Walk MS event
AKRON: The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host a WALK MS event at 8 a.m. April 26 at the University of Akron Stile Athletics Field House, 289 S. Union St.
“We want to raise awareness and raise funds to help people with MS,” Janet Kramer, president of the National MS Society’s Ohio Buckeye Chapter, said in a news release.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a world free of MS.”
For information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.MSohiowalk.org.
AKRON: The Akron Chapter of the Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus will celebrate its annual Salute to Black Women and Scholarship Luncheon on April 26.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road.
Renee Jones, president and CEO of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are $30.
For more information or reservations, call 330-849-0982.
AKRON: Akron police are warning residents about scam artists who are posing as water department employees in order to steal money.
One theft took place in the 1000 block of Hampton Ridge Road when an imposter was allowed into the residence by an 85-year-old woman.
Police say the culprit, who claimed to be a water worker, asked to go inside the home by claiming possible problems with underground water pipes.
Once inside, the alleged utility worker walked the resident around her condominium, checking various utility faucets and appliances.
A second suspect then entered the residence and stole cash and 22 pieces of gold jewelry, including her wedding ring.
Police say City of Akron Water Department workers are not responsible for fixing problems or testing inside a residence and rarely have a reason to ask for entry.
Legitimate utility workers also have proper identification and are willing to show it and provide a supervisor’s phone number.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.
Prison for rapist
AKRON: An Akron man was convicted Friday in a Summit County jury trial of multiple counts of rape and gross sexual imposition involving two young girls, authorities said.
Jeffery M. Burks, 54, of Baird Street, is awaiting sentencing on four counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, and four additional counts of gross sexual imposition. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before returning the verdicts.
Prosecutors said Burks assaulted the girls when they stayed at his Akron home overnight on three occasions in 2012 and 2013. Both girls were under the age of 13 at the time.
A sentencing date is pending.
AURORA: The city will perform hydrant flushing from Thursday through May 16 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Water customers might experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and a temporary condition of discolored water.
Any discolored water would be safe for bathing, drinking and food preparation, but not for washing clothes. It should dissipate within one or two days.
For more information, call 330-995-9109.
CANTON: A community health fair will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the McKinley Room of the Stark County Main Library, 715 Market Ave. N.
Staff from Mercy Medical Center will perform screenings of blood pressure, cholesterol, vision and other test.
Information on a variety of health topics will be available.
The event is free. No registration required.
CANTON: A Canton man was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for running a sports betting operation.
Christos Karasarides, 48, also was ordered to forfeit $28,000, as well as cellphones and computers connected to his gambling business.
His 22-month prison sentence came after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to federal charges of conspiring to laundering illegal gambling proceeds.
Federal prosecutors on Friday said Karasarides conducted a sports bookmaking business, taking bets on various events, including NFL and NBA games and NCAA football and basketball games.
He used offshore Internet gambling services to record and process bets paid by gamblers, prosecutors said. He also accepted customer payments under his business to conceal the sports bookmaking activities.
Bids for razing sought
COPLEY TWP.: Bids to raze the Copley Community Center will be opened at a township trustees meeting May 7.
Specifications have been expanded to include demolishing a storage barn, pavilion and a waste treatment plant that serves the police department and the community center.
Demolition of the center, at 1278 Sunset Drive, will make way for a new police building that will be served by Akron water and sewer.
Trustees on Wednesday also approved a $3,684 payment to plow drivers who took part in Copley’s snow-removal program for senior citizens.
Drivers are called out to plow seniors’ driveways when the snowfall reaches 4 inches.
Safety policies eyed
BATH TWP.: The Revere Board of Education had its first reading this week of potential districtwide policies addressing building access and security.
Protocols would include employee identification cards attached to specially designed lanyards and worn at all times on school property.
In addition, administrative, custodial and skilled maintenance staff would carry radios at all times for immediate contact with their respective offices.
Building access during the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. would be limited to the main entrances of each building for vendors, students, parents and delivery personnel.
A log denoting anticipated appointments or deliveries would be used for identification and screening to ensure that only authorized persons are in the buildings on a daily basis.
Stark County’s four Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will team up on Earth Day, April 22, with Friends of Stark Parks.
The restaurants will provide 50 percent of that day’s sales — up to $15,000 — to the nonprofit friends of the park group.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help the park district fund new educational programs.
The restaurants are in North Canton, Jackson Township, Alliance and Canton.
For more information, go to www.starkparks.com/friends.asp.
TWINSBURG: Daniel Dyer will speak at the Twinsburg Public Library to kick off a new Book Club Registry program at 7 p.m. April 29.
Dyer is the author of more than a dozen books and has received numerous awards as an educator.
Attendees will learn about the new services offered to the book club and will hear Dyer’s insights about how to read and discuss books.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
For more information, call 330-425-4268 ,ext. 2 or visit www.twinsburglibrary.org.
The library is at 10050 Ravenna Road.
WADSWORTH: Wadsworth Electric and Communications is hosting a free mercury thermometer exchange from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on April 26.
Residents can bring mercury thermometers only to 365 Broad Street during the indicated hours in two sealed plastic bags and receive a digital thermometer in return. After the event, the mercury thermometers will be transported to a mercury recycling facility.
For further information, contact 330 335-2858.