Fire damages home

PLAIN TWP.: Township firefighters reported $300,000 in damage Saturday morning to a home at 5545 Veldon Circle NE.

Firefighters arrived at 9:35 a.m. and found heavy fire on the first floor and spent 45 minutes battling the blaze. The damage to contents was estimated at $150,000.

The home, owned by William and Gayle James, was not occupied at the time of the fire. A dog and cat were rescued, but one dog died.

The North Canton and Canton fire departments also responded. A Canton firefighter was treated at Mercy Medical Center for a minor injury.

Plain Township reported that the probable cause of the fire was electrical.


Man shot at club

PERRY TWP.: Township police are investigating a shooting at 1:45 a.m. Saturday at the Rock, a nightclub at 3315 Lincoln Way E.

Officers followed a vehicle that fled the scene. It went out of control and came to rest in a business parking lot in the 4900 block of Tuscarawas Street West.

Officers found a man with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Aultman Hospital in Canton. A firearm was recovered in his vehicle.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call township police at 330-478-5121.


Farmland preserved

MACEDONIA: A Summit County family is preserving an 18-acre farm in cooperation with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Sally and Philip Meyfarth placed a conservation easement on the family farm off Shepard Road.

A conservation easement is a legal instrument that permanently restricts future development, while allowing the owner to retain ownership.

The 18-acre parcel is what remains from a 160-acre farm the Meyfarth family has owned since the 1940s.

To date, the nonprofit conservation group has preserved 421 properties and 28,723 acres in 14 counties in Northeast Ohio. It is based in Chesterland and has field offices in Akron, Medina, Cleveland, Painesville, Orwell and Oberlin.


Coyote class

COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesí Division of Wildlife is holding a free information workshop Feb. 23 for people interested in hunting and trapping coyotes.

The indoor-outdoor class will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the division offices, 912 Portage Lakes Drive. Advance registration is required. Contact Ken Fry at 330-245-3030.