AKRON

Authorities investigate

explosion at house

Authorities are investigating an explosion Sunday at a house in Northwest Akron.

Akron firefighters responded at 6:49 p.m. to the 600 block of Cliffside Drive after neighbors reported hearing a loud boom. The front door had been blown into the home and there was damage to the front porch, fire department spokeswoman Lt. Sierjie Lash said Monday. Some windows also were broken.

There was no fire but there was smoke, Lash said.

Two people inside the home were helped by neighbors. Neither were injured by the actual explosion, but one woman's medical emergency was brought on by the blast, Lash said.

Lash said she believed three people were displaced from the home. The American Red Cross is assisting.

Akron arson investigators, city police, Summit County Bomb Squad and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

Authorities spent the night at the scene and "collected a lot of evidence," Lash said, who said as of Monday afternoon, what caused the explosion remains under investigation.

Cliffside is a dead-end street with backyards that abut Sand Run Metro Park.

Victim Assistance

plans Mardi Gras Gala

Victim Assistance Program is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Gala on March 2 at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St.

The event will include a meal, open bar and live and silent auctions. Its fundraising goal is $130,000 to help victims of crime and trauma in Summit County.

The presenting sponsor is Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Victim Assistance is also seeking sponsors and donations.

Tickets are $115 per person. For more information, call 330-376-7022 or visit victimassistanceprogram.org/mardigrasgala/.

COLUMBUS

Doctor, hospital face 15th

lawsuit over drug doses, deaths

A 15th wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a now-fired intensive care doctor who's under investigation for ordering possibly fatal pain medication doses for dozens of patients.

Many of the lawsuits allege patients in the Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System received lethal doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl ordered by Dr. William Husel without families knowing. But the case filed Monday over the September death of 58-year-old Donald McClung alleges he was given a lethal dose of another opioid, hydromorphone, known by the brand name Dilaudid.

Families suing Husel, Mount Carmel and staff who approved and administered drugs question whether medication was wrongly used to hasten deaths. Husel's lawyers aren't commenting on the allegations.

Mount Carmel has apologized and put 23 other employees on leave.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Salvation Army 2018

campaign raises $275K

The six-week Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Summit County in 2018 raised $275,219.

In 2018, volunteers rang more than 2,048 hours from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24, filling as many slots as possible at 44 high-traffic retail locations around the county.

To donate or volunteer, contact the Salvation Army office at 330-762-8481, or salvationarmyakron.org. Donations can be mailed to 190 S. Maple St., Akron, OH 44302.

Organization receives

grants to help seniors

VANTAGE Aging received $58,190 in grants to help seniors remain in their homes with independence and dignity.

The funding is for VANTAGE's Home Wellness Solutions program, which provides support that helps seniors live at home, including housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, personal care and wellness assessments.

Grants include $5,000 from CareSource, $5,000 from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, $7,500 from the Sisler McFawn Foundation and $17,500 from the Akron Community Foundation.

Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation also awarded a $23,190 grant to VANTAGE's Meals on Wheels program. Funds were used to buy a 2018 RAM Promaster City Tradesman cargo van for home-delivered meals.

The new vehicle allows VANTAGE to address the growing nutritional needs of seniors in Summit County. Meals on Wheels delivers over 200,000 home-delivered meals and serves over 30,000 congregate meals in Summit County annually.

For more information, visit vantageaging.org or call 330-253-4597.

STOW

City photo contest

deadline is Feb. 28

The city is hosting a contest, “How Do You Picture Stow?” to collect photos reflecting the community.

Stow residents can email digital photos to pictures@stow.oh.us or drop off a flash drive with digital photos at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road.

Each person can submit up to five photos with full name and contact information included. The photos must be high resolution, 300dpi, and of Stow, in good taste and positively reflect the community.

The deadline to submit photos is Feb. 28. Winning photos will be displayed as artwork in Stow City Hall.