City to hire more police

AKRON: City administrators are looking to hire at least 15 additional police officers.

Applications will be accepted online at governmentjobs.com/careers/akron through May 26. Applicants should have a valid driver’s license and high school diploma and be 21 to 35 years old when a written exam is administered on June 23 and 24. Those passing the written test will be considered for initial and subsequent hiring rounds for 18 months. Candidates must undergo a medical and psychological evaluation, physical fitness test, background investigation and polygraph examination. Preference will be given to Akron residents, honorably discharged veterans with 180 days or more active duty and those with college course completion.

After training, entry-level wages increase to approximately $53,000 annually.

A recruitment and informational session will be held 2-5 p.m. April 13 at the OhioMeansJobs Center at 1040 Tallmadge Ave. More info is available by calling 330-375-2720 or 888-588-5417 or visiting akronohio.gov/personnel.

Refugee wins in court

A refugee headed for Akron but detained at a New Jersey airport will not be immediately returned to Afghanistan where he helped American troops fight terrorism and received threats from Taliban.

Called Abdul by his attorneys with the International Refugee Assistance Project, who refuse to release his full name, the man was scheduled for settlement in Akron’s North Hill this month. Customs agents detained him on March 13 at the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Immigration lawyers filed for his release, lost that case, then won on appeal earlier this week with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Abdul will appear again in mid-April at the next in a series of immigration hearings that could take months before the court’s affirm or deny his special visa for serving the U.S. military.

Animal cruelty case plea

AKRON: A University of Akron student pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Summit County Common Pleas Court to an animal cruelty charge for the death of his roommate’s kitten.

Matthew McCullough, 20, will remain free on a personal recognizance bond. The case has been assigned to Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.

McCullough recently was indicted by a Summit County grand jury on a charge of cruelty against a companion animal, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.

McCullough is accused of throwing Leo, his roommate’s 10-month-old kitten, against the wall in their Carroll Street apartment. He took Leo to the vet but the kitten was already dead.

McCullough was the first person in Summit County charged under Dick Goddard’s law, a law named for the retired WJW (Channel 8) weatherman that went into effect in September. The law made it a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, to harm a companion animal.


Riehl hosts office hours

STOW: Stow City Council Vice President Matt Riehl invites residents to attend his monthly office hours 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room at Stow City Hall.

No appointment is necessary.

“I look forward to these monthly meetings,” Riehl said. “It’s one of the best ways to ensure that your voice is heard at city hall.”

Those unable to attend may reach out to Riehl at 330-689-0343 or by email at mriehl@stow.oh.us.


Grenade found in vehicle

SPRINGFIELD TWP.: Township police called in the Summit County Bomb Squad after spotting a grenade in a vehicle during a traffic stop early Friday morning.

The bomb squad determined the grenade was inert and not any danger.

Police stopped Lane Spraggins, 20, of Springfield Township, for suspected speeding at 12:21 a.m. in the 2400 block of Massillon Road when they noticed a semi-automatic handgun in the back of the vehicle and a grenade with a pin in it, authorities said.

“The kid said [the grenade wasn’t] real but we don’t know,” Sgt. Eric East said, explaining why the bomb squad was called.

The firearm was a loaded .45-caliber handgun, authorities said.

Spraggins was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and taken to the Summit County Jail.


Cash, drugs found in home

LODI: Authorities seized a half ounce of cocaine, nearly 4 pounds of marijuana contained in 50 individual packages, 131 individual packages of THC, a small amount of methamphetamine and more than $19,000 in cash last week during a drug search at a home in the 100 block of Howe Street.

The Medina County Drug Task Force announced the details Thursday.

Authorities had been conducting surveillance on the house after receiving complaints of suspicious activity.

Esker Castro, 36, of Lodi, has been charged with possession of cocaine. Corey Deters, 27, of Wooster, who was stopped while driving away from the house, was also charged with possession of cocaine.

Additional charges are pending against Castro, authorities said.

Hospital merges clinics

MEDINA TWP.: Akron Children’s Hospital is consolidating several clinics in Medina County into one location, the Medina Gazette reports.

The clinics will be merged at 3443 Medina Road.

“We have a lot of patients in the Medina area that no longer will have to drive into Akron,” Craig McGhee, vice president of surgical subspecialties, told the newspaper. “They’ll have services closer to home.”

Akron Children’s previously had two ambulatory service sites, a primary care office and a rehabilitation location in the county, the Gazette said.


Sheriff’s major to retire

CANTON: Stark County Sheriff’s Office officials announced Friday that Major Timothy George is retiring after a 30-year career.

He began working with the county on Dec. 1, 1986, and was assigned to the jail division. Over the years, his duties have included overseeing the booking area at the jail, helping to run the reserve unit, supervising training and commanding the civil division.

“I just performed the duties required of the position I chose. I just did my job,” George said in a prepared statement. He added that the work at the sheriff’s office is a team effort.

“We have accomplished so many good things and strived to improve the safety of Stark County,” said George, who lives in the Louisville area with his wife and two children. “That is going to continue when I’m gone.”

He will remain involved with the sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy, and said he is looking forward to continuing to teach and train upcoming law enforcement officers.