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Fireworks for the Fourth

Jul 02, 2015 -- 8:28am

Geauga County
Burton: July 4 at Dusk at Geauga County Fairgrounds (14373 N. Cheshire St.)
Bainbridge Township: July 5 at Dusk at Kenston High School (9500 Bainbridge Rd.)
Chardon: July 3 at Dusk between Chardon High School and Middle School (151 Chardon Ave.)

Medina County
Brunswick: July 4 at 10:30 p.m. at Brunswick High School (3581 Center Road)
Medina: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. at Medina Community Recreation Center (855 Weymouth Road)
Spencer: July 4 at Dusk at Firestone Park (Park Drive)
Valley City: July 4 at Dusk at Mill Stream Park (Maple Street)
Wadsworth: July 3 at Dusk at Downtown Wadsworth (High Street)

Portage County
Aurora: July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at West Pioneer Trail baseball fields
Kent: July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Downtown Kent (Mogadore Road)
Streetsboro: July 25 at 9:45 p.m. at Streetsboro City Park (9000 Kirby Lane)

Stark County
Alliance: July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Silver Park
Canton: July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Monument Park (800 Mc Kinley Monument Dr. NW)
East Sparta: June 27 at 10:00 p.m. at Popular Street Ballpark
Jackson: June 27 at Dusk at Jackson Township North Park (7660 Fulton Dr. NW)
Massillon: July 3 at Dusk at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
North Canton: July 4 at Dusk at Dogwood Park (241 7th Street NE)
North Lawrence: July 4 at Dusk at Campground (13190 Patterson Road)


Summit County
Akron: July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Lock 3 (200 S. Main St.)
Cuyahoga Falls:
July 2, 3, 4 at Dusk at Blossom Music Center (1145 West Steels Corners Road)
Hudson: July 5 at Dusk at Barlow Farm Park (2100 Barlow Rd.)
Portage Lakes: July 2 at 9:45 p.m. at Portage Lakes State Park

Wayne County
Orrville: July 4 at 10:15 p.m. at Orr Park (400 North Elm Street)
Wooster: July 4 at 10:00 p.m. at Soccer Field (Oldman and Burbank)



Man gets Prison for Robbery of Cousin

Jul 02, 2015 -- 7:57am

A one-year prison sentence was imposed on a Vermillion man in Portage County Court, following his February guilty plea to charges in the robbery of his cousin in Streetsboro. 31-year-old Chadd Cochern was facing up to three years in prison following his guilty plea to a felony robbery count. Cochern attacked his cousin in the 9700 block of South Delmonte Boulevard on December 13 last year, ripping-off the victim for 14-hundred dollars.



One Dead, Four Wounded in Stabbing

Jul 02, 2015 -- 7:38am

One person is dead and four others, including three children, are hospitalized following a stabbing incident in the Hamilton County community of Springdale. Police say the five victims were found inside an apartment early Thursday morning and at least two of them were unresponsive when emergency crews arrived. Conditions of the other adult and the three children were not immediately provided and authorities said they were looking for two men who were seen leaving the area.



Boat Ramps Closed at Buckeye Lake

Jul 02, 2015 -- 7:29am

If you had a habit of hauling your boat down to Buckeye Lake to catch the fireworks on the water on the Fourth....you can scrap that idea. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says public boat ramps at the popular lake will be closed, to assure people don't get their boats mired in the shallow water. The level is being kept low to avoid a likely failure of the 4.1-mile-long earthen dam that's in danger of collapse. Officials say that while the locals know where the danger spots are below the surface, that's not the case for out-of-town visitors. They don't want emergency responders to have their hands full rescuing people if they get stuck.



Huge Fire in Downtown District - UPDATE

Jul 02, 2015 -- 7:16am

Akron Fire crews have apparently brought an overnight blaze in a warehouse under control near South Broadway and Crosier, just south of downtown. The flames were reported shortly before 2:30AM at 1000 South Broadway, where several structures are inter-connected but the affected portion dates back to 1919...a 55-hundred square foot area that housed a counter-top display company. At least 12 units were involved in the initial response and a fire department spokesman told WNIR News the roof collapsed into the structure before the flames were brought under control shortly before 6:00AM. He said the building appears to be a total loss, based on information he heard from the scene. There were no injuries reported and the cause hasn't been investigated yet. Meanwhile, both South Broadway and South Main Streets remain closed between Miller Avenue and South Street due to the large amount of equipment in the area.



Huge Fire in Downtown District

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:49am

Akron Firefighters remain on the scene of a large building fire on the near-south side, where a brick structure was in smoke and flames when the first units responded shortly before 2:30AM in the 1000 block of South Broadway. A Fire Department spokesman says crews were beginning to bring the flames under control shortly before 6:00AM, but several units remain on the scene pouring water on the remnants. The roof collapsed into the building at South Broadway and Crosier before the flames could be contained and there were no other details immediately available. There's no word on a possible cause and no injuries have been reported. It's unknown if the building was occupied, but firefighters were concerned about the possibility of chemicals or paint stored in the aging building.

The fire has both South Broadway and South Main Streets CLOSED until Noon between Miller Avenue and South Street. You will need to avoid the area until at least the Noon hour.



Gay Marriage Rules Impacting Court Language

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:48am

Now that the US Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nation-wide, the change has local courts and others scrambling to find new definitions in legal paperwork. The Ohio Supreme Court this week ordered use of gender-neutral references in family court cases, replacing the traditional references to “husband” and “wife.” The state's high court says the order will remain in place until new court rules and forms are updated and standardized to reflect the changes.



Teen Shot in Akron

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:44am

A 15-year-old Akron boy is recovering from a bullet wound following a shooting that happened earlier this week in the 900 block of Stadelman Avenue. Akron Police say the young victim was playing cards on the front porch of a home around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and was approached by his assailant as he began to leave. A shot was fired that hit the boy in the upper right leg before the gunman and the others with whom he was playing cards all fled the area. No suspect has been identified yet and detectives are still following-up.



I-70 Bridge Damaged, Closed

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:44am

ODOT had some bad news for people traveling along Interstate 70 in Columbus following the fiery crash of a tanker truck. The heat and flames from the wreck on I-270 below the eastbound side of the I-70 bridge on the city’s west side resulted in so much damage that the 60-foot span has been closed and will have to be replaced. The driver of the ethanol-filled tanker suffered minor injuries in the wreck. He was charged with failure to control, and transporting a dangerous load within city limits. Traffic will be routed in both directions on the westbound side and ODOT hopes to have the detour in place on Friday. Replacement of the damaged bridge is expected to take several weeks and cost as much as a Million dollars.



Jury Spares Killer’s Life

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:43am

A jury in Summit County Court on Wednesday decided to spare the life of a convicted killer who had originally been sentenced to die. 23-year-old Deshanon Haywood of Akron was re-tried on multiple aggravated murder counts after his defense claimed misconduct on the part of prosecutors at his original trial. The jury that heard his case and convicted him on June 19 came back with a recommendation of 25 years to life in prison for Haywood, one of two men charged with the April 18, 2013 murders of four people in the basement of a townhouse on Kimlyn Circle near Chapel Hill Mall. 23-year-old co-defendant Derrick Brantley was sentenced to life in prison last year for his role. Haywood returns to court for sentencing on July 24 and prosecutors are asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 94 years to life.



Man Remains Jailed after Shooting Incident

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:43am

A Canton man remains behind bars, facing a total of 19 charges after he allegedly fired bullets into a car carrying five of his family members this week. Police took 49-year-old Harrison Keith into custody in the 200 block of South Mill Street after injuring some of the occupants of the car…then allegedly calling other family members on the telephone to threaten their lives. Charges against Keith include six counts of felonious assault, eight domestic violence counts, two charges of aggravated menacing and single counts of tampering with evidence, having a weapon under disability and discharge of a firearm in the city. His bond was set at 120-Thousand dollars.



Wife Cleared in Husband’s Abuse Case

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:42am

The wife of a man who’s suffering Alzheimer’s Disease has been cleared of charges of complicity to unlawful restraint by a Stark County judge. The judge decided the woman wasn’t aware that her husband had been restrained with a strait jacket by his home health care aide. Jacqueline Bennett of Washington Township was convicted in May, sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to a charge of patient abuse and unlawful restraint. She told investigators that she tied the man to his bed at night because she was concerned for his safety. His wife was also charged, but claimed she had no idea that a strait jacket was being used on the ailing man.



Budget Vetoes mean Less Money for Some Local Schools

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:42am

When Governor Kasich used line-item veto powers before signing the budget, there was a 100-Million dollar consequence for more than 100 school districts around the state…including 16 in our area. Although state officials had said schools would get more funds, that’s not the case for Revere, Copley-Fairlawn, Woodridge and Jackson…which are losing state support. Others are losing as much as a Million dollars each. The Beacon Journal reports that the school funding cuts affect primarily the more affluent districts over the next two years. State funding for schools overall was up by 500-Million dollars with the new budget, with per-pupil funding raised by 100 dollars in each of the next two years…but only for certain districts. Others will likely begin turning to taxpayers with levy requests.



Competency of Accused Man in Limbo

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:41am

The mental competency of a man charged in the traffic deaths of two people remains undecided, with another judge now being assigned to the case. 62-year-old Terrance Trent is still awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in the December 12 wreck in downtown Columbus. Police say he was driving recklessly when his pickup truck hit a school bus at an intersection, pushing it into a man and woman in a nearby crosswalk. Both died of their injuries. One psychologist says Trent is delusional while another says he’s competent to stand trial. The defendant’s attorney has requested a third evaluation, something that will be decided later after the original judge hearing the case retired this week.



New Tests for School Kids

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:41am

The coming school year will bring another round of changes to those state tests the kids are taking in the classrooms. State School Superintendent Richard Ross says Ohio has contracted with the American Institutes for Research to develop assessments in English, Language Arts and Math and wants the new tests in place in time to guide teachers through classroom instruction. The state responded to public uproar by dropping and defunding the previous tests that were provided by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. A new state law was recently passed that demands shorter tests and a faster turn-around on results.



Funeral Home Owner Indicted

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:40am

The owner of a Toledo funeral home has been indicted by a Lucas County Grand Jury on charges of abuse of a corpse. 58-year-old Robert Tate, Jr was hit with two counts this week in the discovery of 11 bodies, some that were found stored in a damp garage at Tate Funeral Services. Authorities found and removed the decaying bodies that were intended for cremation on May 29. Tate originally told investigators that delays in cremation were the result of doctors not providing death certificates in a timely manner. The state has already suspended the funeral home’s operating license.



Woman Charged in Fatal Crash

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:40am

A Cincinnati woman was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts this week, following an investigation by police in Butler County’s West Chester Township into a car crash that killed a utility worker and injured four of her co-workers. 23-year-old Michele Schuster is due to appear for a preliminary hearing July 7 on the homicide charge in addition to counts of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI. On April 22, she drove left-of-center on Cox Road, her car hitting 24-year-old Amber Rooks of Norwood and the others, all from Ohio and Kentucky, in a construction zone. Rooks died of her injuries on May 2. Bond for Schuster was set at 305-Thousand dollars.



Defendant Sentenced in Military Bribery Case

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:20am

A man with dual US-Turkish citizenship has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, fined a Million dollars and placed on five years’ probation during a Federal Court hearing this week in Dayton. Metin Atilan pleaded guilty earlier this year to three counts of conspiring to pay bribes and kickbacks in order to land supply contracts with US Military operations in and around Iraq. He could have gotten as much as five years behind bars. It took a while to bring his case to justice. Following his arrest in 2008 in Las Vegas, Atilan cut-off an electronic monitoring bracelet and fled to Turkey. He was later found in Iraq and brought back to face trial.



Last Murder Defendant Dies

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:20am

When the last of three men convicted in the murders of four women died this week, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s reaction was blunt…with the words, “Good riddance.” 70-year-old Raymond Kassow died at Franklin Medical Center in Columbus. He and two others shocked the residents of Delhi Township near Cincinnati in 1969 when they robbed a bank, then herded a teller and three customers into a vault before shooting them all to death so there’d be no witnesses. All three killers were caught, convicted and sentenced to die…but their sentences were commuted to life behind bars.



Mom gets Prison for Spiking IV

Jul 02, 2015 -- 6:19am

Things changed rapidly in the case of a West Virginia woman in a Cincinnati courtroom on Wednesday. 35-year-old Candida Fluty of Kermit, West Virginia copped a plea deal with prosecutors after refusing a previous deal and was immediately sent to prison. Fluty spiked her son’s IV with fecal matter last January while the nine-year-old boy was hospitalized with an infection. Her guilty plea in Hamilton County Court to felonious assault and child endangering drew an immediate six-year prison sentence imposed by the judge.



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