Regional Roundup: Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, 2014

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In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers every Thursday. Here are the regional stories you don't want to miss from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, 2014.

Aurora
Teacher Linden gets to meet his favorite Browns player — Frank Ryan

On Feb. 2, football fans across the country will watch quarterbacks Peyton Manning of Denver and Russell Wilson of Seattle try to help their teams win a Super Bowl title.

Forty-nine years ago, quarterback Frank Ryan led the Cleveland Browns to the NFL championship -- two seasons before the game became known as the Super Bowl. The Browns hammered the Baltimore Colts, 27-0, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Dec. 27, 1964.

Cuyahoga Falls
Update: Son of Cuyahoga Falls mayor indicted on October drug charge

The son of the Cuyahoga Falls mayor has been indicted by a Summit County grand jury on a drug trafficking charge from an arrest last fall.

Nicholas A. Walters, 19, was indicted Monday, Jan. 27, on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, according to Summit County Common Pleas Court records. The charge stems from an incident which allegedly occurred Oct. 18, 2013, according to the indictment.

Hudson
Free Tom Randall Facebook page launches 'world is watching' campaign targeting Filipino FBI

Members of the Free Tom Randall Facebook page launched a "world is watching" campaign Jan. 27 targeted at the National Bureau of Investigation Facebook page.

The NBI is the Filipino equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An "action request" was posted on the Free Tom Randall page shortly after noon.

Stow
Roadway may be named for fallen Stow soldier Army 2nd Lt. David Rylander

Columbus -- The Ohio Senate moved legislation Jan. 22 to name a section of roadway in the community of Stow in memory of a local man killed while serving in Afghanistan two years ago.

Senate Bill 222 was offered by Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley) to honor Army 2nd Lt. David Rylander, a Stow man who was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Logar province of Afghanistan in May 2012.

Tallmadge
Tallmadge Schools saves money by eliminating six jobs, having school during cold weather

In the Tallmadge City School District's ongoing effort to save money, the Board of Education authorized the administration Jan. 15 to eliminate six part-time jobs.

Five recess monitors -- two at Dunbar Primary School and three at Munroe Elementary School -- and one instructional paraprofessional at the high school were taken off the payroll as of Jan. 7. According to Treasurer Jeff Hostetler, the move will save the school district an estimated $35,000 annually.

Nordonia Hills
Update: Macedonia standoff ends, man taken into custody

Police announced the scene of a standoff with an armed resident facing eviction ended without injury with the resident in police custody. Summit County Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland told the News Leader a team from combined Metro SWAT and the Summit County Sheriff's Office SWAT entered resident David Smith's Shepard Road home around 5:30 p.m. and arrested him. Holland said members of a county hostage negotiating team had been in contact with Smith, who was armed with a handgun. Holland said no shots were fired and neither Smith, nor officers who arrested him were injured.

Streetsboro
'Chef' Bill Thompson arrested, indicted on theft charge

Stringz & Wingz Owner “Chef” Bill Thompson was arrested at 1:38 p.m. Jan. 23 in Cuyahoga Falls, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.

Doak said Thompson has been indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury on third-degree felony charge of theft.

On Dec. 30, Streetsboro Family Days Founder Chuck Kocisko filed a police report with Streetsboro Police Department, alleging Thompson hadn’t paid him money earned during a Nov. 15 and 16 fundraiser benefiting Cleveland-based rocker Sonny Geraci, who has performed many times during Streetsboro Family Days’ summer festival.

Twinsburg
Former Twinsburg Fire Capt. Tim Morgan named fire chief

As he settles into his new position as the third full-time chief of the Twinsburg Fire Department, Chief Tim Morgan said his highest priority is to move the Twinsburg Fire Department forward and continue its high standard of service to the community.

Morgan, previously a fire captain, accepted a promotion Jan. 22 to be the newest chief of the 42-person, $3.6 million department. He will replace outgoing Chief Richard Racine, whose Jan. 3 retirement came after more than 39 years with the department. City officials say a total of five candidates -- all captains -- were interviewed for the position. A swearing in date was canceled for Jan. 28 but is expected to be rescheduled soon.

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