WOOSTER

Man faces child rape charge

WOOSTER: A Wooster man faces charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition in a case that alleges he had sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl, according to court documents, the Wooster Daily Record reported.

Anthony Bryant, 32, remained in jail on 10 percent of a $100,000 appearance bond following his arrest last week.

Bryant is charged with four counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

The indictment alleges that Bryant had sexual contact with the child on or about Jan. 13, 2018.

Bryant had been living with the girl’s mother, Wooster Assistant Police Chief Scott Rotolo told the newspaper in email. Bryant denied the allegations, Rotolo said, and believed he was being blamed because he is already a registered sex offender.

According to court documents, Bryant was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in May 2011 and subsequently had to register as a Tier I sex offender and serve an 18-month jail term. The 2011 conviction came after Bryant pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old-girl, the report said.

Bryant is scheduled to appear at a pretrial conference June 13.

CANTON

Sheriff to beef up patrols

CANTON: The Stark County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday said it will boost traffic enforcement throughout June, targeting drunken drivers and people driving without wearing seat belts.

Deputies will spend an extra 172 hours on the roads looking for these drivers thanks to grants from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s traffic division, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The release did not specify where and when the stepped-up enforcement in Stark County would happen, but June 1 arrives Friday.

MEDINA COUNTY

Special Olympics event

MEDINA: The 36th annual Special Olympics Medina County Invitational will be held Saturday at Medina High School, 777 E. Union St.

The event will showcase more than 300 athletes with disabilities from Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Portage, Mahoning and Lorain counties who will compete in track and field events, powerlifting and bocce ball.

The opening ceremonies, which include a parade of athletes and a proclamation from Mayor Dennis Hanwell, will begin at 10:15 a.m. The sporting events will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, go to: www.mcbdd.org/calendar/medina-invitational-special-olympics-2?A=

HIRAM COLLEGE

Trustees OK program changes

HIRAM: Hiram College trustees have approved recommendations for the private school’s academic redesign.

Most of the changes are those that were recommended by college officials and publicized in May.

The changes are designed to help the school in Portage County boost enrollment and stabilize its finances.

An original recommendation combined music, theater arts, art history, and studio art majors into a major called fine, performing and digital arts.

But trustees Wednesday approved an alternative plan — presented by faculty from studio art and music — that will result in the four majors becoming two: a performing arts major with an emphasis in music and theater; and a major that emphasizes art, film and digital design.

The college will add new programs in marketing, criminal justice, international studies and sport management.

The board also voted to eliminate its religious studies major and minor, and move its economics, philosophy, mathematics, French and Spanish majors to minors.

The curriculum changes will result in the elimination of two tenured faculty and four visiting, renewable, or tenure-track faculty.