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Dragan Sekulic Jury is Deliberating

A jury of 6 men and 6 women is determining the fate of Dragan Sekulik, the man accused of gunning down his ex-wife in her employer's parking lot back in December. The defendant took the stand Thursday, with emotional exchanges between him and the prosecution. In that testimony, he admitted he did kill Zeljka Sekulik. The jury got the case around 4 p.m.
 
 

Man Killed, Woman Injured in Car-Motorcycle Crash

A young driver in North Canton fails to stop in time for a motorcycle; the resulting crash kills the cycle driver and seriously injures his passenger. The 16-year-old girl says she tried to stop late Wednesday night on South Main Street near Bonnett Street; one of the victims ended up under the car. Killed was 20-year-old Robert Shaffer the Third; 20-year-old Brea Hendershot was taken to the hospital. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors and neither victim was wearing a helmet; charges are pending.
 

Local Speller Nearly Makes Bee Finals

The Repository speller in the Scripps National Spelling Bee NEARLY made it to the final round being broadcast on ESPN Thursday night, but Shiv Dewan of North Canton failed to spell "somma" correctly; this is the "somma" that Merriam-Webster defines as the rim of a volcanic crater. Dewan is an 8th grader at St Thomas Aquinas. Our congratulations to him on a great performance!
 

Ohio AG Spills Beans on Future Plans

Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine has confirmed what political types have been expecting for months: he's running for governor. The 69-year-old Republican admitted that was the case after a reporter overheard his conversation with a Dayton charter school official. Dewine faces a likely three-way primary contest in 2018 with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Secretary of State Jon Husted.
 

HOF Reveals Spectacular Hotel Design

"Spectacular": That describes the design of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Hotel to be constrructed at the Hall of Fame Village. The design was released on Wednesday; construction starts in September. Pete Fierle with the "Hall" describes the design as a "spiraling football". Here's a link to more images of the hotel design.
 

Scam IRS Callers Have New Ploy

Have you gotten several of those phony IRS calls?  Here's the latest: the Ohio Attorney General says the scam callers are now demanding that you purchase then make payment with an iTunes gift card. There's a webpage to report such calls to the government. The AG says don't trust threatening allers and avoid making payments over the phone.
 

Quick Arrest After Akron Shooting Death

A quick arrest after a homicide late Wednesday night in Akron. 27-year-old Christopher Hunter from Akron is charged with aggravated murder; he was arrested while leaving the area of a shooting incident. A 24-year-old man was shot dead in that incident at a home on Edmeyer Court off Arlington Road just after 11 Wednesday night. The name of the victim is being withheld until he can be positively identified.
 

Arts in Stark Campaign Meets Goal

The annual Arts In Stark 2016 campaign is a success: Just over $1.7 million has been raised for the organization in the annual 11-week fundraiser. The results were announced at a Victory Luncheon at Canton Glassworks and the Hub Art Factory on Wednesday. The annual Arts Campaign funds the seven largest arts organizations countywide.
 

Plain Twp Going For Renewal, New Police Money

Plain Township residents have the opportunity to increase their level of police protection by approving a tax increase this fall. Trustees will ask voters to renew a current 2.25 mill levy and add an additional 2 mills on top of that. With the new money, they say 8 more deputies with the sheriff’s department would be able to patrol the township and offer other police services.
 

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Boyce engages House speaker in unusual angry exchange

As the hour ticked toward midnight, a dustup over Rep. Kevin Boyce’s floor speech on Wednesday spilled over into an angry, nose-to-nose confrontation between the Columbus Democrat and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Members began to disperse after an hours-long session ended, but Boyce headed down the aisle and up the steps to the dais where Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, still stood.

Schools may get help to replacing aging water fixtures

A new state grant program could aid school districts in Licking County and across Ohio as they spend thousands of dollars replacing contaminated plumbing fixtures that leach lead into their water supplies. The measure, approved Wednesday as part of House Bill 390, is awaiting Gov. John Kasich's signature. It would set aside $12 million for infrastructure repairs and the cost of drinking water tests.

Property owner told to fix rentals or face jail time

Minnie McGee, the former owner of the Near East Side trolley barn that crumbled under her watch, has until July 18 to fix 12 rental properties. If she doesn't, she'll go to jail or face other sanctions, a judge told her on Thursday. McGee, a retired assistant dean at Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, was called back to Franklin County Environmental Court to explain why she is isn't maintaining 20 rental properties, a violation of her probation.

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