AKRON

Issue 4 expenditures

to be focus of meeting

Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host District Fire Chief Joe Natko, who will discuss how tax dollars collected through Issue 4 have been spent and highlight safety tips, at a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday community meeting at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

HUDSON

Santa, music and more set

for downtown holiday walk

The Hudson Holiday Walk is slated for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday downtown along Main Street, First & Main, Acme Plaza, Evaporator Works and other locations, according to MyTownNEO.com.

A live Nativity on the Clocktower Green is being staged by the Hudson First Congregational Church. The display will include the Holy Family, shepherds, sheep and a camel. The Hudson High School Music Association will provide choral and instrumental music all over town. Area Girl Scouts carol at the First & Main Gazebo, while Santa and his elves will make stops at several downtown spots.

Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, a hot cocoa warm-up station and children’s crafts and activities at First & Main.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Support group helps cope

with death of children

A national support group dedicated to helping parents, siblings and grandparents cope with the loss of a child is starting a Northeast Ohio chapter.

The new Akron-Cleveland affiliate of Helping Parents Heal will begin having monthly meetings in January.

For more information, go to the chapter’s Facebook page or email hphnortheastohio@gmail.com. To learn more about Helping Parents Heal, visit the group’s main website at www.helpingparentsheal.org.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Driver in crash that killed

kids held on $2 million bond

A Canton man indicted in a four-vehicle crash that killed two children is being held on $2 million bond.

Robert Eckenrode has pleaded not guilty in Lorain County to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of drugs.

The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports that Eckenrode, 48, was arrested this month on charges related to the Aug. 8 collision on state Route 2. Authorities say he was driving a box truck that hit another vehicle and triggered a chain-reaction crash.

A message seeking comment was left at Eckenrode's attorney's office Monday.

Two children taken to hospitals after the crash died from their injuries: 12-year-old Mackenzie Lansberry, of Sheffield, and 21-month-old Daniel Turner, of Lorain.

Authorities said several other people were injured. Eckenrode wasn't hurt.

MACEDONIA

2 injured in one-car

crash on highway

A Bedford boy, 17, and a 19-year-old woman were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after the boy lost control of the vehicle they were traveling in and it flipped over on Interstate 271 northbound, just south of Ledge Road at a little after 5 p.m. Sunday, reports MyTownNEO.com.

Ripley said the boy, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle through the driver’s door window. The woman, who was wearing a seat belt, was not ejected and was able to get out of the vehicle before safety forces arrived.

“They were both very lucky,” Fire Capt. Brian Ripley told the website.

Ripley said he believes at least one lane remained open to traffic. Police and fire dispatchers said the scene was cleared by about 6:40 p.m.