Geauga Lake revival urged
AURORA: A Northeast Ohio man has launched a campaign to raise $20 million to help buy the former Geauga Lake amusement park property.
Brian Roote created a GoFundMe campaign last week, writing that the park is wasting away and “this seems like a sin.”
“You have the power to bring back one of your most sacred childhood memories for future generations to come; because this time, GEAUGA LAKE IS HERE TO STAY!” he wrote on the page.
As of Wednesday morning, he had raised $469 toward his goal.
The overall construction project would cost $350 million, with $100 million dedicated to rehabbing the property and another $250 million to build attractions, according to Roote.
Cedar Fair closed Geauga Lake in 2007.
The GoFundMe page is: https://www.gofundme.com/GeaugaLakeIsBack.
Dealer returning to prison
AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday for having a firearm and methamphetamine.
Robert E. Evans, 40, was previously found guilty of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Evans had about 1 ounce of pure crystal methamphetamine in his home last year, as well as a Colt .45 caliber pistol, despite two previous felony convictions for drug trafficking that prohibited him from possessing firearms, according to court documents.
Akron Police Chief Kenneth Ball said the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Akron’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit are “making our city safer.”
“We must protect our communities from those that deal illicit drugs and illegally carry firearms,” Ball said in the news release.
Copley firefighter benefit
COPLEY: The Copley Fire and Rescue Association will hold a fundraiser for the Copley Fire Department on Saturday at St. George Orthodox Church, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley.
Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for a dinner and a reverse raffle scheduled for 7 p.m. will be available for purchase from association members, township firefighters and at the door. Casino games are scheduled. Chips may be turned in for tickets to win prizes.
The $125 cost per couple for the annual event includes dinner, an open bar and a chance to win $4,000 (first prize). For more information, call 330-666-6464.
Injured sergeant to retire
LAKE TWP.: A Uniontown police sergeant who was shot four times last year is retiring, the Canton Repository reported.
Township trustees agreed this week to buy six years of Ohio Public Employees Retirement System credit and four years of military service credit to allow Sgt. David White, 60, to retire, the newspaper said.
On July 9, White was shot four times, including once in the abdomen and once in the forearm, while responding to a domestic violence call on Lela Avenue Northwest. The suspect, Ryan Allen Probst, 28, was killed at the scene.
White is recovering.
Chase starts in Northfield
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS.: Authorities chased a vehicle from Northfield to Broadview Heights late Tuesday night and then had a three-hour standoff with a man wielding a knife, Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reported.
The man was taken into custody along state Route 82.
One of the car’s doors was ripped off and all the tires, except for one, were gone, News 5 reported.
Regional news briefs, March 1: Man launches GoFundMe campaign to reopen Geauga Lake park