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Mobile home fire called suspicious

Oct 31, 2014 -- 11:41am

A vacant mobile home in Osnaburg Township went up in flames yesterday a fire investigators have labeled it as suspicious. Township Fire Department firefighters responded late Thursday afternoon to the mobile home at 57-85 Crestlawn Drive SE. A passer-by saw it fully involved. No one was injured. It is not known what may have been used to ignite the blaze. 

Man sentenced after altercation outside strip club

Oct 31, 2014 -- 11:33am

A Stark County man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to slashing another man with a knife during a fight in Edinburg last September. 51 year-old Anthony Townes plead guilty to one count of felonious assault and was ordered to report to the Portage County jail on Nov. 1 to begin serving his sentence. The Record-Courier reports, Townes was arrested after a report of an assault outside the Diamond Lodge , a trip club, on S.R. 14, on Sept. 21, 2013. Deputies found Edward Andrews walking on S.R. 14 with a four-inch cut on his arm. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Green teachers see more 'green'

Oct 31, 2014 -- 11:02am

A new three-year contract for teachers in the Green Local School District. The district's 248-member Green Education Association approved a tentative agreement last week. The school board agreed earlier this week to accept the proposal, which provides raises of 2 percent in the first and third years and 1 percent next year. The Beacon reports, teachers will see contributions for insurance benefits increase from 1 percent to 10 percent by the third year. 

Investigation into shooting

Oct 31, 2014 -- 10:57am

A 12 year-old girl is dead and her mother in critical condition after both were shot during a domestic incident. Police arrested a suspect, 59-year-old Rufus Gray at the scene. It happened in the 6900 block of Clement Avenue, in Cleveland. According to police, Gray fired multiple shots from a handgun during a domestic dispute , hitting 45 year-old Sonya Garth-Gray, and her 12 year old daughter, Davia. Both victims were taken to the hospital Davia Garth died at the hospital. Her mother is listed in critical condition. The police reports indicate that Gray lived at the home. An investigation is ongoing.

Trick-or Treat schedule

Oct 31, 2014 -- 10:39am

Keep in mind....a number of communities will hold trick-or-treat tonight. Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Richfield, all 6-to-8 pm. Peninsula- 6-7:30 . Windham, also 6-to-8 tonight. Many communities will have trick-or-treat Saturday. They include Stow 5:30-7:30 pm Saturday. In Portage County- Aurora has begger's night tomorrow night 6-8, as well as Streetsboro. Ohio.com has the complete listing.

Tallmadge woman sentenced for stealing baby formula

Oct 31, 2014 -- 8:45am

A Tallmadge woman who stole more than $12,000 worth of powdered baby formula from two different stores in Portage County has been sentenced to 6 months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. The Record-Courier reports, 25 year-old Stacy Smith stole 194 containers of Similac baby formula, worth about $3,200 from the Brimfield WalMart on Sept. 24, 2013. two-weeks later, Smith returned to that same store and stole 77 additional containers of formula. (maybe they should have taken inventory) then, one week later, a third incident, she stole 474 more containers of formula, worth about 8 grand, from the Streetsboro WalMart. Powdered baby formula can be used to “cut” illegal drugs to dilute their purity while increasing volume and profit, or is resold in bulk , or online by retail thieves.

Arrest into bomb threat at Cuyahoga Falls High School

Oct 31, 2014 -- 8:03am

Cuyahoga Falls High School received three bomb threats between March 7, 2013 and may 24, 2014. these threats caused the school to be shut down for the day on all three occasions. The threats were received by email and threatened destruction and casualties during school hours. As a result of the investigation and information received on the Cuyahoga Falls Crime Fighters Tip Line, detectives made an arrest in the case of the May 24, 2013 bomb threat. Arrested: 20 year-old Michael Nicodemus, of Munroe Falls. He faces charges of Inducing Panic and Making False Alarms. At the time, Nicodemus was a student at Cuyahoga Falls High School. The investigation into the first two threats is ongoing.

AAA considers bike assistance

Oct 31, 2014 -- 7:53am

Ohio chapters of auto club AAA are gauging interest in providing emergency roadside assistance for bicyclists in the state. AAA clubs are sponsoring a survey asking bike riders to give feedback on their needs and suggestions. Clubs offering the service help cyclists with small repairs, or transport a bike and its rider in the case of a more serious problem. Bicyclist deaths increased nearly 20 percent between 2010 and 2012, and nearly 70 percent of those deaths occurred in urban areas.

12 year-old girl shot and killed; mother in critical condition

Oct 31, 2014 -- 7:43am

A 12 year-old girl was killed and her mother in critical condition after both were shot during a domestic incident. A man was arrested in connection with that shooting in the 6900 block of Clement Avenue, in Cleveland. Homicide detectives are investigating the incident

Issue 12 critical to Summit County

Oct 31, 2014 -- 6:03am

Summit County leaders are banking on the community's support for public safety to help pass a quarter percent sales tax increase on Tuesday's ballot. The county's slogan, “Say yes to Safety.” Summit County Executive, Russ Pry. 1005. Pry says, money generated from the sales tax increase would go for a number of things They are pledging to use 92 % of the new revenue fro safety and facility repairs. That includes hiring more workers at the jail.

The county is looking to shut down a portion of the jail and make other cuts if the issue fails. County leaders say the tax increase would cost the average taxpayer about $3 a month. If approved, Issue 12 would boost the sales tax from 6.75 to 7 percent for a 10-year-period. 

Lawmaker Facing Charges - UPDATE

Oct 30, 2014 -- 3:54pm

Admitting she made mistakes on her finance reports, Democratic State Representative Sandra Williams apologized for letting down her constituents as she prepared to go before a Franklin County judge Thursday on two misdemeanor charges. Williams was charged on Thursday with illegally spending over 22-hundred dollars in campaign money on season tickets for Ohio State Football games. The 46-year-old state lawmaker is up one one count each of failing to file statements and attempted election falsification. The charges carry a possible one-year prison sentence and two-Thousand dollar fine.



The “Big Night” in Cleveland

Oct 30, 2014 -- 2:59pm

Cleveland-area basketball fans have been talking about it for months, and tonight marks the return of LeBron James to the floor at Quicken Loans Arena with the Cavaliers. Doors will open at 6:00, even though tip-off doesn't come until two hours later.

Traffic in the Cleveland area is expected to be a problem as fans make their way to the arena and several other festivities nearby. Leave early if you're headed up there.



Indictment in Pregnant Woman's Murder

Oct 30, 2014 -- 2:58pm

A Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted a man who has already confessed to strangling his pregnant girlfriend and burying her in a cornfield. 23-year-old Jacob Ferrero faces aggravated murder charges in the deaths of 22-year-old Samantha Greenlee and her unborn child. He's also charged with abuse of a corpse for burying the remains and aggravated arson and tampering with evidence for setting fire to the couple's apartment two days later. Arraignment for Ferrero is set for Monday.



Driver gets Prison for Injury Crash

Oct 30, 2014 -- 2:57pm

The driver of a car that caused a serious-injury crash with a motorcycle in Mantua Township last year has been ordered to spend a year in prison and will lose his driving privileges for five years. 28-year-old Corey Rodenheaver of Delmonte Boulevard in Streetsboro drove his car left-of-center on Diagonal Road on August 4 last year, his car hitting the motorcyclist who was headed the other direction. The biker suffered multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis, broken leg, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Rodenheaver ran from the scene and tried to claim that someone had stolen his car.



Former Korean Captive gets Job Back

Oct 30, 2014 -- 2:56pm

A Dayton-area man who was held captive in North Korea for nearly six months has not only returned home, but this week he got his job back. 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle's employment as a street department worker with the City of Moraine was reinstated, although the city has warned him that any further travel considered risky will result in job termination. Fowle signed an employment agreement includes an admission that he disregarded warnings from the US Secretary of State, his family and others when he decided to visit the Communist nation. He returned home last week after being held for leaving a Bible in a nightclub.



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