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Colleen McKernan Back in Court on Tuesday


The state is not wasting time: Moving forward with the murder case against Colleen McKernan. Despite Friday’s mistrial, there’s a bond hearing and pre-trial in common pleas court on Tuesday. McKernan remains confined to her Perry Township home at this time. Judge Chryssa Hartnett declared a mistrial late in the day Friday when the jury for a second time told her they could not reach a verdict. McKernan is accused of murdering her husband.

1 Survivor of Deadly Carroll Co. Plane Crash

A touching ending to the story of a Mahoning County man, killed when his plane crashed in Carroll County earlier this week: His pet poodle survived the five days it took to find the wreckage and the body of 83-year-old Willard Olds. They found the dog under the seat, where Olds was still strappped in. Investigators used radar evidence to determine where the plane went down; it was just off Route 39, west of Mechanicstown. He had taken off from Salem Airpark on Sunday; the crash is under investigation. (PHOTO COURTESY CARROLL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT).

Tonya Johnson Attorney to File Court Action

The attorney representing the family of the Canton firefighter who died in Akron back in February is appealing the death ruling in her case. Canton attorney David Duplane tells 1480 WHBC he will file an action in Summit County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Tonya Johnson. Duplane says he cannot do that until the full report comes out, in about a month. Johnson's death along Route 8 has been ruled a suicide by the county medical examiner; the family disagrees.

3 Perry Establishments Nailed for Underage Sales

Perry Township police cited three businesses for underage alcohol sales Friday night. Seven people were arrested at Hall of Fame Lanes, Falcone's Tavern and Game Time. Township police worked with the Ohio Investigative Unit, conducting Friday night's compliance checks.

Shot Spotter May be Approved Monday Night

Despite the city's funding issues, Canton City Council is expected to approve the $135,000 needed to continue operation of the city's Shot Spotter program.... That approval is expected at tonight's regular meeting... Police Chief Bruce Lawver says the program does more than just pinpoint gunshots: They use it in community policing and investigations.

Canton Man Arraigned in Recent Homicide

A Canton man was arraigned on a murder charge Friday morning. Canton police say 35-year-old Anituan Harris is seen on surveillance video arguing with the victim 37-year-old Leandous Harvey inside Hooch's Pub on Cleveland Ave. SW; Harvey was later shot dead outside the bar. Harris was arrested Wednesday night at an apartment unit in the Hillview complex on 6th Street NE.

Bernabei Hopes Ice Rink Can Reopen

The downtown Canton ice rink could return to life next winter. That's the hope of Mayor Tom Bernabei, who says he is working to create a partnership with the downtown Special Improvement District to operate the rink, which is just west of the courthouse on West Tusc. Bernabei tells 1480 WHBC's Canton's Morning News that he envisions a facility that would also rent skates and be open weeknights and weekends.

OSP: Canton Man Takes Troopers on Chase, Standoff

A Canton man is in the Guernsey County jail facing several charges after a police pursuit and standoff early this morning... 30-year-old Fabian Potter II was being pursued by Canton police until the state patrol took over on southbound I-77... After disabling his car and pushing it off Route 22 near Salt Fork State Park, the patrol says Fabian showed what appeared to be a gun... Three hours into the standoff he was arrested; the gun turned out to be fake.

Coroner's Investigator IDs Crash Victim

The Stark County Coroner's Office has positively identified one of the two victims from that fiery crash on 12th Street near Stadium Park last week... Chief Investigator Harry Campbell says 21-year-old Cody Butler of Canton was behind the wheel when the pickup truck sped down Serpentine Hill and wrapped around a tree... The passenger in the vehicle may be positively IDd next week.

BBB: Scam Targets New Ohio Business Owners

It's the latest scam affecting Ohioans: The Better Business Bureau says if you recently registered a new business with the Secretary of State's office, you may receive a postcard that instructs you to call a phone number. The BBB says if you call the number, someone will try to sell you a Certificate of Good Standing for up to $200; you can get that from the state for just $5. A North Canton law firm's address is the return address; they have nothing to do with scam. Of course, the BBB says don't call the phone number.

PD Finds Alliance Man's Lost Weed

An Alliance man lost something and asked police for help. But the lost item was a stash of marijuana, so when the officer found the "weed", he didn't return it, giving him a court summons instead. 42-year-old Dennis Wagner is seen in police bodycam video, asking for help. Police say he was intoxicated.

AEP, FirstEnergy Deals are Nixed

Remember those energy deals that some said would raise your electricity rates to pay for older power plants? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has nixed the deals with both AEP and FirstEnergy, saying they are not appropriate now in a more competitive marketplace. AEP and First Energy say they are disappointed by the order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Both say a big concern is that a federal agency has tossed out an agreement that a state agency, the PUCO,  approved. The companies are not certain if they will appeal the decision.

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