AKRON

Council OKs East End

entertainment district

City Council approved a plan Monday to designate an 80-acre area on East Market Street as an entertainment district.

Called the East End, the area consists of the mixed-use space of the old Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters. It is being developed by Industrial Realty Group (IRG) and will include more liquor permits to support the burgeoning living, shopping and eating scene in the neighborhood.

State law allows cities to approve a limitless number of "community entertainment districts." Akron has only two, covering the northern and southern ends of downtown.

A tax break for all of East End has helped the developer with the cost of converting the commercial space into apartments and offices.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Cancer club plans April 13

reverse raffle fundraiser

The Falls Cancer Club will hold its annual Reverse Raffle on April 13 to raise money to help cancer patients.

The grand prize is $1,500. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Included with the ticket is a buffet dinner, dessert and complimentary beer, wine, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar.

Side boards, raffle baskets, silent auction baskets, 50/50, a raffle of the Lucky #13 ticket, a pinwheel raffle and a raffle of a wine cart with more than 50 wines will also be available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Venue, 10 Tallmadge Circle, Tallmadge.

Proceeds will be used to pay cancer-related bills for the club’s more than 70 cancer patients.

Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Call 330-929-2796 for tickets.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

More tickets made available

to attend Woodward talk

A big response for free tickets to see journalist Bob Woodward on May 4 has prompted Kent State University to switch the event to a bigger place.

The talk will now be at Kent’s State’s Memorial Athletics and Convocation Center (MAC Center), and tickets are now available again, the university said in a news release Monday.

Woodward initially was scheduled to speak in the Kent Student Center ballroom as part of the university’s Presidential Speaker Series. Tickets were gone in less than a day after his talk was publicly revealed last week.

Admission is free, but a ticket is required. For tickets and information, go to: www.kent.edu/president/speakerseries.

Woodward, who is associate editor for the Washington Post, will speak at 7 p.m. His talk coincides with the annual commemoration events marking May 4, 1970, when four students were killed and nine others wounded by the Ohio National Guard during a protest on the Kent State campus.

Woodward is expected to discuss the events of 1969 and the Vietnam War leading up to Cambodia.

REGION

Accidents slow Akron-area

commute Monday morning

Crashes in the greater Akron area slowed Monday's frosty morning commute in places.

There was a vehicle crash reported at 8:45 a.m. on U.S. 224 westbound at Hilbish Avenue near Lakemore.

A crash about 8:10 on Interstate 77 North at state Route 18 in Fairlawn backed up traffic to state Route 21.

The northbound lane of Interstate 77 between Copley Road and Ridgewood Road reopened after an early morning crash closed the right two lanes and backed up traffic.

Another crash on I-76 East at Tallmadge Road in Portage County about 7 a.m. also slowed traffic.

ODOT also reported after 8 a.m. that I-480 westbound in Macedonia reopened after clearing a crash on the on-ramp to I-271 northbound. Traffic moved slowly much of the morning.

Ongoing road construction and early morning glare also slowed traffic. ODOT said weather conditions made roads icy and slippery in spots.

SUMMIT COUNTY

More than 2 pounds of cocaine

reportedly found during stop

An East Liverpool man is facing drug charges after state troopers report they found more than two pounds of cocaine, worth $35,429, during a traffic stop last week in Summit County.

Antoine L. Moman, 44, is being held in Summit County Jail on charges of possession and trafficking in cocaine, both of which are first-degree felonies.

Shortly after 2 p.m. March 27, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol news release, troopers pulled over a 2018 Dodge Journey with a Pennsylvania license plate for a traffic violation. Officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Moman was the driver.

Officers found the cocaine during a vehicle search, the release said.

If convicted, Moman could face up to 22 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.