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Wife of Straitjacket Victim Acquitted

A local woman is acquitted on charges that she knew her husband was being restrained with a straitjacket during home-based care. The woman had been charged with complicity to unlawful restraint and she waived a jury trial. Now, back in may Jacqueline Bennett of Washington Twp was sentenced to five years probation and 2 months in jail for restraining the man with a straitjacket. She'd been caring for him as he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Bennett pleaded guilty to several charges including patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. She'd explained to investigators that she made the chose to use a straitjacket because she was worried about his safety. 

Man Arrested After Shooting at Family

A Canton man is accused of shooting into a car full of his family. Police say 49 year old Harrison Keith is facing several charges after brandishing a firearm and firing into the vehicle where five of his family members were seated. Several of them were injured by broken glass, but police say no one was shot and no one was seriously injured. During the shooting Keith allegedly called other family members on the phone and threatened to kill those he'd just shot at. There's no word as to why Keith started shooting. He's being held on $120,000 bond. 

Man Driving with No License Gets a Second Chance in Massillon

A man driving through Massillon with a suspended license is given a second chance in a unique story that brings to light positive encounters with the police.  Sgt. Brian Muntean learned a little bit more about why Zach Allen was driving illegally and made him a deal.  And within about two hours Allen showed up at the police department and handed Sgt. Muntean a receipt showing that he'd paid his 500-dollar reinstatement fee. Muntean says the lesson from the story is fair is fair. He says if you're honest & respectful with police, the results are usually better than lying, running, fighting or resisting arrest. 

HOF Village Area Affected Residents Express Concerns

Residents that could be affected by the Hall of Fame Village asked for a chance to talk to project officials and they got it . Kevin Shiplett, HOF VP of Operations/Facilities joined other officials in addressing a crowd of roughly 60 concerned residents as they packed the corner of Blake and Woodward yesterday evening. But, not everyone was happy with the answers they were getting . Major concerns seemed to be the lack of communication with HOF officials, an actual time line of when everything is supposed to happen and what the actual plan is. VP of Communications Pete Fierle explained . Although the discussion did turn heated at times, several residents seemed to appreciate officials for taking the time to speak with them directly. Now, the HOF is holding another meeting at the hall on July 8 and residents from that area are encouraged to attend to hear more about the project and how it impacts them (CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND).

Car Crashes into Pole on Portage St. NW

A car crashed into a utility pole in the 53-hundred block of Portage Northwest yesterday afternoon, temporarily reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. The Jackson Fire Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol say the driver was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash is unclear and is still under investigation.

Alliance PD Arrest Two for Home Invasion Robbery

Alliance Police have two people in custody following a home invasion robbery that took place early this morning.  The two teenagers led police on a chase before crashing their vehicle into a utility pole.  Police say the teens kicked in the door of a home in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue about 5:30 Wednesday morning.  Police said the teens took the prescription medicine of the 71-year old man who lived in the home, a flat screen TV and an entertainment center.  They threw the items in the back of the homeowner's pick-up truck and drove away.  But, the homeowner went to a neighbor's home and called police.  Alliance authorities arrested the suspects a short time later after their vehicle crashed at State Route 619 and North Rockhill.

Emergency Pantry on Ninth St. SW Closed Friday

Stark County Hunger Task Force officials have said that the emergency pantry at 408 Ninth St. SW will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. The pantry normally operates weekdays on the Community Campus at Goodwill. The emergency pantry plans to return to regular hours Monday from 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

BB Gun Shooting at Cars on I-77 a Hoax

No one is shooting a bb gun at cars on Interstate 77. Canton Police Chief Bruce Lawver has said on WHBC that the rumors are untrue. Ohio State Highway Patrol says they've received no reports and they are the agency responsible for Interstate 77 accidents and incidents. ODOT attributes the recent rains causing debris to wash from bridges and collect along roadsides, which then get kicked up by cars and trucks. ODOT said they conduct regular inspections to maintain the berms. OSP officials said the windshield-chipping incidents can be caused by trucks who haul from jobsites and lose pieces as they are transported.

"The Silent Sentence" Protesting Pay-to-Call System

The group "The Silent Sentence" is protesting the pay-to-call system for inmates that is being used in the Stark County Jail.  The group is upset that the Sheriff's Department is making a profit off these calls.  Stark County Sheriff's Department Chief John Campbell describes how the pay-to-call system works . Securist Technologies provides the equipment necessary to have the pay-to-call system in place.  Campbell says the Sheriff's Department will look to the Federal Communications Commission and the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association for guidance about this program.  Last year, the Stark County Sheriff's Department realized $200,000 from the pay-to-call program.

State of Ohio Assisting 17 Projects, Will Create 1,700 Jobs

The State of Ohio has announced the approval of assistance for 17 projects that will create 1,700 jobs and retain 2,500 jobs statewide.  The assistance is from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.  Walter Good, with the State Department of Development, says three of those projects are taking place in Northeast Ohio . Good said the new projects will result in $67 million in new payroll and spur nearly $173 million in investment across the Buckeye State. 

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Video of Columbus girl's response to street preacher at ComFest goes viral

Zea Bowling, a 7-year-old Columbus first-grader, is now nationally known after a picture of her from last weekend’s ComFest has gone viral.

Woman charged in fatal crash on I-71

A 28-year-old East Side woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of a 61-year-old woman in a Downtown crash. Erin J. Overturf of E. Deshler Avenue also was charged with failure to stop after an accident.

State program aims at reducing infant mortality

The Ohio Department of Health has selected four community-health centers to share a $900,000 grant aimed at enhancing prenatal care and infant health. The CenteringPregnancy model is a nationwide program that has proven to increase live-birth rates and decrease infant mortality, said Dyane Gogan Turner, a health-planning administrator with the health department.

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$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.

Last funeral for victim of Charleston shooting in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last of the victims of the Charleston church shooting to be eulogized was remembered Thursday as a man known by the nickname "Super," who lived his life with a driving force to serve his fellow men and his God.

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