Woman stabbed

AKRON: A 43-year-old Akron woman was attacked early Tuesday morning by a man who pushed her to the ground and tried to stab her during an attempted robbery, police said.

The woman was treated at Summa Akron City Hospital for scratches and bruises to her neck and abdomen. A suspect had not been identified.

Police interviewed the woman at the hospital, where she was taken by her boyfriend following the early morning attack near Iroquois and Laffer avenues in Goodyear Heights.

The woman said she left a Newton Street bar just after midnight and was walking when the man appeared and demanded money. When she told him she had no cash, the man became angry, pushed her to the ground and struck her several times, police said.

At one point, the man pulled out a knife and tried to stab the woman’s neck and abdomen, police said. She eventually freed herself, and the robber fled.

The woman called her boyfriend for help.

Robbery foiled

AKRON: Akron police detectives were reviewing surveillance video of a man’s attempt to rob a Brittain Road gas station early Tuesday morning.

A 31-year-old Circle K clerk told police the man came to the store’s secured service window about 1:30 a.m., pointed his finger to intimate he was armed and demanded cash. She said the man wore what appeared to be a woman’s fishnet stocking over his face.

The clerk told police she walked away from the window and called 911. She said the would-be robber then walked to a white Pontiac Grand Am and drove away.

A police report shows detectives were receiving a disc containing surveillance footage of the robbery attempt. It might contain images of the robber and his vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Green & Clean Day

AKRON: More than 400 volunteers will take part Friday in the sixth annual Green & Clean Day, the annual spring cleaning event in downtown Akron.

Projects will include painting and refinishing fixtures, landscaping and cleaning. Numerous downtown companies and organizations are participating.

Volunteers will work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with lunch provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event also will include a Green Fair for volunteers, employees and visitors to learn more about environmentally friendly products and services. The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lock 3 Park.

Green & Clean Day is organized by Downtown Akron Partnership in partnership with Akron, Summit County and Keep Akron Beautiful.

For more information, call 330-374-7676.

Kiwanis event

AKRON: Christy Page, president and CEO of the Akron Better Business Bureau, will be the speaker at the monthly Kiwanis luncheon Thursday.

Page has worked for the Better Business Bureau since 2000 and assumed the organization’s top post in January 2012.

The buffet luncheon will begin at noon at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.

Cost is $15.

For reservations, call 330-643-5517 or email Krennard@uwsummit.org.


Town hall meeting

BARBERTON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Akron, will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Barberton Parks and Recreation multipurpose center, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.

Milkovich will answer constituent questions and provide updates related to state legislation.


Land purchased

CANTON: The Canton Service Center will have an additional 44.5 acres to store equipment and dump clean fill from Service Department operations.

The City Council approved the land purchase from Diano Realty Corp. for $436,988 on Monday.

The land is adjacent to both the Service Center on 30th Street Northeast and a water well field on Harrisburg Avenue Northeast.

In a letter to the council, Mayor William J. Healy II said the action would “protect and preserve this critical aquifer” from gas and oil exploration.

The property, between 25th and 30th streets, appraised at $11,000 an acre. The area includes 2.6 acres of dedicated road right-of-way.

Diano donated 5 percent of the value, or $23,000.

Sewer and water funds will pay for the land, which contractors associated with Diano businesses used as a dumping area.

The administration is seeking to buy another 4.1 acres in the same area after the seller supplies additional documents.

Summer jobs

CANTON: Summer jobs for youths are part of a $1.39 million plan to improve the city’s oldest and poorest neighborhoods.

The City Council approved the federally funded project Monday, including $200,000 for a Safe Summer Youth Employment Program.

Other projects include home repair for veterans and others, recreation facilities, facade improvements for businesses, neighborhood cleanups and improvements to sidewalks, street lights and streets.

The project area covers most of the city’s east side and parts of the northwest and southwest sections near downtown.

Money will come from the city Community Development Block Grant. The city received $2.4 million this year.


Power restored

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Many retailers, restaurants and other businesses along Howe Avenue and Main Street were without power for about 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

In all, about 305 customers were affected, said Mike Dougherty, superintendent of the city’s electric department. He did not know if any businesses had to close during the outage.

The cause is “isolated, but we still haven’t found it yet,” he said about 4 p.m. “We’re not sure if it is a transformer or an underground cable.”


Lane to be closed

GREEN: Greensburg Road between Steese and Shriver roads will be reduced to one lane for three or four days beginning today for work on water lines.

Summit County sheriff deputies will direct traffic, city officials said.

Then, beginning Monday, Steese Road at Greensburg Road will be closed for three weeks for work on the intersection. Residents along Steese will have access to their driveways throughout the closure.

The projects are in addition to resurfacing of Greensburg Road from Arlington Road to Shriver that started Monday and is expected to take about 90 days to complete.

For additional information, go to www.cityofgreen.org.


Store evacuated

NORTON: Seven workers at Acme Fresh Market were evacuated early Tuesday after a suspicious package was found on a shelf, police Chief Thad Hete said.

The package was a tube capped at both ends and covered in electrical tape, he said.

A store employee discovered it in the soft-drink aisle, Hete said.

Norton police and the Summit County Bomb Squad responded shortly after midnight.

A robot was sent into the building, which was closed to shoppers at the time. Officers retrieved the tube, which was empty, about 2 a.m.

The store opened for business as usual Tuesday morning.


Poll staff needed

CANTON: The Stark County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for Tuesday’s primary election.

Poll workers are paid $101.50 to $121.50 for working an election and receive paid training. They must have reliable transportation and be available from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cancellations occur daily, and poll workers not immediately assigned are used as positions open.

Anyone interested is asked to sign up at www.boe.co.stark.ohio.us or call 330-451-7010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


District 4 meeting

AKRON: Akron Aeros owner Ken Babby, Akron police Chief James Nice and Beth Thames, deputy director of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, will speak Thursday at the Highland Square town hall meeting.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Highland Square Public Library, 807 W. Market St.

Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale will host office hours at the library from 5 to 6 p.m. before the meeting. His District 4 includes part of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Bath Township.

For more information, call 330-643-2725.