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4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Police chase ends in car fire in Fairlawn

A police chase that ended with one of the cars catching fire at the parking lot of the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn closed West Market Street for several hours April 11.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Hendricks
FAIRLAWN — A police chase that ended with a fiery crash injured two people and closed West Market Street for several hours April 11.

According to the Fairlawn Police Department, the department received a call about an erratic driver on West Market Street at about 4:32 p.m. Police responded and discovered through a vehicle registration check the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier that day. Police attempted to stop the vehicle as it exited Rosemont Commons. The 1995 Ford SUV pulled into the Jefferson Park Office Complex nearby, when a passenger jumped out, and the vehicle then fled east on West Market Street. Fairlawn Police officials report the vehicle was pursued for three blocks and then the pursuit was terminated.

The vehicle lost control and crashed into several vehicles parked at the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn. The car struck a tree, overturned and struck and broke a utility pole, then caught fire.

According to Fairlawn Police officials, an officer arrived to break a window and drag a female out of the vehicle. The male driver had been ejected through the windshield and was pulled from under the front of another vehicle.

The Fairlawn Fire Department responded to the crash to extinguish the fire, and both individuals were transported to hospitals by EMS, according to Fairlawn Police.

The driver, Jacob Mellinger, has been charged with willfully fleeing and eluding, willful/wanton disregard for public safety, driving without an operator’s license and receiving stolen property. Additional charges may be forthcoming, according to the Fairlawn Police Department.


Advisory committee for Probate Court forming

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer announced the formation of the Summit County Probate Court Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The 30-member group will meet quarterly to learn about the services and work of the Summit County Probate Court and to gather input to help the court be responsive to the needs of the community, according to Stormer.

“The Summit County Probate Court Citizen’s Advisory Committee will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the court in our community,” said Stormer. “With its input, we will be able to increase the court’s community outreach efforts and communicate vital information regarding the over 200 duties that the Ohio Revised Code places upon the Probate Court. This committee will support the court’s continuing goal of transparency and accountability to the citizens of Summit County. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee membership will strive to represent Summit County demographically. Members may have had experience with Probate Court service.”

Among the services offered by the court are marriage licenses, changes of name, birth certificates, adoptions, guardianships, wills, trusts, estates and concerns relating to end-of-life decisions. In addition, the Probate Court judge appoints members to various independent boards and commissions in Summit County.

The 2013 meetings of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee are set for June 6, Sept. 5 and Dec. 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

Anyone interested in more information about the new committee can contact the court at 330-643-2332.


Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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