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Speeders beware in Hubbard

Safety force to crack down as residents complain of fast cars

HUBBARD — Drivers better start slowing down in the city as safety forces will be cracking down following complaints from residents about speeding vehicles in their neighborhoods.

Safety Director William Bancroft told city council on Monday problems have been reported mostly in the areas of Drummond Avenue and Jacobs Road.

He said officers will be in the areas more often.

“One resident told us his pet was killed by a speeding vehicle,” he said.

Bancroft said residents are concerned for their safety and their children’s safety.

Mayor Ben Kyle said the city has posted speed limits motorists must follow — and those who don’t will end up in mayor’s court for traffic violations.

“It’s pretty simple. The speed limits are there for the safety and well-being of the community. We ask that drivers be careful and pay attention, or if not, you will end up in mayor’s court,” Kyle said.

In another matter, police Chief Bob Thompson reported on the seven years since the murder of Hubbard resident Cody Pitts. He said the police department continues to work on the case.

Pitts was 26 when he was shot to death on Orchard Avenue on March 7, 2015, after spending time at the nearby Downtown Coffee Cafe with friends.

Police have said Pitts left a bar and restaurant on North Main Street in Hubbard and was believed to be walking to a friend’s house around 3:30 a.m. when someone shot him on Orchard Avenue.

Thompson said police still consider it an active investigation. No arrests or charges in the case have been made.

A reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Pitts. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE, or call the Hubbard Police Department and ask to speak with the detective bureau.

In other business, council:

• Recognized firefighter Scott Thomas, who was inducted into the Ohio Firefighters Service Hall of Fame and was presented the 2022 Valor Award for his act of heroism for rescuing a 6-year-old girl from a burning house in 2021.

• Heard from Bancroft the city only received two applicants for police officer positions and to take the police examination. He said it is challenging to find people who want to do the job, with current officers forced to work overtime.

• Heard from Kyle plans are being made by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the city for events to pray for the people of Ukraine.

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