AKRON

Medal ceremony

AKRON: Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Nathan Barna received medals he had earned during his time in the Army Reserve in a ceremony this week at the Summit County Veterans Service Commission.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon Lake, assisted Barna, in receiving the medals, which included the Bronze Star.

Barna, 30, of Akron, served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan but did not receive his medals after finishing his enlistment in early 2013 with an honorable discharge.

His grandfather, Nick Artino, a World War II Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient, presented Barna with the medals.

CANTON

Director retiring

CANTON: The city’s director of public works will spend his last day on the job Friday after a career of more than 25 years in Canton government.

Kevin Monroe, who served four mayors, received accolades at Monday night’s City Council meeting from legislators and administrators for his dedication.

Councilwoman Chris Smith gave a nod to Francine Monroe, who tolerated after-hours calls for her husband.

A resolution from council noted that Monroe started the Beautify a Neighborhood program, also called BAN Litter, which featured concentrated cleanup efforts.

His replacement is Michael Rorar, who most recently served as assistant service director for Bath Township.

COVENTRY SCHOOLS

Special meeting

COVENTRY TWP.: The Coventry Board of Education has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. today to discuss implementing “Blizzard Bags” as a way to make up three used calamity days.

Blizzard Bags are a state-approved way of utilizing the Internet for student instruction when school buildings are closed.

Districts may take up to five calamity days per school year for such circumstances as weather emergencies, power failures or transportation issues. Most area school systems already have exceeded that number because of January’s harsh weather, and several plan to use the Blizzard Bags program to make up three (the maximum allowed) of the days.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Administrative Offices, 2910 S. Main St.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Sex crime alleged

CLEVELAND: A Springfield Township man is accused by FBI and local police of engaging in explicit Internet messages with an underage girl.

Nicholas B. Bowers, 30, is named in a federal arrest warrant Monday on charges of receiving material involving the sexual exploitation of minors by means of using a computer.

His arrest was announced Wednesday by the FBI office in Cleveland.

According to the FBI, an investigation began in Toronto on Jan. 9, when a parent of a 12-year-old girl contacted Toronto police “regarding sexually explicit chats and email messages his daughter was receiving.”

Later, police assumed the girl’s online identity and continued the exchanges. It was later determined Bowers was communicating with the girl.

Springfield police and the local FBI executed a search warrant Jan. 14.

During the search, authorities say they found USB drives and CDs “labeled with file names suggesting minor ages and the words ‘child porn pics.’?”

STATE NEWS

Turbine plan idled

PORT CLINTON: The Ohio Air National Guard announced Wednesday that a planned wind turbine at Camp Perry on Lake Erie in northwest Ohio was being scrapped for now.

The announcement came after two bird groups had announced plans to file a lawsuit over the turbine. A petition with signatures from 5,000 people against the plan also was submitted.

The American Bird Conservancy and the Ohio-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory said the turbine would pose a significant threat to migratory birds that fly over western Lake Erie.

The announcement was hailed as major victory by the birding groups who oppose turbines in such an ecologically sensitive area.

The Ohio Air National Guard said the project would be reviewed further.