AKRON

Police to ticket good kids

AKRON: Police began a 12-week ticketing campaign targeting children on Monday — but not to worry, they’re not in any trouble.

Instead, the “Positive Ticketing” campaign is rewarding children for good behavior with coupon “tickets” for free ice cream cones at local McDonald’s locations.

The tickets were donated by Rubber City McDonald’s.

Children might be rewarded for trying to reduce violence, being helpful or courteous, using crosswalks, wearing bicycle helmets, picking up litter or a variety of other positive behaviors.

The goal of the program is for police to develop a rapport with Akron youth and encourage children to be lawful and helpful.

In addition to positive tickets, police will give away a bicycle through a weekly drawing. The bikes were donated by Elves and More of Northeast Ohio.

Card game robbed

AKRON: Police are seeking the whereabouts of a 19-year-old woman accused of robbery during a game of cards.

The 24-year-old victim told police she hosted a card game early Sunday morning. During the game, she accused Najae Jeffries of cheating. Jeffries, the woman said, produced a handgun and stole money from the game before fleeing.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of West Miller Avenue.

A warrant for aggravated robbery was issued for Jeffries’ arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 330-375-2490.

Officer injured in bar brawl

AKRON: A bar fight led to police arresting a man who allegedly sprayed officers with pepper spray early Saturday morning, according to reports.

Antoine Jackson, 32, was charged with assaulting a police officer, inducing panic, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Six others were charged with rioting and similar offenses on accusations of participating in the bar fight.

According to police, the incident occurred shortly after midnight at Mango’s Bar, 627 S. Arlington St. Officers followed a suspicious person into the bar and confronted the suspect, who they said turned resistant and required a stun gun to subdue him.

That’s when the crowd in the bar reportedly “turned on the officers” and a bar fight erupted.

Jackson allegedly pepper sprayed an officer, and someone else threw a beer bottle and struck an officer in the head.

The injured officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of a laceration to his head.

He is on injury leave from the department and is expected to make a full recovery, police reported.

BATH TOWNSHIP

Driver allegedly points gun

BATH TWP.: A road rage incident allegedly escalated to one man pointing a gun at another on Interstate 77.

Earlier this month, Robert W. Sweatman, 45, was arrested following the incident, charged with mishandling a firearm in a motor vehicle and aggravated menacing.

According to reports, a 21-year-old Bath Township man told police Sweatman pointed a gun at him.

He followed Sweatman on I-77 after the incident and called police to alert them where Sweatman was headed, according to Beacon Journal news partner WEWS (Channel 5).

The gun was found in the center console after a police stop.

Sweatman denied any wrongdoing when contacted by WEWS.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Sewer request submitted

AKRON: The Summit County Executive’s office on Monday asked the county council to seek bids for a $2.3 million sanitary sewer construction project in the Columbine service area of Springfield Township.

In another first reading, council was asked to authorize payment of $28,000 to Elazald LLC on Darrow Road in Hudson for repairs after sewer backup damaged the workplace.