AKRON

Rapist gets life term

AKRON: An Akron man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of multiple counts of rape and other offenses involving two young girls, authorities said.

Jeffery M. Burks, 54, of Baird Street, received the mandatory sentence from Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien. There is no provision for parole.

On April 18, a jury convicted Burks of four counts of rape and four additional counts of gross sexual imposition. Court records show that jurors returned their verdict in 45 minutes.

Prosecutors said Burks assaulted the girls, each under age 13, when they stayed at his Akron home overnight on three occasions in 2012 and 2013.

Free meals for kids

AKRON: The city’s recreation bureau again will provide free meals during the summer to eligible children.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all eligible youth 18 years or younger and in summer day-camp programs that meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.

Children who are part of households that receive food stamps or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families automatically are eligible to receive the free meals.

The meals will be provided from June 16 to Aug. 7.

A list of participating organizations and when they will provide meals is available at www.akronohio.gov/.

For more information, call 330-375-2557 or email summit_cc@akroncity.org.

Block watch event

AKRON: Highland Park Block Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the library at Sam Salem school, 1222 W. Waterloo Road.

A guest speaker is planned.

Democrats to meet

AKRON: Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, will be the guest speaker when the Summit County Progressive Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m. June 10.

The meeting, at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., is free to the public.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Support from unions

AKRON: Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and Democratic candidate for governor, continues to feel the love from Akron unions.

The city’s fire union will host a Dogs and Suds Meet and Greet with FitzGerald next week.

The event, at Akron Fire Fighters Local 330, 161 Massillon Road, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those who attend can meet FitzGerald and other candidates for state and local offices.

The event is free to the public.

FitzGerald spoke at a United Auto Workers hall in February as his counter to Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech in nearby Medina.

He also held a fundraiser with local United Steelworkers last week after speaking at the Akron Press Club.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Flags to be retired

CUYAHOGA FALLS: American Legion Post 281 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 2 p.m. June 14.

People interested in seeing that old, tattered or faded flags are disposed of respectfully can drop them off at the hall, 1601 Front St. A receptacle on the patio will be used for collection.

The burning ceremony is open to the public.

For more information, call 330-920-9379.

HUDSON

Boundaries marked

HUDSON: The Hudson Heritage Association on Wednesday will mark the installation of six markers identifying the boundaries of the city’s national historic district.

In 1973, the historic district — a portion of the city originally established by David Hudson in 1799 — was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The association went on to research 150 properties, which now bear special plaques.

The unveiling of the boundary markers will be at 2 p.m. at the intersection of South Main and West Streetsboro streets on the green in front of the Boy Scouts Cabin.

Mayor Bill Currin will lead the ceremony. Western Reserve Academy archivist Tom Vince will speak.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Rescued man arrested

BRIMFIELD TWP.: The Portage County dive team was called in Thursday night to rescue a man stranded on an island in the Mogadore Reservoir.

The rescue, which ended with the man being taken to Cuyahoga Falls on an outstanding arrest warrant, prompted Brimfield Township police to post it on their Facebook page.

Police said the man and his friends decided to go for a swim. As one sergeant wrote, the man “swam and swam and swam his little heart out. He ended up on one of the small islands, stranded, almost naked and afraid.”

The dive team was called in to rescue the man, police said. His identification was checked, and the warrant appeared.

“There are many things to learn from this adventure, but we will keep it focused. First, do not just take off swimming, in the dark, in a huge lake,” Chief David Oliver wrote. “Next: Go to court.”

STATE NEWS

Jury seated in slaying

PAINESVILLE: A jury has been seated and opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the murder-conspiracy trial of a man accused of plotting with a romantically involved foster daughter to kill his wife.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Kevin Knoefel was having an affair with his teenage foster daughter and persuaded the girl to kill his 41-year-old wife, Lisa, in November 2012.

The foster daughter, Sabrina Zunich, now 19, is charged with fatally stabbing Lisa Knoefel.

Knoefel was not at home when his wife was killed, and he says Zunich acted alone.

— Associated Press