They don't know who did it and they say it could have been a lot worse, but a Navarre woman is recovering today after steel railroad spikes were dropped from an overhead railroad bridge on State Route 212 near Bolivar and crashed into her windshield. Ohio Highway Patrol Trooopers say she recieved only minor injuries to her arm. The woman says she thinks it wasn't worse because she was driving so slow. About a dozen spikes were found on the road. The steel spike shattered the driver's side windshield but it didn't go through into the car. If you know anything about the incident, call the New Philadelphia Highway Patrol.
A Massillon employee originally hired as the city's parking officer has filed a complaint against the city alleging her original position was cut because of race. Dwan Gordon-St.John is still a full time city employee working in other capacities, says in her suit that she believes funding for her position would not have been withheld if not for her race. Gordon-St.John is African American, and was hired in mid-June by Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry to originally fill a partime position of parking position, after council approved funding for the post on June 16. Later, the mayor combined the job with a part-time clerical position in the city’s income tax office. St. John’s attorney is Steven Okey who says he is uncertain on the type of damages his client will seek. City Law Director Perry Stergios says the city has two options it can consider in response to St. John’s action. One is to request or agree to mediation, and the other is to offer a counter-response to the allegation. Her Ohio Civil Rights Commission case was filed July 21, alleging her initial position was cut due to racial discrimination.
An Atlanta woman has been charged with filing more than 27-hundred tax returns that includes Canton-area tax filers. 35 year-old Zinara Highsmith faces federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in claims she filed bogus tax returns to gain nearly 5 million dollars profit. Charges allege Highsmith of Fayetteville, Georgia, used a Canton Pastor, and another pastor, from Arkansas. The pastors were used to solicit members of their congregations to supply personal identification information. That was then used by Highsmith to file false returns to take advantage of specific tax-credit programs. According to court records, about 965 false claims were made on behalf of people living in Northeast Ohio, resulting in false claims of nearly $1.7 million. According to the criminal complaint, the Canton pastor — or his family member — forwarded the personal identification information to the Arkansas minister, usually by emails containing spreadsheets with the information. The Canton pastor is not named in federal court records.
Canton city officials want to loan 2 million dollars to Onesto Hotel developer Steve Coon to help finish the renovation project. City council will begin discussing the propsal this month, to possibly issue bond-anticipation notes for the 12-point-3 million dollar project at 221 Second Stree NW. Coon says he is using 4 million in state and federal historic tax credits, nearly 4 and a half million in developer equity and nearly 2 million in deferred developer fees. Canton Mayor William Healy says the historic tax credits are very helpful in terms of security. The bond would be paid back at 3 percent interest over 10 years, and Coon has made a personal guarantee to repay the loan. The loan would help pay for the first phase of the project, which includes 45 residential apartments. The historic building will open Oct. 19. Francis Onesto first opened the hotel in 1930.
Former hourly workers for a local grocery store that recently closed will receive final paychecks. Food 4 Less in Massillon closed its doors back on July 15th and issued a statement earlier this week to former employees in place of the final check they were expecting. The letter explained they would not be receiving their final pay because there wasn't enough money to pay them. They did say in that statement they hoped a liquidation of company assets would provide the needed funds to issue those final checks in the future. On Wednesday however; an attorney for the store issued another statement explaining employees would in fact be paid their final pay after all. Store employees had estimated around 15 to 20 workers who still had not received their final paychecks. According to the most recent statement, those checks will be mailed by August 8th.
The city of Louisville is looking to expand following requests by nearby residents. Councilwoman Cheryl Casar says residents north of the city along Ravenna Avenue NE compiled a petition asking for city utilities in the area. She says the necessary paperwork has been sent to county officials requesting the annexation of 135.85 acres from Nimishillen Township in order to move forward with residents' request. Casar says city officials fully expect the county to approve the annexation later this year. City officials anticipate maintaining a business-type zoning on the land.
While the spin-off company TimkenSteel sees good financial news, Timken Company saw second quarter sales dip slightly as well as the net income from continuing operations. In the first quarter TImken began to exclude revenue from its steel business, which split into an independent company at the end of June. Income from continuing operations for the quarreler for Timken ended June 30th and was recorded at 59.4 million dollars or 65 cents a share, compared with 61.2 million dollars or 63 cents per share during the same time last year. Second quarter revenue was 769.2 million dollars compared with 791.3 million dollars compared to the same period in 2013.
The spin-off business of the Timken Company seems to be doing pretty well so far. TimkenSteel reported increased second quarter profits, due in part to a 24.8 percent jump in sales. The net income for the second quarter, which ended June 30th, was 25.2 million dollars or 55 cents per share compared with 20.4 million or 44 cents per share last year. Sales are 444.2 million dollars compared with 354.1 million dollars the year before. This is the first quarterly report from TimkenSteel since it split from Timken Co. and became a separate entity at the end of June. Officials say they expect sales to grow 20-25 percent this year when compared with 2013.
It looks like hourly workers who lost their jobs at a Massillon business when it closed July 15th, will get paid after all. The grocery store, Food 4 Less, had issued statement earlier this week explaining the employees would not receive their final pay checks because there wasn't any money to pay them. Officials had explained their hope that a liquidation of assets from the company would provide enough money to issue that final check at a later date. Wednesday, another statement was issued through an attorney for the company, explaining employees would in fact be paid by August 8th. Store employees had estimated that 15 to 20 workers are still due their final paychecks. Again, in the most recent statement issued by the grocery store, those checks are expected to be mailed out by August 8th.