AKRON

Suspect in robbery

AKRON: Akron police are seeking a Mogadore man for his suspected involvement in the robbery of a Circle K on Saturday morning.

Authorities said two men armed with handguns entered the Circle K at 1877 Triplett Blvd. around 5 a.m. and robbed the clerk.

The men fled with cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes.

Responding officers apprehended Chad M. Peterson, 26, of Baltimore Street in Akron, on South Seiberling Street after a brief chase on foot.

Authorities said they recovered a duffel bag that had two loaded guns, lottery tickets and cash.

They are seeking a second suspect, Joshua R. Bieri, 22, of James Avenue in Mogadore, on charges of aggravated robbery and weapons under disability.

Shootings probed

AKRON: Akron police detectives are investigating two shootings that occurred over the weekend.

The first shooting was around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Beardsley Street.

The 23-year-old victim was shot in the right lower leg.

He was taken to Akron General Medical Center for treatment.

The second shooting was at 7 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Hunt Street.

The 20-year-old victim was shot in the left leg.

She was taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment.

No arrests have been made.

Arrests in slaying

AKRON: Akron police say two men face aggravated murder and robbery charges stemming from the July 21 shooting death of a city man.

Brent C. Lett, 22, was arrested in Columbus and now awaits extradition to Summit County. Terrell D. Nurse, 20, is in the Summit County Jail on unrelated charges.

He is awaiting sentencing on a home invasion charge.

Police say the pair have been charged in their alleged involvement in the death of Dante Thornton, 31, whose body was found inside of his Moon Street home.

Journalism brunch

AKRON: Former Plain Dealer columnist and author Connie Schultz will be the featured speaker during the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area’s Women in Journalism brunch.

The event also will celebrate Sunshine Week and Women’s History Month.

The brunch will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

The event will be at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road.

It is sponsored by the league and the Akron Press Club.

Tickets are $35 each.

The registration deadline is March 7.

For additional information, contact the league at 330-836-7079 or email lwvaa@lwvaa.org.

Volunteers sought

AKRON: The grass-roots Cascade Locks Park Association is seeking volunteers interested in history and storytelling.

The volunteers are needed at the historical Mustill Store and the park along the Ohio & Erie Canal. The store is open weekends April through October.

It is also open to school tours.

Training sessions for new volunteers are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. March 10 or 2:30 p.m. March 18.

The association is also seeking greeters at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron.

Training will be offered at 10 a.m. on March 22 or March 24.

For additional information, call 330-374-5625.

BATH TOWNSHIP

Earth Day dinner

BATH TWP.: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, will speak at the March 24 Earth Day dinner staged by the Portage Trail Group of the Sierra Club.

The 16th annual dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Mustard Seed Cafe, 3885 W. Market St.

Tickets are $55 a person.

A silent auction will be held with proceeds benefiting the John and Betty Seiberling Scholarship Fund at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

To order tickets, send checks or money orders to PTG Earth Day Dinner, 2919 W. Market St., Akron 44333.

To donate items for the auction or for additional details, contact Neal Broida at 330-869-9604.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Lombardi event

AKRON: The Dave Lombardi for Judge Committee will hold a fundraising kickoff event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 1.

The event will be at Paolo’s, One W. Exchange St. in Akron.

A $50 donation includes food and two drink tickets.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Tax day rally

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A Rescue America Tax Day Rally will be held April 15 in Cuyahoga Falls River Square.

Music begins at 2 p.m., with the rally from 3 to 6 p.m.

The lineup for the event includes radio personalities Quinn and Rose, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, state Sen. Frank LaRose, state Rep. Kristina Roegner, and representatives of the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council.

The rally is sponsored by the Akron Tea Party, Medina County Friends and Neighbors, Portage County Tea Party and Stark 912 Patriots.

For more information, visit www.akronteaparty.biz.

KENT

China trip

KENT: Kent State is offering a 13-day culinary trip to China June 17-29.

The trip will be led by Philip Wang, a KSU associate professor of foundation, leadership and administration and a native of China, and chef Ed Hoegler of the university’s Hospitality Management Program.

Travelers will have the chance to learn various Chinese culinary styles, with cooking classes conducted in local restaurants or schools.

They will shop for ingredients at local markets, cook with Chinese chefs and visit the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and more.

The tour cost is $3,245 per person based on twin occupancy.

Reservation deadline is the end of March.

For additional details, contact Rose Onders at 330-672-0564 or email ronders@kent.edu.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Hourlong chase

LAKE TWP.:. An Alliance man faces numerous charges after authorities said he led Lake Township police officers on an hourlong foot chase.

When officers stopped a vehicle on Coblentz Road around 2:12 a.m. Sunday for a traffic violation, the driver of the vehicle fled on foot, leaving behind his female passenger.

The driver, Travis C Baker, 32 of Alliance, was apprehended in a wooded area near Market Avenue.

He has been charged with driving under suspension, obstructing official police business, open container and traffic violations.

MEDINA COUNTY

Match wits contest

MEDINA: Project Learn Medina will be hosting two Match Wits contest fundraisers in March to support adult literacy in Medina County.

Match Wits is a team competition among businesses, organizations, friends and neighbors who want to show off their general knowledge and trivia.

Match Wits with Wadsworth will be held from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 8 at the Grace Lutheran Church, 146 High St.

Match Wits with Medina County will be held from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 22 at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road.

Jason Nicholas, host of Academic Challenge, will be giving the questions in the final rounds of Match Wits with Medina County.

Registration forms are available at www.projectlearn?medina.org.

Spectator tickets are available for $20 and include dinner.

To purchase tickets, call 330-723-1314 or stop by Project Learn Medina, 105 W. Liberty St. in Medina.

NORTH CANTON

Gun arrest

NORTH CANTON: A North Canton man has been charged with multiple offenses after officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in the 8700 block of Cleveland Avenue on Saturday morning.

Authorities said Jerold Vansickle, 21, of the 8700 block of Cleveland Avenue, was found with a pistol and drug paraphernalia around 12:19 a.m. after a resident reported that he had been threatened.

Vansickle has been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated menacing, felonious assault, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.