Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including an Akron woman charged with criminal trespass after hospital officials worried she'd steal a baby, at least 12 students arrested in a Kenmore High School fight, and Youngstown firefighters battle four blazes in one night.
YOUNGSTOWN FIRES: Youngstown firefighters were faced with four fires between 9:50 p.m. Thursday and 4:35 a.m. Friday, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Firefighter were first called to a home at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday at 65 E. Glenaven Ave., where another home was destroyed and siding was damaged on a house next door, and the cause for both fires was listed as arson. A second fire occurred in two cars in an auto scrap yard on N. Garland Avenue around 10:35 p.m., but firefighters could not immediately address the blaze because the fence was electrified. Both cars had been scheduled to be scrapped today, and the cause was listed as arson. The third and fourth fires both occurred around 4:30 a.m. Friday in vacant homes, one at 122 Superior St. on the North Side and one at 72 E. Glenave Avenue, the same street as the first fire. The cause of the Superior St. fire is listed as arson. No one was injured in any of the fires. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
RED CROSS: THe Red Cross announced Thursday that the Medina County chapter will combine with the Summit and Portage counties chapter in July, according to the Plain Dealer. Effective July 11, when Medina County Chapter Executive Beth Kilchenman is set to retire, the newly combined chapters will be lead by one chapter executive and have representatives from both chapter boards to form a new board of directors. Medina County chapter spokeswoman Mary Williams said that moneyed donated to individual chapters will remain in that community but will allow Medina County to share equipment, staff and volunteers with the other chapters. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
KENMORE HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT: Akron police officers had to quell as many as 30 Kenmore high school students engaged in a fight Friday morning, with at least 12 students arrested and one officer using pepper spray, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Staff had learned of a Facebook post alluding to a possible fight at the school just before the fight began around 9:15 a.m. on the second floor of the school, and early reports from a school official indicated that an 18-year-old student from another high school entered Kenmore shortly before the fight began. The fight ended about 15 minutes after it began and the school went on lockdown give police and staff the opportunity to review surveillance footage to make sure that no one was in the building that shouldn't be there. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
LYFT CARS: Just two days after app-driven car service Uber launched in Cleveland, rival service Lyft is launching a similar service for Clevelanders starting at 7 p.m. Friday, according to the Plain Dealer. Both services allow one to summon a ride from an app on one's smartphone, picking from the closest icons on the screen, and show pictures of the driver, the car and ratings given from past customers. Lyft, which also gives drivers a fuzzy pink mustache to hang on the front of their car to stand out to customers, suggests a fare for users to pay and charges to a credit car connected to the phone. Drivers must pass a background check and a vehicle inspection to work as Lyft drivers. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
HOSPITAL TRESPASS: A a 32-year-old Akron woman has been charged with criminal trespassing after raising flags for Summa Akron City Hospital security that she might attempt to abduct a newborn baby, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Court records say the woman was arrested after entering the City Hospital campus for a third time in a week after previously being warned to stay away. Assistant City Prosecutor Greta Johnson said the woman made no outward attempts to take a baby, but officers had become concerned about her behavior and encounters with her over the last several months. Akron Municipal Judge Julia A. Schafer has requested a competency evaluation of the woman before the case proceeds. Click here to read more at ohio.com.