Unlicensed dogs may

bring fines for owners

It's that time of year when the Portage County dog warden's office will be going door to door to check for current dog licenses.

Agents will be targeting areas in the county that have previously been found to have problems with unlicensed pets.

Dog licenses are a state law and a life insurance policy for a pet, said the dog warden's office. If a dog is lost and doesn't have a tag, it could be sold or destroyed if not picked up by the dog warden's office.

If a dog has a current license and is picked up, the office must mail a certified letter to the registered owner and give him or her 14 days to retrieve animal.

Dog licenses for 2007 were required to be purchased by Jan. 31. Licenses are $10, but a $10 penalty is added after Jan. 31. Owners who do not have their dogs licensed could face a $125 fine.

For details, call the dog warden at 330-297-6924.

Jones begins serving

prison term in Florida

Former Ravenna Mayor Paul Jones has begun serving his 16-month federal prison sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla.

Jones' projected release date is July 5, 2008. He entered the prison May 9, according to a public information officer at the facility. His release date is projected to be July 2008.

Jones was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison on March 23 by Federal Judge Peter C. Economus of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio in Youngstown.

He had admitted filing false tax returns and lying on Ohio Ethics Commission forms.

Upon his release from federal prison, Jones faces a sentence in Portage County of 14 months in an Ohio prison for pleading guilty to similar charges leveled against him by Portage County officials.

Traffic blitzes planned

in several state parks

Ohio state park officers will conduct traffic blitzes during peak visitation periods this summer to encourage heightened roadway safety and promote seatbelt and proper child restraint use.

Northeast Ohio parks which will participate are West Branch in Portage County, Lake Milton in Mahoning County, Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County and Portage Lakes in Summit County.

The effort is part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign to increase roadway safety. A grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety will help officers increase patrols.

Special patrols will be made on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holiday weekends. Additional blitzes are planned June 15 and 16 and Aug. 3 and 4.

Portage closer to pact

for jail inmate services

After continued contract negotiations, Portage County is edging closer to an agreement with Coleman Professional Services to provide inmate services at the justice center.

Last week, county commissioners heard a presentation from the Coleman organization in Kent. The contract will be for inmate psychological services.

Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Welsh will be responsible for conducting face-to-face evaluations, diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders.

The commissioners and Coleman tentatively agreed to an annual contract budget reduced from $60,000 to $45,000. The services will remain at the same level as the county received under a former agreement.

"We've been going month by month until we could come to an agreement," said County Commissioner Chris Smeiles.

Streetsboro looks at

becoming a Tree City

With many surrounding cities classified as a "tree cities," the charter review commission is looking at what it would take to give Streetsboro the title.

"It's kind of embarrassing that all the communities around us are 'tree cities' but us," Commission Chair Steve Michniak said at a May 2 meeting.

Tree cities are recognized by Tree City USA, which is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation along with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

According to the Tree City USA Web site, Stow, Kent, Aurora, Twinsburg and Hudson are all classified as "tree cities."

Cancer help available

The American Cancer Society offers several free support groups for cancer patients, families and friends.

The groups meet in various locations on a regular basis. Each one is led by a cancer survivor who knows firsthand how it feels to deal with cancer. They give each person the chance to discuss their cancer openly.

For details, call the ACS day or night at 1-800-227-2345.