Representatives from the Stark County Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party and seven canton city council members are challenging a potential mayoral candidate in November. A formal challenge was filed Friday, challenging Commissioner Tom Bernabei's candidacy for mayor. In the 49 page document officials ask the Stark County Board of Elections to reject his candidacy. They explain that Bernabei has an extensive history with the Democratic party and they disagree with his unexpected more into the city after he announced he'd run for mayor. The protesters allege that Bernabei wasn't an independent or a permanent resident of Canton when he signed his petition. They also claim his motive for running is fueled by a political vendetta. The Board of Elections is set to meet early next month to review the petitions for independent candidates.
Crews were called Thursday morning to a home on Erie Street in response to a fire in the basement. Three residents and another person who was visiting managed to get out of the home without any injuries. Crews quickly extinguished the fire which investigators determined was caused by electrical problems contained to the basement. Around $9,500 in damage was done and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
A woman accused of plotting to blow up her home with her son to get the insurance money is heading to jail. It all happened back in January on North Avenue NE in Massillon. 45 year old Felicia Castorani and her 19 year old son Frank Castorani came up with a scheme to pay off the roughly $7,000 owned in back property taxes. The home itself was paid off. The explosion rocked the neighborhood and also injured Frank Castorani, although it wasn't anything serious. He changed his plea to guilty last month and was sentenced to four years in prison. Today Felicia Castorani entered a plea, although a her sentence hasn't been released just yet.