AKRON

Police investigating

two Tuesday shootings

Akron police responded to two shootings Tuesday night.

In the first incident, officers responded to Ericsson Avenue at South Arlington Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found a 23-year-old man who said he was shot in the right arm while sitting in his car.

He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital and was in stable condition. Police reported the man’s vehicle, a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, was also struck three times by bullets.

In the second incident, officers stopped a 34-year-old Akron woman who appeared to be in distress in the 800 block of Princeton Street around 8:30 p.m.

She told police she was shot in the right shoulder. Police reported the woman appeared to have a graze wound and was treated at the scene by emergency medical responders.

The woman said she was driving near Manchester Road and Kenmore Boulevard between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. when two people fired shots at her vehicle, a 2009 Dodge Journey.

Police reported the back window was shot out, and she was struck in the shoulder. The woman drove over to Princeton Street, where officers stopped her.

The victims in both incidents were unable to describe the shooters.

Neighborhood Assistance

offers open office hours

John Valle, director of Neighborhood Assistance for the city of Akron, will hold open office hours at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13; at Ed Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Drive, from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20; and at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

CLEVELAND

Man, 65, found frozen

to death in vacant home

Police say a 65-year-old man was found dead and frozen inside an abandoned house over the weekend.

Officials say Juan Proctor was found dead about 1:30 p.m. Friday inside the East 123rd Street house — following two days where temperatures fell below zero. Cleveland.com reported that investigators had not determined when Proctor died, and say the home was boarded up and had no heat.

A friend who was dropping off food for Proctor found him dead, and told police he had previously tried to get him to move out of the abandoned house.

Police said Proctor was found "completely frozen" in the house's kitchen area. Authorities said there were no signs of foul play.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Ravenna Twp. man charged

with kidnapping teen girl

A man is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Ravenna Township on Sunday.

Ravenna police have charged Timothy D. Dillon Jr., 19, of Birchview Drive, Ravenna Township, with kidnapping, a second-degree felony.

A complaint filed by police in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna says that Dillon had a purpose to "engage in sexual activity.”

Police Capt. Dave Rarrick said the department had collected “a lot” of evidence as well as interviewed multiple people, including the suspect. He declined further comment on the ongoing investigation.

TWINSBURG

City seeks grant to buy

land for possible trails

The city is seeking a Clean Ohio Fund grant to help with the possible $250,000 purchase of 13.8 acres for its planned trail system.

At a special meeting Jan. 29, the city council voted 5-1 to submit an application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a grant to help fund the purchase of land north of Cannon Road and between Tinkers Creek and the railroad tracks.

The action came after the council adopted the First Mile, Last Mile Community Connections Plan, which could cost the city about $2 million if fully implemented.

The resolution to apply for the grant was adopted as an emergency because the deadline for applying for the grant was Feb. 1. Council member Brian Steele voted no, while council member Greg Bellan was absent.

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