SUMMIT COUNTY

Fugitive sought

SPRINGFIELD TWP.: Township police are looking for a man who has been wanted since May on sex-related charges involving a minor.

Jaunte Chamone Smith Sr., 28, of Akron, is wanted on an arrest warrant for charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and aggravated menacing. According to online records, he was charged with the offenses in May in Akron Municipal Court.

The alleged sexual offenses occurred last February at a residence in the 2100 block of Ritz Manor Drive in Springfield Township.

In addition, two other warrants ó for probation violations stemming from separate domestic violence and drug trafficking cases in Summit County Common Pleas Court ó were issued for Smith in August, court records show.

Springfield police on Tuesday sent an alert asking the publicís help in locating Smith.

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-784-1609. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Robbery conviction

AKRON: A Summit County jury found an Akron man guilty of aggravated robbery and a firearms specification, authorities said.

Duane A. Clayton, 31, of Tioga Avenue, was convicted of the charges Tuesday and is scheduled for sentencing April 2 in Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahanís court.

Prosecutors said that on Sept 18, Clayton and his cousin, Myron Clayton-Foster, 20, took several video games and money from the Game Rack store on Goodyear Boulevard.

Police tracked Clayton to the basement of a nearby residence with the assistance of a K-9 unit. The stolen items and some of Claytonís clothing were found in the yard of the building, prosecutors said.

Clayton-Foster, of Dover Avenue, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and a firearms offense. He is scheduled for sentencing today.

AKRON

Womenís luncheon

AKRON: The Federated Democratic Women of Summit County will hold a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Georgeís Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

Guest speakers Rosemary Reymann and Hazel Malone will discuss the history of Summit County women in politics.

Cost is $14. Reservations are due today; call 330-864-8280.

The meeting is open to the public.

Financial workshops

AKRON: The cityís PeaceMakers, a youth civic and anti-crime group, will hold free financial literacy workshops for high school students Saturday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.

Participants may attend up to three 40-minute workshops focusing on budgeting, student loans and credit cards. Each participant will be eligible to win a $2,500 scholarship.

Workshop times are 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Materials will be provided.

Sessions will be facilitated by an executive member of PeaceMakers and will be peer-to-peer.

PeaceMakers will be holding an orientation beginning March 12.

Parking is free in the library deck.

For a reservation, call Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 or send an email to wkeith@akron?ohio.gov.

For more information, visit www.akronpeacemakers.org.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Rowlands fundraiser

AKRON: A fundraiser for Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bricco, 1 W. Exchange St.

Rowland is running for her second term on Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Suggested donation is $125. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call or text 330-203-1090.

Blake fundraiser

AKRON: Cynthia Blake, a Republican candidate for the 34th District of the Ohio House, will host a fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 1666 W. Exchange St.

Blake is unopposed in the May 6 primary, and will face either Emilia Sykes, whose father, Vernon, currently holds this seat, or Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale, in the Nov. 4 election.

Sykes and Comunale are Democrats who will meet in the primary.

For more information, call 330-571-3158.

CLOVERLEAF SCHOOLS

Big cuts looming

LODI: School administrators have identified $1 million in cuts they would make if a combined 0.75-percent income tax and additional 3.5-mill levy fail for a fifth time May 6.

The district already has reduced its budget by $7 million.

Proposed cuts include shortened school days (90-minute reduction for elementary grades and 60 minutes for middle and high schools), closure of all libraries, elimination of art, music and physical education in grades K-6 and another 19 teaching positions added to the 53 already cut. Staff hours also would be cut as the district complies with a State Fiscal Oversight Commission that has ordered more reductions.

The board is expected to meet Monday to discuss previous cuts that might be reinstated should the levy pass.

STATE NEWS

Write-ins on ballot

COLUMBUS: Ohioís elections chief has qualified write-in candidates in three May primary contests, including the governorís race.

They include Green Party gubernatorial candidate Anita Rios and running mate Bob Fitrakis, a Columbus lawyer and activist.

Two Libertarian write-in candidates, Bob Bridges for state auditor and Kevin Knedler for secretary of state, also were qualified.

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the ballot additions Tuesday.

Write-in candidates with no same-party opposition need at least 500 votes to advance to Novemberís general election. Thatís the number of signatures they would have needed to be listed on the ballot.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is unopposed in the primary, as is Libertarian Charlie Earl. Ed FitzGerald, the endorsed Democrat, faces a challenge from Larry Ealy.

ó Associated Press