AKRON


Man shot in leg


AKRON: An Akron man was shot in the leg after telling a robber he had no money, police said.


The man, 26, was treated at Summa Akron City Hospital after the shooting about 1:30 a.m. Saturday near Palmetto Avenue and South Arlington Street.


According to a report, the man told officers he was shot once in the lower left leg after telling the robber he had no cash. The robber then fled.


Police said the robber was a black male in his 20s. He has braided hair and wore a black coat and bright hooded sweatshirt.


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


Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.


 


Police follow tracks


AKRON: Akron police say they followed footprints in the snow to a home where they arrested two Akron men Monday on charges of breaking into a shuttered schoolhouse.


Bryan Alexander, 31, and Colin Papp, 22, were being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools.


Police say they admitted breaking into the former Jackson Elementary building at 1035 Clinton Ave. about 2 a.m.


A guard responded to an alarm and noticed a broken window and footprints in the snow. Police arrived and followed the prints to a Birchwood Avenue home one block away.


Alexander and Papp were arrested there.


Police say they found a crowbar they believe was used to break into the school. They also recovered athletic shoes they say matched the prints left in the snow.


Alexander told police they never intended to steal anything from the school.


“We thought it would be cool to go inside an abandoned school,” he told officers, according to the report.


 


Armed invasion


AKRON: Akron police said they arrested four men accused of using guns to force their way into a home.


Thomas Gibson, 18; Jordan Travis, 19; Deshawn Oliver, 19; and a 17-year-old Akron boy were arrested Friday while hiding in the attic of the Fernwood Avenue home, police said.


Police said the men entered the home about 8 p.m. and put a gun to an 18-year-old resident’s head. Another resident, a 20-year-old man, saw the suspects entering the home and ran to the attic, where he called police. The man told officers he had fought with the group before and feared for his life. The gunmen made their way to the attic just before officers arrived.


Police arrested the suspects and said they recovered three handguns, 12 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and about $140, according to reports.


The four face multiple charges, including aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence. All four were being held pending initial court appearances.


 


Robbery suspects


AKRON: Akron police have issued arrest warrants for four men accused of beating and pistol-whipping a man during a robbery Saturday.


Nicholas Kelly, 19, of Wadsworth, was arrested on robbery and assault charges shortly after the attack.


According to police, Nathaniel Kelly, 26, of Wadsworth; Nathaniel Nicolino, 24, of Akron; Charles Blackwell, 25, of Cuyahoga Falls; and Christopher Bryan, 26, of Akron, are wanted on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault.


The men are accused of assaulting a 20-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man during a robbery at a convenience store in the 500 block of West Market Street. The victim told police he was punched, kicked and knocked unconscious during the attack. He was treated at a local hospital.


The robbers stole about $575 and fled.


Officers arrested Kelly a block from the robbery.


Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.


 


Shots are fired


AKRON: An Akron man is accused of firing several shots Sunday afternoon inside a home on Roslyn Avenue.


Cordell Walker, 22, was being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and criminal damaging.


Walker is accused of firing several shots into a home in the 1300 block of Roslyn Avenue. A car also was damaged by the gunfire.


No one was injured.


 


Ogletree talk


AKRON: Obama mentor Charles Ogletree will headline the University of Akron’s fourth annual Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond series.


His talk, From Dr. King’s Dream to President Obama’s Mission: Race Matters, will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at E.J. Thomas Hall.


Both Obama and his wife were students of Ogletree at Harvard University. Ogletree is the founder and executive director of the university’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.


The speech is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


 


BARBERTON


Free legal clinic


BARBERTON: Local attorneys will provide free legal advice Thursday on a walk-in basis to community members who cannot afford a lawyer.


Local attorneys will be available to answer legal questions in a confidential setting. Registration is not required.


The clinic is sponsored by Community Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP.)


The clinic will be held at the Barberton Library, 602 West Park Ave.


Plan to arrive between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to register.


For information, go to www.CommunityLegalAid.org or call 877-401-0088.


Low-income people with a legal problem should call the Community Legal Aid Services HelpLine at 800-998-9454 or visit www.Community?LegalAid.org


 


CAMpAIGN TRAIL


Super Bowl party


FAIRLAWN: The law office of Kisling, Nestico & Redick will host a Super Bowl party fundraiser Sunday for Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.


The fundraiser, at 3412 W. Market St., begins at 5 p.m.


Minimum donation will be $50 with a maximum individual contribution of $575 and maximum company contribution of $3,450.


Checks should be payable to: Keep Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, and checks from C corporations are not permitted.


 


KENT


New dean named


KENT: Kent State has hired Said Sewell as its dean of undergraduate studies. He will be paid $145,000 a year.


Sewell was executive director of the Academic Success Center and an associate professor of political science at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga.


Before that, he was an associate professor of political science and planning at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.


He also has taught at Albany State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Dekalb College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College.


He succeeds Gary Padak, who retired in November 2010.


 


PORTAGE COUNTY


Burglary suspects


SUFFIELD TWP.: Portage County sheriff’s deputies say they used fingerprints from a burglary in Suffield Township to identify two suspects.


Scott Bell, 22, and Melanie Wright, 21, both of Akron, were being held in the Portage County Jail on burglary charges. They surrendered Friday and were scheduled to appear for arraignment Monday.


According to deputies, detectives investigated an Oct. 18 burglary on Griggy Road in Suffield and collected evidence from inside the home.


The items were sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and fingerprints were lifted and connected to Bell and Wright, deputies said.


Deputies said Wright is related to the Griggy Road residents.


 


STARK COUNTY


Budget meeting


CANTON: Stark County commissioners will hold a special meeting at noon Wednesday to discuss county finances, including the 2012 revenue outlook and proposed budgets.


Requests from departments and offices total $48.4 million. Available resources are estimated at $47.9 million.


Although the meeting is geared toward elected officials, the public may attend. The meeting will be in Room 318 of the Stark County Office Building, 110 Central Plaza South.