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Regional Roundup: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2014

Published: February 6, 2014 3:03 PM
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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. 30 to Feb. 5, 2014.

Wolf selected to vacant Aurora City Council seat

Aurora City Council selected Scott Wolf on Thursday night to fill the at-large Council seat of Mayor Anne Womer Benjamin.

He received six votes after eight candidates were interviewed, while Robert Galaska Jr. received one vote. Candidates Joe Kastelic and Fred Rote withdrew from consideration prior to the evening meeting.

Cuyahoga Falls
Falls man arrested on felony child porn charges

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A Cuyahoga Falls man is in custody on child pornography charges.

Jason Alan Clark, 29, was arrested on Friday after the Cuyahoga Falls Police Detective Bureau and the U.S. Secret Service executed a search warrant at about 9 a.m. at a residence on Filmore Avenue, according to news release from the police department.

Hudson Pastor Tom Randall freed from Philippines jail after charges dropped

According to reports from Christ Community Chapel in Hudson and posts on the Free Tom Randall Facebook Page, Pastor Tom Randall was released from a Filipino jail Feb. 3 after 22 days behind bars.

Randall was arrested Jan. 12 by Filipino authorities during an investigation into reports of alleged human trafficking at an orphanage he founded.

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Munroe Falls police chief dismissed

On the request of Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson, City Council tonight voted 4-3 to dismiss Police Chief Rick Myers.

Voting in favor of the dismissal were Council members Gary Toth, Mike Barnes, Jim Iona and Sam Busic, who was selected to fill the at-large vacancy by Larson and sworn in before the meeting. Dissenting votes were cast by Council members Steve Stahl, John Hegnauer and Bob Pitz.

Tallmadge man arrested for trafficking heroin

A Tallmadge man was arrested Friday for trafficking heroin, according to the Summit County Sheriff's department.

The Summit County Drug Unit executed a search warrant on Gold Street in Akron.

Christopher Hale, 47, of Tallmadge was arrested trafficking in drugs - heroin, a fourth-degree felony. Brian L. Williams,  51, of Akron was arrested for trafficking in drugs - heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Nordonia Hills
Macedonia, Walton Hills want rocksino money

A bill under consideration by the Ohio House of Representatives could give part of $1 million in payments slated for Northfield Village and North Randall to neighboring communities that have property belonging to Northfield Park and Thistledown race track.

Both Northfield Village and North Randall have already received $1 million each from the state's Casino Operator Settlement Fund for costs related to new racinos, including the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Sahbra Farms seeks more than %35 million from city of Streetsboro in legal complaint

Sahbra Farms, which is owned by David Gross, filed a legal complaint Jan. 24 against the city of Streetsboro, alleging the zoning of the 290-acre property at the corner of Route 14 and Diagonal Road is “unconstitutional.”

Two separate master planning processes have identified Sahbra Farms as a good location within Streetsboro for a higher density development incorporating “a variety of housing types, a mix of land uses, an active center and a walkable design,” according to the complaint, citing the 2009 Comprehensive Land Use plan.

Trailwood Drive man killed while changing tire on I-480 was former Cleveland State University police chief

Warrensville Heights — Trailwood Drive resident and former chief of police for Cleveland State University Lester D. Mitchell, 64, died after being struck by a passing vehicle while changing a tire along Interstate 480 westbound Feb. 2.

The accident occurred along a stretch of the highway in Warrenville Heights between Northfield and Warrensville Center roads, just before 3:30 p.m.

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