AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

Holiday hours

AKRON: The Customer Service Call Center will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day.

Customer service can be reached at 330-996-3600, or toll free at 800-777-2442.

Regular daily hours of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will resume Tuesday.

The Public Service Counter inside the Beacon Journal will be closed Saturday, Sunday and on Memorial Day. Regular hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume Tuesday.

AKRON

Last look at Roswell Kent

AKRON: The community is invited to take one last look at Roswell Kent Middle School before it closes.

From 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday the building will be open for walk-throughs, activities with students and teachers, and there will be booths set up for yearbooks, memorabilia and food.

Afterward, there will be welcoming festivities for students from 6-8 p.m. at Innes Community Learning Center. The two schools will be consolidating in the fall.

CANTON

Cat killer gets prison time

CANTON: A former Alliance man who killed a cat by throwing it into a fire has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Chad Karka, 40, claims he was drunk during the incident, which took place Jan. 19. He apologized this week in Stark County Common Pleas Court before the sentencing.

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of prohibitions concerning companion animals, a fifth-degree felony, and cruelty to animals, a first-degree misdemeanor. But Judge Chryssa Hartnett criticized him for his cruelty, the Canton Repository reports.

“It literally takes a special deep dark side in a person to be able to do that,” she said, according to the newspaper. “And I can’t fathom how a person gets to that place.”

MEDINA

Man faces new sex charges

MEDINA: An Akron man is facing new kidnapping and rape charges after being accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl from Brunswick High School last year.

William Roberts, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court to charges of first-degree kidnapping and rape, and third-degree sexual battery. He previously had pleaded to two counts of kidnapping.

Authorities have accused Roberts and Jennifer Meyer of Mantua of luring the teen from the school after contacting her on Facebook, the Medina Gazette reports. Meyer, 41, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree complicity to kidnapping.

REGION

Seat belt patrol on streets

AKRON: Better buckle up.

The Akron Police Department and State Highway Patrol will aggressively crack down on motorists who don’t wear their seat belts from now through June 5.

Memorial Day weekend signals the return of the “Click It or Ticket” program. The Akron Police Department and other law enforcement communities across the state will be looking for and ticketing unbuckled drivers and passengers in an effort to raise safety awareness and prevent fatalities.

The campaign is funded by the National Highway Safety Administration through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Man struck by train ID’d

AKRON: The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who was hit and killed by a CSX train in Barberton earlier this week.

Richard Higgins, 49, was struck at 5:45 p.m. Monday while on the tracks near Waterloo Road and Wooster Road North, authorities said.

The cause of death is still pending.