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ODOT Advises of Construction Areas To Watch

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be staying busy as the season continues and has some information concerning the Kenmore leg if you are travelling to Akron or Cleveland this weekend.  ODOT's Justin Chesnic says despite the recent fall like weather, road work is not over just yet.  And work continues in Washington Township through next week.   (CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND)
 

When Can You Pass a School Bus?

Local law enforcement is asking you to be away of Ohio school bus laws.  Massillon Police Sgt. Brian Muntean says you shouldn't just stop no matter what.  If you are traveling a road with fewer than three lanes and a school bus is stopped both directions of traffic must stop. 

Woman Charged in Husband's Death Back in Court

A former Massillon woman accused of killing her husband is heading back to court. 27 year old Colleen McKernan called 911 on New Year's Eve and told the dispatcher that her husband, 29 year old Rob McKernan had hit her so she shot him. She entered a not guilty plea back in April and will appear before Stark County Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett next Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, McKernan could get 18 years to life in prison. 

Canton Landlord Speaks Out Against Council Proposal

Some Canton landlords are worried that many are being punished for the mistakes of a few.  Canton officials recently proposed a property registration fee increase from $20 to $100 per year amid attempts to crack down on "bad landlords." Mike Rukavina owns rental properties in the city and says this is only making business harder for those doing things right.  Canton City Council is also looking into ways to further prosecute delinquent landlords in terms of utility bills and unmet codes. No changes have been made just yet. 
 

On-Air Virginia Shooting Triggers Talk of Stricter Gun Laws

With the lives of two Virginia journalists taken in cold blood, gun laws are brought to light across the country.  Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed Allison Parker and Adam Ward during a live WDBJ broadcast Wednesday morning. Although there's been no discussion of Flanagan suffering from a mental illness Massillon Police Sgt. Brian Muntean says maybe that's what society needs to focus on.  Flanagan had apparently been fired from the station recently after working there for about a year. 

Movement Against Childhood Obesity Launches in Stark

A movement is underway designed to encourage kids to be physically active.  The United Way of Greater Stark County has adopted this as well because they say it coincides with their initiative for a health community.  The NFL Play 60 event will be held from 9:00am to noon at Stadium Park in Canton this Saturday. It is a family event for children 8-12 years old that will showcase a number of fun ways to get and stay healthy.
 

Local High School Grad Extradited from Pakistan

A local high school graduate is being transferred from Pakistan back to Ohio to serve a prison sentence in a federal kickback scheme. 40 year old Amer Ahmad, a North Canton Hoover High School graduate pleaded guilty back in 2013 to bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from his time as the Ohio deputy treasurer. Federal Prosecutors say he then fled to Pakistan to avoid punishment. He was arrested by police there last year and has remained behind bars pending extradition. He will now serve 15 years behind bars here in Ohio and forfeit $3.2 million he made from his crimes. Three co-defendants have already been convicted and sentenced in the case. 
 

Former Akron Mayor Caught Urinating in Public

Akron's former Mayor Don Plusquellic has been issued a warning by police after reports indicate he was caught urinating on a tree on the University of Akron's Campus. Apparently he was caught just before midnight on Wolf Ledges Parkway. Allegedly when the officer approached him, Plusquellic told him that he knows they don't do anything so he figured he would give them something to do.
 

Alliance Officer Returns to Work Amid License Suspension Claims

An Alliance police officer is back on duty after working with a suspended driver's license.  As for the review now of cases within Alliance Municipal and Stark County Common Pleas Courts involving citiations and arrests made by officer Chris McCord during his suspension, Police Chief Scott Griffith says:  Griffith confirmed that disciplinary action was taken within the department as well; however he would not elaborate. 

Man Apparently Commits Suicide After Killing his Wife

Police say a man has taken is own life after stabbing his wife to death in Canton. Wednesday night around 7:00 police were called to a home on St. Elmo Avenue NE to investigate a tip that a missing person was in the area. Officers found the body of 45 year old Sheila Higgins inside. She'd been stabbed to death and her husband, 43 year old Emmanuel Higgins became a suspect. He'd apparently fled the scene. Police say just before 2:00 Thursday afternoon they found the suspect's body inside his parked car on Navarre Rd. SW. Officers say he'd died due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is still ongoing. 

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