Girl’s death probed

AKRON: Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine the cause of death of an 11-year-old Akron girl found dead in the bedroom of her Eva Avenue bedroom Christmas morning.

Barbarann Hayes had no life-threatening trauma or injuries, according to an investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The toxicology results might take eight to 12 weeks, though investigators are hoping they will be finished sooner.

Barbarann was found dead before noon Tuesday.

Police initially suspected a medication overdose but said the cause will have to wait until the autopsy is complete, which requires toxicology results.


Guilty plea likely

CLEVELAND: A lawyer charged with racketeering and bribery in a lengthy investigation of county government corruption in Cleveland is preparing to plead guilty.

An indictment filed in June against Anthony Calabrese III alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners’ choice of a new administration building.

The indictment also accused Calabrese of trying to hinder the corruption investigation.

Calabrese previously was accused of paying public officials in exchange for business for his law firm and legal clients and had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

A federal court filing Wednesday says Akron federal Judge Sara Lioi has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing at which Calabrese plans to plead guilty.

A message was left Wednesday for Calabrese’s attorney.

— Associated Press


Dam meetings set

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to allow for the removal of the two low head dams in Cuyahoga Falls.

The city and its project team, RiverWorks, and the Ohio EPA are finalizing demolition plans. Demolition will begin early summer of 2013, dependent upon weather conditions and water levels.

Two public meetings have been scheduled to explain the purpose of the dam removals and near- and long-term plans.

These one-hour meetings will take place in the Sutliff Room at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20.


Council seat open

HUDSON: Ward 4 residents interested in serving on the City Council have until Jan. 3 to apply.

Applications are being accepted to replace John Jeffers, who resigned Dec. 11.

Candidates must have lived in the ward for two continuous years and be registered to vote.

The council will appoint someone to serve until the general election next November. Then voters will decide who serves the remaining two years of Jeffers’ term.

Council members are paid $10 a month.

For more information, contact the City Council office at 330-342-1795.


Work on crossing

PLAIN TWP.: Spangler Road Northeast will be closed between Harrisburg and Maple avenues today and Friday to allow crews to complete repairs on a railroad crossing.


Board appointment

RAVENNA: Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio has been appointed to a one-year term on the Board of Directors for the County Commissioners of Ohio.

The board’s 35 members represent 86 Ohio county commissioner bodies as well as the Cuyahoga and Summit county executives and councils.

Marsilio, an attorney, was elected to her Portage Count seat in 2010 and currently serves as its vice president.


Money for church

TALLMADGE: The Ohio Historical Society has given the city $1,000 to use toward maintaining the Historic Church on the Circle.

The church belongs to the Historical Society, but the city manages the property for the organization. The money comes from a state project that never materialized, and officials are redistributing it to other sites.

City Council Mayor Dave Kline said the money might be used for landscaping or carpet cleaning.