Thursday, May 16, 2013
The North Canton Jaycees honored Capt. Gary Coen and Officer Mike Foltz Wednesday for their dedication and service to the community.
North Canton Fire Capt. Gary Coen and North Canton police officer Mike Foltz were presented with honorary Jaycees memberships Wednesday in recognition of their contributions to the local, non-profit organization and to the community at-large. The awards reception was held at the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce. The awards were given in conjunction with Peace Officers Memorial Day. Coen was appointed as a part time firefighter in 1986. He was certified as an EMT in 1991, he was promoted to full time Inspector, Firefighter, EMT in 1998. In 2003 he was promoted to captain. In addition to fireground supervision, Coen is a member of the Fire Prevention Bureau, is a Certified Fire Safety Inspector and is currently assigned to head special…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The North Canton Jaycees are excited to honor two city employees for their dedication and service to not only the city and its residents, but to the Jaycees as well.
The Jaycees will honor Capt. Gary Coen of the North Canton Fire Department with an Honorary Membership and Officer Mike Foltz of the North Canton Police Department, a former Jaycee, will be given an Honorary Lifetime Membership. The awards reception is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce. The awards are in conjunction with Peace Officers Memorial Day. Coen was appointed as a part time firefighter in 1986. He was certified as an EMT in 1991, he was promoted to full time Inspector, Firefighter, EMT in 1998. In 2003 he was promoted to captain. In addition to fireground supervision, Coen is a member of the Fire Prevention Bureau, is a Certified Fire Safety Inspector and is currently assigned to …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The North Canton Fire Department responded to a small blaze Wednesday morning in the 400 block of Emerson Avenue NW.
North Canton firefighters rushed to douse a fire that broke out at an unoccupied duplex Wednesday morning. The department was called to 441 Emerson Ave. NW at 5:55 a.m. and began extinguishing the fire that was burning in the first story living room and basement. According to North Canton Fire Chief John Bacon, the fire was under control within 15 minutes of the department's arrival. The second story sustained smoke and heat damage, and Bacon estimated the overall damage at about $60,000. There were no injuries. "The North Canton Fire Department responded with two (fire) engines, one ladder truck and two rescue units with 19 fire department personnel," said Bacon in a prepared statement. The Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating the …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The meeting follows a well-attended meeting for the city's other two wards held March 26
The city of North Canton hosted a well-attended safety and crime prevention meeting March 26, and it'll follow up with another one this week. Nearly 200 people attended the March 26 meeting for Wards 1 and 4 at the North Canton Civic Center and had several questions for their city council representatives as well as officials from the North Canton police and fire departments. The next meeting is for Wards 2 and 3 and takes place at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at the civic center, 845 W. Maple St. The first meeting focused on safety tips for homeowners. Find a summary here.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
North Canton residents — namely ones in Wards 1 and 4 — attended a meeting Tuesday night to learn about safety and security tips from the professionals
Residents surely have heard this one before: A dead giveaway that a person's on vacation or away from home is a dark house and a full mailbox. But, did you know burglars might also look for a blinking answering machine light? North Canton police, firefighters and other city officials shared that and more tips they've picked up (some from the criminals themselves) that could help keep North Canton residents and their homes safe. They led the safety and crime prevention meeting Tuesday night inside the North Canton Civic Center. The meeting, which focused on Wards 1 and 4, brought in about 160 people, filling nearly every seat inside the civic center. Safety officials stressed the importance of reporting their suspicions, even if they're …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
North Canton firefighters responded to the fire about 7:37 a.m. Saturday
The North Canton YMCA will be closed Saturday after firefighters extinguished a small, morning fire. The North Canton Fire Department was dispatched at 7:37 a.m. for a fire alarm and a report of fire in a dryer, according to a news release from the department. The smoke detector alerted the building's occupants and triggered the fire alarm. By the time responders arrived, the building had been evacuated and no one was harmed. First-in crews opened the laundry room door and extinguished burning towels in the dryer. The northwest section of the building had a large amount of smoke in it and firefighters had to ventilate the building. Only fire damage was to the laundry room and dryer, and no damage estimate was determined. The first unit …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Rose Ann Butts, 41, of Akron, is accused of setting a home on fire at 516 McKinley Ave. April 12, 2012
The woman accused of setting her former North Canton home on fire could stand trial for arson next month, if attorneys don't reach a plea bargain first. Rose Ann Butts, 41, of Akron, is slated to appear in Stark County Common Pleas Court for a final pretrial hearing at 8:30 a.m. April 1, according to her online case docket. Her trial is expected for the week of April 15 in the courtroom of Judge Taryn L. Heath. A Stark County grand jury indicted Butts on three counts of aggravated arson, all second-degree felonies, in mid-February and officials from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Butts shortly after. Police suspect she set fire to a home at 516 McKinley Ave. SE on April 12, 2012. That fire spread to the …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Get caught up on what you might have missed in North Canton this week
1. A convenient place to crash: A suspected drunken driver picked a pretty convenient place to crash his car March 9. He nearly ran right into the North Canton Police Department and then walked inside to turn himself in. 2. Fire inspector gets an ultimatum: A North Canton fire inspector will be laid off by the end of the month, city officials said this week. The city offered the employee an opportunity to become a drinking water treatment plant non-certified operator. 3. Little League president shares his side of the story: North Canton Little League President Gary Giammarco responds to the heated debate about whether the Little League should have overhead lighting and more parking. 4. Resident rescued from third-floor apartment: North …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
City officials say no more definitive layoffs are planned, but they haven't ruled them out
The city of North Canton has laid off one full-time fire inspector in an effort to deal with its shrinking budget. The layoff of fire inspector Scott Kelly is effective March 26, City Administrator Mike Grimes said. Grimes had served as police chief up until his retirement and then appointment as city administrator in 2011. In his time with the city, he's never seen a layoff. "We've had people terminated and other kinds of things regarding unions," he said. "Mostly people come here, work their whole life here and retire here." Finance Director Karen Alger had presented a proposed 2013 budget at the Jan. 22 council meeting, and that budget showed the city's estimated spending exceeds its revenue by $3.6 million. And $1.4 of that deficit is …
Monday, March 11, 2013
No residents were injured in the weekend fire, but one firefighter was taken to a hospital
North Canton firefighters rescued a resident from a third-floor apartment in Heritage Manor Apartments Saturday. Fire officials say a fire started in the resident's bedroom at the south side of the apartment at 1885 Beechwood Ave. NE before 3:40 p.m. that day. Crews arrived and had the fire under control within 20 minutes. Firefighters used a ground ladder to rescue the resident from a balcony and help the person down the ladder. One firefighter suffered a laceration to his hand and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Fire officials had no report of the firefighter's condition this past weekend. Damage to the 12-unit structure is estimated at $100,000 and $20,000 to contents. Every unit sustained smoke damage. The North Canton Fire …