AKRON

Challenge Golf benefit

July 29 at country club

Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Challenge Golf is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the public is invited to attend an invitational golf tournament to help raise funds to support the program.

The Akron General Invitational will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, Akron.

Challenge Golf was created to provide therapeutic benefits to adults and children who are recovering from strokes, spinal cord or brain injuries, amputations, neuromuscular disorders, visual and developmental challenges or hip/knee replacements.

People who have never golfed before as well as experienced golfers who need adaptive assistance are equally welcome.

Challenge Golf’s adaptive course, 1596 Flickinger Road, Lakemore, has wheelchair-accessible paths, handrails on the tees and slopes with minimal inclines. A driving range is located on 12 acres and features a 3,500-square-foot tee area and a putting green. Individual and group classes are taught by PGA Professional Ron Tristano and other qualified staff. Equipment is provided, but golfers can bring their own if they prefer.

Cost to participate in the July 29 event is $400, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit give.ccf.org/challengegolf, call 330-344-6888 or email agfoundation@ccf.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

 

STARK COUNTY

Canal Fulton police cite

driver in hit-skip crash

Canal Fulton police have cited a driver in a hit-skip crash that injured a worker in a construction zone.

Rachelle Winans, 48, is accused of striking a 32-year-old worker Tuesday at Locust Street and Longview Avenue, police said.

The worker, who was wearing a reflective vest while working on a sinkhole, had bruises on his back, a gash on his elbow and some scrapes and cuts, but was not seriously hurt, police said.

Police shared a photo of the vehicle, which had a broken-off mirror and a missing hubcap, on Facebook on Thursday and asked for the public's help in locating it. Facebook tips helped identify Winans.

She told police she thought she had hit a tree and not a person, officers said. She was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and for a marked lane violation.

Winans is scheduled to appear in Massillon Municipal Court at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

 

Sobriety checkpoints

planned for Saturday

The Stark County Sheriff's Office along with other members of the OVI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints Saturday in Lexington Township.

"We want to strongly recommend to those who will be consuming alcohol to plan for a designated driver or make other arrangements," Sheriff George Maier said in a news release.

 

STARK COUNTY

Cuyahoga rape suspect

arrested at Navarre home

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with the Navarre Police Department and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a suspect Thursday who is wanted on numerous counts of rape, kidnapping and child endangering.

Surfin Percy, 38, was to stand trial June 10 in Cuyahoga County on the charges, but failed to show up on the first day of the trial. The task force has been searching for him since.

Authorities said he was found hiding at a home in the 6300 block of Pigeon Run Road in Navarre. He attempted to run but was apprehended and taken into custody, authorities said.

Officers recovered two handguns and police identification in Percy’s belongings. Percy will remain at the Stark County Jail until he can be transferred to Cuyahoga County. Investigators said an acquaintance of Percy’s will likely face charges for providing assistance to him while knowing he was a fugitive.