Thunderstorms hit

Summit and Portage counties were under a flood warning until late Saturday, after heavy thunderstorms rocked the Akron area.

From 1 to 2 inches of rain fell during the storms that also produced heavy winds and heavy lightning, reported the U.S. Weather Service.

The Akron Fire Department said an apartment on Amber Hills Drive was on fire after being struck by lightning during the late afternoon storm.

Electric power was reported out in scattered areas and there was minor flooding from the storms, local officials reported.


Fraud indictment

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A Cuyahoga Falls man was indicted by a Summit County grand jury on accusations he sold high-?mileage cars with falsified odometers.

Shannon G. Payne, 35, is accused of six counts of tampering with records and single counts of theft, forgery and identity fraud after investigations by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.

A BMV news release says Payne bought vehicles on Craigslist, falsified power of attorney forms using his wifeís notary services and then swapped out odometers showing lower mileage. He then sold the vehicles.

His wife, Carrianne Payne, was not charged but she did surrender her notary commission, officials said.

Bank robbed

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A bank robber escaped early Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash from a bank on State Road.

The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department said the PNC bank located at 2150 State Road was robbed around 9:01 a.m.

The employees at the bank said an unknown man came into the bank and presented a note to the teller advising her that the bank was being robbed and that he had a weapon.

The clerk did not see a weapon. The suspect fled the bank on foot toward State Road.

Police are searching for a white male, 20-30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, with a medium build and shaved head. He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt with red print on the front and lime green writing on the back with blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department at 330-928-2181.

History talk

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Cuyahoga Falls Library will host a civil war presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 2015 Third St.

Tom Vince, historian and archivist of the Western Reserve Academy, will compare the lives of President Abraham Lincoln and radical abolitionist John Brown.

The event is free and open to the public.


Trail advisers

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is seeking volunteers to serve on an advisory committee to help develop new mountain bike trails at Hampton Hills Metro Park.

Three unpaid positions must be filled in connection with the new trails in the parkís Hardy Road Landfill Area.

The volunteers may assist in flagging trail sections under construction, test riding and rating completed trail sections and making suggestions for improvement.

Individuals will be selected based on knowledge of single-track construction, mountain-biking experience and their ability to work with park personnel.

Volunteers must have a valid driverís license and pass a criminal background check.

Interested people should send a letter of interest to project manager Mark Avery at or Mountain Bike Trail Committee, 975 Treaty Line Road, Akron, OH 44313.


Extra paddle trips

KENT: Crooked River Adventures is offering additional paddling trips on Wednesday and Thursday on the Cuyahoga River.

The livery will also be distributing free sunglasses to paddlers this week.

Three additional Wednesday afternoon trips are scheduled, and six extra trips are scheduled on Thursday.

The livery is normally open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For reservations and information, call 330-541-7467 or