Newest police officer

is canine named Sayro

AURORA -- The local police department's newest officer was presented to the Rotary Club at its May 16 breakfast meeting. Officer Sayro walked into the breakfast at Anna Maria of Aurora on all four legs and with his partner, Officer Bill Byers. Sayro is the new police dog the department received, thanks in part to a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club to purchase and train him.

Suspected drugs,

cash stash seized

MAPLE HEIGHTS -- Officers from a drug task force and a SWAT team raided a home May 1, charging a resident of the home with second-degree felonious drug trafficking after they allegedly found 4 pounds of suspected marijuana in a truck in the driveway. Willie A. Gibson, 33, was released on $50,000 bond, and his case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury. According to the Southeast Area Law Enforcement Narcotics Task Force, officials began investigating Gibson's home about a month ago because of unusually heavy vehicular traffic. The suspected drugs were packaged in 1-pound bags in the truck and have a street value of about $6,000, officials said.

Private school

marks first term

SAGAMORE HILLS -- Lawrence School's upper school marked the end of the campus' first semester with a May 20 grand opening celebration. The private school, for children who have learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorder, was built for the Broadview Heights-based school's seventh through 12th-grade classes. The 62,000-square-foot building has a capacity of 300 students and is located on 47.5 acres of what once was Fell Lake Park.

Old Township Hall

for sale

TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- With township officials and the Summit County Sheriff's Office moved in to the new Twinsburg Township Municipal Complex on Darrow Road, Trustees say they are now looking for a buyer for the former 5,800-square-foot Township Hall on Ravenna Road. Bids will be accepted from potential buyers of the 52-year-old building near Twinsburg Township Square until June 6, according to Office Administrator Anna Knoch. The building carries a minimum pricetag of $341,250, according to an April 18 resolution. Once the bids are opened June 6, the township has the option of selling to the highest bidder or voiding all bids and holding another sale by public auction or sealed bid.

Police to get back

overpaid taxes

WALTON HILLS -- Seven members of the police department will collectively receive $15,500 from the village after officials discovered the officers have overpaid income taxes to the village since 2002. At a May 8 meeting, Council voted 3-3 to pay back the overpaid taxes to the officers. Mayor Marlene Anielski broke the tie, voting in favor of paying the officers. The officers that overpaid are all village residents. Police Chief Gary Rhines said he was glad the legislation passed, but said it disappointed him at how close it came to failing. He explained that in 1998, Council approved legislation exempting officers who live in the village from paying an income tax increase that was approved several years later.