AKRON

Authorities name victim

of fatal Akron shooting

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a man shot to death Wednesday in West Akron as 41-year-old Freddy Todd Jr. of Akron.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

Authorities said Todd was found by his roommates in the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of Orlando Avenue about 5:30 p.m. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where he later died.

Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People also can text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

HUDSON

State Route 91 work

planned for next year

A $4.4 million project to install left turn lanes in three locations along state Route 91, add sidewalks and bike lanes and improve storm sewers and lighting is expected to occur next year, according to Hudson officials.

The turn lane installation work is planned for a 1.2-mile stretch of Route 91 from Brandywine Creek Drive, north over the Ohio Turnpike to Middleton Road, City Engineer Brad Kosco said.

Designated left turn lanes will be added along Route 91 at Valley View Road, Herrick Park Drive and Hines Hill Road to “increase safety and enhance the traffic flow,” city spokeswoman Jody Roberts said. Other features of the project include adding bicycle lanes and a sidewalk on the east side of the road, improving the storm sewer system and installing improved lighting at the intersections.

The project is being funded with state and local money, Roberts said.

Kosco said the project design is finished and he expects the work to be bid in late fall. Roberts said the work is planned for 2020.

Kosco said that while two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project, “lane closures are anticipated.”

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Man cannot withdraw

guilty plea in OD deaths

A Summit County judge has denied a request from an Akron man to withdraw his guilty plea in a case involving two overdose deaths.

Shawndre Springfield, 20, is accused of selling carfentanil in July 2016 to a 22-year-old man who died after taking it. Prosecutors say Springfield, while out on bond, sold drugs in September 2016 to another person who shared them with a 40-year-old Hudson woman who fatally overdosed.

Springfield pleaded guilty in November to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, with several other drug charges expected to be dropped.

Springfield, however, filed a request Dec. 24 asking to withdraw his plea. Kirk Migdal, Springfield’s attorney, said during a January hearing that Springfield has maintained his innocence and perhaps the case should be tried. He said there are “a lot of questions of fact.”

Assistant Prosecutor Felicia Easter, however, urged Jones to deny Springfield's request. She said he knew his rights and was represented by a competent attorney.

Jones denied the request in a ruling Friday that didn’t explain her reasoning. A sentencing date hasn’t yet been set.

 

WATERLOO SCHOOLS

Board OKs reductions

in high school educators

A high school wood shop teacher and a choir teacher have been cut and an art teacher reduced to part-time as part of Waterloo’s reduction in force.

The Waterloo Board of Education approved the suspension of the two contracts and the third being reduced to part time at its meeting Thursday night.

Board action had to be taken at the April board meeting so proper notice could be given to the teachers, Superintendent Shawn Braman said. If the district’s proposed 1.25 percent income tax levy is passed at the May 7 election, however, he said all three educators would be brought back full time.

The last time new money was passed was in 2013 when a 5.9-mill five-year levy was approved, Treasurer Todd Carpenter said. It was renewed in 2018.