Law enforcement 'sweep' hits county

AKRON -- A "Gun Violence Reduction Sweep" took place May 19, said members of the Akron Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Department and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Division. Seventeen Akron residents were arrested on 18 misdemeanor charges and six felony charges, according to the APD. The sweep seized 1,155 grams of marijuana, $1,589.00 in cash, a 2005 Ford Mustang, a body armor vest and a loaded .25 caliber handgun. The most significant arrests, according to officials, were made when the detail executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Paris Ave.

Bedford Heights Council OKs 60 homes

BEDFORD HEIGHTS -- Construction on a cluster home development off Columbus Road could begin within the next 30 days. At a May 22 meeting, the city's planning commission voted 4-2 to approve plans for a 60-unit senior housing development west of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Developer Larry Newman, who purchased 6.5 acres from Holy Trinity, plans to construct 60 single-story, two-bedroom units valued at about $125,000 each to be "completed about this time next year." At the request of the developer Council voted May 21 to make the minimum age requirement 55 for residents in the development.

Falls Chamber honors developer, curator

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Out of 15 nominees, the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce honored Liz Cross as citizen of the year and Danny Karam as business person of the year at the Silver Lake Country Club May 23. "They are the shining stars of Cuyahoga Falls," Chamber CEO Laura Petrella said. "It's the highest honor the Chamber gives out." Karam founded Karam Companies -- which has its corporate headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls and now extends to Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas -- in 1989. Cross joined the Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society in 1986 and has served as committee head, board member and museum curator.

Police looking

for bike trail flasher

HUDSON -- Police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to passers-by on the Metro Parks Hike and Bike Trail at Barlow Road just after 6 p.m. May 15. The man, who was walking on the trail, was described as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with sandy hair, no shirt and black shorts. He was reported to police by a Hudson resident. Stow police also were notified, and an investigation is under way. Anyone with information can call the Hudson police at 330-342-1800.

First eaglet in

decades being raised

SAGAMORE HILLS -- The first bald eagle chick in the area in 70 years can be seen on the other side of the Cuyahoga River from the Towpath Trail, say Cuyahoga Valley National Park officials. This is the second year the eaglet's parents have built a nest among a flock of nesting herons just north of Route 82, but the first year the pair has had chicks. Two chicks were hatched around Easter, but one apparently died, officials said. The park ordered a "no stopping" order for pedestrians the section of the Towpath Trail in the vicinity of the eagle nest to prevent the animals from being disturbed.

Portage County

parks plan runs

through Streetsboro

STREETSBORO -- Points of historic interest, schools, recreational resources and regional destinations may be connected via a web of hike and bike trails through sensitive environmental areas and neighborhoods when the Portage County Parks District's master plan comes together. About 20 to 30 people interested in the future of parks in Aurora and Streetsboro gathered May 23 to hear an outline of the process of creating a master plan and identify possible opportunities for creating "greenways" and hike and bike trails. "We hope the whole project will be wrapped up by March 2008," said Portage County Parks District Executive Director Christine Craycroft.