Local police officials are investigating a seven-car accident on I-77 northbound at Portage Street. Few details are available, but officers say the call came into the Jackson police department around 7:40 Sunday evening. The crash happened on the Portage exit ramp. No word yet on how serious the crash was or if there are any injuries.
There's still a chance that the Thistledown Racino will move closer to Canton. When Rock Ohio Caesars struck the deal to put the racino in, that deal allowed for the company to move Thistledown to an area within a 12 mile radius of the Akron Canton Airport. Some say that would be more profitable because right now Thisteldown is sandwiched between Horseshoe Casino Cleveland the the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield. A company official told the Akron Beacon Journal they have no idea when a decision will be made or what that decision might be. They have until June to decide.
What appears to be a drive by shooting in Akron has sent two men to the hospital.One man was shot in the arm and the other in the stomach. Police say a car in the area at the time was sprayed with bullets as well but no one in that car was hurt. The shooting happened outside a Circle K gas station on East Exchange Street. No arrests have been made and police are still looking into the incident.
Another arrest is made as part of the prostitution investigation into a local massage parlor. Jackson Township Police Chief, Mark Brink, says Friday officers arrested the owner of Touch of Class. He says 41 year old Timothy D. Gross of Plain Township turned himself into police through his attorney Friday morning. Chief Brink says four employees of the business have also been arrested following the two week long investigation into prostitution suspicious at Touch of Class. He says at this point the investigation is closed and those charged will begin to move through the court system.
A Canton man will spend the next 13 years behind bars for the December 11, 2013 robbery of the Bank of Magnolia branch on Cleveland Ave. S. Christopher Jones of East Tuscarawas Street was convicted in Stark County Common Pleas court and received ten years for the robbery and three additional years for the use of a firearm. A second suspect in the Bank of Magnolia robbery has yet to be identified.
Ohio officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 6.9 percent. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the unemployment rate in December was 7.2 percent, which was down from 7.4 percent in November. The state's rate has been running slightly higher than the national rate, which was 6.6 percent in January. The number of unemployed Ohio workers was 416,000 in December, or 11,000 fewer than in the previous month.
The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he fell ill during a speaking engagement in Cincinnati and has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated. A statement from the office on Friday said DeWine was taken to the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati as a precaution. No other details were immediately available. The 67-year-old DeWine is a former U.S. senator and Ohio lieutenant governor. After losing his Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006, the Republican DeWine ran for attorney general in 2010 and won. One of Ohio's most publicly visible officials, DeWine has made causes of fighting human trafficking and prescription drug abuse.
An area man has pleaded not guilty in the raping and killing a pizza delivery driver. Thirty-two-year-old Adam Burris appeared for an arraignment Friday in a Guernsey County Court in Cambridge. Burris is charged with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery along with other counts. Authorities say 26-year-old Kayla Thompson of Cambridge, didn't return from a delivery to Burris' home on December 26th. Burris was taken into custody and led authorities to Thompson's body near a boat ramp at Dillon State Park in neighboring Muskingum County. Burris is being held with a $1 million bond.
The final decision is in and voters will have the choice in the upcoming election to keep the county's current top law enforcement officer. Secretary of State, Jon Husted, announced his decision Friday on whether or not to certify George Maier's name for the May ballot and the Republican is voting in favor of Stark County's democratic sheriff. Husted citing that while he can not confirm that Maier does meet the legal qualifications in the Ohio Revised Code, he is also unable to to clearly conclude that he doesn't. Members with the Stark County Board of Elections met last month to make a decision, but the meeting ended in a 2-2 tie, therefore leaving the decision in the hands of the Secretary of State. It's all part of the ongoing debate of whether or not Maier is in fact qualified to hold the position as sheriff, specifically looking at the time he's spent as a full-time peace officer. Husted says Friday's action doesn't close the door on the ongoing issue, but for now, it's a win for Maier. Whether or not the battle continues in terms of Maier's qualifications, the Sheriff says he's going to continue to serve the people of Stark County. Maier says he is going to continue to work with the men and women of the Stark County Sheriff's Office and focus on being the best Sheriff that he can be.