AKRON

Ann Marie O'Brien named

to municipal court again

Gov. John Kasich has appointed Ann Marie O’Brien again to serve as a judge on the Akron Municipal Court.

She will replace Judge Kathryn Michael, who was elected in 2018 to the Summit County Common Pleas Court.

O'Brien will take office Jan. 15 and must run in the November election to keep the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Jan. 1, 2024.

It's the second time that Kasich has appointed O'Brien as judge in Akron Municipal Court. She was first appointed in February 2017, but then lost the seat in the 2017 general election.

“I’m humbled by the governor’s appointment and I’m extraordinarily excited to be able to serve the public,” O’Brien said in a prepared statement.

Prior to the appointment, she was an attorney for Emershaw, Mushkat, & Schneier, a judicial lawyer for the Summit County Common Pleas Court, and a bailiff and law clerk for the Wayne County Common Pleas Court.

O’Brien received her bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and law degree from the University of Akron.

AKRON

Two killed in separate

crashes on Sunday

Akron police are investigating two fatal accidents Sunday night.

In the first crash, a 61-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was killed in a one-car crash at 7:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of Akron-Peninsula Road.

The victim, who was driving a white 2003 Lexus ES300, was traveling north when he went off the road and struck a tree. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene at 8:01 p.m.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the accident, police said.

The second accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 77 northbound near the interchange with Interstate 76.

The 52-year-old victim, who was driving a blue 2017 Chevy Traverse, traveled off the highway and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

AKRON

Police ID man killed

near South Akron bar

Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal shooting this weekend as Antuan Dorman.

Following reports of gunfire in South Akron, city police found Dorman at 2:30 a.m. Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot near Top Shelf bar on Grant Street a half-block north of Archwood Avenue. The 32-year-old man lived on Carlisle Street in North Hill. His death was the 37th gun homicide in Akron for 2018, up from 32 in 2017.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in the shooting. As of Monday, police had no suspects or motives.

They ask anyone with information to call detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. People can also text TIPSCO with information at 274637 (CRIMES).