AKRON

Medical examiner IDs

body pulled from sewer

The body that was pulled Saturday from a downtown Akron sewer has been identified as Kennith F. Snyder.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identification Monday after conducting an autopsy.

The Akron Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team extracted the man, whom Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said Saturday was a 50-year-old white man with a history of homelessness.

Snyder’s body was discovered near West Exchange and Water streets just before 8 a.m. Saturday by a sewer construction worker. There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that the cause and manner of death are pending. Gary Guenther, chief investigator with the medical examiner's office, said in a new release issued Monday that there was no lethal trauma noted during the autopsy.

The Akron Police Department is investigating.

Volunteers to gather

for valley road cleanup

A Merriman Valley Clean-Up is planned Saturday on Riverview, Everett and Akron-Peninsula roads.

It is being sponsored for the second year by the Akron Bike Club, which is hoping other recreational users of the national park will join in. Members say the goal is twofold: maintaining the beauty of the area and making the roads safer for bicyclists.

Participants are asked to park and gather at Szalay's at 4563 Riverview Road in Peninsula, at 7:30 a.m. The event will conclude no later than 2:30. Snacks and refreshments will be provided to everyone who shows up to help. Rain date is the following day.

Judge to offer training

on trafficking response

Akron Judge Ron Cable, who is presiding over a new human trafficking docket, will host a free training called “Responding to Human Trafficking: One Case At A Time” May 20.

The event will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ocasek building, 161 S. High St. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Cable is partnering with the Ohio Supreme Court to offer the training, which is open to judicial officers, prosecutors, attorneys, law enforcement, human trafficking advocates, community leaders and the public.

Registration is available online at: https://bit.ly/2GPp5sW.

Marathon race series

seeks 2,000 volunteers

The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation is seeking 2,000 volunteers this year to help with the National Interstate 8K & 1 Mile in June, the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K in August and the flagship FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay in September.

For information about specific volunteering opportunities, contact Katie Riley at the Akron Marathon at kriley@akronmarathon.org or 330-434-2786.

Soap Box Derby sponsor

aboard for fourth year

Pilot Flying J is giving $25,000 to the International Soap Box Derby to sponsor the starting gate at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby race for the fourth consecutive year.

The championship will be held July 20 at Derby Downs in Akron.

“Making a positive difference in the communities we serve is a core principle of Pilot Flying J,” company spokeswoman Meg Counts said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to sponsor the Soap Box Derby and support its mission to engage and develop youth into tomorrow’s leaders.”

SUMMIT COUNTY

Sexual assault victim

sues Oriana, former worker

A woman who was sexually assaulted by a former Oriana House recovery coach is suing the coach and Oriana House.

The woman recently filed a lawsuit against Todd Mathews and Oriana House in Summit County Common Pleas Court. She is claiming assault and battery, and negligent hiring, training and supervision.

Mathews, 43, pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors in Summit County Common Pleas Court to gross sexual imposition and was sentenced in January to one year in prison and five years of probation. He originally faced additional charges.

Summit County Sheriff’s deputies say Mathews drove the 31-year-old woman to a parking lot in Tallmadge on May 4, 2018, and sexually assaulted her in a vehicle.

The Beacon Journal typically doesn't name rape victims.

Oriana House declined Monday to comment on the lawsuit.