AKRON

Ward 8 meeting

to discuss marathon

Details on the 2019 Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay presented by FirstEnergy, which has moved its starting line to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens this year, will be discussed Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ward 8 meeting in the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

The race, which ends at Canal Park Stadium downtown, is set for Sept. 28. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Festival to highlight

Middlebury culture

The annual Middlebury Cultural Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m. May 25 at 756 Upson St.

The fun event, which moves around the neighborhood each year, will feature presentations on the plan to revitalize Middlebury as well as local history.

There will be food and other vendors, children’s games and art activities, musicians, donation distributions by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Walmart, a Fifth Third Bank E-bus, Summa Health health screenings and more.

The program is hosted by LINKS Community and Family Services in partnership with residents and other community organizations.

For more details, call pastor Yolanda Parker at 330-794-5230 or visit www.links741.com.

 

MEDINA

Ex-truck driver linked to

deaths to be evaluated

A former long haul trucker authorities say is linked by DNA to slayings of four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois has been ordered hospitalized at a psychiatric facility to determine if he's mentally competent to stand trial on rape charges outside Cleveland.

Medina County Judge Joyce Kimbler on Friday ordered 49-year-old Samuel Legg's hospitalization for up to four months, The Medina Gazette reported.

Legg is charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in September 1997. The Medina County prosecutor then didn't pursue charges after questioning the victim's credibility.

Defense attorney David Sheldon says Legg is currently unable to assist in his defense.

Authorities arrested Legg at an Arizona group home in January after updated DNA technology linked him to the rape, three Ohio slayings and one in Illinois.

 

STATEWIDE

Judge Linda Teodosio

to lead bar association

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has been chosen by her peers to serve as the next president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the group announced in a news release Friday. As president-elect, she will serve as an officer of the OSBA beginning July 1 and assume the presidency in July 2020.

Her election will give the OSBA its first all-women officer panel this year when current President-elect Eleana Drakatos assumes her role as president, serving along with OSBA CEO Mary Augsburger.

Teodosio has served as a Summit County juvenile court judge since 2003. And over the span of her 36-year career, she has worked as an attorney in private practice, a judicial attorney in a court of appeals and as municipal court judge and magistrate.

"I am honored and humbled to be elected President-Elect of the Ohio State Bar Association by my peers and look forward to working with Ohio lawyers and in service to my profession," Teodosio said in a statement.

"Linda has been a true leader and innovator in our profession and I know that the experience and perspective she brings will greatly benefit our members and our collective efforts to advance justice and the legal profession," said current OSBA President Robin Weaver. “I got to know Linda during her term on the OSBA Board and am confident she will be a great leader for this Association.”

 

More than 30,000 register

to buy medical marijuana

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program says more than 30,000 people with physician recommendations have registered to legally buy cannabis with about half having made purchases since some licensed dispensaries opened in January.

The state provided an update on various aspects of the program Friday, to include:

• 17 of 29 cultivators with provisional licenses having received operating certificates to grow medical marijuana.

• 15 of 56 dispensaries with provisional licenses to sell cannabis now have certificates of operation.

• 484 physicians have been certified to recommend medical marijuana use.

• Only two of 39 provisional licensees thus far have permission to produce cannabis-based products like edibles, tinctures and creams.

• Dispensaries through May 5 have sold 750 pounds of marijuana flowers at a price of $5.8 million.