AKRON

VFW scholarship contests

AKRON: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Firestone Post 3383 and its Auxiliary are sponsoring scholarship contests open to every student in the country.

The Voice of Democracy contest is for students in grades 9-12 to make a three- to five-minute audio essay based on the theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Entries must be submitted to the post on a CD by Nov. 1. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is for students in grades 6-8 to write a 300- to 400-word essay based on the theme: “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The deadline is Nov. 1, and the national first-place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is for students in grades 9-12. The students must produce a physical patriotic piece of artwork during the current school year with the supervision of their art teacher. No digital art is accepted. The deadline is March 31, and the national first-place winner receives $10,000. Monetary prizes are given through eighth place.

Local and state winners in each contest also receive awards.

Entry forms and rules for all contests are at https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/.

Submit all entries to Firestone Post 3383 at 690 W. Waterloo Road. For more information, call 330-745-0127.

Coffee with cop, city leader

AKRON: Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host Coffee with a Cop and Councilwoman from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Starbucks at West Market Street and Pershing Avenue.

BATH

Coffee with two cops

BATH: Police Chief Vito Sinopoli and Detective Mike Gabel invite the community to join them for Coffee with a Cop 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Starbucks Montrose, 3899 Medina Road.

MASSILLON

Police warn of thefts in lots

MASSILLON: City police are warning people about a new theft ring hitting area stores, specifically hardware stores.

Authorities say the thieves are waiting in parking lots for people to park their trucks and trailers with unsecured items in the back.

Once the victim enters the store, one robber follows the individual while another steals items from the victim’s vehicle, police said.

The thief inside the store communicates with the accomplice outside using a cellphone.

“The logic is that often there are large value items inside some of the unsuspecting trucks/trailers who stop at these locations because often they’re on their way to a job site with expensive tools, etc.,” police wrote on their Facebook page. “These thieves know that.”

Police advised people to be alert and secure valuables in a trunk.

“As you’re well aware, these thieves are everywhere these days,” police said. “Help yourself not be a victim.”

PORTAGE COUNTY

Fourth-grader saves friend

BRIMFIELD TWP.: A Brimfield Elementary School fourth-grader is being credited with saving the life of her best friend who was choking on a piece of popcorn at lunch, the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reported.

Baileigh Prochaska helped dislodge the popcorn from her friend Lauren Pringle’s throat.

“All of a sudden I choked, and I gave her the sign like ‘help me’ and she put my hands up and rubbed my back,” Lauren told the newspaper.

Read the full Record-Courier report at http://bit.ly/2ycm4Bc.

STATE NEWS

Death row requests denied

COLUMBUS: A federal judge has rejected requests from two condemned Ohio inmates to put a temporary stop to their upcoming executions.

Alva Campbell is scheduled to die Nov. 15 for the death of 18-year-old Charles Dials 20 years ago. Raymond Tibbetts is to die Feb. 13 in the fatal stabbing of a man in Cincinnati in 1997.