AKRON: The city has revised its leaf pickup schedule.
“We have been working as fast as possible but are running two to three days behind,” said Public Service Director Rick Merolla. “Currently our crews are picking up leaves in Ward 8 and 4. We are anticipating completion of Ward 8 and 4 by the end of this week.”
Merolla said the delay was caused by leaves dropping earlier than normal because of the dry summer and the wind and rain from Superstorm Sandy.
He said the volume of leaves is up about 22 percent from last year.
He said crews also have been hampered by the week-long rains from the tropical storm and icy conditions over the past weekend.
The new starting dates for the rest of the pickups are:
• Ward 2: Friday.
• Ward 9: Tuesday, Dec. 4.
• Ward 7: Friday, Dec. 7.
Residents with questions can call the city’s information line at 311 (from a land line) or 330-375-2311.
AKRON: A man delivering pizzas was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning, police said.
The driver for Papa John’s Pizza told police that two men approached him about 1:45 a.m. while he was attempting to deliver food in the 700 block of Alicia Walk.
Police say the driver threw a $20 bill in the air, dropped the pizzas and ran for his car.
The robbers took the bill and pizzas and fled.
The robbers are two black males in their late teens, police said.
One wore a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The second robber wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.
AKRON: A Canton man was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old girl over a two-year period, authorities said.
Larry W. Johnson, 55, of 10th Street NW in Canton, pleaded guilty last month to rape and gross sexual imposition.
Prosecutors said the offenses occurred from 2008 to 2010.
The sentence included a one-year term for a probation violation.
Johnson was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker.
AKRON: The U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering rewards for information that helps law enforcement locate two Akron homicide suspects.
Dontay Taylor, 22, is wanted in connection with the July shooting death of Rahsaan Price, 38, of Akron.
Police said Taylor was ejected from the Embassy Lounge at 2200 Romig Road and then fired shots into the nightclub, killing Price and injuring two others.
In a second unrelated case, Lavaile Thomas Jr., 25, of Akron, is wanted in connection with the Nov. 19 shooting death of Deshawn Robinson, 23. Robinson was parked in a car on East Avenue when he was shot.
Thomas’ suspected accomplice, Dierre Laneal Robinson, 23, of Hillwood Avenue, surrendered to police Monday.
Anyone who has information concerning the location of these fugitives is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490 or the task force at 866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and your tip to 847411.
Tipsters may remain anonymous, and cash rewards are available for information leading to the arrest of any of these fugitives.
Ward 2, 8 events
AKRON: Two Akron council members will host events in the next two weeks.
Bruce Kilby, Ward 2, will conduct a ward meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Forest Hill Community Learning Center, 850 Damon St. A community-oriented policing officer will speak.
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8, along with West Akron Kiwanis, will eat lunch with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Northwest Akron Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.
Tickets are $1 per person for the first 200 attending and can be purchased in advance at the community center.
Those who attend can have their pictures taken with Santa during the lunch.
Child sex charges
BRIMFIELD TWP.: A Brimfield Township man is charged with multiple sex offenses involving an 11-year-old girl.
Eric Hicks, 25, was arrested Tuesday on two counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition.
He was being held in the Portage County Justice Center pending an initial court hearing.
According to Brimfield police Chief David Oliver, detectives were contacted about potential sexual abuse taking place at Hicks’ home.
Oliver said Hicks has made admissions about the allegations of sexual assault against the girl.
CANTON: Sunbelt Rentals will move an equipment rental store into the space occupied by Fulton Lumber’s warehouse.
City Council unanimously approved changing the zoning of the property at 2610 Harrison Ave. NW on Monday from planned light industrial to planned special business.
Neighboring property owners George Kramer, of 25th Street Northwest, and Joseph Cusma, who owns an adjacent shopping center, spoke in favor of the change.
Homes on 25th Street are well-buffered from the Fulton Lumber property by a fence and trees, making the business barely visible from his home, Kramer said.
Cusma said the business will bring jobs to the city.
Opposing the change were Martin and Marcia Zawacky, who live north of Fulton Lumber on Harrison Avenue.
She said the rental business will not make the area more attractive to home buyers. She is president of the Harrison Hills Neighborhood Association.
LAKE TWP.: Looking ahead to winter, trustees on Monday authorized the purchase of snow tires for Uniontown Police Department patrol cars.
The tires will be purchased for the 11 cars from Uniontown Tire Co. at a total cost of $5,100.
•?Approved their annual “Shop with a Cop” program, scheduled to take place Dec. 15.
•?Accepted the bid of Northstar Asphalt Co. to pave the township’s new recycle center on Midway Avenue at a total cost of $97,269. The center is expected to open in January.
•?Accepted the resignation of Holli Webb from the Uniontown Police Department. She has accepted a full-time position with the North Canton Police Department.
MEDINA: A Medina man is in custody after authorities say child pornography was found on his computer.
James M. McByrne Jr., 37, of South Court Street, has been charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Medina police detectives executed a search warrant Monday at the home and seized computer equipment, which was examined by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“We make the resolution of this kind of case a top priority,” said police Chief Patrick Berarducci in a statement. “This was a great job by our detectives and their partners, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”
Authorities say additional charges could be filed when the case is presented to the Medina County grand jury.
Medina police credit the state task force for providing “valuable information and support” in the investigation.
McByrne made his initial appearance in Medina Municipal Court on Tuesday, and his bond was set at $50,000. He is currently in the Medina County Jail.
AKRON: The Summit County Board of Elections certified the results of the Nov. 6 election Tuesday, and the one close race wasn’t close enough to require a recount.
A charter issue in Green picked up enough provisional votes to win by a large enough margin — 85 votes — that a recount wasn’t triggered.
The board must do a recount when the vote is separated by less than one-half of 1 percent.
The charter issue would allow Green to choose from a larger group of job candidates for civil service positions, rather than only considering the top performers.
The unofficial vote count had Issue 15 passing by 48 votes.
The official vote count includes provisional votes and absentee ballots received after the election but within the permissible time period.