Funeral home unveils

plans for new facility

AURORA -- The community might boast its first funeral home if a plan unveiled to the economic development board becomes reality. On July 19 the board favored the building of a funeral home after hearing plans from Mary Ferfolia Lansky that Ferfolia Funeral Homes wants to build a $2.5 million, 18,000-square-foot facility on the northwest corner of Route 82 and Bissell Road. Lansky said the building being considered would have four inside chambers, a facility for post-funeral gatherings and an outdoor chapel, with heavily landscaped surroundings and perhaps a waterfall.

Arrest made, but not

the one expected

BEDFORD -- Detectives from the Southeast Area Law Enforcement narcotics task force made an arrest after searching the home of a man suspected of drug trafficking -- but it wasn't the man they were expecting. SEALE detectives carried out a search warrant June 29 after they said they made several controlled purchases of ecstasy from the resident. When they arrived, the resident was not home, but detectives said they found 200 suspected ecstasy pills, at a street value of about $3,000, stuffed inside a register vent in his bedroom.

Detectives also found Branon Fantroy, 21, of Bedford, sleeping on the living room floor. In an unrelated case, detectives said they had made five controlled buys of ecstasy off Fantroy, but had not searched his house or arrested him yet. Detectives said after they found him in the home, they searched Fantroy's car outside and found 20 suspected ecstasy pills, at a street value of about $300. Fantroy was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. He was arraigned July 5 in Bedford Municipal Court where he pleaded not guilty. His case was bound over to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

State officials report 1,237 killed on Ohio roadways last year

COLUMBUS -- Officials from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Transportation announced in a July 24 news release that Ohio roadway deaths dropped by 7 percent from the 2005 numbers. Of the 1,237 people reported to be killed in 2006, 494 incidents involved alcohol, 457 involved no use of safety belts and 388 involved speeding. The release states the national fatality rate is 1.42 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, while Ohio's 2006 results were 1.1 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

Falls receives

$2.3 million grant for development project

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Construction could begin on a multi-story residential and retail complex on South Front Street in three years after the city received a more than $2.3 million grant from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund July 25. "This jump-starts that area for development," Planning Director Fred Guerra said. "It's going to start transforming the South Front Street area into a new neighborhood that could eventually have more than 600 residences." According to city officials, the grant could pay for environmental assessments, property purchases, demolition, soil and water remediation and removal of asbestos.

Zoning changes

could bring retail,

more homes

HUDSON -- Council may vote after an Aug. 1 public hearing on six proposals that would pave the way for new retail and residential development in south Hudson. The proposals would restrict housing based on age, allow larger retail buildings and speed up the city approval process for new development. One project that would be allowed under the new zoning is a 47-acre mixed-use development with 139 residential units and 73,000 square feet of retail along the bike trail on the west side of Darrow Road near the Stow border. Under the proposed zoning, 80 percent of residents in the new housing development would have to be 55 and older.

Company will bring

30 jobs to city

MAPLE HEIGHTS -- The owners of Grafix, a plastic film converter company, plan to start moving their 30 employees into some new digs in Maple Heights this fall. The company purchased the vacant 43,000-square-foot former Wine Distributors building from R.L. Lipton July 20. Hayley Prendergast, co-owner of Grafix, said the Cleveland company hopes to start the move in early October.

Township may bill ski area for EMS calls

SAGAMORE HILLS -- A Summit County Prosecutor's Office opinion would allow Sagamore Hills Township to bill the Brandywine ski area for emergency medical calls due to injured skiers. Trustees estimate the ski area generates around 60 EMS calls during its main season from December to March. They plan to establish a resolution billing any business $800 per EMS call beyond the first six calls in any year. Tim Boyd, president of Peak Resorts, Brandywine's parent company, said his firm would oppose efforts to bill the ski area for EMS calls, noting the township already bills victims.

Chase begins in Streetsboro; ends

in Twinsburg

STREETSBORO -- No one was hurt July 24 when Twinsburg and Streetsboro police took part in a single-car highway chase that ended with the arrest of a 23-year-old Cleveland man. The chase began in Streetsboro, where the motorist turned on to Route 14, which merges with Interstate 480, and headed toward Twinsburg. On I-480 near Route 82, Twinsburg police set up stop sticks which ultimately stopped the vehicle, but not before nearly hitting a Twinsburg officer, according to Twinsburg police. The man was charged by Streetsboro police with felony fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony, and by Twinsburg police with failure to control a vehicle, approaching a safety vehicle by coming too close to a parked police car on the side of the highway, having a failed traffic control device and not wearing a seat belt.

Tallmadge man killed

in Randolph crash

RANDOLPH -- A 49-year-old Tallmadge man was killed July 25 despite his efforts to avoid a collision with a truck law enforcement officials say ran a stop sign. Dale H. Musick was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:18 p.m. crash, which occurred near U.S. 224 and Hartville Road. According to the Ravenna post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Musick was riding a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on U.S. 224 when a truck driven by Mark J. Gilmore, 48, of North Canton, failed to stop at a northbound stop sign. Police said Musick apparently sensed the oncoming collision and laid his motorcycle on its side in an attempt to avoid striking the truck. But the two still collided and Musick sustained fatal injuries. The patrol said the crash remains under investigation and no charges were filed at press time.

Twinsburg named as a 'Top 100' in magazine

TWINSBURG -- Being the site of an international twins festival attended by tens of thousands of people, possessing a "huge" industrial tax base and offering lots of open space were enough to make Twinsburg one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the nation, according to Money Magazine. With its 18,100-person population and a median home price in 2006 of $233,796, Twinsburg was rated by the publication's August issue as the 93rd best place to live in the United States. According to the magazine's Web site, the 2007 list focused "on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community."