Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has ruled that both Tom Bernabei and Frank Cicchinelli will be able to run as independent candidates in the November Third General Election for Mayor of Canton and Mayor of Massillon. Husted broke the tie votes in decision at the Stark County Board of Elections and ruled that both men can be on the ballot. The Secretary of State said that both men did enough to disaffiliate themselves from the Democratic Party and will be allowed to run as independents. Husted said that both decisions were close, but in the end he decided to rule on the side of democracy and let the voters have the final say.
The Canton Township Fire Department has been awarded a $676,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Securities through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The dollars will be used to purchase a quint-style fire engine, which is a combination fire engine and ladder truck. Also the funds will be used for new rescue equipment. The local match for those federal dollars is slightly more than $33,000.
Police are looking for a man who reportedly got out of his car and fired a single gunshot in Canton Thursday evening. Police say just after 6 o'clock they were called to the area of 25th Street NE where a woman and a man said they were involved in an altercation when the driver of a green Chevrolet Camero struck them. Apparently that's when the driver got out of his car, fired one shot, then sped away. No injuries have been reported. The investigation continues.
The suspect wriggled out of his seat belt and set the back seat of the cruiser on fire. Police were taking him to jail for violating a protection order, and he wasnât going easily. He spat at a medic trying to help him. Later, he began kicking the door of another cruiser, and Sharon Township Police Officer Brandon Hoge confronted him. âMy emotions got the best of me. I punched him once, and that was the end of it,â Hoge recalled recently. âI donât even remember doing it.â
Of at least 3,000 incidents in which central Ohio police used force between 2011 and fall 2014, internal police reviews found that just nine were excessive.
Amos Lynch Sr. was remembered fondly by the more than 200 family members, religious and community leaders and public officials who attended his funeral on Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on the Near East Side.