CANTON

Police arrest Canton boy, 13,

in slaying of 14-year-old girl

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Sylvia McGee.

The Canton teen was charged Tuesday, said Michelle Cordova, who heads the juvenile division of the Stark County prosecutor's office. The Beacon Journal does not name juveniles charged in crimes unless they are charged as adults.

He is scheduled to appear in Stark County Family Court on Wednesday morning on the aggravated murder charge as well as a previously filed juvenile charge of obstructing justice. He is the same boy charged earlier with lying to authorities during their investigation.

Cordova described him as an “acquaintance” of the victim. “They’ve known each other for quite some time,” Cordova said.

 

AKRON

Bridgestone tournament

leader to address Kiwanis

John Sanderson, the tournament volunteers chairman for the 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, will speak at the luncheon meeting for the Kiwanis Club of Akron at noon Thursday.

The luncheon will be at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

Sanderson is part of the Northern Ohio Golf Charities volunteer team that has more than 1,000 members and has put on a world-class golf tournament at Firestone Country Club every summer since 1984. The team has raised more than $28 million for charitable groups in Northeast Ohio.

The Players Championship will be July 9-14.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at smcbryer@ohiohealthbenefits.net.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS

City approves rezoning

of golf course property

Despite objections raised by many residents, a majority of City Council agreed Monday to rezone a golf course property as the first of several steps to allow the construction of a 148-unit townhome development on Akron-Peninsula Road.

The council voted 7-4 to change the zoning of the Sycamore Valley Golf Course, 1651 Akron-Peninsula Road, from E-1 employment district to R-3 suburban density residential. The rezoning was requested by developer Danny Karam and Sycamore Valley Development Co. LLC for the project in which Ryan Homes would build the homes.

The vote happened after a series of Planning Commission and City Council meetings in which many residents who live near the property opposed the rezoning due to concerns about flooding, traffic volume and issues related to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Council members Russ Iona, Adam Miller, Mary Nichols-Rhodes and Drew Reilly voted against the rezoning.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Woman sentenced to jail

for not paying child support

A Hartville woman convicted of not paying child support was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger also ordered Valerie Ziemba to spend 180 days in an Oriana House work release program and placed her on probation for two years.

A jury convicted Ziemba in February, the first time in more than 10 years that a criminal nonsupport case had gone to trial in Summit County.

Ziemba was ordered to pay child support for her four children in April 2007.

Despite being a registered nurse, having her own catering business, and obtaining a master’s degree, prosecutors say Ziemba failed to make any effort to financially support her children. Ziemba owes more than $95,000 in support.

Lanzinger ordered Ziemba on Tuesday to pay $752.77 a month in support until her debt is paid.

 

MEDINA COUNTY 

Brunswick man and dog

killed in Grafton Road fire

A man and his dog were killed in a fire Monday night at a house on Grafton Road in Brunswick, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com news partner News 5 Cleveland reported Tuesday.

The fire, which was in the living room, was small but the elderly man, who has not been identified, couldn't escape, Fire Chief Joshua Erskine told the television station.

"The byproducts of combustion, smoke is extremely harmful; that can very well be the case here that he was overcome by smoke," he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.