Mayflower proposal

AKRON: City Council will hold public hearings Monday on Akron’s proposal to relocate residents at the Mayflower and acquire and renovate the historic downtown building.

The public hearings will be during the Planning Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m. and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m.

Council is considering legislation that would allow the city to apply for a $14 million Department of Housing and Urban Development loan that would be used to pay for the relocation of residents, the acquisition of the building and renovation costs.

Councilman Jeff Fusco said the two messages council members will share with Mayflower residents — mostly low-income, disabled or elderly — will be not to move and that the HUD loan will include funds for consultants to help them find a new place where they want to live. He said the process is expected to take 18 months or longer.

Fusco said the administration has pledged to work with HUD to make sure the relocation is handled correctly.

The city has not decided what will be the Mayflower’s use after the renovation and hopes to attract a private developer to direct the project.


Suicide attempt

BARBERTON: A Barberton man attempted to hang himself from the front of his home during a standoff with police Thursday night.

Authorities said officers were called to a house on Norwood Street about 9 p.m. for a report of a fight involving a knife. As officers arrived, the 45-year-old suspect barricaded himself inside the home.

While officers were awaiting for the SWAT team to arrive, the man opened an upstairs window, climbed out and attempted to hang himself, according to a Barberton police report.

Officers rushed the home and were able to save the suspect. He is being treated at an area hospital.

Police said charges are pending.


Brunch with Turner

AKRON: A brunch with state Sen. Nina Turner, a likely Democratic candidate for secretary of state, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

The event is free, although reservations are required. That deadline is Monday.

For reservations, contact Tara Samples at tara.samples@gmail.com or at 330-289-2779.


Child porn arrest

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A 43-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested after police allegedly found child pornography on his personal computer.

Eric F. McBride was charged with two felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor after detectives executed a search warrant in the 2600 block of Third Street at 8 a.m. today.

Police said they searched the residence after receiving a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task that someone at the address was downloading child pornography.

McBride, who was booked into the Summit County Jail, will be arraigned Monday.

Authorities said a large amount of evidence was collected during the search making further charges possible.


Complaint deadline

AKRON: The Summit County Fiscal Office is reminding taxpayers that Monday is the deadline to file a complaint against property valuations.

The Board of Revision hears complaints from taxpayers who feel their property values are incorrect.

Complaint forms must be signed, dated, notarized and submitted to the fiscal office, Room 302 of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

Complaint forms may be obtained by calling 330-643-2631 or by visiting the fiscal office website at http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and clicking on the “Board of Revision Complaint” link.

When a complaint is filed, the Board of Revision will schedule a hearing, review testimony and issue a decision on whether a correction should be made to the valuation. The board does not hear complaints regarding real estate taxes.

Pornography arrest

AKRON: A 27-year-old New Franklin man was arrested on a charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor Thursday after police said they found a flash drive that belonged to him and contained images of possible child pornography.

Christopher Hill was booked into the Summit County Jail and might face additional charges, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

A representative from Brown Mackey College called Akron police after finding a flash drive left in a computer at the college. Police viewed contents of the flash drive in an attempt to locate its owner and found the potentially offensive images.

When police determined the owner of the flash drive lived outside the city, officers contacted the sheriff’s office.

Sex charges

AKRON: A 66-year-old Springfield Township man is in the Summit County Jail on multiple child sex, domestic violence and felony intimation charges following an investigation township police launched last July.

Bearl Penix, of Griffith Road, remained in jail Friday in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. Police incident reports indicate he was jailed March 22 on warrants following a traffic stop at the intersection of Hilbish Avenue and Lake Road.

Police said the eight-month investigation led to charges of gross sexual imposition of females under age 13 and importuning. Additional warrants for felony intimidation and domestic violence stemmed from a case that originated Jan. 9.

According to police reports, Penix is accused of sexually molesting two children who came forward as detectives sought to corroborate allegations against the suspect.

A male relative, 41, told police Penix threatened to kill one of the girls and himself during a January incident.

Penix has denied making such threats, police said.