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American Rescue Workers Canton Corps to Close

There will soon only be one Stark County emergency shelter available to homeless men in the community. The American Rescue Workers Canton announced today plans to close this March. Executive Director of the Refuge of Hope Duane Wykoff says it's now up to them.  Officials have cited insufficient funding as a reason for the closure of the shelter on Market Avenue North. Wykoff says money may become an issue for the Refuge of Hope as well as they work to accommodate everyone in need. 
 

No Injuries Reported in Semitrailer-Train Accident

A Massillon roadway remained closed Wednesday afternoon after a train crashed into a semi stuck on the tracks. Massillon police officials say the semitrailer became stuck on the railroad track crossing at Third Street SE just before noon. Apparently the train was unable to stop in time and slammed into the semi, pushing it into a creek. As of now, no injuries have been reported. The investigation is ongoing. 
 

Perry Local Schools Superintendent Resigns

They'll be looking for a new superintendent in the Perry Local School District. Last night, as parents and students cheered for him, Marty Bowe submitted his resignation to the school board. The board voted to accept it. Bowe is leaving to take a job as the Assistant Superintendent with the Stark County Educational Service Center. Bowe reportedly is leaving because of differences with some school board members. Support for Bowe was posted over and over again on social media yesterday.  Some in the crowd of about 200 chastised the school board members for letting it happen. Bowe will remain with the district until August 1.

Facebook Used To Warn Canton of Scam

A local police department takes to Facebook to warn residents about a scam. Canton police officials used the social media site to warn consumers of another phone scam locally and Kim Thompson with the Canton BBB says you should always do your research before moving forward with an unfamiliar call. Apparently the most recent scam alert involves a victim that received a call that she'd won the lottery, but with a catch. She had to send money to claim the prize. Thompson says to beware of anyone asking for money up-front and again, always do your research before moving forward. 

Stark Unemployment Still Below State's Average

The latest jobless rate reported for Stark Count is up slightly. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported a 4.6 percent jobless rate in December compared to the 4.5 percent unemployment rate in November and October. The county's unemployment rate is still below the state's 4.8 percent average and the national rate of 5.6 percent. In December of 2013 the jobless rate was 6.8 percent. Holmes County reported the lowest rate in the area of 2.9 percent.

Wrong-Way Driver on Rt62 Arrested

A 40-year old Lexington Township man is jailed on a whole host of charges after driving the wrong way on State Route 62 with his kids in the car. Jason Foith almost crashed head-on into a car driven by a woman who also had her children in the car. Police say they believe Foith was drunk and they had to forcibly remove him from his car. He was arrested near Beeson Street and was booked into the Stark County Jail.

New Canton Police Unit Expands Interactivity

A new Canton police unit is formed to expand a community interaction initiative. Police Chief Bruce Lawver says the unit extends from the Shorb Avenue NW neighborhood project launched last year. Lawver says the Canton Police Department decreased violent and property crimes by more than 50 percent between 2013 and 2014 by targeting the area from Sixth to 12th streets and Fulton Road to High Avenue. He says the eight person team will use the same strategies to start policing a new location. That location has not been released just yet.

Crash Closes US 30 Tuesday

The eastbound lanes of US 30 near Raff Road SW were closed early Tuesday due to an accident. Crews were called to the area just before 7:00 Tuesday morning to respond to a two-vehicle crash. Officials say two people were taken to Aultman Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It was expected around 8:00 a.m. that the road would reopen soon. A second crash was reported at about 6:00 on Route 30 in the city as well. Details about that crash haven't been released. 

Students Express Support to Keep Perry Superintendent

Local students are taking to social media to keep their current superintendent. Rumors are apparently circulating that Perry Local Schools Superintendent Marty Bowe is being forced to resign. A number of students continue to post to Twitter support messages followed by the hashtags #MartyBowe and #SaveMarty2k15. Some students are publicly announcing their plans to transfer schools should Bowe leave the district and others suggest Bowe is being bullied and someone needs to stand up for what's right. According to numerous Twitter posts the many students and other supports planned to attend Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pfeiffer at 6:30. 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

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Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson arrested in Florida

Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson, a federal fugitive for more than two years, has been arrested and jailed in southern Florida along with his assistant, Alison Antekeier. Thompson and Antekeier are in the Palm Beach County jail, north of Fort Lauderdale along the east coast of Florida.

Charter school oversight, college grants among House GOP priorities

A $100 million grant program going to students pursing degrees for “in-demand” jobs and a host of charter school changes aimed at more transparency and accountability are among the legislative priorities for Ohio House Republicans.

Suspended Athens County sheriff to testify in his public-corruption trial

ATHENS, Ohio — Suspended Athens County Sheriff Patrick “Pat” Kelly will take the stand to defend himself in his public-corruption trial, his lawyer told jurors this morning.

Franklin County Commissioners to place deputy administrator in top job

The Franklin County commissioners announced today that they will hire one of their top financial managers to serve as the next county administrator. Kenneth Wilson, a deputy county administrator who oversees the county’s management and budget office and its job and family services agency, among others, will take the job that was vacated by Don Brown in November.

NATIONAL NEWS

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.

Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display.

New Englanders dig out after forecasters get it right

BOSTON (AP) — Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area.

Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.

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