RAVENNA

Man charged in dad's death may not

be competent to stand trial

It’s not clear whether an Aurora man charged with killing his father will be able to stand trial.

There is a question of mental competency for Colton Gavin, 21, of Prestige Wood Drive, Aurora, said his lawyer, Joseph F. Gorman. He has been receiving mental health treatment in the Portage County jail, according to court records.

Gavin is accused of stabbing his father, Thomas Gavin, 52, multiple times with a kitchen knife on Nov. 19.

An expert has been hired by the defense and will produce a report on Gavin’s competency. A jury trial was scheduled for May 14.

A hearing has been scheduled for the competency report for April 30. Gavin is being held in the Portage County jail.

COLUMBUS

State Senate OKs bill on burial,

cremation of fetal remains

The Republican-controlled state Senate has approved a bill requiring Ohio abortion clinics to arrange for fetal remains to be buried or cremated.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) mandates that abortion providers inform women prior to the procedure of those two choices.

The bill, which passed 24-7 Wednesday, further requires clinics to document transfer of the remains to either a funeral home or crematorium. The paperwork must be filed with the Ohio Department of Health.

Uecker says he wants to "promote and honor the dignity of the unborn." Abortion rights groups say the bill aims to shame women and put legal abortions further out of reach.

The Senate has passed two previous versions of the bill. It goes next to the House.

AG Yost says he'll fight for

pre-existing condition coverage

Ohio's attorney general says he plans to file a federal court brief opposing the potential elimination of health care coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost told the Associated Press on Thursday the decision of a federal judge in Texas declaring all provisions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, would leave nearly 2 million Ohioans without health insurance if upheld.

Democratic attorneys general from 17 states have appealed Judge Reed O'Connor's December ruling with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Yost says he'll file his brief in support of requiring health insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions next week.

President Donald Trump's administration said Monday it wants the Affordable Care Act struck down.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Summit County clerk to hold

fundraiser April 10 in Akron

Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt will have a fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 10 at Dante’s Gameday Grille, 1019 N. Main St.

Snacks and beverages will be served. Suggested donations range from $25 to $250.

Kurt has been the clerk since January 2016.

To RSVP, email sandrakurt@yahoo.com or call 300-869-0065.

NEW FRANKLIN

Community shredding

day to be be April 27

The city will host a Community Shredding Day from 9 a.m. to noon April 27 at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

Proof of residence will be required to participate. Residents will be limited to 10 file boxes or shopping bags.

The event is sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Developmental disabilities board

honors several in community

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board honored several community members and disability advocates this week►march27◄ at its annual Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Celebration.

More than 250 elected officials, community leaders and disability service providers gathered at Quaker Square for the event.

“Disability is natural. It’s only when we change our attitudes and actions that our community can be welcoming for all people,” Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk said in a prepared statement. “Because of the efforts of this year’s winners and nominees, Summit County continues to move forward and make meaningful connection for those with disabilities. And in turn, they make this community a better place for citizens of all abilities.”

The following people were recognized:

• Dottie Schrum Culture Award: Zach Grnach & Mary Beth Siegfried of Individual Outcomes in Tallmadge

• Community Impact Award: Inclusioneers Inc. (Mike Firtha and Haylee DeSonne)

• Russ Pry Community Leader of the Year Award: Frank Comunale

• Carlene Weaver Achievement Award: Shaquan “Shaq” Mills-Lanier