AKRON

Copley Road area to get

two-day image update

The Copley Better Block program runs 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The two-day reimagining of the Maple Valley business district officially will kick off with a 6:15 p.m. ribbon-cutting Friday attended by Mayor Dan Horrigan and will feature a pop-up police station and community resource center.

On Saturday, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Michael Muñoz, vice president of Youth Football and Character Development, will speak before a flag football game at 1 p.m.

For more information and updates, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2VMvZES.

Man suffers leg wound

in shooting at car wash

A 20-year-old Akron man was shot in the leg at 1 p.m. Wednesday at a car wash in the 1600 block of South Hawkins Avenue in the Sherbondy Hill neighborhood, police said.

The man drove himself to his grandmother's house and then was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

The man reported that he was sitting in his car when two men started shooting at his vehicle. He ducked down and drove away, police said.

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

CLEVELAND

Macedonia man sentenced

for bilking elderly people

A Macedonia man who claimed to be a financial planner but defrauded three elderly people out of nearly $575,000 was sentenced to more than six years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland.

William E. Callam, 61, was sentenced to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $574,146 in restitution, according to a news release issued Thursday. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and four counts of mail fraud.

According to court documents, Callam convinced three people from Lake County to invest in his Blackstone Real Estate Group LLC which he said financed loans for the purpose of rehabilitating commercial property.

Callam used their money to maintain his lifestyle and enrich himself and family members, court documents say.

A married couple was defrauded out of $381,571 while another person was defrauded out of $192,575.

 

PORTAGE COUNTY

Suspect turns herself in

after abduction of woman

A woman charged in the assault and abduction of a 72-year-old Ravenna Township woman Monday has turned herself in, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Margaret A. Hayes, 28, of Auburn Township, faces charges of abduction and theft, both third-degree felonies.

She was taken into custody and booked around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.

A second suspect, Christopher Hastings, 32, homeless, remained at large Thursday. He faces the same charges.

Hastings allegedly asked Larry Kuerber, 73, of Ravenna Township, for a ride on Route 59 in Ravenna Township as Kuerber was unloading a golf cart from a trailer.

Larry Kuerber refused and Hastings and Hayes allegedly got into the 2014 Ford Flex and fled with Larry Kuerber’s wife, Donna Kuerber, still inside the car.

Donna Kuerber was found safe on the side of Route 59. She said she was pushed from the car and the carjackers took her purse, money and cellphone.

 

STOW

Graham Road improvements

to begin new phase Tuesday

Drivers traveling along a 1.4-mile stretch of Graham Road will find the traffic flow a little slower starting next week.

The next phase of a project to improve Graham Road from the railroad tracks in Silver Lake to Elm Road in Stow will start Tuesday and is expected to be finished in early July.

Traffic will, at times, be restricted to one lane in each direction and motorists should “expect delays,” according to the city’s Facebook page.