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Perry Local Schools Superintendent Resigns

They'll be looking for a new superintendent in the Perry Local School District. Last night, as parents and students cheered for him, Marty Bowe submitted his resignation to the school board. The board voted to accept it. Bowe is leaving to take a job as the Assistant Superintendent with the Stark County Educational Service Center. Bowe reportedly is leaving because of differences with some school board members. Support for Bowe was posted over and over again on social media yesterday.  Some in the crowd of about 200 chastised the school board members for letting it happen. Bowe will remain with the district until August 1.

Facebook Used To Warn Canton of Scam

A local police department takes to Facebook to warn residents about a scam. Canton police officials used the social media site to warn consumers of another phone scam locally and Kim Thompson with the Canton BBB says you should always do your research before moving forward with an unfamiliar call. Apparently the most recent scam alert involves a victim that received a call that she'd won the lottery, but with a catch. She had to send money to claim the prize. Thompson says to beware of anyone asking for money up-front and again, always do your research before moving forward. 

Stark Unemployment Still Below State's Average

The latest jobless rate reported for Stark Count is up slightly. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported a 4.6 percent jobless rate in December compared to the 4.5 percent unemployment rate in November and October. The county's unemployment rate is still below the state's 4.8 percent average and the national rate of 5.6 percent. In December of 2013 the jobless rate was 6.8 percent. Holmes County reported the lowest rate in the area of 2.9 percent.

Wrong-Way Driver on Rt62 Arrested

A 40-year old Lexington Township man is jailed on a whole host of charges after driving the wrong way on State Route 62 with his kids in the car. Jason Foith almost crashed head-on into a car driven by a woman who also had her children in the car. Police say they believe Foith was drunk and they had to forcibly remove him from his car. He was arrested near Beeson Street and was booked into the Stark County Jail.

New Canton Police Unit Expands Interactivity

A new Canton police unit is formed to expand a community interaction initiative. Police Chief Bruce Lawver says the unit extends from the Shorb Avenue NW neighborhood project launched last year. Lawver says the Canton Police Department decreased violent and property crimes by more than 50 percent between 2013 and 2014 by targeting the area from Sixth to 12th streets and Fulton Road to High Avenue. He says the eight person team will use the same strategies to start policing a new location. That location has not been released just yet.

Crash Closes US 30 Tuesday

The eastbound lanes of US 30 near Raff Road SW were closed early Tuesday due to an accident. Crews were called to the area just before 7:00 Tuesday morning to respond to a two-vehicle crash. Officials say two people were taken to Aultman Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It was expected around 8:00 a.m. that the road would reopen soon. A second crash was reported at about 6:00 on Route 30 in the city as well. Details about that crash haven't been released. 

Students Express Support to Keep Perry Superintendent

Local students are taking to social media to keep their current superintendent. Rumors are apparently circulating that Perry Local Schools Superintendent Marty Bowe is being forced to resign. A number of students continue to post to Twitter support messages followed by the hashtags #MartyBowe and #SaveMarty2k15. Some students are publicly announcing their plans to transfer schools should Bowe leave the district and others suggest Bowe is being bullied and someone needs to stand up for what's right. According to numerous Twitter posts the many students and other supports planned to attend Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pfeiffer at 6:30. 







Sales of ‘distressed’ properties in central Ohio down to 15.7 percent

Foreclosures, short sales and other “distressed” properties continue to play a smaller role in central Ohio’s housing market, according to a new report by Columbus Realtors.

Ohioans’ insurance rates for autos, homes to rise

The cost of insuring autos and homes in Ohio is expected to rise in 2015, although rates will continue to be below the national average.

Columbus airports flying high in passengers, cargo

During the past year at Port Columbus, a new $12.5 million hotel opened, a $130 million runway improvement project was completed and an $80 million terminal renovation passed the halfway mark. But perhaps the most important number, and one that perhaps pleased airport officials most, was the increase in passenger traffic — a signal that the economy is picking up.

Honda begins building Acura ILX in Marysville

The list of Ohio-made vehicles has expanded by one with the start of Acura ILX production yesterday in Marysville. Honda, which owns Acura, said last year that it was moving assembly of the compact car to Marysville from Greensburg, Ind., which had produced the model since its debut in 2012.


Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing

BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.

Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

DENVER (AP) — A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.

Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid.

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