AKRON

Prosecutor's office offers

free rides during holidays

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office wants to help people who need to get home but have had too much to drink while celebrating the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The Arrive Alive program gives free rides home up to a $65 fare for anyone in Summit.

Summit residents are eligible for rides from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1 by calling 330-475-7888.

“Last year, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the United States. That’s nearly a third of all traffic fatalities. We must do more to keep drunk and impaired drivers off the road. My hope is with the past success of Arrive Alive we will do just that during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a prepared statement. The effort is sponsored by the law firms of Slater & Zurz, Kisling Nestico & Redick, Elk & Elk, and Bevan and Associates, as well as the participating taxi companies, Rides 4 Less Taxi, City Yellow Cab, Be Right There Taxi, and TRJ Transportation. Arrive Alive was launched during the July Fourth holiday weekend. Approximately 25 people used the service. The program was re-launched during the Thanksgiving holiday, where 80 people used the service over the four-day holiday weekend. Also during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Summit County OVI Task Force conducted two OVI checkpoints where no drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

BRIMFIELD

Man dies after being hit

by car on state Route 43

A man died after he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday on state Route 43 just north of Tallmadge Road, according to a Brimfield Township Fire Department official. Brimfield Fire Lt. John Carter said his department was called out to the scene at 7:23 p.m. Carter said the victim was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Brimfield Police Sgt. Dave Knarr said the crash is under investigation.

The victim’s name has not been released.

COLUMBUS

Death row inmate denied

new trial in death of infant

An Ohio man sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of a 3-month-old infant in Youngstown has been denied a new trial.

Death row inmate John Drummond was sentenced to death in 2004 for the killing of Jiyen Dent.

Court records say Drummond used an assault rifle to fire 11 shots into the Dent family home. Drummond was convicted on eight counts total, including aggravated murder and attempted murder.

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a motion for a new trial filed by attorneys forDrummond, 41.

Youngstown television station WFMJ reports Drummond's attorney had argued the jury was prejudiced against his client because it was allowed to hear evidence not directly related to Jiyen's killing.

Drummond is scheduled to be executed in 2022.

YOUNGSTOWN

Services set for 5 children

killed in fire at home

Funeral services have been scheduled for five children killed in a house fire.

Services for the children who ranged in age from 1 to 9 will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.

Penny Wells, director of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, says a two-hour visitation will precede the services. Wells is among community members helping raise funds to cover the children's funeral arrangements.

She says around $30,000 had been raised as of Thursday.

Fire officials' investigation into what caused the Dec. 9 blaze is continuing. Authorities have said there's no sign the fire was suspicious.

Fire Capt. Kurt Wright confirmed the children's injured mother, 26-year-old America (Amy) Negron Acevedo, has been released from a hospital.