Ward 4 meeting Tuesday
AKRON: City Councilman Russ Neal will host the Ward 4 meeting in conjunction with the Forest Lodge Block Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Sebastian’s Zwisler Hall, 476 Mull Ave.
The group will discuss how to enhance healthy, safe and vibrant communities.
City Neighborhood Assistance Director John Valle will be the guest speaker and there will be a presentation by the Big Love Network.
For more information, call 330-212-3034.
Police discover meth lab
AKRON: A welfare check by Akron police led to the discovery of a meth lab and six arrests on North Martha Avenue, Akron police said Friday.
Three men and three women were arrested in connection with the meth lab and a gun found in the apartment.
Police were called because a 57-year-old resident had not been seen by a friend since last Saturday.
Police said the man, who is not a suspect in the drug case, returned to his home Friday afternoon after a hospitalization.
Katarina Cook fundraiser
AKRON: A Fish Fry Fundraiser to celebrate the birthday of Akron Municipal Judge Katarina Cook will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hibernian Club, 753 N. Main St.
Cook is running for Summit County Domestic Relations Court judge.
The event is sponsored by the law firm of Callahan, Greven, Rilley and Sinn.
Tickets are $50 for a fish dinner and drinks, $35 for drinks only and $15 for a child dinner. For more information or to buy a ticket, call Jon Sinn at 330-431-0160 or Kevin Cook at 330-819-3426 or email email@example.com.
Dinner tickets must be purchased by Tuesday. Tickets for drinks only can be bought at the door.
Services for crash victim
CANTON: Calling hours and a funeral service have been scheduled Monday for a Canton woman who died when struck by a vehicle on state Route 8 earlier this week.
Calling hours for Tonya Johnson, a 43-year-old firefighter and paramedic, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at First Christian Church, 6900 Market Ave. N, Canton. Funeral services will follow.
Johnson died about 4 p.m. Monday while attempting to cross Route 8 during rush hour. She had been arguing with her husband of nine days, police said, when she left the vehicle and crossed the road. She climbed over the concrete divider and was hit by a northbound pickup truck, according to reports.
The incident caused a 10-car chain reaction crash and backed up traffic for hours in both directions.
Johnson is survived by her husband, two sons and a daughter, as well as other extended family.
Acquittal in riders’ deaths
GARFIELD HEIGHTS: A Brecksville man was acquitted of charges stemming from a September crash that left two bicyclists dead and three others injured.
A defense attorney said the Garfield Heights jury reached its verdict Thursday in the trial of Timothy Wolf.
Wolf, 42, had been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count of willful or wanton disregard of public safety in the Sept. 17 crash.
A group of bicyclists were hit by a pickup truck driven by Wolf in Brecksville.
Matthew Billings, 33, of North Canton, died at the scene. Jim Lambert, 52, of Cuyahoga Falls, died from his injuries more than a week later.
The defense had said the crash was a “freak accident.”
Wolf said in his defense that he did not see the bicyclists as he turned onto Dewey Road because of sun glare.
The ride had been organized by the Akron Bicycle Club.
Teen bites police detective
GREEN: A teen bit a detective several times after he was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges that he broke into a house in Green.
The 16-year-old boy was charged with burglary and assault on a police officer, both felonies.
He was being held at the Summit County Jail.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the boy admitted to breaking into a home on Cottage Grove Road shortly after noon. He bit a detective during questioning, deputies said.
Detectives are continuing to investigate.
Two gunmen rob residents
NORTH CANTON: Two gunmen robbed two people in their North Canton home early Friday morning, police reported.
The incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. A man called police to say he was running from the intruders, who entered his home and demanded money.
One of the occupants of the home, in the 900 block of East Maple Street, gave a robber his rent money and the intruders fled.
Police recovered a gun from the snow nearby and determined it was not stolen.
Neither of the robbers has been arrested or identified, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 330-499-5911 or the tip line at 330-966-3633.
The robbers were described as black men in their early 20s, standing between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-1. Both wore black clothing and gloves. Neither man wore a mask.
Turnpike fatality hearing
STOW: A tractor-trailer truck driver from Alabama pleaded no contest Monday to hitting and killing a tow truck driver who was changing someone’s flat tire on the Ohio Turnpike in May.
David Atkinson, 44, changed his plea from not guilty regarding a charge of vehicular manslaughter. The charge is a second-degree misdemeanor in Stow Municipal Court. He’s scheduled for sentencing on April 26.
Police said Atkinson killed Michael Kennedy, 56, of Ravenna, on May 11. Kennedy was helping a man change a flat tire when Atkinson clipped Kennedy with his vehicle, killing him instantly.