AKRON

Mental health program

leader to talk to Kiwanis

Thom Craig, director of the Mental Health Program for Peg’s Foundation, will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Akron at noon Feb. 7 at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

Peg’s Foundation in Hudson awards about $5 million in grants throughout Northeast Ohio annually. Mental health organizations receive about 80 percent of the grants, with a focus on chronic, severe and episodic mental illness.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at smcbryer@ohiohealthbenefits.net.

CANTON

Authorities find body

of missing man in creek

Local authorities said they recovered the body of Ja’Ron Nero from Nimishillen Creek.

Nero, 23, had been missing since he fled from police on Jan. 1 as they responded to a domestic dispute in the 700 block of Alan Page Drive Southeast.

His body was discovered around 3:20 p.m. Monday in the creek south of Mill Street Southeast.

“He has been identified with the help of the family,” said Rick Walters, an investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office.

Nero lived in the northeast section of Canton. He reportedly had been in a dispute with a woman and another man before police arrived. He was last seen scaling a fence with a police officer in pursuit.

His body was recovered about three-quarters of a mile south of where the pursuit began. Nero’s family had asked police to take a boat along the riverbanks to look for him.

An autopsy was to be performed Tuesday.

COLUMBUS

Ohio Turnpike sees dip

in traffic during 2018

The number of vehicles traveling on the Ohio Turnpike dipped 1.6 percent last year.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission said Tuesday that a total of 54.3 million vehicles used the toll highway, down from 55.2 million the previous year.

The 241-mile turnpike travels across northern Ohio. The commission also said the highway was free of traffic backups 99.86 percent of the time last year.

“Customers expect safe and efficient travel and we delivered excellent value for their tolls in 2018 with an increase in our free-flowing traffic," Interim Executive Director Martin S. Seekely said in a prepared statement.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Public hearing for plan

to rezone golf course site

Cuyahoga Falls City Council will host a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in council chambers at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St., on an ordinance to rezone the former Sycamore Valley Golf Course, 1651 Akron-Peninsula Road, from E-1 Employment District to R-3 Sub-Urban Density Residential.

MASSILLON

City leaders sign off

on medical services deal

A major hurdle in the city’s agreement with Aultman Health Foundation has been cleared.

In a deal finalized Monday with city leaders, Aultman has agreed to replace a slate of medical services formerly offered by Affinity Medical Center, and has plans to make up to an $8 million capital investment and hire additional employees at the Aultman West site on Wales Road Northeast.

The company is to expand services to include a 10-bed emergency room with associated chest-pain and stroke center, observation unit, clinical support services and medical transportation by the second half of this year. A renaming of Aultman West to Aultman Massillon is scheduled for this spring.

The City Council voted 8-1 Monday to authorize the final deal with Aultman. Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry signed the pact following council’s passage.

Autlman’s portion of the final agreement is expected to be signed soon, according to Kevin Pete, chief strategist for the Aultman Health Foundation, who said once completed the first monetary installment of the deal — $515,000 of $2.06 million — will be transferred to the city.

“Our team is working diligently to get everything ready and to get going later this year [at Aultman West],” Pete said after council’s vote.

 

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