News from around the area: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's headlines from around Northeast Ohio, including an extra lane on the turnpike, a suspicious package left for ATF and a winter phenomenon known as "frost quakes."

OHIO TURNPIKE: Expect less traffic on the Ohio Turnpike, as the 160 mile third lane from Toledo to Youngstown is expected to be finished this year, according to The Plain Dealer. The lane addition began in 1996, and will finish with a five-mile section in Lucas County. This final section will cost $21.5 million, part of the $110 million budget for turnpike projects in 2014. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

EAST CLEVELAND DEATH:The death of 2-year-old Alijah Glenn, who fell from a 17-story apartment window Monday, was ruled an accident on Tuesday by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, according to The Plain Dealer. Glenn's grandmother, whom Glenn was visiting with his mother and 3-year-old brother, told police the boys were roughhousing in the apartment when the accident occurred. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

AKRON CITY COUNCIL: Residents scolded Akron city council members at Monday night's meeting, referring to a physical altercation at the Dec. 16 meeting between Mayor Don Plusquellic and Ward 4 Councilman Russel Neal Jr., according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The fight started as an argument about committee assignments, and resulted in Plusquellic and Neal continuing the argument in a room behind council chambers, where the debate became physical. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

ATF PACKAGE: A suspicious package addressed to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms caused the closing of an Interstate 77 rest stop in Bath Township Tuesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The package — a clear plastic bag labelled "ATF Akron" — contained papers, maps, books and an ATF gun safety brochure. The Ohio HIghway Patrol is looking for the unidentified woman who left the package, who has also left packages for ATF before.Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

356TH FIGHTER GROUP:The WWII-themed restaurant 356th Fighter Group will close Saturday after 28 years of business, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Bob Scofield, owner of the Green restaurant, said the independently-owned restaurant has struggled in the economy, and electrical blackouts and broken pipes during cold weather has pushed him to close. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.

FROST QUAKES: Officials say the recent cold weather created the perfect conditions for phenomena known as "frost quakes," according to the Nordonia Hills News-Leader. Frost quakes are shallower than earthquakes and can occur when water-saturated ground freezes rapidly, much like it did recently. Possible frost quakes were reported around Northfield Center, Macedonia and Twinsburg. Click here to read more at The-News-Leader.com.

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