Town Hall and rec

center, levy eyed

Mayor Glenn Broska is proposing a new multi-million dollar city complex that would include a town hall, medical offices, fire station and recreation center in Streetsboro.

The complex would be located on about 15 acres on town hall's current site.

"When we presented the rec center, you folks asked us where it was going to be, what it was going to have," Broska told City Council. "Now you have in front of you a very possible site plan for the property. It covers the major components of the recreation center."

Broska said parts of the plan are dependent on a parks levy being approved by voters this fall.

City Council is considering whether to send a 5-mill property tax levy to the Nov. 7 ballot. If approved, it would raise $1.8 million a year and pay for construction and operation of the recreation center and parks and recreation department, plus improvements throughout the city's park system.

The continuing levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $175 per year in property taxes.

"If by chance the levy does not pass in November, we'll have to go back to the drawing board to figure something out. The city hall and fire station will somehow eventually be built."

The city is partnering with Welty Building Co. in Akron.

DUI arrests made at Portage check

Three people were arrested June 23 on drunken driving charges and "one or two" face marijuana possession charges following an OVI checkpoint on Route 43 in Brimfield.

Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Jonathan Ganley of the Ravenna post said 311 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 10 p.m. June 23 12:30 a.m. June 24. Eleven vehicles were diverted for further investigation after officers detected the odor of marijuana or "signs of impairment," he said.

Ganley said three people were arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. The highway patrol said two others face drug possession charges after officers smelled pot in their vehicles, diverting them for further investigation.

Troopers were assisted by members of the Portage County Sheriff's Office and the Brimfield and Kent State University police departments. The checkpoint was accompanied by other officers and troopers on saturation patrols in the area.

The checkpoint was made possible using federal grant money.

Drowning claims

Kinsman resident

The Portage County coroner's office is investigating the apparent accidental drowning June 25 of a Trumbull County man.

Joseph Zook, 21, of Kinsman died at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna after being transported there from the Kool Lakes Family Campground on Nelson Ledges Road-Route 282, the coroner's office said.

Zook apparently tried to swim across a lake at the campground but did not make it, and was found at the bottom of the lake. No autopsy was performed, as the incident was witnessed by onlookers, and no foul play is suspected.

Mike Halas, chief investigator with the coroner's office, said toxicology results are pending.

The lake is very cold, even during warmer months, and its temperature may have contributed to Zook's inability to get across the body of water, the coroner's office said.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said that one of his deputies was at a family gathering nearby when the incident occurred, and attempted to assist in Zook's rescue.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Mantuan is jailed

in overdose case

A Mantua Township man wanted in connection with the fatal drug overdose in April of a young woman at a Streetsboro is behind bars in Portage County, facing felony charges.

Dylan J. Briscar, 23, with a last known address on Route 44, was ordered held in the Portage County Jail last week on $500,000 cash after his arraignment in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna.

Judge Barbara Oswick doubled the bond recommended by the Portage County prosecutor's office in the case. Conditions of Briscar's bond are that he not be released from jail unless the adult probation department has made arrangements to place him on electronically monitored house arrest with required daily drug testing.

Briscar was wanted by Streetsboro police and the Portage County Drug Task Force for allegedly tampering with evidence related to the fatal April 10 overdose. He currently is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and also is facing a bond revocation hearing in Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

No smoking here!

Two major universities in the region went smoke-free and tobacco-free as of July 1.

Kent State University, including its eight regional campuses, and the University of Akron no longer will allow smoking or tobacco use on any of the properties they own, operate or lease under policies adopted by each university's board of trustees last year.

While the change will most impact the students and faculty on campus, the new policies also will affect smokers and tobacco users attending an on-campus event, such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic and Fireworks slated for July 28-30 on parts of KSU's Stark campus.