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Area College Offers Universal Bathrooms

Focus is falling on an area college campus amid debates regarding transgender individuals and public restrooms. Laurie Donley with Kent State University at Tuscarawas says they've been offering universal facilities since this past fall.  The controversy ignited after North Carolina passed a law requiring transgender individuals to use facilities based on their gender at birth.(Photo-WBTV)

Two Accused of Using Teen to Get Prescriptions

Two men are accused of using a 17 year old girl and forged prescriptions to buy drugs at an Alliance pharmacy. 22 year old Rashid Ahmed of Dublin and 18 year old Mohamad Jama of Columbus were arrested Tuesday at the Rite Aid pharmacy on West State Street. Police say they took the girl to Giant Eagle first where they were able to get prescription pills then they went to the Rite Aid, where they were caught. Ahmed is also accused of trying to eat a bag of marijuana hidden in his shoe once he was put in hand cuffs. Both men are facing numerous charges. There's now word on if the teen was arrested.  

SARTA Considers Joining Multi-County Bus Routes

SARTA wants to know how you feel about joint bus routes and paratransit services with bus systems in Summit and Portage counties.  CEO Kurt Conrad. He says the move would also make it so SARTA can take a Stark County resident to a say a medical appointment in Summit County and then an Akron METRO vehicle to bring the patient home. A public hearing is set for tomorrow at the Stark County Library's main location on Market Avenue. 

Canton May Soon Provide Needles to Drug Users

The Canton City Health Department may soon start passing out clean needles to heroin users.  Health Commissioner Jim Adams. He says the number of Hepatitis C cases jumped 56 percent from 2010 to 2015 with 380 new cases in Stark County alone last year. The department is looking to work with other agencies to come up with a needle exchange program within the next six months. 

Stop Texting Drug Dealer's Phone

That moment when your drug dealer's phone is in police custody. The Alliance Police Department is asking area drug users to stop calling Steve Norman's cell phone. He was arrested Tuesday evening after he was busted selling crystal meth in the city. The department took to Facebook to ask that people stop requesting his drug selling services, adding "it's really annoying." They also went on to say "first of all he is all out of drugs for tonight. Secondly, you don't need to call -- we will come to you soon enough. Thank you so much for your patience."

'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.

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