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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a new church in Akron music venue Musica, lost hikers in Valley View and a former Navy SEAL shot in Bath Township.
FORMER NAVY SEAL SHOT: Police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of former Navy SEAL Christopher Mark Heben, 44, of Medina County, who was shot outside Mustard Seed Market in Bath Township on Friday night, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Heben told police he was struck by a car while walking into the market, exchanged words with the driver and proceeded to walk toward the market before realizing he forgot his wallet. According to the Bath Township Police Chief, as he walked back for his wallet, the suspect in a gray, low-profile sports car with black rims, a raised spoiler and tinted windows pulled up along side him and shot him in the stomach. Heben followed the car until I-77, but then drove to the Bath Township Police Department when he began to feel sick. The police chief said Heben was treated at Akron General Medical Center, and Heben posted on his Facebook that he was up and walking around Sunday. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
ROOTSTOWN JEDD: Rootstown trustees have expressed interest in pursuing a Joint Economic Development District with the cities of Tallmadge, Kent and Ravenna recently, hearing a pitch from the city of Tallmadge on March 25 to discuss the idea, according to the Tallmadge Express. Rootstown is eligible to enter a JEDD agreement with the three cities because of their JEDD agreements with Brimfield and Ravenna, creating a contiguous district. JEDD money could be used to expand water service, improving roads, new public buildings and more. Click here to read more at tallmadgeexpress.com.
LOST HIKERS: Four lost people hiking in Valley View were found safely by Valley View police using a rescue dog around 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The four hikers realized they had lost their car keys in a forested area near Valley View around 1:30 a.m. and became lost while searching for them. Their cell phones died shortly after calling police for help, but officers were able to use a rescue dog to search for them. The hikers suffered mild hypothermia but were otherwise unharmed. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
CHURCH OF MUSICA: The Rev. Dallas R. Billington, former pastor of historic megachurch Akron Baptist Temple, launched a new church Sunday at Akron music venue Musica, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The City Church AC (which stands for Akron/Canton) will meet at Musica at 11 a.m. on Sundays and will support local missions, including partnerships with Akron Pregnancy Services, Emmanuel Christian Academy and Love Akron. Billington was the third generation of pastors who served as pastor of Akron Baptist Temple, until 2006, when he went to Florida to work as an associate pastor. Billington returned to Akron to take care of his ill mother and father in 2010. Citing the death of his parents, a divorce from his wife and the loss of a foster son, Billington says he hopes to begin preaching again to reach people who have also gone through struggles. Click here to read more at ohio.com.