AKRON


Pizza driver robbed


AKRON: An Akron pizza delivery driver was robbed of his car, cash and food Monday night.


The driver for Marco’s Pizza told police he was sent to an address on Amelia Avenue about 11 p.m. After failing to find the home, he called the customer, who said he would come outside and meet the driver.


A short time later, two men wearing bandannas over their faces and armed with a gun confronted the 28-year-old worker.


The robbers took the driver’s car with his wallet and cell phone inside and fled. The car, a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora, was found just after midnight parked on Vernon Odom Boulevard.


Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.


 


CANTON


Call center to hire


CANTON: A downtown call center plans to hire 700 more employees this year, the City Council learned this week.


Beth Williams, human resources manager at VXI Global Solutions Inc., said the company has more than 500 employees. She said the company is working with area businesses to find parking spaces near its office at 401 Cleveland Ave. NW.


In other business, the council ratified with a roll-call vote its Jan. 9 voice vote selecting members David Dougherty and Patrick Barton as majority leader and assistant majority leader, respectively.


The council also heard from two McKinley High School football players who disagreed with the Board of Education’s decision not to have coach Ronald Johnson return next season.


 


CLEVELAND


Robinson on air


CLEVELAND: WOIO (Channel 19) reported on its website Tuesday that Romona Robinson will join 19 Action News, anchoring afternoon and evening newscasts.


Her first day will be Feb. 2.


 


GRANGER TOWNSHIP


Director approved


GRANGER TWP.: Trustees voted Monday to hire Bob Dalziel as service director for the township, effective Feb. 1. He replaces Neal Sylvester who is retiring.


Dalziel is a township resident who serves on the fire department. He will be paid $16 per hour.


Trustees also approved $1,860 for kitchen wiring and outdoor lighting at the fire department. The total cost of the improvements will be $4,360, but the fire association will pay $2,500 of the cost. Brian J. Electric of Hinckley will perform the work.


Also in fire department news, trustees approved a new recruit, Kevin Hylbert of Copley. He has 27 years of experience on the Bath Fire Department. Trustees also accepted the donation of exercise equipment valued at $1,500 from Walt Hower of Bath for use by fire department members.


 


HUDSON SCHOOLS


Stadium donations


HUDSON: Two more significant donations this week are bringing a new Hudson High School stadium closer to a spring groundbreaking.


The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will donate $500,000 to the Hudson Memorial Stadium, as the new facility will be called, and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation will contribute $50,000.


The Hudson City Schools Foundation, which spearheaded a grass-roots effort to raise $5.5 million to pay for the stadium, is $500,000 short of its goal.


The 5,000-seat stadium could be ready for activities this fall.


 


LAKE TOWNSHIP


Captain hired


LAKE TWP.: Township Trustees hired David Brown to be a captain in the Lake Township Police Department at their meeting Monday night.


Brown retired from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in September after 25 years of service. He fills the position vacated when Harold Britt moved to the position of chief.


Trustees sent a letter to the Stark County Engineer seeking his input on whether Lisa Avenue should be restored to a dead-end street or to allow it to continue to remain open to through traffic. The street was reopened to Lake High School during recent road construction. Area residents have complained about traffic in the area.


 


NORTON


Woman hits shop


NORTON: An 85-year-old woman made an unexpected stop inside an Internet cafe on Cleveland-Massillon Road about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Norton police Chief Thad Hete said the woman, whose name is not being released pending an investigation, was parking to enter a business near Silver Pyramid Internet Cafe, 4089 Cleveland-Massillon Road.


“She said she hit the accelerator instead of the brake,” Hete said.


The woman drove through the front window. She was not hurt, the chief said.


No one was inside the business, which does not open until 10 a.m.


 


SUMMIT COUNTY


District meetings


AKRON: Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale will host two district meetings Thursday to address fraud prevention, community health and safety issues.


The first meeting will take place at 2 p.m. at the Rockynol Retirement Community Chapel, 1150 W. Market St. Comunale will be joined by: Kristin Scalise, Summit County fiscal officer; Donna Skoda, health district director of policy and planning; Bill Holland, sheriff’s inspector; and Christine Gilley, consumer education specialist with the county Office of Consumer Affairs.


The second meeting will be 6:45 p.m. at Our Lady of the Elms, St. Joseph Room, 1230 W. Market St.


Comunale and Skoda will be joined by Akron Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith and Consumer Affairs Director Cynthia Sich.


Comunale, who represents parts of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, will be available to answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.


For more details, call 330-643-2725.


 


WADSWORTH TOWNSHIP


Man killed in crash


WADSWORTH TWP.: A Lake Milton man was killed Monday night when his car collided with a vehicle being driven the wrong way on Interstate 76 in Medina County, state troopers said.


Robert Merold, 57, died at Medina Hospital following the crash in Wadsworth Township. Highway Patrol troopers say the wrong-way driver, Justen Russell, 22, of Wadsworth, was being treated for injuries at Akron General Medical Center.


The crash happened about 6:50 p.m., when Russell was driving west in the interstate’s eastbound lanes.


Troopers say his 2009 Toyota Scion hit Merold’s 2004 Chevrolet Impala head on.


Troopers said it is unclear why Russell was driving in the wrong lane.


 


STATE NEWS


New leadership


COLUMBUS: Democrats in the Ohio Senate have elected a Cincinnati lawyer with close ties to President Barack Obama to head a new slate of caucus leaders in the presidential election year.


State Sen. Eric Kearney replaces state Sen. Capri Cafaro, of Hubbard, who led minority Democrats since January 2009. She said she wants to focus her energies in her district.


Kearney aide Damien Hardy said the full Senate must act on the transition. That vote is expected next week.


Joining Kearney on the new leadership team are state Sens. Joe Schiavoni of Youngstown, Nina Turner of Cleveland and Edna Brown of Toledo.