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3/20/2008 - South Side News Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Green music tutor killed in accident

GREEN — Kristine Naragon, a music professor at Kent State University’s Stark campus and percussion tutor for Green Local Schools District students, was killed in a three-car accident March 16.

The Jackson Township Police Department has not released an incident report, but the Stark County Coroner’s Office indicated Naragon, 55, of Canton, died of massive head trauma at the scene of the accident.

Three passengers in Naragon’s car, including Jayne Naragon, 39, and Sarah, 17, and Emily Hall, 14, were transported by helicopter to local hospitals, according to reports.

The accident occurred at Strausser Street and Lake O’ Springs Avenue Northwest at about 9 a.m. Reports indicate Naragon’s Toyota 4Runner collided with a Pontiac Grand Am driven by Christopher Bixler, 18, of Massillon, then went left of center and hit a Hyundai Sonata driven by Roger Aubley, of Clinton, head on. The Toyota went airborne and landed on its roof.

The driver and passengers of the other two vehicles involved in the accident were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

Multi-county burglary ring busted

GREATER AKRON — Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander announced late last week that 10 individuals have been arrested or indicted in a multi-county burglary ring.

The individuals allegedly stole tools and building materials and damaged property, causing a total loss of $70,000, during the winter and spring of 2007 at new homes under construction and at contractors’ trailers.

Those arrested include Joshua Cuppett, charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, burglary, vandalism and manufacturing methamphetamine; and Brandi Billie, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, illegal assembly, child endangering, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence. During their arrests March 12, a second methamphetamine lab was found at their Coventry residence.

Also, warrants were issued for:

  • Randy McCune and David Clouser, who are wanted for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, burglary and vandalism;
  • Raymond Tanner, Roger Kidd, Jon Floyd and Sidney Adams, wanted for receiving stolen property;
  • Kellie Spears, wanted for breaking and entering;
  • Tracy Smith, wanted for burglary and manufacturing methamphetamine;
  • Tina Cuppett, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Aug. 24, 2007, and who is now wanted for receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence; and
  • Thomas Grubbs, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine during the same search warrant as Cuppett’s.

The seven-month investigation involved searches at residents on Albrecht Avenue and Waterloo Road in Akron, Manchester Road and Woodsfield Drive in Coventry Township, Buddy Street in New Franklin, Dewalt Drive in Green, West Wooster Road in Norton and a trailer in St. Mary’s, W. Va.

Several stolen tools and building materials were recovered at each location, as well as a stolen all-terrain vehicle from the Green location, a methamphetamine lab on Woodsfield Drive and a stolen 22-foot camping trailer from St. Mary’s.

The suspects involved allegedly were responsible for committing 16 burglaries and 11 felony thefts in Green and Coventry in Summit County, Jackson in Stark County and Wadsworth Township in Medina County.

Community leaders deliver meals to seniors

SUMMIT COUNTY — Mobile Meals presented Mayors for Meals Day March 19 as a part of its March for Meals campaign.

On that day, mayors Bob Genet, of Barberton; Dick Norton, of Green; and Al Bollas, of New Franklin; as well as other community leaders such as Lt. Rick Edwards, of the Akron Police Department; Alan Bleyer, president and chief executive officer of the Akron General Medical Center; and Robert Otterman, of the Department of Jobs and Family Services Adult Services Division, delivered meals to Mobile Meals clients in their communities to show their support for area seniors.

“We are excited about having area mayors and community leaders participate in our event,” said Kathleen Downing, executive director of Mobile Meals. “We hope to raise awareness of senior hunger in our community.”

Mayors for Meals Day is a component of March for Meals, a national campaign of Mobile Meals that also hopes to encourage volunteers to assist the program.

Mobile Meals is a nonprofit organization serving communities since 1971. The organization provides meals and nutrition services to individuals of all ages who are at nutritional risk.

Portage Lakes annual events planned

NEW FRANKLIN — The Portage Lakes Fireworks Association has announced the dates for its annual events, including:

  • the seventh annual golf outing, a fund-raiser at Turkeyfoot Golf Course, June 21;
  • the 33rd annual Portage Lakes Boat Parade, July 5; and
  • the 23rd annual Portage Lakes fireworks display, July 5, with a rain date of July 6.

Donations will be needed to fund the fireworks. More details will be announced at a later date or posted online at www.portagelakes.com.

Candidates for home makeover sought

NORTHEAST OHIO — “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” show host Ty Pennington and his crew are ready to drive their bus into a Northeast Ohio neighborhood. Show producers are searching for real heroes — people who have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else — to help them make home improvements. In addition to heroics, the producers are looking for families whose homes are in dire need of help.

To be eligible for the makeover, the family must own their own single-family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives.

To nominate a family, visit NewsChannel 5’s Web site, www.newsnet5.com, and follow the instructions. The deadline is March 24.

Nominations must include: the names and ages of each member of the household; a description of the major challenges within the home; an explanation of why this family is deserving, heroic or a positive role model in their community; photos of the family and a photo of the home; and a contact phone number.

Local IRS Assistance Center open March 29

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The local Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office — along with more than 300 other IRS locations — will open its doors for Super Saturday, a nationwide event to help people file a tax return in order to receive their Economic Stimulus Payment.

The IRS Tax Assistance Center at 2 S. Main St. will be open March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community organizations also are participating in Super Saturday by sponsoring tax-preparation sites where people can receive tax assistance at no charge as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

For more information about Super Saturday, including locations of volunteer tax-preparation sites, contact Eric Erickson at (404) 338-7884 or eric.erickson@irs.gov.

— By Stephanie Kist

Goodyear hosts Engineering Career Day for Young Women

Students participating in last year’s Goodyear event are shown during the main hands-on activity — the Egg Drop. The young women are creating a protective egg casing to prevent an egg from breaking during a two-story fall.
Photo courtesy of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
EAST AKRON — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will host its eighth Engineering Career Day for Young Women April 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the company’s Akron headquarters.

This year’s program, titled “Picture Yourself as an Engineer,” is a free event for sixth through 12th-graders.

The program focuses on exposing young women to opportunities available in the engineering and science fields and careers that can be launched from an engineering background. Students will learn about the different engineering disciplines, participate in hands-on activities and interact with local professionals.

“This year’s event has been modified to provide a high level of interaction between students and professionals from Goodyear, other industrial companies and local universities,” said Brandy Moorhead, a mechanical engineer and project manager for Goodyear’s original equipment customers. Moorhead is a co-chair of the event.

“Separate sessions will be offered for middle and high school students on preparing for college, as well as a special session on financial aid for parents,” added co-chair Rachel Barnette, a chemical engineer in material development, who works at Goodyear’s Technical Center.

Several engineering disciplines will be discussed, including polymer, biomedical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, materials and mechanical.

The day will conclude with one participant winning a ride on the Goodyear blimp. The event is open to the public and includes lunch.

Participants must preregister at www.goodyear.com/careerday by April 5, but space is limited. Students may be accompanied by one parent during the day’s activities.

— By Stephanie Kist

Women’s Network presents 2008 Women of Achievement Awards

GREATER AKRON — Nominations are now being accepted for the Women of Achievement Awards, Dorothy O. Jackson Award, Women’s Network Founders’ Awards and the Judith Resnik Scholarship. An individual, business or organization can nominate women from the community for these awards.

Businesses and organizations also are encouraged to participate in the Women of Professional Excellence sponsorship recognition. This is an opportunity to recognize women in an organization that have made a significant contribution to the workplace by demonstrating high professional standards and a willingness to support and mentor other women in the organization.

Nomination details and forms are available to download from www.womensnetworkneohio.com, or by contacting Deb Lemire at (330) 315-7809 or womenofachievement@mindspring.com.

Nominations must be received by March 24. Invitations will be mailed in April for the June 6 luncheon event.

— By Stephanie Kist

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