AKRON

Man robbed of wallet

AKRON: A 22-year-old man was assaulted and robbed of his wallet while walking near the intersection of Sumner and Power streets in Akron about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

Four men, described as 19 or 20 years old, attacked the man and punched him in the face several times. They took his wallet and fled.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene for injuries above his right eye. He then was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital for additional treatment.

A more detailed description of the assailants was not provided.

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

Ward 9 meeting

AKRON: Councilman Mike Freeman will host a ward meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Kenmore Senior Community Center, 880 Kenmore Blvd.

Funding for Oriana

AKRON: City Council on Monday approved a $3.5 million, one-year contract with Oriana House Inc. to provide alternative sentencing programs for the city.

The contract is the same amount as last year, officials said.

The agency provides drunken-driving, drug rehab, work release and other programs.

FIELD SCHOOLS

School locked down

BRIMFIELD TWP.: Field Middle School was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes Monday morning after a threatening word was found written on a girls bathroom wall.

Brimfield police Chief David Oliver said the building was swept for explosives after the word “bomb” was discovered along with several other words about 7:30 a.m.

Oliver said he believes the word was written before students went on spring break last week.

“It looked to me to be a bit old. I think it was written earlier,” he said.

K-9 officer Nitro cleared the building with the help of officers and school staff.

The school was declared safe shortly after 8 a.m., Oliver said.

STATE NEWS

Voting starts

Early voting for the May 6 primary begins today.

Voters may cast ballots in person at elections boards or request a ballot by mail.

Hours for early voting are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays starting today and running through May 2, and 8 a.m. to noon May 3. Elections boards will be open until 9 p.m. Monday because that is the deadline to register or update registrations for the May 6 primary.

The primary includes county, state and federal candidates, local ballot issues and one statewide ballot issue.

SUMMIT COUNTY

No criminal charges

AKRON: The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday that it won’t pursue criminal charges against three political candidates accused of filling out circulator statements after handing out their petitions.

Linda Ferreira and Victoria Pascu-Godwin, who wanted to run for precinct committee seats next month, and David Higgins, who was a Libertarian candidate for the 36th Ohio House District, faced scrutiny from the county elections board over the issue.

State law says statements must be completed before petitions are circulated.

Assistant Prosecutor John Galonski said in a letter to the board that the matter has “been reviewed and no criminal charges will be forthcoming.”

The candidates still are barred from running in the May 6 primary.

WAYNE COUNTY

Hit-skip crash

WOOSTER: Ohio Highway Patrol troopers are seeking the public’s help in gathering information following a hit-skip crash that occurred about 10:25 a.m. Saturday in Wayne County’s Green Township.

The patrol said a vehicle northbound on Applecreek Road failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle westbound on Smucker Road. That vehicle was struck, spun and went off the roadway and into a field.

The fleeing vehicle — possibly a Honda Pilot or Honda CR-V — was teal in color. It should show damage to its left side and a deployed airbag, the patrol said.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call the Wooster Post of the patrol at 330-264-0575.