Drugs suspected in death

AKRON: Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl in Akron as a possible drug overdose.

Minnie Maye Riley of Ashville, Ohio, was found unresponsive at a McKinley Avenue residence and was pronounced dead early Sunday morning at Akron Children’s Hospital, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

An autopsy will be conducted. Authorities suspect her death may have involved prescription medication.

The girl was visiting family in Akron at the time.

West Akron group to meet

AKRON: The Kiwanis Club of West Akron will hear about gerrymandering during its meeting 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Stonebridge Grill Room at Rockynol, 1150 W. Market St.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com staff writer Doug Livingston will be the guest speaker.

The cost is $10, which includes a buffet dinner. The event is open to the public.

For additional information, contact club President Mike Marks at westakronkiwanis@gmail.com or 330-475-9413.

Wards 1 and 8 meet

AKRON: Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky will host the community at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Square library, 807 W Market St.

Beth Borda of the DeHoff Development Co. and David Lieberth will discuss downtown development in the Bowery Project. Chris Ludle, deputy director of public service for Akron, will address citizen concerns about potholes, snowplowing and traffic. An Akron Police Department representative also will be present.

Earlier that day, Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host Coffee with a Councilwoman from 10-11 a.m. at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

Golf volunteers to gather

AKRON: A sure sign of spring: It’s the annual February Thaw, when Northern Ohio Golf Charities beckons to residents to volunteer for the summer Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament while bringing longtime helpers back for a brief reunion.

The free event will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridgestone Invitational Tournament Media Center, 440 E. Warner Road in Akron.

There will be food and fun while organizers welcome and answer questions of prospective new volunteers, and share changes for the coming year with current volunteers.

This year’s golf tournament — one of four World Golf Championships, bringing the world’s top golfers to Firestone Country Club — is scheduled for Aug. 1-5. The event depends on more than 1,100 volunteers.

For more information, call Nancy Musci at 330-245-2302 or email at nogcadmin@neo.rr.com


Animal Appreciation Day

LAKE TWP.: Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends will host its sixth annual Animal Appreciation Day from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at the Greentown Volunteer Fire Department, 10100 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Rescue organizations and local vendors will provide information about adoptable animals and pet-related items.

Participants include: Ziffy Cat Condos, Rose’s Rescue, Wiggly Butts Dog Training, Wanda’s Creations, Kara’s Canine Creations, Veterinarian Dr. Courtney Edwards, Friends of the Pound, The Empurrium, Chessima Cats/Suzi Nolt Banks, Sophia’s Grace Rescue, Nitro’s Army, Canine Confections, Janie Tails, Free Rein Art Studio, Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends, People Care Pet Pantry, Young Living Essential Oils, D’s Doggy and Kitty Do-Dads.

Disc golf course planned

CANTON TWP.: The township plans to build a nine-hole disc golf course at Faircrest Park, the Canton Repository reports.

“I would love to have this up and running by summer,” park Superintendent Jonathan Smith told the newspaper.

The township is seeking financial sponsors for the project.

Read the story at https://tinyurl.com/yac579qz.


Boy, 10, faces charges

GREEN: A 10-year-old Green Intermediate School student has been charged with inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, after being accused of writing a threatening message on a bathroom wall at the school.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said authorities were notified Thursday about the phrase “I’m going to shoot up this school” being written on the wall.

The suspect, who wasn’t named because of his age, was identified and charged Friday, and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Green school administrators sent messages to parents advising them of the incident and the sheriff provided additional security and law enforcement presence.

The incident was unrelated to an arrest made last week when a former Green student was accused of posting images of a handgun on social media and threatening the lives of current school students, sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said.


Talk on fracking, pipelines

NORTON: Kathie Jones, an environmental justice advocate in Medina County, will discuss Fracking, Pipelines and People’s Rights in a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Church of Christ of Loyal Oak, 3285 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

She will be the featured speaker during a meeting of the Akron-area Embracing Justice and Peace group.

Jones is a board member of the Ohio Community Rights Network. She organized Sustainable Medina County in 2014 to educate residents about the Nexus gas pipeline and compressor station — part of which is planned to be built in Medina County — and what steps residents could take.

She has spearheaded several charter initiatives and is currently circulating petitions for a state constitutional amendment.

For more information, call 330-867-7812.


Boy’s body found in river

SIDNEY: Authorities say the body of a 6-year-old boy reportedly swept away in a western Ohio creek has been recovered.

Shelby County sheriff’s deputies say the body was found in the creek Monday about 2 miles from where the boy disappeared Sunday. Authorities didn’t immediately release the child’s name.

Dozens of searchers with boats and a helicopter with an infrared scanner had looked for the boy after he was reported missing Sunday evening east of Sidney, roughly 60 miles northeast of Columbus. The search was halted in the overnight darkness but resumed Monday morning.

Deputies have said the boy was playing with at least one other child along Mosquito Creek and reportedly fell in the water after a portion of ground gave way beneath him.

Regents’ role uncertain

COLUMBUS: The future of Ohio’s once-powerful higher education advisory board remains uncertain with the panel remaining inactive because it doesn’t have enough members for a quorum.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Board of Regents hasn’t met in over a year. Ohio Department of Higher Education spokesman Jeff Robinson says only two members remain on the board after the terms of multiple regents expired.

Members are appointed by the governor.

The board had previously been responsible for appointing the chancellor of higher education and outlining Ohio higher education policy.

Legislators voted in 2007 to change state law so the governor appoints the higher education chancellor, leaving the board in an advisory role.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich wouldn’t say if Kasich plans to appoint more regents.