AKRON: Akron police report that a driver for Pizza Hut was robbed while attempting to make a delivery in the 200 block of Lake Street at around 8 p.m. Saturday.
The driver told investigators that he was approached by two suspects who told him to drop the food.
One of the robbers held the victim’s arms behind his back while the other went through his pockets and took his cellphone and wallet.
Both suspects fled on foot. No weapon was used in the robbery.
AKRON: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored today with two- and three-minute speeches from youth, adults and seniors on what King’s legacy means to them.
The event will start at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s AME Church, 1250 S. Hawkins Ave.
The Rev. Bruce Butcher is the host pastor.
For additional information, call 330-869-8955.
BARBERTON: The Cleveland-Massillon Road/31st Street bridge over Hudson Run is scheduled to reopen Friday morning.
The Summit County Engineer’s office said the new bridge, which has an additional lane and a sidewalk, will accommodate plans to widen the street in 2014 or 2015.
The major thoroughfare between Wooster Road in Barberton and Norton Avenue in Norton has been closed since Aug. 13.
Federal funding covered almost $700,000 of the $870,000 project, the engineer’s office said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on the bridge at 11 a.m. Friday.
New vice president
KENT: Rebecca Murphy is the new associate vice president for university communications and marketing at Kent State.
She will make $135,000 a year.
Murphy previously was assistant dean of marketing and communications, enrollment and student services at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Before that she was senior director of marketing, communications and external relations at Case Western, associate director of marketing for the Cleveland Museum of Art, director of marketing and communications at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure in Aurora and promotions manager at Geauga Lake Amusement Park.
Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration are from the University of Akron.
This is the second major hire in KSU’s promotions department in the past year.
Former WKYC reporter Eric Mansfield was named executive director of university media relations in March. His annual salary is now $110,000.
NORTH CANTON: A three-part public lecture series that explores the kinship of Jews, Muslims and Christians via Abraham begins today at the Barrette Business and Community Center on the campus of Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St.
The series, called “Our Father Abraham,” is 6 to 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays. It will explore how each of the Abrahamic faiths present its spiritual ancestor; how ideas about Abraham developed in one faith tradition impact the others and how those connections can help overcome interreligious misunderstanding and misrepresentation.
The free series is sponsored by the Walsh University Lifelong Learning Academy and the Walsh Theology Division.
COLUMBUS: Bettors were looking for holiday luck last month, putting more money into slot machines and table games at the two Ohio casinos open the longest.
But the Ohio Casino Control Commission said Monday the Hollywood Columbus casino, which opened in October, saw betting drop from November to December.
The Horseshoe Cleveland casino received the biggest boost in December, with slots betting up 17.3 percent and wagers at table games up 12.6 percent.
— Associated Press