AKRON: The city will have no trash pickups on Wednesday in observance of New Year’s Day.
There will be a one-day delay of trash and recycling service for the remainder of the week, with curb service resuming on Thursday and continuing through Saturday.
Meth lab found
NORTON: A Norton man and a Copley Township woman face felony drug charges after Norton police said officers located a meth lab on Holiday Drive.
Arrested were Jeremy D. Haught, 30, of the Holiday Drive residence, and Jill M. Henry, 34, of Briggle Road. Each is charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal possession of chemicals.
Henry also was wanted on a 2011 theft warrant from Barberton, police said.
According to court records, she pleaded no contest to that charge Friday. She was fined and assessed court costs totaling $339 and sentenced to 180 days in jail with 179 suspended.
Both suspects were booked into the Summit County Jail and are being held on $25,000 bonds. Each is scheduled to appear in Barberton Municipal Court at 1 p.m. Jan. 3.
NIMISHILLEN TWP.: The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a serious crash that left one man injured Friday morning.
Authorites say Nicholas R. Cope, 23, of Alliance, was traveling west on U.S. Route 62 just west of state Route 44 when he lost control and crossed the median.
Cope then struck a garbage truck.
Cope was taken to Aultman Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the garbage truck was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
Suspect in custody
NORTON: A second man accused of robbing a 90-year-old woman and her developmentally disabled daughter in their Norton home last month has been taken into custody, police said Friday.
Robin Edgington, 43, was arrested Thursday by Akron Police Department officers on a burglary warrant from Norton. An anonymous tip received through Crimestoppers led police to his location.
Norton police said Edgington cooperated with police and provided information on four burglary cases, including the one involving the women that occurred Nov. 27.
Edgington was being held in Summit County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property.
His alleged accomplice, Seth L. Stratos, 18, was arrested last week, also on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. He also was being held in Summit County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.
Police believe Stratos and Edgington are involved in several other burglaries in Akron, Springfield Township, Tallmadge and Newton Falls.
Free coffee at plazas
BEREA: In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the Ohio Turnpike will offer free coffee to motorists for several hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
This year, complimentary cups of coffee will be served from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday at the following service plaza locations: APlus Convenience Store, Burger King, Hardee’s and McDonald’s.
For more information, go to www.ohioturnpike.org.
COLUMBUS: State health officials say influenza activity is on the rise in Ohio and residents should get vaccinated.
The Ohio Department of Health says so far this flu season, 338 influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported. Those primarily occurred in Northeast Ohio.
The department said most of the cases were caused by the H1N1 strain that’s also known as swine flu.
Officials also cautioned that seasonal flu viruses may become more prominent. Flu is usually the worst in January or February.
PAINESVILLE: The State Highway Patrol is focusing on speed and distances between vehicles as troopers investigate what led to a pileup this week in Northeast Ohio.
Staff Lt. Jim Sivak of the patrol told the Plain Dealer that the investigation will not be finished until next week.
Thirty-one vehicles were believed to be involved in Tuesday’s pileup on eastbound lanes of Interstate 90. Dozens of vehicles collided during snow squalls east of Cleveland.
Sivak says based on drivers’ statements, nothing in the patrol’s review shows that construction barriers are not to blame for the pileup.
A state trooper previously had confirmed to the newspaper that the barriers gave drivers little room to maneuver to avoid crashing.
The state’s transportation department says workers plan to remove the barriers this winter.
— Associated Press
TALLMADGE: Historian Sharon Myers will present a program on the Bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner at the Tallmadge Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Old Town Hall.
Myers will discuss why the flag was made by Mary Pickersgill and how it inspired Francis Scott Key to write what became the National Anthem as the flag flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore while the British attacked in 1814.
The program is free and open to all.
The Tallmadge Old Town Hall is at 12 Tallmadge Circle.
Free parking is available at Jubilee Donuts directly across from the Old Town Hall.