AKRON

Woman shot in neck;

home, cars also struck

A 20-year-old Akron woman was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General on Tuesday night after being shot in the neck during an incident in the city’s Sherbondy Hill neighborhood.

The woman, who was not identified, was in serious condition following the Diana Avenue incident.

Police received a call about 7 p.m. and responded to the area of Diana and Bisson avenues. The injured woman was dropped off at the hospital while police were investigating the scene.

Officers were able to determine that the shooting occurred in the 900 block of Diana Avenue. Two cars and two homes were struck with gunfire. Shell casings were found at the site.

A witness heard shots and saw people running. Police had no description of a suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS.

 

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Democrats to endorse

Barberton candidates

Central Committee Members of the Summit County Democratic Party will hear from and then vote to endorse candidates in Barberton’s September primary election.

The endorsements will be made by county party bosses and local officials at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lake Anna Hall, 542 W. Park Ave., Barberton.

Races with multiple Democrats on the primary ballot include mayor, finance director and council seats for wards 3 and 4.

Questions about the endorsement meeting and process can be directed to the Democratic Party Headquarters at 330-434-1311.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Ailing Army veteran

to receive last wish

U.S. Army veteran Charles "Chick" Williams, 74, of Munroe Falls, will get his dying wish Sunday to take "one last ride" in a Chevy Bel Air, just like he drove in his teenage years.

Answering a wish posted on Facebook by William’s wife, Jerry Adams of Cynthiana, Kentucky, and Larry Yankow of Avon will lend their 1953 Chevy Bel Airs from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday to the cause.

Williams' wish will be fulfilled near the water tower at Chapel Hill Mall at 2000 Brittain Road.

Williams, who has been given only weeks to live after already losing a leg this year to cancer and vascular circulatory diseases, will be honored by Mayor Don Walters of Cuyahoga Falls and surrounded by friends, family and classic cars as he takes a ride in the first car he ever owned.

The public event will include a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds benefiting the Williams family.

 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP

Construction worker hit

by vehicle along I-77

A highway construction worker received minor injuries early Wednesday morning when another construction worker backed into him along Interstate 77, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com partner News 5 Cleveland reports.

The worker has been released from a local hospital, the television station said.

The accident occurred on I-77 southbound near the Shuffel Road exit. The driver was cited, News 5 Cleveland said.

 

WOOSTER

Convoy re-creation

to make stopover

A Military Vehicle Preservation Association re-creation of a pioneering transcontinental convoy in 1919 will make a stopover in Wooster.

The original convoy served a dual purpose — a way to show citizens the status of U.S. military ground vehicles after World War I and a practical way to research how military vehicles would move across land over several weeks.

The MVPA’s Henry Underwood said roughly 70 to 80 vehicles and 100 participants will make their way to the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon and will remain until Saturday morning.

The convoy got underway Saturday from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and comes on the heels of the MVPA’s annual convention in York, Pennsylvania.

The first transcontinental convoy included a young Dwight Eisenhower, then a lieutenant colonel, who took what he learned about military travel as part of the convoy and later used it as a commander in World War II and as the president credited for the beginnings of the interstate highway system.

The convoy — which travels 25 to 35 miles an hour — will consist of half-ton and three-quarter-ton trucks, jeeps and tractor trailers, but without tanks or equipment not typically driven on roads.

The group will arrive in Wooster sometime in the afternoon — Underwood said it’s difficult to be more specific — via West Lincoln Way and state Route 302 — and will enter the fairgrounds via the gate opposite the Buckeye Agricultural Museum.

The public is welcome to see the vehicles and talk with the owners.