Robbery near UA

AKRON: University of Akron and city police arrested three men accused of robbing three other men at gunpoint Saturday night.

Demont S. Freeman, 18, of Massillon; Michael Terrell Graves, 20, of Canton; and Gavontye K. Lott, 20, of Akron, are being held on aggravated robbery charges at the Summit County Jail.

Police accuse the men of using a gun to rob three men who were walking on Sumner Street about 10 p.m. Saturday. The victims were knocked to the ground while the robbers rifled through the victim’s pockets. They took cell phones, wallets and cash before fleeing.

Officers in the area saw the three suspects and arrested them following a brief chase.

Robber nets $5

AKRON: An Akron man is accused of robbing two people sitting in their car in a fast-food drive-through lane Sunday night.

Shawn Michael Cook, 31, of Cotter Avenue, is charged with robbery. He was being held in the Summit County Jail.

Police say two people were inside their car at the Burger King in the 600 block of East Market Street about 9:30 p.m. when they were approached by a man who demanded money. The customers gave him $5, and he fled, police said.

Cook was arrested a few minutes later.

Meeting canceled

AKRON: The Ward 2 meeting Bruce Kilby had scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

Health conference

AKRON: A regional mental health conference will be held July 5 at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 W. Exchange St.

The event will provide a forum for organizations to share ideas and exchange information about recovery tools being used in the Akron area. It is sponsored by Choices and the Ohio Center for Advocacy, Training and Support (OCATS).

For information, call 330-762-8151 or send an email to sheila@choicesakr.com.

Victim identified

AKRON: Authorities are investigating the possibility that a man killed on Interstate 76 might have jumped into oncoming traffic intentionally.

The man was identified Monday as Phah Lah, 63, of Akron.

Police say Lah was on I-76 eastbound near the exit at Mogadore Road and East Market Street about 12:05 a.m. when he was struck by several vehicles on the highway. The victim carried no identification and had stepped into traffic.

Police Lt. Rick Edwards said an investigation suggests Lah might have committed suicide.

His body was struck by a motorist driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser, then was hit by other vehicles.


Wine reception

AKRON: The Dave Lombardi for Judge Committee will host a wine-tasting reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Grape and Granary, 915 Home Ave., Akron.

The event will be a fundraiser for Lombardi, a Republican running for Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Suggested donation is $75 per person or $125 per couple.


Bake sale

CANTON: The Canton Lehman Alumni Association will sell baked goods from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart on the Strip, 4572 Mega St. NW, Jackson Township.

Proceeds will support the association’s college scholarship fund for direct descendents of graduates of the former Lehman High School.

Donations of baked goods from alumni will be appreciated and may be brought to Walmart that morning or delivered in advance by calling 330-497-0248.


Concert series

GREEN: The city and Legend’s Sports Pub and Grille will launch a five-week summer concert series Thursday.

All of the family-friendly concerts will begin at 7 p.m. at the Legend’s Lagoon Stage along Town Park Crossing behind Town Park Plaza, at 1840 Town Park Blvd.

“We are pleased to have Legend’s as a sponsor for our summer concert series,” said Mike Elkins, superintendent of the city’s Parks and Recreation Division. “In addition to being a more central location, it also provides us an indoor option in the event of rain.”

The Buck Naked Band will begin the series Thursday.

Other scheduled performers are Danny Milan July 5; Kari Fedor & Kerosene July 12; J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights July 19; and Ryan Humbert July 26.

Patrons are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Seating will be available within the Legend’s Lagoon stage area and throughout the parking lot along Town Park Crossing.

Parking will be available at the Central Administration Building and behind Green Intermediate School, as well as in Town Park Plaza.

Town Park Crossing will be closed from Town Park Boulevard to the plaza’s rear drive on concert nights.


Director promoted

KENT: Kent State University has promoted Marcello Fantoni to associate provost for global education.

He will make $170,000 in the new position.

Fantoni has been director of KSU’s program in Florence, Italy, since 2005 and manager of KSU’s European studies programs since 2011. He also teaches historical studies in architecture and urban design.

Fantoni will begin his new job in August. He replaces Mary Anne Saunders, who took a similar position at the University of New Mexico.

Deal for EPA, park

LAWRENCE TWP.: A Stark County mobile home park has reached an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency over a 6-year-old sewer problem.

The Forty Corners Mobile Home Park has agreed to fix its sewage-collection system and improve staffing at the park’s wastewater treatment plant at 10530 Forty Corners Road.

In 2006, the EPA discovered the plant intentionally released inadequately treated waste into an unnamed tributary of the Tuscarawas River after heavy rains.

The plant’s effluent routinely exceeded permitted limits, the EPA said.

The park must evaluate its sewer system to determine where stormwater enters the system. It then must determine corrective steps, which the EPA must approve. Construction must be completed within 30 months.

The mobile home facility also must pay a $21,037 fine.


Trial rescheduled

AKRON: The retrial of Denny Ross on charges related to the 1999 slaying of Hannah Hill has been moved back another two weeks.

The new trial date is set for July 30, with the beginning of jury selection at 9 a.m. in Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter’s courtroom.

Court records show Hunter granted a defense request for a continuance in order to review potential evidence from 61 newly identified witnesses prosecutors submitted to the court.

Hill, who was 18, disappeared May 19, 1999, after leaving her parents’ home in Kenmore for a late-night visit with Ross at his Springfield Township apartment.

The first trial of Ross, in October 2000, ended in a mistrial over alleged juror misconduct after the panel had signed verdict forms acquitting him of the most serious charges: aggravated murder, murder and rape.

A lengthy series of appeals in federal and state courts followed, leading to an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that Ross must stand trial again.

Ross is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the 2004 attempted murder and rape of another Akron woman while he was free on bond during the Hill appeals.


Ramp closed

WADSWORTH: The exit ramp from Interstate 76 eastbound to state Route 57 closed Monday for 14 days for repaving, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

The work is part of a $17.2 million project to rebuild and repave I-76 from Route 57 to the Summit County line. The project is expected to be completed by late September, 2013.


Kasich signs bill

CINCINNATI: Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed a sweeping education bill that seeks to strengthen ties between the state’s employers and public schools and makes dozens of other policy changes.

Under the measure, Ohio third-graders lagging in reading skills face the possibility of being held back for up to two school years as they get academic help. It sets adjusted training and retesting requirements for teachers who are deemed to be ineffective for two of the previous three years

The legislation also requires all special-needs students to get eye exams.

— Associated Press