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Canton police shoot and kill man
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Canton police shoot and kill man

CANTON -- Police responding to a 911 hangup call early Wednesday found a man complaining he had asthma, claiming to have a gun and holding a woman face-down by a large bush next to his father's front porch. Body camera footage records the man cursing at the woman as officers move in.

By Lori Steineck Gatehouse Ohio Media
NEOMED building evacuated for odor
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

NEOMED building evacuated for odor

Debbie Houchen was in her Wednesday morning general strength exercise class at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown when, she said, she heard an alarm she didn't recognize. It wasn't a typical fire alarm.

By Dave O'brien Staff Writer
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Kent panel talks opioid epidemic

The Kent League of Women Voters hosted a panel discussion of the Sales and Use Tax, discussing the opioid epidemic with a friendly crowd on Wednesday.

By Diane Smith Staff Writer
Area rec centers give an example for Streetsboro
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Area rec centers give an example for Streetsboro

Lots of questions remain about Streetsboro's proposed parks levy, including details of a proposed recreation center. Mayor Glenn Broska said he wants the build the facility on the land near the corner of state routes 43 and 14, which is the current site of the fire station and City Hall.

By Bob Gaetjens Staff Writer
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May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Spotlighting top students

The Record-Courier's annual Head of the Class series profiles the valedictorians of Portage County school districts.

Three 'twins' at the top
May 25, 2017 4:00 AM

Three 'twins' at the top

Cali Apthorpe became a third "twin" in elementary school when she found herself face-to-face with twins Elizabeth and Kathlyn Richmond. The trio have been friends ever since and now sit at the head of the Class of 2017 at Windham High School. When they graduate, they'll still be family.

By Matthew Merchant Staff Writer
Ohio man sent to prison for throwing cat in fire
May 24, 2017 4:56 PM

Ohio man sent to prison for throwing cat in fire

CANTON — After Chad W. Karka apologized for throwing a cat in a fire and neglecting to rescue it, Judge Chryssa Hartnett lashed out at him.

By Ed Balint, Gatehouse Ohio Media
Officials: Cause of odor at NEOMED unclear
May 24, 2017 10:37 AM

Officials: Cause of odor at NEOMED unclear

Debbie Houchen was in her Wednesday morning general strength exercise class at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown when, she said, she heard an alarm she didn't recognize.

By Dave O'brien, Staff Writer
Portage County weather forecast
May 24, 2017 10:11 AM

Portage County weather forecast

Tomorrow will be a wet and dreary day throughout the Northeast, Midwest and into the Carolinas. A drier warmth will build into the Mississippi Valley as sunshine continues over the central U.S.

Victim ID'd in Canton police-involved shooting
May 24, 2017 8:02 AM

Victim ID'd in Canton police-involved shooting

CANTON — Police are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting in a northwest Canton neighborhood, Police Chief Bruce Lawver has confirmed.

Lori Steineck, Gatehouse Ohio Media
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Garfield valedictorians are ready for the future
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Garfield valedictorians are ready for the future

A possible future president of the United States and U.S. secretary of state are graduating from James A. Garfield High School this year. That would be Joseph "Joe" Emrick and Mikhala West, two of the seven valedictorians from this year's graduating class.

By Matthew Merchant Staff Writer
More sales tax proposals could be disqualified
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

More sales tax proposals could be disqualified

More of the proposals aimed at addressing substance abuse treatment and prevention being reviewed by Portage County's Sales and Use Tax Oversight Committee may off the table. And it may be because of limits the commissioners themselves added when the oversight committee was formed.

By Matthew Merchant Staff Writer
Arrest made in Akron fire that killed 2 adults, 5 children
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Arrest made in Akron fire that killed 2 adults, 5 children

A neighbor has been arrested and charged with setting fire to a house on Fultz Street in Akron on May 15, killing seven people including a former Portage County resident.

By Dave O'brien And Briana Barker Staff Writers
Streetsboro's Market Square Plaza sold
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Streetsboro's Market Square Plaza sold

Streetsboro's Market Square Plaza has been bought by Interra Properties of Houston, according to Mayor Glenn Broska. According to Portage County property records, the May 19 sale of the 17- to 18-acre property from Wells Fargo Bank to Interra was for about $2.3 million.

By Bob Gaetjens Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

No injuries in Atwater train fire

A fire in the engine of a train passing through Atwater on Monday night resulted in no injuries or damage to anything other than the engine, according to the Atwater Fire Department. Firefighters were called out after 9 p.m.

By Dave O'brien Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Commissioners tap overseer for jail work

Progress on an estimated $13 million expansion of the Portage County jail is expected after Portage County commissioners on Tuesday approved on a overseer on the project.

By Matthew Merchant Staff Writer
Past Zanesville mayor named to KSU board
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Past Zanesville mayor named to KSU board

Donald L. Mason of Zanesville has been tapped to fill the seat of the late Kent State University trustee Richard Marsh, whose term expires in 2020. Appointed by Ohio Gov.

New principal hired for West Main in Ravenna
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

New principal hired for West Main in Ravenna

A new principal has been named to lead West Main Elementary School in Ravenna, and that person will be the third person to lead the school in as many years. The Ravenna Board of Education hired Dwight Lee Smith Jr. to lead the school, effective next school year.

By Diane Smith Staff Writer
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Rootstown tepid on medical pot facility
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

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A proposal for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in a former lumberyard in Rootstown got a tepid reception Tuesday from township trustees, who thought proponents were asking them to skirt the township's zoning code.

By Diane Smith Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Streetsboro board meets Friday morning

The Streetsboro Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 a.m. Friday at the Technology House, 1888 S.R. 303, Streetsboro to consider approval of the five-year forecast and amended appropriations for fiscal year 2017.