AKRON

Pair charged with robbery

AKRON: Two people have been arrested and charged with robbing a man they lured to an inn with the promise of a massage.

Kathleen Gartner, 25, and Mario Ammons, 27, are charged with aggravated robbery.

The 27-year-old victim said he met Gartner on www.backpage.com, where she agreed to give him a massage at the Courtesy Inn, 210 W. Market St., according to police

The man entered a room at the inn on Feb. 8 and was followed in by Ammons, police said. Ammons was armed with a knife and took $75 from the man before assaulting him, according to authorities. Ammons then fled.

The victim went to the lobby and called police.

Ammons was arrested Wednesday. Gartner was arrested Saturday. Both are being held at the Summit County Jail.

Father, son found dead

AKRON: A father and son were found dead of suspected heroin overdoses last week at the fatherís home on 10th Street Southwest.

The men, age 64 and 46, were discovered Wednesday. Authorities believe they died six days earlier on Feb. 11 or shortly afterward, according to police reports.

A 25-year-old woman who lives at the house in the 2100 block of 10th Street Southwest told police she was renting her attic to the father. She said she hadnít seen him since Feb. 11. When she went to check on him, she found the pair dead.

Police suspect the incident was an accidental overdose because they found drug paraphernalia in the room. A toxicology report was ordered by the Summit County Medical Examinerís Office to confirm the causes of death.

Rubber buyers arrested

AKRON: Two Chinese nationals accused of accepting kickback payments while buying natural rubber for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. have been arrested.

The FBI says in a statement issued Monday that Xin Franco Fan and Rex Xu Yu were arrested Friday for honest services wire fraud. The two are in custody and have detention hearings in federal court in Youngstown on Thursday.

Affidavits say Goodyear contacted the FBI on Feb. 1 about the two men, who worked for a Singapore-based subsidiary that acquires $1 billion a year in rubber for the company. The affidavit says Goodyear began an internal investigation after being told last summer about the kickback scheme. Itís unclear how much money was involved.

The menís attorneys didnít respond by Monday evening to messages seeking comment.

Shooter sought in attack

AKRON: Police are seeking information about a fight at Pontiac and Sheridan streets early Sunday morning that left a man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 32-year-old gunshot victim, of Shoshone Avenue, was brought to Akron City Hospital by a friend. The man reported he was involved in the fight. Police received a call shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday about the fight, but no one was at the scene upon their arrival.

The victimís wounds are not life-threatening, police said.

The shooter is described as a 6-foot-2 black man weighing 160 pounds, with short dreadlocks. He wore dark clothing during the fight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.

STATE NEWS

Vetsí exemption sought

COLUMBUS: Qualified veterans would be allowed to obtain licenses to carry concealed firearms without completing additional training, under legislation OKíd by the Ohio House.

House Bill 235 also would waive concealed-carry license fees for active or reserve members of the armed forces and for veterans, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.

The legislation heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.