Mother sentenced

AKRON: An Akron mother who left her 3-year-old child in the middle of West Waterloo Road and later injured a man in a traffic accident was sentenced to four years in prison Friday by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan.

A jury found Melissa D. Swiger, 33, guilty of aggravated vehicular assault, failure to stop at an accident, operating under the influence and child endangering.

Prosecutors said that on Aug. 23, Swiger set her child on the road and drove away. A passer-by picked up the child and called 911. About 15 minutes later, Swiger crossed a double yellow line on South Main Street and crashed into a truck.

The truck’s driver now uses as wheelchair.

Swiger ran from the scene to a cemetery, where Summit County sheriff’s deputies found her, prosecutors said.

Anti-crime program

AKRON: The city is looking for more PeaceMakers.

The youth civic/anti-crime program promotes positive lifestyles for teens.

Two orientations will be offered this summer to students entering grades 9-12: July 24-27 and Aug. 7-10. Classes will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch provided.

The new PeaceMakers will take part in events later in the summer.

The deadline is a week before each orientation. Applications are available at www.akronpeacemakers.org. Requests also can be made to Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 or Billy Soule at 330-375-2660.

Visitor center open

AKRON: The visitor center at the Seiberling Nature Realm, at 1828 Smith Road, will be open July 4.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.


Public meeting

NORTON: City officials have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed widening of Cleveland-Massillon Road.

The meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. July 25, will be held at the Community Center, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

The project would widen about 1.7 miles of the road from Shannon Avenue to the Interstate 76 interchange.

Representatives from the design consultant GPD Group will attend.

Written comments may be submitted until Aug. 10. Send to: Dave White, Municipal Engineer, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH 44203.


Roegner in Stow

State Rep. Kristina Roegner. R-Hudson, will hold district office hours from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road.

No appointments are necessary.

Roegner also can be contacted through her Columbus office at 614-466-1177.


Trail construction

TALLMADGE: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will break ground Tuesday on the new Freedom Trail from Akron through Tallmadge to Kent.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at East Avenue and Erie Road.

The park district has awarded a $1,137,440 contract to Kenmore Construction Co. of Akron for the first leg of the trail, which will run along an old rail line for 4.25 miles from Middlebury Road at the Kent-Tallmadge border to Southwest Avenue in Tallmadge.

The project calls for one bridge, six street crossings and some retaining walls. That work is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15.

Plans call for extending the trail to Akron’s Northside Station. Its total length, when completed, will be 8.5 miles.

The park district has been awarded a $700,000 federal grant to help build the trail.


Mountain of a fight

WASHINGTON: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, has introduced legislation to rename North America’s tallest peak from Mount McKinley to Mount Denali.

This is the latest in a decades-long battle over the name of the mountain, widely referred to as Denali by Alaskans. For years, members of Ohio’s congressional delegation have filed measures to retain the name of Mount McKinley. One such measure is pending.

Ohio is the birthplace of President William McKinley. His museum and presidential library are in Canton, and long-time U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula, a Republican from nearby Navarre, worked for decades to keep the Mount McKinley name.

Murkowski, R-Alaska, says opponents can continue to refer to the peak as Mount McKinley. She says the bill would create the “technically correct” term for what is an Alaska landmark.