87 kids reported

missing last year

In recognition of National Missing Children's Day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released the 2016 Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse Report.

Among the 19,902 children reported missing last year, 87 were reported in Portage County, according to the report. The report documents that of all those children reported missing in Ohio in 2016, 98 percent were recovered safely.

The clearinghouse documented 24 attempted child abductions involving 14 girls and 10 boys. The suspects were driving vehicles in 95 percent of the situations, and 42 percent of the incidents occurred while the children were walking to or from school.

Additionally, in 2016, six AMBER Alerts were issued, and 13 Endangered Missing Child Alerts were issued. AMBER alerts are designed to bring attention to cases involving an abducted child who is younger than age 18, is at risk of serious bodily harm or death, and is not a runaway.

Currently, more than 600 children are listed as missing in Ohio. A full copy of the report can be found on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Not guilty plea in

area assault case

A Mantua Township man has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a child multiple times over the past two years.

Norman D. Williamson Jr., 47, of Chamberlain Road was indicted May 22 by a Portage County grand jury on five counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies.

Williamson denied the charges last week at his arraignment in Common Pleas Court. Attorney Robert J. Rohrbaugh II entered the plea on his behalf.

Williamson posted 10 percent of $35,000 bond. Conditions of his bond are that he be placed on electronically monitored house arrest except for work purposes and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.

According to his indictment, Williamson allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile female numerous times between May 2015 and March 2017. The girl was under age 13 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Ravenna hospital

repairs under way

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna is making repairs to its main entrance, driveways and parking lots through the end of June, the hospital announced.

The repairs may affect patient traffic at the hospital, including to the Medical Arts Building. The hospital said the work will proceed in stages "to ensure patient safety and minimize inconvenience," though dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Vehicle traffic to the hospital's main entrance canopy is suspended as an extension will be added to the canopy for patient dropoff. Pedestrian traffic to both the canopy and main hospital entrance will be maintained, the hospital said.

Repairs are being made this week to the hospital's North Chestnut Street entrance. Vehicle traffic will be maintained by construction crews.

Starting June 15 and continuing until June 23, repairs to the Medical Arts Building driveway will be conducted during hours when the building is closed, according to UH.

From June 26-30, the hospital will have crews re-striping the main visitor parking lots in front of the hospital in sections.


Girl Scouts talk to

the Space Station

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, collaborating with NASA Glenn Research Center’s Space Communications and Navigation Office, is offering an exclusive family event the week of June 19 at Camp Timberlane in Wakeman.

Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance and then speak in real time with astronauts aboard the International Space Station using ham radio technology.

Only a limited number of organizations get approved for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station contact. The exact date and time of the ARISS contact will be determined by the location of the International Space Station’s orbit around Earth, and will be announced just days before the event.

Guests will hear from NASA employees as well as Professor B. Curious from the Great Lakes Science Center. Activities will be set up throughout camp.

Girl Scouts and their families can register at www.gsneo.org/?ariss. The cost is $20 per person. Girls who are not yet Girl Scouts and wish to attend can contact GSNEO Customer Care at 1-800-852-4474 or customercare@gsneo.org to complete a 2017 Girl Scout membership, which is an additional $15, and then register for the event.