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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.