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The show will go on

Aug 05, 2015 -- 8:05am

The show will go on at E.J. Thomas...at least for the time being . University of Akron's vice president of finance, Nathan Mortimer tells the Beacon Journal, all the scheduled events at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall for the 2015-16 entertainment calendar year will be honored. Mortimer says, some of the employees at E.J. Thomas , who were recently placed on a six-month administrative leave, are now helping to get things back in place, starting with Saturday's performance of Dancing with the Stars. The Tuesday Musical Association chamber concerts and Akron Symphony Orchestra and DanceCleveland seasons will go forward, and the Mannheim Steamroller group will perform in December.


University of Akron moves up fall tuition payment deadlines

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:34am

Students are raising complaints after the University of Akron moved to collect fall semester tuition payments earlier in the summer and doubled fines for late payments.
     The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1KPs8wp ) the university's board of trustees voted to move up tuition payment deadlines to give housing, dining services and professors a more accurate count of students who will actually attend classes instead of dropping out before the first day.
     School officials claim the changes to late fees have nothing to do with the university's present budgetary issues.
     Students who registered before Aug. 1 must settle their bills by Aug. 10 instead of the first day of classes. If students registered after Aug. 1, the old rules still apply.
     The university says they have sent out reminders of the deadline.

Ohio proposal seeks to drug test certain welfare applicants

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:32am

Ohio would screen and test welfare applicants for drugs under a bill expected to be introduced.
     The proposal from Republican Reps. Tim Schaffer and Ron Maag (mag) would create a two-year pilot program in three counties that have yet to be determined.
     Adults applying for cash assistance would have to complete a screening. If that shows they likely abuse drugs, they'd need to take a drug test. If they test positive, then they couldn't receive benefits. A third party could accept the payment on behalf of the children and dependents of those who fail the tests.
     The bill is to be introduced Wednesday. Its sponsors say it ensures taxpayer money isn't supporting drug habits.

Ohio Stadium to host HS games through 2016

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:29am

The Ohio high school football state championship games will remain at Ohio Stadium in Columbus through at least 2016.
     The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that a year had been added to the contract because of ongoing renovations at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. Formerly known as Fawcett Stadium, the venue hosted the championship games from 1990 to 2013. The games have been played in Columbus the past two seasons.
     The association says details are being discussed about which venues will host the state championship games beyond 2016.
     This year's games in Ohio Stadium will be played December 3, 4 and 5.

Suspect in 4-year-old Ohio girl's shooting arrested

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:23am

Police in Cincinnati say they have arrested a man suspected in a shooting that seriously injured a 4-year-old girl.
     A police statement says 20-year-old Darnell Hicks was arrested Tuesday in the July 30 shooting of Martaisha Thomas. Authorities said Hicks was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was issued charging him with felonious assault. Court records don't list an attorney for him.
     Police have said the child was shot in the head after a man opened fire on a crowd outside an apartment building July 30. Authorities told city officials this week that the 4-year-old was expected to survive but remained hospitalized.
     A 6-year-old girl shot July 5 was wounded in the head and chest.
     Police said Monday that rewards in the shootings were boosted from $1,000 to $10,000.

Kasich makes final cut

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:04am

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made the cut of 10 for the first Republican debate.
     Following Fox News' announcement Tuesday that he would be among the 10 GOP White House hopefuls taking part, Kasich issued a statement welcoming his fellow participants to Ohio. The first formal debate of the 2016 campaign is set for Thursday night in Cleveland.
     Kasich said it's fitting that the first debate takes place in swing state Ohio, noting that no Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the state. He said he looks forward to discussing the issues with the other participants.
     Kasich barely made it, claiming the 10th spot on stage based on his average in top national polls.

$2 million seized from Ohio casino winners for child support

Aug 05, 2015 -- 6:03am

Ohio authorities say they have seized $2 million in unpaid child support from jackpot winners at the state's casinos and racinos in the past 11 months.
     Since last September, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has been working with the casinos and racinos to check jackpot winners against a database of parents who owe child support. If a winner owes, then all or part of the jackpot is withheld.
     The agency says Ohio's county child support enforcement offices collect 69 percent of all child support owed, better than the national average of 64 percent. Ohio consistently ranks in the top five of all states for collections on current support due, and exceeds the national average for establishing paternity.

Drone attack

Aug 05, 2015 -- 5:39am

A drone was responsible for causing damage to a downtown Cincinnati skyscraper when it struck and broke a glass window that fell on top of the building's parking garage.
     The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1DsxEVT ) the drone struck a glass pane between the 28th and 29th floors on the north side of the Great American Tower on Tuesday afternoon.
     Great American Tower spokesman Jose Marques says some shattered glass fell but no one was injured.
     Recreational aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles are not permitted in the city's downtown area, including airspace over the Ohio River, Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.
     The Cincinnati Police Department responded to the incident.
     Drone use is also prohibited within five miles of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Lunken Airport.

Virtual reality on roller coaster

Aug 05, 2015 -- 5:13am

The amusement park company that operates Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio says it will try out virtual reality on a roller coaster at one of its theme parks.
     Cedar Fair Chief Executive Matt Ouimet (WEE'-meht) says it will happen later this year and that it's part of the company's move to combine technology with its rides.
     He didn't reveal which park would see the virtual reality try out. Cedar Fair has 11 amusement parks around the country.
     Cedar Fair says that attendance this year through June was up 3 percent at all of its parks.

Rally marks 1 year since fatal police shooting

Aug 05, 2015 -- 4:58am

     DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A courthouse square gathering will mark one year since a white police officer fatally shot a black man carrying an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart.
     Relatives of 22-year-old John Crawford III planned a community rally Wednesday evening in Dayton.
     Crawford was shot last Aug. 5 at the Wal-Mart in suburban Beavercreek after a 911 caller reported someone waving a gun. Crawford had picked up an air rifle from a shelf.
     Police say he didn't respond to orders to drop the weapon, but his family contends he had no chance to respond. A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. Federal authorities are still reviewing the case.
     Crawford's family has sued, alleging negligence and civil rights violations. Beavercreek police and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. denied allegations in the suit against them.

Firefighter hit by bullet at fire scene

Aug 05, 2015 -- 4:57am

 The Cincinnati Fire Department has concluded that one of its firefighters was hit in the helmet by a fired bullet while fighting a blaze in the city last month.
     The department said Tuesday that firefighter Kevin Kirkendall wasn't injured when his helmet was struck at the scene of a fire on the night of July 18. The helmet was not penetrated, but a forensic examination determined it to be a gunshot.
     The bullet likely ricocheted off another surface before striking the helmet and probably wasn't intentionally fired at Kirkendall.
     Cincinnati police are trying to stem an increase in gun violence in the city this year.

Area Teen Killed in Crash of Farm Vehicle

Aug 04, 2015 -- 5:51pm

The investigation continues after a teenage girl from the Minerva area died in the crash of a farm vehicle over the weekend in the Jefferson County town of Irondale. Sheriff investigators say 15-year-old Sarah Stanley was riding with her 23-year-old brother on a farm utility vehicle, riding along a gravel road while checking the cows on a farm when a full-size pickup truck came at them at a high rate of speed. The older brother swerved to avoid impact with the truck when the Gator slid sideways, partially ejecting Stanley from her seat and pinning her between the machine and a gate. The girl died on the scene. No word yet if the driver of the truck has been identified or charged.



Woman Doused, Set Ablaze

Aug 04, 2015 -- 5:33pm

A woman remained in critical condition at a central Ohio hospital on Tuesday after she was allegedly doused with gasoline and set on fire behind a gas station over the weekend. Police in the Franklin County city of Gahanna say they were called to the scene on Sunday to find the woman on fire, he alleged assailant also burned. Both were taken to a nearby hospital before 40-year-old Michael Slager was booked into the County Jail on charges of aggravated arson and felonious assault. Police didn't identify the victim or mention a possible motive for the attack.



Two Accused Heroin Dealers Busted

Aug 04, 2015 -- 4:34pm

Cuyahoga Falls Police on Tuesday announced the arrests of two men in connection with two separate heroin overdose crimes...one which led to the death of the user. Police say 24-year-old Gary Mathews of Cleveland is charged with corrupting another with drugs and drug trafficking in the vicinity of a school. He allegedly sold heroin to an addict who was found unresponsive on Sunday evening in the 4200 block of Americana Drive. The victim remained in critical condition in an area hospital on Tuesday. Police arranged a drug buy with Mathews and he was arrested on Monday.

In the second case, 28-year-old Charles Marotto Jr of Silver Lake has been hit with similar charges but additional counts are expected after his customer died of a drug overdose on July 25 in the 1300 block of Grant Avenue.



Historic Church Burns in Massillon

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:04pm

Flames damaged a historic church in Massillon on Tuesday afternoon. Fire crews were called around 12:30PM after heavy smoke was seen coming from the attic area above the sanctuary of St Mary's Catholic Church, in the 200 block of Cherry Road NE and Massillon firefighters were joined on the scene by others from five neighboring departments in working to put-down the flames. The Priest told authorities that he had allowed a woman to enter the church and visit a shrine inside earlier in the day...and officials say the flames appeared to originate from that area, destroying the shrine and spreading to other areas of the church building, built in 1892. The cause and damage estimates were not determined as of Tuesday afternoon.



Drug Dealer Wanted for Overdose Death

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:03pm

The alleged supplier who provided drugs to a Richfield man who later died of an overdose is now being hunted by authorities. Warrants for involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs and drug trafficking were signed on 27-year-old John Dunn of Cleveland. He reportedly provided heroin and fentanyl to 25-year-old Joshua Koeberle on several occasions before Koeberle's boy was found dead by his parents in the basement of their home on April 2.



House Fire Becomes Murder Investigation

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:03pm

Lorain County Sheriff investigators now say that a mid-morning house fire near Wellington is being investigated as a possible homicide. Firefighters arrived to find the house on Peck-Wadsworth Road in Brighton Township fully-involved on arrival around 10:00AM Tuesday and once the flames were out, a body was found inside. Investigators say there are several indications of suspicious activity around the property, indicating foul play was likely involved. The identity of the victim wasn't immediately released.



Home Found Filled with Dead Animals

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:02pm

The foul smell coming from a home in Akron's Goodyear Heights brought police to the place this week, resulting in discovery of at least a dozen animals who had starved to death...leading to the arrest of the woman living there. Police say officers went to the 900 block of Manitou Avenue around 8:00PM Monday to find 39-year-old Traci Fitt in the trash-filled house with a menagerie...dogs, cats, snakes and guinea pigs running loose inside. Eight live animals were rescued from the place while authorities were still digging through the trash and pulling-out dead animals later in the night. Fitt was cuffed and booked on four counts of animal cruelty. Additional charges are possible.



One Arrested in Shots-Fired Incident

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:02pm

Akron Police arrested a man on charges following a shots-fired incident early Tuesday morning on the city's east side. Officers responded to the call around Midnight in the 1100 block of Keys Place, where a 40-year-old man told them that two suspects had fired shots at him...narrowly missing the target. Police later located 22-year-old Andre Isaiah of west Akron, arresting him on charges including felonious assault and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure. No motive for the shooting has been mentioned yet.



Investigation Continues into House Fire

Aug 04, 2015 -- 3:01pm

Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of a weekend fire that gutted a vacant house in Stark County over the weekend. Crews from at least four area departments went to the 2400 block of Paris Avenue NE in Paris Township around 2:00AM Saturday, arriving to find the structure fully-involved. First-responders were hampered by a lack of access to the driveway, which was over-gown with brush and trees. There were no utilities connected to the house and the State Fire Marshal's office is helping-out with the investigation.



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