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Man Appeals Sentence in Budd Rock Throwing Case

The man who threw a rock from a Pennsylvania overpass critically injuring a Perry Local school teacher is fighting for a lesser sentence.   Randy Budd's wife Sharon was critically injured when that rock crashed through her windshield. Budd says Sharon got a life sentence and Lahr already got off easy.  Dylan Lahr, one of four charged in the incident, is now appealing his 4 1/2 year sentence. 

Downtown Canton Intersection Reopens

A major intersection is open once again in Canton. City Engineer Dan Moeglin says they finished up some work Tuesday at the intersection of Market Avenue North and 12th Street.  Moeglin says however this is just a phase of the 12th Street project.  The entire $22 million project should be finished next year. 

Opiate Symposium Planned in Stark County

A continued focus in Stark County: how to combat the heroin epidemic.  Sarah Hayden with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board says everyone is invited the second annual opiate symposium next month. It's all happening December 14th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walsh University Barrette Center.  There is a $15 fee per person, which includes registration and a boxed lunch. 

Summit County Announces Sobriety Checkpoints

Law enforcement officials are gearing up for several sobriety checkpoints over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Lt. Joe Davis with the Summit County OVI Task Force says their goal is simply to keep everyone safe.  Summit County does not release the times and location of the checkpoints, but Davis says they will be held Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

Massillon Business Recognized By Secretary of State

A Veteran-Owned business in Massillon is being recognized by the Secretary of State's office.  Secretary John Husted says Integrity Crane Services is a featured business in this month's Ohio Business Profile Program.  Husted will present a certificate and commendation to the business Wednesday morning at 8:00

Cause of Canton Fatal Fires Still Unknown

Crews are still working to figure out the cause in two fatal Canton fires. 8 year old Asjernea Thomas was killed in a blaze on November 7th on Maddrell Court NE. Her parents and brother were sent to the hospital with injuries from the fire. A week later a home on Cleveland Avenue NW burst into flames killing 86 year old Dorothy Curtis. Her daughter was taken to Akron hospital with injuries. The State Fire Marshals office is involved in both cases. Officials say they are still waiting on lab results and no cause or origin has been determined in either fire at this time. 

Jail Inmate Accused of Trying to Create a Weapon

A Stark County Jail inmate set to be released on Friday is looking at more time after making a weapon out of a heating vent. 25 year old Aaron White of Alliance had been serving time from an October 27th sentencing on a receiving stolen property conviction. He was going to be released on Friday, however Monday he was caught tampering with the jail's heating system. Apparently he'd removed a metal heat fin from a vent to try and make a weapon. He's now facing additional charges including possession of a deadly weapon while under detention. 

Jackson Twp Residents Look to Overturn Trustees Decision

Jackson Twp residents are trying to overturn a decision made by trustees. Earlier this month trustees approved a zoning change that paves the way for developer Don DeVille to build condominiums and apartments on 38.5 acres near Hills & Dales and Brunnerdale Avenue. A number of residents attended a series of hearings to object the idea. Now, residents known as The Committee Opposing R-4 Zoning are collecting signatures this Sunday from noon to 3 and again on December 6th at the Pellegrino Music Center on Everhard Road. They hope to collect the required 1,200 signatures to put a referendum on the March ballot to overturn the trustee's decision. 

Canton in Line to Receive $7-million for Fixes

The city of Canton is in line to receive $7-million in grants and loans next year, and the funding will be put to good use. Among the projects planned: $1.5-million for completion of the 12th Street project and the same amount for the Mahoning Road Phase 2 Project. The monies come through the District 19 Public Works Integrating Committee. Here are the major projects as noted by city Service Director Bill Bartos:
$1.5-million for completion of the 12th Street project.
$1.5-million for 30th Street NW rehabilitation.
$1.5-million for the 38th Street water line and roadway project.
Up to $1.5-million for Phase 2 of the Mahoning Road project.
$950,000 for a water line project in the Avondale area.
$193,000 for storm sewer repairs in the Overbrook NW area.

Ohio Turnpike Distracted Driving Effort

The Ohio Turnpike wants to be certain you're not a distracted driver during their busiest travel day of the year Wednesday. They ask you to take the Distracted Driving Pledge; here's a link to that pledge on the turnpike website. They remind you that all major work zones will be taken down in time for Wednesday, when 159,000 vehicles are expected to use the roadway. Of Course Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year and it's the busiest day for Ohio Turnpike drivers. All toll gates and service plazas will be fully staffed... 



Driver in hit-and-run death sentenced to 11 years

Investigators knew that Erin J. Overturf was driving recklessly and with a suspended license when she caused a crash that killed one person and injured another nearly five months ago on I-71 Downtown. It wasn’t until she was interviewed recently during a pre-sentencing investigation that Overturf revealed she also was texting while driving. Overturf, 28, gave a brief, tearful apology in a Franklin County courtroom on Tuesday before she was sentenced to 11 years in prison and had her driver’s license suspended for life.

Fairfield County deputy's injury is a reminder to be cautious, sheriff says

A crash on Rt. 33 that injured two pedestrians, including one of his deputies, is a reminder to motorists to move over or slow down when passing a stopped cruiser, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen said. A sport-utility vehicle hit the deputy and a man with him on Monday night as the deputy was investigating a three-car crash along Rt. 33 in Violet Township, the State Highway Patrol said.

Family, neighbors wait for answers after Hilltop fatal shootings

Family and neighbors still search for answers after a Hilltop man shot and killed a neighboring family before police fatally shot him. “It was like, bam, bam bam. Bam, bam, bam. Bam, bam, bam,” he said. “It was like 15 or 20 shots.” Columbus police officers, alerted by a 911 call, arrived in time to confront Barry Kirk running from the Anderson family home across Terrace toward his own house. “He was running with his hands up,” Carreker said, and ignoring police commands to stop.


Officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.

Group raised suspicions before 5 were shot at police protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn't seem right.

US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation's highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

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