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Road Closure in Massillon


Traffic may be slowed at times both Friday and Saturday along Walnut Road in Massillon as electric crews are busy upgrading power lines and poles in that area.  The work will continue through Saturday starting at Duncan Street Southwest and going to 16th Street.  But, no road closures are expected because of the work.  A small section of 16th Street at Walnut may be closed at times today when wires are pulled, but the street will not be closed all day.

Absentee Ballots Sent Out in Ohio

Ohioans have less than three weeks to register to vote in the upcoming November election.  The Ohio Secretary of State's Office has already mailed  out absentee ballot applications to voters across the Buckeye State as they did in 2012.  But, unless the General Assembly changes its mind, it will be the last time a state-wide absentee ballot application will be mailed out. Carrie Davis, executive director of the Ohio League of Women Voters says however, undecided at the present time is the date when early voting begins in Ohio.

Local Business Evacuated Due to Fire

The Perry Township Fire Department was called on to help evacuate workers at the RCW Industrial Solutions plant located in the 4800 block of Southway Street Southwest Thursday afternoon.  Authorities say a hose ruptured on an acetylene tank which caused the flames to start.  Firefighters moved quickly in shutting off a valve on the tank, which stopped the fire.  Damage from the fire was described as minimal.  About 20 workers had to be evacuated from the plant.

Not Guilty Plea in Hartville Explosion

A man seriously injured in a workshop explosion at his home pleads not guilty to felony charges. Dennis Bar, with the Stark County Prosecutor's office says 57 year old Thomas Cotten was in court Friday where he pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Hartville explosion. Cotten spent three months in a coma following the incident in his El Camino Circle neighborhood back in February. Defense attorney's say they have little information about the case because Cotten is still recovering and his memory is just starting to slowly come back. They've filed a motion seeking evidence from the prosecutor's office. 

Osnaburg Accident Takes A Life

The Stark County Sheriff's Department is investigating a two-vehicle accident on Osnaburg Township that claimed the life of a Louisville man. The accident took place near the intersection of Georgetown Road and Broadway Avenue around 6:30 last night. Authorities say that a vehicle heading east on Georgetown drove off the south edge of the road and went back across the roadway into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was heading east on Georgetown, 48-year old Ernest Simmons of Louisville died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle were transported to Aultman Hospital, were treated and released.

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