AKRON: The Arlington Neighborhood Association will discuss self-defense at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Arlington Church of the Nazarene, 1057 Triplett Blvd., Akron.
Bo Perrin of Home Combative Solutions will discuss how to avoid becoming a crime victim. He will focus on the current trend known as the “knockout game” in which an attacker attempts to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch.
There is no cost to attend.
Donations of nonperishable food to the church are encouraged.
AKRON: An expungement clinic will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Woodland United Methodist Church, 444 N. Hawkins Ave.
University of Akron students trained on expungement law will meet with residents who would like their records sealed.
Students will go to court with applicants to argue they should have their criminal convictions or dismissals expunged.
In Ohio, a felony conviction is eligible for expungement three years after sanctions were imposed.
Participants are asked to bring identification.
The event is sponsored by UA and Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman.
Water main break
AKRON: The exit ramp from Interstate 76 westbound to South Main Street and Broadway had to be closed due to a water main break Thursday morning.
Akron Water Department crews were called out to make repairs.
AKRON: A memorial service for the late artist P.J. Rogers, 88, who died Jan. 1 in Yellow Springs, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. in Akron.
Meg Harris of Harris-Stanton Gallery, who represented Rogers in Akron and will talk about her work, will be among the speakers.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., and a graduate of Wells College, Rogers was a social worker and then pursued her true passion of painting and eventually printmaking.
She studied painting with Victor Hammer, Lazlo Szabo and Robert Brackman, but her skills as a printmaker were the result of her keen observation, obsessive study and experimentation.
Rogers lived in Akron for more than 50 years, where she and her husband, Billy, built a home for the family, complete with artist studio for P.J. and workshop for Billy.
Rogers’ artwork was in many exhibitions around the country and is in many prestigious private and public collections, including the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Print Club in Philadelphia.
In 2011, she was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Akron Arts Alliance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship fund for talented students: The Dr. William A. Rogers, P.J. Rogers, and Molly K. Lafferty Scholarship, c/o Wright State University Foundation, 3640 Col. Glenn Highway, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435.
AKRON: The Akron Zoo is now signing up teams for its Snow Bowl at Stonehedge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Stonehedge Family Fun Center, 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron.
Teams can sign up for bowling times of noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Snow Bowl is a target score bowling competition for local companies and organizations.
Each five-person team predicts their score prior to the event, and the closest team to their predicted score wins.
The cost is $300 per team and includes three games of bowling, the company’s name at Stonehedge, shoe and ball rental, and T-shirts for each member of the team.
Levels range from basic scholarship at $300 up to $400.
MACEDONIA: A standoff between a homeowner and Summit County sheriff’s deputies ended peacefully Wednesday night.
A deputy attempted to execute a writ of possession at 8321 Shepard Road at 9:55 a.m., but David Smith, 48, closed the door and told a deputy that he had a firearm, authorities said.
Additional sheriff’s units, Macedonia police, Metro SWAT and the Summit County Sheriff’s SWAT and Hostage Negotiations Team responded to the scene and blocked off a portion of Shepard Road between Highland Road and state Route 82.
Negotiators maintained contact with Smith throughout the day.
At about 5:30 p.m., he was apprehended without incident and charged with inducing panic, authorities said Thursday.
CANTON: The Stark County Republican Party Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Malone University Johnson Center, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW in Canton.
The committee will select a person to recommend to the secretary of state of Ohio for appointment to the Stark County Board of Elections.
Board members serve four-year terms.
Anyone interested in applying should contact Alex Jones at 330-453-6708 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must be a registered voter residing in Stark County.
For more information contact Jones, executive director of the Stark County Republican Party, at 330-453-6708 or email email@example.com.
LOGAN: The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal by a man convicted of killing his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank.
The Logan Daily News reported that William Inman II had turned to the high court after a state appeals court affirmed his conviction.
He had sought a new trial, saying the prosecution didn’t disclose a prior conviction of a witness.
The appeals court said the disclosure to the defense wasn’t required.
Inman still could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was convicted of aggravated murder and other charges in southeast Ohio’s Hocking County and was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Summer Inman.
His parents, who lived for a time in Akron, also are serving prison sentences on similar charges in the case.
— Associated Press
Ohio continues to lag behind most of the country when it comes to population growth.
The Buckeye State ranked 42nd in the nation for growth from July 2012 to July 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.
Ohio grew 0.15 percent.
Nationwide, the population grew 0.7 percent, with the South and West outpacing the Northeast and Midwest.
Ohio has 11.5 million residents and is still the seventh-most populous state in the U.S. Its population has grown only 0.2 percent since 2010.
North Dakota led the nation with 3 percent growth.
The District of Columbia (2 percent), Utah (1.6 percent), Colorado (1.5 percent) and Texas (1.5 percent) rounded out the top five.
Two states, West Virginia and Maine, lost population.
AKRON: The Akron RubberDucks will host a Family Fun Day at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. in Akron.
The event will include face painting, balloon art, coloring stations, hot dogs and baseball-style refreshments and the unveiling of the new Akron RubberDucks uniforms.
Children will also get a chance to design the cover of one of the official Akron RubberDucks game programs during the 2014 season.
Admission is $5 per person or $20 for the whole family.
Admission is free with a can of food per person.
The food will be donated to Harvest for Hunger.
Tickets are on sale now at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, 330-253-2488, or online at www.akroncivic.com or TicketMaster, 1-800-745-3000.