AKRON

Municipal court offering

Valentine's Day weddings

Akron Municipal Court will again offer Valentine’s Day weddings at the Akron Civic Theatre.

Judges Jon Oldham and Ron Cable will perform weddings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the theater at 182 S. Main St. in downtown Akron. The theater donated the space for the ceremonies.

Appointments are first-come, first-served and must be scheduled and paid for before Feb. 14.

Couples must obtain a marriage license from Summit County Probate Court and pay a cash-only ceremony fee at the Akron Municipal Court Clerk’s Office in Room 836 of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, 217 S. High St. After paying the fee, couples must take their receipt to Room 901 of the Stubbs building to secure a time slot.

The fee is $25 for those in the court’s jurisdiction, which is Akron, Fairlawn, Bath, Richfield, Springfield Township, Lakemore and the Summit County portion of Mogadore. The fee is $40 those outside the jurisdiction.

For more information, call Service Bailiff Patricia Williams at 330-375-2592

AKRON

Man pleads not guilty

in slaying of woman

A 46-year-old Akron man pleaded not guilty Friday ►1-18◄ in a video arraignment to charges related to the death of an Akron woman whose body was set on fire and left on the side of the road in September.

Daniel Jones is being held at the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Jones is charged with murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse for the death of Kerri Blondheim, 43, of Akron.

Blondheim’s body was discovered ablaze in September on a mattress at the side of Van Buren Road in New Franklin near the Barberton line.

A passer-by spotted the roadside fire and authorities initially thought it was merely a mattress on fire. When the flames were extinguished, however, they found Blondheim’s body.

Blondheim had been beaten and suffered trauma to the head and neck, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Attorney Jeff James is representing Jones, who will next be in court for a pretrial hearing Thursday ►Jan. 24◄ before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Court seeks participants

in Parent Project program

Summit County Juvenile Court is seeking participants for the second session of its Parent Project, a program aimed at providing help to parents of children with behavioral problems.

Ten women were in the first group to complete the program, graduating on Jan. 9.

The next session of the free, 10-week program will begin March 14 at the William P. Kannel Juvenile Court Center, 650 Dan. St., Akron.

Each session could last up to three hours. Food and refreshments will be provided, as well as incentives to participants.

For more information, call 330-643-5332 or 330-643-7952.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Deputies seek help to find

driver who ran car off road

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a car accused of running another vehicle off Interstate 77 last week.

The car — described by witnesses as a red 2000 to 2005 Honda Civic — was traveling south on the highway and ran a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta off the road at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 15 just south of U.S. Route 224, authorities said. The car, possibly a four-door vehicle, didn't stop.

The Jetta traveled into the median, went airborne and rolled a number of times before coming to rest in the northbound lanes of the highway. A 20-year-old woman from Green and her 6-month-old son who was secured in a car seat were treated at the scene by Coventry Township firefighters and taken to Summa Akron City Hospital and Akron Children's Hospital for further evaluation.

The sheriff's office had received several 911 calls about the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the deputy Robert DiSabato at 330-643-2181.