AKRON

Train kills man

AKRON: A man riding in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a train at 6:50 a.m. Sunday at the crossing on East South Street in Akron, authorities said.

Bennie L. Jarvis, 52, of Akron traveled around the gates, which were down, according to witnesses, before he was hit, the Summit County medical examinerís office said.

The incident remains under investigation and an autopsy was scheduled for today.

JACKSTON TOWNSHIP

Signing canceled

JACKSON TWP.: A scheduled book signing for Saturday by Ravenna author Fred Tribuzzo has been canceled because the Books-A-Million store will not have copies in time.

Tribuzzo is the author of American Sky, his memoir of life as a private pilot.

ZANESVILLE

Fraud alleged

ZANESVILLE: Steve Hitchens, 58, of Newark, owner of Autumn Healthcare of Zanesville Inc., has been indicted on 39 charges, including Medicaid fraud and unlawful operation of a nursing home. The announcement was made by the Ohio Attorney Generalís office.

The indictments follow an investigation that began after the state received several complaints from family members of patients.

Family members gave permission for video surveillance, which permitted the attorney generalís Health Care Fraud Section to investigate alleged instances where staff members did not provide proper medical, nutritional, and personal care.

OHIO

No. 3 in accidents

A newspaper investigation into hazardous chemical spills on U.S. rail lines and roads shows Ohio with a high ranking.

The Dayton Daily News reported that since 2005 Ohio has had 256 serious incidents. That puts the state third in the nation behind only California and Texas. The incidents include one death from exposure and six from crashes.