Falls police were called to Americana Drive on Tuesday after nearby residents said they saw a man inside one of the units “swinging” something.

When officers knocked at the apartment, a 31-year-old opened the door “holding a hatchet and appeared to be covered in blood.”

The man told the police he was “playing a prank” on a roommate.

He has been charged with inducing panic.

CUYAHOGA VALLEY

Service canceled

PENINSULA: Passenger rail service to and from the Canton Lincoln Highway Station aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has been suspended for this year.

In a news release, the railroad said the recent expiration of its track maintenance agreement with Akron Metro RTA and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park forced the decision.

Akron Metro RTA owns the track between Akron and Canton.

Passenger service through the national park between the Akron Northside Station and the Rockside Station in Independence is unaffected and will continue on its current schedule, the railroad said.

“We are disappointed to suspend Canton service and hope it can be resumed at some point in the future,” railroad President and CEO Craig Tallman said.

The suspension affects only one trip scheduled for October.

For more information about Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad excursions and special events, go to www.cvsr.com.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Body found

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a woman’s body was found lying in the middle of a road crossing the Ohio Turnpike on Friday.

Authorities say 45-year-old Kathy Pratt, of Garrettsville, was found on Bryant Road at 5:20 a.m.

Pratt was pronounced dead at the scene by the Portage County coroner’s investigator. Her body was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

The Windham Fire Department and EMS, along with the Portage County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene to assist.

The incident remains under investigation.

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RAVENNA

Fire at college

RAVENNA: Ravenna police responding to a report of a burglary at Fortis College on Friday morning found an injured worker outside and a small fire inside the building.

The initial call for help came at 6:24 a.m.

The worker at the college on Enterprise Parkway told officers she had been attacked inside the Fortis College building and during the attack a small fire was started in a hallway.

Police said the worker ran from the college to the nearby Paris Healthcare building.

Paris workers were able to put out the fire.

The worker from the college suffered burns and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Ravenna police Capt. Dave Rarrick said officers checked “the interior and exterior of the Fortis College building” and did not locate any other persons.

The city’s detective bureau and the Portage County Arson Investigation Unit are investigating.

Rarrick said evidence collected from the scene is being sent to the State Fire Marshal’s lab for analysis.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ravenna police at 330-296-6486.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Rocksino job fair

NORTHFIELD: The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will hold a job fair from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 to hire about 600 permanent jobs for the new racino in Northfield, the company said Friday.

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.?hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.

The racino, located next to the Northfield Park harness track along state Route 8, is expected to open in December.

It will be filled with about 2,300 slots-like video lottery terminals, a comedy club, premium steakhouse, buffet room, Hard Rock Live music venue and Hard Rock Cafe.

Special meeting

The North Hills Water District will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to review the hydrant flushing contract with the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District as well as a proposal to paint various hydrants through the district during the fall.

Music for kids

HUDSON: A Teddy Bear Picnic will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hudson Gazebo.

The free event, presented by the Western Reserve Community Band and Taste of Hudson, is for children of all ages and will include musical selections from the band.

The Hudson Gazebo is located at state Routes 91 and 303.