Two men rob third

AKRON: An Akron man was mugged by two men who had stopped and asked for a light for a cigarette, police said.

The victim, 19, said he was outside smoking about 11 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Rentschler Street when two men approached. One asked for a light for his cigarette.

As the victim reached for a lighter, the other man pulled out a handgun and robbed the victim of his iPod, wallet and $20. The robbers then ran off.

Police said the robbers were two black men in their mid-20s. One man had a beard and was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and gray or blue jeans. The second man was wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at http://akronohio.gov/asp/tip.html.

Gunshot hits ear

AKRON: An Akron man was shot in the ear Friday while walking on the cityís west side, police said.

The man, 21, was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

He told officers he was walking about 10:30 p.m. near Raasch and West Cedar streets when two men approached from behind.

One of the men pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at the victim, hitting his ear. The victim was driven to Akron General Medical Center for treatment.

No suspects have been identified.

Man bitten in fight

AKRON: An Akron manís ear was nearly severed after it was bitten by another man during a fight Friday night, police said.

The victim, 30, was treated for his injury at Summa St. Thomas Hospital. His attacker has been identified, but charges have not been filed.

Police contacted the victim at the hospital shortly after the incident, which the man said took place about 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Maple Street.

The victim told police he felt threatened by the man and a fight ensued. During the altercation, the suspect bit the victimís ear, leaving it dangling from the manís head.

Police went to the area where the fight was said to have occurred, but found no evidence of the dispute, they said.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident.


Fire victim IDíd

BARBERTON: Investigators have identified the man who died early Saturday in a Barberton house fire.

Robert Saunders, 54, died inside his home at 649 Lincoln Ave., authorities said Monday. A cause of death was not immediately released.

Saundersí body was found about 1 a.m. in the kitchen, the Summit County Medical Examinerís Office said.

The home sustained significant damage.

Cause of the fire has not been determined.

Library post open

BARBERTON: The Barberton Public Library is seeking a community member to join its board.

Applicants must be registered voters living in Summit County, with Barberton residency preferred.

The term will run through July 2018.

The Barberton Public Library has a seven-member board of trustees to set policies and the budget.

Applications are available at www.barbertonlibrary.org or at the library. They are due by Feb. 8

For more information, contact library director Julianne Bedel at 330-745-1194 or julianne.bedel@barbertonlibrary.org.


Wiesel to speak

KENT: Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel will speak at the second Kent State Presidential Speaker Series at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center on the Kent campus.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday at www.kent.edu/ElieWiesel. Tickets are $50 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission, $15 for group tickets of 10 or more and $10 for Kent State faculty and staff. There will be 1,500 free tickets available to KSU students.

Wiesel was deported with his Romanian family to Auschwitz at age 15 in 1943. His mother and younger sister died there. He and his father were transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945.

After the war, Wiesel became a journalist and wrote his memoir of his experiences in Night in 1956. He has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his life and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

He taught at the City University of New York, Yale University and Boston University.

For more details, go to www.kent.edu/ElieWiesel.


Murder trial starts

CHILLICOTHE: A trial has begun for a former Akron man charged with aggravated murder and other crimes in the slaying of his daughter-in-law, who was strangled with a zip tie and dumped in a septic tank.

The prosecutor told jurors Monday in Chillicothe itís reasonable to infer 48-year-old William Inman murdered his 25-year-old daughter-in-law, Summer. The prosecutor says Inman ruled the family and wanted to help his son, who was in a child custody dispute with the woman.

Inmanís attorney says it was his son, William Inman II, who killed her. The defense says the elder Inman and his wife helped kidnap their daughter-in-law in Logan to talk about concerns about the grandchildren, then tried to cover up their sonís crime.

Inmanís son and wife have been convicted in the slaying.

ó Associated Press


Holiday plans

AKRON: The offices of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will be closed on Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.

The Seiberling Nature Realm, normally closed on Mondays, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1828 Smith Road.