News-Talk 1480 WHBC

Pam Cook & Gary Rivers
Ron Ponder
Rich Eisen
Kenny Roda

Listen Live



When Can You Pass a School Bus?

Local law enforcement is asking you to be away of Ohio school bus laws.  Massillon Police Sgt. Brian Muntean says you shouldn't just stop no matter what.  If you are traveling a road with fewer than three lanes and a school bus is stopped both directions of traffic must stop. 

Woman Charged in Husband's Death Back in Court

A former Massillon woman accused of killing her husband is heading back to court. 27 year old Colleen McKernan called 911 on New Year's Eve and told the dispatcher that her husband, 29 year old Rob McKernan had hit her so she shot him. She entered a not guilty plea back in April and will appear before Stark County Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett next Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, McKernan could get 18 years to life in prison. 

Canton Landlord Speaks Out Against Council Proposal

Some Canton landlords are worried that many are being punished for the mistakes of a few.  Canton officials recently proposed a property registration fee increase from $20 to $100 per year amid attempts to crack down on "bad landlords." Mike Rukavina owns rental properties in the city and says this is only making business harder for those doing things right.  Canton City Council is also looking into ways to further prosecute delinquent landlords in terms of utility bills and unmet codes. No changes have been made just yet. 

On-Air Virginia Shooting Triggers Talk of Stricter Gun Laws

With the lives of two Virginia journalists taken in cold blood, gun laws are brought to light across the country.  Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed Allison Parker and Adam Ward during a live WDBJ broadcast Wednesday morning. Although there's been no discussion of Flanagan suffering from a mental illness Massillon Police Sgt. Brian Muntean says maybe that's what society needs to focus on.  Flanagan had apparently been fired from the station recently after working there for about a year. 

Movement Against Childhood Obesity Launches in Stark

A movement is underway designed to encourage kids to be physically active.  The United Way of Greater Stark County has adopted this as well because they say it coincides with their initiative for a health community.  The NFL Play 60 event will be held from 9:00am to noon at Stadium Park in Canton this Saturday. It is a family event for children 8-12 years old that will showcase a number of fun ways to get and stay healthy.

Local High School Grad Extradited from Pakistan

A local high school graduate is being transferred from Pakistan back to Ohio to serve a prison sentence in a federal kickback scheme. 40 year old Amer Ahmad, a North Canton Hoover High School graduate pleaded guilty back in 2013 to bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from his time as the Ohio deputy treasurer. Federal Prosecutors say he then fled to Pakistan to avoid punishment. He was arrested by police there last year and has remained behind bars pending extradition. He will now serve 15 years behind bars here in Ohio and forfeit $3.2 million he made from his crimes. Three co-defendants have already been convicted and sentenced in the case. 

Former Akron Mayor Caught Urinating in Public

Akron's former Mayor Don Plusquellic has been issued a warning by police after reports indicate he was caught urinating on a tree on the University of Akron's Campus. Apparently he was caught just before midnight on Wolf Ledges Parkway. Allegedly when the officer approached him, Plusquellic told him that he knows they don't do anything so he figured he would give them something to do.

Alliance Officer Returns to Work Amid License Suspension Claims

An Alliance police officer is back on duty after working with a suspended driver's license.  As for the review now of cases within Alliance Municipal and Stark County Common Pleas Courts involving citiations and arrests made by officer Chris McCord during his suspension, Police Chief Scott Griffith says:  Griffith confirmed that disciplinary action was taken within the department as well; however he would not elaborate. 

Man Apparently Commits Suicide After Killing his Wife

Police say a man has taken is own life after stabbing his wife to death in Canton. Wednesday night around 7:00 police were called to a home on St. Elmo Avenue NE to investigate a tip that a missing person was in the area. Officers found the body of 45 year old Sheila Higgins inside. She'd been stabbed to death and her husband, 43 year old Emmanuel Higgins became a suspect. He'd apparently fled the scene. Police say just before 2:00 Thursday afternoon they found the suspect's body inside his parked car on Navarre Rd. SW. Officers say he'd died due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is still ongoing. 



ResponsibleOhio goes to Ohio Supreme Court over pot legalization ballot language

The Ohio Supreme Court has a short timetable to decide an appeal filed on Thursday challenging state-approved wording on Issue 3, a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. Attorney Andy Douglas, a former Supreme Court justice, filed an appeal on behalf of ResponsibleOhio accusing Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ballot Board — which includes Senate President Keith Faber — of intentionally trying to “mislead, deceive or defraud voters” in how Issue 3 is worded for the Nov. 3 ballot. The issue would legalize marijuana for use those 21 or older and medicinal marijuana for those with documented medical conditions.

Prosecutor seeking death penalty against man accused of 4 slayings

Allegations that Robert L. Adams Jr. killed four people in the basement of a South Linden house prompted a Franklin County grand jury to return a death-penalty indictment against him today.

OSHA cites Lancaster battery recycler for workplace safety violations

LANCASTER, Ohio — Federal workplace safety inspectors have cited Lancaster battery-recycling plant Retriev Technologies Inc. for health violations related to worker exposure to lead and cadmium. Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company on Aug. 14 for nine violations, including eight repeat violations and one serious violation, and proposed penalties totaling $74,250.


The Latest on TV shooting: Memorial set for cameraman

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The colleagues of two journalists shot to death on live television returned to their morning show Thursday with memories, tears and a determination to carry on.

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

Twitter Facebook Text Contact Us Studio Line Audio Vault Listen Live


Copyright ©  WHBC-AM. All Rights Reserved. Internet Development by Triton Digital Media.