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.
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 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.
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 wasnât 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 driverâs license suspended for life.
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 and neighbors still search for answers after a Hilltop man shot and killed a neighboring family before police fatally shot him. âIt was like, bam, bam bam. Bam, bam, bam. Bam, bam, bam,â he said. âIt was like 15 or 20 shots.â 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. âHe was running with his hands up,â Carreker said, and ignoring police commands to stop.