AKRON

Authorities investigate fatal

shooting of man, 41

A 41-year-old Akron man was shot and killed Wednesday in the city's West Akron neighborhood.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said the victim, whose name has not been released, was found by his roommates with multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of Orlando Avenue at about 5:30 p.m.

He was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, where he later died.

The news release did not indicate whether police have a suspect.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People also can text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

Group to hold forum to discuss

state of black community

The People's Convention Political Action Committee will hold the "State of the Black Community in Akron" forum 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the City of Joy Event Center, 610 W. Exchange St., to raise awareness of issues affecting the African-American community.

Continental breakfast will be served.

Reception to be held for Ohio

Supreme Court justice

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart, the first black woman to sit on the state's highest court, will be in Akron April 27 to thank voters for electing her.

A small reception will be held at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., from 3 to 5 p.m.

Space is limited at the free event.

RSVP at 330-612-3766 or felita555333@yahoo.com.

Attendees are asked not to bring campaign literature for local candidates as this is not a campaign opportunity.

Ward 10 council candidates

to be at community forum

Local residents are collecting their council candidates in Akron's Ward 10 for an April 24 community forum ahead of the May 7 primary.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sieberling Community Learning Center, 400 Britain Road, is coordinated by Goodyear Heights resident Karla Maple.

Democratic candidates who have agreed to attend are Jack Hefner, president of the United Steelworkers Local 2 labor union, and Sharon Connor, a community advocate who recently stepped down as president of Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together to seek public office. Amy Allen, the only Republican running for the ward seat, said she will be present to answer questions and engage the community at the forum.

Planners of the forum said incumbent Ward 10 Councilman Zack Milkovich has not agreed to participate.

The free event will be broadcast live on Facebook for those who cannot attend.

For more information, contact Maple at 330-733-1607 or visit https://bit.ly/2HeM0Ay for more details.

GREEN

Council sets aside $3 million

of Nexus money for services

City council earmarked $3 million of the city's $7.5 million Nexus natural gas pipeline settlement fund for emergency services in the city’s southwest sector where response times are two or more times higher than the standard.

The council also agreed Tuesday night to give Fire Chief Jeff Funai a year to come up with a plan for providing improved emergency services to the Ward 3 sector by working with safety experts locally and possibly outside to produce a plan that would cover all aspects of the project.

The chief urged the council and the audience to give him time “to come up with the strategy ... I just need more time because now we are going to start talking about more creative solutions and there are lots of possible things out there that need to be developed."

NORTHEAST OHIO

Red Cross, others to install

free smoke alarms in homes

The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio and partners are visiting local homes to help install free smoke alarms over the next several weeks as part of the national Sound the Alarm initiative.

The program is taking place in 100 cities with a high risk of home fires.

The Sound the Alarm installation events will take place in several Akron-area communities:

• Akron: 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and May 9

• Massillon: 2 to 5 p.m. May 3

• Medina: 9 a.m. to noon May 4

• Ravenna: 9 a.m. to noon April 27

Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. For more details or to volunteer to help, go to SoundTheAlarm.org/NEO.