AKRON: An Akron firefighter suffered a minor injury while responding to a house fire early Monday morning.
The fire at 669 Lucille Ave. started after a second-floor bathroom ventilation fan overheated and ignited plastic surrounding it, Akron fire Capt. Al Bragg said.
He said a firefighter required stitches on an injured finger. No one else was hurt.
Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $25,000.
Speaker at library
AKRON: Paula Davis, president and CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, will be the guest speaker at the next Highland Square town hall meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday at Highland Square Public Library, 807 W. Market St.
Ward 7 Councilman Donnie Kammer also is scheduled to attend and will give an update on city matters.
Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale will serve as host. He will share ideas and suggestions for protecting your home and property and will answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.
For more information, call 330-643-2725.
Free meal offered
AKRON: Free meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Kathy’s Kitchen at the Hope Cafe, 335 E. South St.
The public is welcome. Diners should enter through the door on the right side of the building.
For more information, call 330-375-1623.
Card party at East
AKRON: East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Road, will host its annual Founders Day Card Party from 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 11.
The party will include dinner, cards and board games.
Ticket cost is $15 per person. Memorial bricks also will be sold. Proceeds will go toward scholarships.
For more information, call 330-328-2460.
Reduced rail fare
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will be collecting canned foods Saturday and Sunday to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank.
Passengers can board the national park scenic excursions in Independence or Peninsula for only $5 when they donate a nonperishable food item. Tickets are normally $12 a person.
Trains depart Rockside Station in Independence at 11 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. and from the Peninsula Depot at 12:25 p.m. both days. No reservations are needed.
Crash kills student
A Kent State University student involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Alabama has died of his injuries.
Joseph J. Marino, 23, of Parma, was a passenger with four other KSU students whose car collided with a semi truck on Interstate 65 in Autauga County. He died Sunday at a hospital near Montgomery, Ala.
The university released a statement Monday, saying, “The Kent State community is sad to learn of the passing of Joseph J. “JJ” Marino, one of our students, following a car accident in Alabama. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, many of whom showed their love and support for him on social media. The Kent State community continues to pray for all of those involved in the accident and their families. Counselors are available through University Health Services for those who need support during this difficult time.”
Nader Hassen, 22, of Strongsville, was driving the 2001 Ford Escort carrying the KSU students. He and the other passengers — Lamar Washington, 23; Michael Willis, 25; and Joseph Noah, 22 — were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The truck driver was driving a 2001 Freightliner, according to Charles Dysart, with the Department of Public Safety.
AKRON: A Divorce Recovery Workshop will be held over seven Thursdays at The Chapel in Akron, 135 Fir Hill.
The first session, What’s Happening to Me, will be 7 p.m. April 11. Registration and coffee will begin a half-hour earlier.
Subsequent sessions include such topics as How Do I Let Go? and How Can I Make Sure I Never Go Through this Again?
This seminar is for anyone who has experienced the pain of divorce or separation. It is designed to offer help, hope and healing.
For more information, go to the-chapel.org/drw or call 330-315-5909.
ALLIANCE: The Wilderness Center and its revolving loan fund have aided land purchases near Alliance and in southern Stark and northern Tuscarawas counties.
The fund enabled the Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve near Alliance to purchase 12 acres of adjoining land until Clean Ohio Grant funds were available.
The funds also enabled the purchase of a five-mile trail right of way for the Stark County Park District and Camp Tuscazoar near Zoar.
For more information, contact the center through www.wildernesscenter.org.
AKRON: A Cuyahoga Falls man was ordered to pay $69,604 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after he was caught collecting benefits while still working as a truck driver.
James Lee, who had a previous workplace injury, had pleaded guilty to theft by deception last month in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
“Mr. Lee engaged in the same type of work as before becoming injured while receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits,” bureau Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer said in a news release. “He pocketed a large sum of money that wasn’t rightfully his, and thanks to our investigators and our fraud hot line, he’s returning that money, so BWC can provide compensation and medical care to truly injured workers.”
Injured workers cannot work while receiving temporary total disability payments.
The hot line received an allegation that Lee worked since the time of his injury and drove a truck for three different businesses. Investigators found that Lee continued to be employed as a truck driver between 2006 and 2010 while receiving benefits.
As part of his sentence, he also was ordered not to drive tractor-trailers.
Leeway for judges
COLUMBUS: A revised law is giving judges more leeway when it comes to sentencing first-time offenders convicted of minor felonies.
The goal of the original law was to save money by reducing Ohio’s prison population and to shrink the number of people committing new crimes after release.
Judges complained the law tied their hands when it came to some defendants they thought deserved prison time, such as low-level sex offenders or those who committed theft in office.
A law that took effect late last month allows judges to order prison time for first-time offenders convicted of fourth- or fifth-degree felonies if the crime involved a gun, an assault, a sex crime, a bond or probation violation or a violation of the public trust, such as theft in office.
— Associated Press