AKRON

Gunfire strikes

Lovers Lane homes

Three Lovers Lane houses were shot Tuesday afternoon, according to an Akron police report.

Officers were dispatched to a call about shots fired near the intersection of Lovers Lane and Ada Street.

When officers arrived, they found 10 spent shell casings near the intersection and observed three Lovers Lane residences that were struck by bullets. The front porch of one house was struck three times.

No injuries were reported.

A witness reported seeing three males, 18-25 years old, driving in a white car near the intersection.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department detective bureau at 330-375-2490.

Murder suspect

pleads not guilty

A 24-year-old Mansfield man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court to a triple shooting in October in Akron that left one man dead and two other people injured.

Joel Bowman Jr. is charged with one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, four counts of felonious assault and one count each of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. Several of the charges include gun specifications.

Bowman is accused of shooting at a car driven by Christian J. Gibson, 21, of Akron about 9 p.m. Oct. 26 on The Brooklands, just south of Newton Street. Gibson was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe he tried to flee the parking lot of a nearby business and rolled into a tree.

Two passengers were found outside the vehicle, one struck in the arm and the other in the chest. Both were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Bowman is being held at the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond. His case has been assigned to Judge Kelly McLaughlin.

Tonya Lewis Lee

to speak at program

The second annual "Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, Healthy Families" event will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Buchtel Community Learning Center, 1040 Copley Rd.

The event is hosted by Let's Move Summit County and presented by Summit County government to support healthy pregnancies.

The keynote speaker this year is Tonya Lewis Lee, an author and health advocate who like her husband, Spike Lee, makes films. There will be safe sleep training for dads; children’s books; free lunch; local health vendors and community partners; music; prizes; healthy movement exercises; chair massages for moms and a play area for kids. METRO Bus rides to or from the event are free from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. by presenting the event flyer.

SUMMIT COUNTY

NAMI training offers

support for families

NAMI Summit County is registering for its free Family to Family training.

The 12-week program is designed for family members and close friends of those with severe and persistent mental illness and meets once a week for about two hours.

The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills and more to assist families in helping their loved ones.

The free course is conducted by trained family members, and all materials are provided.

The next session will begin 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 30 at Community Support Services, 150 Cross St. in Akron.

Contact info@namisummit.org or 330-252-1188 to register.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Law professor chosen

for state ethics award

University of Akron professor John “Jack” Sahl has been awarded the 2019 Eugene R. Weir Award for ethics and professionalism by the Ohio State Bar Association.

This is the highest ethics recognition awarded by OSBA. Sahl will receive the award during the state bar’s annual meeting Friday in Columbus.

Sahl is being recognized for his work to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics in Ohio and internationally. He is the director of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at UA’s law school.

Sahl, a UA professor since 1991, said he is honored to receive this award, especially because he served with Weir for several years on the ethics committee. He said Weir mentored him on his first investigation of a lawyer misconduct case.