BARBERTON

Boy brings unloaded

guns to middle school

Barberton City School District officials Thursday said students did what they were taught: When they found out a fellow classmate had two unloaded guns, they alerted school officials.

Why the boy brought the weapons to Barberton Middle School was unclear.

No students were threatened, the district said on its Facebook page.

"While we cannot reveal specifics of a police investigation, we can say that the student did not display any harmful intent toward himself or others," the district said. "We are proud of our teachers and our community — this situation was handled quickly and appropriately."

School officials urged adults to remind students that if they see anything potentially harmful they should say something.

COLUMBUS

State opposes condemned man's

request to delay execution

A prosecutor is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reject a condemned man's request to delay his execution set for next month.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says death row inmate Warren Keith Henness' motion is an abuse of the court system.

Henness, 55, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 13. His attorneys want a delay based on a federal judge's finding that Ohio's three-drug injection process "will certainly or very likely cause him severe pain and needless suffering."

Henness' attorneys have separately asked Gov. Mike DeWine to issue a reprieve.

In a Thursday court filing, O'Brien called Henness' request an attempt to avoid justice through "piecemeal litigation."

Henness says he's innocent in the fatal 1992 shooting of a volunteer addiction counselor.

STREETSBORO

New Holiday Inn Express

to be built in city 

A new Holiday Inn Express has been approved for the Shady Lake development on state Route 14.

According to plans, the 17,362-square-foot hotel will front Shady Lake Drive and would be behind a Panda Express and an Arby’s restaurant, said Planning Director John Ceiszkowski Jr.

In September, Geis Construction was turned down for a four-story structure because it was 11 feet taller than city codes permit. The new proposal meets code restrictions.

Plans are subject to conditions by the Streetsboro Zoning and Planning Commission, including design and traffic patterns that don’t interfere with the surrounding area.

Matt Weber of Weber Engineering Services said in September that the potential owner wants to replace the “outdated” Holiday Inn Express at 9459 Route 14.

A variance for a Holiday Inn Express for the Streetsboro Commons development was denied in March 2017.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Furloughed federal workers

to get tax bill extension

Summit County is giving furloughed federal workers a break.

The employees won't be required to pay their first half 2018 property tax bills until they return to work. The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22.

“Many people in our community have been negatively impacted by the government shutdown, through no fault of their own," county Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise said in a prepared statement. "They are struggling to pay bills and support their families. By offering an extension on property tax payments, I hope to provide some relief during this challenging time.”

The affected workers must request an extension by Feb. 15 by calling 330-643-8472 or emailing summittreas@summitoh.net.

To qualify, the employees also must meet the following requirements:

• Property must be residential and owner-occupied

• Owner must be a federal worker affected by the government shutdown

• Owner must provide documentation showing loss of wages, benefits, or income due to the government shutdown

• Property must be current on property taxes

SUMMIT COUNTY

Council member McKenney

to hold office hours

Summit County council member Bethany McKenney will hold her first monthly office hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Green Diamond Pub and Grill, 125 2nd St. NW, Barberton.

McKenney, the District 7 representative, will answer questions and concerns from constituents. District 7 includes Barberton, Norton, New Franklin, Clinton, and part of Akron.

McKenney intends to hold office hours in a different business each month in the area to be easily accessible and to promote awareness of local businesses.