Akron

Dealer sentenced to prison

AKRON: A 22-year-old Akron man was sentenced to seven years in prison this week for providing heroin to a person who died from the drug.

Dyshawn Gray pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to involuntary manslaughter and possession of heroin. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Gray on Wednesday.

In February 2015, Harry Martin was found dead of heroin toxicity. Investigators traced his cellphone calls back to Tracy Vanhorn, who confessed to connecting Martin with her heroin dealer, Gray. Vanhorn went with Martin to purchase heroin from Gray. Officers also used Martin’s cellphone to contact Gray. Gray then sold heroin to undercover officers.

Vanhorn pleaded guilty in August 2015 to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Pizza Hut robber sought

AKRON: Police are seeking information about a man who robbed a Pizza Hut at gunpoint on Tuesday afternoon.

Employees said the man entered the store at 2665 Manchester Road at about 3:30 p.m. He walked behind the service counter, brandished a gun and demanded money from the cash register. Employees obeyed, and the man told them to get on the floor while he took the money.

He then fled the scene in a dark blue, older model, four-door vehicle. He went northbound on Manchester Road toward West Waterloo Road.

Employees said the robber was a white man between 40 and 50 years old. He stood between 5-foot-7 and 6-feet tall and weighed between 160 and 180 pounds. He had partially gray hair and was unshaven. He wore a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

ALLIANCE

Man faces drug charges

ALLIANCE: Police arrested a 22-year-old man on drug charges.

David Thomas Jr. of Alliance was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine.

He was arrested at West Market Street at Geiger Avenue after a monthlong investigation by police. He was transported to the Stark County Jail.

He faces additional charges after his case goes to the Stark County grand jury, officials said.

COPLEY TOWNSHIP

Chamber to meet Feb. 11

COPLEY TWP.: The Copley Community Chamber of Commerce 2016 kickoff meeting is expected to include introduction of a new chamber format and a review of the 2016 schedule.

The Feb. 11 meeting will be hosted by The HUB Community Center, 1234 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Copley. “Business Buzz” is billed as the new feature, which chamber members are going to be asked to help define.

Networking starts at 9:30 a.m. The meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Information can be found at www.copleychamber.com and by calling 330-864-5600.

STARK COUNTY

Trustees approve budget

PLAIN TWP.: Trustees gave final approval to appropriations for 2016 in the total amount of 21.9 million dollars at their meeting Tuesday evening.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of an Arc Welder from Ohio Air Products in the total amount of $5,730. The welder will be used by both the road and fire departments.

STATE NEWS

Police charity investigated

COLUMBUS: State investigators are looking into the finances of the Richfield police union’s Shop With a Cop program, Cleveland.com reported.

One full-time officer and one part-timer have been suspended, pending completion of the investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The names of the officers were not released.

Officials refused to say how the issue came to their attention in the longtime local charity.