Woman sentenced for
her 9th DUI conviction
A Rootstown woman recently was ordered to serve 60 days in prison and attend a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program after her ninth drunken driving conviction in the last 26 years.
Tammy S. Coates, 47, was sentenced in Portage County Common Pleas Court to 60 days in the Ohio Reformatory for Women after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, a third-degree felony.
Judge Becky Doherty suspended the remainder of a three-year prison sentence on the condition Coates be returned to the Portage County Jail after those 60 days.
She was ordered to remain in the jail until a bed became available at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren, an inpatient substance abuse treatment center for convicted felons.
In addition to successful completion of NEOCAP, Doherty sentenced Coates to five years probation, suspended her driver's license for five years and fined her $1,350 and an additional $196 in court costs.
Among her eight prior drunken driving convictions were felony convictions in Medina County Common Pleas Court in 2011 and Portage County Common Pleas Court in 2008 and 2004.
-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier
Man dead after falling
off roof at building site
A man who fell from the roof of the GetGo station under construction in Ravenna about three weeks ago has died from his injuries.
Shane Brewer, 42, of Tall-madge died Aug. 11 from injuries sustained in the fall from the roof of the station on Aug. 1. Giant Eagle is constructing the station at 1363 E. Main St.
Brewer, a Cuyahoga Falls native, owned and operated Akron Construction.
Brewer was working on the roof of the building under construction and fell about 16 feet to the concrete floor.
A representative of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Cleveland said the incident is under investigation.
On Aug. 11, Brewer went into cardiac arrest at a rehab center and was taken back to the hospital, where he died.
Brewer left behind three minor children, who live in Brimfield with their mother, Jodie Brewer.
-- Diane Smith, Record-Courier
Parks add attractions
Ohio's two big amusement parks are mixing a little surf and snow into their new plans for the coming year.
Cedar Point in Sandusky announced Aug. 18 that its Soak City water park is getting a makeover complete with new slides and a new name. The renovated water park will open next year as Cedar Point Shores with a new six-slide tower.
Cedar Point's hotels are adding new rooms, too.
Kings Island near Cincinnati is bringing back its holiday-themed WinterFest celebration this year. The event will feature ice skating, shows and a few rides. The park's Eiffel Tower will be turned into a giant Christmas tree.
The park previously announced it is building a new wooden roller coaster for 2017. Both parks are owned by Ohio-based Cedar Fair.
for area businessmen
The Portage County Development Board announces three coming events which business owners and executives can attend in September.
"Social Media and Your Small Business" is the topic Sept. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Kent Free Library. The workshop is free, but seating is limited.
To reserve a spot, call the Small Business Development Center at 330-375-2111.
Portage County Human Resources Association will present "The Drug Epidemic: What Can Employers Do?" on Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maplewood Career Center. There is a fee to attend.
For details, contact Susan Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-565-0726.
A business roundtable titled "Leadership in the Workplace" will be offered Sept. 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the NEW Center at NEOMED in Rootstown. Dr. Todd Diacon of Kent State University will speak.
To register, visit www.portagedevbd.org/event/pdb-business-roundtable/
Market vendors eyed
The Mantua Farmers' Market is halfway through its 2016 season and has space for more vendors. Items sold include produce, canned goods, eggs, crafts, honey, maple syrup and products, seeds, plants and flowers, baked goods and flea market treasures.
Anyone interested in displaying their wares and products should call Diane Lottig at 330-274-2868. The market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 N. Main St., Mantua. Sessions continue until Sept. 24.