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Local Residents Concerned About Natural Gas Smell

If you live south of Canton, you may have been one of the many residents who called firefighters about the smell of natural gas throughout the area. Most calls came from the southeast and southwest area although some also came from the northeast sections of the city. No illnesses have been reported, and health officials have not been involved. Fire Investigators have not yet determined the cause. That investigation continues.

Two Possible Mayoral Candidates File Motion

Long-time Stark County Democrats Tom Bernabei and Frank Cicchinelli Jr want to run as independent candidates for Mayor of Canton and Massillon. And both have to be considered for eligibility by the Stark County Board of Elections. And now, both potential candidates have filed petitions to exclude Stark County board members Chairman Sam Ferrucio Junior and member William Sherer the second has asked that the two exclude themselves from the process. Both motions say the exclusion is based on Ferrucio and Sherer being members of the executive committee of the Stark County Democratic Party, who filed protests against the Bernabei and Cicchinelli's eligibility to run as independents. Cicchinelli faces a challenge to his candidacy from council members and city residents, with a hearing planned for July 13. The board of elections is scheduled to meet Monday.

'Imagine on Superior' Facing Suspension of Operations

Operations at the 'Imagine on Superior' Charter School in Canton still faces suspension of its operations after a judge cleared the way yesterday. The Ohio Department of Education is expected to continue with its notice of suspension of Canton's charter school and its sister school in Cleveland based on poor academic performance. The ODE and its Office of School Sponsorship notified the schools on June First of its intent to suspend, and the two schools filed a suit on June Tenth. The suit says the state breached the contract by failing to first put the schools on probation. The case is scheduled to go to trial in June 2016. A state spokesman said the department is trying to allow families whose students attend the two charter schools enough time to find a new school this fall. Imagine on Superior receives roughly $1 million in annual state funding, and serves about 140 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Stark County June Rainfall Tops Eight Inches

Stark County has received just over eight inches of rain this month. Last year Stark County received over nine inches of rain. However, it  doesn't compare to previous June rainfall records. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Zach Sefcovic, the all-time record for rainfall in June was in 1924 with a record of 11.12 inches of rain. Temperatures are expected to be a little cooler than normal with highs in the upper 70s. The normal high for this time of year is 82 degrees with a normal low at 61. Record highs were set in 1931 for July 1 at 97 and July 2 at 98 degrees. Sunshine is expected to return for Friday and for July 4th with temperatures near or above 80 degrees. Here's a list of the top five rainiest Junes in inches for Stark County: 

 
1. 1924 - 11.12 inches

2. 2014 - 9.28 inches

3. 1989 - 8.42 inches

4. 2015 - 8.3 inches

5. 1920 - 8.09 inches

 
 
 

Investigation Into Fishing Line Across Sandy Valley Trail

Authorities are investigating a fishing line across the Sandy Valley Trail. Stark County Park District Chief Dan George said no one has been hurt yet, but someone could become seriously injured. Park police and Waynesburg village police are investigating the incidents in which fishing line was tied tree to tree across the public path. George said the line was about chest high, causing a danger to anyone walking, running or biking there. A woman on the trail alerted park authorities via the park district's website. He responded by sending a two-man bike team to the reported sighting on Friday. Another line went up the next day. The trail runs off Greer Court in Waynesburg close to the Carroll County line. Recently opened, it is part of the Waynesburg Village Park Loop Trail, a limestone trail that loops around the park. The Sandy Valley Trail will eventually become "a major southeast trail system connecting the communities of East Sparta, Magnolia, Waynesburg, Malvern and Minerva," according to the Stark Parks website. Anyone with information about the incidents involving the fishing line should call the park district's public safety department at 330-477-3552.

OH Teen Driving Restrictions Expanding Today

Driving restrictions for teenagers in Ohio will be expanded effective today. The restrictions now specify that drivers younger than 18 are not permitted to drive with more than one non-family member in the car during the first year of their license. Also, all passengers are required to wear seat belts. In addition, those under 18 are not permitted to drive between midnight and 6-AM, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or unless they are exempted for work, school, or church. The law already bans Ohioans under 18 from using cellphones while driving. These new restrictions go into affect today.

Canton Is Solving More Homicides Than Nations Average

New statistics show that Canton is solving 80 percent of the homicides in the city . The city's rate is higher than the national clearance rate of 64.1 percent . Police Captain Dave Davis says a new "no snitch" culture has made things more difficult for homicide detectives. He says the department encourages the community to contact police at anytime with information that may help. 
 

Investigators Call Crash That Killed Traffic Light Repair Man "Freak Accident"

According to crash investigators it doesn't look like speed or alcohol played a role in a fatal crash on State Route 800 Monday . A stoplight repair man died after a semi slammed into the bucket he was in while working on State Route 800 at Westbrook:. 46 year old Paul Vaughn died from a serious head injury a short time after the crash. The investigation continues. 

Fire Investigators Rule Marlboro Twp Fire Accidental

An official cause is still unknown, but fire investigators believe a Marlboro TWP fire was accidental. Crews were called to Alberta Beach Street NE around 3:30 Monday afternoon where they found a barn engulfed in flames. Investigators say there were no animals inside the bar at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated to be about 55,000 dollars and an official cause is still unknown. However, investigators believe it was accidental. No one was injured. 

Wesley Buster Clark Waves His Right to an Attorney

Wesley Buster Clark is waving his right to representation. The 52 year old Clark waived his right Tuesday in Harrison County Common Pleas Court during his arraignment. The court entered a not guilty plea on Clark's behalf. He is facing several charges including aggravated murder in the death of 26 year old Dustin Moreland of Dennison. Clark is currently in prison after being sentenced to 26 months for an escape charge earlier this year. Moreland’s body was found in May in Harrison County, not far from the Tuscarawas County line. His bond has been set at $5 million.
 

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I-70 still closed after crash on West Side

I-70 remains closed at I-270 on the West Side, and cleanup continues after a fiery tanker-truck crash that shut down freeways and snarled traffic this morning.

State closes public boat ramps for Buckeye Lake fireworks

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will close the public boat ramps to keep boats off of the shallow Buckeye Lake during Friday’s annual fireworks display there.

Homeless families can call hotline for help

As the Community Shelter Board prepares to open a new shelter for homeless families, a central number has been established for those families to call. Starting today, men, women and families seeking shelter should call 1-888-4-SHELTR (1-888-474-3587). Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NATIONAL NEWS

Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians were set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for gay couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage.

2 convicted murderers practiced night before prison breakout

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — One of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison in June told police that they conducted a practice run the night before their daring escape, a district attorney said.

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