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7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Fundraiser for former Springfield police officer planned

Mark Dodez is shown with a Purple Heart medal presented to him Oct. 25, 2012, by the American Police Hall of Fame. The medal honors police officers injured while on duty.
Photo: Maria Lindsay
SPRINGFIELD — The Springlake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 157 is sponsoring a fundraiser for former Springfield Police Officer Mark Dodez and his family Aug. 16.

According to event officials, the fundraiser, Bands and Beers, will take place from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Johnny J’s Pub & Grill and in the parking lot of the plaza on East Waterloo and Canton roads.

In March 2011, while on duty, Dodez was struck by a pickup truck while he was looking for evidence on South Arlington Road. As a result, Dodez, who was 32 at the time, suffered a broken arm and a serious spinal injury. Today, he is still unable to walk or work, according to event officials.

The driver of the pickup truck, Michael Plemons, 34, was convicted of aggravated vehicular assault, felonious hit/skip, operating under the influence and weaving. He had a BAC of 0.289. He was sentenced to six years in prison by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty.

According to event officials, Dodez is married and has two young children and the injury has wreaked havoc on the family’s finances.

The fundraiser also will include live music from Fishoil from 6 to 8 p.m. and Drunk Betty from 9 to 11 p.m. In addition, Altima Tan will present a bikini contest, with a cash prize of a three-day, two-night vacation to Reno, Nevada. Preliminary judging for the contest will take place at 8:30 p.m. and final judging will be at 11:30 p.m. Also, a raffle for a vacation for two is planned.

Organizers also are looking for products and services to be offered in the raffle or a silent auction.

Cash donations, which are tax deductible, will be accepted via mail at: Springlake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 157, 2891 E. Waterloo Road, Unit E, Akron, OH 44312.


ADM Board seeks applicants for openings

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board is accepting applications for two vacant board positions.

The ADM Board of Directors is composed of 14 Summit County resident volunteers who provide leadership in policy formation and fund allocation. They serve as representatives of the Summit County community through appointments made by two appointing authorities: The Summit County Executive appoints eight board members and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) appoints six members. Members are appointed for a four-year term, and may be reappointed to a second four-year term.

The board accepts applications from interested community members on an ongoing basis. To submit an online application, visit www.admboard.org and click on the Board of Directors tab.

There currently are two vacancies for which interested parties are asked to submit an application by Aug. 15:

  1. An appointment from OhioMHAS specifically for a parent or other relative of an individual who has or is receiving mental health services paid for by public funds.
  2. An appointment from OhioMHAS specifically for an advocate or family member for persons receiving treatment for alcohol or drug addiction.


Akron Council deals with Canal Square project legislation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — At Akron City Council’s July 21 meeting, Council approved two pieces of legislation pertaining to the redevelopment of Canal Square. Council approved the vacation of Water Street between West State and West Bowery streets and West Center Street between Water Street and the Ohio & Erie Canal. Council also approved a lease agreement between the city and the developer. Rent will be $4,800 per year.

The vacation and lease will allow for additional parking for Canal Square tenants and support the redevelopment of the office portion of the building.

Planning Committee Chairman Jeff Fusco (D-at large) said Canal Place is “one of Akron’s favorite older buildings.”

He added, “This is an important piece of Downtown Akron, as well as downtown history.”

Also at the meeting, Councilwoman Linda Omobien (D-at large) announced grants are available for low-income homeowners to address lead-based paint hazards in residences built before 1978 through the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program available via Summit County Public Health. Summit County homes must have a pregnant woman or a child younger than 6 in the residence or serve as a child care location for a child younger than 6. Income guidelines apply.

To apply, call 330-643-8013 or visit www.scphoh.org and choose “Healthy Homes” from the Program Listing drop-down menu.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place July 28 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers. In August, Council will break for summer recess, returning to its regular meeting schedule after Labor Day.


Additional training required for poll workers

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has upped the ante for training poll workers with a directive that all workers undergo mandatory training prior to the Nov. 4 General Election.

The additional training, announced July 22, is an allowable discretionary measure by the attorney general, according to the directive. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, state law requires new poll workers to complete training before working the polls, and those who have previously served are required to go through retraining at least every three years. Under the directive, all poll workers must, prior to the Nov. 4 election, attend a training class covering topics such as duties and conduct of precinct election officials, handling nonvoting activity at the polling location, proper administration of the voter identification requirement and assisting provisional voters.

“With approximately 40,000 poll workers needed on Election Day, it is essential that we not only recruit qualified individuals, but also ensure that they are all prepared to serve voters,” Husted said. “Well trained poll workers are just one more way we continue to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio.”

Husted also announced grants totaling $760,000 to help county boards of election offset the costs of training. The grant money will be distributed based on the number of registered voters in the county. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, Summit County will receive $35,092.

Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker can sign up online at www.PEOinOhio.com. To date, more than 2,100 people have signed up through the website, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.


ACCESS renovating bedrooms

Access homeless shelter is upgrading its furniture from wood to metal to stem the rise in bedbug infestations.
Photo courtesy of ACCESS
DOWNTOWN AKRON — According to agency officials, over the past few years, ACCESS has seen an increase in the number of bed bug sightings.

To that end, the agency has taken a proactive step and is upgrading all of its furniture from wood to metal. Unlike wooden beds, where bugs can burrow, metal beds are not a place for bed bugs to thrive, according to agency officials.

Thanks to funding from the GAR Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, ACCESS has been able to purchase all new beds and wardrobes for its family bedrooms and singles room. Many volunteers have helped paint and clean rooms, and the last step is to redo all of the flooring.

Donations to finish the one-time project are being requested through Aug. 8 in the amounts of $600 for materials per room and $400 for delivery/installation per room.

To donate, visit https://access-shelter.org/support-us/donate.


Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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