AKRON

Arraignments delayed

AKRON: Two Akron brothers will be arraigned Tuesday on aggravated murder charges in the New Year’s Eve slayings of a Barberton father and his two teen children.

The cases against Eric Donta Hendon, 31, and his brother, Michael Deon Hendon, 22, will be heard at separate hearings before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

The brothers’ arraignments were postponed today without explanation.

They are accused of forcing their way inside the Barberton home of John Kohler on Dec. 31 and shooting him, his two children and girlfriend.

Ashley Carpenter, 18, and her brother, David, 14, died of gunshot wounds to the head. Kohler, 42, was also shot in the head and died Jan. 3.

His girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, suffered a gunshot wound to the eye but survived.

If convicted of the charges, the Hendons could face the death penalty.

Book sale at library

AKRON: Friends of the Highland Square library will hold their February book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library branch at 807 W. Market St.

A preview sale for Friends only will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Proceeds will be used to support special programs at the branch.

BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP

Dine with chief

BRIMFIELD TWP.: Acme Fresh Market’s Facebook page announced a new contest Tuesday: Win lunch with Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.

Oliver, who has become something of an Internet sensation because of his humorous posts on the police department’s Facebook page, has published a book titled No Mopes Allowed.

He will sign copies of his book at Acme’s Ellet store on Wedgewood Drive from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and at the Cuyahoga Falls store on State Road from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

To win a chance at lunch with “the coolest police chief in existence,” Acme is inviting Facebook users to “Like” their contest post and fill out a form. Entrants must be 13 or older to enter.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Sykes fundraiser

AKRON: Emilia Sykes, who is running for the Ohio House seat held by her father, Vernon Sykes, will have a fundraising reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Paolo’s, 1 W. Exchange St.

Akron school board members Bruce Alexander, Patrick Bravo, Lisa Mansfield, Veronica Sims and the Rev. Curtis T. Walker are hosting the event.

The event is complimentary, although contributions will be accepted.

Sykes faces competition in the May 6 Democratic primary from Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale for the 34th District House seat. The filing deadline for the primary is Feb. 5.

Barry fundraiser

GREEN: The group Friends of Steve Barry for Sheriff will host an “After the Holidays Cocktail Party Fundraiser” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Raintree Country Club, 4350 Mayfair Road.

Donation is $40 per person. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Steve Barry for Sheriff.

For more information, call 330-814-6089.

CANTON

Brownfield project

CANTON: The city administration will seek state funding to remediate environmental problems at the former Ohio Cast Products property at 2408 13th St. NE.

The City Council on Monday authorized Fonda Williams II, the mayor’s chief of staff, to apply for financial aid under the Clean Ohio Fund.

The property is among several in an aged industrial corridor that is being considered for redevelopment.

In other action, the council passed an informal resolution supporting a 36-unit senior housing development proposed by ABCD Inc. at 3055 Mahoning Road NE.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Parking ticket plans

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The City Council on Monday voted to allow volunteer reserve officers to write parking tickets.

Interim Police Chief Jack Davis said the program should be up and running in February, after reserve officers are trained.

Once trained, the officers will begin working during snow bans, leaving sworn officers to attend to more serious calls.

Flood cleanup

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cleanup continues after a flood Monday at City Hall.

The first sign of trouble came around 7:30 a.m., when a broken hot-water line shorted out a fire alarm in the city’s utility building area.

“There was heavy damage to that area,” Mayor Don Walters said.

Some furniture and drywall will need to be replaced.

Water spilled down a wall into the IT department, and some computers were damaged. The water knocked out phones and computer service for all of the city offices Monday except safety forces.

Damage could reach six figures, Walters said.

“Our $5,000 deductible has been waived, and everything is covered,” he said.

GREEN

Help for homeless

GREEN: The sixth annual Iron Chef fundraiser for Springtime of Hope will be held 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Queen of Heaven Parish, 1800 Steese Road.

Tickets are $50 per person.

The all-volunteer organization, which serves the homeless, operates four transitional houses for men. It will open a fifth for women in March.

The group will announce Saturday at the fundraiser a new “Adopt a Home” program in which donors can help pay the costs of operating the group’s transitional homes.

Along with the transitional homes, the group also serves 800 hot meals a month and distributes goods to the homeless each Friday night out of the Community Support Services building at 111 E. Voris St.

For more on the group, go to www.springtimeofhope.com or call 330-294-0056.

Donations can be made to: Springtime of Hope, P.O. Box 742, Akron, OH 44309.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Negotiations for tower

LAKE TWP.: Township trustees agreed Monday to negotiate terms with Verizon Lease Business for construction of a cell tower on township property at 1499 Midway Ave.

Trustees reappointed Bob Cappelli to a five-year term on the township Zoning Commission and appointed John Elsey as an alternate; and appointed Denise Ballinger as alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Ellis Erb and attorney Charles Hall III were appointed as township representatives to the Tax Incentive Review Council.

The board accepted the resignation of Derek Heatwall as a part-time officer with the Uniontown Police Department. He has accepted a full-time position with Tallmadge Police Department.

SUMMIT COUNTY

English classes

AKRON: CrossPoint Alliance Church will offer English as a Second Language classes beginning 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Classes will be available for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners.

Each class is free, but each student will be need to purchase a book for $30 that is good for one year or two semesters.

Free child care is provided on Thursday evenings, with English learning games for older children.

To register or for more information, visit www.crosspointakron.org, or contact Pastor Bruce Lyman at 330-612-7775 or at 5stonesministry@gmail.com.

Burglar sentenced

AKRON: A Green man was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a theft ring that targeted garages in Green and Coventry Township last summer.

Matthew T. Johnson, 28, of Fairview Road, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of burglary and theft.

Authorities said Johnson and two others sought out homes where garages were left open or where it appeared the owners were away. Among the items stolen were golf clubs, lawn equipment, tools and bicycles.

Earlier this month, co-defendant Gary Wolf was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Summit County Common Pleas Christine Croce said Johnson was given some consideration in his sentence because of his cooperation with law enforcement.