A local woman was arrested Monday night after stealing another woman's purse but then returning it when her car wouldn't start. Police say two people say it all happen at a restaurant in the 6000 block of Dressler Road in Jackson Township. Apparently the 24 year old woman snatched the purse then tried to take off in her car, but it wouldn't start. That's when she returned the purse then tried to flee on foot, but a police officer who also witnessed the incident caught up with her and she was arrested. She was booked into the jail on several charges and is being held without bond pending a court hearing.
Two area men are behind bars today after apparently going on a theft spree at three home improvement stores. Police say the two 31 year olds drove to Lowe's stores in Boardman, Heritage and Alliance where they allegedly stole more than $1,100 worth of merchandise. They were arrested around 7:00 Monday night in Alliance on several charges. They both have since been released from jail on their own recognizance pending court hearings.
The newly-formed Canton City Tree Commission will hold its first-ever public meeting Tuesday at the City Engineer's Office located in the 2400 block of 30th Street Northeast at 6:00. The Commission has a big job ahead of it, to better manage the urban forest the city has. That includes, rights-of-way, parks and street trees. Canton City Engineer Dan Moeglin says the having trees inside the city limits is a big deal. The five-members of the Canton City Tree Commission were appointed by Mayor Healy and approved by City Council. Tuesday night, members will elect their leadership and set meeting dates, locations and times.
The Perry Township Police Department is asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank in the 4600 block of West Tusc Saturday Morning. Police describe the suspect as an African-American male, 5-feet-10 inches tall, wearing white shoes, a neon green hoodie with white lettering. Police say the suspect flashed a handgun during the robbery. It is believed that the suspect escaped in a 1990s white Chrysler Sebring convertible. If you have any information contact Perry Township Police. A reward is being offered.
Members of North Canton City Council are looking at a plan to provide pay raises to all elected officials of the city. The $2,400 a year pay raise for elected officials will be voted on at the July 8th meeting of North Canton City Council. The raises will take effect in December. If approved, the part-time Mayor's pay would increase from $15,000 to $17,400 The Council President's pay would go from $5,700 to $8,100 a year and Council members salary would increase from $4,800 dollars to $7,200 a year. Council members and the Mayor have not had a pay increase since 2002.
The winner of the city of North Canton's trash contract is Kimble Recycling and Disposal. The North Canton Board of Control has awarded the three-year contract to Kimble, rejecting the offer made by Republic Waste Services. North Canton City Law Director Tim Fox said Kimble has provided outstanding customer service to residents and pledged to continue its recycling incentives. The new contract goes into effect at the end of the month.
The city of Massillon has made their feelings known about the future of the 59 Duncan Place Apartments. The stance is a simple one. No cash, no deal. Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and members of her administrative team will not discuss a deal with the Victory Economic Development Corporation unless they see the $600,000. The Mayor says if they see the check for the high-rise apartment complex, then they will move forward. Massillon City Council members agree. But, the clock is ticking on a potential deal. The 25-day window the developer has for the complex expires at the beginning of July.
Looks like an area school district will have an armed resource officer for the new school year. The school resource officer will work approximately 28 hours per week at all of the school district's buildings on a staggered basis. The New Philadelphia Board of Education approved an agreement with the city of New Philadelphia for the police department to provide the officer. The agreement will run from Aug. 1, 2013 through June 6, 2014.
In an effort to both better compensate current police cadets in the city of Canton and draw in even more qualified candidates, council approved to increase the starting pay for the position. During Monday night's meeting council agreed to not only increase the pay from $26,000 a year to $31,000 a year for new hires, but also to retroactive that pay for the city's current 12 cadets. Six council members disagreed with the retroactive amendment while 6 liked the idea, resulting in a tie. Council President Allen Shullman though broke that tie and voted to allow the amendment to stand. That pay increase will kick in in January.
Big decisions in the hands of Canton voters this November election. Canton City Council voted Monday night to place the issue of increasing council terms from 2 to 4 years on the ballot. Despite the mixed feelings of some councilmembers Canton residents will have the final say on whether council members should have their terms increased. Also on the ballot will be whether to also increase the term from 2 years to 4 years for Council President.
Members of North Canton City Council are looking at a plan to provide pay raises to all elected officials of the city. The $2,400 a year pay raise for elected officials will be voted on at the July 8th meeting of North Canton City Council. The raises will take effect in December. If approved, the part-time Mayor's pay would increase from $15,000 to $17,400 annually. The Council President's pay would go from $5,700 to $8,100 a year and Council members salary would increase from $4,800 to $7,200 a year. Council members and the Mayor have not had a pay increase since 2002. All North Canton elected officials are up for election in November.
Canton Firefighters were busy battling two house fires last night. Originally, fire crews were called to battle a blaze at a vacant home in the 200-block of Hazlett Avenue Northwest, near Tusc. The flames spread to an occupied home next door. There were two adults and four children living in that home. Fire Officials are calling the cause of the flames at the vacant house suspicious.