Man killed in car crash
AKRON: A Cuyahoga Falls man was killed early Wednesday morning when his car crashed into a tree off Bath Road in Akron.
Ken A. Fickey, 46, was driving east about 3:15 a.m. on West Bath Road from Akron-Peninsula Road when he failed to round a curve, drove off the right side of the road onto a soft shoulder and hit a tree. The vehicle spun, striking two more trees before stopping reverse to traffic on the right shoulder, according to the Akron Police Department.
Fickey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Air bags were deployed. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to police.
Police said alcohol, rainy weather and winding roads may have contributed to the crash, which remains under investigation.
Bath Road was closed between Akron-Peninsula and Northampton roads until 7:45 a.m. police said.
Boy brings gun to school
AKRON: A 17-year-old Ellet High School student faces two felony gun charges, after bringing a loaded handgun to school Wednesday, authorities said.
According to Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli, school resources officers were tipped off by a staff member that the boy might have a gun. When officers approached him, he admitted that he had a weapon and handed over a 40–caliber semiautomatic handgun without incident.
The student was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a firearm on school property. He was taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center, where he awaits arraignment.
School officials reported that the school was locked down from 10:35 to 11:20 a.m. and that the weapon was recovered within five minutes of the lockdown, during which class instruction was not interrupted.
State of City address set
BARBERTON: Mayor Bill Judge will give his State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.
Judge will give a recap of 2015 and discuss upcoming projects and goals for 2016.
Man accused of setting fire
JACKSON TWP.: U.S. marshals arrested a 41-year-old man Tuesday and charged him with setting fire to a mobile home where he lived in January.
Joshua S. Stevens faces charges of aggravated arson, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal possession or assembly of chemicals.
The fire occurred Jan. 15 at a mobile home in the 10100 block of Forty Corners Road Northwest.
Stevens was arrested after an investigation by the Jackson Township Detective Bureau, the Jackson Township Fire Prevention Bureau and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
According to reports, Stevens had burns on his hand after the fire. He attributed the burns to helping his grandmother escape the fire.
Heritage nominees sought
Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Architectural Heritage Awards program, which highlights the impact of historic preservation in the Greater Summit County area.
The awards, co-hosted by the Summit County Historical Society and Progress Through Preservation, recognize projects and individuals who have made a significant, positive impact.
Nominations will be considered in preservation, renovation, restoration, community education and advocacy, and adaptive use of historic buildings.
The awards also will recognize the incorporation of eco-friendly materials and methods in preservation projects.
Nominations must be received by 4 p.m. March 4. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the society’s website, www.summithistory.org/.
Winning entries will be recognized at an event on May 9.