Protests planned

AKRON: Akron is the latest of numerous cities across the country where protests will be held to show support for the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager fatally shot last month in Florida.

Janice Davis, who ran for Akron mayor last year, organized a peaceful and silent stand in front of Akron City Hall before Monday’s council meeting that featured a group of young children. Davis said government leaders must “understand that we need a change in the criminal justice system.”

The Akron chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host a rally at 5:30 p.m. today at 1525 Hawkins Plaza near Henry’s Acme in the parking lot to show solidarity for the Martin family.

The Feb. 26 shooting death of Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch captain has led to protests, racial tensions and a federal investigation.

Ward meetings

AKRON: Two Akron councilmen will hold ward meetings this week.

Donnie Kammer, the Ward 7 councilman, will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. Community-oriented policing officers will discuss home and personal security and crime prevention tips.

Bruce Kilby, the Ward 2 councilman, will have a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Forest Hill Community Learning Center, 850 Damon St. Members of the Akron Police Department’s methamphetamine team will discuss the city’s meth problem.


Budget passed

BARBERTON: City council adopted the city’s operating and capital budget for 2012 Monday night.

The total budget for the year is $42 million. This year’s budget is a 1.3 percent increase over last year, an additional $546,000.


Safety Town forms

BATH TWP.: Registration is now under way for Bath Safety Town, the annual five-day, no-cost program that instructs kindergarten-aged children on safety matters.

Safety Town will take place June 18 to 22 at Bath Elementary School. Participants must be Bath Township residents or reside within the Revere school district or attend Old Trail School.

Registration forms are available at the Bath Administration Building or at www.bathtownship.org through the Police Department link. Registration is ongoing through June 1.

For more details, call Lori Nash at 330-666-3736.


Blight found

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced on Monday the discovery of boxwood blight at a nursery in Lake County.

The blight is a plant disease caused by a fungus that threatens the health of boxwood plants. It causes the plants to lose leaves.

The discovery is the first detection of the blight in Ohio. It was first discovered in the United States last October in North Carolina. Ohio is the 10th state to identify the plant disease. Ohio found the blight at the Red Mill Farm of Losely Nursery in Perry.

The infected plants were destroyed and shipments of boxwood plants from the Lake County nursery have been restricted.


Serious crash

COPLEY TWP.: Authorities say alcohol appears to have been a factor in an early Sunday morning crash that injured seven people in Copley Township.

The State Highway Patrol said two of the victims were standing outside of their stopped vehicle when it was struck at 3:11 a.m. on Interstate 77 near state Route 21.

The patrol said a black 2001 Ford Expedition, driven by Olicia Rivers, 33, of Akron, drove off the right side of the road, hitting a gray 1998 Dodge Durango that was pulled over on the berm. The Durango was occupied by Darnell Harris, 49, of Youngstown, and passenger Elaine Edwards, 48, also of Youngstown.

The Durango then hit a red 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that was stopped in front of it on the berm. Gregory Lockett, 51, of Akron, and his passenger, Darmiece Washington, 38, of Akron, were standing at the rear of the Cruze when the vehicles collided. The impact caused the Durango to roll onto its side.

Lockett and Washington were taken to Akron General Medical Center with serious injuries. Harris and Edwards were treated at Akron General.

Two other occupants of the Cruze, Rita Perry, 52, and Rob Clemens, 49, both of Akron, suffered minor injuries.

Rivers was taken to Akron General’s Health and Wellness Center West with undetermined injuries.

Rivers is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, said Lt. William Weirtz.