Suspect turns himself in
AKRON: Jerry Dwayne Alford turned himself in to authorities Friday, a day after Akron police asked for the public’s help in finding him.
Alford, 35, of Crosby Street, faces murder charges in the Nov. 16 slaying of Dereke Alexander, 57.
Alexander, who lived on Hardesty Boulevard, was found shot multiple times behind a West Market Street convenience store in West Hill.
Police have not said what may have led to the violence or whether Alford and Alexander knew one another.
AKRON: Greg Colbeck, director of operations of Rahab Ministries, will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Akron’s luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.
Rahab Ministries serves numerous women and children every month, most whom are victims of sexual exploitation. The agency, founded in 2002, provides hot meals, clothing, counseling and safe housing.
Colbeck’s responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations, managing staff, and developing and instituting programming.
Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at email@example.com.
REVERE LOCAL SCHOOLS
Board officers approved
BATH: The Revere Local Schools Board of Education approved board officers earlier this month for 2018 during its organizational meeting. George Seifert was elected president and Dana Appel vice president.
Seifert was re-elected to a third term on the board in November, and Appel is in the third year of her second term.
In addition to approving standard authorizations and typical first-of-the-year bookkeeping matters, the board also approved its regular meetings’ calendar for year.
Meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road, although typically the meetings scheduled during June, July and August take place in the administration building.
The only exception to the third Tuesday would be the meeting of June 26, which is delayed due to the close of the fiscal year on June 30.
The second Tuesday of each month is reserved for special meetings or work sessions when needed. Those meetings take place in the Administration Office, 3496 Everett Road, and usually start at 5:30 p.m.
Parks show off new lodge
AKRON: Summit Metro Parks is opening the doors of its new lodge in Sand Run Metro Park to give the public an early look at the reservable facility located at 1750 Sand Run Parkway in Akron.
Shady Hollow Lodge will be open from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 4 and 4-6 p.m. Feb. 12.
The building — with vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, air conditioning, an outdoor patio and more — may be reserved up to a year in advance, for a fee, for reunions, parties and other gatherings. The lodge replaces a small, cabin-styled structure that was lost to an accidental fire in February 2016.
The rate for Summit County residents is $120 weekdays, and $165 on weekends and holidays. The cost is $170 for out-of-county residents on weekdays, and $200 on weekends and holidays. Summit County residents pay less because the park district is funded by a county real estate tax.
For more information about Shady Hollow and the park district’s other lodges and open-air shelters, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.
AROUND THE STATE
Police probe traffic death
MIDDLETOWN: Police are investigating the death of a man struck by a pickup truck as he pulled a little red wagon across a busy roadway in Ohio.
Eric Smith, 56, of Middletown, died Friday night. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is trying to determine more about what led up to the fatality.
Regional news briefs, Jan. 28: Suspect in Akron slaying turns himself in