AKRON

Woman dies in accident

AKRON: An Akron woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident along Interstate 76 westbound early Sunday morning.

Kennedy P. Hunter, 19, was driving from the Fuller Street/Third Avenue entrance onto the highway when her silver 2006 Mazda 6 struck the concrete median shortly before 3 a.m., according to Akron police.

The resident of Roslyn Avenue in Akron was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital, where she later died, authorities said.

Akron police and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the accident. Police said Hunter was not wearing a seat belt. It’s unknown if alcohol was a factor.

CANTON

Man’s genitals mutilated

CANTON: A man needed medical treatment early Sunday after his girlfriend attacked him and mutilated his genitals, police said.

Jamie M. Gammel, 39, of the 500 block of Saylor Place Southwest, is charged with felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. She was being held in the Stark County Jail.

According to the arrest report, Gammel was charged because she “did attempt to remove the victim’s testicles from his body during a physical altercation.” Police said the attack caused the victim serious harm that required medical treatment. The report didn’t say if a weapon was used in the attack. Police also said that Gammel hit the victim in the face.

Police were called to Gammel’s residence just before 4 a.m. Sunday. According to the arrest report, Gammel and the victim are girlfriend and boyfriend.

— Canton Repository

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RITTMAN

Boy’s body recovered

RITTMAN: For 26 hours, Chief Don Sweigert of the Rittman Fire and Rescue led a mission to find a 13-year-old boy who went missing in Chippewa Creek on Sunday afternoon.

By Monday evening, the mission ended as a body recovery. Rescue crews recovered the boy’s body at 5:15 p.m., about 20 feet downstream from a small dam on Morton Salt property where the boy and two others went swimming in a low area of the creek bed.

“We would have hoped it would have been a better outcome and we were all praying it would be a better outcome,” Sweigert said.

The area was overlooked on Sunday because there was so much more water after Saturday’s rains. By Monday, the water had recessed about a foot and a half to two feet. Rescue crews were able to do a linked search to find the body.

“Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with the family of this young man,” Sweigert said during a news conference.

The name of the boy is being withheld at the family’s request until the coroner can confirm identification, according to Sweigert. The boy was not a Rittman resident and did not attend Rittman City Schools. He was visiting his mother, who lives in Rittman.

—Wooster Daily Record

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STATE NEWS

Auditor seeks involvement

COLUMBUS: Ohio’s auditor is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of what used to be the state’s largest online charter school.

Republican Auditor Dave Yost’s office took steps to preserve computer data from the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow but so far hasn’t been a party to the case before a Franklin County judge overseeing the closure of ECOT.

The e-school shut down earlier this year after the state determined ECOT should repay nearly $80 million in unjustified public funding.

The request to intervene in court is aimed at ensuring the auditor’s office remains involved in the related legal proceedings, Yost’s office said Tuesday.