Union OKs contract
AKRON: The Akron Education Association voted Sunday night to approve a new three-year contract with Akron Public Schools, the school district said Monday.
The union represents about 2,000 teachers.
A union representative could not be reached Monday for comment.
The school board will vote at its next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The new contract, if it’s approved, will be effective retroactively from July 1, 2016, and continue through June 30, 2019. The previous contract was effective through June 30, 2016.
Fatal shooting investigated
AKRON: A 28-year-old Akron man was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest at a Richmond Street home over the weekend in East Akron.
Vance Davis Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:34 a.m. Saturday, the Summit County medical examiner’s office said.
An autopsy on Davis is planned, according to police.
Detectives have not uncovered a motive for Davis’ shooting. Police continue to investigate. Further details were not immediately available.
Anyone with information is asked to call 330-375-2490.
K-9 officer dies
MANTUA: The Portage County community said goodbye Sunday to police K-9 Diablo who died recently after a battle with inoperable cancer.
Sgt. Joe Urso, along with other members of the police force and students from Crestwood High School, held a memorial for Diablo, WOIO (Channel 19) reports.
“The Mantua Police Department would like to thank each and every person who paid their respects and attended [Sunday’s] memorial service for K-9 Diablo,” police posted on social media.
Meeting to discuss housing
AKRON: Summit County District 6 Councilman Jerry Feeman and the R.I.G.H.T Committee will meet with district residents at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Reservoir Park Community Center, 1735 Hillside Terrace, in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood of Akron.
The topic will be housing. For more information, call the councilman at 330-643-2725.
Dispatch system upgrades
The state recently awarded a $500,000 grant to help Summit County and three local governments purchase a computer-aided emergency dispatch software system.
The money, from the Ohio Development Services Agency, will go to the county, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Tallmadge and Mogadore village as they explore consolidating emergency dispatch operations.
The total system is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million.
Cuyahoga Falls dispatches for Munroe Falls, Boston Heights police, and Silver Lake village.
Stow dispatches for Tallmadge, Mogadore, and Randolph Township fire in Portage County.
The Summit County sheriff’s office dispatches for Green police, Lakemore village police, Northfield Center police, Springfield Township police, Twinsburg Township and Akron-Canton Airport.
Former deputy pleads guilty
WOOSTER: A former Wayne County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty last week to a charge of aggravated assault stemming from engaging in sexual conduct with a female inmate at the county jail in 2015.
Kenneth R. Linz II, 30, of Wooster originally was charged with two counts of sexual battery, but one count was amended to the assault charge and the other was dismissed, according to court records.
He is scheduled to be sentenced April 25 in county Common Pleas Court. Linz was indicted in September.