BARBERTON

Speedway and musicians

to help victims of flooding

As Barberton continues its comeback from last week’s flooding, two upcoming events are designed to help.

On Saturday, Barberton Speedway in Norton will hold a 50/50 raffle for residents hit by the flooding. Organized by speedway associate Steve “The Green Hornet” Brookens, funds raised by the benefit will go to Barberton Area Community Ministries.

The group, which will sell tickets during Saturday’s race, will buy food from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to be distributed to flood victims. Half the proceeds from the raffle will go to the ministry group.

Another event will be held Sunday at M and M's Taphouse in Barberton.

The Flood Relief Concert will feature area musicians who jumped at the opportunity to help. The concert begins at 4 p.m.

Donations will be collected during the event and all proceeds will be donated to the Barberton Disaster Relief Fund via the Barberton Community Foundation.

 

AKRON

Gunmen rob employees

of Merriman McDonald's

Two males, each with a handgun and with a T-shirt wrapped around his face, held up employees at the McDonald’s restaurant in Akron’s Merriman Valley on Tuesday night, Akron police said.

Police said Wednesday that the two entered the McDonald’s at 1810 Merriman Road about 10:30 p.m. and demanded money.

They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbers were described as 17- to 20-year-old black males.

One was about 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5 tall and weighed 150 to 160 pounds.

He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black jacket and black jeans. A white T-shirt was wrapped around his face and he had a silver handgun.

The other was 5-11 to 6 feet tall and weighed 160 to 170 pounds.

He wore a blue shirt and had a black T-shirt wrapped around his face. He had a black handgun.

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

 

GREEN

Clinics will teach use

of lifesaving Narcan

The city's Drug Task Force is hosting three free DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) clinics for anyone interested in being trained on how to administer the lifesaving drug that reverses an opioid overdose.

Attendees will receive a free DAWN kit, which includes Narcan. All trainings, which are about a half-hour long, will be held at Green Fire Station No. 1 at 4200 Massillon Road.

They will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 9, 5:30 p.m. July 11 and 5:30 p.m. July 18.

Registration is not required but requested by emailing jchambers@cityofgreen.org. The DAWN training and kits are provided by Summit County Public Health.

For more information, visit www.cityofgreen.org/drug-task-force.

 

PIKETON

Charges dropped against

woman in family massacre

Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all of the charges against a woman accused of lying during an investigation of her relatives who were later accused of carrying out the massacre of eight people.

A judge dismissed the obstruction and perjury charges against Fredericka Wagner, 77, after prosecutors said the investigation was ongoing and there were concerns about violating her right to a speedy trial.

Wagner's son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons were charged in November with shooting eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County more than three years ago. All four have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors had said Wagner lied to a grand jury after investigators found two bulletproof vests at her home.

Wagner's attorney later argued in March that the charges should be dismissed because she bought the vests two weeks after the killings to protect her family and that she initially didn't remember where she got them online.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that they still could refile the charges against Wagner.


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