AKRON

Bullet strikes man on porch

AKRON: Bullets from a drive-by shooting Tuesday struck a South Akron man and two other nearby houses, police said. The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Beardsley Street.

According to police, a 43-year-old man was sitting on his porch when he was struck. The man was later treated at Cleveland Clinic Akron General and released.

Officers investigating the incident discovered two nearby houses were also struck by bullets from the shooting, police said.

It was not clear whether the man or the houses hit by bullets were targeted by the shooter.

Police have only vague descriptions of the car occupants — three men in a silver or gray Dodge Stratus. The shots came from the front-passenger side of the car, police said.

Driver charged in fatal crash

AKRON: Akron police said Wednesday that they had filed charges against a 33-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed one man and seriously injured two others.

Sean Michael Blackburn, 33, of Sumatra Avenue, faces aggravated vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges in connection with the April 7 crash.

Police said Blackburn was driving a Cadillac at North Main and Howard streets about 1:30 a.m. that morning when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle carrying Thomas Leslein, 21, of Cuyahoga Falls, and two others.

Leslein, a 2015 graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School who had been attending Baruch College in New York City, died at the crash scene. The two others, police said, were seriously injured.

Blackburn had a blood-alcohol level of .119, police said.

Ward 6 meeting Thursday

AKRON: Robert Harris, deputy bureau manager of public works for the city of Akron, will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ward 6 community meeting in the Robert J. Otterman Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive.

Harris will provide information and updates from the Sanitation/Recycling Department.

The meeting will include a crime report from the Akron Police Department, an update of Community Center events and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions concerning neighborhoods and the community.

NEW FRANKLIN

Life jacket loaner station

NEW FRANKLIN: If you need a life jacket this summer at Portage Lakes, a Wayne County Eagle Scout has you covered. Andrew Villers, 17, of Doylestown, came up with the idea of a life jacket loaner station at the Old State Park next to the boat ramp.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and the Ohio State Parks and Watercraft Division teamed up with Villers to make the project workable, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The new loaner station will make its debut at 4 p.m. Thursday, when local officials will recognize Villers for his work.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Health departments grants

Health departments and districts in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties have each received $200,000 grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing septic systems.

Depending on the household income and the number of residents, homeowners may qualify for 50 to 100 percent of the total costs for repair or replacement. From January through June, $3 million has been awarded in Northeast Ohio.

The state estimated that about 31 percent of household sewage treatment systems throughout Ohio are experiencing some degree of failure because of poor maintenance or age.