14 years in prison
AKRON: A 23-year-old Akron man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the May shooting death of Devonte Taylor.
Darnell Secession also pleaded guilty to a firearms offense and was given the maximum prison term by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigal Jones.
On May 24, Taylor and Secession got into an argument on the sidewalk in the 600 block of Schiller Avenue near the victim’s apartment.
Prosecutors said Secession pulled a gun and shot Taylor twice.
He was taken to Akron City Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Man sentenced to life
AKRON: A man who pleaded guilty last month in the Dec. 23 stabbing death of an Akron woman was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.
Jacob T. Umana, 38, was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce.
He was given 15 years to life for murder and one year as a repeat violent offender.
He will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 16 years.
Umana, who was homeless at the time of the crime, stabbed Stephanie Junius, 44, with a screwdriver about 11 p.m. Dec. 23.
After neighbors heard a woman yelling for help and alerted Akron police, responding officers found Umana on top of her body in a shed near the 600 block of East Buchtel Avenue.
Court records show Umana had numerous prior convictions, dating back to 1996, for crimes that ranged from misdemeanor trespassing and drug abuse to grand theft, breaking and entering and robbery.
HUDSON: The Hudson Police Department will hold its annual Fill-a-Cruiser campaign Saturday.
A cruiser will be parked in front of Acme Fresh Market, 116 W. Streetsboro St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Officers will collect non-perishable food and cash donations that will benefit the Hudson Food Pantry.
Anti-heroin task force
LAKE TWP.: Trustee John Arnold told those at a township meeting Monday about a task force, “Faces in the Community,” that recently was formed to combat heroin and drug use in the community.
“Too many young people are dying of heroin overdoses. It’s the worst I’ve seen in my 30 years as a funeral director,” he said.
The task force, consisting of law enforcement, school administrators and township officials, will present the program “Gone Too Soon” on Nov. 25. Details have not been finalized.
David Eigel, a petroleum engineer, addressed the board about the proposed Nexus pipeline.
He suggested the board object to the proposed route through Lake Township and suggested a route south of Canton as more appropriate.
Traffic safety day
CANTON: Stark County law enforcement agencies will partner in an “All Out for Traffic Safety” day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
During the initiative, participating agencies will work together to step up enforcement of traffic laws to increase traffic safety awareness and visibility with the goal of reducing traffic-related injuries and deaths.
Officers will pay close attention to speed and seat belt use, two of the major contributors to fatal accidents.
So far this year, there have been 32 fatal crashes in Stark County that killed 34 people.
NORTON: Summit County Children Services will host a free Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Norton Branch Library, 3930 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton.
This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is not required.
For additional information, call 330-379-2055 or visit www.summitkids.org.