AKRON

Police say armed home

invaders robbed woman

A woman chatting on the phone with her daughter Thursday was confronted by two men with guns, who robbed her before fleeing, police said.

The incident happened about 9 a.m. in the 200 block of Noble Avenue, which is near the border of Highland Square and West Akron neighborhoods.

She told police she was upstairs and heard a loud noise downstairs. Soon, two men with guns came up the stairs and threatened her.

The woman was still on the phone with her daughter, who called police.

The gunmen took the woman's phone, purse and television and fled out a back door. The woman fled to a neighbor's home for help.

Responding officers, with the help of a K-9, tracked the woman’s property to a vacant house. There, they recovered her belongings, except cash from her purse.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call 330-375-2490 or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

CUYAHOGA FALLS

County councilman

plans office hours

Summit County Council District 2 representative John Schmidt will host public office hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St.

Schmidt will be available to answer questions and hear concerns.

District 2 includes most of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and portions of Akron, including East Akron, Goodyear Heights and North Hill.

For more information, contact the Summit County Council office at 330-643-2725.

MASSILLON

Parks employee dies

from mowing accident injuries

A Massillon Parks and Recreation employee who was injured earlier this week in a mowing accident in Reservoir Park has died.

Robert Wornstaff, 44, of Massillon, died Friday afternoon in Aultman Hospital where he had been in the surgical intensive care unit since the Wednesday morning accident.

Wornstaff was rushed to the Canton hospital after the lawn mower he was operating flipped and landed on its top in Sippo Creek.

Wornstaff was part of a crew mowing the grass in the park at 905 Sippo Blvd. NE. He was mowing along the creek near the bridge off of Phillips Road Northeast when the accident happened.

He was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m. Friday, said Harry Campbell, chief investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy will be performed, he said.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation’s Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) has said it would be conducting an investigation to ensure the city is in compliance with state standards for safety.

Messages left for Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Safety-Service Director Barb Sylvester were not immediately returned Friday.

CANTON

Road work to slow

US Route 62 traffic

The commute along U.S. Route 62 will take more time in the coming months.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will resurface the highway and make other minor repairs to ramps and noise walls between Interstate 77 and Maple Avenue Northeast, said ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.

“We’ll maintain traffic throughout the majority of the project, but there will be some short-term ramp closures,” Chesnic said.

Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, the ramp from I-77 north to Route 62 east and the ramp from Fulton Road Northwest to Route 62 east will be closed four days.

The detour for I-77 to Route 62 will be I-77 north to Whipple Avenue Northwest to Everhard Road Northwest to I-77 south to Route 62.

The detour for Fulton Road Northwest to Route 62 will be Fulton Road to 25th Street Northwest to Cleveland Avenue Northwest to Route 62.

Two other ramps will close in June.

The ramp from I-77 south to Route 62 east will close at 7 p.m. June 3 for four days. The detour will be from I-77 south to 13th Street Northwest to I-77 north to Route 62.

The ramp from from Route 62 west to I-77 north will close June 10 for five days. The detour will be I-77 south to 13th Street Northwest to I-77 north.