The winter weather has postponed a court hearing for Steubenville school workers charged following an investigation prompted by the rape of a 16-year-old girl last August. Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove delayed today's hearing in Jefferson County Court for six current or former workers in the Steubenville school district. Cosgrove set the new hearing for December 13. A grand jury indicted five of the workers with charges including lying, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice from an investigation launched after the rape of the West Virginia girl in August 2012. A sixth employee faces theft and receiving stolen property charges related to alleged crimes uncovered during the grand jury investigation but unrelated to the rape case.
A Downtown Canton building that was once the home of a variety of Stark County Government offices is now up for sale. The two-story building is located at 200 West Tusc. The asking price for the 75-year old building is $275,000. The building has been vacant since the beginning of this year when the remaining Stark County Government offices moved into the Frank T. Bow building. The Stark County Community Improvement Corporation has signed an agreement with a private real estate firm which will attempt to market and sell the building. Stark County purchased the building 30 years ago at a cost of $500,000.
LANCASTER, Ohio â Fairfield County commissioners this morning appointed retired Judge Joseph T. Clark as acting county clerk of courts. Clark replaces Deborah K. Smalley, who resigned yesterday from the $68,903-a-year position. She has pleaded not guilty to theft in office, a third-degree felony
Most students this morning in central Ohio, including those in Columbus City Schools, will be staying at home as as a winter storm arrives in the region. Slippery roads may have been a factor in several accidents on area roadways, and motorists are urged to drive with caution. Forecasters said a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain will switch over to snow. Forecasters expect 5 to 9 inches of snow between this afternoon and tonight. Some spots could see 10 to 11 inches.
A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a former Roman Catholic high-school choir director on 13 sex charges. Prosecutor Ron OâBrien said yesterday that Zachary R. Ruppel, 27, was indicted on single counts of compelling prostitution, importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and on 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
A tear ran down Kent Beittelâs cheek as he sat on a cement bench outside a Downtown government office building. Over the past year, the bench has twice been the place where homeless men have been found dead, each covered in a blanket using a spare coat as a pillow, said Beittel, executive director of the Open Shelter.