AKRON

Eight-year sentence

AKRON: A Cleveland man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison after being convicted of heroin trafficking, authorities said.

Gerald Howard, 60, was sentenced in Summit County Common Pleas Court by Judge Tammy O’Brien.

Authorities said Howard has a history of drug-related offenses going back to 1972.

Howard and an accomplice, Harriet R. Caynon, 55, arranged to sell some 200 grams of heroin to an Akron police informant at a restaurant in the Montrose area in November 2010, authorities said.

Police estimated the street value of the drugs at $200,000.

Caynon, who previously was sentenced to three years in prison, had pleaded no contest and was found guilty of heroin trafficking, heroin possession and carrying concealed weapons. She had no previous felony convictions, prosecutors said.

Concert fundraiser

AKRON: The Association will host the first Summer Breeze Fundraiser Festival on Tuesday at Ramada Inn, 20 W. Mill St., in downtown Akron.

The concert will benefit James “Chopper” Veal, who recently was diagnosed with cancer and needs assistance to pay his medical bills.

Performers will include Jay and the Brothers, Ms. Mery White, DJ-Z, Marilyn Rivers and Ladies, Robert Arnold, Micy, the Howard Street Blues Band, DJ Tone Fiasko, the Carson Barnes & Buster Franklin Duet, RAMA, One Man Band Patrick Munford, Funk Masters, Timbo and the Freak and more.

There will also be a hand-dance contest, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $10 or $15 to reserve a table.

For information, call 330-376-6479.

Free lunches

AKRON: Christ Is the Answer Ministries, 379 E. South St., is serving free lunches on weekdays through Aug. 30.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the lunches are available to kids up to age 18. They will be served from 11 a.m. to noon.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunches will be served to guests of any age from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information, call 330-375-1623.

CANTON

Scrap tires cleared

CANTON: The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has cleaned up scrap tires at four Canton-area sites over the past two months.

The EPA removed 31.35 tons of scrap tires along Roberts Avenue, Lincoln Street, East Center Road and Waynesburg Drive. The cost to the agency was $8,320.

The cleanups were among 18 across Ohio that removed nearly 134 tons of tires in 11 counties. The cleanups cost $50,000, which was paid from the fee collected when new tires are purchased.

HOLMES COUNTY

Plane crash-lands

BALTIC: The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two people were hurt when a small plane crash-landed in a field Thursday.

A dispatcher in the sheriff’s office said the victims were in a plane that went down near the village of Baltic, southwest of Sugarcreek.

The dispatcher did not report on the condition of the two victims, who were transported to undisclosed hospitals.

Cleveland television station WEWS said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. just north of Baltic, on Township Road 174 in Clark Township.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Diabetes fundraiser

The American Diabetes Association will host Tour de Cure on Saturday at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 4687 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls.

Tour de Cure is designed for cyclists of all levels with routes ranging from a six-mile family ride to a 64-mile excursion. Routes will feature rest stops with volunteers and food.

The 64-mile route will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a 31-mile route at 8:30 a.m.; a 25-mile route at 9:30 a.m.; and six-, 10- and 15-mile routes at 10 a.m.

A free lunch for all riders, sponsored by Giant Eagle, will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who don’t ride can make a $5 donation to the American Diabetes Association.

A finish line festival will include health and wellness exhibitors, team photo opportunities and entertainment.

For information, go to www.diabetes.org/tour or call 888-DIABETES.

STARK COUNTY

Subsidized housing

CANTON: Five of 42 apartments to be built next to Windham Bridge condominiums in Hartville will be reserved for 20 years for low-income individuals 55 and older.

The provision is part of a contract Stark County commissioners approved Wednesday between the Regional Planning Commission and Freed Housing Corp., the nonprofit housing development arm of Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The five apartments for low-income tenants will be subsidized by $350,000 from the federal government.

Four of the apartments are to be reserved for individuals earning 80 percent or less of the area’s median income. One unit is to be reserved for a tenant with 50 percent or less of the area’s median income.

The entire apartment complex on Market Avenue is to be restricted to residents age 55 and older.

In other business, commissioners said there will be no meeting next week.

Hiking program

PERRY TWP.: The Stark County Park District’s annual Healthy Adventures hiking program gets under way Sunday.

Participants must hike eight of 11 designated trails or participate in different park activities through Oct. 31.

The program rewards participants with a hiking staff or a charm. This year’s charm is Ollie the Owl.

The program is free for Stark County residents and $5 for others.

For the first time, the program shifts to an honor system. People do not have to get forms signed by park staffers after hikes.

For information, call 330-409-8096 or go to www.?starkparks.com.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Contract extended

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, on Wednesday extended a contract with Ohio Prairie Nursery of Hiram Township to maintain a tall-grass prairie at Springfield Bog Metro Park.

The company will be paid up to $25,000 in 2012-13 for chemical and mechanical care of the prairie at the park in Springfield Township. It was involved in planting the 149 acres and caring for the prairie.

The board also agreed to negotiate with Peninsula Architects for design work at a planned nature center at Liberty Park in Twinsburg.

Reopening delayed

AKRON: The Harrington Road bridge over the Tuscarawas River near Firestone Country Club will remain closed until July 27, Summit County Engineer Al Brubaker said Thursday.

The bridge was closed June 18 for what was expected to be 10 days of repairs, but crews found more severe deterioration as work progressed.

Detours are posted.

Motorists can access the Metro Parks entrance from the north.