AKRON

House fire

AKRON: Firefighters are investigating a blaze Monday night that caused extensive damage to a home in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.

No one was injured during the fire on Julien Avenue, fire officials said.

The American Red Cross was contacted to aid the residents.

Damage estimates are about $45,000.

According to a news release from Akron firefighters, several neighbors called 911 to report heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the home. Those inside the residence had fled before the arrival of firefighters.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

Bomb threat

AKRON: Akron police and firefighters were called to Akron Children’s Hospital about 12:30 p.m. for a bomb threat.

A caller told authorities there was an orange bag in the lobby with a bomb.

Hospital staff searched the lobby area with police and firefighters, but no bag was found.

The hospital returned to normal operations about 1:30 p.m.

Legal Aid benefit

AKRON: Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm serving the civil legal needs of seniors, families and individuals, will celebrate its 60th anniversary Thursday.

A special event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Akron Civic Theatre.

Tickets, which are $60, must be reserved in advance by visiting www.communitylegalaid.org/60years.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Boehner at rally

WADSWORTH: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will be the featured guest at a rally to kick off the final grass-roots neighborhood walks in the 16th Congressional District at noon Sunday.

The rally will be at the Mitt Romney campaign office at 300 Weatherstone Drive at Weatherstone and state Route 94. Additional public officials are expected to attend and the Boehner and Romney-Ryan campaign buses will be present.

U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and Betty Sutton, D-Copley, are competing for the 16th District seat in Tuesday’s election.

A redrawing of the district lines put the two incumbents in the same district.

Medina County Republican Chairman Kevin Dunn said in a news release that Boehner’s presence “will give us a boost that will continue to grow our energy and momentum.”

Taylor to talk

RAVENNA: Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will speak at the Portage County Tea Party’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, just north of Ravenna.

Taylor spoke to the Portage tea party days before the 2010 election, when she and Gov. John Kasich won a close election.

“Our members were successful in 2010, and they have worked just as hard, if not harder, to win this year’s election, and we are very happy to have Mary Taylor by our side encouraging us to do it again,” said Tom Zawistowski, who heads the Portage tea party.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Gorge death

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who was discovered by hikers Monday afternoon in the Gorge Metro Park and determined that he died from blunt-force trauma to the chest.

Daniel Short, 51, of 18th Street in Cuyahoga Falls, was discovered lying on rocks approximately 40 feet below the walking trail at 4:45 p.m., spokesman Gary Guenther said.

The Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department responded to the scene, where Short was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

The manner of death is pending further testing and investigation.

An autopsy has been completed, Guenther said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

The medical examiner’s office and Cuyahoga Falls police are continuing their investigation.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Treats rescheduled

Several Medina County communities have rescheduled trick or treat for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Making the change were the city of Medina, village of Lodi and Lafayette, and Medina and Montville townships.

“With the unprecedented storm and the uncertainty of its duration, we all feel this is in the best interest of the safety of our children, as well as the public using our roadways during this event,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said in a news release.

Also in Medina County, the village of Gloria Glens will hold trick or treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In Summit County, Richfield village and township has rescheduled its beggars’ night for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The parade will form at Richfield Fellowship Hall and will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Munroe Falls and Twinsburg moved trick or treat to 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Fatal crash

CANTON: A Portage County teen was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon.

The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that Nicholas D. Stock, 16, of Garrettsville, was killed when his vehicle collided with a pick-up truck around 4 p.m. on state Route 88, just north of state Route 305, in Nelson Township.

Authorities say Stock was traveling northbound on Rt. 88 when he lost control on wet pavement and went left of center.

The driver of the truck, Richard A. Bonner, 62, of Mantua, suffered minor injuries.

Stock, who was wearing a seatbelt, died of his injuries.

STARK COUNTY

Funding request

CANTON: Stark County is seeking 2012 Clean Ohio Conservation Fund money for two local projects.

They are: $1,240,000 for the Fry Family Park in Pike Township and $86,250 for the expansion of the Beech Creek Botanical Garden in Washington Township.

In Pike Township, the Stark County Park District would use the grant to purchase the final 109 acres to complete the 349-acre park. One of the buildings is expected to be the home of a branch of the Stark County District Library.

In Washington Township, the money would be used to purchase an 11.5-acre tract to improve access to the 164-acre garden.

Both projects were approved by the District No. 19 Natural Resources Assistance Council of Stark County.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Safety class

GREEN: Kadilak Fitness will host a women’s safety class starting Nov. 7.

Sessions will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the November at 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road.

The instructor will be Marybeth Klink.

For more information, contact Shelly Kadilak at 330-696-7119.

Town hall meeting

BARBERTON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Akron, will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lake Anna Y, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.to address issues and concerns of the residents of his House district.