AKRON

Teen arrested in connection

with 2 separate shootings

A 19-year-old man wanted in connection with two separate shootings in Akron was arrested Wednesday.

Alijah Beard of Akron was taken into custody by Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at about 3:30 p.m. in 1100 block of Tarson Terrace. He had two warrants for his arrest.

Beard is accused of getting into a confrontation Aug. 29 with occupants of another vehicle and firing shots as the vehicle drove away. He also is accused of a robbery Sept. 2, when a victim was shot in the leg.

He is charged with three counts of felonious assault and two counts of aggravated burglary.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Akron Municipal Court.

 

Group to hold Constitution

Day celebration at library

The Summit County Constitution Day Celebration will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron.

The event marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. It will include the swearing in of new citizens and performances by students from Heid’s School of Musical Arts.

The event is sponsored by the Akron Bar Association.

For more information about this or other bar programs, visit www.akronbar.org or call 330-253-5007.

 

BARBERTON

Losing mayor in 'Battle

of the Bell' buys dinner

The Barberton Magics will host the rival Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday  in the "Battle of the Bell," a long-standing tradition between the schools.

In a friendly wager between Barberton Mayor Bill Judge and Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, the losing mayor must treat the winning mayor to dinner in the winning town and post a picture wearing the winning team's memorabilia.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

10th annual Fame Fathers

Walk is next Thursday

The 10th annual Fame Fathers Walk, which encourages fathers to walk or drive their children to school, is Thursday.

More than 6,000 fathers and father figures are expected to walk or drive their children to over 50 Summit County schools this year. Many schools also will have a short program.

Research has shown that when fathers are involved, children perform better in school.

Fame Fathers is a founding partner of the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative. For more information, visit www.summitfathers.org.

 

Councilwoman plans

office hours at Applefest

Summit County Council District 7 representative Bethany McKenney will host office hours at the Applefest on Main Street in downtown Clinton from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 15.

The Applefest, presented by the Clinton Historical Society, will include old-fashioned games for children, a car show, free guided tours of the Rhoads-Harter House and homemade apple dumplings.

 

Authorities search for man

who approached young girl 

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who approached a young girl waiting for the school bus on Penguin Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The man attempted to make conversation with the girl but she fled. He made no attempt to touch or entice the girl, authorities said.

The male had a snake tattoo on his left forearm and was seen driving a blue 2000 Chevrolet truck.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

 

Sobriety checkpoints

planned for Friday night

The Summit County OVI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints in the county Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The task force does not disclose in advance specifically where the checkpoints will be held.

 

STATE NEWS

Death row inmate sentenced

in slaying of fifth woman

A death row inmate has been sentenced to life without parole for a fifth killing — the 2006 slaying of a Louisiana woman who sold magazines door-to-door in Ohio.

The Marion Star reports 43-year-old Shawn Grate apologized before sentencing Wednesday in Marion County for stabbing 23-year-old Dana Nicole Lowrey at his home.

Her body was found in 2007 but wasn't identified for over a decade. Grate confessed in 2016 to killing and disposing of a woman's body, but was unsure of her name. With the help of the DNA Doe Project, investigators identified Lowrey through a DNA match with one of her two daughters in June.

Grate was previously sentenced to death for the slayings of two women in Ashland County and to life in prison for two Richland County slayings.