Teen charged in killing
of girl, 14, appears in court
The 13-year-old boy charged in the death of Sylvia McGee appeared in juvenile court Wednesday.
The teen pleaded not true, the juvenile equivalent of not guilty, to aggravated murder. He's also charged with obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.
A pretrial hearing is set for 9 a.m. May 28.
Several members of McGee's family, including her mother, attended the hearing. The defendant's mother sat with him at the defense table.
The judge granted a request to keep the defendant in the attention center.
During Wednesday's hearing, the judge instructed attorneys not to discuss the case with any media outlet or via social media.
Police say McGee, 14, was found dead March 30 from a gunshot wound to the head on Bieyl Court Southwest.
Following the hearing, Carlina Hanley, McGee's great-aunt, said it was emotionally difficult to see the defendant in court.
Hanley said she believes the 13-year-old, an acquaintance of McGee's, fatally shot her niece. She said she also believes others were involved in the killing and should be held accountable.
No one else has been charged in the case.
Mayor's youth leadership
group seeks members
The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC), a civic leadership initiative designed to educate youth about their government, community organizations and service-led projects, is seeking new members. Students who will be enrolled as ninth, 10th, 11th, or 12th-graders in fall 2019 and who live in Akron are invited by Mayor Dan Horrigan to complete an application at www.MYLCAkron.org.
“I am seeking motivated young people to represent their peers in conversations with me and my staff on important issues like violence, education, neighborhood development, and ways to attract and retain young people in our city,” Horrigan said. “Members will learn more about how city government works, how to qualify for a MYLC high school internship and develop leadership skills that will set them up for success in college, career and life.”
Members will be invited to participate in leadership training and activities that will prepare them to advocate on youth issues and champions for change with a voice in decisions of city government.
For more information, visit the website or contact Myra Snipes, training/diversity manager at 330-375-2704, or Willa Keith, MYLC program coordinator at 330-375-2712.
Kiwanis club seeks grant
applications from nonprofits
The Downtown Akron Kiwanis Foundation is accepting applications for grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 from nonprofit organizations until May 1.
Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years, and their programs must focus on or support efforts in Summit County. The foundation will give preference to projects that benefit preschool and school-age youths.
Forms can be downloaded at akron.kiwanisone.org/.
For more information, call 330-877-2041, ext. 1300, or email email@example.com.
Ohio court volunteers
to be recognized at event
The Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Board will host CASA volunteers and board representatives from several Ohio counties as it observes CASA Day in Ohio at the Fairlawn Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
LeeAnne Cornyn, director of children’s initiatives for Gov. Mike DeWine’s office, will be the keynote speaker. Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio will also deliver welcoming remarks.
CASA programs train volunteers who accept cases involving children who are court-involved through no fault of their own. While the case of the family member navigates its way through the court process, the CASA volunteer examines aspects of the child’s environment and makes recommendations during court proceedings to assure the child's best interests are addressed.
The Summit County CASA program is the largest in the state of Ohio and among the top five largest in the nation, with nearly 300 CASA volunteers.
At the end of the luncheon, representatives from the Ohio CASA Board will meet at the Juvenile Court.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for those involved in our particular programs to network and share methods that have worked for us, and how we can improve on what we do,” Summit County CASA/GAL program director Beth Cardina said in a news release. “Our CASA Board and Judge Teodosio have been extremely supportive of our Summit County program, and we hope to continue to be a positive influence in the lives of the children who need our assistance.”