AKRON

Councilman Neal will lead

national racial equity effort

The National League of Cities has named Ward 4 Councilman Russ Neal to the 2019 Race, Equity and Leadership council.

The council works with locally elected officials to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial tensions and build more equitable communities.

Neal, who talks often about racial equity in city government, will steer policy for the national group of cities and advocate for them before Congress and the White House.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Man, 94, struck and killed

by car on Lockwood Road

A 94-year-old man crossing the street was struck and killed by a driver Tuesday afternoon on Lockwood Road.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office — which hadn't publicly identified the man — said the incident happened about 3:20 p.m.

Deputies and the Summit Metro Crash Response team responded and discovered a 2003 Ford Focus was traveling west on Lockwood Road when it struck the Coventry Township man. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where he died, the sheriff's office said.

The road remained closed for about three hours as part of the investigation.

Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be involved, the sheriff's office said, but charges were pending against the car's driver following the investigation.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

No injuries reported in fire

that destroyed garage, cars

A garage fire caused roughly $75,000 in damage, but no injuries were reported at a Hollywood Avenue home early Monday morning, city spokesperson Kelli Crawford-Smith said.

“When the department arrived, the garage and two cars were fully engulfed in fire and both were a complete loss,” Crawford-Smith said in an email Tuesday.

Crawford-Smith said the fire department responded after 1 a.m. and had the fire under control in 15 minutes. The home sustained some siding damage, but is livable. A fence was also damaged, she said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Crawford-Smith said.

STOW

Police pledge more patrols

during Super Bowl Sunday

City police are promising additional traffic enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday to be on the lookout for drunken and drugged drivers.

"The Stow Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl with their friends and family, but encourages those who have been drinking alcohol to have a designated driver or call for a ride from a cab or other car service," police said in a news release.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have identified Super Bowl Sunday as having higher levels of alcohol-related crashes.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Law firm donates items

to help teens in need

The law firm of Kisling, Nestico and Redick is donating 75 personal care bags for teens served by Summit County Children Services.

The bags, which include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more, will be delivered to the agency on South Arlington Street in Akron on Thursday.

The donations are part of the firm's yearlong KNR Cares About Kids campaign, which includes 12 months of aid to organizations that serve children.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Troopers seize 25 pounds

of pot, arrest Florida man

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Florida man last week after finding 25 pounds of marijuana worth about $75,000 in his vehicle during a traffic stop in Summit County.

The suspect is Sean Jimenez, 26, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., who is incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and faces charges of possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

At 3:48 p.m. Jan. 23, troopers stopped a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 with Ohio registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike. Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A search revealed the drugs, troopers said.

 

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