Part of Main Street closing
AKRON: All southbound lanes of South Main Street from East Market Street to University Avenue in downtown Akron will close for two years on July 9 for the start of the Main Street Corridor Project.
Northbound lanes and access to Lock 3 will remain open and will be in use July 11-14 for the Italian American Festival and July 16 for the All-American Soap Box Derby Parade of Champions.
South High Street is the recommended detour to access Mill Street or Bowery Street, which will be open east and west for traffic crossing Main Street. The Main Street Corridor Project team will host a public meeting July 17 in Cascade Plaza from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss the overall project.
Also, due to the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel beneath downtown, Ash Street will be closed between Dart Avenue to West Mill Street from Friday to Tuesday. Traffic will detour along West Market and South Main streets.
Free bus fare days return
AKRON: The Metro Regional Transit Authority, Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority and Stark Area Regional Transit Authority will again offer free rides on their fixed routes every Friday in July and August.
The “Free Fare Fridays” campaign is designed to encourage the use of public transportation, demonstrate that residents can easily use the transit systems and promote regionalization. Members of the Metro, PARTA and SARTA “Rider Patrol” also will hand out various prizes.
To celebrate the start of the campaign, the first 400 people who ride Metro’s Route 14 or “The Loop” to the Akron Zoo on July 13 will receive half-price admission tickets courtesy of NEORide.
Free fares are available only on fixed routes and are not valid for travel on premium services such as Metro’s SCAT, Northcoast Express or Call-A-Bus; PARTA’s Cleveland Express or DART Service; or SARTA’s Route 4 to Cleveland or Proline service.
Concert series returns
BARBERTON: The Barberton Parks and Recreation Department will kick off its summer concert series at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lake Anna Park gazebo.
All concerts are free and residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The first concert will feature the Diamond Project, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Food will be available for purchase at all Friday night concerts.
For more information, contact Barberton Parks and Recreation at 330-848-6740.
Municipal site discussed
HUDSON: The city is hoping to complete more than $1 million in renovations to its new municipal headquarters this fall.
City Council last week discussed renderings for the city’s new headquarters at the PASCO building at 1140 Terex Road.
In May, the city closed on its $3.5 million purchase of the three-story, 32,270-square-foot building that rests on a 20-acre lot.
When the move is finished, the only departments that will operate elsewhere are Hudson Public Power, Hudson Public Works and the safety forces. All city departments except those departments have operated from leased space on Executive Parkway since 2013.
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Manhunt ends with suicide
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: What started with the report of an armed man in the woods Thursday morning ended about six hours later with the 41-year-old man’s suicide.
According to police the incident unfolded like this:
Police responded to the Spring Hill area for a man with a gun near a wooded area.
Officers knew the man. They tried to talk to him two days earlier in connection with a sexual battery investigation, but he ran. Police didn’t specify if he was a suspect in the investigation.
The Beacon Journal is not naming the man, because the newspaper generally doesn’t name those who kill themselves.
On Thursday, the man told family members he was suicidal.
Police scoured the area on foot, with dogs and in police vehicles. Township police, the Metro SWAT team, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lakemore Police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Akron police were all involved.
The man apparently hid from authorities most of the day. But about 3 p.m., when authorities drew near to a construction trailer on South Cleveland Avenue, they heard a gunshot and discovered the man had shot and killed himself.
Officers fired no weapons, and no civilians — who were advised to stay in their homes and away from the area throughout the ordeal — were injured.
Court improves efficiency
STOW: Stow Municipal Court recently installed high-efficiency LED lamps and light bulbs in the parking lot to improve energy efficiency and save money.
The court made the improvements with the help of an $1,800 rebate from Energy Save Ohio. Court Administrator Richard Klinger estimates the annual savings from the upgrades to be about $1,600 per year or nearly $32,000 during the expected life of the bulbs.
“Since the courthouse opened in 2009, we have worked diligently to be responsible stewards of the resources available to the court,” President Judge Kim Hoover said in a news release.
The court plans to look at other energy-friendly and environmentally conscious measures as resources are available.
The court serves 16 communities in northern Summit County.
Checkpoints to be set up
Summit County’s OVI Task Force will set up checkpoints Friday night and Saturday morning looking for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Authorities did not reveal the checkpoints locations.
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