Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including the gift of toilet paper for one small Ohio fire station, Tressel's application for the University of Akron presidency and Douglas Prade's release from jail just six hours after being in.
PRADE MURDER: Former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade, who spent nearly 15 years of a life sentence for aggravated murder and was exonerated and freed in Jan. 2013, is again a free man, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Prade was released from jail just six hours after he transported to jail Thursday following an appellate court decision that reversed the ruling claiming he was innocent. His ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade, was shot six times in her van in the parking lot of her office in 1997, and new DNA tests on a bite mark on her lab coat exonerated Prade of the crime. The 3-0 decision says that while the results of the new DNA testing appear to prove Prade's innocence, the results only generated more questions than answers and did not prove Prade's innocence unequivocally. Prade could receive a new trial. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
DAIRY QUEEN SHOOTING: Medina Township Police managed to track down and arrest a suspect shortly after the shooting another man in a Medina Dairy Queen parking lot Thursday evening, according to the Medina Gazette. The victim was sitting in a car when the suspect shot at him from outside the passenger side of the vehicle, sending a bullet through the victim's arm and into his chest. The victim was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Police arrested the suspect a shot distance away after he fled on foot, and found a revolver behind the Bill Doraty Kia dealership nearby. Police believe it wasn't a robbery and was probably drug related. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.
TRESSEL: Despite encouragement from prominent businessmen, commissioners and lawmakers including Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Robert Hagan and Rep. Nick Barborak to apply for the vacant Youngstown State University presidency, Jim Tressel's name is now on the list of 19 applicants for the University of Akron presidency, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. Tressel, who formerly coached YSU and Ohio State to national championships, and currently serves as University of Akron executive vice president of student success. Youngstown President Randy Dunn announced his resignation Feb. 17, despite being appointed only last July. Tressel's name was brought up as a potential presidential contender last year as well, but Tressel didn't apply. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
MASSILLON AQUARIUM/WATERPARK: A proposed $52 million indoor aquarium and watermark was discussed at Massillon City Council Thursday, prompting some residents to react with excitement and others with annoyance, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Developer Hammond Aqualife, which is led by two Walsh University graduates, is proposing to build the 120,000-square-foot attraction on city-owned property along U.S. Route 30, complete with a retractable dome and 2-million gallon aquarium. The city is considering leasing a 22-acre section of the Legends of Massillon golf course to the company for 30 years at $10 a year. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
TOILET PAPER: The small, all-volunteer fire department of Valley City in Liverpool Township received a large surprise this week when Cincinnati company Procter and Gamble delivered 960 rolls of toilet paper to their firehouse on Wednesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Charmin Relief program delivered the year's supply of toilet paper to one fire department in each state to "help the brave men and women who put their behinds on the line day in and day out for others." Valley City EMT Tammy Nau entered the contest on the department's behalf but didn't realize the amount of toilet paper they would receive until the delivery arrived. The Valley City Fire Department has 35 firefighters, paramedics and EMTs and covers 25 square miles with five firetrucks and two ambulances, serving a population of 5,200. Click here to read more at ohio.com.