AKRON

Worker dies

AKRON: A 59-year-old Columbus man fell to his death Tuesday morning from a bucket truck.

Chris Watterson was putting up metal siding at a business on Emerling Avenue in Akron about 10 a.m. when he reportedly fell about 15 feet from the truck, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday.

Watterson was taken to Akron General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The medical examiner’s office is investigating the incident.

Prison sentence

AKRON: An Akron man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine.

Renardo Darnell Owens, 38, had pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W.Va., to 10 years and 10 months in prison.

According to federal prosecutors, Renardo Owens sold crack cocaine to a police informant in February for $140. The next day, he sold $300 worth of crack to an informant. He also gave the informant $500 worth of crack cocaine with the expectation to be paid later.

Owens’ brother, Retsyn Owens, 42, of Akron, also pleaded guilty to trafficking charges. He will be sentenced next month. Prosecutors say Retsyn Owens accepted money and handed over crack cocaine to an informant during a transaction.

Renardo Owens has a prior conviction in Summit County for possession and trafficking cocaine.

Towpath run

AKRON: The second annual Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.

Registration for the 3.2-mile run begins at 7:30 a.m. at 200 S. Main St.

The race celebrates the completion of the Towpath Trail in Summit County.

Advance registration is $20 and closes Nov. 7. The race-day registration fee is $25.

To register, go to www.?active.com or www.rsracingsystems.com.

Proceeds will benefit the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

For more information, contact Brooke Myers at 330-374-5657 or www.ohioeriecanal.org.

BARBERTON

Upgrades at plant

BARBERTON: City Council has approved a resolution allowing Barberton to enter into a $3.9 million contract with Cold Harbor Building Co. for the rehabilitation of the critical Snyder Avenue pump station and for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

Mayor William Judge said Monday that Barberton has been working with Cold Harbor for several years and the time has come to update the city’s wastewater treatment.

“The wastewater from homes and buildings goes through the sanitary line and must be cleaned,” Judge said. “Some of these waterlines must be pumped uphill, and that is where our three pump stations come in handy.”

Judge said the city always has invested significantly in its wastewater plant. By law, the city must upgrade wastewater treatment to current standards, and the time has come to do so once again.

The money to make improvements comes from a designated water fund and can be used only for projects relating to wastewater, the mayor said.

For more information from Monday’s council meeting, go to http://Barberton.Ohio.com.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Gay Games funding

CLEVELAND: The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation has pledged $100,000 for the 2014 international Gay Games.

Events will be in Cleveland and the Akron area Aug. 9-16.

About one-third of the Gay Games’ expected 10,000 participants will compete in Summit County events.

Those include Firestone Country Club in Akron, a marathon, martial arts at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, track and field at the University of Akron, softball at Firestone Stadium and nearby fields in Akron, and soccer at Copley Road fields in Akron.

Akron Community Foundation committed $35,000 to the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s sponsorship.

The Gay Community Endowment Fund is a philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation.

The fund has contributed more than $183,000 to various programs since its founding in 2001, according to the Akron Community Foundation.

For more information, visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.

The Federation of Gay Games announced in 2009 that Northeast Ohio would be the 2014 site for the worldwide sporting and cultural event.

The other finalists were Boston and Washington, D.C.

The Cleveland Foundation is presenting the 2014 Gay Games.

Athletes do not have to be gay to participate.

The event will feature 30 sports, four cultural events, opening and closing ceremonies at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and community and cultural events throughout the Cleveland and Akron areas.

For additional details about the 2014 Gay Games, go to: http://www.gg9cle.com.

STARK COUNTY

Renovations tallied

CANTON: Remodeling the ?Cohen-Joliet building on Regent Avenue Northeast for the Stark County Board of Elections is expected to cost $880,000.

Money will come from the county’s permanent improvement fund.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved plans and specifications for the work, which is to include a flagpole, dedication plaque and an estimated $30,000 worth of asbestos removal.

Work is expected to be finished by May, but not soon enough for the primary election to be managed there, Commissioner Thomas Bernabei said.

In other action, commissioners approved the issuance of ?$6 million worth of tax-free bonds for expansion by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio Inc.

Work will include expansion of the store at 12501 W. State St., Lexington Township, and another store in Lake County’s Painesville Township.

The Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority will issue the bonds in cooperation with the Stark County Port Authority.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Spree extended

AKRON: The 50th annual Fall Hiking Spree is not ending Nov. 30.

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, has announced that the popular fall hiking program will be extended for the first time to Dec. 15.

The reason: the federal government shutdown.

“Our parks remained open during the shutdown,” said spokesman Nate Eppink. “But we received hundreds of calls and questions from people who thought they were closed. Some were worried about finishing the spree.

“We don’t want the hiking spree purists to think of the extra time as cheating,” he said. “It’s an anniversary year gift.”

For additional information, call 330-865-8065 or go to www.summitmetroparks.org.