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Local news briefs — Feb. 18


Robber nabbed

AKRON: Akron police said Monday they arrested a man on robbery charges, but not before he tried to pull off a third heist.

Timothy L. McDonald, 26, was arrested inside the Dry People’s Club on Brittain Road, where police said he was hiding in the bathroom at about 8:30 Friday night. A fake gun was found concealed inside a toilet tank, according to a report.

Police said McDonald was developed as a suspect in the robberies of two motorists that happened Thursday and Friday.

As officers were arresting McDonald, they learned of a third robbery that had taken place earlier Friday on Shawnee Path.

Police said McDonald used a similar ploy: claiming a medical emergency and asking a motorist for a ride.

In the most recent case, police said McDonald pulled out a handgun while being driven to a hospital and attempted to rob the driver.

Police said the driver fought with McDonald for control of the gun, and McDonald eventually jumped out of the car and ran. The driver identified McDonald, who then confessed to the third robbery.

Elms turns 90

AKRON: A dinner and fundraiser will be held Saturday at Our Lady of Elms, which celebrates its 90th anniversary by honoring Sister Maura Bartel, a longtime teacher and the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Mass will be held at 5 p.m., followed by cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Cost for the event is $90.

Black tie optional.

Valet parking will be provided from the West Market entrance.


Breakfast fundraiser

AKRON: A breakfast fundraiser will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday to support two judges seeking seats on county courts: Akron Municipal Judge Katarina Cook, who is running for Domestic Relations Court; and Appellate Judge Beth Whitmore, who is running for Common Pleas Court.

The breakfast will be at Quaker Station, 130 E. Mill St.

Suggested donation is $100.

Make checks payable to Friends of Judge Katarina Cook and Friends of Judge Beth Whitmore, P.O. Box 13674, Fairlawn, OH 44334.

For a reservation or more information, call 330-655-5566.


Fatal shooting

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A 22-year-old man shot his way into a Cuyahoga Falls house at 11:27 p.m. Sunday to attack an ex-girlfriend and then shot himself in the head when police confronted him, authorities said.

Police said Robert A. Mann, whose last known address was in Rittman, shot out a back door to get into the house at 1620 23rd St. Three residents were hiding inside.

Police said they entered the home after receiving a call about shots being fired and found the suspect in the basement. The man then shot himself in the head with a 9 mm handgun, police said. He was taken by Cuyahoga Falls EMS to Summa Akron City Hospital.

Officers found the suspect had an AK-47 assault rifle, 9 mm handgun, more than 140 rounds of ammunition and numerous cable ties.

Earlier in the evening, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office had issued an alert about the suspect making threats to kill his mother and ex-girlfriend.

The ex-girlfriend’s name and address were not known until after the call about shots being fired was received, police said.

No residents or officers were hurt, authorities said.


Special meeting

GREEN: The Board of Education will meet in a special work session from 9 a.m. till noon Saturday at the Central Administration Building on Town Park Boulevard, District Treasurer and CFO Eydie Snowberger said.

The board will recess into executive session to discuss personnel and upcoming negotiations, President Bob Campbell said Monday.

No action is expected to be taken.


Peace Corps prep

HIRAM: Hiram College now is one of four colleges and universities in Ohio to offer a Peace Corps Prep Program to help students prepare for volunteer work in another country.

Lisa Stafford, director of the Hiram Center for Global Interaction, said students can minor in the program and get a certificate when they graduate.

That could enable them to be more competitive in the Peace Corps, which accepts only one of three applicants. However, participation in the program of language and political classes is no guarantee of acceptance.

Other colleges and universities statewide that offer the program are Wilmington College, Wittenberg University and Shawnee State University.

For details about the Hiram program, call Stafford at 330-569-5307.


Chili cook off

MEDINA: The annual Great Medina County Chili Cook Off will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Medina Eagles, 696 Lafayette Road.

The 10 best chili cooks in Medina County face off against one another representing a Medina County charity. The winner of the event will earn a $500 cash donation to their charity.

The event will offer music, homemade desserts, a silent auction and a cash bar.

Tickets are available by calling 330-608-6236 or through paypal via

The recommended donation is $20 and $5 for students.

Open house

MEDINA: Ohio Special Response Team, Inc. will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Medina Fire Station No. 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway in Medina.

The Ohio Special Response Team is a trained group of volunteers with selected skills and assets with the capability of assisting local and state agencies that respond to emergencies including but not limited to searches for missing individuals and natural and man-made disasters.

Training is provided in search and rescue that meets national standards.

The open house will offer an opportunity to meet members of ORST and to ask any questions about the organization.

For additional information or to RSVP email, Unit7.ORST@neo.rr.vom


Lions Club fundraiser

STOW: The annual Race for Sight fundraiser sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club will be held March 1 at the Stow Youth Baseball Party Center.

The event helps to support the Lions Club’s efforts with its eye-care programs, pilot dogs for the visually impaired and other foundations and activities within the Stow and Munroe Falls communities.

Attendees can enjoy video horse races, snacks, beverages, a buffet dinner, desserts and a gift raffle.

Doors at the center, at 4157 Hudson Drive, will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance.

Other sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.

For more information, go to or call 330-338-3676.


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