MEDINA

Suspect in slayings

to undergo evaluation

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.

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

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.

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.

 

AKRON

Man's body found

near train tracks

City police and Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office authorities are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man who was found dead near the CSX railroad tracks near 277 N. Adams St. near Summa Akron City Hospital.

The man, whose name was not released Monday afternoon, has a last known address in Twinsburg, police said.

He was found by a train conductor.

The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490.

 

Police: Food truck

robbed, worker hit

Police say someone robbed a food truck and assaulted a worker Friday while the truck was parked in the 1400 block of Copley Road in West Akron.

Employees told Akron police that around 11:30 p.m., the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, entered the food truck and demanded that employees get down on the floor. The intruder fled after hitting an employee with the gun and taking an unreported amount of cash.

The employee refused medical attention, police said.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to call 330-375-2490.

 

Official to discuss

school financing

Ryan Pendleton, Akron Public Schools treasurer and chief financial officer, will talk about the Cupp-Patterson Fair School Funding Plan for Ohio at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Akron-Summit Main Library.

The event is an open-to-the-public gathering of the Summit County Progressive Democrats.

In 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that Ohio's school funding system is unconstitutional and ordered a "complete, systematic overhaul" of the system.

Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, met with a group of school officials, including Pendleton, for more than a year to come up with an overhaul of the funding formula.

The library is at 60 S. High St.

At 6 p.m. May 21, the group's issues committee will meet at the library's Northwest Akron branch, 1720 Shatto Ave., for a discussion on socialism. The increased activity of the Democratic Socialists of America has raised awareness of socialism in the “mainstream left,” the group said in a release.

 

SOUTHERN OHIO

Radiation threat

closes middle school

The Scioto Valley Local School District has closed its middle school because of concerns of radioactive contamination from a shuttered uranium enrichment plant fewer than 5 miles away.

District officials announced Monday that it would close the school after U.S. Department of Energy officials said that they had no plans to stop their work at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a 3,000–acre facility nearby that stopped producing enriched uranium in 2001. Energy Department contractors are building a waste disposal site on the plant as they work to clean up the site.

Board of Education President Brandon K. Wooldridge said the district was working with the Ohio Department of Education to make up the eight remaining days in the school year for students. The school has a student population of about 360, he said.

County health department officials became concerned about contamination after the recent release of a 2017 Energy Department report that said the DOE found traces of neptunium at an air monitoring station on the grounds of the middle school. Neptunium is a carcinogen linked to bone cancers.

In a statement, the Department of Energy confirmed that trace amounts of neptunium were found in two ambient air monitoring stations near the plant.

In an open letter to parents and community members, the school district said it would close the middle school “until the source, extent, level of contamination, and potential impacts to public health and the environment can be determined.”