Man is sentenced
on 6th DUI charge
A man from Shalersville caught driving under the influence for the sixth time in July 2016 in Mantua Township will serve two months in prison and have his driver's license suspended for five years, a judge recently ruled.
Larry R. Wolfgang, 61, was sentenced Feb. 6  to 60 days in jail by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty. In addition, she placed Wolfgang on four years probation.
Further conditions include that Wolfgang seek and maintain a full-time job, attend two recovery meetings per week throughout probation and find a home group and sponsor within 90 days and attend the Sober Success program while in the Portage County jail.
Fines and court costs Wolfgang must pay totaled $1,523, according to court records. Wolfgang faced a maximum of 18 months in prison at sentencing.
An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper arrested Wolfgang following a traffic stop on July 31, 2016 in Mantua Township. His blood alcohol concentration was .183, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
He previously was convicted of drunken driving in Bedford Municipal Court in May 2009, Painesville Municipal Court in July 2004 and Portage County Municipal Court in December 2008, June 2001 and May 1999, according to his indictment.
— Dave O’Brien, Record-Courier


Man is accused of
assaulting deputy
A Freedom man is jailed on charges that he assaulted a Portage County sheriff's deputy Feb. 21 during an incident in a Nelson mobile home park.
James T. Cooper, 54, was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with one count each of felonious assault on a law enforcement officer, a first-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a fourth-degree felony.
During an incident in the 12000 block of Honeylocust Lane in the Nelson Ledges Estates Mobile Home Park on Nelson Ledges Road-Route  282, Cooper allegedly struck Deputy Ryan Schindler in the head with a frozen water bottle while resisting arrest, according to the sheriff's office.
Arraigned the same day in Portage County Municipal Court, Cooper was ordered held in the Portage County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a grand jury.

Two plead guilty
to cultivating pot

The owners of a Rootstown greenhouse and nursery business have pleaded guilty to felony drug charges after a Garrettsville police officer happened upon their illegal marijuana growing operation in February 2016 while investigating an improperly parked car.
Christopher J. Grace, 33, and Tara A. Colley, 32, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to two felony charges each in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.
Grace pleaded guilty to one count each of cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony, and endangering children, a third-degree felony. The cultivation charge carries a potential prison sentence of two to eight years in prison and a mandatory $7,500 fine, while the endangering charge carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison.
Colley pleaded guilty to one count of endangering children, also a third-degree felony, and one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, which carries a presumption of probation or local jail time, up to a maximum penalty of one year in prison. Pittman ordered pre-sentence investigations on both defendants.
Between May and October, the couple operates the Natural Abundance nursery and greenhouse and also a stand in the parking lot of the Garrettsville IGA. Grace also works as a roofer with a Stow company, according to court records.
Grace and Colley were indicted in June 2016 by a Portage County grand jury on felony charges including illegal manufacturing of drugs, cultivation of marijuana, trafficking and possession of marijuana, possession of hashish, possession of criminal tools and endangering children.
They have since been undergoing treatment, counseling and random drug tests, according to court records.
— Dave O’Brien, Record-Courier

KSU, Kent business
receive state money

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced on Feb. 27 the release of $200,000 in state funds to Kent State University for a building renovation project, and an additional $202,000 to DS Architects, a Kent-based firm selected to design safety improvements for juvenile correction facilities in both Cuyahoga and Stark counties
“By investing in our university and our local experts like the team at DS Architects, Northeast Ohio will continue to be a hub of learning and innovation,” said Clyde.
$200,000 in state funds will go toward the Bowman Hall improvements project at Kent State, which will begin the transformation of the 55-year-old classroom building by installing new lighting, an upgraded HVAC system and other improvements to make the building more energy efficient.
The state also released $202,000 to Kent-based DS Architects to design facility upgrades for the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon and the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills to be compliant with federal law.
Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro and central and southern Portage County.