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ODH Reports Two More Zika Virus Cases

There are now four cases of the Zika virus in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health has reported the third case in a 56 year old Butler County woman returning from Guyana and the fourth in a 60 year old Licking County man returning from Haiti. The first two cases involve a 30 year old Cleveland woman and a 21 year old Stark County man, both returning from Haiti. Health officials say the virus is only transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and is most dangerous to pregnant women. 
 

Budd Story Inspires Changes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw is pushing legislation to require protective bridge fencing. The move comes following the July 2014, incident involving former Perry Local teacher, Sharon Budd. A group of teens threw  rock from a bridge and it crashed through her windshield, nearly killing her. The proposal also follows a similar move by the Ohio Department of Transportation last month. 

Max & Erma's to Auction off Items

The Max & Erma's near Belden Village Mall is closing and everything inside will be for sale.   Ed Ouellette with biddergy.com. He says there will be more than just restaurant equipment up for grabs.   The online auction will run from 8-8 February 18th via biddergy.com. 

Canton Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case

A Canton man is heading to prison for more than a decade for having child pornography. 29 year old James Kovac III pleaded guilty in August to charges accusing him of receiving and distributing computer files containing child porn. Images were also found on his laptop computer. He'll spend the next 12 years in prison and will participate in drug and mental health treatment programs. 

Massillon Man Charged in Child Porn Case

A Massillon man is heading to prison for producing child pornography. 55 year old Gregory Mays pleaded guilty in July to charges. In the summer of 2013 Mays induced and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Investigators found images and videos of an girl under 18 on his cell phone. He'll spend the next 17 years in prison. 

Multiple Fires at Canton Restaurant Ruled Accidental

Two fires at an iconic Canton restaurant have been ruled accidental.  Fire Captain Derek Page. The first blaze at Baker's Cafe 33 was around 12:30 Sunday afternoon. Then flames returned around 10:00 that night.  The business was ruled a complete loss. No one was hurt.
 

Local Student Prevents Potentially Violent Situation

A GlenOak High School student's willingness to speak up may have prevented a violent situation a the school Friday. Schools Superintendent Brent May says a student reported hearing two other students make threats towards the school and reported it to the administration.  May says it's all thanks to the student who made decision to speak up.   There's no word on if any charges will be filed against the students who made the threats. 
 

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Mount Carmel CEO who is suffering from cancer steps down

Claus von Zychlin, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System, announced Friday that he would not return from the medical leave he began in October. In a conference call with reporters, von Zychlin said he needed the next year to focus on his health and family after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects plasma cells. There is no cure.

Two new Zika virus cases in Ohio, including one in Licking County

Two more cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Ohio, one involving a Licking County man who was in Haiti. That brings to four the number of cases reported by the Ohio Department of Health in the past week. None was contracted in Ohio. The newest cases of the virus were detected in a 56-year-old Butler County woman returning from Guyana, and the Licking County man, who is 60.

Alert on machete wielder's car led police to call anti-terror agents

A law-enforcement computer alert tied to the vehicle driven by the suspect in a vicious machete attack at a Northeast Side restaurant led Columbus police to contact federal authorities and an anti-terrorism task force to launch an investigation. Police also immediately called the bomb squad to inspect his car shortly after they shot and killed him. Officers said Mohamed Barry charged them armed with a knife and a machete.

NATIONAL NEWS

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy.

FBI: No rigged explosives found at site of Oregon standoff

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — FBI officials said Friday they haven't found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group.

Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a possible murder-suicide or double-suicide.

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