Man charged with exposing himself
at Tinkers Creek
AURORA -- A Twinsburg man was scheduled to be arraigned June 15 in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent, on charges that he exposed himself in Tinkers Creek State Park. William K. Penny, 54, was charged June 13 by Aurora police with one count of public indecency, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, in connection with the incident. Tinkers Creek is on Aurora-Hudson Road near the Streetsboro-Aurora-Twinsburg borders.
LeBron's son born at Falls General Hospital
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- LeBron James' second son, Bryce Maximus James, was born June 14 at 12:51 a.m. at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, according to a spokesperson for the James family. Bryce Maximus weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. He joins his brother, LeBron Jr., who was born in October 2004. The spokesperson said the baby's mother, Savannah Brinson, and the baby are healthy and doing well. Bryce Maximus was born the same day James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were set to take on the San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena in the fourth game of the NBA Finals.
Little Tikes lays off 50
HUDSON -- Despite the layoffs last week of 50 employees at Little Tikes, the CEO of its parent company said he has no plans to move the entire plant from the city anytime soon -- though he did not rule out the possibility down the road. MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian said 50 workers, mainly from the customer service department, received pink slips at the Terex Road facility. Larian said those who are being laid off will remain on the job for 90 days while the company works to help them find new employment. Larian said the future location of the facility really depends on how well the company does financially. He emphasized that the city and state need to come up with incentives to keep the business from moving to other states or overseas where they can get more cost savings.
Voters to decide
on age minimum
for elected positions
STREETSBORO -- Voters will decide this November whether there should be an age minimum of 23 years for elected positions, after the city's charter review commission approved the proposed amendment to the city's code for the November ballot. Another proposed change approved by the group would allow residents to vote for one candidate per position in an election. Currently, people can vote for two candidates during primaries, which commission members say is confusing.
County sheriff appoints
new chief of operations
SUMMIT COUNTY -- Sheriff Drew Alexander announced June 12 that Springfield Police Chief Garry Moneypenny will replace retiring Chief Larry Givens as chief of operations of the county sheriff's office. Moneypenny graduated from the Summit County Sheriff's Academy in 1979 and has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain and as chief since October 2006. In addition to his 29 years in law enforcement, Moneypenny has served as an Akron City Councilman since 2001. "Garry's experience and qualifications make him a great asset to the Summit County Sheriff's office," Alexander said.
Green Marine death
hits close to home
TALLMADGE -- The recent death of a soldier whose motto was "no worries, no regrets," has hit very close to home. Twenty-five-year old Staff Sgt./OSI Special Agent Matthew Kuglics died June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was the son of Les Kuglics, a 1976 Tallmadge High School graduate. In addition to his father, Matthew is survived by his mother, Donna (Roberts) Kuglics and sister, Emily, all of North Canton. His aunt, Mary (Kuglics) Phillips, a 1977 graduate of Tallmadge High School, said she and her family (husband, Roger, and their two sons, Brian and Austin) all live in Tallmadge, as do many friends of the Kuglics family. Matthew, a 2000 graduate of Green High School, was an exceptional honor student and loved learning, said Phillips. "He was even learning to speak Hungarian so he could surprise his grandparents who had both escaped Hungary during the 1956 communist revolution," she said. Phillips said Kuglics played the guitar and "loved photography" -- winning first place in a USAF photography contest while stationed in Iraq. His plans were to become a high school history teacher upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force, she said. "Matthew lived his life so selflessly, always putting others and his country first," she said, adding, "We will miss him terribly."
No bids received
for old Township hall
TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- Trustees are examining their options after not receiving any bids by a June 6 deadline for their former home on Ravenna Road. Trustees would not say whether bidding for the 52-year-old building might be reopened, the minimum asking price changed or other options pursued. Trustee Tom Schmidt said June 6 that the Board would address the issue at its June 20 meeting. Trustees unanimously authorized the soliciting of bids for the sale of the old Township Hall in April. The building carries a minimum pricetag of $341,250, according to an April 18 resolution authorizing the sale.