The last to be charged in a major drug ring locally is pleading guilty. 23 year old Tyler Murray entered the plea this week to several charges of conspiracy to heroin trafficking and other counts. Around 15 people were charged last year in connection with a heroin and cocaine ring busted here in Stark County in a 126 count indictment. The ring had ties to both Detroit and New York City according to detectives. Murray will be sentenced June 16th. 37 year old Daemon Ford of Paris Township was the leader of the ring and was sentenced in April to eight years in prison for a number of charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
More people are finding jobs here in Stark County. The local jobless rate dropped to 4.9 percent in April, down from 5.7 percent in March and 5.2 percent in April of last year. Canton also saw a decrease in the number of people looking for work with a 5.8 percent unemployment rate in April, down from 6.6 percent in March and 6.3 percent in April of 2014. Ohio's non-seasonally adjusted rate was 4.6 percent and the national rate was 5.1 percent. Holmes county recorded the lowest jobless rate at 3.1 percent, down from 3.8 percent in March and 3.5 percent last year. Mahoning County posted the highest unemployment rate at 5.6 percent, down from 6.6 percent in March and 6.1 percent this time last year.