AKRON

Missing man found unharmed

AKRON: An 80-year-old Akron man with dementia who went missing Tuesday from his home near Firestone high school was back home Wednesday, police said.

Police said an older couple found the man — who police did not name — about 90 minutes after he was reported missing. He was found unharmed around the corner from his home, which is near Wedgemere Avenue and Winhurst Drive.

FAIRLAWN

Road work feedback sought

FAIRLAWN: The city will host an open house Feb. 13 to gather public feedback on the upcoming widening project on South Cleveland-Massillon Road.

The meeting is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at 3487 S. Smith Road.

The $12.9 million project — which dates to the 1980s — involves widening the congested, two-lane road between Bywood Avenue and Interstate 77 to four lanes and adding a center turn lane from Elgin Drive/Rosemont Boulevard to state Route 18.

It’s a stretch of 1.2 miles.

The construction also includes a new sidewalk, walking path, upgraded traffic signals and a roundabout at the Cleveland-Massillon/Rothrock intersection.

The work is expected to begin in 2020.

The city will provide exhibits at the open house and workers will be there to answer questions and hear comments.

Comments will be accepted through March 16.

KENT

Cops collect socks for needy

KENT: City police collected 1,918 pairs of socks during its 2018 United Disability Services Sock Drive.

The goal was 500 pairs.

“Thank you for all your kindness, as these socks will be distributed to the Miller Community House, the Haven of Rest and other local shelters,” police posted Wednesday on their Facebook page.

Detective Dave Marino directed the sock campaign.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP

Robbery suspect sought

SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A 29-year-old Akron man is accused of using a gun to rob someone during a face-to-face meeting for an online sale.

Township police said Devin D. Lazar should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to police, Lazar met someone in the township who was selling something online.

During the meeting, Lazar pulled out a gun and robbed the person, police said.

No one was injured.

Lazar last lived on West Miller Avenue in Akron, police said.

Investigators ask anyone who knows where Lazar is to call police at 330-643-2181.

STARK COUNTY

Impaired driving crackdown

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that it will increase patrols and enforcement of laws concerning impaired driving throughout February.

Deputies will devote 18 more hours to the effort, the sheriff said in a news release.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is funding the stepped-up enforcement through a grant.

The sheriff’s office did not specify which parts of Stark County might be affected by the stepped-up enforcement or when deputies would put in extra hours.

Olympic ring owner sought

CANTON: A woman who found an Olympic ring more than 30 years ago says she’s still trying to figure out who it belongs to and return it, WKYC (Channel 3) reported.

Dena Fourcher, who lives in Canton, says she found the ring while working in Southern California as a dispatcher for a charter bus company.

The silver ring has the words “United States Olympic Team 1980” on it and the initials RTC inside.