AKRON

Forum on burglaries

AKRON: Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith is hosting a neighborhood meeting Monday after a string of home burglaries this month that resulted in two arrests Thursday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. inside the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

On Thursday, Akron police said two suspects have been arrested.

Lee Shawn Gray, 21, of Hayden Drive, and Dayjon Lamar Greer, 21, of Callis Drive, are charged with five counts each of burglary.

The men are being held in the Summit County Jail.

Police detectives said the burglary spree dates to May 22 at homes on Elmdale Avenue, Avondale Avenue, Dorchester Road and Orlando Avenue in Akron.

Police said intruders forced open windows or doors and targeted jewelry and some electronics.

Fatal shooting arrest

AKRON: A suspect has been arrested in connection with last weekend’s fatal shooting of an Akron man.

Darnell Secession, 23, was being held in the Summit County Jail on one count of murder.

He is accused of shooting and killing Devonte Taylor, 21, following a quarrel Saturday on Schiller Avenue.

Taylor, who lived on Safer Plaza, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A second man, 54, was struck in the arm, police said.

Summer law institute

AKRON: The Law and Leadership Institute is seeking applicants for its 2014 LLI Summer Institute that will take place from 9 to 4 p.m. June 23 to July 25.

The Summer Institute is open to students who want to be lawyers as well as those who are looking into the profession.

It is the intention in recruitment to ensure the majority of students come from lower income homes and could not obtain similar services and programming elsewhere.

Students will learn valuable study skills, public speaking skills and techniques to improve their reading and analytical thinking.

They will also meet legal professionals, take field trips and participate in a mock trial competition.

For additional information on the effort, contact jsahl1@uakron.edu.

Friends’ Night benefit

CANTON: The Friends of Ronald McDonald House of Akron will host its Friends’ Night Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 at Gervasi Vineyards, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the refurbishment of the rooms at the Ronald McDonald House for children who have received bone marrow transplants and their families.

Tickets are $100 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket and dessert.

Reservations are required and the deadline is June 13.

To make reservations or for additional information, call 440-622-6777 or email friendsrmha@rmhakron.org.

BATH TOWNSHIP

Horse show fundraiser

BATH: The annual Bath Fire Department Horse Show will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year with a show June 28-29 on the grounds at Revere and Everett roads.

Events each day will start at 9 a.m.

The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Bath Fire Department and helps defray the cost of new fire trucks and ambulances, specialized rescue equipment, replacement personal protective gear, new and replacement EMS equipment, training equipment and education materials.

General admission tickets are $5, senior citizens are $3 and children under 5 are free.

Family passes are available for $15.

For additional information, call 330-666-3738 or visit www.bathtownship.org.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Golf to aid candidate

NORTH CANTON: A golf outing to raise funds for Larry Dordea’s campaign for Stark County sheriff will be held June 14 at the Fairways of North Canton.

The Dordea for Sheriff Golf Classic will be a scramble format, with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m.

Entry fee is $60 per person or $240 per foursome.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

The Fairways is at 1500 Rogwin Circle SW.

For reservations, which are requested by June 7, or for additional information, email votefordordea@yahoo.com or call 330-327-3344.

Benefit for candidate

AKRON: A Ron Cable for Judge fundraiser will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 4 at Akrona Gallery, 1765 W. Market St.

The event will include art, live piano music, a caricaturist, fine wine and delicacies, including a carving station, a risotto station, a fishmonger station, chicken satay and curette.

Minimum suggested contribution is $75 per person, and there is a $600 maximum contribution per person and $3,600 maximum contribution for organization.

No corporate checks are permitted. Contributions can be sent to: Cable for Judge, Phil Montgomery, treasurer, 308 Sand Run Road, Akron, OH 44313.

CANTON SCHOOLS

Administrators picked

CANTON: The Canton City Board of Education this week appointed administrators for the 2014-2015 school year for the Altitude Career Tech and Wellness Academy at Crenshaw Middle School.

Tiffany Joseph will be principal, at a salary of $90,960.

Robert Crone will be assistant principal, at a salary of $79,491.

Joseph most recently worked as Freshman Academy principal at McKinley High School. Crone was assistant principal at Worley Elementary.

CLEVELAND

Transportation summit

CLEVELAND: The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and Civic Commons ideastream are sponsoring a transportation planning seminar on June 4.

The public program about NOACA’s strategic plan will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre at the Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave.

The plan will look at highways, public transportation and bicycling in Medina, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.

Advance registration is requested at www.theciviccommons.org/noaca.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Lake to be lowered

COVENTRY TWP.: Long Lake will be lowered by 24 inches, starting June 6.

The reservoir in the Portage Lakes is being lowered to allow the construction of a new concrete launch ramp at Cove Boulevard, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife reported.

The project will include paving the parking area and constructing a courtesy dock.

Construction will limit access to Long Lake from Cove Boulevard until mid-July, depending on how quickly the lake refills.

For additional information, call 330-644-2293.

NORTH CANTON

Road closed for run

NORTH CANTON: East Maple Street will be closed from Eastbury Avenue to Hoover Park from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday for the fifth annual Girls on the Run 5K run/walk.

More than 1,500 participants are expected to participate.

NORTHFIELD

Roegner office hours

NORTHFIELD: State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, will be hosting district office hours from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 2 at the Nordonia Hills Library, 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield.

No appointment is necessary for the office hours.

Roegner encourages all who can’t attend to contact her office at 614-466-1177 or at rep37@ohiohouse.gov.

SMITHVILLE

Prank goes awry

SMITHVILLE: School administrators are apologizing for allowing a senior prank that they say got out of hand.

The district decided to allow seniors to spray-paint their names inside Smithville High School because the building is being torn down after the school year ends.

But the principal and superintendent said some students went too far, writing vulgar words on the walls and spray-painting in areas that were supposed to be off-limits.

Some parents and former students in the village are upset to see the school defaced.

School administrators said in a letter sent to the community that they were sorry that memories of the school might be tarnished because of the senior class’ final act.

— Associated Press

SUMMIT COUNTY

Architect hired

AKRON: Stephen Long is the new landscape architect for Summit Metro Parks.

He joins the park district after 16 years with the city of Cleveland where he helped plan parks and public spaces.

Long was hired after the February promotion of landscape architect Lisa King to chief of planning and development.

Long has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University and also holds state and national certifications.

Camp registration

AKRON: Summit Metro Parks is accepting registrations for two three-day summer camps for youngsters.

Camp Connect will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24-26 at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road. It will tie together science, nature and art.

The cost is $60.

The district is also offering a nature camp for children 7 and 8 years old.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15-17 at Furnace Run Metro Park.

Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township.

The fee is $60.

To register or for additional information, call 330-865-8065.

STATE NEWS

Photo ID bill touted

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Christian Alliance says it’s launching an effort to get state lawmakers to act on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show a photo ID at the polls.

The group said Thursday it’s going forward with an initiated statute petition.

The effort requires multiple steps to spur action.

Supporters say the ID requirements would help safeguard Ohio’s vote, though fraud cases are rare.

If the organization clears several signature hurdles, the General Assembly would have four months to act on the proposed ID requirements.

If legislators don’t act, the group could gather additional signatures to get the issue before Ohio voters in 2015.

The House passed a photo ID proposal last legislative session, but it was not brought to a Senate vote.

— Associated Press

Officials in court

CLEVELAND: The three defendants in a Northeast Ohio corruption case have pleaded not guilty and have been ordered not to leave the state without the court’s permission.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally and Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino were indicted in Cuyahoga County on charges that include racketeering and bribery.

Unsuccessful Mahoning County prosecutor candidate Martin Yavorcik faces many of the same charges.

The allegations concerning McNally stem from his time as a Mahoning County commissioner.

A judge set $15,000 bonds for all three Thursday.

The men are accused of working with a Youngstown businessman to prevent Mahoning County from moving county offices to another site.

Attorneys for the men said they’re confident their clients will be cleared of all charges.

— Associated Press