AKRON

Dog sounds alarm

AKRON: An Akron woman is crediting her dog for alerting her that a burglar was in her home.

The woman told police her dog began barking around 8 a.m. Saturday and woke her up.

When she went to investigate, police say, the woman discovered her roommate’s laptop sitting in the hallway.

When officers arrived at the home in the 100 block of Hollinger Avenue, they found a man in the backyard carrying a ladder and several other items.

The man dropped the ladder and ran. He was found hiding in a trash container on Beechwood Drive.

Officers recovered a knife from the man’s pocket, the laptop and a ladder that was taken from another neighbor’s house.

Christopher W. Coteat, 20, of Maxen Drive in Akron, faces charges of aggravated burglary and resisting arrest.

Driver robbed

AKRON: Police reported a delivery driver for New Ming Restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night.

Authorities say the driver was trying to deliver food in the 1000 block of Peerless Avenue around 8:30 p.m. when he was confronted by two males armed with handguns.

The pair demanded the driver’s money, food and vehicle, a 2003 Toyota RAV4 .

The vehicle was recovered about an hour later near Stadelman and Wildwood avenues.

Heist in church lot

AKRON: Three Akron men were robbed Friday night in a church parking lot.

Authorities say three males approached the men in the 700 block of Blaine Avenue around 8 p.m. and robbed them at gunpoint of cash and cell phones.

Police officers followed footprints in the snow to a home in the 700 block of Wall Street.

Officers recovered the cell phones, money and a gun.

Officers arrested Cordell J. Benson, 18, of Cree Avenue; a 16-year-old Westerly Road boy; and a 17-year-old Minson Way boy.

They are charged with aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon.

Guns recovered

AKRON: Two men were arrested Friday night on a concealed charge after being pulled over for a traffic violation.

Officers stopped a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis in the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue around 8 p.m. for a minor traffic violation.

Officers said that as they approached the car, they observed an open bottle of liquor in the back seat.

Also recovered were two handguns, one found under a seat and the other in a jacket pocket.

The men arrested are Derrick L. Grimes Jr., 20, of Clark Avenue SW in Canton; and Jerrale N. Floyd, 23, of Bacon Avenue in Akron.

Grimes was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having an open container in a motor vehicle and drug abuse.

Floyd was charged with having a weapon illegally, carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence, having an open container in a motor vehicle and having a firearm with the serial number filed off.

Pet benefit

AKRON: Northeast Ohio reggae band Human Nature will play at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ripper Owens’ Tap House in Akron to benefit Heaven Can Wait.

Admission to the show is free. Heaven Can Wait’s mission is to rescue animals from Summit County Animal Control.

For information, visit www.heaven-can-wait.com or call 330-328-8699.

Political talk

AKRON: A panel discussion on the Lay of the Land: The Political Landscape of 2012 will be held Thursday at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon.

The panel will feature longtime political consultants Jerry Austin, a Democrat, and Mark Weaver, a Republican, and will be moderated by John Green, director of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Austin and Weaver are the Bliss Institute’s Distinguished Chairs of Applied Politics this year.

The buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., with the program following at UA’s Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill.

Cost is $15 for press club members and $20 for others.

For reservations, call 330-564-4211 or send an email to RSVP@cmoresearch.com.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Campaign kickoff

BARBERTON: Mayor Bill Judge will host a reception tonight to kick off Bryan Suboticki’s campaign for Summit County Council.

Suboticki, a Democrat, is running for the District 7 seat.

The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at David B’s Grille and Pub, 524 W. Tuscarawas Ave.

For information, email mark.manning.jr@gmail.com.

CANTON TOWNSHIP

Rail upgrade

CANTON TWP.: The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Marietta Avenue Southeast/Township Road 512 railroad crossing, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has announced.

The upgrade will be paid for with federal funds.

The railroad is responsible for completing the work by Oct. 23, the state agency said.

NORTON

Peace group

NORTON: The Barberton, Norton, Wadsworth Peace Group will meet at 7:30 tonight at Grace United Church of Christ, 3285 S. Cleveland-?Massillon Road.

Patty O’Shea, a spiritual adviser for a hospice program in Westlake and an active member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Akron, will discuss Widening Circles of Love: The Ripple Effects of Building Peace.

The meeting is open to the public.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Santorum speaking

AKRON: Rick Santorum, one of the leading GOP presidential candidates, will be the featured speaker during the Summit County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner next month.

The event also will feature what is thought to be the largest presidential straw poll in the state, with about 1,100 people expected to attend and cast votes on their pick in the still hotly contested battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

The dinner will be Feb. 18, just a few weeks before Ohio’s March 6 primary. Santorum, a former U.S. senator, trailed Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the latest primary in South Carolina on Saturday.

Asked if Santorum’s presence might help him in the poll, Debbie Walsh, executive director of the county party, said she thinks with the type of speaker Santorum is he’ll draw a crowd that leans in his direction.

The event will start with a cash bar and social hour at 6 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. It will be held at Quaker Station.

Tickets are $50 per person.

Call Republican headquarters to purchase tickets at 330-434-9151.

TALLMADGE

Meth lab found

TALLMADGE: Authorities say a tip led Tallmadge police officers to a meth lab in the 500 block of Cuyahoga Street on Sunday.

Kalley C. Miller, 20, of Cuyahoga Street, was arrested around 2 a.m. and charged with the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and the illegal assembly of chemicals.

Police also arrested Justen L. Moore, 31, of Hanover Drive in Kent, and charged him with occupying a drug premises.

WADSWORTH

Bomb threat arrest

WADSWORTH: City police on Monday arrested an 18-year-old Wadsworth High School student accused of emailing a bomb threat to school officials last week.

Guy T. Barnard of Stratford Avenue was charged with inducing panic, a felony, and taken to the Medina County Jail.

Students were evacuated Jan. 18 after the threat. Nothing was found during a search.

Barnard was arrested after a search warrant was used at his home, police said.

“Even though some of his actions and procedures were sophisticated, including the use of proxy servers, we were able to locate evidence leading to the issuance of the search warrant and his subsequent arrest,” police said in a prepared statement.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending through the grand jury, police said.