AKRON

Free science camps

AKRON: The Akron school district through its Akron After School program is offering a free Mad Science Forensics Academy Camp and a Mad Science Camp Eureka this summer to students in second through sixth grades.

At the Forensics Academy Camp, students will learn about the secret world of espionage, including how ultraviolet light is used to gather clues, how to decode messages, use a metal detector, experience night-vision goggles and more. The camp will be offered 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 12-16 at Forest Hill, 850 Damon St., and June 26-30 at Schumacher, 1020 Hartford Ave.

At Camp Eureka, students will be given a series of challenges that must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors and their own minds. They’ll create mini-light sabers, space stations, electric flying contraptions and more.

The camp will be offered 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19-23 at Betty Jane, 444 Darrow Road, and June 26-30 at Seiberling, 400 Brittain Road.

Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided each day. Registration will be accepted until the camps are full.

Forms are available at elementary schools or at the Ott Staff Development Center at 65 Steiner Ave. or by calling 330-761-3038.

Nearby fire closes Buchtel

AKRON: The John R. Buchtel Community Learning Center in Akron was closed Wednesday because of a nearby house fire.

The fire began shortly before 7 a.m. in the 1000 block of Copley Road. Smoke from the fire was going into the heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit at the school so the building was closed for the day as a precaution.

The school, which has 818 students, is scheduled to reopen Thursday.

Fire officials closed Copley Road and Glendora Avenue because of the blaze. Five adults were in the house at the time of the fire and one was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but no one was taken to a hospital, a fire spokesman said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Kiwanis luncheon in Akron

AKRON: Tim Dimoff, a local security expert, will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Akron at noon this Thursday at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

Dimoff, a former Akron officer and president and CEO of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, will discuss Aggressive Trends in America.

Dimoff is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities in high-risk workplace and human resources issues.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Dimoff’s company, based at Canal Place in Akron, conducts police training, advises business owners about employee violence and substance abuse, runs a uniformed security-guard service and does private investigations.

BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP

Route 43 lane restrictions

BRIMFIELD TWP.: Police are warning motorists that state Route 43 from the Stark County line just south of Tallmadge Road will have various lane restrictions beginning Monday for resurfacing and bridge repairs.

The work is part of a $2.1 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by August.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Sheriff’s official resigns

RAVENNA: A top official in the Portage County Sheriff’s Office has resigned after complaints that he sexually harassed two women, the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reported.

Maj. Dennis Missimi’s resignation was effective May 26.

The details about the incidents were not released, but Sheriff David Doak told the newspaper that one involved a sheriff’s employee and both women had worked with Missimi.

Missimi has a long law enforcement history in the county, with his previous experience including working as a training coordinator for officers on how to deal with the mentally disabled and as service director for the city of Kent, the newspaper said.