AKRON

Fire hits vacant house

AKRON: Fire officials were investigating a house fire that ignited Tuesday night in the 100 block of South Balch Street.

The fire broke out about 10:46 p.m. in what fire officials described as a vacant house.

There were no reports of injury and no damage figure was released. The cause of the fire was not known, authorities said.

LAKE TOWNSHIP

Car crash kills driver

LAKE TWP.: A 72-year-old Hartville man died Tuesday following a two-vehicle crash in Lake Township.

The crash occurred about 3:40 p.m. Monday on Swamp Road east of Congress Lake Avenue in northern Stark County, said the Canton post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Harry E. Brent was driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra east on Swamp Road.

Andrew K. Yoder, 31, of Atwater Township, was operating a 2011 Ford F-150 eastbound on Swamp Road in front of Brent, the patrol said.

Brent attempted to pass Yoder and sideswiped Yoder’s vehicle, went off the right side of the road and struck a tree, the patrol said.

The Hartville Fire Department transported Brent to Summa Akron City Hospital, where he died Tuesday afternoon. Yoder was not injured, the patrol said.

An investigation is continuing.

NEW FRANKLIN

No injuries in house fire

NEW FRANKLIN: New Franklin and Clinton firefighters battled a $110,000 house fire in the 7000 block of Kepler Road on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and remained under investigation.

A postal employee delivering mail reported seeing flames through the roof of the house about 10:45 a.m.

The fire was contained to the living room and roof. The rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage.

The occupants of the house were not home at the time.

No injuries were reported.

Assisting were firefighters from Green, Canal Fulton and Coventry and Lawrence townships.

STARK COUNTY

Dog park temporarily closes

PLAIN TWP.: The dog park at Plain Township’s Veterans Park is temporarily closed.

The park closed Wednesday morning and will remain closed until further notice.

With the recent thaw and wet and warm weather conditions, the turf has become softer, officials said.

The park will be closed until the turf is firm enough to handle the foot traffic.

For more information, contact parks director Rob Steinberg at 330-244-8473 or rsteinberg@plaintownship.com.

SUMMIT COUNTY

New park planner named

AKRON: Nick Moskos is the new chief of planning and development for Summit Metro Parks.

He joined the park district Jan. 11 with 21 years of experience, mostly recently with Akron-based GPD Group. He will be paid $88,004 per year.

In 2016, Moskos will oversee the opening of a mountain bike course at Hampton Hills Metro Park in Akron and at Silver Creek Metro Park cross-country running course in Norton.

He has worked on projects including Wood Hollow Metro Park in Hudson, the Freedom Trail in Akron and Brandywine Falls connector to the Bike & Hike Trail in Sagamore Hills Township.

He is a graduate of Ohio State University.