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Putting Teeth into Business Code Ordinance

The city of Canton could approve some pretty tough requirements for owners of commercial and industrial properties in the city next week. Under the legislation, when properties become vacant, owners must register with the city. If they remain vacant, aren't improved and the utilities are shut off, the fee is $400 for the first year, with the fee doubling each year to a maximum of $6400 after five years. Councilman Edmond Mack says it encourages owners to be responsible and bring in tenants.

Council Moves Ahead with HOF Streets, Sidewalks Plan

Step one in making downtown Canton part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame experience: City council passed an informal resolution Monday night, to name streets or intersections in the city after the 32 NFL teams. The plan goes to the Downtown Committee now. Councilman Thomas West who came up with the idea says they'd also like to do a Pro Football Walk of Fame, as paret of a Special Sidewalk District. It would be similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ohio AG Flooded with Tips in Pike County Murders

Tips are flooding into the Ohio Attorney Genera's office when it comes to the 8 murders in Pike Twp.   Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine. Late last month 8 members of the Rhoden family were killed, execution style, in 4 homes. The youngest victim was just 16 years old. Investigators have received more than 450 tips and conducted 128 witness interviews as they continue to search for those responsible. 

Murder or Suicide? Richfield Investigation Continues

Still no word on whether a Richfield woman took her own life or if she was murdered.  Police Lt. Joe Davis. 43 year old Christina Whittaker's boyfriend called 911 back in March to report she'd shot herself in their bed. No arrests have been made at this time

Deputies Crack Down on Unsafe Driving

Speeding is not being tolerated on Stark County roadways. The sheriff's office has made 157 traffic stops since January and issued 70 citations for unsafe driving. Officials say nearly 59 percent of the citations were issued to drivers for speeding, and roughly 9 percent were issued for adults not wearing seatbelts. 

Mother and Son Shot in Akron Home-9 Year Old Calls 911

Akron police are investigating a double murder that happened overnight. A 9 year old girl made the call to 911 when she found her 48 year old mother and 28 year old brother shot several times.  The child's brother was pronounced dead at the scene and her mother died later at an area hospital. Police are looking for two or three men in their 20's.  The motive is still unclear.

'Eyes of Freedom' Display, Ceremony at Stark State

It's a striking display, paying tribute to some Ohioans lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The "Eyes of Freedom" are life-sized portraits of those Marines from Lima Company 3/25 who paid the ultimate price. The prtraits were done by a Columbus artist. They are on display at Stark State College from Tuesday through Saturday. There's a commemorative ceremony at 12noon on Thursday.

FirstEnergy Rates Headed Down, Despite Nixed Deal

Despite the rejection of their utility deal that had been approved by the PUCO, FirstEnergy is filing with the commission for new electricity rates which will kick in on June 1st. FirstEnergy says your rates will still go down; in fact, a surcharge that was part of that utility deal will NOT be included. The company is particularly concerned about the Sammis power plant on the Ohio River and the Davis-Besse plant in Port Clinton. They say both are older facilities that need upgrades. The Akron-based power company says it may submit its rejected deal directly to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.



City Council approves $1 billion capital budget; bans N.C. travel

Columbus City Council has approved the city’s largest-ever capital budget to make infrastructure repairs, a $1 billion plan that addresses the aging water and sewer system and crumbling roads. Also Monday, the council banned any unnecessary travel to North Carolina in response to that state’s "bathroom law."

Sherrod Brown pushes for more funding to test for lead in water

High levels of lead in water fountains in the Granville Exempted Village Schools as well as in a water system in northeast Ohio should be a wake-up call to both the state and the federal government to pay attention to aging infrastructure, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Autopsy shows only alcohol in Joseph LaBute's system

Toxicology tests performed on the body of a man found in the Scioto River three weeks after he went missing from the Short North revealed only alcohol in his system. The final autopsy report of Joseph LaBute Jr., 26, leaves the cause and manner of his death undetermined and sheds no light on the circumstances that might have contributed to it. Even the finding that LaBute's blood-alcohol level was .15 percent might be unreliable, according to the office of Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz. An elevated ethanol level "can be indicative of the decomposition process," the coroner reported.


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