2 hit in separate shootings
AKRON: Police are investigating separate shootings that sent two young men to the hospital.
In the first incident, a 23-year-old man was found shortly after 2 a.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to his head. He was sitting in a chair in the living room of a house in the 1000 block of Murray Avenue in the city’s North Hill neighborhood. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.
No suspects have been identified.
In the second incident, which occurred shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday, an 18-year-old Barberton man was found with several gunshot wounds to his torso in the 800 block of Dover Avenue in the city’s West Akron neighborhood. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital for treatment.
The victim said he was shot while standing inside a residence near the back door.
No description of the suspected shooter was provided.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact Akron detectives at 330-375-2490.
Two charged in robbery
GREEN: Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after being accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver when he stopped at a Circle K store in the 3500 block of Arlington Road.
Ronald Henry Jr., 23, of Oakwood, and Wesley R. Hudson, 23, of Aurora, are each charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, and are being held at the Summit County Jail.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the victim stopped at the gas station at about 12:50 a.m. after his shift ended, and two suspects followed him into the store. When the victim left the store, the suspects confronted him as he attempted to get into his vehicle.
One of the suspects closed the victim’s door and reportedly told him: “Give me the money so I don’t have to pull the hammer down,” authorities said.
The victim went back into the store without handing over any money and told the cashier to call sheriff’s deputies. The suspects fled in a white Ford Fusion and were later located at a motel in Green, officials said.
Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said.
Drug supplier pleads guilty
AKRON: A 24-year-old Akron man pleaded guilty this week to felony charges for supplying carfentanil to a woman who died of an overdose in New Franklin last summer.
Jonathan Becker pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs Tuesday. He will be sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones at 1:15 p.m. April 25.
Police say Becker supplied drugs to Alexandria Hoover, 19, who died of an overdose in July 2016. Investigators say powder found in a plastic bag on Hoover tested positive for carfentanil, a powerful drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals. Carfentanil is sometimes mixed with heroin, often with deadly results.
Retired educators to meet
All retired educators of Summit County and surrounding areas are invited to attend the next meeting of the Summit County Retired Teachers Association (SCRTA) at noon Monday at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron.
Speak Up and Live author and national radio host Pat Rullo will be the guest speaker. Rullo is a patient advocate and is heard weekly on more than 220 radio and cable TV stations.
During a short business meeting, attendees will be brought up to date on current legislation that affects educators. Lunch will be served after the meeting.
Cost of the luncheon is $17 (checks made to SCRTA). Reservations must be made by Thursday. For more information, call R. Winter at 330-644-6886 or C. Vogenitz at 330-645-9928.
Councilman to hold meeting
AKRON: Summit County District 5 Councilman David Hamilton will host office hours between 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ann’s Place Diner, 1604 S. Hawkins Ave.
Hamilton will share his plans for the district and be available to answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.
District 5 includes parts of Akron, Copley Township, parts of Bath Township and the city of Fairlawn.
For more information, contact the Summit County Council Office at 330-643-2725.
Man dies of gunshot wound
CANTON: A 23-year-old man who was shot along with his brother Monday night has died, city police said.
Jermaine Davis II lived in Canton but grew up in the Cleveland area, where he played basketball at Garfield Heights High School. He later played at La Salle University in Philadelphia and Texas Southern University in Houston.
Davis and his brother Jordan Davis, 19, were both shot at about 8:58 p.m. in the 400 block of Arlington Avenue NW. They were taken to Aultman Hospital.
Canton police are investigating the shootings. Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at 330-489-3144.
Board hires new leader
SMITHVILLE: The Green Local Schools Board of Education has hired its new superintendent.
Dean Frank, who now serves as principal of Edgewood Middle School in Wooster, will take over June 1. He recently was named the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Principal of the Year.
The Wayne County district will host an open house reception 6:30 to 7 p.m. April 6 in the Wilbur Berkey Fieldhouse Distance Learning Lab.
Frank is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. He also graduated from Ashland University with a master’s degree in educational administration.
His salary will be $98,000.