AKRON

City gets $2.5 million grant

AKRON: The U.S. Department of Commerce will award a $2.5 million grant to the city of Akron to establish a business incubator space to support the creation of new technology jobs. The department’s Economic Development Administration grant will help construct the Bits and Atoms Innovation Center, a business incubator facility, using 60,000 square feet in the University of Akron’s Polsky Building.

The center will provide services to Ohio entrepreneurs and focus on building new technology companies in Northeast Ohio.

The project already received $1.25 million in the state budget.

The project is anticipated to create 192 jobs by 2019 and attract nearly $14 million in private investment.

Murder conviction upheld

AKRON: The Ninth District Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction of Daniel Tighe for a double murder in 2013.

Tighe, 42, was convicted of the July 23, 2013, murder of Peyton Ralston, 5, his son, and Wendy Ralston, 31, Peyton’s mother.

Tighe hid their bodies in a wooded area behind their shared residence in Tallmadge. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Tighe to life in prison without parole.

In his appeal, Tighe argued the statements he made to investigators should not have been allowed during his trial and that police violated his rights. He also claimed there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals disagreed and denied his appeal.

Man reports $5,000 theft

AKRON: An Akron man who went to buy a motorcycle he found on Craigslist reported to Akron police that he was robbed of $5,000 Monday morning by four men who held him at gunpoint.

The 22-year-old man said one of the men approached him in the 1500 block of Fairfax Road in Akron, where he agreed to meet them to buy a Harley-Davidson Dyna motorcycle. The supposed seller, who used the name Arwil, led him down a driveway to the other three men.

The buyer reported the four men took his wallet — which had his driver’s license, the money and his Social Security card — before fleeing.

The man described the alleged robbers as four black men age 20 to 25 years old.

The man who used the name Arwil stood at 5-foot-10 and weighed about 130 pounds. He had short black hair and a goatee and wore a white shirt and blue and red Chicago Bulls shorts. The second suspect was about 5-foot-9 and weighed 200 pounds, using the name Young Driel.

The Akron man reported he contacted Young Driel and Arwil by Facebook and text message to set up the buy and was warned after the alleged robbery to not contact police.

No further description was provided for the other two men.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Helping crime victims

AKRON: About 250 people will attend a free, daylong conference on the needs of crime victims being offered by Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh’s office Thursday at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St.

Jim Hopper, a national expert who specializes in assisting victims of child abuse and sexual assault, will be the featured speaker. He is an author, trainer and expert witness.

Topics will include the neurobiology of trauma and sexual assault, victim compensation, working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma-informed response to victims. Walsh will give a presentation on Avery, her office’s facility dog that sits in on court proceedings with child victims.

Those attending include law enforcement, victim advocates, Rape Crisis Center employees, doctors, nurses and attorneys in Summit County.

Opioid epidemic seminar

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Community members are invited to attend a seminar on the opioid epidemic on Thursday in which doses of the heroin-reversal drug will be provided for free to Summit County residents.

The event is scheduled to begin with registration at 6:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

The seminar, hosted by Christ Community Chapel and Parents of Prodigals of Hudson, will last from 7 to 9 p.m.

Event-goers will learn the signs of heroin use, receive information on drug treatment and will see how the heroin antidote naloxone, also known as Narcan, is administered.

The event was planned in response to a growing number of drug overdoses in Summit County and across the nation.

Anyone requiring additional information is asked to call Christ Community Chapel-Hudson at 330-650-9533, ext. 339, or Parents of Prodigals’ Ed Davidian at 330-620-5668.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Autism focus of new group

KENT: KSU has a new student organization on campus this fall semester created by students with autism spectrum disorder to highlight diversity, not disability. The new group is called Autism Connections.

Gina Campana, assistant director of diversity assessment and research in Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, also serves as co-adviser of Autism Connections Kent.

The group was formed after expressing an interest for the organization through Kent State’s Autism Task Force, which was created a year ago and is composed of faculty, staff, students, parents and community members.

For more information about Autism Connections Kent, email autismconnectkent@gmail.com or visit the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about autism initiatives at Kent State, visit www.kent.edu/diversity/autism-initiatives.

Adoption meeting

TALLMADGE: Summit County Children Services is sponsoring a free foster care and adoption information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tallmadge Branch Library, 90 Community Road.

The agency has more than 200 children in foster care, including nearly 40 children in permanent custody waiting to be adopted.

Those attending will learn a variety of details about foster care and adoption, including what and how long the process is, what kind of support is provided by the agency and the costs involved with adopting a child. Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children coming into care.

The event is open to the entire community and reservations are not needed.

For more information, call 330-379-1990.