A DUI checkpoint

is May 26 in Solon

The Solon Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint May 26 in the city.

The checkpoint is designed to detect impaired drivers before they can hurt themselves or someone else and to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, according to Solon police.

In 2016, there were 12,243 alcohol-related crashes on Ohio roadways, resulting in 346 fatalities and 7,199 injuries.

"Because impaired driving accounts for so many of our region's traffic safety deaths, it is imperative that we find ways to keep impaired drivers off the roadways and to convince those who've been drinking not to get behind the wheel in the first place," says Solon Officer Roy Cunningham.

The Solon Police Department uses a dual approach that combines sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to combat impaired driving in the city.

At sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officers stop vehicles in a predetermined sequence (such as every third car) to evaluate drivers for indications of alcohol or drug impairment. Saturation patrols involve increased enforcement targeting a specific geographic area to identify and arrest impaired drivers.

A plea of guilty in

theft of PTO cash

A Mantua woman who stole thousands of dollars from a Crestwood School District Parent Teacher Organization last year has pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. Christy A. Bowne, 43, pleaded guilty last week in Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom to one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

Pittman ordered a pre-sentence investigation. She terminated the house arrest requirement on Bowne's bond, and ordered her to immediately pay $2,008 in restitution to the Crestwood Intermediate School PTO, according to court records.

Bowne was charged in March with stealing more than $2,408 from the organization between Aug. 25 last year and Jan. 6 of this year, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. She did so by making 14 unauthorized transactions on a PTO account at a Mantua Township bank, according to an investigation.

An additional charge of misuse of a credit card, a fifth-degree felony, was dismissed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office upon Bowne's guilty plea.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Plant sale May 27

The Mantua Farmers Market will sponsor a plant and miscellaneous sale May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 N. Main St., Mantua.

There will be a good selection of plants -- vegetables, flowers, perennials -- plus other items. Vendors are welcome. Cost is $5 per plant.

Receipts will go to the church to help pay for a new handicapped entrance to the basement. For details, call Diane at 330-274-2868. The regular market season runs July 15 to Sept. 30.