Marsilio named director

of commissioners group

Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio has been appointed to a one-year term on the board of directors of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

The CCAO represents the 86 Ohio boards of county commissioners and the Cuyahoga and Summit County executives and councils. There are 35 members on the board of directors.

Marsilio said she is looking forward to representing Portage County on the CCAO and working to foster cooperation at all levels of government.

Marsilio, who has a bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University and a law degree from Capital University Law School, was elected as a Portage County commissioner in 2010 and currently serves as vice president of the board.

Jobless rate goes down

Ohio's unemployment rate is continuing to inch downward.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Dec. 21 that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent. That's down from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.

It's the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008.

The state has said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.

Ohio's unemployment rate has remained about a full percentage point below the U.S. rate.

-- The Associated Press

Mom facing charges for allegedly cooking meth

A Ravenna Township mom has been charged with several drug-related felonies after an investigation by Portage County Drug Task Force agents found she was making methamphetamine.

Krimson A. Cadle, 27, was charged Dec. 19 with one count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children and violating a temporary protection order.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said drug task force agents received information from Portage County Job and Family Services staffers that Cadle allegedly was making meth inside her mobile home in the presence of her 8-year-old son.

A chemical disposal team was called to the scene to remove the flammable chemicals from the property. Additional charges are pending a review of the case by the Portage County prosecutor's office and a grand jury.

Threat empties a school in the Crestwood district

Crestwood High School, already on a "soft lockdown" with increased police presence in response to rumors Dec. 21, found itself under evacuation that day after a bomb threat was scrawled on a restroom wall.

District Superintendent Joe Iacano said the threat, found at about 9:30 a.m., warned that something was going to explode.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said a message was written on a wall in a boys' restroom "in the form of a bomb threat." He would not elaborate on what the message said, but said the incident remains under investigation.

Students were evacuated by bus to the district's elementary schools. Teachers and staff from the high school supervised the students, and the other buildings in the district were on a "soft lockdown" as a precaution.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office searched the school and found nothing, Iacano said.

Parents of high school students received a call stating that they could pick their children up from the elementary buildings, and most did so by 12:30 p.m., Iacano said. About 100 remaining students were bused back to the high school by about 1:15 p.m. to continue the day.

Get a free File of Life kit

In an emergency every second counts. What medical personnel don't know about your health history may hurt you.

The File of Life is an easy way to ensure that first responders have a quick record of your medical history/conditions/medications if you are unable to provide it yourself.

The kit includes: a notification sticker for the entrance to your home, a magnetic sleeve for your refrigerator and an informational form for you to complete.

These kits are free, thanks to a partnership between Family and Community Services, Inc. and Home Instead Senior Care.

To request a free File of Life kit, call the Medication Assistance Program (MAP) at 330-297-8770.