AKRON

Man, 56, gets life sentence

for rape of 7-year-old girl

An Akron man, who raped a 7-year-old girl while she was watching television, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

James Ferrell, 56, of East Mildred Avenue in Akron was sentenced in the June 29, 2018, attack. He will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Prior to sentencing, Ferrell pleaded guilty to rape and sexual imposition in the case.

He was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Kelly McLaughlin.

Ferrell is classified as a sex offender and must register every 90 days for life if he is released from prison.

 

Ward 7 councilman

to hold meeting

Akron City Ward 7 Councilman Donnie Kammer will host "Coffee With the Councilman" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St.

 

Homeless shelter

to host fundraiser

Access Inc., which operates a homeless shelter for women and children, will hold an annual breakfast and fundraiser on Tuesday.

During the event, an award named for former Executive Director Lynn Budnick will be given to a previous shelter resident who exemplifies the mission of the organization. Budnick died of cancer in February.

The event will be held at Quaker Station in downtown Akron from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The breakfast is free, but registration is required. Call 330-376-0997, ext. 208, for details.

 

COPLEY

Dentist gives away

$16,000 in services

A local dentist's office gave away nearly $16,000 worth of free dental services as part of its fourth annual Free Dental Day.

On Friday, Stephanie Aldrich and her team at Akron Dental Concepts, 1000 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, saw 43 people and did $15,726 worth of dental services, mostly cleanings and fillings, with about four extractions. Adults could choose to have a filling, an extraction or a cleaning done.

In the first year for the event, the office saw 23 patients and gave away $7,000 worth of free services in cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions. In the second year, the office saw 73 patients and gave away $15,800 worth of free services.

Last year, the office saw 50 patients and donated more than $16,800 of free dental care to those in need.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Candlelight vigil planned

for shooting victims

Women’s March NEO will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of Dayton and El Paso, Texas, on Saturday in Cuyahoga Falls.

The organization will gather at the First Christian Church, 230 Stow Ave., at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. rally.

At 9 p.m., the vigil will take place.

The group will advocate for gun law reforms.

Speakers are planned.

The Women’s March national organization is best known for its Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March in Washington featuring dozens of celebrities and politicians.

 

LAKE ERIE

Wayne County man dies

following boat accident

A Wayne County man involved in a boating accident Monday on Lake Erie has died, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Ivan Yoder, 44, of Apple Creek was one of five people aboard a boat that capsized, the newspaper said. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating the accident.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Metro Parks to host

Touch-a-Truck event

Summit Metro Parks is hosting its fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Munroe Falls Metro Park’s Lake Area, 521 S. River Road.

The event will include more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks vehicles, local law enforcement vehicles and food trucks with refreshments for purchase. Free same-day lake swimming will be available to all participants.

An estimated 2,500 people attended the free event in 2018. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

 

Dogs can swim at parks

Dogs are invited to dive into each of Summit Metro Parks' two swim lakes Aug. 16.

The dog swim event will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park (521 S. River Road) and Silver Creek Metro Park (5000 Hametown Road, Norton).

Owners are asked to follow the event rules, which can be found at bit.ly/SMPdogswim.

The 2019 swim season runs through Sunday. For more information, call 330-867-5511.