AKRON

Dart Avenue closure

runs ahead of schedule

The stretch of Dart Avenue behind the FirstEnergy Building and the federal courthouse in downtown Akron will be closed for three weeks starting Wednesday.

Dart Avenue from Ash Street to West Market Street was originally scheduled for roadwork to begin Aug. 5. The new timeline for construction will disrupt travel through early December.

Motorists heading north on Dart will still be able to connect to state Route 59 via the Martin Luther King Boulevard split. To reach Dart, drivers taking the split will need to turn south off Martin Luther King onto North Main Street and then take another right onto West Market Street, looping the new Akron Public Schools administration building.

ABM parking lots near the FirstEnergy Building will remain open from West Market Street.

The detour will end Aug. 23, but construction is expected to continue through early December.

The south curb lane on West Market Street also will be closed beginning about 500 feet west of Rand Avenue. Eastbound traffic will be maintained in a single lane to South Main Street.

This work is planned to be completed by Aug. 30.

 

Vehicle rams into store,

suspects remove ATM

A vehicle plowed through the Circle K at 1877 Triplett Boulevard in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood, and three suspects got out and loaded an ATM into it before driving away, police say.

While police were responding, they got a call about the suspect vehicle being in a parking lot in the 400 block of Massillon Road.

The person reporting this said the suspects left the initial vehicle, got into a silver Chevrolet Suburban, and drove away.

 

Suspect arrested

in bulldozer attack

An Akron man has been charged with felony theft and criminal damaging in a July 5 bulldozer attack.

A resident of the Inman Street house that was damaged by the vehicle told police the incident followed a disagreement with the suspect, Randy Schiffbauer, 22.

An Inman Street neighbor told a 911 dispatcher that the bulldozer "ran over" a parked car and "went through the house next door." Police said the stolen vehicle also hit a chain-link fence before driving off.

The bulldozer, taken from a construction site at Chittenden and Bittaker streets, was abandoned and later recovered.

 

BATH

Demolition day arrives

for elementary school

Demolition of the older portion of Bath Elementary School is tentatively slated to start around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The older portion of the building in the Revere Local School District was built in 1923. Demolition on the newer portion, built in 1967, started earlier this month.

Keepsake bricks will be available for free and will be stacked by the construction fence. The district will keep a portion of the bricks for potential future memorials.

The new 87,000-square-foot elementary school will open behind the former school at West Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads. The grand opening celebration for the new school is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

The district is also building a new high school and transportation facility and renovating the existing middle school and Richfield Elementary.

 

COVENTRY TWP.

School district places

income tax on ballot

A panel overseeing Coventry Local Schools while the district is in fiscal emergency voted Tuesday to put a proposed 1 percent earned income tax on the November ballot.

The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission signed off on the plan that was approved 5-0 Monday at a special meeting of the district's school board.

Superintendent Lisa Blough said in an email that the commission approved the issue on a 3-2 vote. She said the tax would not affect seniors on fixed incomes and would apply only to employee compensation and net earnings from the self-employed.

If the tax is approved by voters, the district will not seek renewal of an emergency levy. The income tax would provide additional revenue to the district that might help it pull out of fiscal emergency, she said.

 

Thieves remove tools

from contractor's shop

Police say two people forced their way into the K Company, a heating and air conditioning contractor, over the weekend and stole numerous items, including hand tools and power tools.

Also, several catalytic converters were removed from parked vehicles.

The suspects were dropped off in the company’s parking lot by someone driving an extended cab truck with no bed cap or cover, images from a security camera show.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-2181 or call Summit County CrimeStoppers Inc. at 330-434-2677.