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In The Region-Oct. 12

Published: October 12, 2016 10:01 AM

Stretch of Route 14 to
be closed for months
Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska said Route 14 between Diagonal Road and Price Road will likely be closed for up to six months, following the discovery of corroded pylons on the bridge over Lake Rockwell.
After a meeting with Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 Director Anthony Urankar, Broska said the entire bridge, which is located in Streetsboro, will need to be replaced over the coming months because pylons supporting it are “corroded to the point of imminent failure.”
According to an Oct. 4 news release from ODOT District 4, work can begin immediately on the replacement.
“The Ohio Department of Transportation is pursuing an emergency contract this afternoon to begin work on replacing the 162-foot-long structure that carries approximately 15,000 vehicles between the cities of Streetsboro and Ravenna on a daily basis,” stated the news release.
Streetsboro Police Department immediately cut traffic over the bridge to one lane before the “road closed” signs could be gathered and carried out to the site, he said.
“This was a completely unseen circumstance, and [it was] well beyond our powers to rectify without a full replacement of the bridge,” said Broska. “I know this is going to be a pain ... for everyone but we must close the bridge until it can be made safe or replaced.”
— Bob Gaetjens, Record-Courier

Trump ahead in Ohio
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is pulling away from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released last week.
In a survey of 497 likely Ohio voters conducted in the days after the first presidential debate, 47 percent of respondents backed Trump, versus 42 percent who picked Clinton. Another 6 percent sided with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
Among other results released, Clinton was preferred in Florida (46 percent-41 percent), North Carolina (46 percent-43 percent) and Pennsylvania (45 percent-41 percent).
The results had a margin of error of more than 4 percentage points.
— Mark Kovacs, state bureau

Cyclist indicted after
chase in Streetsboro
A Hudson man is facing a felony charge for allegedly leading Streetsboro police on a high-speed motorcycle chase in August. David E. Feathers, 56, of Edgeview Drive was indicted recently by a Portage County grand jury on a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
He pleaded not guilty Sept. 26 in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman’s courtroom and posted $1,500 bond, though Pittman noted his probation in another case could soon be revoked.
Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Eugene Muldowney said on Aug. 19, Streetsboro police chased a motorcycle carrying Feathers and a female passenger on Route 14, but stopped after the chase became a safety hazard.
Feathers then crashed the motorcycle and he and his passenger had to be taken to a hospital by LifeFlight helicopter. Feathers’ attorney Mike Giulitto said the woman was in court for Feathers’ hearing.
— Dave O’Brien, Record-Courier

Township gets grant
to fix up schoolhouse
Mantua Township recently received a First Energy Foundation grant to help with its efforts to restore the Mantua Center School building.
At a recent township trustees meeting, Dana Heffner, area manager for Portage, Stark and Wayne counties for First Energy, presented a check for $1,500 from the foundation to Linda Ehlert, co-chair of the grants and funding committee.
Those funds will be used for the school’s elevator project, which has been hitting financial and architectural difficulties lately. Community members are hoping to get the elevator installed to make the building handicap accessible.
The First Energy Foundation provides funding for community projects that may improve the vitality of communities and safety initiatives, promote local and regional economic support, or support revitalization efforts, according to a news release from the restoration committee.
Heffner had been advising the grants committee through the application process for the funds.
She said at the meeting that she toured the building and determined the restored building “will be a great asset to the community,” a requirement for the grant.

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