Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area including a police rifle, ammo, badge and body armor stolen form an off-duty Cleveland cop, Barberton residents warned about the water and an Akron schoolteacher placed on leave for disposing of a needle in a classroom trashcan.
USED NEEDLE: A teacher at Akron Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave after she disposed of a used syringe in a classroom trashcan, which later pierced the skin of a first-grader's foot on Wednesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The name of the David Hill school teacher, who is diabetic, has not been released and the case has been referred to human resources. The 7-year-old student told her parents that the needle fell out of the trash can while she emptied out an Easter basket into it, and poked her through her shoe when she stepped on it. Her parents notified the school, as the teacher had not immediately notified staff. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
STOW COURT: A Stow Municipal Court bailiff is claiming he was fired for being a whistleblower against Judge Kim Hoover, saying that Hoover, through his bailiff, was trying to search the driving record of of a female friend of a political friend on a law enforcement database for personal reasons, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The bailiff, James Rogers Jr., told Judge Lisa Coates that Hoover had requested to check the driving record of a female friend of Wayne Jones, chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party, without a case in court. Coates reported the incident and triggered an investigation, which ended with no charges filed. Rogers was fired the day after due to what Hoover said were budget cuts and his seniority, but Rogers is now appealing his firing. Hoover said that Rogers' and Coates' actions were deceitful, and he was unaware of the investigation against him until six weeks in. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
BARBERTON WATER: Barberton residents have received warnings that the city's water supply has failed to meet state and federal standards for two suspected carcinogens that are byproducts of the water-disinfection process, but assured customers that the water is still safe to drink, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The two byproducts — trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids — are created when natural organic material in the water reacts with the chlorine used to disinfect it. The city said it is taking steps to correct the problem as soon as possible but that the water will have no immediate health effects. Long-term exposure to trihalomethanes and haloacetic acid can increase the risk of liver, kidney and central nervous system cancers. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
POLICE RIFLE STOLEN: A police-issued AR-15 rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition, body armor and a police badge were stolen from the personal car of an off-duty Cleveland police officer Tuesday, according to the Northeast Ohio media Group. Patrol Officer Jeffrey Weaver said the police gear was in the trunk of the car when he parked at a Holiday Inn on West 150th Street around 8 a.m. After a few returns to his car throughout the day, Weaver returned to the car around 4:30 p.m. and found his glove box rummaged through and the trunk cleared out. Surveillance cameras did not catch the burglary and Weaver's purpose at the hotel was not disclosed by officials. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.