Cleveland firefighter's death ruled suspected homicide, Austintown school locks down for Vietnam War memorabilia, Akron's new anti-drug campaign gets graphic: News Around Your Area

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Here are some of today's headlines from around the area, including a Cleveland firefighter's death following a car accident is ruled as a suspected homicide from a gun shot wound, an Austintown school goes on lockdown for Vietnam War memorabilia and Akron's new anti-drug campaign gets graphic.

FIREFIGHTER HOMICIDE: The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Friday that an off-duty firefighter who died after his truck crashed into a utility pole on Claasen Avenue Thursday died from a gunshot wound to his left arm and chest, and police are investigating it as a suspected homicide, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Theodore J. Wright, Jr., 58, was driving westbound on Claasen Avenue near East 71st Street around 3 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of his 1996 Chevrolet Silverado and crashed, overturning the vehicle and dying at the scene. The medical examiner said the gunshot wound left visceral, vascular and skeletal injuries. Wright is survived by his wife and three children. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

TRESSEL: Jim Tressel was the last of the three finalists for University of Akron's presidential search to pitch for the presidency on Thursday to a crowd of 290 in the Student Union Theatre, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Tressel is currently the executive vice president of student success at UA and is also one of the top three finalists for the Youngstown State University presidential search. The former coach spoke of creating a sense of unity on campus as well as fixing the 2016 budget. Some criticisms of Tressel are that he does not hold a doctorate and that he operates like a coach. Tressel will attend a similar forum at YSU on Monday. Both universities are pledging to announce their new president by July 1. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

VIETNAM AMMO: Austintown Fitch High School had a precautionary 20-minute lockdown today after a student brought in an empty ammunition box from the Vietnam War to show his class, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The lockdown only lasted about 20 minutes as a precautionary measure when the sophomore student, who is learning about the Vietnam War in class, accidentally left the box in the lunchroom. Police at the school called off the lockdown at around 12:30 p.m. after making sure the box was empty. A call and district email was sent out to parents by Principal Chris Berni. Click here to read more at vindy.com.

MEASLES: Medina County health officials are warning residents to get vaccinated for measles if they haven't already been immunized due to an outbreak of measles in Knox and Holmes counties, according to the Medina Gazette. Measles symptoms include fever, cough, rash and pink eye and appear one to three weeks after a person is exposed to the virus. Two doses of the vaccine are typically given to children at 4 to 6 years of age as part of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, and adults born during or after 1957 who have not had measles or been vaccinated should receive at least one dose. The measles outbreak has been traced to four people who traveled to the Philippines, where an outbreak has led to at least 50 deaths and 20,000 cases, on a humanitarian trip and were infected, bringing it back to Ohio. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.

ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN: The city of Akron launched a new anti-drug campaign today that uses graphic images to stop people from using heroin or methamphetamines, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Images of people with rotting teeth, sores on their face or lying on a gurney will be plastered on 25 billboards around the city as well as on yard signs, water bill inserts, newspaper ads and posters on the sides of trucks, in schools and inside buses for the next four months. The campaign is being funded in part by $10,000 collected from a city ordinance that requires property owners to pay for the cost of cleaning up a meth lab, as well as another $10,000 from other agencies. Several companies, including Clear Channel Outdoor, the Akron Beacon Journal, WAKR, WNIR and 93.1 The Summit, have donated space or air time for the campaign. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

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