AKRON

Robber runs away

AKRON: A woman who demanded money from a gas station clerk fled the Akron store after being warned that an alarm had been triggered.

The attempted robbery happened about 11 p.m. Sunday at the Oak Hill Sunoco, 2514 Mogadore Road.

Police say the woman donned a surgical mask, went inside and demanded money.

The clerk, however, thought she was joking and ignored her commands until she put her hand in her pocket and said she had a gun.

The clerk told the woman he already had pushed the holdup alarm, and the female fled on foot empty-handed, police said.

She is described as white and in her 30s. She has strawberry blonde hair and wore blue jeans and three layers of hooded sweatshirts.

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.

Slaying arrests

AKRON: Two people have been arrested in connection with the beating death of a Canton man late Saturday.

James M. Harris, 69, died of blunt force trauma when he went to his ex-girlfriend’s house on Minota Avenue in Akron.

On Monday, police said detectives have arrested Paul A. Reed, 38, and Tiffany A. Powell, 32, both of Minota Avenue.

Harris and Powell have children together, police said.

Police say Reed and Powell arranged for Harris to come over to their home to purchase a car.

When he arrived, Harris went inside, where police say he was attacked by Reed.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide and the manner of death as blunt-force trauma to the head.

Reed and Powell are charged with aggravated murder and obstructing official business.

They are being held in the Summit County Jail.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Croce fundraiser

BARBERTON: The “Keep Judge Croce” committee will host a fundraising dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15 at Green Diamond Grille & Pub, 125 Second St. NW, Barberton.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Suggested donation is $40.

Judge Christine Croce is a former Barberton clerk of courts and Barberton Municipal Court judge seeking to keep the Summit County Common Pleas Court seat to which she was appointed last year.

For additional information about the campaign, go to www.keepjudgecroce.com.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Gold Star tribute

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Relatives of service members killed in the global war on terrorism are being sought to take part in the city’s Memorial Day parade.

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. May 26.

Gold Star family members of those who were killed in the Beirut bombings, the first Gulf War or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are invited to be part of the tribute, parade committee chairman Dave Sebastian said.

Family members also are invited to take part in the 11 a.m. ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery.

Relatives interested in participating in the parade are asked to call 330-923-3201 or email dsebastian@ameritech.net.

MEDINA COUNTY

Staff training

MEDINA: The Medina County Health Department will be closed from 8 a.m. till noon Wednesday to allow staff to attend professional training.

For additional information, call 330-723-9688 or 888-723-9688 or go to www.medinahealth.org.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mulch sale

AKRON: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties will be selling Suncrest Gardens premium bark mulch.

Funds raised through the sale of the mulch will be used to support the organization. Agency volunteers, staff and board members will be selling the mulch or it can be purchased by calling 330-376-6503.

Mulch will be available for pickup at Suncrest Gardens anytime during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Autism fundraiser

AKRON: Bricco restaurant in downtown Akron will host its fifth annual “Dinner and a Cause” on Wednesday to benefit the Autism Society of Greater Akron.

From 4:30 to 8 p.m., 20 percent of the proceeds from food sales at the restaurant, at 1 W. Exchange St., will be donated.

Members of the Kent State University sorority Alpha Xi Delta will sell raffle tickets to raise additional funds.

All money raised will support families that the Autism Society of Greater Akron serves locally.

Reservations are encouraged.

For more information, go to www.autismohio.org/index.php.

TALLMADGE

Rezoning approved

TALLMADGE: City Council voted 7-0 in favor of a rezoning for Shelter Care at a meeting last week.

Shelter Care, a private, nonprofit organization begun in 1972, runs an adolescent residential program for pregnant girls at a site on South Avenue.

It now will be able to house up to 12 teen mothers and infants.

Prior zoning allowed a maximum of five people at the residential facility.

The program assists teen mothers ages 14 to 20 and their babies.

They can reside at the facility until the child reaches age 3.

Shelter Care personnel said rezoning was sought because applications to enter the program exceed the spaces available, and some young mothers have been turned away.

Fire suspicious

TALLMADGE: Tallmadge police say the cause of a weekend fire inside a building housing two automotive businesses is considered “suspicious.”

No one was injured during the fire Sunday at 390 Geneva Ave.

On Monday, Tallmadge police released a statement calling the fire a potential case of arson.

According to the statement by Lt. Ron Williams, “the fire is suspicious in nature” and is being investigated by Tallmadge fire investigators, state fire marshals and Tallmadge police.

TR Recovery and Cox Auto Craft are located in the building. A secondary fire was discovered nearby on city of Tallmadge property, where a pile of PVC pipe had ignited, Williams said.

Investigators believe the fire likely started in a large storage shed area that was attached to the rear of the building.