AKRON

Man pleads guilty to charge

AKRON: An Akron man who built fireworks and set them off at holidays for neighbors pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally making more than 1,000 of the fireworks in his basement.

Paul Plazak, 52, will be sentenced Aug. 10 on charges of illegally manufacturing fireworks and domestic violence.

According to police reports, officers arrested Plazak in May after a 44-year-old woman in his home called to report he had grabbed her by the arms and thrown her against a wall. When she called, he allegedly yanked the telephone cord from the wall and threatened to kill her.

When police arrived, the woman told officers about the fireworks in the basement. A bomb squad was called, and officers discovered the fireworks in boxes. Some of the fireworks were the size of footballs and bricks. A variety of objects used to construct fireworks also were discovered.

Neighbors told the Beacon Journal they knew he made fireworks because he set them off around Independence Day, but they had no idea how many he had and they weren’t aware he made them year-round.

Police offer reward for info

AKRON: A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who struck an Akron police officer on the head with a beer bottle during a bar fight early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at Mango’s Bar, 627 S. Arlington St.

During a brawl a man 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 said.

One man 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.

To provide more information on the incident, call the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Those with information can also text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

Free yoga for a good cause

AKRON: Elevate Akron, a yoga and service movement, is hosting a free outdoor yoga festival created with the goal of bringing together and celebrating Akron’s yoga community from 5:30 to 10 p.m. July 14 at Lock 3 Park.

The event will include a free all-levels yoga class at 6:30 p.m., local food trucks and vendors, donation-based chair massage and live music by the local band the Hitmen.

Tracy Rhinehart, a co-founder of Elevate Akron, will lead the yoga class along with teachers from area studios.

Elevate Akron will highlight City Sprouts, a nonprofit gardening and healthy living program for kids. Karen Edwards, founder of City Sprouts, will be the keynote speaker.

To register or purchase an event shirt, visit elevateakron.com. Early registration will be held at the Lululemon Akron Showroom from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 12 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13.

Registration will also be at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. A packet of seeds to donate at check-in is encouraged.

BATH TOWNSHIP

Board OKs bond issue

BATH TWP.: The Revere Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to place a 4.1-mill bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The issue would raise $68.2 million to build new Revere High and Bath Elementary schools and a bus garage and renovate and upgrade Hillcrest Elementary and Revere Middle schools.

Cost of the proposed issue is projected at just around $300 annually on a $200,000 tax-evaluated property. The district is factoring in the scheduled payoff later this year of a 1992 voter-approved 1.59-mill bond issue meaning that the net increase is computed to be approximately $190 annually, according to Revere Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer David Forrest.

Officials estimate construction will take three years.

In other business, the board approved final appropriations for fiscal year 2016 and temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2017. According to Forrest, the district will end this year having spent $44.5 million. The temporary budget for 2017 of $11,771,300 will enable the district to operate through September, when the 2016-17 permanent budget must be approved.

GREEN

Chief gets special training

GREEN: A little more than two years after being promoted to the city’s top fire department rank, Fire Chief Jeff Funai has completed the four-year Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

Mayor Gerard Neugebauer presented Funai with his framed EFC certificate during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Appointed to the fire department in 1995 and named chief in 2013, Funai is a 1987 graduate of Green High School. Funai holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in business and business administration from Malone University.

“With his experience and knowledge of fire and safety services, Jeff is a true asset to our community,” said Neugebauer.

RICHFIELD

StoryWalk Trail damaged

RICHFIELD: Vandals have caused $500 damage to Richfield’s StoryWalk Trail.

The 16 storyboards along the 1.3-mile Carter-Pedigo Trail were destroyed sometime in the last few days, Richfield police said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The trail, next to the Richfield branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, was featured in a June 1 Beacon Journal report. It opened in April 2013. Children and adults can read a picture book with stops at the trailside kiosks.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact detective Amy Ellis at 330-659-9500.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Woman, 50, is missing

AKRON: A family is asking the public’s help to locate a 50-year-old woman with developmental disabilities who hasn’t been seen since Saturday.

Andrea Charlene Brown was last seen in the 400 block of West Exchange Street. She was seen entering a white truck similar to a Chevrolet Blazer, but she did not come home. No detailed description of the man driving the vehicle was available.

Brown’s brother, Charles Brown, said his sister has glaucoma and has not taken her medication. He described her as having “the mind of an 8- or 10-year-old” child.

“She never doesn’t come home,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.