AKRON

Death penalty discussion

AKRON: A panel discussion called The Death Lottery: How Race Impacts the Death Penalty in Ohio will be held Tuesday as part of the University of Akron’s Rethinking Race forum.

The event will be noon to 2 p.m. in UA’s Student Union Theater.

The panelists, each with personal experience dealing with capital punishment cases, will provide context for a newly released report examining racial and geographic disparity in Ohio’s death penalty.

The panelists will be: Kwame Ajamu and Wylie Bridgeman, Cleveland-area brothers who, together with their friend, Ricky Jackson, were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to be executed for a crime they didn’t commit; Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Stephen McIntosh, who served as vice chairman of an Ohio Supreme Court death penalty task force; and the Rev. Jack Sullivan Jr., executive director of Murder Victims Families, a national organization working to end the death penalty.

Margery Koosed, an emeritus UA law professor, will be the moderator.

Ward 2 meeting Tuesday

AKRON: City Councilman Russel Neal will host a Ward 4 meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

He will discuss community concerns, introduce the new police commander in the area, and provide information on community gardening training.

Heroin forum to be Feb. 22

AKRON: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine invites the public to attend a community discussion to address efforts to combat the heroin epidemic.

The meeting will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Summit County Public Health, 1867 W. Market St., Building A.

An attorney general spokesperson said the meeting follows discussions with the county’s public officials. The public can expect to hear experts discuss tactics already in place to fight the epidemic. The public also will have the opportunity to suggest ways to fight the problem.

The community meeting is the second high-profile talk with state and federal politicians this year. Last month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a roundtable discussion with addiction experts to hear ideas on containing the epidemic.

Brown called his meeting after the Beacon Journal reported that more than 150 people died of heroin and fentanyl overdoses in 2015. In 2014, only about 100 died.

DeWine’s office asks members of the public to RSVP for the event by calling Alisha Nelson at 614-752-6733 or emailing her at Alisha.Nelson@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. RSVP no later than Feb. 19.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Arrest in meth, pot case

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cuyahoga Falls police on Thursday arrested one woman and were seeking another woman on methamphetamine and marijuana trafficking.

Shasta JA Fazenbaker, 22, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested in the 4200 block of Americana Drive.

She was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in drugs. The charges are all felonies.

She was booked into the Summit County Jail, pending her arraignment in Stow Municipal Court.

Police were seeking Jaclyn S. Szachury, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls.

She faces three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in drugs, all felonies.

Authorities encouraged Szachury to turn herself in to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.