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Mount Union Mourns the Loss of a Student

The University of Mount Union is closed today after the death of a student. The University has said that freshman Sydney Breyer of Springboro, passed away and the community is grieving. Breyer was a member of the school's honor program, Kappa Phi and the band and flag corp. The University released this statement "We are very saddened by the loss of freshman Sydney Breyer, a dear member of the Mount Union family." The statement went on to say, "At this time of significant grief, we are focusing our attention on offering support to the Breyer family and our campus community. There's been no information released about how Breyer died. The university is offering counseling and pastoral services to students and faculty. 

Officers Find Drugs and a Knife After Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop lands a man behind bars on a number of drug-related charges. State Highway Patrol Troopers say they pulled over 46 year old Michael Novakovich at Navarre Road and Perry Drive SW Wednesday night around 9:30. He'd apparently been stopped because the vehicle had a fictitious registration. During the stop troopers found a bag of marijuana in his right front pants pocket, four more bags in his fanny pack and a knife in his waistband. Officials also found a pipe containing marijuana residue and a tablet containing a list of the dollar amount per gram of marijuana. Novakovich has been released from jail on his own recognizance pending a hear in Massillon Municipal Court. 

Accused Drunk Driver Found with Loaded Gun

A local man is facing several charges after apparently driving drunk, crashing his car and having a loaded gun. Officers say 47 year old Robert Foster was arrested Wednesday night around 8:00 at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Bloominghills Place SE in Massillon. They say he'd crashed his vehicle into a parked car and then a utility pole and that he seemed to be intoxicated. Reports also indicate that officers found a loaded gun lying on the floorboard of his car. He's currently being held on $27,000 bond. 

Trial Begins for Former Canton Funeral Director

A trial is officially underway for a former funeral home director accused of misappropriating thousands of dollars. Prosecutors say roughly $85,000 was paid by clients for prearranged services with Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home in Canton. The money was supposed to go towards flowers, caskets and other arrangements to ensure expenses were covered when someone died but, officials say 62 year old Robert Lewis took that money and used it for the funeral home's operating expenses to keep it open. The trial began Thursday. 

Stark County Traffic Fatalities are Down

Stark County is leading the state in reduction of fatal crashes.  Sharon George with the Safe Communities Coalition says Stark County has had 16 fewer traffic fatalities during the first 9 months of this year compared to the same time period last year.  George says while the county has seen a decrease in the number of crash fatalities, one life lost is still one too many. 

The Public's Role in Preventing Crime

Police say the general public is a critical piece of crime prevention.  Massillon Police Sgt. Brian Muntean says everyone has a role in keeping communities safe.  October is Crime Prevention Month and Muntean says in order to do so, everyone needs to do their part. 



John Boehner proud of achievements as House speaker

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives led by John Boehner for nearly five years isn’t letting him leave without dealing with yet another mess. The speaker had planned to leave on Oct. 29. But on Thursday, just after Boehner held a farewell talk with Ohio reporters, his preferred successor, Kevin McCarthy, abruptly announced that he was dropping out of the race. Boehner now will stay until a new speaker is chosen. This sort of chaos has come to feel familiar to Boehner during his years as speaker.

Ohio Politics Now: What John Boehner will do for now and when he leaves Congress

Ohio Republican and House Speaker John Boehner has plans for when he’s finally done with his job - even if those plans are on hold for a bit (more on that soon.) Boehner talked to Ohio reporters, including The Dispatch’s Jessica Wehrman, just before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took himself out of the race to succeed Boehner.

Brutus to lead Homecoming parade in his 50th year

It’s Homecoming weekend at Ohio State University, and the public celebration will hit high gear tonight as the 103rd annual parade steps off from Ohio Stadium at 6 o’clock. Festivities will begin at 5:30. Brutus Buckeye, serving as grand marshal in his 50th-birthday year, will lead the procession — rain or shine — east on Woodruff Avenue to N. High Street, turning and continuing south on N. High Street and ending at the Ohio Union.


Authorities: Mall evacuated, 4 with possible carbon monoxide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a shopping mall in North Carolina had to be evacuated and four people were taken to hospitals because of possible monoxide poisoning.

The Latest: 1 dead, 3 others shot at Northern Arizona Univ

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at Northern Arizona University (all times local):

Officials: 1 dead, 3 wounded in university shooting in Ariz.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A shooting outside an Arizona university dormitory early Friday left one person dead, three others wounded and the suspected shooter in custody, a school official said.

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