AKRON

Murder suspect held

AKRON: Police arrested an Akron man who authorities say fled a fatal stabbing early Sunday on a bicycle.

Rudolph Valentino Ammons III, 29, of South Arlington Street, was apprehended about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of East Buchtel Avenue.

Ammons was charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault.

Anthony Hargrove, 30, was found on a bench outside Summa Akron City Hospital about 1 a.m. He was taken inside and pronounced dead, police Lt. Rick Edwards said.

An autopsy showed Hargrove died of a stab wound to the torso.

A witness told police that two men were fighting near the parking lot of a CVS store across the street from the hospital.

Police released a video Tuesday of a suspect who fled the area on a bicycle after the stabbing.

BARBERTON

Funds for demolition

BARBERTON: The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at its regular meeting Tuesday to allow Mayor William Judge to apply to the Barberton Community Foundation for $500,000 to make the city eligible for matching funds from the Ohio attorney general’s Moving Forward program.

The program allows vacant, foreclosed, abandoned and blighted homes in designated areas of a city to be demolished.

Judge said the program runs for 18 months and the funds would be matched dollar for dollar.

In a memo to the council, he said he anticipates Barberton would demolish up to 200 homes within that time.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Police force in limbo

LAKE TWP.: About 50 people crowded into the Lake Township hall for a trustees meeting Tuesday night to discuss the pros and cons of a township police department.

During the public speaks portion of the meeting, residents rehashed the recent Ohio Supreme Court decision that nullified the results of the police levy residents approved in November.

Some spoke in favor of a Lake Township Police Department, while others spoke against expanded police services.

Stark County sheriff’s Deputy Michael McDonald told the board that the Sheriff’s Office wants to discuss providing enhanced services to Lake Township residents. He presented a proposal for the service.

Trustees said they will investigate all options before making a decision about placing a police levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

MUNROE FALLS

Meth lab suspected

MUNROE FALLS: Munroe Falls police and the Summit County Drug Unit raided what they believe was a meth lab Wednesday in the 400 block of North River Road.

Authorities said they found two methamphetamine labs in the basement of the home.

Numerous items used in the manufacture of the drug, along with several firearms, were taken from the home.

Melinda Sue Hinzman, 38, and Christopher J. Rowe, 42, were charged with the illegal manufacturing of drugs and the illegal assembly of chemicals for manufacturing drugs.

NORTH CANTON

Levy planned in fall

NORTH CANTON: The City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 6:45 p.m. Monday to approve putting a five-year, 1.5-mill renewal levy for emergency medical services on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The current 1.5-mill EMS levy will expire in December and must be renewed every two years. It yields $683,000 annually for the EMS budget of $1.9 million.

The new levy would not increase taxes from their present cost of $39 for each $100,000 of property valuation.

NORTH CANTON SCHOOLS

Official’s salary set

NORTH CANTON: Michael Hartenstein, who on Tuesday was hired as superintendent of North Canton schools, will be paid a base salary of $125,000, according to the Stark County Education Service Center.

His total annual compensation will be $149,295, which includes retirement pickup, stipends and other benefits.

The board on Tuesday also approved Tom Oakes and Henry “Bud” Householder as associate principals at Hoover High School.

Oakes has been a math teacher and middle school athletic director in the district.

Householder has been an administrator for Louisville schools.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Man shot to death

FREEDOM TWP.: A Portage County man is dead and authorities say they have a suspect.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said officers were called to a home in the 6400 block of Vair Road in Freedom Township at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday on a report of shots fired.

Timothy R. McAtee, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds.

Doak said a suspect has been identified. He said details will be released later.

Food mart robbed

STREETSBORO: Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store Tuesday night.

Authorities said he walked into Sammy’s Food Mart, 9418 State Route 43, at 10:19 p.m. and showed a knife to the clerk. He was wearing a black ski mask, dark blue or purple long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Police said he was white and stood about 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

He fled toward Cecil Drive with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-626-4976.

STARK COUNTY

Sewer work funded

CANTON: Stark County commissioners decided Wednesday to advance a project meant to prevent household waste from flowing into a reservoir that supplies water to Alliance.

Commissioners approved plans for a $3.3 million project to build sewer lines, a pump station and a sewage treatment plant in the unincorporated village at the center of Marlboro Township. They also declared the project necessary to protect the public health and welfare.

Fewer than 100 homes are to be served by the system, which would prevent contaminants from failed septic systems from flowing into Walborn Reservoir.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will pay nearly $2 million for the sewer lines, pump station and treatment plant. The county will contribute $729,958 from its federal Community Development Block Grant to pay for storm sewers. The Stark County Metropolitan Sewer District will contribute $625,173 that would otherwise be assessed to property owners.

A public hearing about the project will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 27 at Marlboro Elementary, 8131 Edison St. NE.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Killer gets life term

AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for murder and two counts of aggravated robbery in the August shooting death of Kim Slayko, 33, of Cuyahoga Falls,.

Chad Stephens, 22, of Baird Street, will not be eligible for a parole hearing until he serves at least 23 years, prosecutors said.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands sentenced Stephens after a jury convicted him of the offenses earlier this month.

Prosecutors said the aggravated robbery convictions involved two separate incidents.

On Aug. 23, Stephens set up a meeting to sell the painkiller drug Opana to a man at an Akron gas station. When the victim arrived, he was robbed of several hundred dollars by an accomplice of Stephens, prosecutors said.

Eight days later, after a series of phone calls between Stephens and Slayko, Stephens set up a meeting to sell him the painkiller.

When Slayko arrived at the meeting spot in the 900 block of Baughman Street, he was shot in the abdomen in the backyard of a home. He died that night at Akron General Medical Center.

War of 1812 rites

HUDSON: A commemoration of the War of 1812 will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St.

The public event will recognize and honor 62 Hudson men who served in the war and will feature Eric Johnson, War of 1812 historian and officer in the Society of the War of 1812 in Ohio.

Following the presentation at 11 a.m. there will be a grave marking ceremony at Markillie Cemetery, 410 N. Main St., followed by a presentation to descendants of the soldiers and a luncheon.

The lunch will be served at Hudson Country Club, 2155 Middleton Road. The $20 cost per person must be paid in advance. Reservations can be made by email to historical.society@hudson.lib.oh.us or mailed to HGSG, 96 Library St., Hudson, OH 44236.

For information, call 330-653-6658, ext. 1043.