AKRON

Two people shot

A Cuyahoga Falls couple was shot early Thursday in what police believe was a drug deal that turned violent.

A woman, 52, and a man, 47, were wounded about 2 a.m. in a parking lot off Berwin Street in North Akron. They drove themselves to nearby Summa St. Thomas Hospital for treatment.

Police interviewed the two at the hospital. They told officers they happened to find a cell phone outside a North Main Street bar. The phone owner eventually called and arranged to recover the phone in exchange for $20, the couple said.

When the victims came to Berwin Street, the owner said he didn’t have $20. The couple then tried to drive away with the phone and the man opened fire.

Police Lt. Rick Edwards said detectives were investigating the couple’s account of the shooting and believe the meeting was related to the sale of crack cocaine.

No charges have been filed.

Robber ties woman

AKRON: An Akron woman was confronted in her kitchen by an armed intruder who tied her up with electrical cords and robbed her Wednesday afternoon.

The Coventry Street woman, 39, eventually freed herself and ran to a neighbor’s home. She was not injured.

The intruder has not been identified.

The woman said she was preparing lunch about 1 p.m. when a man forced open a door, tied her up and took her to a bedroom, where he threatened to kill her.

The man then took her wallet, cell phone and the keys to her 2001 Ford Explorer.

The turquoise SUV, with license plate EQK 1214, has not been recovered, police said.

Police said the burglar was black and in his early 30s. He had a buzz haircut, silver-rimmed eyeglasses and a gray and light blue jacket.

Beer theft thwarted

AKRON: An Akron man is accused of using a sledgehammer to break through a concrete wall of a store in an effort to get “the rest of that beer.”

Christopher Watts, 45, was dumbfounded when officers told him he was being charged with breaking and entering when he was arrested Thursday morning outside an East Avenue store, according to a police report.

“How can I be charged with breaking and entering? I didn’t even get in yet,” he reportedly told the officers.

Police said Watts was still pounding a sledgehammer to open a large hole outside the Marathon store at 2115 East Ave. when they arrived about 2 a.m. Officers recovered two sledgehammers, a chisel, pliers and several trash bags.

Watts was arrested without a fight and declined to speak to officers. However, at one point, he said the business needed “to have a drive-up window,” the report shows.

When the owner arrived to survey the damage, Watts said to officers: “I told him I was gonna come back for the rest of that beer.”

Watts also was charged with vandalism and possession of criminal tools. He was being held in the Summit County Jail.

COPLEY TOWNSHIP

Fatal fire in home

COPLEY TWP.: The body of a Copley Township man was found Thursday morning inside a burning home, authorities said.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, had not been identified. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office planned to perform an autopsy today.

Copley police Chief Michael Mier said firefighters and police were at the Earhart Avenue home for several hours after responding shortly after 11 a.m. The house, which sits far off Earhart near Copley Road, was engulfed in flames.

Mier said the fire caused significant damage to the home.

Mier said foul play is neither suspected nor ruled out.

“We don’t know at this time,” he said. “As you can imagine, heavy fire does a lot of damage, so it’s going to take a lot of time to go through everything.”

One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

PLAIN SCHOOLS

Board adopts plan

PLAIN TWP.: The Plain Local Board of Education approved appropriations of nearly $61 million for the 2012-13 school year at its meeting Wednesday.

Treasurer Kathy Jordan said the district would lose more than $914,000 a year in local property taxes because of Stark County reappraisals, in addition to losing more than $4 million in state funding during the current biennium.

Because of this loss in revenue, a $2 million reduction plan has been implemented for the 2012-13 school year.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Asleep at wheel

BRIMFIELD TWP.: A Kent man was arrested after passing out at a traffic light on state Route 43, where dozens of officers were stationed to secure the road for President Barack Obama’s motorcade Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

It was the seventh drunken- driving arrest since 1992 for Timothy W. Mullins, 39, police said.

Brimfield police Chief David Oliver said a motorist called the department about 4 p.m. to report an unconscious driver stopped on the northbound lanes of Route 43 at Old Forge Road.

Patrolman Lee Allen found the driver. He said Mullins’ 2003 Ford was still in drive and the man’s foot was on the brake when the officer roused him from his sleep.

Allen said Mullins smelled of alcohol and had three partially burned marijuana cigarettes in his car.

Oliver said there were more than 50 officers from his department, Kent’s and Ravenna’s, as well as State Highway Patrol troopers in the area of Route 43 in preparation for Obama’s visit to Kent State University.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Fundraising gala

AKRON: Weathervane Community Playhouse will host its annual fundraising gala, IªWP, on Saturday.

Steven P. Schmidt, an executive with Summa Health System in Akron and longtime supporter of Weathervane, will be honored at the gala.

The event, at 1301 Weathervane Lane, will include a patron party at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7, live and silent auctions and live entertainment.

Tickets are $175 for Amorous Patrons and $125 for Loving Admirers.

Tickets and auction items can be found at www.?weathervaneplayhouse.com. To order tickets by phone, call 330-836-2626.