Standoff ends

AKRON: A two-hour standoff ended peacefully Saturday night when a man wanted on a felony warrant surrendered to Akron police after barricading himself and three children inside a Brittain Road residence.

WEWS-TV (Channel 5) reported that none of the three children inside a home near Brittain Road and Sieberling Street were injured when David Blair, 40, surrendered to a SWAT team, called out to the incident about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards told WEWS that Blair refused to come outside for two hours.

Police arrested Blair, who was charged with theft, domestic violence and endangering on April 23, according to Akron Municipal court records.

No further details are available at this time, pending a police investigation, according to WEWS.

Valleís office hours

AKRON: John Valle, Akronís director of neighborhood assistance, will have office hours at community centers in May.

His hours early in the month will be: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St., and May 10 at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive.


Shredding event

MEDINA: The Medina American Legion Post 202 will provide its semi-annual shredding service from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 620 N. Broadway St.

The Neoshred Co. will provide the shedding equipment.

No books, or items containing plastic or metal will be accepted. Small staples should not be a problem. Disposal of old flags also will be offered.

There is no charge for the service, but donations will be appreciated.

For more details, call Jim Thornburg at 330-725-5737.


Hiking spree set

AKRON: The 10th annual Spree for All, a two-month hiking series for people of all abilities, kicks off on Wednesday.

The 14 designated trails are all suitable for hikers on foot, with strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and canes, said Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.

Forms are available at www.summitmetroparks.org or at Acme Fresh Market stores.

Take at least five hikes by June 30 to win a lanyard or a commemorative pin.

The rewards are free for Summit County residents. Others must pay $5 for a pin or $10 for a lanyard.

Since the program began in 2004, more than 23,000 hikers have earned rewards, including 2,740 people last year. .

For information, call 330-865-8065 or go to www.summitmetroparks.org.

Motherís Day lunch

AKRON: Summit County CASA AND GAL will host the ďI Am for the Child, Hats Off To MothersĒ lunch at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path in Akron.

The luncheon will include Susan Luc, co-owner of Shop Your Closet, and Paula Singleton, milliner and owner of What a Great Hat, who will teach about personal style and how to incorporate hats into their wardrobe.

CASA is seeking sponsors to help achieve its goal of raising at least $10,000.

Proceeds from the event will be used for the recruitment, training, and support of CASA

For information, contact Beth Cardina at 330-643-2514.


Flea market opening

SMITHVILLE: The Wayne County Flea Market will open on the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning this Saturday through the first weekend in October.

Admission to the flea market and parking are free.

Local vendors, market farmers and craftsmen are welcomed.

The booth fee is $10 for a 12 by 12 site plus for a vehicle.

Booth reservations can be made by contacting the flea market office and there will be spaces available on the flea market days on a first-come, first-served basis until full.

Non-profit organizations are invited to participate in the flea marketís community support program.

Each flea market day will sponsor a local non-profit group with a free booth for fundraising purposes.

Space must be scheduled ahead of time.

The Wayne County Flea Market is located at 4767 Fulton Road in Smithville.

For more information, to reserve a booth or schedule a non-profit space contact the WCFM at 330-669-3469 or email wayneflea8@gmail.com.