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2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Named

The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class has been named. Coming to Canton this year are Brett Favre, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Ed DeBartolo Jr., Ken Stabler, Marvin Harrison and Dick Stanfel.  The group will be enshrined into the hall on August 6th. 

Canton House Destroyed by Fire

Canton Firefighters are investigating a fire that destroyed a house on Shorb Avenue, NW yesterday.  Officials say the fire started in the home in the 900 block around 4:30pm.  The house will be demolished.  Damage is estimated at $55,000.  No one was home at the time.  It is believed the family pets...a dog and two cats, died in the fire. 

Three Charged After Amber Alert Issued

Three people are jailed in connection with a child abduction in Canton Township Friday night; it led to issuance of an Amber Alert. Riana Becker, Brandon Ramsey and Jason Ramsey are charged with abduction. The Stark County Sheriff's Department says Becker took the 6-year-old child from her mother at a home in the 1100 block of Oak Avenue NW at about 7 Friday night; the child and three suspects were located 2 hours later on 14th Street NW in Canton. The child is OK.

Canton Man Guilty of Murder, Gets 20 to Life

20 years to life: That’s the sentence for a Canton man found guilty Friday of killing his longtime “friend” in Stark County Common Pleas Court. Jermaine Adams shot Alondo Perry four times back in August; Adams continued to claim it was in self-defense as he apologized to the family on Friday.

TimkenSteel, Union, OSHA to Work Together on Safety

There’s hope for safer days at TimkenSteel, after the company was cited again by OSHA this (past) week. Howie Eberts in the Cleveland district office of OSHA says they’ll put together the framework for a less accident-prone workplace. The company faces over a half-million dollars in fines; in the latest incident, an employee is in a wheelchair after falling 40-feet from the top of a crane.

NFL Born Here, Footballs Come from Here Too

We have our connection to the Super Bowl in Canton, but don’t forget Ada, Ohio near Lima, home of the Wilson Sporting Goods factory. They’ve been hand making footballs since 1941. Employees laced-up 108 commemorative footballs for Sunday’s game.

SHY Cellars Chef at NFL Hunger Event

The area: well-represented at the Taste of the NFL event,  Saturday night in San Francisco. Chef Sherry Schie from SHY Cellars in Strasburg is the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank representative to the national event to rally against hunger. Schie has raised $7,500 for the event.

North Canton Schools Superintendent Takes Leave of Absence

On the same day the North Canton City School District announced plans to send a case alleging an inappropriate relationship between a student and a coach, the superintendentt enters a leave of absesnce. Outgoing Superintendent  Michael Hartenstein requested the leave. He will cover his absence with his vacation pay. Hartenstein has served as superintendent since 2012. He plans to resign effective July 31st. 

Inappropriate Relationship May Cost Coach His License

A North Canton coach and student may have been having an inappropriate relationship. In October of last year the district was notified of possible misconduct and officials notified the local police department.  Police Chief Stephen Wilder. Although the criminal case is closed, the district has contacted the Ohio Department of Education to see if action is necessary on an administrative level. The coach is no longer employed by the district and the student has graduated. 

Massillon Hires New Community Development Director

Massillon has a new community development director. Barb Sylvester was named to the post Friday morning. She will be in charge of community block grant dollars and searching for city projects where those dollars can be spent. Nine people were interviewed for the position. Sylvester replaces Larry Marcus, who was not retained by the mayor for the new term. She will be paid roughly $57,800.

Stark Warned of Credit Fraud Loophole

Legal name changes are acting as loopholes to obtain new credit reports and it's happening in Stark County.   David Howe with SubscriberWise, a risk management firm,  has notified local Probate Judge Dixie Park about his concerns.  Howe says he's also reached out to state lawmakers and Ohio's Attorney General.

Super Bowl Safety

Heading to a big Super Bowl party this weekend? Stark County Safe Communities wants you to make the "Play of the Game": Assign a designated driver.  Sharon George with Safe Communities. Traffic fatalities were down dramatically in Stark County in 2015, but a third of the fatal crashes were drug- or alcohol-related. ( 

El Nino is Beneficial to Canton Finances

The mild winter we've been having will benefit the city of Canton and it's finances:  Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei says you'd think the potholes will be less of a problem too:  Bernabei says, though, they are still optimistic that this spring will be better than last  year because they implemented preventative measures this fall.

Threatening Message Sends Local Business into Lockdown

A scary few minutes for employees at a Jackson Township call center. They were locked down inside Lifeline Screening after a worker received a threatening message from her husband.  Jackson Police Chief Mark Brink. After police responded, the man pulled into the parking lot and was arrested.



Man fatally shot by police on Hilltop

A man was fatally shot by Columbus police early Sunday on the Hilltop. Marese V. Collins, 23, was shot multiple times behind a house in the 500 block of Whitethorne Avenue after he refused to drop a gun he was carrying, police said. The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m.

Crime Stoppers: Purse snatched in Sawmill Road parking lot

The theft of a credit card is the crime of the week in the Crime Stoppers program.

Couple accused of planning wedding on state time

The wedding of Robyn Peterson and Victor Ricks had a hitch, after all. An investigation of suspected misconduct by Ricks, at the time the manager of Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County, uncovered a stash of correspondence with his wife-to-be, a Department of Youth Services employee.


Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — It's less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn't need to win New Hampshire — but he'd like to.

Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water.

NYC man killed by falling crane eulogized as generous, kind

NEW YORK (AP) — A pedestrian killed by a collapsing crane was eulogized Sunday as a man of kindness and generosity as the final remnants of the crumpled steel were removed from the Manhattan street where they fell.

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