Flasher in stolen car

AKRON: Akron police say a man exposed himself twice Wednesday while driving through North Hill.

The incidents occurred in the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue and the 500 block of Evans Avenue.

The man was described as white, about 30 years old with a blond beard and mustache. He was driving a light green Dodge Neon with Pennsylvania license plates JGX8501. The car previously was reported stolen, police said.

Subway robbed

AKRON: A gunman robbed a Subway restaurant Tuesday night on North Hill.

The man had a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head when he entered the restaurant at 904 E. Tallmadge Ave. about 9:30 p.m. and showed workers a gun that he had tucked inside his waistband.

“Don’t be stupid,” he told the workers as he ordered one to surrender the store’s cash. The man then fled with an undisclosed sum.

Police said the robber was a black male, 18 to 22 years old. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with white stripes and black pants. He had a tattoo or birthmark under his left eye.

Crash victim named

AKRON: Authorities have identified a 13-year-old boy killed in a tractor-trailer crash Monday night on Interstate 76 near Grant Street in Akron.

The teen was Garrett Bradley Han of Pismo Beach, Calif., the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday.

Han was a passenger in a truck driven by Patrick Owen, 40, of Pismo Beach. Owen, believed to be Han’s father, also was killed in the crash. His name was released earlier in the week.

Owen was driving east on the highway when he failed to notice slowing traffic and hit the back end of another truck, authorities said. He and the boy were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rapist gets life term

AKRON: A former Akron Public Schools teaching assistant pleaded guilty Wednesday in the middle of his Summit County rape trial and was sentenced immediately to life in prison with parole eligibility after serving 10 years, authorities said.

D’Juan Shabazz Shields, 40, of the 1000 block of Jean Street in Akron, pleaded guilty to raping a child under the age of 13 and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

He also was classified as a Tier III sex offender, the most serious category under Ohio law. It requires lifetime registration with address verification at the county sheriff’s office every 90 days.

Prosecutors said Shields, who was a teacher’s assistant at Hyre Middle School, sexually assaulted two young girls in 2011 and 2012.

Neither victim was a student at the school, prosecutors said.

The Summit County trial was handled by visiting Judge Robert Brown, formerly a Common Pleas judge in Stark County.

Ward 2 meeting

AKRON: Councilman Bruce Kilby will host his monthly Ward 2 meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Forest Hill school, 850 Damon St.

A representative from the city’s Community Policing Unit will attend to answer questions.

Bob Fiatal of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will give a presentation titled Save Akron Neighborhoods.

The meeting is open to the public.


Man guilty of rape

AKRON: A Barberton man was convicted in a Summit County jury trial Wednesday on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, domestic violence and intimidation of a crime victim, authorities said.

Kevin B. Swift, 26, of Iowa Place, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 12 by Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher.

On the night of Feb. 20, Swift unexpectedly visited the home of a woman with whom he had several children, prosecutors said.

There was a quarrel. Swift followed the woman upstairs as she was putting her children to bed, then punched and raped her, authorities said.

The victim contacted a friend in New York by email and asked her to get in touch with local police. Police arrived the next morning after receiving a call from the victim’s friend and arrested Swift, who was still at the home.

A second sexual assault occurred at the home before officers arrived, prosecutors said.


Storm closes park

AKRON: Extreme storm damage has closed Nimisilla Park in Canton until further notice.

The storm Tuesday evening caused downed power lines, damaged trees and collapsed a park shelter, the city’s park commission said.

“The park will be closed until park personnel and other safety crews are able to secure the damaged areas and clear all hazardous debris,” Park Commissioner Derek Gordon said in a news release.

Patrons are encouraged to report fallen branches or other damage in any of the system’s parks by calling 330-489-3015.


Dam removal delay

CUYAHOGA FALLS: High water on the Cuyahoga River after heavy rains postponed work Wednesday on removing a dam in Cuyahoga Falls.

The work on the Sheraton Mill Dam near Broad Boulevard was delayed because high water threatens worker safety, officials said.

Workers had been scheduled to begin making cuts in the dam to lower the water level in the pool behind the dam.

The city of Cuyahoga Falls has a $1 million grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to remove two dams to improve water quality in the Cuyahoga River.

The other dam to be removed is the LaFever Powerhouse Dam.

Both dams are slated to be removed by mid-August.


Policies adopted

PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees on Tuesday adopted strict policies on sexual harassment and the use of cellphones and electronic devices.

Under the new guidelines, township employees must report all messages that contain sexual content and are forbidden from downloading nonwork-related content on township-issued phones.

Trustees recently fired Parks Director Todd Alexander over accusations of sexual harassment and misuse of a township cellphone. He was accused of downloading a pornographic video and personal text messages onto his township phone.


Firefighting funds

REMINDERVILLE: Federal money was awarded to the Reminderville Fire Department.

The village will receive a $73,103 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

The grants help first responders purchase protective equipment, vehicles, and gear.


Wild animal plan

CANTON: Stark County has started the process of preparing to respond to any instance in which dangerous wild animals are released.

Commissioners on Wednesday chose nine people to serve on a committee to develop a plan. The group is expected to meet annually.

The effort is required by a state law passed after the 2011 release of 56 wild animals near Zanesville.

The rules are an “overreaction to what happened,” said Timothy Warstler, the county emergency management director. He said citizens who become aware of a dangerous animal should call the police, who are being trained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The response committee still needs a veterinarian and a public health representative.

In other action, commissioners agreed to lease a parking space to the sheriff’s office at the fairgrounds for $5 per year. The space will be used for a travel trailer obtained through drug forfeiture activity. It will serve as an outpost for the sheriff.

Courthouse auction

AKRON: Summit County Probate Court is looking to sell off its antique furniture and framed artwork collectibles today.

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer, who took the bench in January, said her office inherited a surplus of luxury items that range from bronze statues to grandfather clocks. She said proceeds from the sale would help pay for court upgrades, like replacing 20-year-old carpet.

Many of the high-end items were purchased through the GAR Foundation when Probate Court Judge Bill Spicer was in office. He retired after 31 years on the bench.

Stormer wants to return the items to the community.

The auctioneer, Bob Young, of Young’s Auction Service, said more than 120 items are for sale. The items are displayed in the rotunda of the Summit County Common Pleas Courthouse, 209 S. High St., in front of Probate Court on the first floor.

A preview of the items is available at 4 p.m. The actual auction begins at 5 p.m. Pictures can be found at www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionview.cgi?lid=1804232&kwd=&zip=44312&category=0