AKRON: A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, aggravated robbery and felonious assault in an attack in which police said he beat a woman unconscious.
Alexander P. Cooper, 19, of the 2600 block of Third Street, was scheduled to go to trial today in Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce’s courtroom.
The attack occurred Sept. 8, shortly after 5 a.m., when the woman heard an intruder breaking into her home through a side door.
According to police and prosecution evidence, Cooper threatened the woman, tied her up, beat her until she was unconscious and stole some of her belongings.
He fled and was arrested later by Stow police.
Raises for firefighters
CANTON: Most city firefighters will receive 2 percent raises in each of three years of a contract that the City Council approved this week.
The collective-bargaining agreement reduces salaries at the lower end of the pay scale and adds a 5 percent one-time increase to the salary schedule for 23 or more years of service.
The lowest salary for firefighters covered by the union contract will become $38,000 after the incoming class of about a dozen firefighters is hired. Those who already have taken the Civil Service test will be paid the rate in the prior contract, $41,799, when their training is finished.
The contract with the Canton Professional Firefighters Association increases the hourly differential for working a paramedic shift from $1.25 to $2.
The total cost of the package is $937,000 over the three years of the contract, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, according to Finance Director Joseph DiRuzza.
The last contract expired Oct. 31.
The council approved the agreement Monday.
The agenda for Monday’s meeting included a letter from Mayor William J. Healy II seeking authorization for the administration to give 2 percent raises to managers and others not represented by unions.
Boil alert lifted
COVENTRY TWP.: The city of Akron has lifted a boil alert in effect in Coventry Township.
The boil alert started after a water main broke Saturday night. That break, which has been repaired, was caused by freezing and thawing temperatures.
The affected area included residences between 2900 and 3011 Manchester Road, between 2974 and 2991 Cormany Road and a single residence at 3037 South Prior Road.
Lockdown called off
HUDSON: Hudson High School was locked down for about five minutes Wednesday morning after a man wearing a black trench coat and ski mask and carrying a briefcase was seen on the grounds.
Superintendent Phil Herman soon identified the man as someone having legitimate business at the school on the bitterly cold day.
Open house at school
KENT: Tree City Preschool will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St.
The school serves children with classes for ages 3-4 and 4-5.
For more information, go to www.treecitypreschool.org or call 330-673-5879, ext. 16.
PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees on Tuesday rescinded their approval of an economic development agreement with the cities of North Canton and Canton and Jackson Township.
The agreement, six months in the making, would have allowed the political entities to share tax revenue from businesses being developed along the Whipple Avenue corridor. North Canton, however, decided not to approve the agreement at its council meeting Tuesday.
Plain Township trustees said they now will pursue an agreement with Canton, which already has a development agreement with Jackson Township.
Trustees set a public hearing for a zoning amendment for property at 6900 Market Ave. N — the former Edgewood Golf Course. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 11 at GlenOak High School.
Car crash is fatal
JACKSON TWP.: Township police were investigating a fatal accident that occurred shortly after noon Wednesday in the 8700 block of High Mill Avenue Northwest.
Police declined to release details about the victim until family notifications were made. A second victim was transported by helicopter to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Sgt. Jim Monigold said a Pontiac Grand Prix and a Dodge Caravan were involved in the collision near Mount Pleasant Road. He said police were still trying to sort out what happened.
The fatality and the injured person were both occupants of the mangled Grand Prix, which landed several feet off the road in a wooded area, Monigold said. The occupants of the minivan appeared to be uninjured.
Merger plan rejected
CANTON: A special panel investigating whether the Stark County and Canton health districts should merge has recommended the public health agencies remain separate.
In a report issued this week, the commission concluded there would be little, if any financial savings by combining the health departments — a move the commission said would face “political and practical issues.”
The commission instead recommended continued review of areas of collaboration between the two agencies. The complete report is available at www.starkhealth.org.
COLUMBUS: Ohio has started to receive some of the more than 106,000 applications for Medicaid-eligible residents who sought health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace.
The first batch of cases, which had been in limbo for months, began arriving on Wednesday, said Sam Rossi, a spokesman for Ohio Medicaid.
Technical glitches initially plagued the federal website, HealthCare.gov, when it was launched in October. The site was designed to help people buy private insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. If shoppers qualified for Medicaid, the site was supposed to send their data to the Medicaid agency in their state. But that transfer of data did not go as planned for the 36 states using the site, including Ohio.
Some of Ohio’s applications date to the fall and many are riddled with defects, said Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.
— Associated Press
COLUMBUS: State legislators are hung up over how many extra calamity days to give Ohio schools this year after hazardous winter weather.
The House rejected Senate changes to a bill Wednesday, sending it to a negotiating conference committee after the two chambers failed to reach an agreement.
The Senate passed a plan to let schools take up to four additional calamity days this year, with teachers reporting on one. But first, districts must use four contingency days.
House legislators passed a separate version of the bill that would let schools receive up to four additional days off, with teachers having to report on two of those.
Snow and frigid temperatures led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days. Some have canceled classes for 10 or more days.
— Associated Press
Fundraiser for Blake
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. today 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, 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.