AKRON

Man dies after I-77 crash

AKRON: An Akron man has died following a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 77.

Carlton Dunson, 59, was traveling north in a white pickup just after noon Monday near Copley Road when he crashed.

He died Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, authorities said.

The crash remains under investigation.

New cameras for firefighters

AKRON: The city is buying 10 thermal imaging cameras for firefighters.

“Heat-detecting cameras will allow our first responders to locate a victim in an environment with very limited or no visibility,” Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said Wednesday in a prepared statement. “For a firefighter searching for a trapped victim, little is worse than losing your ability to see due to darkness or dense smoke.

“In a rescue operation where every second counts, these units can make the difference between life and death, by enabling us to find victims faster and increasing their chances of survival.”

The cameras, expected to cost about $50,000, will replace outdated equipment.

In addition to helping firefighters identify victims, thermal imaging cameras can be used to locate hidden flames or hot spots inside walls or other parts of a structure, and detect the main fire source. They also can be used to prevent electrical fires by helping identify overheated circuits in homes and businesses.

MLK-inspired teach-in

AKRON: Oghenetoja Okoh, an assistant professor of African history at the University of Akron, and her students will host a teach-in to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s mission to end poverty. The event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the former Simon Perkins Middle School, 600 Mull Ave.

Beyond the Dream: Neighbors Reclaiming Akron will be a day of panel presentations, group discussions and workshop circles sponsored by the EXL Center and culminating in the formation of a community action plan to address issues of poverty, health disparities and the school to prison pipeline. Visit akronbeyondthedream.eventbrite.com to RSVP. All are welcome to attend.

Ward meeting, park cleanup

AKRON: Councilman Rich Swirsky will hold a “Meet and Clean” event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakdale Pocket Park, 88 Oakdale Ave.

This Ward 1 meeting will focus on Akron’s new Parks Collaborative, plans for Glendale Park, the West Hill Village/Live Work community legislation and the free rain barrel program. A community clean-up project organized by the West Hill Development Corporation will follow at 11 a.m. The meeting will move inside the Church of Our Savior in case of rain. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

BATH

School groundbreaking

BATH: Construction of Bath Elementary will begin soon for Revere Local Schools after 18 months of planning.

The district will hold a public groundbreaking for the new elementary at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The Revere High School marching band will kick off the ceremony, and students from the current Bath Elementary will join board members and others for a ceremonial shoveling of dirt.

Construction on the $22 million elementary will begin May 1 and continue until next summer. It will be open for the 2019-2020 school year, housing students in grades 3-5.

The current Bath Elementary was built in the 1920s and houses students in grades 4-5, as well as preschoolers.

The new elementary school is a result of the passage of a $68.2 million bond issue in November 2016.

That money will also go toward constructing a new $46.2 million high school. Construction of that will begin in September.

The new high school is set to open in the 2020-2021 school year.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Police investigate teacher

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The city school district has placed a Roberts Middle School teacher on paid leave for “allegations relating to a student issue,” MyTownNEO.com reported.

A police investigation is being conducted, according to the website, which didn’t name the teacher or detail the allegations.

MASSILLON

Food stamp fraud case

MASSILLON: Federal authorities are accusing a food delivery company of bilking the government out of nearly $8.5 million over several years through food stamp fraud, the Massillon Independent reported.

Ohio Direct Distributors, which distributes meat and other products, was handling a monthly average of 602 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) transactions a month, while a comparable company was doing 135, the newspaper said.

The company is accused of illegally processing benefits for individuals and giving credit and gift cards out in exchange for accessing benefits, the newspaper said.

The company shipped food nationwide, the newspaper said.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Police chief retires

GARRETTSVILLE: Village Police Chief Anthony Milicia has retired, the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reported.

Milicia has been chief in the Portage County community since 2009.

“People don’t believe me, but I am going to take care of 30 years of neglect around my house,” he told the newspaper. “That’s my goal.”

Milicia also retired from a part-time officer position he held with Hiram police.

Lt. Timothy Christopher is taking over as chief, the Record-Courier reported.

Jail renovation begins

RAVENNA: Portage County leaders broke ground Tuesday on a nearly $21 million expansion and renovation project at the county jail, the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reported.

The project includes a new 132-bed area for female inmates.

STOW

Road project discussion

STOW: The city will host a public informational meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday on the upcoming Darrow Road and Graham Road intersection project. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road.

Representatives from the city, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and contractor Shelly and Sands will be available to describe the project and answer questions.

Work is set to begin early May and last about three months.

The project will replace the island in front of Stow City Hall. Other work will install left turn movements, new traffic signal poles, resurfacing and new handicap ramps and sidewalks.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Woman’s relatives sought

AKRON: The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding relatives of a 72-year-old Akron woman who died last week.

Beata Bogyor died April 18 of natural causes. She lived in the William Fowler Senior Apartments on Byers Avenue.

Gary Guenther, the chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office, said Bogyor had no children and no known next of kin. He said she was a regular volunteer for the American Red Cross.

“We’re looking for family to notify,” he said. “Cousins, aunts, anybody.”

Anyone with information on Bog­yor’s relatives is asked to call the medical examiner at 330-643-2101.

WOOSTER

Comedian to perform at fair

WOOSTER: Larry the Cable Guy will perform at the Wayne County Fair this year, the Wooster Daily Record reported.

The comedian — best known for his catchphrase “Git-R-Done” and playing the dense tow truck in the Cars movies — will be featured at the grandstand at 8 p.m. Sept. 11.

“We are pretty excited about getting him here,” fair board member Rich Mairs told the newspaper. “He is one of the top comedians in the country.”