Positive action combats
Community activist Michael Wilson, with support from Express Cuts barbershop, is hosting a night of positive action against violence for Akron Public Schools parents and kids at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 28.
The town hall meeting, dubbed “The Art of Stopping Black-on-Black Violence,” will feature poetry, a panel discussion and free food. Speakers include community activist William Haynes Jr.; Geno Toney, owner and operator of Dream Team Boxing and Learning Resource Center; Eric Leaks with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., University of Akron Beta-Beta Chapter; and Demetrius Fisher, a concerned father.
Wilson said the meeting is the first step in a broader plan to:
• Activate neighborhood elders to address issues in monthly public forums held in high-crime areas.
• Post signs and art in convenience stores, barbershops and on billboards to discourage violence.
• Hold weekly block parties for kids across Akron to promote self-love and constructive principles.
• Hold a "Kill the Violence" concert and have rappers record a CD against violence.
For more information, call Wilson at 330-400-6126.
Akron teens wounded
in two local shootings
Two Akron teens were shot Tuesday in what police suspect are related incidents.
Police said they were called to Miles Street in Middlebury about 9:30 p.m.
They were told that someone shot a 16-year-old boy several times as people stood outside a house where a party that involved gambling was being held.
The teen was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital. He was expected to survive, officers said.
About 9:45 p.m., officers were called to a second shooting — about a mile away from the first — on South Arlington Street in East Akron.
Officers found a boy, 17, who had been shot as he was riding in car when someone fired shots into it. He was taken to Summa Akron City where he was in critical condition.
Witnesses did not give police descriptions of the shooters in either incident.
Police ask anyone with information about the shootings to call detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330 375-2TIP.
Council candidate Lombardo
to hold meetings and rallies
Ward 2 council candidate Phil Lombardo will host town hall meetings and campaign rallies at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill Community Learning Center, 850 Damon St.; 10 a.m. April 20 at Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave., and 7 p.m. April 29 at the Steel Academy, 1570 Creighton Ave.
Residents can meet the candidate, ask questions and voice concerns.
Light refreshments will be served.
Akron Municipal Court
unveils upgraded website
Akron Municipal Court has launched an improved website that features new content.
The website, available at www.akronmunicipalcourt.org, has the ability to translate the material into 100 languages and showcases the court’s news and social media posts, as well as additional information on programs. The site also is compatible with smartphones and tablets.
“Our team worked diligently to launch a new website that benefits all court users,” Jon Oldham, the court’s administrative/presiding judge, said in a news release.
WhiteSpace, an Akron marketing agency, designed the site.
Community garden plan
is topic of Kiwanis event
Douglas Wurtz will talk about his plan to transform four baseball fields into community gardens on North Hill and other efforts to empower the city's refugee population at the 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the West Akron Kiwanis Club at Stonebridge Grill Room of Ohio Living Rockynol, 1150 W. Market St., Akron.
The meeting includes a $10 buffet dinner.
Akron resident identified
as woman killed in crash
A female passenger riding on a motorcycle was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at State Road and Highbridge Road.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman Wednesday morning as Graciela Overstreet, 37, of Akron. A specific cause of death has not been determined, said Gary Guenther, chief investigator with the medical examiner's office.
The motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle at 3:31 p.m. The motorcycle operator was injured and taken to an area hospital, while the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the SUV wasn't injured.
The road was closed for several hours.
The accident was under investigation by Cuyahoga Falls police, Summit County Metro Crash Team and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.