High school basketball. Ellet beats Buchtel 64 to 59. Reported by Michael Bev-in. Ellet seniors Alfred Johnson the third and Steven Zampelli both played a big part in Ellet’s victory over Buchtel on Friday night in the City Series boys basketball post-season championship game in front of an exuberant crowd at Firestone. Johnson compiled a triple-double and Zampelli showed off his shooting skills. Those are two seniors stepping up, Ellet coach Mark Fisher said.

Larry Nance Junior won’t say if his first shot at N.B.A. Slam Dunk title will include his 1984-winning dad. Reported by Marla Ridenour. Larry Nance Junior isn’t into visualization, at least not the meditation kind. But the 25-year-old Cavaliers center-forward has envisioned what would happen if he follows up his father’s victory in the N.B.A. inaugural Slam Dunk Contest in 1984 with a triumph of his own during All-Star Saturday night in Los Angeles. “It’s fun to talk about,” Nance said.

Friday morning blowouts: Akron potholes ruin rush hour for some northbound I. 77 commuters. Reported by Amanda Garrett. John-uh-than Uj-hazy started to pull back onto Interstate 77 northbound in the Friday morning darkness when his whole car started to quake, so he pulled off again. He hit a giant pothole near the Copley Road exit about 5:40 a.m. and a tow truck driver had already fixed a flat tire and sped away. But the pothole had shredded a second tire, too. As he waited for help, he watched other drivers hit the same pothole and blow tires, too. How many cars were affected Friday wasn’t entirely clear. Akron police dispatchers fielded at least four calls from people who said there were eight to 10 vehicles disabled.

Follow the international trail of fentanyl and carfentanil to remodeled Akron home. Reported by Amanda Garrett. Forty-five Summit County residents overdosed the week that federal agents stopped a suspicious package that had been shipped from China to Green.

U.S. Postal Service and Customs and Border Protection didn’t say in court records what drew their attention to the box in October, but when federal agents opened it, they found 100 grams of white powder in a bag tucked into food. For more on this and for the first part of this two-part story, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.

Habitat to dedicate first two homes built in Cuyahoga Falls. Reported by Paula Schlice. Akisha Walker couldn’t imagine herself as a homeowner. Raising her two daughters in a small Akron apartment, the single mom and mail carrier assumed a mortgage would be out of her reach. But very soon, she’ll be moving her girls into a new three-bedroom home in Cuyahoga Falls, with a garage and a shed and a lawn in a neighborhood where her children can play on the sidewalk and go to a school district Walker’s always admired. Hers will be one of two Habitat for Humanity homes that mark the organization’s first builds in Summit County’s second largest city.

Trevor Bauer wins arbitration case. Reported by Ryan Lewis. Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case against the Indians and will make $6.525 million for the 2018 season. Bauer and the Indians each presented their cases to an arbitration panel after not being able to come to an agreement on a deal. Bauer filed for $6.525 million and the Indians countered at $5.3 million. The hearing took place on Feb. 8, but the release of the result was delayed as to not affect other cases for starting pitchers that were still on-going.

A. Schulman Inc. in Fairlawn agrees to be purchased in $2.25 billion cash deal. Reported by Jim Mackinnon. Fairlawn polymer company A. Schulman Inc. is being purchased by a plastics and refining company for $2.25 billion. Lyondell Basell Industries, a publicly traded company with $34.5 billion in revenue last year, said it has a definitive agreement to purchase A. Schulman Inc. for $42 a share using cash on hand. The purchase should be a good deal for both A. Schulman shareholders and its employees, Schulman Chief Executive Officer Joseph Gingo said.

UA President Wilson named semifinalist for top job at University of Central Florida. Reported by Katie Byard. University of Akron President Matthew Wilson is one of eight semifinalists for the presidency of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Members of a presidential search committee for the 66,000-student UCF met Thursday morning and narrowed a list of 40 applicants to the eight semifinalists including Wilson, who has proved popular with students since taking over the top UA post in 2016. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.

Tuesday Musical serenades Summit courthouse crowd with Valentine’s Day treat. Reported by Stephanie Warsmith. Defense attorney Don Hicks smiled when he walked into the Summit County Courthouse during lunchtime Wednesday and was greeted by the sight and sound of live music. He stopped, coat on and hat in hand, and listened to the Tuesday Musical artists perform a selection of classical music by renowned artists like Beethoven. Hicks was among several dozen people who enjoyed the musical performance, a treat in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Republicans want to close Ohio Department of Education and abolish state school board. Reported by Doug Livingston. A Republican proposal to collapse state agencies in charge of colleges, schools and workforce development has drawn quick and sharp criticism from public school groups and Democrats. State Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, spearheaded the consolidation plan, which has the support of leadership in the Ohio House. Reineke’s office said combining the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation “will not have a direct impact on local school boards or school districts.”

LeBron James seizes leadership role for Cavaliers’ young, hungry newcomers, as his hoarse voice attests. Reported by Marla Ridenour. LeBron James’ voice was raspy. But his words sounded as if he wished the strain from barking defensive coverages and giving offensive directions had tested his vocal cords months ago. Back then, no matter how much the Cavaliers talked about communication, no one seemed to be listening. That all changed on Thursday when three trades involving four teams sent out six players who may have given more lip service than attention to the issue. Four newcomers arrived, including a 31-year-old point guard and three 25-year-olds who are starved to learn, to win and to do it the right way.

Gifts surge nearly 60 percent at UA; Student Union to be named after donor of $20 million. Reported by Katie Byard. Donations to the University of Akron jumped nearly 60 percent for the first six months of this fiscal year. The tally doesn’t include the university’s largest single gift ever: a $20 million donation from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, who died in July at age 94. While the gift was revealed in October, it is not yet on the books. On Wednesday, UA trustees approved naming the Student Union in honor of Taber, a longtime benefactor of the school. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.

Stock market turmoil happening during economic strength, with growth to come, Huntington executive says. Reported by Jim Mackinnon. The recent stock market correction and ongoing volatility are happening in an economic upturn and do not appear to be something to lose much sleep over, Huntington Bank’s chief investment officer says. Meanwhile, the Akron area economy is performing well but also needs to generate more jobs, Huntington’s John Augustine said during an economic forecast presentation Tuesday morning.

Indians have two open spots in rotation, four pitchers vying for them. Reported by Ryan Lewis. Four pitchers all wanting to stick in the starting rotation, but only two available spots — the Indians might have a “good” problem to have, but there’s plenty for the club to sort out by the time Opening Day rolls around on March 29 in Seattle. One of Indians manager Terry Francona’s evergreen beliefs is that a team can never have too much pitching. It’s better to have too many options and be forced to make some tough decisions than not have enough and try to stretch everybody further than desired. Heading into spring camp, the Indians find themselves in the preferred group.

Akron recipes wanted. Reported by Katie Byard. Wanted: Recipes that help make up the Akron area’s rich food history. Judy James, former Akron-Summit County Public Library local history librarian, is seeking recipes for The Akron Recipe Project, a cookbook she is putting together to be published by the University of Akron Press. James is after recipes of ethnic and cultural groups that have made Akron home, as well as family favorites not connected with a particular group or ethnicity. To submit recipes, contact Judy James at akron recipe project at gee mail dot com or call her at 330-815-0775.

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice sentenced to probation; denies other allegations. Reported by Stephanie Warsmith. Former Akron Police Chief James Nice received one year of probation and lost his certificate to be an Ohio police officer after pleading guilty to misusing a law-enforcement database Tuesday. After Nice’s sentencing, he denied using a racial slur or having a non-consensual affair with a subordinate, which were among the major reasons given for his abrupt resignation as chief last year, along with allegations of possible criminal misdeeds involving his nephew’s used car business. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.

Akron man facing federal charges for Facebook video with message threatening to kill someone, saying, best cop is ‘a dead cop.’ Reported by the Beacon Journal and Ohio dot com. A 34-year-old Akron man is facing federal charges for posting a Facebook video with a message threatening to kill someone and also saying, “The best type of cop is a dead cop.” Raynard Clayton has been charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another person and threatening a person with physical force with the intent to hinder, delay or prevent communication to a law enforcement officer, according to the FBI in Cleveland.

Anxiety of trade deadline behind him, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith starts to regain his championship form. Reported by Marla Ridenour. J.R. Smith said he had never heard his name mentioned so often before the NBA trade deadline. But it wasn’t just the rumors leading up to Thursday that weighed on the 32-year-old Cavaliers guard. The final hour or two as the clocked ticked down to 3 p.m. may have been the most stressful. But after three trades involving four teams as general manager Koby Altman orchestrated a total roster makeover, Smith survived.

Looking for love? Don’t fall for romantic con artists this Valentine’s Day. Reported by the Beacon Journal and Ohio dot com. It’s OK to fall in love this Valentine’s Day, but the Ohio Attorney General is warning not to fall for a love-related scam. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday warned consumers to beware of online romance scams, which have been reported by several Ohio residents in recent weeks.

Hundreds of teachers protest board of education meeting over lack of student discipline by administration. Reported by Theresa Cottom. A dispute over student discipline and contract wording between the Akron Board of Education and teachers union heated up Monday when hundreds of teachers gathered outside the administration building in protest before the regular board meeting. Teachers lined Broadway outside the Sylvester Small Administration Building an hour before Monday’s 5:30 p.m. meeting to raise their voices about what they say is an increase in classroom assaults with improper disciplinary action taken by administration. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.