3 hurt in shootings

AKRON: Akron police are investigating two shootings Tuesday night that left three men injured.

The incidents do not appear to be connected, police said.

The first shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Cole Avenue, where two men said they were struck in the leg by gunfire as they walked through the neighborhood.

The victims, ages 48 and 55, were unable to provide a description of the gunman. They were treated for their injuries at Summa Akron City Hospital.

About the same time, a 27-year-old man said he was sitting in a car in the 800 block of Rosamond Avenue when four men approached. One of the men suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking the victim in the hand. He was treated at Akron General Medical Center.

No suspects have been identified in either shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Ward meetings

AKRON: Two Akron council members have scheduled ward meetings.

Ken Jones, Ward 5, will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at East Akron Community House, 660 S. Arlington St. The topic will be the planning of a community day event. East Akron residents — past and present — are encouraged to attend.

Mike Freeman, Ward 9, will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kenmore Senior Community Center, 880 Kenmore Blvd.

Gun, $6,000 seized

AKRON: Police responding to a call reporting gunfire arrested a man on drug charges.

Officers also seized $6,000, a pistol and 200 grams of crack cocaine.

Akron police were called to the 1300 block of Orlando Avenue just before midnight Tuesday after hearing reports of gunfire. Once on scene, officers stopped a man who they said tried to run away. The man had marijuana in his pants pockets.

At the same time, police noticed a man kicking shell casings in the driveway in an effort to hide them. Police then searched the residence, where they found the drugs, money and firearm.

David Cawthon, 42, was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, trafficking, obstructing official business, child endangering and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was Dominic Gray, 22. He was charged with obstructing official business, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.

Gems stolen

AKRON: A worker at Sterling Jewelers in Akron is accused of stealing more than $70,000 worth of gems over several months.

Luella M. Conley, 24, of Akron, is being held in the Summit County Jail on one count of grand theft. Her case is pending in Akron Municipal Court.

According to Akron police, Conley “admitted to stealing $71,374.99 worth of diamonds, heart earrings, a ruby and a blue sapphire” during a four- to five-month span while working at the jewelry company.

Bicyclist robbed

An Akron teenager is charged with robbery after police say he knocked a man to the ground and stole his bicycle Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old boy is being held in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center on delinquency charges of robbery.

The teen was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. after a 25-year-old man told police he was knocked to the ground and robbed of his bicycle while riding on South Arlington Street. The man said he chased the teen until the boy stopped and pulled out a knife.

The victim then flagged down a police officer in the neighborhood.

Police eventually found the teen near the intersection of Bulger Street and Forbes Avenue.


Speeding an issue

GREEN: Ward 3 Councilman Ken Knodel has asked the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to step up patrols on Pickle Road in Green and Springfield Township as a result of continued speeding by some motorists.

Knodel has been pushing for a speed study to determine what the speed limit should be in the two jurisdictions. It currently is 35 mph in Green and 45 mph in Springfield.

Storm-water plans

GREEN: Ward 2 Councilman Dave France said Tuesday that Engineer Paul Pickett will discuss timetables and plans for coping with storm-water problems throughout the city during council’s meeting Aug. 14.

The session will be part of council’s regular 7 p.m. meeting, France said. He suggested that any city resident with storm-water concerns attend.


Truck strikes buggy

HOMER TWP.: A pickup truck struck an Amish buggy from behind at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 301 in Homer Township in southwestern Medina County, seriously injuring all three people in the buggy, including a 2-year-old girl, authorities said.

Joseph Swartzentruber, 25, and his wife, Katie Swartzentruber, 23, both of Spencer, were taken to Akron General Medical Center. Their 2-year-old daughter Lizzie was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Joseph Swartzentruber was driving the horse-drawn buggy north on Route 301 near Black River School Road when it was rear-ended and pushed off the road by a Ford F-150 driven by Justin Frey, 28, of Cleveland, the State Highway Patrol said. The horse had to be euthanized because of its injuries.

Frey was not injured. His vehicle was damaged and towed from the scene.

The accident remains under investigation, but alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the Highway Patrol’s Medina post said. Charges are pending.


Car show planned

NORTON: The city’s second annual car show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 5 along Columbia Woods Drive.

No entry fee is required. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars.

Check-in time is 5 p.m. for those wanting to display a classic automobile.

The oldies rock group Celebration will perform. Food vendors and door prizes will also be a part of the event.

The rain date is July 12.


Boxes for fire calls

PLAIN TWP.: Trustees agreed to purchase security boxes for the township fire department at their meeting Tuesday evening.

The small safes will be purchased from the Knox Box Co. at a total cost of $6,000.

The boxes hold keys, swipe cards or other small items that might be necessary for emergency access to a structure.

The board also agreed to fund a school resource officer for Plain Local Schools for the 2012-2013 school year at a total cost of $50,212.91, with the district picking up half of the cost.


Girl dies in fire

CANTON: Firefighters say a 3-year-old girl died in a fire that apparently began with food left on a stove at a duplex in Canton.

Fire Capt. Lorenzo Bagley says a woman, her 12-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old friend were able to escape uninjured but couldn’t find the youngest child as the home was engulfed in thick smoke Tuesday.

Another fire official told the Repository that power lines sagging because of the heat blocked firetrucks from getting to the building until a utility turned off the power.

The other half of the duplex was damaged by smoke and heat, but no other injuries were reported.

— Associated Press


Historical series

AKRON: The Summit County Historical Society will host a series of open houses beginning today at the John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road.

Each session will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Other sessions will be July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

Each open house is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Summit County Historical Society, go to www.summithistory.org or call 330-535-1120.

Land bank meets

AKRON: The new Summit County Land Reutilization Corp. — also known as a land bank — met for the first time Wednesday and agreed to apply for $3.78 million from the state’s Moving Forward Demolition Grant Program.

The seven-member board is made up of County Executive Russ Pry, Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise, county Councilwoman Ilene Shapiro, county Council President Jerry Feeman, Akron Planning Director John Moore, Copley Township Trustee Helen Humphrys and Akron Urban League President/Chief Executive Officer Fred Wright.

Scalise was elected chairwoman of the group.

The land bank will focus on distributing money to communities to tackle the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. A recent survey identified at least 4,870 such properties countywide, with 3,523 of those in Akron.