Local news briefs — Oct. 21


Police chase

AKRON: Akron police report two boys were injured in a crash early Monday after leading patrol officers on a short chase.

The car the boys were in took off as police attempted to stop them, Beacon Journal news partner WEWS reported.

The chase lasted only a minute before the driver crashed the car, hitting a fire hydrant and then a tree on Snyder Street.

The passenger was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the driver was walking around and talking to police before being taken to a hospital to be checked out.

No information was available about the owner of the car or whether the driver had a driver’s license.

Violent robbery

AKRON: An Akron man was knocked to the ground and beaten before one of his attackers pointed a gun to his head while his partner went through the victim’s pants pockets, police said.

The man, 21, was treated at Summa Akron City Hospital following the attack at 11 p.m. Sunday.

The man said he was walking home near Lovers Lane and Inman Street when the two robbers attacked him and knocked him to the ground. He was punched in the face and held at gunpoint while one of the robbers searched his pockets, police said.

The robbers took $12, a pack of Newport 100s cigarettes and a cellphone before fleeing.

Police said the robbers are two black men in their early 20s.

One is thin and wore blue jeans, a button-up shirt, hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask.

The second robber wore all dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Victim shot

AKRON: An Akron man was shot in the leg Sunday night after telling a robber he had no cash to steal, police said.

The man, 32, was walking with a 26-year-old woman near his home at the intersection of East South and Allyn streets when he was shot about 9:30 p.m.

He was treated at Summa Akron City Hospital.

The man told police that two teens approached him and his friend and demanded money. When the man said he didn’t have any money, one of the teens shot the victim in the leg. Both teens then fled.

Police say the robbers are two black males, ages 13 to 15.

One wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans; the other wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637.

Tipsters might qualify for a cash reward.

Elmhill discussion

AKRON: Elmhill Estates Neighborhood Watch Council is sponsoring a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 380 Mineola Ave.

The discussion will cover the sewer and water-drainage situations in the area and will include panelists from the city and the real estate, insurance and construction trades.

Homeowners are encouraged to bring repair estimates, pictures and any insurance rejections/cancellations from water-related damage.

The neighborhood generally is bounded by Delia Avenue, Sunset View Drive, South Rose Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.


Robbed near KSU

KENT: Police are searching for two men who they believe assaulted and robbed a resident of an apartment complex near Kent State University early Monday.

Authorities responded to a report of a burglary at College Towers Apartments in the 1800 block of Rhodes Road shortly after midnight, Kent police said in a news release.

They are searching for two men who allegedly assaulted a resident before taking several items and fleeing on foot.

According to the police report, the victim sustained several minor cuts and scrapes but refused medical treatment.

Police said the incident appears to be related to rumors of a shooting in the area that spread quickly through electronic media; however, there had been no reports of safety forces responding to any incidents of that nature Monday.

The men are described as two black males in their early 20s, both wearing dark clothing.

One man was wearing a light-colored T-shirt under a dark sweatshirt, police said.

ATM robber

KENT: Police say an elderly man was robbed Sunday at an ATM on North Water Street.

The victim told investigators that a man with a gun wearing a Halloween mask walked up and demanded money around 6:50 p.m.

The robber is described as being about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a thin build. He wore a light-colored jacket with a black hoodie, black pants, a red hat and black tennis shoes.

The robber fled north on North Water Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent police at 330- 673-7732 or leave a tip at www.kentpd.org.


PTA fundraiser

NEW FRANKLIN: Manchester High School PTA will host its annual fall card party fundraiser Thursday evening at the school, 437 W. Nimisila Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a dinner at 6:30 and raffle at 7:30.

The dinner will include a baked potato bar, tossed salad, rolls, beverages and dessert.

Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and for adults if purchased in advance. Adult tickets are $7 at the door. They can be purchased at the high school; Cope Pharmacy, 941 W. Nimisila Road; and Manchester Hardware, 955 W. Nimisila Road.

For more information, call 330-882-3091.


Deadline looming

MEDINA: The last day for Medina County residents to discuss property values and address questions about 2013 reappraisal values is Nov. 1.

The most efficient method for homeowners is using the online tool at www.medina
countyauditor.org. Click on “2013 Reappraisal.”

Individuals who would like to discuss their valuation in person can visit Auditor Mike Kovack’s office at 144 N. Broadway St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29-31.

Informal hearings are scheduled for residents of Litchfield, Liverpool and York townships at York Township Hall, 6609 Norwalk Road, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Residents of Hinckley Township have an informal hearing scheduled at the Hinckley Administration Building, 1410 Ridge Road, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

For additional information, call 330-725-9754.


Office to move

NORTH CANTON: The Stark County office of the state Bureau of Worker’s Compensation received approval Monday from the state Controlling Board to move its operations from Canton to North Canton.

North Canton Mayor David Held said Monday that approximately 110 employees will move into the Hoover Building on East Maple Street in mid-2014 after renovations to the site can be completed.

“They looked at several sites,” Held said. “This is the only one that would ensure all employees could stay on one floor.”

Held estimates that the $4.9 million payroll will generate $75,000 in new income tax revenue for the city.

Stark State College recently purchased the Cornerstone Building in downtown Canton where the bureau is currently, prompting the need for the state office to relocate.


Cousins arrested

AKRON: Two cousins are accused of a monthlong spate of break-ins from Fairlawn to Jackson Township.

Lee Beatty, 33, of Canal Fulton, and his cousin, Gary Beatty, 33, of Copley Township, were arrested Sunday by Summit County sheriff’s deputies. They were being held in the Summit County Jail on theft-related charges.

Deputies said they began their investigation with Jackson police after an uptick in break-ins last month at businesses along Arlington Road in Springfield and Coventry townships and in Green.

Lee Beatty was under surveillance Sunday when deputies saw him breaking into a vehicle on South Miller Road. His cousin was there during the break-in.

Deputies said they cleared 19 vehicle break-ins in Green and Coventry with the arrest of the Beatty cousins.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.



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