Help with signs
AKRON: The city is offering some marketing assistance to local businesses.
Akron is working with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Logos Inc. to provide “trailblazer” signs to help motorists find businesses after they leave the highway.
Motorists are familiar with signs before off-ramps that show the logos of gas stations, restaurants, hotels and attractions. Trailblazer signs — as the name suggests — help drivers after they leave the highway to find businesses that are as far as five miles away. They aren’t intended for companies that are located near the exit.
To get a trailblazer sign, a business must apply to the state. If the business qualifies for a sign and wants to use Akron’s right of way, the city will help the business in positioning the sign.
“The city will do everything it can to help drive motorists to Akron’s small businesses,” Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.
Interested businesses may call Ohio Logos at 800-860-5646 or visit www.?ohiointerstatelogos.com/state/home.aspx.
Teen sex conviction
AKRON: A female dance instructor was convicted Friday of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy in Sagamore Hills.
Kimberly Sauto, 34, of North Ridgeville, was convicted of one felony count of unlawful sexual conduct. She is to be sentenced March 6 by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter.
Sauto, who is married and taught tap dancing, was convicted of having sexual contact with the boy in August and September. She was arrested by Sagamore Hills police in October after her husband alerted officers to text messages he discovered between his wife and the boy.
After the verdict was announced, Hunter revoked Sauto’s bond and ordered her held in the Summit County Jail.
Mayor will speak
AKRON: Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic will give his annual State of the City speech Thursday, March 1.
The luncheon speech will be hosted by the Akron Roundtable at Quaker Station, rather than at Tangier restaurant, where it’s been held in recent years.
The Greater Akron Chamber, which is handling reservations, is still working out details of the event, including the ticket price and registration process.
Plusquellic, already Akron’s longest serving mayor, was re-elected in November to a seventh term.
Trust picks member
AURORA: Ann Womer-?Benjamin of Aurora, a former state representative, has been appointed to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board.
She will serve a three-year term on the 11-member board, which oversees the tuition trust authority, a state agency within of the office of the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. The agency offers a college savings program that has tax advantages.
State Sen. Scott Oelslager, R-North Canton, co-chairs the board.
Womer-Benjamin is a former director of the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Teen hurt in crash
GRANGER TWP.: A 16-year-old Highland High School student was listed in critical condition Friday at Akron Children’s Hospital after a two-vehicle accident.
According to the Medina post of the State Highway Patrol, the teen, whose name was not released, was driving his 2004 Chevy Blazer south on Stony Hill Road about 7 a.m. Friday when he turned into the path of a pickup truck on Wilbur Road.
The patrol said the driver of the pickup, a 22-year-old man, was treated at Summa Health Center at Lake Medina and released.
Firefighters had to remove the 16-year-old from his vehicle with hydraulic tools, officials said.
152 acres donated
HIRAM: Hiram College has added 152 acres of protected woodlands and wetlands to its James T. Barrow Field Station east of the college’s main campus.
The nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy joined with the private Portage County college to acquire the property formerly owned by Isaac Yomtovian.
He gave the land to the college, and the land conservancy paid Yomtovian $250,000 from an $800,000 grant from the Ohio EPA. Hiram and the conservancy jointly received the grant. The balance of the EPA grant will be used to restore Eagle and Silver creeks to their natural pathways and for maintenance.
The transfer expands Hiram College’s Field Station property to nearly 550 acres.
The land conservancy was formed in 2006 by the merger of eight local land trusts. It has preserved more than 420 properties and more than 29,000 acres in northern Ohio in the last few years.
LAKEMORE: A Lakemore man was jailed after police say he pulled out a crossbow before barricading himself inside a home during a domestic dispute early Friday.
Gregory Bolyard, 43, was being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of domestic violence, menacing, inducing panic, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon while intoxicated.
Springfield police Sgt. Eric East said officers were called to Bolyard’s Front Street home about 2:45 a.m. because of reports of a domestic dispute. Officers say Bolyard was inside, sitting at a table and armed with a crossbow.
He is accused of loading the bow at one point while an officer and Bolyard’s girlfriend were in the kitchen. They were able to get outside while Bolyard barricaded himself inside.
Metro SWAT officers responded and eventually persuaded Bolyard to surrender.
Bolyard has three previous arrests for domestic violence, according to court records. He was placed on probation in July after pleading guilty to felony domestic violence. A probation violation was filed Friday after his arrest.
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: A one-vehicle crash on state Route 241 north of Killian Road before 1 a.m. Friday left an Akron woman in critical condition at Summa Akron City Hospital.
The Stark County post of the State Highway Patrol said Amber L. Helems, 23, of Akron, was a passenger in a Jeep Wrangler driven by Joshua E. Poulson, 23, of Hartville.
She was injured when Poulson lost control on a curve on wet pavement.
The Jeep went left of center, drove off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.
Both Helems and Poulson were thrown from the vehicle, officials said.
Poulson suffered minor injuries.
The patrol said neither person was wearing a seat belt and alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.