Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including Broadview Heights' Arthur Chu's Jeopardy! demise, earthquake tally in Mahoning Valley is up to 11 and Spicy Lamb Farm's barn burns down.
SPICY LAMB FARM: Though a fire destroyed the Spicy Lamb Farm barn and corn rip in Peninsula on March 4, owner Laura DeYoung is trying to raise the $150,000 to rebuild it through donations and admission fees during spring events, according to the Hudson Hub-Times. The barn was destroyed as well as equipment, blankets, tools, feed and other livestock supplies, but the animals, which were kept in corrals next to the barn, all survived. A dog in a kennel near the barn was slightly burned but treated by a veterinarian. The farm, one of about a dozen farms on a long-term lease in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, has Dorset sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens, ducks and Border collies. Click here to read more at hudsonhubtimes.com.
DRILLING: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has revoked a drilling permit and mandatory pooling order for Everflow Eastern Partners LP to drill in southeast Massillon after it was discovered that the Ohio drilling company submitted false information on a mandatory pooling application, according to the Beacon Journal. Mandatory pooling allows companies to include properties in a drilling unit when an owner refuses to sign leases in order to get the needed minimum 40 acres for drilling. In an application on Sept. 24, Everflow Eastern stated that it had leased 8.10 acres owned by the city of Massillon, but Massillon City Council had not approved that lease. Criminal or civil actions against Eastern Everflow are possible. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
HEROIN TRAFFICKING: Two Twinsburg residents were arrested March 4 on charges of heroin trafficking and child endangering following a four-month undercover investigation by Twinsburg police, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Police served a search warrant on their Edgewood Drive home, which was also the home of more than one child, and reportedly seized a 9mm handgun, cash, heroin and drug abuse instruments. Earl Cook Jr., 32, was charged with two felony counts of drug trafficking, one felony count of having a weapon under disability, one felony count of possessing criminal tools and one misdemeanor count of child endangering. Patience Rist, 34, was charged with one felony count of drug trafficking, one felony count of permitting drug abuse and one count of misdemeanor child endangering. Both pleaded not guilty to the child endangering charges on their March 5 arraignments. Click here to read more at twinsburgbulletin.com.
MORE EARTHQUAKES: The tally of earthquakes in the Mahoning Valley between March 4 and March 10 has risen to 11, after Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory registered more lower-magnitude shocks on top of the ones recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, according to the Vindicator. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources initially ordered Hilcorp Energy Co., which owns seven wells at the Carbon Limestone Landfill, to close while it investigates the cause of the earthquakes. The first earthquake, the epicenter of which was located almost directly below Hilcorp's well pads, occurred at 2:26 a.m. and was a magnitude 3.0. Hilcorp's one producing well remains in operation but the remaining six, located on a separate well pad which was close to the epicenter of the earthquakes, are still shut down. Some suggest that hydraulic fracturing is the cause for the earthquakes. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
TURNPIKE PILEUP: Three people were killed in Wednesday's huge pileup on the Ohio turnpike that involved almost 50 vehicles, including, Hannah Matheny, a 20-year-old woman from Parma who was killed in the first crash zone, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, from Palatine, Illinois, and Janice M. Robb, 66, of Schererville, Indiana, were also killed. The first accident was reported at 1:25 p.m. at milepost 102 in Fremont, causing a 7-mile backup. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
CHUCHUTRAIN: Arthur Chu of Broadview Heights ended his 11-game win streak on Jeopardy! Wednesday, taking home $298,200, becoming the third-winningest Jeopardy! player in the show's history, according to the Plain Dealer. Chu's claim to fame was his unorthodox way of playing, by jumping all over the board looking for Daily Doubles and psyching out his opponents. Chu said the game tired him out, since the game is taped only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. His first four wins were on a Wednesday in November, his next five wins were on the following Tuesday and the next day saw his last games. When he's not being a Jeopardy! celebrity, Chu does stand-up comedy and voice-over work and wants to act. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.