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Pair Busted for Dealing Heroin Next to Newbury HighA Cleveland Heights man was arrested May 30 and charged with trafficking heroin near Newbury High School.Geauga…

Pair Busted for Dealing Heroin Next to Newbury High

A Cleveland Heights man was arrested May 30 and charged with trafficking heroin near Newbury High School.

Geauga County Sheriff’s Office detectives were conducting surveillance after receiving information that a man was selling drugs in the area. They observed 19-year-old Savonn Lamount Devonn Primm dealing heroin next to the school at 14775 Auburn Road, said Lt. John Hiscox, public information officer with the sheriff’s office.

Primm and 20-year-old Marche U. Smith, of Maple Heights, were stopped and Smith hid money and heroin “in her body,” Hiscox said. Detectives seized approximately 9 grams of heroin which has a street value of about $1,600.

The pair were arraigned before Judge Terri Stupica in Chardon Municipal Court June 2. Primm, of 3240 Redwood Road, was charged with trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony. He posted a $100,000 cash/surety bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

Smith, of 19106 Longview Ave., was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. She posted a $50,000 cash/surety bond.

Officers from the Middlefield Police Department assisted with the arrest.

CFBOE, CFEA Reach Deal

Chagrin Falls Education Association and Chagrin Falls Schools Board of Education both approved a three-year contract June 2.

The contract is effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.

“We are extremely appreciative of the leadership provided by the Chagrin Falls Education Association throughout this process,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt. “This is a challenging time in public education, which resulted in the necessity for critical conversations on difficult issues for both sides. This agreement demonstrates a commitment to sustaining the high quality education offered to the young people within our community.”

CFEA President Lisa Fetterman said teachers are pleased an agreement has been reached.

“We look forward to continuing our focus on students and to providing exceptional educational opportunities to the Chagrin Falls community,” she said.

Holden Arboretum Hires Community Forester for Outreach

The Holden Arboretum has hired Chadwick Clink as the organization’s community forester.

This newly-created position aims to expand Holden’s outreach into North-east Ohio.

Clink was hired to act as an advocate and resource for scientifically-based urban forest management throughout the region.

“The Greater Cleveland region has recognized the value of trees in improving the livability of our communities and there are many outstanding initiatives underway throughout the area.” said Paul Spector, the arboretum’s director of Education and Public Programs. “We hope to collaborate with these public and private institutions in order to enhance and expand on their efforts.”

Clink is a board certified Master Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) with an educational background in the areas of natural resource management, horticulture and urban forestry.

He is a trained municipal specialist with ISA and has traveled the country extensively assisting with urban forest assessments and working with communities to understand the benefits and value of healthy forests and sustainable green infrastructure.

“Research indicates that healthy trees and green infrastructure provide significant health and economic benefits to communities.” Clink said. “Trees are a great resource; they decrease pollution through carbon sequestration, reduce the negative impacts of storm water and help prevent erosion among many other things.”

Legislative Update

State Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) will hold a legislative update June 23 at the Huntsburg Township Community Center, 12406 Madison Road.

Times are 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Cafaro represents Ohio’s 32nd Senate District, which is comprised of all of Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, and, in Geauga County, the City of Chardon, Aquilla Village and the townships of Claridon, Hambden, Huntsburg, Montville and Thompson.

Call for Gardens Galore!

Geauga County Master Gardeners are at work preparing for their 2015 June event, Gardens Galore!, when they will have a plant sale and garden tour.

The next Gardens Galore will be in June 2015. Burton’s Century Village will be the staging area for the tickets, maps, plant sale, garden art and refreshments.

With those plans in mind the Master Gardeners are looking for gardens in the Burton or Middlefield area to add to the tour. If you have or know of a lovely garden in the Burton or Middlefield area please contact the MGs. If you are unsure or hesitant, you can talk it over and ask questions.

Home owner inspired gardens are sought. Please call Wendy or Nancy at 440-834-4656.

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