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Robert Clark's Mom Says He Stole Her Van

The mother of an area murder suspect says her son took her van without permission before taking police on a nationwide man hunt. 29 year old Robert Clark is charged with killing Doyle and Lillian Chumney of Strasburg. He and two Canton residents fled Ohio in a green van after the murders and his mother told police Clark was allowed to use the vehicle to get back and fourth to work, but that changed about two weeks before the murders. She explained that she believed he was using the van to commit thefts in the area and told him he could no longer use it. The two Canton residents that traveled with Clark are facing charges out of state for their involvement in multi-state robberies with him. 21 year old Jeffery Stewart is a co-defendant in the murder case. 

Man Calls 911 Reporting Wife Stole His Cocaine

It was an interesting call for 911 dispatchers Wednesday night when an Alliance man called it to report that his wife had stolen his cocaine. Police responded to the call and arrested the 39 year old. Officials say he'd been wanted on unrelated warrants for driving under suspension, but was also charged with drug related coun

North Canton Water Main Break

A water main break is causing a road closure in North Canton. A portion of Glenwood Street SW is closed between Linwood Avenue SW and Lucille Avenue SW. City officials say they are working to repair a 12 inch water line break. The repair will be made at the intersection of Glenwood and Furbee Avenue SW. If you live in that area you'll still be able to get to your homes however; residents are reminded that water service to homes on Furbee, Glendale and in the 1100 block of Glenwood Street will be turned off starting at 3:30 this afternoon. Aultman North and North Canton Medical Clinic will close at 3:30, but Mercy State Care will be unaffected and will stay open. It's expected to take around four to six hours for crews to make repairs. 
 

Bill Burga Terrace Means More Jobs in Canton

Local jobs will be created through the 11.6 million dollar senior housing development coming to Canton. "You know you're getting high-quality work because the people are here in your community. And if you have a problem they're right here. They gotta look at you in the eye."Mayor William Healy adds that the this is overall a great move for the city. "It creates construction jobs and labor and workers. It creates some permanent full-time jobs to run the property. It creates housing for our seniors and of course it improves the quality of life in our city." Healy says the project will also include a team of city department heads. 15 percent of the funding will come from non-state agency funds.
 

Another Senior Housing Development for Canton

Workers will soon begin constructing a new 60 unit affordable senior housing development in Canton. "It's the aging of America I call it. Every 8 seconds somebody turns 65." Steve Protulis is the CEO of Elderly Housing Development & Operations, which is bringing the Bill Burga Terrace to the city. He says his developments across the country allow seniors to retire and live in dignity. He says less than 1% of the seniors in his developments go to a nursing home.  The development will be located on Market Avenue between 15th and 16th Street NW and will house seniors 55 years of age and older with incomes between 30 and 60 percent of the average median income. It's expected the project will be finished by the end of 2016. 
 

WANTED: Woman to Replace Jackson on $20

A campaign is underway to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. The nonprofit group, Women on $20s,  has a list of possible candidates and is currently soliciting votes to narrow the field. The list includes early women's rights activists Susan B. Anthony — who made it onto a dollar coin briefly Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; civil rights icon Rosa Parks; anti-slavery activists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; three members of Congress, Patsy Mink, Shirley Chisholm, and Barbara Jordan; Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S. Cabinet; Red Cross founder Clara Barton; former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; birth control activist Margaret Sanger, environmentalist Rachel Carson, and feminist Betty Friedan. The only woman on a currently circulating piece of U.S. currency is Sacagawea, on the dollar coin; the Mint lists two other coins depicting women: Helen Keller is on the reverse side of the 2003 Alabama quarter, and Susan B. Anthony was on the dollar coin until 1981.

SMART Act Proposed to Address Student Testing

With Ohio children in the midst of annual testing, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced new legislation to streamline and improve testing practices in our nation’s classrooms. Brown discussed efforts to improve reliability and effectiveness of mandatory tests. “More of our students’ time in school should be spent on learning, not on unnecessary testing,” Brown said. “While annual testing is critical in measuring student achievement, we should eliminate duplicative tests and realign focus to college- and career-ready standards. The SMART Act would accomplish these goals by giving states and school districts the tools they need to ensure tests are reliable and efficient – eliminating outdated and redundant tests while improving accountability and increasing instruction time.”Brown is a sponsor of the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, which would help states ensure statewide and local assessments are reliable and timely, while eliminating outdated or duplicative tests. The bill aims to improve mandatory state assessments and ensure they are efficiently and accurately measuring students’ progress and teacher effectiveness.

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Heavy snow, power outages cause trouble in southern Ohio

It likely will take southern Ohio residents a while to dig out from a major winter storm that socked some parts of the region with more than a foot of snow on Thursday and left thousands without power. In central Ohio, however, the storm struck but a dainty blow. Columbus received less than an inch of snow on Wednesday night, and only a “trace” on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Gov. John Kasich to head to New Hampshire for balanced budget tour

In the clearest sign yet that Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to keep his presidential campaign options open, he will travel to New Hampshire — home of the nation’s first 2016 primary election — by month’s end. What is officially a continuation of his balanced-budget tour also will take him elsewhere in New England, including a likely visit to Maine in response to an invitation, sources close to Kasich said.

Ohio killer gets money after dog bites off part of his nose

A high-profile killer will receive $7,500 in damages after a dog for which he was caring as part of a state prison adopt-a-dog program bit off part of his nose. The settlement between Vincent Doan and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Correction was approved yesterday in the Ohio Court of Claims.

Prisons want to release brain-dead inmates, those with severe dementia

State prison officials want to give judges the authority to release inmates who are brain-dead or suffering from severe dementia — and costing taxpayers lots of money in the process. Ohio prisons chief Gary Mohr asked state legislators on Thursday to tweak state law as he testified about his agency’s 2016-17 budget before a House subcommittee. The state spends nearly $190 million a year on inmates’ medical care, which it is required by law to provide.

NATIONAL NEWS

Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.

Harrison Ford 'banged up' but recovering from plane crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford's representative says he's "banged up" but expected to make a full recovery after crash-landing a vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course.

Plane skids off snowy NYC runway, stops feet from icy bay

NEW YORK (AP) — A Delta jetliner landing at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm Thursday skidded off a runway and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest just feet from the roiling waters of an icy bay.

For Northeast, a brutal winter redefines 'enough is enough'

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the winter of our discontent. For Northeasterners enduring one of the coldest, snowiest seasons in decades, it's the winter of our exasperation, full-on funk and enough-is-enough rage.

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