AKRON


Driver robbed


AKRON: A man sitting in his parked van was shot and robbed of $1,000 and his vehicle during a confrontation Thursday night in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.


The man, 32, was treated at Akron City Hospital for a gunshot wound in his arm.


He told police he was parked in the 900 block of Wall Street when two men approached. One of the men drew a pistol and demanded the victim’s money. They then ordered the man out his van and fired a single shot before driving away in the 2001 Chevrolet Venture.


The van has not been recovered. Police say the robbers are two black men in their early 20s. One was short and thin with black braided hair and dark clothing. There was no detailed description of the second man.


Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips may be left via the Internet at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.


 


Pedestrian shot


AKRON: A man was shot early Friday during a robbery on Akron’s west side, police said.


The man, 48, was being treated at Akron General Medical Center for a bullet wound in his shoulder.


Police say the man was walking home on South Hawkins Avenue near Thurston Street about 5 a.m. when a silver SUV, possibly a Lincoln Navigator, stopped near him and four men exited.


During a struggle, one man fired a shot, injuring the victim. The group then drove away.


Police could not provide a detailed description of the group.


 


City earns honor


AKRON: The Arbor Day Foundation has again named Akron a Tree City USA community for its support of urban forestry.


This is the 17th year Akron has earned this national honor from the foundation, which is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.


“We all benefit when communities like Akron place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.


Tree City communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.


 


Ward 4 meeting


AKRON: Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.


Assistant Law Director Janet Ciotola will explain the city’s process for drafting legislation.


Neal will give an update on planned legislation regulating make-shift road-side memorials and a report on the Our City Our Ward open house.


 


McCarty fundraiser


AKRON: A birthday breakfast and fundraiser for Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty, who is running in November for election as the county’s chief probate judge, will be held Thursday morning at the Martin University Center in Akron.


The breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 at the center, 105 Fir Hill Drive, and tickets are $100 per person.


For more information, call campaign officials at 330-861-3503 or go to the campaign Web site, VoteJudgeMcCarty@gmail. com.


 


HUDSON SCHOOLS


Stadium project


HUDSON: Hundreds gathered to break ground Thursday evening for the new Hudson Memorial Stadium.


The project will include a 3,000-seat home stand, a 2000-seat visitor stand, a synthetic playing surface, track, concession stands, and restrooms. It will be located on the site of the current high school track.


Principal donor Tom Murdough says that the Hudson Memorial Stadium is named “in memory and honor of those Hudson veterans who have served, and those who have given their lives in wars and conflicts throughout our history, that we and others might live in freedom.”


The Hudson City Schools Foundation has raised approximately $5.7 million in private funds for the $5.5 million stadium. Fundraising is ongoing for a field house to be added in a later phase.


Construction is expected to be completed by mid-August.


 


JACKSON TOWNSHIP


Confession in arson


JACKSON TWP.: A juvenile has admitted to police that he set two fires in Stark County this week.


Authorities in Jackson Township believe a house fire Thursday in the 3600 block of Pinehurst Avenue Northwest and one in Massillon on Wednesday are similar in nature and they are working together in their investigation, Jackson police Chief Dave Zink said Friday.


Fire officials have set the estimated damage to the Pinehurst Avenue residence at $50,000.


No injuries were reported.


 


PORTAGE COUNTY


New water policy


RAVENNA: Portage County has a new policy on water shutoffs for nonpayment of water bills effective May 30.


Water bills are sent quarterly so a property owner has three months to pay before it would show delinquent on the next quarterly bill. Any water account that has an outstanding balance from the previous quarter’s invoice will receive a shutoff notice on the bill.


The new statement will indicate that all past and current amounts due must be paid in full by the due date or water service will be shut off. If not paid after the second bill, the water will be shut off and a notice left at the door explaining how to restore service.


After payment has been made, the county will turn the water back on. There will be a $50 fee for getting the water turned back on.


In the past, delinquent water bills were added to a property owner’s tax bill for payment.