In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers every Thursday. Here are the regional stories you don't want to miss from Feb. 27 to March 5, 2014.
Aurora planning 18-hole disc golf course at Sunny Lake Park
The city plans to begin building an 18-hole disc golf course this year at Sunny Lake Park, according to Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus.
It would start at the north end of Sunny Lake and "work its way north and east. It may go as far south as the nature center," Kraus said at the recreation advisory committee's Feb. 17 meeting.
Cuyahoga Falls Man, 19, sentenced to nine years for kidnapping, assault, robbery
A 19-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced to nine years in prison after he admitted he broke into a woman's house, beat her until she passed out and bound her to a chair last fall.
Alexander Patrick Cooper, 19, of Third Street, pleaded guilty on Feb. 26, to kidnapping, a felony of the first degree; aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree; and felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
Akron mayor threatens water shut off for Hudson residents, businesses
A city Council member is suggesting Hudson withdraw from a tax sharing agreement with Akron, in response to Mayor Donald Plusquellic's threat to shut off water to about 25 percent of Hudson residents.
Ward 3 Council member Alex Kelemen, whose constituents have Akron water along Stow Road and Middleton Road, wanted to withdraw from the Summit County Job Creation and Retention and Tax Revenue Sharing agreement and said he may propose legislation March 5 to opt out of the agreement.
UPDATE: MACtac manufacturing plant to close, but corporate headquarters will stay open
Wisconsin-based Bemis Co. Inc. announced in a press release Monday that it will close its Darrow Road MACtac Pressure Sensitive Materials manufacturing plant in May.
The Stow plant workforce includes approximately 115 employees. The facility at 4560 Darrow Road primarily manufactures solvent-based pressure sensitive materials.
Tallmadge Police Department joins Summit Metro Crash Response Team for vehicle accident investigation
The Tallmadge Police Department has joined a group of area police departments that work together to provide mutual aid and assistance for crash investigations.
City Council authorized the city to join the Summit Metro Crash Response Team, a consortium of officers and equipment from member police departments, as of Feb. 27, according to the membership contract. Membership to the group is free.
Macedonia revokes $50 fee for non-resident members of Macedonia Family Recreation Center
The city is inviting non-residents to come back to the Macedonia Family Recreation Center.
City Council on Feb. 27 unanimously repealed an ordinance establishing the $50 annual maintenance fee the city imposed last year on non-resident rec center members.
Update: Layoffs of three City of Streetsboro employees to save $225,000
Three city employees were laid off the morning of Feb. 25 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.
Update: Twinsburg police investigation continues in possible criminal child enticement
Police are investigating a possible criminal child enticement incident that occurred March 3 near the intersection of Andrew Drive and Bridget Lane in the Lake Plata subdivision around 4:15 p.m.
Two girls, ages 8 and 7, were dropped off by a school bus near the entrance to the neighborhood when they were approached by a black SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, and offered candy from the passengers in exchange for getting into the vehicle, police said.