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New Massillon Safety-Service Director

Starting Monday, Massillon will have a new Safety-Service Director.  Friday Joel Smith was named to take the spot.  He'll replace Al Hennon who resigned earlier this year.  Smith recently retired from the Ohio Highway Patrol after 35 years in law enforcement.  He is a Massillon native and he graduated from Washington High School.  He'll make 68,000 dollars a year. 

Monday Traffic Hassle

Starting Monday, ODOT will begin work on the Kenmore Leg of I-76.  The road will close for 30 to 45 days.  Detours will be posted and once the Westbound side is finished, they will do the Eastbound side.  They are hoping to have it all done by the end of July. 

Investigation into Hoover High School Senior's death continues

There are still many unanswered questions in the drowning death of Hoover High Shool Senior Brandi Morgan.  Police say they are waiting for toxicology reports before moving forward.  Yesterday the 911 call made by the 55-year old man with Morgan at the time of her death was released.  He told the dispatcher she was despondent and having problems and went into the water.  He says he tried to go in to get her but could not find her.  Her boy was pulled from the pond a short time later.  The investigation continues



Many opt out of Buckeye Lake evacuation drill

The bacon sizzling on the stove, Mark Newman watched as emergency responders fanned out across his Buckeye Lake neighborhood this morning in a practice evacuation drill. Newman, 53, opted to stay inside and eat breakfast as some of his neighbors and volunteer evacuees, including a dozen dogs and a goat named Sven, boarded buses to take them to higher ground. “I’m not as worried since they took the water down,” he said.

Narcotics missing from Columbus fire stations

Columbus police are investigating the possible theft of narcotics from two Columbus fire stations after several bottles of painkillers disappeared within a 24-hour period. Police reports obtained by The Dispatch through a public-records request show that several bottles of a painkiller and a sedative used to reduce seizures were missing from two ambulances in late March.

Gas pipelines surprise land owners

NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio — At first, the black hoses snaking through her property made no sense to Ginny Narsete. She saw them one day as she walked near the cabin she owns next to the Wayne National Forest just east of Marietta. She hadn’t put them there. Neither had her husband, Jim.


Each death in Baltimore makes mistrust harder to overcome

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner came in making big promises to the inner-city residents and police who spent decades staring each other down in neighborhoods ravaged by crack and heroin. But with each death of a black man in custody, their efforts to overcome mistrust have hit hard walls of skepticism and outrage.

Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

BALTIMORE (AP) — Protesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.

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