KSU frosh gridder

dies after practice

Tragedy struck the Kent State University football program June 13 , when freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz of Kenton died after a team workout.

"Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes," KSU officials said in a statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler's family and friends, as well as [head coach Paul] Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes."

Heintz, 19, was transported to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center by the Kent Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m., said Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean De-Perro. Kent Fire Capt. Bill Myers confirmed that firefighters were called to Dix Stadium and found Heintz unresponsive.

In August of 2014, just 10 days before the scheduled season opener, 21-year-old offensive lineman Jason Bitsko of Huber Heights failed to show up for a scheduled KSU morning football practice. He was ultimately found dead in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment, the victim of an undetected heart ailment.

Heintz was a member of the Golden Flashes’ 2017 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman helped Kenton reach the state semifinals twice during his high school career.


Leadership seeks

2018 participants

Leadership Portage County is accepting applications for the class of 2018.

The nine-month educational leadership development program begins with a two-day retreat in September, then participants meet one day per month for eight months. Each day is built around a theme.

Class members go behind the scenes to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Portage County. A primary goal is to develop ideas around initiatives to improve Portage County while enhancing leadership skills.

Tuition for the program is $1,750. It may be paid by the applicant, the applicant's employer or a sponsor. For more information, call the Leadership Portage County office at 330-673-5724.

Interested individuals may download the application from the Leadership Portage County website at www.leadershipportagecounty.org or call the above number. Candidates must live or work in Portage County. The deadline to apply is July 14.

Mini van hits, kills

two-year-old child

Two-year-old Karli Rubes was struck and killed by a vehicle June 14 near her home on South Diamond Street in Ravenna, the Portage County coroner's office confirmed June 15.

Chief Investigator Mike Halas said an autopsy likely would be completed June 15 at the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office in Cleveland, and a preliminary cause of death is pending completion of that procedure.

Ravenna police said Karli was struck shortly after 11 a.m. June 14 in the 1200 block of South Diamond Street. Her mother told a 911 dispatcher that while she was taking out the trash, Karli ran into the roadway and was hit by a passing minivan.

Karli was transported to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, where she died, police said. Ravenna police said the driver of the minivan that hit Karli remained at the scene and was cooperating with authorities.

Along with the Ravenna Police Department and coroner's office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation, along with the Portage County prosecutor's office.

— Dave O’Brien, Record-Courier


Probe focuses on

Missimi behavior

Sexually suggestive conduct by former Maj. Dennis Missimi of the Portage County Sheriff's Department was known but tolerated by department staff for more than a decade, an internal investigation obtained by the Record-Courier reveals.

Missimi resigned his position on May 22 after multiple allegations of sexual harassment were made by two females who worked within the department.

The investigation, conducted by Chief Detective Lt. Gregory Johnson, reveals a workplace where staff members knew of Missimi's alleged history as far back as 1996 when he left his position as chief of police at the former Robinson Memorial Hospital and was hired into the department.

Missimi resigned before Sheriff David Doak had the chance to fire him for his alleged conduct.

Doak told the Record-Courier that Missimi never physically touched either alleged victim and that the alleged conduct, while unprofessional, did not rise to level of criminal prosecution.

Two women, one employee of the department and one former employee of an associated agency, alleged Missimi "frequently made comments" that were "sexual in nature," regarding their appearance and offered comments about his sexual prowess.

— M. Merchant, Record-Courier


Tours showcasing

Ravenna’s history

Main Street Ravenna is kicking off a series of walking tours of downtown Ravenna to raise awareness of the city’s history. The tours, which kick off June 24 at the Art on Main festival, will be led by local historian Jack Schafer.

The first tour will focus on "The Riddles and Ravenna," and will include all 14 Riddle blocks and factories.  It starts at 2 p.m. at the Ravenna flagpole.

Schafer was a founder of Friends of the Flagpole, which organized a more formal tour of the inside of historic buildings in Ravenna during efforts to restore the landmark.

Future tours will be hosted on Thursday afternoons, with the same tour repeated on Saturday mornings, weather permitting. The next three tours are scheduled for July 13 and 22; Aug. 17 and 26; and Sept 14 and 23.

Ravenna’s Main Street program is an affiliate of the national Main Street program, which helps cities revitalize historic downtowns. The Ravenna group is working with Heritage Ohio to bring the program to the county seat.

Building 'historic'

The Twinsburg Historical Society building, formally the Twinsburg Institute founded and built by the Rev. and Dr. Samuel Bissell in 1866, has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places by the U.S. Department of Interior.

The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation. For a property to be eligible for the National Register, it must meet at least one of four criteria.

Information about architectural styles, association with various aspects of social history and commerce and ownership are all parts of the nomination process. Each nomination contains a narrative that provides a detailed physical description of the property and justifies why it is significant historically, with regard either to local, state or national history.

Only one other building in Twinsburg is on the National Register of Historic Places -- the Congregational Church on the Square. The Greek Revival building was constructed in 1848 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Guild prepares for

annual quilt show

The Streetsboro Quilt Guild is preparing for its annual judged quilt show Sept. 29-30 at Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro. The public can enter items.

Entries can be quilts of any size, wearable quilted items or quilted art pieces. Although this is a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts without having them judged.

Entry deadline is Sept. 17 and fee is $3 per item for entries submitted by the deadline and $6 for later entries. All items must stay on display for the duration of the show. For details, contact Sharon Kemp at 330-283-2697 or skemp@kent.edu or visit www.streetsboroquiltguild.com.

Last year, more than 200 quilts were entered and more than 600 visitors attended.

Guests also enjoy shopping at the vendor mall for quilt fabrics, patterns, supplies and other needlework items, plus shopping at the country cupboard and bake sale, where items made by Guild members are for sale.

Judges are sought

for Twins Days fest

The Twins Days festival committee is seeking judges to assist with the annual twins contests Aug. 5-6 during the 42nd annual Twins Days in Twinsburg.

The contests begin around noon both days and run until 6 p.m. Prior experience is not needed to be a judge. However, eligible judges should be at least 18 years old.

For those unable to commit to a full day, the committee will consider those available for half-day shifts (noon to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.).

Those interested are asked to contact the Twins Days committee at volunteer@twinsdays.org. Prospective judges also can email the contest chairs Jason and Scott Malafarina directly at malley001@aol.com and malascott2@aol.com. Include in the subject heading "Twins Days contest judges."

To learn more about the contests, the festival's history, or other information, visit www.twinsdays.org.

The festival is the largest annual gathering of twins and other multiples in the world. this year's them in keeping with Twinsburg's bicentennial is "Twins Days 2017 -- TwinCentennial."

The festival honors the founding of Twinsburg in 1817 by identical twins Aaron and Moses Wilcox. Fo more about the city's bicentennial, visit www. Twinsburg200.com