Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has ruled that both Tom Bernabei and Frank Cicchinelli will be able to run as independent candidates in the November Third General Election for Mayor of Canton and Mayor of Massillon. Husted broke the tie votes in decision at the Stark County Board of Elections and ruled that both men can be on the ballot. The Secretary of State said that both men did enough to disaffiliate themselves from the Democratic Party and will be allowed to run as independents. Husted said that both decisions were close, but in the end he decided to rule on the side of democracy and let the voters have the final say.
The Canton Township Fire Department has been awarded a $676,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Securities through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The dollars will be used to purchase a quint-style fire engine, which is a combination fire engine and ladder truck. Also the funds will be used for new rescue equipment. The local match for those federal dollars is slightly more than $33,000.
Police are looking for a man who reportedly got out of his car and fired a single gunshot in Canton Thursday evening. Police say just after 6 o'clock they were called to the area of 25th Street NE where a woman and a man said they were involved in an altercation when the driver of a green Chevrolet Camero struck them. Apparently that's when the driver got out of his car, fired one shot, then sped away. No injuries have been reported. The investigation continues.