STARK COUNTY

Ex-athlete faces rape charges

ALLIANCE: A former University of Mount Union football player is charged with raping three students, Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland reported.

Jordan Hargrove, who is still a student at the school, was arrested Thursday and appeared in court Friday, according to the television station.

The News 5 report said Hargrove is accused of committing sexual assaults at the off-campus house where he lives. The incidents reportedly occurred in September 2016, February and September, and allegedly involved two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

News 5 said Hargrove could face up to 11 years in jail for each offense if convicted.

Hargrove, a former wide receiver from St. Vincent-St. Mary, was on the Purple Raiders football team from 2013 to 2016, and helped it win a national title in 2015.

AKRON

Open houses at police, fire

AKRON: The city’s fire and police departments are partnering to host three open houses at fire stations.

Residents will be able to tour the station, talk with firefighter/medics, learn about smoke detectors and fire prevention, and see and touch fire safety equipment, including protective gear, extractor machines and thermal imaging cameras.

Police also will be on hand to demonstrate the city’s new body cameras, and talk to visitors about their safety equipment and free community programs.

Each open house will feature a “touch a truck” event for children. Refreshments will be provided.

The open houses and tours, all of which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. are:

• Saturday at Fire Station No. 2, 952 E. Exchange St. in the Middlebury neighborhood

• Oct. 14 at Fire Station No. 12, 1852 W. Market St. in Wall Haven

• Oct. 28 at Fire Station No. 6, 1685 S. Hawkins St. in West Akron

Visitor shot in stomach

AKRON: A 40-year-old man who was visiting a friend in West Akron, heard gunshots and realized he had been struck in the stomach, police said.

The man told officers he was sitting on the porch of a friend’s house on Nome Avenue in West Akron after midnight early Friday when the incident occurred, police said. A relative drove the man to Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s emergency room, where police interviewed him.

The man, who was expected to survive, couldn’t describe the shooter, but said the suspect might have been driving a blue Nissan Altima.

Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 330-375-2552.

NORTON CITY SChOOLS

Employee faces OVI charge

NORTON: The business manager for Norton City Schools has been charged with drunken driving, the Northern Wayne Post reported.

Jake Carmany, 41, was arrested around 2 a.m. Sept. 23 on Main Street in Rittman.

“As a board, we are just finding out about this,” North School Board President Jason Sams told the newspaper. “We haven’t had a chance to review and discuss it.”

Read the full Post story at http://bit.ly/2yxzOm6

WOOSTER

Hartzler dairy wins award

WOOSTER: The Hartzler Family Dairy is getting recognition for its new non-GMO string cheese.

The dairy won the best new meat, dairy or animal-based product award at the New Hope Network’s 2017 Natural Products Expo East.

“This is the go-to trade show in our industry,” Hartzler President Paul Sommers told the Wooster Daily Record. “We’ll use the notoriety from the award and go after distribution.”

The newspaper said the string cheese is the first to be GMO-project verified and is made from milk from five Wayne County dairy farms.

Read the full Daily Record report at http://bit.ly/2ydacPi.