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Three Charged After Amber Alert Issued

Three people are jailed in connection with a child abduction in Canton Township Friday night; it led to issuance of an Amber Alert. Riana Becker, Brandon Ramsey and Jason Ramsey are charged with abduction. The Stark County Sheriff's Department says Becker took the 6-year-old child from her mother at a home in the 1100 block of Oak Avenue NW at about 7 Friday night; the child and three suspects were located 2 hours later on 14th Street NW in Canton. The child is OK.

Canton Man Guilty of Murder, Gets 20 to Life

20 years to life: That’s the sentence for a Canton man found guilty Friday of killing his longtime “friend” in Stark County Common Pleas Court. Jermaine Adams shot Alondo Perry four times back in August; Adams continued to claim it was in self-defense as he apologized to the family on Friday.

TimkenSteel, Union, OSHA to Work Together on Safety

There’s hope for safer days at TimkenSteel, after the company was cited again by OSHA this (past) week. Howie Eberts in the Cleveland district office of OSHA says they’ll put together the framework for a less accident-prone workplace. The company faces over a half-million dollars in fines; in the latest incident, an employee is in a wheelchair after falling 40-feet from the top of a crane.

NFL Born Here, Footballs Come from Here Too

We have our connection to the Super Bowl in Canton, but don’t forget Ada, Ohio near Lima, home of the Wilson Sporting Goods factory. They’ve been hand making footballs since 1941. Employees laced-up 108 commemorative footballs for Sunday’s game.

SHY Cellars Chef at NFL Hunger Event

The area: well-represented at the Taste of the NFL event,  Saturday night in San Francisco. Chef Sherry Schie from SHY Cellars in Strasburg is the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank representative to the national event to rally against hunger. Schie has raised $7,500 for the event.

North Canton Schools Superintendent Takes Leave of Absence

On the same day the North Canton City School District announced plans to send a case alleging an inappropriate relationship between a student and a coach, the superintendentt enters a leave of absesnce. Outgoing Superintendent  Michael Hartenstein requested the leave. He will cover his absence with his vacation pay. Hartenstein has served as superintendent since 2012. He plans to resign effective July 31st. 

Inappropriate Relationship May Cost Coach His License

A North Canton coach and student may have been having an inappropriate relationship. In October of last year the district was notified of possible misconduct and officials notified the local police department.  Police Chief Stephen Wilder. Although the criminal case is closed, the district has contacted the Ohio Department of Education to see if action is necessary on an administrative level. The coach is no longer employed by the district and the student has graduated. 

Massillon Hires New Community Development Director

Massillon has a new community development director. Barb Sylvester was named to the post Friday morning. She will be in charge of community block grant dollars and searching for city projects where those dollars can be spent. Nine people were interviewed for the position. Sylvester replaces Larry Marcus, who was not retained by the mayor for the new term. She will be paid roughly $57,800.

Stark Warned of Credit Fraud Loophole

Legal name changes are acting as loopholes to obtain new credit reports and it's happening in Stark County.   David Howe with SubscriberWise, a risk management firm,  has notified local Probate Judge Dixie Park about his concerns.  Howe says he's also reached out to state lawmakers and Ohio's Attorney General.

Super Bowl Safety

Heading to a big Super Bowl party this weekend? Stark County Safe Communities wants you to make the "Play of the Game": Assign a designated driver.  Sharon George with Safe Communities. Traffic fatalities were down dramatically in Stark County in 2015, but a third of the fatal crashes were drug- or alcohol-related. ( 

El Nino is Beneficial to Canton Finances

The mild winter we've been having will benefit the city of Canton and it's finances:  Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei says you'd think the potholes will be less of a problem too:  Bernabei says, though, they are still optimistic that this spring will be better than last  year because they implemented preventative measures this fall.

Threatening Message Sends Local Business into Lockdown

A scary few minutes for employees at a Jackson Township call center. They were locked down inside Lifeline Screening after a worker received a threatening message from her husband.  Jackson Police Chief Mark Brink. After police responded, the man pulled into the parking lot and was arrested.



Developer scales back plans for University District apartment project

Public pressure apparently has forced a developer to scale back controversial plans for an apartment building along N. High Street in the University District. James Maniace, a lawyer representing JSDI Celmark, sent a letter on Wednesday to University Area commissioners that said the developer is preparing an updated plan for the View on Pavey Square project that will not require razing any of the eight buildings it bought along High Street.

Advocates say little done to keep guns away from Ohio abusers

Nicole Fitzpatrick tried to placate her ex-boyfriend. She could feel his rage. She knew that, in time, he would explode. "My strategy was always be his friend, keep him on my side," she said, "so when he goes on his murderous rampage, he’ll skip my house."

States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands

IOWA CITY, Iowa — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.


Tampa police: 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at club

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police say a shooting at a strip club has left one person dead and seven others injured.

Cause of deadly NYC crane collapse is under investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are working to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars. Three other people were hurt by debris, two of them seriously.

Police believe 6 found dead in Chicago home were targeted

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said they believe six family members found dead in their southwest side home were killed in a "targeted incident," though they're still trying to determine a possible motive.

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