Here are some of today's headlines from around the area, including Youngstown's fracking ban vote, Cuyahoga County's sin tax vote and Akron mayor calls for more investigation into former cop.
WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE: Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has added his voice to others asking federal authorities to investigate potential civil right violations by former police officer Donald Schismenos, who secretly recorded and neglected to turn into evidence hundreds of videos, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Schismenos resigned in December following a nearly two year investigation conducted by the Ohio Attorney’s General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the request of Akron police and county prosecutors after he was found with about 1,900 videos and 38,000 images stored on his city-owned computer, including those of criminals, fellow officers and even court proceedings that he recorded almost daily. Summit County prosecutors notified three or four defendants of the videos, but prosecutors said that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation had never crafted a catalogue to connect the videos to defendants. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
WOMAN SHOT: New Philadelphia resident Natasha G. Stover, 22, was shot and killed when a 79-year-old farmer mistook her for a groundhog, according to the Massillon Independent. Stover was an employee on the farm and the sheriff's office said she was lying on the ground target-shooting in a field when the owner of the farm shot her in the head with a long rifle, mistaking the top of her head for a groundhog. The man called 911 and Stover was taken to Aultman Hospital, where she died Tuesday. The Stark County Sheriff's Office is investigating but no charges have been filed. Click here to read more at indeonline.com.
SIN TAX: Cuyahoga County voted to extend the sin tax for another 20 years, creating an estimated $260 million over 20 years to be distributed between the Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium, the Indians' Progressive Field and the Cavs' Quicken Loans Arena, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The issue passed by nearly 23,000 votes with 56 percent approval. City council will decide how the money is distributed among the stadiums. The county sin tax is 4.5 cents per pack of cigarettes, 1.5 cents per 12-ounce bottle of beer, 6 cents per 750-milliliter bottle of wine, 32 cents per gallon of mixed beverages, 24 cents per gallon of cider and $3 per gallon of hard liquor.Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
FRACKING: Youngstown voters rejected a charter amendment to ban fracking in the city for the third time in a year, although the citizen-initiated Community Bill of Rights Committee said it will continue to put it on the ballot until it passes, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The amendment was rejected by 8.5 percentage points, the closest its been to passing. Last month the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that there is a probable connect between drilling and the eleven minor earthquakes that occurred in nearby Poland between March 4 and 10, and BP pulled out of the Utica Shale just last week due to disappointing well results. Opposition said that the amendment would not be enforceable as fracking is controlled by ODNR and would have stopped growth and kill jobs. Click here to read more at vindy.com.