AKRON

11-year sentence

AKRON: A 37-year-old Akron woman was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses in an attack on a hospital worker, authorities said.

The sentence for Teri Renee Garko was part of a plea deal with Summit County prosecutors.

The attack occurred in April 2011 after Garko went to Akron General Medical Center for emergency treatment. Prosecutors said she was upset at what she felt was a long delay in receiving treatment and attacked a psychiatric technician who was checking her vital signs.

Garko punched and kneed the victim numerous times in the face, chest and spine, slammed the woman’s head into the floor and tore off a patch of hair and scalp, prosecutors said.

While Garko was out on bond in connection with the attack, prosecutors said, she broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home and stabbed him and a female friend as they slept.

They survived their injuries.

Meth sentence

AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine in what authorities described as the largest such operation broken up by police in all of 2011.

Justin Kracker, who ran the meth lab at a home in the 100 block of West Tallmadge Avenue and had two previous Summit County felony drug convictions, was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter.

Last month, a jury convicted Kracker of illegal manufacture of methamphetamines, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and endangering children.

The home is within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, and Kracker’s 2-year-old daughter was at home at the time of the search, prosecutors said.

BARBERTON

Support for levy

BARBERTON: City Council on Monday passed a resolution supporting Barberton City Schools’ five-year, 8.52-mill operating levy.

The levy, listed as Issue 3, will be on the Aug. 7 special election ballot.

The council also passed an ordinance to pay Kenmore Construction $63,874.67 for emergency repairs on a 24-inch storm sewer line.

CANTON SCHOOLS

School restructured

CANTON: Hartford Middle School will be restructured to focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and music, Superintendent Christopher Smith announced Monday at the Canton Board of Education meeting.

The transformation will be planned during the 2012-13 school year, when the school in the southeast section of the city will continue to operate as it does now. It is envisioned to incorporate hands-on, project-based learning with the goal of preparing students for higher education and employment.

Community partners will include the Stark Education Partnership, Stark State College, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Timken Co., Mayor William J. Healy II, Councilwoman Chris Smith, the Greater Stark County Urban League and Motter & Meadows Architects.

Students from throughout the district will be able to attend Hartford, as is the case with the district’s other three middle schools.

The Stark Education Partnership has contributed $50,000 to the effort. The Verizon Foundation has awarded the school a $50,000 grant to teach the staff to use mobile electronic devices in instruction.

CLEVELAND

Director named

CLEVELAND: Pamela A. Carson, a former senior executive at KeyCorp, is the new director of the Trust for Public Land’s Cleveland office.

She replaces Bill Carroll, a former assistant superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park who retired in late spring.

Carson most recently worked as executive vice president and director of Global Treasury Management for KeyCorp. She spent 19 years with the company.

She previously served as chair of the board of directors of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the friends-of-the-park group. She also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy.

Her nonprofit group has worked in Ohio since 1974 and has completed 97 projects. That includes Wingfoot Lake in Portage County, the Goodyear redevelopment site in East Akron and the old Coliseum site in the Cuyahoga Valley park.

GREEN

Sustainable group

GREEN: Mayor Dick Norton is accepting letters of interest from residents and members of the business and nonprofit community interested in being part of the city’s first sustainability task force.

The five-member group will be charged with developing recommendations for policies and practices that improve Green’s environmental stewardship and foster a culture of sustainability.

“I am looking for individuals who can help us define what being sustainable looks like for Green,” Norton said.

Those interested should submit a brief letter stating his/her experience regarding sustainability and how that experience can assist the city by Sept. 10. Mail to: Mayor Dick Norton, P.O. Box 278, Green, OH 44232.

For more information, contact Sarah Haring, community development administrator, at 330-896-6614 or sharing@cityofgreen.org.

KENT

Money for hotel

KENT: An Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit has been granted to help restore the Franklin Hotel at 176 E. Main St., Kent.

The tax credit to Acorn Alley Infill Project is expected to be worth $955,750 for the restoration expected to cost $5,848,164.

The building went up in 1920 and has been used recently for retail and residential space. The renovated building would have a restaurant, offices and apartments.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Truck purchased

LAKE TWP.: Trustees on Monday approved the purchase of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado for the township’s road department.

The work truck will be bought from Shoner Chevrolet of Hartville at a cost of $23,075.

Trustees also approved the purchase of a Miller Bobcat welder/generator from Matheson Co. of Massillon at a cost of $4,127.

Following an executive session, trustees appointed Sophia Kapadia to the position of township administrator. She will be paid $23 per hour.

NORTH CANTON

Rezoning bid dies

NORTH CANTON: The proposed rezoning of vacant land on Applegrove Street died on the floor of City Council on Monday night because of a flaw in the rezoning process.

City maps reveal that two parcels totalling 1.4 acres, or 28 percent of the area under consideration, are zoned single-family residential, but there is no reference to single-family residential in the rezoning application property owners Ronald and William Postiy filed. Further, the city Planning Commission did not include a reference to single-family residential in its recommendation that council approve the rezoning.

The Postiy brothers want the 4.9-acre tract rezoned from residential two-family to general business-A.

Developer William Lemmon would like to build three 20-apartment buildings on the site.

This is the fourth time in recent years that the Postiy brothers have tried to rezone their property for development.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Change supported

RAVENNA: A national health-care consulting firm has recommended Portage County move forward with plans to convert Robinson Memorial Hospital from county ownership to nonprofit status.

The Camden Group reviewed the hospital`s proposed ownership change at the request of the Portage County commissioners.

The firm “concurs that conversion from public to not-for-profit status is appropriate and justified at this time,” according to a news release issued by the hospital Tuesday.

The reviewers recommended any agreement also include provisions in case the hospital subsequently is sold — a move they said “might be necessary and ultimately in the best interest of the county, the community and the patients served by the hospital,” according to the report.

Commissioners already approved a plan to convert Robinson from county ownership to not-for-profit status, pending approval of a final lease between the county and the community board that would be created to oversee hospital business.