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Man Sentenced in Meat-Cleaver Threat, Police Chase

A Plain Twp man who tried to run over police and threatened a woman with a meat cleaver is heading to prison. 43 year old Alan Lockard pleaded guilty to several charges including felonious assault stemming from the incident in September. Lockard led police on a chase in the 13th Street and Shorb Avenue NW area in Canton. Lockard also attempted to run over a Canton officer with a vehicle according to records. Police had been called by a woman who reported Lockard, who she did not know, was urinating in her back hard and threatened her with the meat cleaver. Lockard was sentenced to four and a half years behind bars and ordered to pay restitution to the Canton Police Department and a $525 fine. In court Lockard said "I'm very thankful that the police didn't shoot me."

Thousands of Deer Harvest in First Day of Ohio Deer-Gun Season

Thousands of Ohio hunters are stocking up on venison after just the first day of deer-gun season. The season opened Monday with more than 22,000 deer harvested. The season remains open through Sunday, December 6th. Until recently, deer populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above goal. In the last few years, through increased antlerless harvests, most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore bag limits were reduced this year and antlerless permit use has been eliminated for this season. 

Crestline Hotels to Partner in Development of Upscale Hall of Fame Village Hotel

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is announcing Crestline Hotels & Resorts LLC as a major partner in the HOF Village project. The company, which is one of the nation's leading and largest independent hospitality management agencies, will co-develop and manage the hotel and conference center in the village. The agency is expected to announce a national flag for the estimated $100 million luxury hotel and conference center in the coming months. Hall officials described the hotel project as "a key anchor" to the $500 million Hall of Fame Village development which broke ground in September. Hall of Famer Bruce Smith will also join the partnership for the four-star property expected to open in the summer of 2018. 

Local Firefighters Attend OOGEEP Training

Local first responders are learning how to handle oilfield related incidents. OOGEEP Safety and Workforce Director, Charlie Dickson says a fire involving crude oil changes things quite a bit.  Dickson says the annual training program involves two full days of informative and interactive lessons and hands-on learning.  The Workshop is held in Wayne County. Bethlehem, Massillon, and Washington Twp Fire Departments participated this year.

Canton Man Shot in Apparent Attempted Robbery

A Canton man is in the hospital after several men showed up at his home to apparently rob him.  Police Lt. Roger Crihfield [Critch-field] says by the time officers arrived a passerby had already taken the victim to the hospital.  Crihfield says they believe two or three people were looking for Malone and were still inside the home when he returned. The investigation continues. 

Local School District Receives Website Award

The North Canton City School district is being recognized for having an efficient and easy to use website.  Jamie Smart with the district says the district's goal when launching the site was really to offer more to the community.  Smart says the district has been receiving positive feedback from prospective families as well as calls from other districts looking to create similar pages.

Stark County Sheriff's Office Launches Increased Enforcment

The Stark County Sheriff's office is heading out in full force this month to keep roadways safe.  Major CJ Stanz says they are partnering with the state and other agencies to add 44 additional enforcement hours across the county this month. They will also add another 20 enforcement hours to focus on speeders.

Canton Mayoral-Cabinet Members To Stay On in 2016

He met with Canton City Council last night and with Canton's Morning News with Pam Cook and Gary Rivers this morning.   And when Mayor-Elect Tom Bernabei takes over effective January 1, 2016, his cabinet members will be the same people who served Mayor William Healy, but with one change.  Deputy Mayor Fonda WIlliams will become the city's development director and focus on projects like the Hall of Fame Village and the proposed comprehensive plan.  When asked about his service as Stark County Commissioner, Bernabei told CMN it will involve the county budget.  (CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND)

Perry & Central - NO SCHOOL FRIDAY!

There will be no school in the Perry Local Schools and at Canton Central Catholic this Friday.  Officials say they canceled classes to allow students and families to attend the state championship game of their teams in Columbus.  Central plays at 10am Friday and Perry at 8pm Friday night.  You can hear both games on News-Talk 1480 WHBC.


'Giving Tuesday' Designed To Help Local Charities

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, today is "Giving Tuesday." Local charitable organizations hope you have enough money left to help your neighbors in need.   Kim Thompson with the Canton regional office of the Better Business Bureau also says they can help you decide what charity to give to at CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS (CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND) WHBC will be joining Downtown Ford-Lincoln this Friday for The 16th Annual Spirit of Giving Day, where you can bring money or non-perishable food items for donation.

Whittier Elem. Closed Mon. & Tues. Due to Heating

Massillon City School officials are making repairs to get Whittier students back in class. The school was closed Monday and Tuesday because there was no heat in the building.   Superintendent Rick Goodright says they had to remove the water before they could get in to fix the boilers.  Work is expected to continue to make sure the school can open Wednesday. 

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