First, it was a fatal shooting, now there's been a suspicious fire at the same Canton Township bar. The Brick City Bar on 8th St. NE in Canton Township was the scene of a fatal shooting last Saturday that took the life of 29 year old Quintin Pride. Now, fire investigators are suspecting arson in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down the bar on Tuesday night. Fire investigators are saying a can of gasoline was thrown onto the roof of the bar and lit, but Canton firefighters were able to contain the fire before major damage was done. At this time there is no damage estimate. Authorities have been called to the bar five times already in 2014 for various instances including the fire on Tuesday night. The sheriff's department is asking anyone with information to call the department 330-430-3800.
A chaplain's prayer invoking the name of Jesus to open council meetings in a northeast Ohio city is stirring debate over separation of church and state.For years it was traditional to begin Cuyahoga Falls council meetings with quotes, poems or a moment of silence.That changed after councilman Terry Mader was appointed council chaplain in January and began ending his prayer with the phrase, "In Jesus' name, we pray."Some residents are asking for a general invocation that doesn't single out a particular religion while others are urging the council to keep the chaplain's prayer as is.The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled prayers before public meetings are constitutional but is currently weighing a challenge involving mainly Christian prayers.
A jury in Ohio is close to beginning deliberations in the trial of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child. Closing arguments are slated to begin today before jurors get the case in a Youngstown federal court. Prosecutors say the pair raided the accuser's bank account while forcing her and her daughter to live in a locked basement in the northern Ohio town of Ashland.One of the two defendants denied the allegations on Wednesday. Jessica Hunt testified that the alleged victim was free to go as she pleased and at times left the home for several days. Hunt and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Jordie Callahan, have pleaded not guilty.
More proof that there is a heroin epidemic in Ohio -- three suspected heroin deaths in one day in Cuyahoga County. The coroner there says all of the deaths occurred on Tuesday. They say there were also five non-fatal heroin cases in the Cleveland area this week as well. They say this is an ongoing public health threat and the cases include heroin that has been laced with the prescription pain killer fentanyl. That addition to a normal hit of heroin makes it 80 times more potent. Stark County is seeing a spike in heroin overdoses, the most recent last weekend.