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Debate Continues on the Closure of Endrow Avenue NE

The public is urging Stark County Commissioners to to reopen a portion of Endrow Avenue NE in Plain Twp. Around 50 people showed up for the public hearing on Tuesday asking that officials consider their concerns about the one-block stretch that closed earlier this year. There were people speaking on both sides of the matter. Those fighting for it to stay closed brought up the safety of the children in the area. Opponents to that closure also brought up the safety of kids, but explained they are put in danger now because they have to walk on more busy and dangerous roads. The move by commissioners is known as a "vacation." The road was split down the center and given to the land owners on either side. Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the matter sometime in the near future. 

Local Judge Reaches out to Governor Kasich Amid State Heroin Epidemic

A local Judge is reaching out to Ohio's Governor when it comes to the heroin epidemic.   Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge, Frank Forchione says the focus of that day would be "30 minutes can save one life."  Forchione says heroin is now the leading killer of our youth with roughly 300 more deaths in 2013 than 2012.(

Doctors Encourage the Flu Shot

Muscle aches, fever, fatigue. It's that time of year again, flu season.   Live and Local @ Noon's Health Correspondent says your best bet is to get a flu shot.   Dr. Gordon says the vaccine consists of the three viruses that doctors believe are going to be the most predominant that year. 

Early Voting Opens in Ohio

Early voting in Ohio is officially underway.  Jeanette Mullane with the Stark County Board of Elections says the ballots are kept secure until it's time to count.  Polls close at 7:30 on November 3rd, at which time the memory cards will be removed and uploaded into the tabulating system. 

Law Enforcement Goes the Extra Mile for Someone in Need

A good deed by law enforcement allows a local woman to provide a warm meal to her family. Stark County Sheriff George Maier says it all started after meeting a woman during the Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Canton.  Maier says he eventually learned that the woman didn't have a stove in her home.  Maier says she did the right thi ng by bringing her son to the event and so he did what felt right. 

Woman Bites and Threatens Police Officer

A local woman is behind bars after she allegedly bit an officer and threatened to kill him and his family. Canton Police were called to a home on Rowland Avenue just before 1:00 Tuesday morning in regards to two people fighting inside the home. Officers say through a window they witnessed 29 year old Lisa Diamond assault someone, and then she refused to open the door. Police eventually made contact with her and that's when she apparently bit the officer and started making threats. She was taken to Aultman Hospital for evaluation where officers say she also threatened to kill a nurse and her family. Diamond is being held on $26,000 bond. 

Local Pastor Charged in Domestic Violence Incident

A local pastor is facing several domestic violence charges. The Rev. Lance Jones, interim pastor at St. Luke AME Church in Alliance is accused of preventing his son's mother from leaving his residence by tackling her to the ground and smothering her. During the incident, reports indicate the mother dropped their 4 month old infant. The 35 year old Jones is facing a long list of charges including assault, endangering children and unlawful restraint. He was released on $50,000 bond and his pretrial hearing will be October 15th. 

Bliss Tower Tax Deal

A Downtown Canton developer is getting some help from the city to renovate the Bliss Tower. Monday night, Canton City Council okayed a 10-year 75-percent tax abatement for Steve Coon.  The vote was 9-3.  The project will include 55  modern style apartments in the city.  Coon is also the developer who made new the Onesto Hotel.  

Verizon Outage in Northeast Ohio

A major outage hit Verizon Wireless customers in northeast Ohio overnight. According to an outage map on, most customers are reporting problems with making calls and using data. The outage is widespread, affecting states across the nation. But Ohio is one of the states with the most reports. In Akron, customers had been experiencing issues since 1 a.m.   Verizon has not yet commented on the outage.

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