AKRON

Instagram robbery

AKRON: A 19-year-old Akron man arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes on Instagram, only to have the shoes taken by an armed trio late Wednesday, Akron police said.

The victim and a friend drove to Orlando Avenue and Slosson Street to meet the potential buyer.

They were approached by three black men, one of whom pulled a silver revolver from his hooded sweatshirt, police said. The suspects took the shoes and ran toward Lawton Street.

Police said the suspects are 17 to 21 years old.

The first is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was wearing a black North Face hooded sweatshirt and goes by the name Eric or Aaron. He was armed with a silver handgun.

The second is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

The third was wearing a gray-and-red hooded sweatshirt, a dark colored skull cap and headphones.

Anyone with information about the aggravated robbery is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

COPLEY TOWNSHIP

Ramp change

COPLEY TWP: Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 77 will encounter a new exit ramp onto state Route 18 eastbound beginning Monday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is splitting the ramp as it enters the Montrose shopping area.

A new section will dead-end into a stop sign at Route 18 and allow motorists to turn right to access the northern section of Springside Drive.

The existing ramp will remain open and allow access to the southern section of Springside and Route 18 eastbound.

The work is part of a $7.7 million project to widen Route 18 between Hametown Road and I-77, and to resurface Rout 18/East Market Street between I-77 and the Akron city limit.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October 2016.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Police: Black Friday quiet

It was very quiet with no problems reported as shoppers celebrated Black Friday.

Police dispatchers in Akron, Fairlawn and Copley, Bath and Jackson townships reported no problem early Friday or overnight.

Traffic cameras on expressways near major shopping areas showed light traffic in late morning. Those included state Route 18 and Whipple Avenue interchanges on I-77 and the Howe Avenue exit from state Route 8.

STATE NEWS

Habitat awards

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Development Services Agency has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Ohio a grant to construct or rehabilitate 20 single-family homes across the state.

The $200,000 grant, provided through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, was announced this week.

The grant will be divided among 14 regional Habitat for Humanity affiliates, including the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties and Habitat for Humanity of Summit County.

Holiday liquors

COLUMBUS: The state says itís taken extra steps to stock widely varied brands and packaging at state liquor stores for the holidays.

The Ohio Department of Commerceís Division of Liquor Control said in a release Wednesday that 57 holiday gift packs totaling almost 23,000 cases of different types and brands of spirituous liquor have been specially selected for holiday sale at Ohioís 466 contract liquor agencies. Thatís in addition to the 2,800 items listed for sale at the stores year-round.

Gift packs can include items besides liquor such as collectible glasses, flasks or decanters.