2,400-plus people can

carry guns in Portage
Ohio’s county sheriffs issued a record 145,342 licenses to carry concealed firearms last year.
The result was up from 141,000-plus in 2012 and marked the highest number since the state began issuing the licenses a decade ago, Attorney General Mike DeWine reported Feb. 28.
Portage County reported 1,659 new licenses and 775 renewals, along with two license revocations and 14 denials.
The 2013 totals included 96,972 new licenses and 48,370 renewals. In 2012, 64,650 new licenses and 76,810 renewals were reported.
State law requires the attorney general to prepare an annual report on concealed carry activity, listing the number of permits issued, renewed, suspended, revoked and denied.
DeWine’s latest report noted 1,154 license suspensions last year, up from 1,030 in 2012, and 286 license revocations, down from 741 a year earlier. Another 1,142 license applications were denied, up from 889 in 2012.
— Marc Kovac, RPC state bureau

Streetsboro lays off 3
to slash expenditures
Three Streetsboro city employees have been laid off in the name of efficiency, said Mayor Glenn Broska.
The layoffs came as the result of a job analysis of city employees that indicated the duties of Engineering Director Bruce Terrell, Engineering Inspector Amy Flake and Parks-Recreation Program Coordinator Andrea Parma-Schaefer’s duties could be absorbed by others while realizing a savings, he explained.
“We are always looking for ways to run this city as efficiently as we possibly can,” Broska said.
According to Finance Director Jenny Esarey, the city stands to save about $225,212 annually, including Medicare, pension, workers compensation and benefits, from the layoffs.
Terrell’s 2014 salary is $70,720; Flake’s is $45,822; and Parma-Schaefer’s is $39,748, according to Esarey.
— Bob Gaetjens, Gateway News

Alleged holdup brings

charges against 4 men
Four men were arrested by Mantua police Feb. 26 after three of them tried to rob a fourth of drugs and money he allegedly brought to a Main Street apartment to sell.
Jeremy W. Oswald, 29, of Mantua, Logan A. Traver, 19, of Shalersville and Justin M. Fink, 20, of Newton Falls were arrested and charged with one count each of robbery, all second-degree felonies, and obstructing official business, all second-degree misdemeanors.
Thomas J. Washtock, 19, of Streetsboro, also was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
According to criminal complaints filed in Portage County Municipal Court, Fink, Oswald and Traver allegedly conspired to rob Washtock when he showed up at Oswald’s apartment to sell marijuana.
Additional charges are possible once the cases are presented to a Portage County grand jury.
Traver already faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty in common pleas court in November to inducing panic for causing the evacuation of Crestwood High School by writing a bomb threat on a restroom wall on Dec. 21, 2012.
— Dave O’Brien, Record-Courie