Beacon’s holiday hours
AKRON: The Beacon Journal Customer Service Call Center will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 4. Regular hours of operation of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, July 5.
The Public Service Counter inside the Beacon Journal is closed on weekends, and will be closed Monday, July 4. Regular hours of operation of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, July 5.
One dead in hit-skip crash
CANTON: A Canton man was killed in a hit-skip crash early Thursday in Canton.
Dead is Christian A. Thornton, 24, the Ohio Highway Patrol reported.
The accident occurred at 1:47 a.m. at the intersection of Market Avenue North and 30th Street.
Thornton was crossing Market Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. He died later at Mercy Medical Center.
The Highway Patrol post is asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the Canton post at 330-433-6200.
Teen exploiter sentenced
CLEVELAND: A 24-year-old Knoxville man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday in federal court in Cleveland for traveling from Tennessee to Ohio to sexually exploit a 14-year-old Massillon girl.
David K. Turner pleaded guilty last year to charges of sexually exploiting a minor, distributing a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, coercing and enticing a minor and traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said in a news release that Turner enticed the teen to perform sex acts on camera and then planned to take her across the country “in the hope of further exploiting her.”
“If not for the timely intervention of local law enforcement, a greater tragedy would almost certainly have occurred,” Rendon said.
The Canton and Massillon police departments and FBI’s Canton office investigated.
Celebration to close roads
HUDSON: Several area roads will be closed as part of the city’s Independence Day Celebration at Barlow Farm Park on Saturday.
Events will run from 5 p.m. until the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Terex Road will close at Darrow Road; Ogilby will be closed at Barlow Road; and Barlow Road will be closed to west of the Little Tikes entrance. Barlow will be closed at Stow Road to through traffic.
At 7 p.m., Barlow Road will close at Darrow Road near CVS, and the remainder of Barlow Road will close at Stow Road.
Parking is available at Little Tikes, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts and Oak Grove Park. Those with valid handicapped placards must enter from Stow Road and will be directed to the appropriated handicapped lot.
Shuttle buses will run in a continuous loop from Jo-Ann Fabric’s parking area to Barlow Farm Park from 4:45 to 9:30 p.m.
Barlow Farm will be closed to park patrons from Friday through Monday, reopening on Tuesday, July 5.
Portage Lakes car show
NEW FRANKLIN: Craftsmen Park will holds its first Charity Car Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. .
There will also be raffles and door prizes at the event, DJ music, and face painting and activities for youngsters. A pancake breakfast will be from 8-11 a.m., and general concessions will be available noon to 4 p.m.
Craftsmen is at 4450 Rex Lake Drive.
Proceeds will benefit the Craftsmen Park Relief Fund, which seeks to pay off a past-due tax debt.
The car entry fee is $10; spectator admission is free.
For more information on the show and how to donate to the relief fund, visit www.craftsmenpark.com.
To raise money, the park will also be selling parking spaces for the lake’s annual fireworks show, this year at dusk on Saturday.
The park has picnic areas, and there will be concessions beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Man charged in drug death
MEDINA: A Cleveland man faces charges of providing heroin to a Wadsworth woman who died of a heroin overdose in December 2014.
Michael J. Swank, 36, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, aggravated drug trafficking and heroin trafficking in Medina County Common Pleas Court.
Swank was indicted in January, but was arrested mid-June in Florida. He’s being held at the Medina County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
According to police reports, 29-year-old Ashley Cumberledge died of a heroin overdose on Dec. 12, 2014. Swank was among a number of people at the Wadsworth home where Cumberledge died.
After a yearlong investigation, police reported that they determined Swank provided the heroin to Cumberledge.
Summer electric bill help
SUMMIT COUNTY: Akron Summit Community Action Inc.’s 2016 Summer Crisis Program to help income-eligible county residents pay for part of their electric bills to keep the air on is available now through Aug. 31.
The program assists low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that provide medical documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a member’s health.
Households may receive assistance one time during the program.
Eligible households receive up to $300 to pay an electric bill, or up to $500 for customers of unregulated utilities, such as those in Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson.
To be eligible, households must have gross annual income at or below 175 percent of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, a family of two must make $27,877.50 or below annually, a family of four, $42,437.50 or below.
Eligible residents can schedule an appointment at 866-504-7400.
Safety Town event planned
STOW: A summer Safety Town event for youngsters with developmental disabilities is accepting registrations through July 20.
Safety Town Stars, to be held July 25-28, teaches students topics such as fire safety, safety belts, pedestrian safety, stranger awareness and more.
Participants do not need to be from Stow.
The event will be held 9 a.m. to noon each day at Stow Safety Building, 3800 Darrow Road.
Registration is mail-in only, at a cost of $40 per child. To download a copy of the registration form, go to http://stowohio.org/youth-services-2/ and scroll to the bottom of the page to the Safety Town Stars section. Or pick up a form at the Stow Police Department.