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Here are some of today's top stories around the area, including a Mahoning Valley earthquake, "perpetual pavement" asphalt testing in Ohio and a train wreck kills one and injures another in Wayne County.
TRAIN WRECK: One Millersburg woman was killed and another seriously injured Sunday morning when their car was struck by a train on Newkirk Road in Clinton Township, according to the Daily Record. The crash occurred at about 1:07 a.m. when Jennifer A. Phillips, 32, drove across the railroad tracks and went off the left side of the roadway, leaving the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer partially on the tracks, where it was then struck by an eastbound Norfolk & Southern Railroad train. Phillips suffered serious injuries and was flown by Metro Life Flight to Akron City Hospital, and passenger Raven Nicole Caskey, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Coroner Amy Joliff. Click here to read more at the-daily-record.com.
"REVERSE DOMINO EFFECT" David Mustine, senior managing director of Jobs Ohio, says that bringing gas and oil companies into Ohio will not only bring jobs into the state but also create a reverse domino effect which boost more state industries, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. Industries that produce products such as plastic and paints will see a boost from the growth of ethylene and polyethylene in the state, impacting the nearly 87,000 Ohio jobs related to the polymer and chemical industry. Most of the polyethylene used by Ohio companies comes from the Gulf Coast, and new gas and oil development in the state will lower the cost for other Ohio industries. Click here to read more at ohiogo.com.
PERPETUAL PAVEMENT: An experimental stretch of I-77 that uses perpetual pavement — a type of road-layering using polymer reinforced blacktop above a rut-resistant layer above a crack-resistant layer of asphalt — has held up without even a quarter inch of rutting since its installation 12 years ago, according to WKSU. The perpetual pavement should last 50 years or more with occasional resurfacing, according to the president of the Flexible Pavements of Ohio trade group, but because the lower layers of the pavement are crack-resistant, the pavement should never have to be completely rebuilt. Perpetual pavement can currently be found I-77 near the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a stretch of Route 30 near Wooster and a stretch of Route 23 in Delaware, Ohio, as well as on one city street on Cedar Road in Pepper Pike. Click here to read more at wksu.org.
STARK SHERIFF: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a decision Friday that allows Stark County Sheriff George Maier to be a candidate on the Democratic Party's primary election ballot in May, breaking a tie in the Board of Elections, according to the Alliance Review. Maier was removed from office Nov. 6, 2013, for not meeting qualifications but was reinstated Dec. 11 after fulfilling those qualifications, and has been involved with several lawsuits as a result. The BOE was voting in response to a protest that Maier had not met the criteria set by state law. Husted wrote in his decision that the law is too ambiguous, and while he isn't certain that Maier meets the qualifications, he also can't conclude that he doesn't. Canton attorney Craig Conley has already stated that he will take the matter before the Ohio Supreme Court if Maier remains on the ballot. Click here to read more at the-review.com.
CAR TAMPERING: Ronald Miller, 74, was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for trying to kill his wife by tampering with the throttle of the car, according to The Plain Dealer. Miller's wife, Rhoda Miller, crashed her car through the window of a Richmond Heights nail salon last February, and a tow-truck driver discovered the crash was caused by a wooden shim lodged in the throttle. Miller stated that he lost the shim in the engine after he attempted to change a windshield wiper blade, but prosecution said there was no way for the shim to accidentally get into the throttle mechanism the way it was found. Miller was convicted of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, and his wife has filed for divorce in February. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
AKRON CRASH: A head-on collision late Sunday night on East Waterloo Road in Akron resulted in one man's arm amputation and a woman with a concussion in what police say might have been a race, according to the News Net 5. Three people had to be hospitalized when the driver of a Ford F-250 truck went left of center and hit a Hyundai car head-on, driving over top of the car and rolling it over. The truck driver, who's arm was amputated, was partially ejected from the truck on collision. Police say speed was a factor in the crash and are investigating whether the truck was street racing at the time of the crash. Click here to read more at newsnet5.com.
LOWELLVILLE EARTHQUAKE: Initial reports say no injuries or property damages were reported from a 2.8-magnitude earthquake in the village of Lowellville in Mahoning County, according to the Vindicator. The earthquake occurred at 2:26 a.m. Monday and was a depth of 1.2 miles or 2 kilometers. This is the first significant earthquake in the Mahoning Valley since a 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook the area on New Year's Eve in 2011. Click here to read more at vindy.com.