Local news briefs — April 18

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Judge proposed

COLUMBUS: Lawmakers from the Summit County Republican Party have proposed the addition of a second judge for the juvenile court justice system as part of its state budget plan.

House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, confirmed the proposal, saying it could come up for debate on the house floor today in a longer than usual session and, later, come to a vote.

The amendment, part of the overall Republican budget plan, does not mean a second Summit juvenile judge actually will be added to the court.

“Not necessarily, no. Sometimes those things get knocked out on the floor or in the other house, so at this point I wouldn’t want to predict the ultimate position that that amendment will be in,” Batchelder said.

Summit Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, who is in her second six-year term, began serving on the bench in January 2003.

Lawyer suspended

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court suspended the law license of an Akron attorney indefinitely after an investigation into his handling of a case involving a couple embroiled in a federal tax lawsuit.

The decision concerning attorney Jeffrey A. Carr over “multiple violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct” was announced Thursday.

According to the high court, Carr billed his clients for more than $70,000 in legal fees while only submitting an eight-page brief with no supporting evidence or documents in response to the government’s motion for summary judgment in a tax case. The trial court then awarded summary judgment in the amount of $520,810 against Carr’s clients and ordered that tax liens against their home be foreclosed.


Wetlands honor

COPLEY TWP.: Two brothers have won a top national award for wetland preservation.

Steve and Jerry Panzner are the winners of the 2013 National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The award was announced on Tuesday.

They were saluted for creating the Panzner Wetland Wildlife Preserve on 104.7 acres off Wright Road next to Pigeon Creek, a Tuscarawas River tributary.

The family’s vegetable farm-turned-wetland was turned over to the University of Akron in 2012 as a science laboratory for education and research.

The brothers began the project in 1999 and turned the farm into a wetland mitigations bank.

They were among seven winners to get awards that are supported by five federal agencies.


Explosion at home

STOW: Safety personnel were called to a Stow home about 8 p.m. Wednesday after neighbors said they heard an explosion.

Police and fire units responded to the 1400 block of Mac Drive to find the front windows blown out of the home. A witness said she came outside when she heard the explosion. She saw a man come out of the house, then she called 9-1-1.

Another witness said two men at the home said they were mixing floor cleaners when the mixture exploded.

Police called the Summit County Drug Task Force to check the chemicals that caused the explosion. The investigation is continuing.


Addiction talk

AKRON: Summa Health System and Community Health Center, a local addiction treatment provider, are collaborating to provide a training for health-care professionals at 8:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 E. Exchange St., Akron.

Cost is $50.

The program will include a panel discussion from leading addiction medicine doctors and a presentation from Orman Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

For more information, call 330-315-3747.

Apps debut early

AKRON: Two mobile apps from Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, now are available.

The apps for Android and iPhone users are available as free downloads two weeks earlier than expected, park spokesman Nate Eppink said Wednesday.

The apps offer directions to the parks, trail maps, a calendar of park events, social media links and other features.

You can download the app from Google Play at http://bit.ly/MPSSC-App-Android.

From iTunes, go to http://bit.ly/MPSSC-App-iPhone.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or go to www.summitmetroparks.org.

Health awareness

AKRON: The annual Steppin’ in the Name of Health community line dance marathon will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Buchtel school, 1040 Copley Road.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Ronald C. Clay charitable foundation. Donations to the foundation can be made at any FirstMerit Bank.

Organizations can enter teams of five or more members.

For more information, contact Russel Neal at russneal@unity365.com or 330-714-8443 or Yolanda Clay at 330-338-4796.

Tea party event

COPLEY TWP.: The Akron Tea Party will hold a showing of the movie Frack Nation at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Sportsman and Farmers League Park, 1775 Jacoby Road, Copley Township.

The event will raise funds for the Akron Tea Party.

The movie will be followed by guest speaker Rhonda Reda of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.

Cleanup day

AKRON: In the spirt of Keep Akron Beautiful and Earth Day and Our City, Our Parks, a citywide cleanup day will be held Sunday.

The event is being organized by Thomas Shaw, owner of Perfection Lawn Care and Landscaping.

Parks that will be cleaned up include: Hawkins Park, Morgan Park, Perkins Woods Park, Prentiss Park and Summit Lake.

Volunteers will pick up trash and debris from parks, playgrounds and basketball courts, remove unhealthy weeds, apply clean sliding boards and sanitize handles and various surfaces on playground equipment.

Participants should meet at Hawkins Park, on South Hawkins Street, at 12:30 p.m.

New director

AKRON: Pregnancy Care of Summit County has a new executive director.

Jennifer Shartle, of Brimfield, will head the 40-year-old nonprofit that serves women facing untimely pregnancies.

Shartle has extensive education and experience working with pregnant mothers, children and teen parents. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in social work.

The organization provides testing, emotional support, educational services, formula, diapers and other baby needs free of charge.

Pregnancy Care accepts donations, including diapers, formula and children’s clothing to size five.

The organization is hosting Take Heart Take Care for Pregnancy care, a wine and beer tasting fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.

For more information, call 330-253-4071.


Robots in sewers

WADSWORTH: City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Red Robotics, Inc. to survey the city’s sewer system with robots to determine what repairs are needed.

That contract is expected to cost nearly $750,000.

The council also adopted a resolution opposing House Bill 5 now under discussion in the Ohio General Assembly. As written, the bill could cost Wadsworth up to $100,000 yearly and a one-time expense of $380,000, according to an analysis city Treasurer Catherine Fix compiled.


Ramp event

PENINSULA: Ramp Up Peninsula, an inaugural festival honoring the ramp, a wild herb also known as “little stinkers” by some folks in the Cuyahoga Valley, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds at Brandy-Wine-Bar on Par 3, Brandywine Country Club, 5555 Akron-Peninsula Road.

The ramp is celebrated in Appalachia and flourishes in leafy mulch in hardwood forests. Their leaves appear briefly in spring providing minerals and vitamins to foragers. They have a strong garlic and onion flavor.

There will be food vendors offering ramps in everything from soup and sausage to tacos and pierogies.

Musicians will perform in the pavilion, and artisans will be on hand.

Admission is $3; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce.

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