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.
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.
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.
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.
A major outage hit Verizon Wireless customers in northeast Ohio overnight. According to an outage map on downdetector.com, 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.