Two killed in crash

AKRON: Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office were investigating a double traffic fatality that occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday on West Wilbeth Road in Akron.

Two men were in a vehicle traveling east when a vehicle traveling west went left of center and struck them head on, the medical examiner’s office reported.

Both men in the eastbound vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene at 9:14 p.m.

Killed in the accident were Richard Ratliff, 34, and Anthony Mook, 24, both of Akron, the medical examiner said.

Further details were not available.

Bank robber flees

AKRON: A man claiming he was armed with a gun and bomb robbed an Akron bank Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The man entered the Charter One Bank branch at 333 S. Broadway about 2 p.m. and handed the teller a note reading: “Give me $2000 — I have a bomb and gun.”

A teller gave the man money that also contained a dye pack.

He left the bank on foot and headed north.

Police say the robber was a white male in his early 20s, standing about 5 foot 8 and weighing about 150 pounds.

He wore a black North Face jacket and black skull cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.

Gunman at Subway

AKRON: Workers at a Subway restaurant in Kenmore were robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday night, police said.

As employees were leaving the store at 1033 Kenmore Blvd. about 10:30 p.m., they were confronted by the gunman, who forced them back inside. He demanded cash.

Workers surrendered a money bag containing an unspecified amount of money.

Police said the robber was a white male in his late teens, standing about 5 feet 5 with a thin build.

He wore a white bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.


Benefit for Barry

AKRON: Steve Barry, a Democratic candidate for Summit County sheriff, will have a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at United Steelworkers Local 2, 501 Kelley Ave.

Barry, a retired sheriff’s captain, is facing Frank Martucci Jr., a retired Akron detective, in the March 6 primary.

Cost is $25 per person.

For more information, visit www.stevebarryforsheriff.com.


Music video planned

HUDSON: A local businessman is looking for people to help with a music video being made about his Vietnam experience.

US Wings founder David Hack said the Ballad of Sgt. Hack, by Kyle & Kenny Saylors and Erica Lane, will be filmed March 10-12.

Needed are four production assistants, a boy and a young man to portray Hack, four boys in 1940s dress, a man and woman to play Hack’s parents, a teenager to play Hack’s brother, two law enforcement officers, a military officer, a little girl and her mother for a post-Vietnam scene and townspeople.

Also, the filming crew is looking for a wooded area in which to re-enact the Vietnam War and period costumes, including 1970s-era clothing or old-style military outfits.

Those interested can contact Hack at info@uswings.com or 330-655-5050 on weekdays.


Drug charges filed

MEDINA: Medina authorities have arrested six people on drug and child endangering charges relating to a fire that destroyed a Lodi home on Jan. 22.

A Medina County Drug Task Force news release said the home “erupted during a phase in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

The six people later arrested and an 8-year-old boy escaped the home unharmed.

Indicted are: Venis H. Tate, 56, of Lodi, illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of meth, and endangering children, both third degree felonies; Dena L. Coger, 31, of Lodi, illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, a first-degree felony, illegal assembly of chemicals for meth and endangering children; Steven D. Miller, 36, of Elyria, illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, illegal assembly of chemicals for meth and endangering children; Edward J. Marcou, 29, of Barberton, illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, illegal assembly of chemicals for meth and endangering children; James Goff, 47, of Akron, illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, illegal assembly of chemicals for meth and endangering children; and Tiffani M. Shemuga, 21, of Norton, illegal assembly of chemicals for meth and endangering children.


Trailer park to exit

NORTH CANTON: Evergreen Mobile Home Park, a presence in the city for more than 55 years, appears to be in its final days.

An out lot of the park, located just south of the intersection of Applegrove Street and North Main Street, became land for an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store that opened last year.

Now, the remaining 20 trailers on 3.5 acres are slated to make way for an apartment complex this summer.

Officials with McKinley Development told city planners this week they intend to submit a site plan in April, according to Bill Lemmon, a partner with Bob DeHoff in McKinley Development.

The proposed Northridge Apartments would consist of two two-story buildings with 20 single-level apartments per building and a detached garage structure. The apartments would rent for $700 to $800 per month.

The planned apartment complex site does not include a second mobile home park that fronts on Applegrove Street.


Math books adopted

NORTH CANTON: The Board of Education unanimously approved purchase of Everyday Mathematics Core Curriculum texts for use in kindergarten through fifth grade at a special meeting Wednesday night.

The cost will be $150,000.

Board members Chris Thomas and Jennifer Kling voted against the purchase during a previous meeting, citing inadequate information to make a decision.

They were assured the new rotational school-day schedule, which sets aside large blocks of time for math, would not keep students from art, music and physical education classes.

“This is not the way we learned math,” Curriculum Director Peggy Savage said.

“There is no memorization of multiplication tables and no flash cards. ... Learning is game-based. Students have fun and don’t realize they are doing math.”

A large component of introducing the curriculum is teacher and parent education, which will begin in the spring and continue through the 2012-2013 school year.

North Canton was one of only three Stark County school districts not using the Everyday Mathematics Core Curriculum.


Repairs for boiler

PLAIN TWP: The Plain Local Board of Education authorized repairs to the boiler at Oakwood Elementary at its meeting Wednesday night.

Standard Plumbing and Heating will make the repairs at a cost not to exceed $35,000, officials said.

Treasurer Kathy Jordan told the board the district can forgo competitive bidding on this project because it is needed urgently to provide for the health and safety of students, visitors and employees at the school.


Town hall meeting

KENT:. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde will host a town hall discussion about human trafficking at 6 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be at the Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St.

This event is open to the public.


State of the County

AKRON: Summit County Executive Russ Pry will deliver his fifth State of the County speech March 23 during an Akron Press Club-sponsored luncheon at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St.

The buffet style luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The cost to attend is $15 for Akron Press Club members and $20 for nonmembers.

Tables of 10 are available.

Reservations are required by March 19 and may be made by calling 330-564-4211 or by email at RSVP@cmoresearch.com.