AKRON

Neighborhood beautification

will be topic of meeting

My Neighborhood Our Akron, a collaborative effort to encourage neighborhood beautification with city support from the department of Neighborhood Assistance, will talk about the Annual Impact 330 Outreach Ministries Serve Day 2019 at a meeting at 6 p.m. May 1 at Joy Park Community Center, 825 Fuller Ave.

The service day will be held on July 13 and is aimed at projects in Ward 5, which covers South Akron, East Akron, Cascade Valley and parts of downtown and Middlebury.

Fundraiser dinner tees

up youth programming

The First Tee of Greater Akron, a nonprofit organization that reached 19,831 youth last year through golf and positive programming, will hold its annual fundraiser dinner April 30 with a cocktail reception starting at 5:30 p.m at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn at 3180 W. Market St.

Tickets are $250 each. Professional golfer and Golf Channel announcer John Cook will be the guest speaker.

For more information, contact Jeff O'Brien at 330-375-2638 or jobrien@thefirstteeakron.org.

BARBERTON

Police: Man threatened

to kill self near school

Barberton city school buildings were placed on a "soft lockdown" for several hours Thursday as a precaution after a 43-year-old Akron man threatened to commit suicide in the parking lot of Barberton Middle School.

The man, who was not at the school at the time the threat was reported to police, was taken into custody by Akron police and then transported by Barberton police to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. He had no weapon in his possession when he was taken into custody, police said.

Barberton police spokesman Marty Eberhart said the man made no threat against students or school buildings. No charges have been filed.

"It's more about getting him the help that he needs," Eberhart said.

Police often hear reports of suicidal individuals, but this was different because of the potential location, he said. The man is the father of a student at the school.

According to the school district's Facebook page, no one could leave or enter school buildings during the soft lockdown.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Reception for councilwoman

to be held at Craft Cantina

A reception in support of Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith's campaign for a council-at-large seat will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Craft Cantina, 1244 Weathervane Lane.

KENT

Police investigate possible

suicide on railroad tracks

City police are investigating an apparent suicide that happened late Wednesday night on the railroad tracks along the Cuyahoga River near the West Main Street bridge.

Authorities said the train conductor reported that a man intentionally stepped into the path of the moving train.

Police said they could not identify the man.

The body was taken to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

STOW

Counselors respond to school

after senior student dies

Counselors and members of the crisis response team are responding to Stow-Munroe Falls High School this week to help students following the unexpected death of a senior on Tuesday.

"Earlier today, we notified our student body that one of our 12th graders, Jack Wilson, passed away yesterday," the school district said in an email send to parents Wednesday. "… Our thoughts and support are with the Wilson family, friends, and the entire community."

No details were available.

Wilson was on the school's varsity basketball team.

Principal Jeff Hartmann said the school is “providing counseling support to students this week and over the next few weeks as needed.”

CINCINNATI

More charges for man accused

of claiming to be missing child

A federal grand jury indictment that was filed Thursday accuses a Medina man who claimed to be a missing child from Illinois of lying to federal agents and of identity theft, the Associated Press reports.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, now faces two counts of lying to federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman's office in Cincinnati said making false statements carries a possible sentence of eight years in prison with conviction, while the identify theft count would bring a mandatory two years if he is convicted.

He had been arrested earlier on a single false statement count after DNA testing proved he wasn't Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.

Rini is being held without bond, with arraignment scheduled Friday. A message seeking comment was left Thursday with his federal public defender.