BATH

Revere superintendent to

give state of schools report

The Annual State of the Revere Schools will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Revere High School Auditorium, 3420 Everett Road.

Join Superintendent Matt Montgomery for an overview of the district, including the five-year financial forecast and construction updates on Bath elementary and Revere High School as well as the district’s bus garage/transportation facility.

Montgomery will also discuss the substitute levy — which will combine two existing levies up for renewal into one levy with no increase in current taxes — slated to be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

 

BATH AND RICHFIELD

Volunteers needed to help

with community cleanup

Project Pride, the annual community event that organizes cadres of volunteers to clean up roadsides in Bath and Richfield, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 27.

Bath Elementary School, at West Bath and North Cleveland–Massillon roads, and the Richfield Village Town Hall Pavilion, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road, will serve as the central meeting areas where volunteers can pick up safety vests, gloves and trash bags as well as street assignments.

Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the cleanup. Call 330-666-4407 in Bath or 330-659-9201 in Richfield to volunteer or for details of how to help.

Document shredding and electronics recycling — computers, printers, monitors, cell phones — at the Richfield Town Hall Pavilion, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road, will be available during the hours of Project Pride. Proof of residency in either Bath or Richfield will be required.

 

PORTAGE COUNTY

Local Republicans elect

new party chairwoman

The Portage County Republican Party recently elected Amanda Suffecool as its next leader.

Suffecool, an engineer from Paris Township, succeeds Jonathan Jennings, who was ousted as party chairman last month after a special meeting.

Of the 54 Republicans who cast ballots at Thursday’s Central Committee meeting, 47 cast ballots for Suffecool, who ran unopposed after there were no other nominations. Five others abstained, and two “no” votes were deemed “illegitimate.”

In addition to her job as director of engineering for an aerospace company, Suffecool operates Realize, a nonprofit group addressing firearms awareness and safety.

Jennings, who had been chairman since 2016, was ousted after the party held a closed door session. Elayne Cross, vice chairwoman of the party, had served as interim chair of the party since that meeting.

Cross gave an opening statement calling for party unity.

 

CINCINNATI

Medina man pleads not guilty

in missing child hoax

A 23-year-old man authorities say impersonated a long-missing child pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to federal agents.

Brian Michael Rini of Medina was arraigned after his indictment last week on those charges and charges of aggravated identity theft.

He was initially arrested on a single false statement count after DNA testing proved he wasn't Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Rini had been found April 3 wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, where police say he claimed to be the Pitzen boy at age 14 and told them he escaped captors who sexually abused him.

A federal magistrate earlier this month cited Rini's lack of a permanent address, past mental health issues and "a lengthy criminal history" that goes back to age 13 as she ordered him held without bond.

He was released from a state prison in March after serving more than a year on burglary and vandalism charges. He twice earlier portrayed himself in Ohio as a juvenile victim of sex trafficking, authorities said.

In 2017, Rini was treated at an Ohio center for people with mental health or substance abuse problems, according to court papers.


 

COLUMBUS

Boy's drag performance

prompts official's action

The drag queen performance of a 9-year-old boy at a bar outside Columbus has prompted a state legislator to propose a law aimed at closing what he says is a "loophole in child exploitation laws."

The Toledo Blade reports legislation proposed by Rep. Timothy Schaffer, R-Lancaster, would update child endangering laws to prevent performances by children that simulate sexual activity and appeal to "the prurient interest."

Jacob Measley's mother, Jerri, says  her son is not allowed to dance to songs with sexual language and that his moves were learned in dance and gymnastics classes.

The furor began after Jacob, of Perrysburg, performed in drag as "Miss Mae Hem" at a Lancaster bar outside Columbus in December.