ELSEWHERE IN OHIO

Inmate sues private prison

CLEVELAND: An Ohio inmate who alleges he was severely beaten by a guard is suing a private prison after a grand jury declined to bring a criminal charge against the officer.

Cleveland.com reports that Timothy Davis, 31, filed the lawsuit this month in federal court in Cleveland. He has named the private prison’s owner, CoreCivic, the prison warden and other staff members as defendants.

Davis, who was at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution during the alleged assault in September 2016, is serving a 13-year sentence for burglary and theft.

His lawsuit claims his constitutional rights were violated and the prison company failed to properly train and supervise their guards. Davis is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

A spokesman for CoreCivic says they do not comment on pending litigation.

Colleges apply to test pot

COLUMBUS: Two colleges have applied to handle testing for Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana program.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Central State University in southwest Ohio and Hocking College in southeast Ohio both sent in applications by last Friday’s deadline.

State law mandates only colleges and universities can apply for testing permits for the program’s first year. Some schools have hesitated over concerns about losing federal funding since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The medical marijuana program is expected to launch in September 2018.

The department will accept applications from private laboratories from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8.

AKRON

Press Club book sale

AKRON: The Akron Press Club book sale will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Oct. 28 at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road in Bath.

New and gently used books, audio books, music CDs and movie DVDs will be available for purchase. Most items are priced at $5 or less.

Proceeds from the annual book sale fund scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students.

Donations are welcome. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact Ron Syroid at rlsyroid@gmail.com or 330-607-6811. Books may also be dropped off from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Wellness Center. (Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books will not be accepted.)

STARK COUNTY

Safety Day to be at park

LAWRENCE TWP.: The township will host a Safety Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Township Park at state Route 93 and Weygandt Street.

Safety vehicles will be on display, including firetrucks, ambulances, SWAT vehicles and an emergency helicopter.

There will be free activities for kids such as a bounce house, games, a train ride and dunk tank.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Longtime eatery is closed

NORTHFIELD: The Dolphin Family Restaurant, 10333 Northfield Road, closed this week, the Nordonia Hills News reports.

“The losers in this are the many long time patrons (many senior citizens) that got to become regulars,” the website says. “They knew the waitresses by name, who then knew the customers order by heart.”

Read the full Nordonia Hills News report here: http://bit.ly/2xGBpZ5.

MEDINA

Clothing maker to expand

MEDINA: Fire-Dex, which makes protective clothing for first responders, is investing $2 million in an expansion, the Medina Gazette reports.

“Our goal is to provide world-class customer service to departments around the world,” owner Bill Burke told the newspaper.

The company plans to build a 29,000-square-foot addition onto its building on South Progress Drive.

Read the story at http://bit.ly/2frNqrs.