AKRON

Barbara Mathews event

AKRON: The life of former FirstMerit executive and retired Akron Public Schools teacher and administrator Barbara Mathews will be remembered on the anniversary of her death.

The event for the late Akron resident, “Barbara D. Mathews Her Life, Her Legacy,” will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St.

There will be a silent auction, along with a display of her many awards.

There will also be a presentation of the Ladybug Fund Initiative created in her honor.

Mathews passed away in 2009.

Man gets 8 years for drugs

AKRON: A 24-year-old Akron man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for providing drugs to a woman who died after taking them.

Brian Griffin pleaded guilty Monday in Summit County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and trafficking drugs. Judge Amy Corrigall Jones immediately sentenced him to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors say Griffin sold drugs that contained carfentanil to the victim and her friend on Jan. 12, 2016. They immediately took the drugs in their car.

The victim died, while her friend overdosed but was revived, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

Man acquitted

AKRON: A 66-year-old Akron man was acquitted of snapping his mother’s dog’s neck and threatening to do the same to his mother.

A Summit County jury found James Taylor not guilty Friday of prohibitions concerning companion animals and domestic violence.

Summit County prosecutors claimed Taylor killed the dog in March because it urinated on the floor in his bedroom.

Taylor, however, denied hurting the dog when he talked to officers and during his testimony in the two-day trial in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien’s courtroom.

“The jury worked very hard,” Taylor’s attorney Don Hicks said. “I believe they came to the correct conclusion.”

Jurors told prosecutors they wanted to hear from Taylor’s 96-year-old mother, who was unable to testify because of health problems.

BARBERTON

Kiwanis mugs fundraiser

BARBERTON: Magic City Kiwanis is raising money for children’s and community projects through the sale of Magic Gazebo Mugs.

The mugs, which cost $12, have a black finish that “magically” reveals the Lake Anna Gazebo when hot liquid is added. There are four styles showing each of the four seasons.

The mugs are for sale at Snowball Bookshop, 564 W. Tuscarawas Ave. in downtown Barberton, and will be available during the Mum Fest Sept. 23 and 24.

STARK COUNTY

Malone gets new fields

CANTON: Malone University has received two gifts exceeding $1 million each for construction of Pioneer Park, boasting three sports fields.

The fields will be on property next to state Route 62 owned by the private Christian college.

Plain Township-headquartered commercial real estate developer DeVille Developments donated more than $1.5 million and more than 150,000 cubic feet of soil for the project.

Mike Thompson Sr., chairman and president of Montrose Auto Group in Copley, donated more than $1 million for one of the fields — a baseball field for the Division II Malone Pioneers. It also will serve as a tournament site for Canton area baseball teams.

Pioneer Park also will be home to a summer collegiate baseball team from the Prospect League.

Two of the fields will be used for soccer, lacrosse, softball, and football, as well as intramural, club sports and recreational activities.

Monday, Malone officials gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project.