Local news briefs — Feb. 18

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Jesica Rodriguez, 24, was arrested on drug charges after hiding methamphetamines inside her bra.


Man shot in leg

AKRON: An Akron man attempting to stop two men from taking his cellphone was shot in his left leg, police said.

The victim, 22, was being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. The two men involved in the shooting have not been identified.

The shooting took place about 8:30 p.m. inside the victim’s apartment in the 700 block of East Exchange Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.

Information also can be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-2677. Tipsters might qualify for a cash reward.

Meth hidden in bra

AKRON: An Akron woman was arrested on drug possession charges after police officers said she was hiding methamphetamine inside her bra.

Jesica Rodriguez, 24, is being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of drug possession and possession of drug instruments. She also had a pending arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a separate meth case, court records show.

Police officers arrested Rodriguez during a traffic stop Saturday at Brown Street and Lovers Lane. They said she was a passenger inside the car.

When officers approached the vehicle, they saw syringes on the seat. Rodriguez then admitted having meth inside her bra, police said.

Prints trip suspect

AKRON: Akron police say they followed a car break-in suspect’s snow-carved shoe prints to a second car, where the man was found rifling through the vehicle.

Jay Joseph Nagy, 37, of Akron, was arrested on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon illegally, identity fraud, misrepresenting identity, possession of criminal tools and criminal mischief.

Police said they were sent Sunday to the 200 block of Dennison Avenue for a report of someone breaking into a car. Officers noticed shoe prints left in the snow and followed the path to the 3000 block of Forest Park Boulevard, where they say Nagy was going through a cup holder of another car.

Officers said Nagy was armed with a loaded .380 handgun in his waistband. He also had items taken from several other cars in the area, police said.

Nagy was being held in the Summit County Jail.


Meth lab explodes

ALLIANCE: A 33-year-old Alliance man was arrested Monday on charges he was operating a methamphetamine lab in his Union Street apartment.

The lab apparently exploded, leaving him injured.

No one else was hurt, police said. The complex was evacuated.

Marvin Adkins, of 405 Union St., was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, possession of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia. The first two charges were elevated to felonies because of children being in the apartment at the time, according to an Alliance Police Department news release.

Police responded about 8:30 a.m. to calls about a strong chemical smell, loud noises and breaking glass at a basement apartment in the building. Officers were told people had fled from the apartment and at least one man appeared to be injured.

Police arrested Adkins at a house off Waterloo Road in Atwater Township. He had injuries to his hand, arm and face and was transported to Alliance Community Hospital. Officers think he was hurt when the lab exploded as he was attempting to take it outside. He also dove through the glass window of a door when he couldn’t open it.

Adkins is being held at the Stark County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Alliance Municipal Court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Additional people might be charged.


Pet food recalled

Nature’s Variety, a pet food company based in Lincoln, Neb., issued a voluntary recall Friday of its Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula for dogs and cats. The company said that pieces of clear plastic might be found in some packages and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats, the company said in a news release.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 — Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3-pound bag.

• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 — Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27-pound case.

• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 — Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6-pound bag.

• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 — Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36-pound case.

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and Internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were affected.

Consumers who have purchased one of the products can obtain a full refund or exchange either by returning the product in its original packaging or by bringing a proof of purchase to their retailer.

For additional information, call 888-519-7387 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

War vets sought

TALLMADGE: A nonprofit organization that took a group of war veterans back to Vietnam in 2010 is taking another group to Southeast Asia in the fall and is looking for veterans interested in making the trip.

Warriors’ Journey Home, based out of First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, has room for eight to nine more Vietnam veterans to take the trip, said Chuck Victor, director of planning and development for the group.

The cost per person for the trip, in mid-September, is estimated at about $5,000.

Deadline for signing up is March 1.

For more information, email warriorsjourneyhome@gmail.com or contact the Rev. John Schluep at 330-633-4931 or Shianne Eagleheart at 740-432-8052.

Bipartisan efforts

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce is continuing his effort at bipartisan cooperation.

Joyce, R-Russell Township, has joined the United Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of freshman congressional members committed to working together to find common ground.

“I know we won’t always agree on everything, but that’s not going to stop me from finding common-sense solutions that both Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” Joyce said in a news release. “I’m here to work for the people of Northeast Ohio, and that means considering all ideas that will help create jobs and grow the economy.”

Joyce is among 30 freshman who have joined the United Solutions Caucus, which meets on a regular basis. Group founders are U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger, R-North Carolina, and Patrick Murphy, D-Florida.

Joyce, who replaced retired U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette in representing the 14th District that includes northern Summit County, was among congressional Republicans who sat next to a Democratic member during the State of the Union address last week as a show of bipartisanship.

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