Gunmen rob man

AKRON: Two gunmen beat and robbed an Akron man returning to his home Friday afternoon, police said.

The man, 26, had just pulled into a driveway on 15th Street Southwest about 1:30 p.m. when two men approached him at gunpoint and demanded money, according to a police report.

At some point, the victim was ordered to the rear of the home, where he was struck with the gun and robbed of a cell phone, police said.

The gunmen fled in a green four-door car.

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

Juveniles arrested

AKRON: Two juveniles were arrested after a Ravenna man was robbed early Sunday in an East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue parking lot, Akron police said.

The 40-year-old man also was hit in the head during the robbery, which happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue, police said. The man was robbed of a wallet and his 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.

He was treated for a head injury.

Later that morning, Akron police officers spotted the stolen car near Linder Avenue and arrested two teens. They were being held in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Four hurt in crash

AKRON: Akron police said a mother and her teenage son were injured in a head-on crash Saturday that followed a spate of gunfire on the city’s west side.

The woman, 44, and her son, 17, are being treated for their injuries at a local hospital.

Two others also were injured in the crash.

The crash happened about 7 p.m. near the 1300 block of Diagonal Road near Superior Avenue when a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer went left of center to pass a 2005 Cadillac Escalade and hit the woman’s Jeep Cherokee. Police said they found two loaded handguns and several spent bullet casings inside the Blazer. Two men inside the Blazer are being treated at an area hospital for what police say are serious injuries.

Lt. Rick Edwards said detectives are trying to determine if the driver of the Blazer was involved in a series of gunshots fired along streets near the crash site. Police said residents around South Hawkins and Slosson avenues reported hearing 10 to 15 gunshots just prior to the crash. No one was injured in the shootings.

The crash and shootings are being investigated. No charges have been filed.

Shots fired at home

AKRON: Akron police said a group of men opened fire early Saturday morning on a Shelby Avenue house.

The shooting took place about 3:30 a.m. when four or five men in a tan van fired several shots into the house, striking several windows and grazing the leg of one man.

The victim was treated at the scene, police said.

Suspects have not been identified.

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

Tour canceled

AKRON: Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, canceled a trolley tour of Glendale Cemetery that she had planned for today. Keith was concerned the tour would be disrupted by bad weather.

Leaf pickup

AKRON: The city began its only round of leaf pickups Monday, starting in Ward 5.

Signs will be posted in wards prior to pickup dates. Residents may use one of their three annual free bulk pickups for leaves if they don’t want to wait until their scheduled pickups.

Weather permitting, the schedule will be: Ward 3, Wednesday; Ward 10, Friday; Ward 6, Nov. 6; Ward 1, Nov. 9; Ward 8, Nov. 14; Ward 4, Nov. 21; Ward 2, Nov. 28; Ward 9, Dec. 1; and Ward 7, Dec. 5.

Residents who want to request a bulk pickup or check on the schedule may call the 311 information line (330-375-2311 from a cell phone) or visit www.akronohio.gov.

Deputy Service Director Ron Williamson said crews will return, as time permits, to earlier wards to pick up leaves that haven’t fallen.

“We’ll get them all,” he said.


Rides to polls

AKRON: The Tri-County Labor Council AFL-CIO will offer rides to the polls for three days starting Friday in advance of the Nov. 6 general election.

Rides are available from the labor office, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway in Akron, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Monday.

For details, call Jan Stottler at 330-253-2111 or Bill Crooks at 330-524-3571.

7th District debate

GAMBIER: Kenyon College will host the only debate in the 7th Congressional District at 7 p.m. today.

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, is facing Joyce Healy-Abrams, a Democrat and small-business owner in Canton, in the Nov. 6 election.

The debate will be in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. It is sponsored by the Kenyon College Center for the Study of American Democracy.

The newly redrawn 7th District vastly differs and includes most of Stark County, which had been in the 16th District.

For more information on the debate, call 740-427-5993.

School levy talk

NORTHFIELD : Groups on each side of the Nordonia Hills school district’s 3-mill levy request appearing on next Tuesday’s ballot will present their views for or against Issue 65 at a Rotary Club of Nordonia luncheon today.

The presentations will begin at noon at Gambitta’s Party Center, 160 E. Aurora Road.

John E. Brachna, chairperson of Citizens for Strong Nordonia Hills Schools, will state his group’s case against voting for the levy. A representative (to be determined) of the pro-levy group Friends of Nordonia Hills Schools will make the case for approval.

Superintendent Joe Clark will attend and will confirm facts on the issue.

The presentation portion of the Rotary Club meeting is free and open to the public.


Begging postponed

Trick-or-treating in Streetsboro and Boston Heights has been postponed from Wednesday evening until Sunday evening.

In a news release Monday morning, Streetsboro Mayor Glenn M. Broska said he made the decision after consulting with the city’s fire chief, police chief and service director. Officials cited concerns over the safety of children.

The village of Boston Heights, through Mayor Bill Goncy and police Chief Joseph A. Varga III, announced a similar decision Monday afternoon.

The new time in both communities will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Also, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets moved its trick-or-treat event being held at participating stores from tonight to 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.


Man killed at work

TALLMADGE: A 48-year-old Akron man was killed Saturday when he was pinned under a pneumatic lift while working on a piece of construction equipment.

Mechanic Dale Vacha died while working at Xtreme Elements, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

A co-worker found Vacha pinned under the pneumatic lift that held the equipment he was working on at about 11:45 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:03 p.m. An investigation is under way.