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Charges Filed in Hartville Explosion

A man seriously injured in an explosion back in February will be in court Friday. Denis Bar with the Stark County Prosecutor's Office, says Thomas Cotten of Hartville, will be arraigned Friday on felony charges of illegal processing or manufacturing explosives and inducing panic. The charges stem from the explosion in Cotten's garage that rocked that El Camino Circle neighborhood back in mid February.

President of Local School Stepping Down

The president of a local school is announcing his resignation. The 68 year old Monsignor, Lewis Gaetano, will be stepping down from his position as president of Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools. Gaetano has served as served as president since the academy's inception roughly three years ago. He will however continue in the position until a replacement is found and will also continue to serve as pastor at Christ the Servant parish. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Village

Big players in Stark County are continuing to discuss a Pro Football Hall of Fame Village.  HOF President, David Baker, says a $500,000 study is underway to determine if they can make the HOF village a reality. Baker says of that $500,000 price tag for the study, only $50,000 in tax payer money was used. He says the study focuses on a plan to add a four-star hotel and conference center to the Hall of Fame grounds. 

Akron School Issues Lockdown


A tense situation in an area school Thursday. Ellet High School in Akron was placed on lockdown Thursday morning due to a standoff near the school. Officials say a man barricaded himself in a home behind the campus. The school was shut down as a precaution as the SWAT team dealt with the situation. The lockdown was lifted just before noon when police had the suspect in custody. No further details are available at this time. 

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