photo of highway patrol car lights

A third Ohio city is adding a audio-surveillance system to track gunfire.

Cincinnati is rolling out ShotSpotter technology this month.

In 2010, Youngstown became the first Ohio city to install the system. Canton followed in 2013.

ShotSpotter uses microphones to detect and pinpoint the sound of gunshots, which then sends an alert to dispatchers.

University of Virginia researcher Jennifer Doleac says the technology can improve response times.

photo of Tyler Converse at Canton Water Plant
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Canton water officials are assuring residents that water coming out of their tap is safe to drink, despite any discoloration.

The city reduced the amount of water it was pumping from its Sugarcreek wellfield following a spill of drilling mud in April from nearby construction on the Rover Pipeline. The wellfield, is a main source of drinking water for the city.

ODOT Meetng on HOF Interchange
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No homes, places of business or local tax dollars will be involved in improving the I-77/U.S. 62 interchange near the expanding Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

At a public meeting last night, the Ohio Department of Transportation said the plan involves only an addition of lanes to some already in place. So, there will be no new property acquisition., according to project finance planner Steve Rebillot.

Canton's Fireworks Show Will Go On

Jun 24, 2017
Fireworks at the McKinley Monument

Despite worries about funding, Canton’s annual 4th of July fireworks show will go on, according to one of its sponsors.

This marks the second year in a row the display lacked funds.

Organizer Bob Harper, president of United Steelworkers Local 1123, says they needed $15,000 dollars to pay for the fireworks, along with police and fire department personnel.

Harper says even though big sponsors fell through, the community has come through. 

Canton Jewish Center
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Immigrants from around the world brought ethnic and religious diversity to northeast Ohio.  They helped build what for a time were some of the most vibrant towns and cities in America. But, that has been changing, as is happening with Canton and the evolving Jewish community here.

The vacant and often overgrown field used to be a busy playground and tennis courts. They, the  pool and the rest of the Canton Jewish Community Center have been closed now for five years. But, like the Jewish community itself, it once had an outsized effect.