AKRON

Sentenced to prison

AKRON: An Akron man who was held at gunpoint after breaking inside a man’s home last year was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.

Monte Harris, 24, pleaded guilty earlier this month to burglary charges in connection with the Dec. 22 break-in of a Merton Avenue residence. He was sentenced in Summit County Common Pleas Court by Judge Tom Parker.

Prosecutors say Harris went inside the home through a window about 3 a.m. and was in the kitchen when the residents awoke. A man inside got his gun, ordered Harris to surrender and then fired a shot when the intruder lunged at him.

Harris then ran to the basement in an effort to escape through a window, but was caught by the homeowner and held at gunpoint until police arrived.

According to Summit County court records, Harris has a lengthy police record, with charges of assault, theft, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest stemming from incidents since 2008.

Worker threatened

AKRON: Akron police have released a video depicting a shoplifter who threatened a Chapel Hill store worker before fleeing.

The video shot inside the Burlington Coat Factory on Howe Avenue was recorded March 22 by a store security camera.

In the video, a man appears to conceal a pair of athletic shoes, worth $29.99, inside his coat.

Police say once the man was confronted, he threatened a 26-year-old female security officer that he would “knock you out” and then fled.

The man is in his late 30s and has gray specks in his beard. He was wearing a black Air Jordan coat, a red long-sleeved T-shirt, red stocking cap and black jogging pants.

The video can be viewed at http://goo.gl/zFeIGT
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Milkovich meeting

AKRON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Barberton, will have a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Goodyear Heights library branch, 60 Goodyear Blvd.

Milkovich will answer questions and provide updates on state legislation.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Battle of the bands

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A dozen bands will take part in a battle of the bands called U20 Rock Off from 3 to 10 p.m. April 5 at the Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium at 2300 Fourth St.

The event will benefit the Akron Area YMCA.

Bands scheduled to play include Blue Radio, Krake Wagon, Walking in Circles, Among All Things, Against All Odds, A Song For Her, Sound of Contrast, Elipsus, Recipe of Life, Chad Baker Band, Daniel Rylander Band and Moon Rocks.

Advance tickets are $5 or $6 at the door.

For more information, contact Randy at 330-923-9622 or randyk@akronymca.org.

HUDSON

LaTourette to speak

HUDSON: Former Congressman Steve LaTourette, who is now working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and heading a group supporting moderate GOP candidates, will speak at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Monday night.

LaTourette, a member of Congress for 18 years, is president of both McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a lobbying group, and Main Street Partnership, an organization providing financial support for moderate Congressional candidates, especially those targeted by tea party challengers. He has recently appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and with Larry King and been featured in the New York Times.

LaTourette will speak at 7 p.m. at the library, 96 Library St. in Hudson. To register for the free program, visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658, ext. 1010.

KENT

Food drive

KENT: Kent State University College of Public Health will kick off its annual Fill the Truck Food Drive for Kent Social Services’ food pantry.

Students will collect donations through a community bag drop the first week of April.

About 2,000 paper bags will be distributed to select areas of Kent. Residents who receive a bag are encouraged to place their donation bags on their porches by 10 a.m. April 5, and students will return to pick them up.

Those who do not receive a bag may donate directly to the pantry at 1066 S. Water St.

PLAIN TOWNSHIP

Trustee actions

PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees have approved the purchase of Lifepak monitors and heart monitors for the township Fire Department.

The equipment will be purchased from Physio Control at a cost not to exceed $79,000.

Trustees also approved the purchase of Rope Rescue Equipment from Phoenix Safety Outfitters at a cost of $7,800.

Trustees signed off on the purchase of a NewRider 5000 Athletic Field Marking Machine from Whitlam Paint Co. at a cost of $10,550. It will be used to stripe athletic fields at township parks.

STARK COUNTY

Foster care rates

CANTON: Stark County will raise its pay rates for foster child care by about 2 percent on Tuesday.

County commissioners approved the increases on Wednesday.

The new daily payments will be birth to age 5, $22; ages 6 to 11, $27; and ages 12 to 18, $31. For children with behavioral problems or special needs, the rates will be $53, $58 and $62 with the same age progression.

The rates are below those of surrounding counties, said county Administrator Brant Luther.

Daily payments were last increased in 2010.