Hartville woman convicted
of not paying child support
A jury has found a Hartville woman guilty of not paying child support — the first time in more than 10 years that a criminal nonsupport case has gone to trial in Summit County.
Valerie Ziemba, 50, will be sentenced April 9 on the single count of nonsupport of dependents, a fourth-degree felony.
Ziemba was ordered to pay child support for her four children in April 2007. A news release Friday from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said that despite being a registered nurse, having her own catering business and obtaining a master’s degree, Ziemba failed to make any effort to financially support her children. The case was heard by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jill Lanzinger.
Lisa Radigan approved
for Ward 2 council seat
The city council unanimously voted to appoint Lisa Radigan to the Ward 2 council seat.
Radigan, 38, will replace Casey Weinstein, who resigned from the post Dec. 31 after being elected to the Ohio House.
She will serve as the Ward 2 council member until the end of the term, which expires in December. She said she plans to run for election to the four-year seat in November.
“I know there were quite a few incredibly qualified and enthusiastic candidates and I’m certainly honored that the council chose me,” she said.
She said both infrastructure and green space connectivity will be important issues. Developing bike paths and sidewalks, Radigan said, is “incredibly important” to making the city a destination.
Radigan has lived in the city with her husband and two children for nearly five years. She is the chief ethics and compliance officer for Diebold Nixdorf Inc. in Green. Radigan earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Ohio State University in 2003 and a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, in 2007.
1,000 expected to take
part in Polar Bear Jump
Some 1,000 people are expected to plunge into the icy waters of Turkeyfoot Lake on Saturday for the 16th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump.
Registration begins at noon at the Portage Lakes State Park swim beach at 5031 Manchester Road in New Franklin. (Online registration is closed.)
The jump begins at 2 p.m.
A minimum donation of $30 is required to jump. This year’s jump will benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
For more information, go to portagelakespolarbearclub.com.
Judge Kathryn Michael plans
'retire the debt' fundraiser
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Kathryn Michael will have her final "retire the debt" fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The event will be at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main St., Akron. The suggested minimum contribution is $175.
Michael, a longtime Akron judge, was elected to the common pleas bench in the November election. She replaced Judge Paul Gallagher, who retired.
are running for mayor
Unless someone files as a write-in candidate, it appears that Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates and City Councilman Brian Steele will face off against each other for mayor in the November general election.
They were the only city residents to file petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections by Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Because only two people filed, the spokesman said it is unlikely the two will appear on the May primary ballot. If three or more would have filed, voters would have narrowed the field in the primary to two candidates.
The filings will not be official until the elections board verifies that the two residents submitted an acceptable number of valid signatures from registered city voters.