Portage County 7th in

holiday road incidents

The Ohio Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over the July 4 holiday weekend July 3-6. Troopers made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts and assisted more than 4,700 motorists.

Portage County ranked seventh out of 88 counties in the state in incidents reported by troopers, with 1,375 stops, arrests, motorist assists and other responses. Summit County ranked eighth, with 1,321 incidents.

Twelve people died in 11 traffic crashes during the reporting period, according to the highway patrol. Four of the crashes were alcohol- or drug-related. During a shortened two-day reporting period in 2013, six people died in five crashes, one of which was alcohol-related.

Troopers also issued 6,429 citations for safety belt violations and 2,975 for aggressive driving. Officials encourage the public to continue reporting impaired drivers or drug activity by dialing #677 on their mobile phones.

Ohio's casino revenue

sees hefty June drop

Ohio's four casinos saw a revenue slump in June similar to colder months this year. The Ohio Casino Control Commission released the numbers July 7, showing June revenues totaled about $63.6 million, down by about 7 percent compared to a year ago.

Cincinnati's casino grossed about $15.3 million last month. That's below what it saw in January and February, when Ohio was hit with bitter cold.

Casinos in Cleveland and Toledo saw revenues about on par with their February figures. Columbus' casino reported almost $15.9 million last month, about $1.6 million below its February revenue.

The casinos have drawn more than $409 million so far this year. The state collects about one-third in taxes and distributes the money to counties, along with school districts, host cities and others.

-- The Associated Press

Entries are sought for

quilt show in October

The Streetsboro Quilt Guild is preparing for its 32nd annual judged quilt show Oct. 3-4 at Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro. Quilt entries are now being accepted.

Items can be quilts of any size, wearable quilted items or other quilted art pieces. Although this is a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts without having them judged. The entry deadline is Sept. 17.

The entry fee is $3 per item for entrees submitted by the deadline and $6 for entrees submitted later. All items entered must be on display for the duration of the show.

This show is a popular event among quilters and quilt lovers. Last year, more than 200 quilts were entered and over 600 visitors attended.

In addition to being inspired by the quilts, guests enjoyed shopping at the vendors mall for quilt fabrics, quilt and other needlework patterns and supplies, and shopping at the country cupboard and the bake sale, where items made by guild members were for sale.

Course will be offered

to area's older drivers

The Hiram Police Department and AAA's East Central Ohio office will host a Safe Driving for Mature Operators Course for older residents on July 28 and 30.

The eight-hour course is approved by the state to offer an insurance discount to drivers age 60 and older, for which attendees may be eligible. Drivers must attend on both days to be eligible for the insurance discount.

The course will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hiram Police Department, 11617 Garfield Road. The cost is $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members.

The course will cover new driving laws and signs, adjusting your car to better fit you as a driver, confidence and relaxation behind the wheel, better decision-making and safety devices.

Seating is limited. Call 216-606-6702 to register.

Gunman in lockdown

after shot pleads guilty

A Kent State University student who caused a massive, hours-long lockdown on campus after firing a shot during an argument between him and two other people in April has pleaded guilty to three felony charges.

Quavaughntay L. Tyler, 24, remains in the Portage County Jail on 10 percent of $50,000 bond. A sentencing date is expected to be set soon by Judge Laurie Pittman.

Tyler pleaded guilty to one count each of tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and inducing panic in connection with a campuswide lockdown at KSU on April 2.

KSU police said Tyler was involved in an argument with two women outside Bowman Hall when he pulled out a 9mm Ruger handgun. The gun went off, and a bullet struck Tyler in the left hand.

No one else was injured, but a police response to track down the suspect led to campus buildings being searched by police wearing protective gear and carrying semi-automatic rifles. The lockdown was lifted after three hours when police realized Tyler was no longer on campus.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Swing dance planned

Hepcat Revival plays live at the Bainbridge Swing Dance on Aug. 1 in Bainbridge Township Town Hall on Route 306. It is a seven-piece swing / jump blues band.

The swing dance begins at 9 p.m. and is preceded by a one-hour swing dance lesson at 8. Experienced and non-experienced dancers are welcome. No partner is required for the lesson or the dance.

Admission is $10 per adult, $8 per student and $25 per family. A different live band performs the first Friday of each month. For details, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or willrcraig@gmail.com.

Despite crowds, fest

didn't bring in money

Officials said Garrettsville's Summerfest was among the village's biggest events ever, with more than 30,000 people in attendance. But it didn't have the economic impact the community had hoped for.

Summerfest organizer Aaron King said the event cost about $64,000 to put on, and brought in just about as much in revenue.

But King said the Summerfest Committee will still make a $1,000 donation to Garrettsville Strong, the group working to help rebuild downtown Garrettsville following the March 22 fire that destroyed a quarter of the village center.

"We were hoping for about a $2,500 or $5,000 donation," he said. "But what makes this event so successful has been our entertainment and with that doesn't always come huge profits. But we still want to make sure we donate to the fund."

He said this year's event offered 20 musical acts and six contests, luring as many as 25,000 people to the village on Saturday alone, with more than 1,000 there to see the headline musical act "Disco Inferno."

-- Dan Pompili, Record-Courier