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Arson Suspected in Perry Twp

Investigators believe a fire in Perry Twp was set on purpose.  Deputy Fire Chief Mark Abbott says crews were called to the house on Rowmont Road SW around 2:00 Friday morning.  No one was injured, but the fire did cause around $10,000 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Perry Twp Fire Department. 

Vigil Planned for Tuscarawas County Toddler

A candlelight vigil is planned to celebrate the life of a 3 year old girl in Tuscarawas County. Kyli Thomas Meyers died Tuesday and her mother's boyfriend is facing child endangering charges in connection with her death. A Facebook page has been created called "Candlelight Vigil for Kyli." On the page it explains that the little girl used to play at Reservoir Park on Sippo Boulevard NE and therefore that's where the vigil will be held. The family is asking that people bring their own candles. According to the page more than 50 people are planning  to attend the vigil, which will be Sunday evening at 7:00.

The Sharon Budd Tragedy is Getting a State Lawmaker's Attention

A tragic incident involving a local teacher is catching the attention of state lawmakers.  Perry Local Schools teacher Sharon Budd was critically injured last summer when a group of teens threw a rock from an Interstate overpass in Pensylvania and it crashed through her windshield. Senator Scott Oelslager says he met with her husband, Randy recently to talk about how to make sure this never happens again.  And as for the Budd family, Sharon has undergone a number of surgeries and according to her husband, continues to improve every day.  

Sentence for Convicted Stabber Cut in Half

A sentence for a man convicted of stabbing a woman is cut in half. 56 year old Michael Bishop was found guilty last September of stabbing a woman multiple times in her neck and abdomen on McKinley Avenue SW in Canton earlier that year. An appeals court ruling Friday reduced his sentence from 16 years to 8 years in prison. Now, Bishop had also faced serious charges prior to 2014. In 2011 a murder charge was dropped against him after a Stark County grand jury declined to indict Bishop in the stabbing death of 43 year old Martin Morris. 

Life in Prison for Robert "Bobby" Clark

The man accused of killing Lillian and Doyle Chumney of Strasburg in January has pleaded guilty to the charges. Robert "Bobby" Clark entered the plea in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court Friday morning.  He's been sentenced to life without parole.   Clark was charged with taking the elderly couple from their home, killing them and the setting fire to their car with the Chumeny's inside.  Officials found their burned bodies in their car in a remote area of Coshocton County.

Canton Councilman Announces Stark County Commissioner Campaign

A Canton City Councilman - Kevin Fisher - says he wants to be Stark County Commissioner:  Fisher says some good things have happened in county government but there are some things he wants to change: His name will be on the March Primary Ballot next year. 

Obie Makes it to Massillon for Season Opener

He got a rousing round of applause and he was rolled out onto the sidelines in Massillon -- live team mascot Obie. Fans were happy to see Obie after months of controversy and speculation that he would not be on the sidelines because of new Ohio laws governing exotic animals. It's not known if Obie will be back for the rest of the season though.  Officials say they made arrangements to continue the 45 year tradition for just one game...Thursday night.  Whether or not he'll show up again is yet to be seen.  Go to the 1480WHBC Facebook page to see a video of Obie's appearance at th game. 

5 Vehicle Crash Reported on 77S

Few details are known at this time, but a caller to the WHBC newsroom reported a 5 car accident on 77 S around 2:30 Friday afternoon. The caller explained the crash was near the 224 west exit and is apparently had blocked the right lane. Motorists were able to move past the accident to use the exit ramp. There's been no word on if there were any injuries or how it all happened. 

Tom Benson Stadium Construction Kicks Off

Plans are underway for the first phase of the Tom Benson Stadium construction project. Road closures are expected to happen early next week. Both Vehicle and pedestrian traffic around McKinley High School will be affected starting probably wednesday, september 2nd.  McKinley High School, Benson Stadium, the Natatorium, and the Fieldhouse will not be accessible by way of Stadium Park. Roads and walkways will be completely closed on Harrison Avenue NW. A barrier will be located just past Stadium Gates One and Two. Students/pedestrians will not be able to walk to or from the hill leading to Stadium Park from the high school and the stadium. In addition, vehicles will not be able to drive up the Hall of Fame Hill from Stadium Park to the high school. The area between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the stadium, Earl Schreiber Drive/21st Street, will be permanently closed. This area will be a heavy construction zone with no access to students and families either walking or driving. Vehicles dropping off and picking up students and exiting from McKinley H.S. Drive will only be able to turn right on Harrison Avenue NW. Blake Avenue NW and 17th Street NW won't be affected.  Be careful, traffic will be heavy with all the changes.  

ODOT Advises of Construction Areas To Watch

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be staying busy as the season continues and has some information concerning the Kenmore leg if you are travelling to Akron or Cleveland this weekend.  ODOT's Justin Chesnic says despite the recent fall like weather, road work is not over just yet.  And work continues in Washington Township through next week.   (CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND)



Feds might cut off new home-care agencies

Out of concern about fraud, federal officials have been discussing a possible moratorium on new Medicare-certified home-health agencies in Franklin County, according to state emails obtained by The Dispatch.

Ohio's deadly force standard for police states 'life is of the highest value'

Ohio’s first-ever statewide standard on police use of deadly force counsels officers to consider the consequences of pulling the trigger. Stating “the preservation of human life is of the highest value in the state of Ohio,” the standard says police officers must only use deadly force to protect themselves and others from serious injury or death.

Kids’ safety first at Circleville middle school

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — When the new middle school opens on Tuesday — the last piece of a $77 million combined campus project six years in the making — it will have everything students might have hoped for. There’s state-of-the-art technology, bright and roomy science and computer labs, a spacious gym, an acoustically pleasing band and choir room, an art room bathed in northern light (which the teachers say is ideal for creating), and well-landscaped courtyards where students can mill about during lunch.


Deputy ambushed, fatally shot at Houston gas station

HOUSTON (AP) — The search for the suspect in the death of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station continued Saturday morning, authorities said.

Residents across Gulf remember Katrina's might, recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With prayer and the somber ringing of church bells and the uplifting sounds of brass bands and music, residents across Mississippi and Louisiana Saturday will pay homage to those who died in Hurricane Katrina, thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come from that devastating day when the hurricane struck.

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.

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