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Local news briefs — Compiled Aug. 31

AKRON

Block watch

AKRON: The Highland Park Block Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sam Salem Elementary School, 1222 W. Waterloo Road.

For more information, call 330-730-2612.

Kiwanis meeting

AKRON: Joe Mazur, president and CEO of the All-American Soap Box Derby, will speak at the monthly Kiwanis luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Portage Country Club.

The title of his talk will be “The Soap Box Derby Rolls on.”

Cost is $15, which includes a buffet lunch.

RSVP to Katie Rennard at 330-643-5517.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Cook fundraiser

AKRON: A fundraiser to support the re-election campaign of Akron Municipal Judge Katarina Cook will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Station House bar, 1575 Massillon Road, Springfield Township.

Suggested donation of $25 per person will include pizza, beer and cornhole games.

For reservations or more information, call 330-836-6620 or go to www.JudgeKatarinaCook.com.

Stow

Abduction attempt

STOW: Police increased security at the Summer Sunset Blast on Saturday following the report of an attempted abduction Friday night.

According to police, the parents of a 6-year-old boy said their son was in the Silver Springs Park campsite on Young Road and was going to a movie at the festival with a cousin. However, the child went back to the campsite with the intention of telling his parents where he had gone.

That’s when police say he was approached by a man offering to take the child to his truck and then home. After the man picked up the child, the boy bit the man and eventually broke free. He then ran screaming to his parents, who had been looking for the boy, police said.

There were two men involved in the incident, the boy said. One was white, about 6 feet tall, thin, about 50 years old, clean shaven and wearing glasses. The other was white and about 5 feet 7 with brown hair and wearing a T-shirt.

The boy did not know the exact location of the incident and did not see a vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Jeff Swanson of the Stow Police Department at 330-689-5734.



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