LaTourette to retire
A nine-term Republican lawmaker and close confidant of House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Steven LaTourette has decided not to seek re-election.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said that LaTourette has told him that he won’t be a candidate in November. Bennett wouldn’t comment on LaTourette’s reasons for retiring.
LaTourette has scheduled a news conference for today at his district office in Painesville.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that LaTourette decided to retire over a dispute with leadership on committee assignments.
AKRON: A fight outside of an Akron bar on Saturday resulted in the arrest of two Canton residents and left another with multiple stab wounds.
Police were called to the Iron Saddle Saloon on East South Street about 11:30 p.m. to break up a reported fight.
Authorities say a 21-year-old Canton man suffered stab wounds to his stomach, back and leg and was taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment.
Anthony Riviotta, 37, of Canton, faces charges of felonious assault.
Sarah M. Mays, 27, of Canton, was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. Police say Mays threw the knife into some bushes after the fight.
GREEN: A fisherman found the body of an Akron man floating in the Nimisila Reservoir in Green on Monday.
The body of David Menhorn Sr., 78, was found about 11 a.m.
Menhorn’s body was in the water about 20 yards from shore. He was pulled to the shore and declared dead.
There has not been any indication of criminal involvement relating to the death, authorities said. The death is under investigation by Summit County sheriff’s detectives and the county medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Child porn charge
GREEN: A 30-year-old man from Green was arrested Monday after sheriff’s deputies found images of child pornography on his home computer.
Michael Byrd faces charges of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Byrd is in the Summit County Jail. Authorities say detectives seized numerous images and videos containing child pornography during the raid.
RAVENNA: A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he would be “shooting up” the campus was ordered Monday to stay away from the school and its president.
William Koberna, a 19-year-old sophomore, was set to be released Monday after posting part of a $50,000 bond set at Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. He appeared via video from the Portage County Jail.
Conditions of his bond require Koberna to wear a GPS tracking device and to stay away from university President Lester Lefton and the school.
University officials say an employee was monitoring social media mentions of the school when a profanity-laced tweet posted July 25 was discovered.
The public tweet mentioned KSU, identified the university president by name and included a threat that he planned to be “shooting up” the school.
The tweet ended with “ASAP.” It is no longer available. Koberna lives with his parents in Brunswick.
Rubber City rally
AKRON: The Summit County Historical Society will host the annual Rubber City Road Rally Sept. 8 at the MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, Green.
Along with the annual road course that challenges driving skills and trivia knowledge, non-road course participants will have their own challenge as they participate in an optional scavenger hunt inside the historical MAPS hangar and Gallery of Heroes.
Race registration begins at 2:15 p.m. at Swensons in Wallhaven, 40 S. Hawkins Ave.
The green flag will start the race at 3 p.m. and the checkered flag will be waving at the finish line at the MAPS Air Museum.
Drinks, appetizers and dinner will be served at the conclusion of the rally portion of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Ticket costs are $75 per person or $65 for society members, and will include beverages, buffet dinner and Road Rally participation.
Those not wishing to participate in the rally event are welcome to reserve to attend the dinner portion only beginning at 4:30 p.m.
To register for the race and make reservations for the dinner, call 330- 535-1120.