AKRON

Kiwanis luncheon

AKRON: Julie Barnes, executive director of Summit County Children Services, will speak at the monthly Kiwanis luncheon at noon Thursday at the Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.

Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hiram College and a master’s in education from Kent State University.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by contacting Katie Rennard at 330-643-5517 or by email at krennard@summit.org.

Facebook robbery

AKRON: An Akron man was robbed of his wallet and car after dropping off a woman he had met through Facebook, police said.

Police said the man, 20, and woman went to the 100 block of West Mildred Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

When the man pulled into the driveway, the woman made a call to someone inside the home and told them to open the door.

As the woman walked up the driveway and around the back of the house, two men grabbed the man and pulled him from the car, police said.

One of the robbers fired a shot into the air and threatened to shoot the man, who ran to a nearby house and asked the resident to call the police.

The robbers took the man’s tan Chevrolet Impala and fled. The house was vacant since October, police said.

The robbers and the woman have not been identified, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677)

Police memorials

AKRON: The Akron Police Department’s annual memorial service honoring officers lost in the line of duty will be held at 11 a.m. May 7 at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge at Wolter Park.

Police also will hold a ceremony in front of the police department at 1 p.m. May 9 to honor former Patrolman Russ Long, who was paralyzed following an on-duty crash in 1991 and died last year.

Long is also being honored, and his name will be inscribed on the National Memorial on May 15 as a part of National Police Memorial Day and National Police Memorial Week, May 12-17 in Washington, D.C.

AKRON SCHOOLS

Race event canceled

AKRON: A Race Matters speech that was to be hosted by Akron Public Schools and held at the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage counties this afternoon has been canceled.

Featured speaker Rhonda Knight informed the district Tuesday that she will not be able to attend due to travel conflicts.

School officials said they would inform the public should the event be rescheduled.

CAMPAIGN trail

Fundraiser for Cable

AKRON: A campaign fundraiser for Ron Cable, a candidate for Summit County Common Pleas Court judge, will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 S. Main St., near Luigi’s restaurant.

Live music will be provided by Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Suggested minimum contribution is $50 per person or $25 for Young Democrats.

Contributions may be sent to: Cable for Judge, Phil Montgomery, Treasurer, 308 Sand Run Road, Akron, 44313.

Cook fundraiser

TALLMADGE: The Friends of Judge Katarina Cook committee will host a Primero de Mayo fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at La Mexicana, 76 West Ave., Tallmadge.

The event is in support of Cook’s campaign for Domestic Relations Court.

Suggested donation is $25 per person for a taco bar and a margarita.

For more information or a reservation, call 330-836-6620 or visit www.­judgekatarinacook.com.

GRANGER TOWNSHIP

Flags approved

GRANGER TWP.: Township trustees approved the purchase of flags that will be placed on 17 utility poles along the west side of Ridge Road, north of the middle school property.

Flags will fly for about a week for the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays.

Trustees approved up to $975 for the flags and poles. Trustee John Ginley will choose a supplier after completing some final quality checks.

Trustees decided to apply for county block grant funds for demolition of blighted residential properties. Property owners who might be interested in participating in this program should contact trustees as soon as possible.

NORTH CANTON

Water report

NORTH CANTON: The city’s Consumer Confidence Reporter for 2013 is available.

It provides information on the quality of the city’s drinking water and includes general health information and water quality tests results.

The report can be viewed at the city’s Mayor’s Office, Utilities Department or Engineering Department, the North Canton Drinking Water Plant or online at http://northcantonohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ccr2013.pdf.

For more information call 330-499-6473.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Blasts reported

RAVENNA: The Portage County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that it received more that 75 telephone calls from eastern Portage County linked to explosions at Camp Ravenna, the former arsenal grounds east of the city.

James Sims, an Ohio National Guard spokesman in Columbus, said demolition training was being held at the site, starting about 11 a.m.

It wrapped up about 4 p.m.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Fundraising luncheon

AKRON: Summit County CASA/GAL will host its “Imagine a World Without Child Abuse” ladies fundraising luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Portage Country Club.

CASA is seeking sponsors to reach its goal of at least $10,000, which will go toward recruitment, training and support of CASA volunteers to ensure abused and neglected children in the Akron area can receive proper help.

For more information, call 330-696-1535.

Information meeting

AKRON: Summit County Children Services is sponsoring a free foster care and adoption information meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.

Attendees will learn more about the foster care and adoption process.

Agency staff also will share basic information about the children coming into care.

The event is free and open to the community.

For more information, call 330-379-2055.

TALLMADGE

Book sale

TALLMADGE: Friends of the Tallmadge Library will conduct a book sale preview from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday for group members.

The public sale will be held 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds support special programs at the library and a scholarship for a graduating Tallmadge High School senior.

The library is located at 90 Community Drive.

Free legal clinic

AKRON: Community Legal Aid and the Akron Bar Association have partnered to offer a free legal clinic for low-income residents from 10 to 2 p.m. Thursday at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.

Interested participants are encouraged to register by calling 1-800-998-9454 or by submitting an application online at www.communitylegalaid.org.

WADSWORTH

KFC approved

WADSWORTH: The Planning Commission on Monday approved the construction of a KFC Restaurant at 802 High St. — the site of a former Sunoco gas station.

Planning Director Jeff Kaiser said the restaurant’s dining area will seat 56.

Because High Street is set to undergo major improvements next year, the entrances and exits to be used by the new restaurant will have to be modified.

The property is owned by Tony and Mark Lambos from Kendall House Inc., which operates 18 KFC franchises in Northeast Ohio.

Spring Book sale

WADSWORTH: Friends of the Wadsworth Public Library will host a spring book sale Friday through Sunday at 132 Broad St.

Sale hours are 9 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Prices range from 25 cents to $3.

Money raised will be used to support the summer reading programs.