Residents may vote on

one auto license boost

The Portage County Tea Party turned in referendum petitions June 30 against one of two license fee increases enacted by Portage County commissioners in late May, meaning at least one $5 hike will go into effect Jan. 1.

The party presented peti-

tions for a referendum under Ohio Revised Code Section 4504.02, which requir-ed 2,834 signatures. That increase applies to all townships, Aurora, Ravenna, Streetsboro and Mogadore. All funds go to the county.

Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage Tea party, said the petitions have "approximately" the minimum number of signatures estimated to be needed for a referendum.

"With only seven days to get signatures, we focused on getting the minimum number required because there just was not a lot of time," Zawistowski said.

"We understand the roads need to be repaired. We opposed the fee increase because fixing the roads requires a short-term capital expenditure and that is how it should have been financed if you wanted to address that problem," he said.

-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier

Mantua market opens

Groups eye closing of

Portage injection well

A Portage County environmental and human rights citizens group and a national environmental group have filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying a Shalersville injection well has illegally received millions of gallons of waste for years.

Concerned Citizens Ohio and the center for Health, Environment and Justice are asking for an immediate cease and desist order to stop further use of the well at 9795-9899 Coit Road.

According to research conducted by the CHEJ, the Coit Road enhanced recovery well was permitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources only in order to stimulate production by two nearby wells.

The group said that, according to the ODNR's own records, a total of 34,687,884 gallons of oil/gas fluid waste from wells in and outside Ohio have been injected into the Coit Road well since 1982.

Matt Eiselstein of ODNR said the injection well was inspected in January and March this year with no violations noted.

-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier

Windham murder trial

set to begin this week

Jury selection in the murder case against Joseph E. Thornton, 49, of Windham Township in the alleged shooting death of his nephew, Jason R. Canan, is to begin today (July 9) in Portage County Common PLeas Court.

Thornton is being held in the Portage County Jail on $1 million bond.

Ravenna attorney Dan Weisenburger, who is representing Thornton, said he plans on "putting forth a rigorous defense" on behalf of Thornton.

Portage County sheriff's deputies and Garrettsville police officers found Canan, 39, dead inside a mobile home in the P & M Estates Mobile Home Park on Route 82, on Dec. 25, 2013. He had been shot, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said at the time.

Thornton was questioned about the incident and subsequently arrested and charged with murder. A Portage County grand jury indicted him on that charge, as well as one count each of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Ox Roast Fair coming

The 51st annual St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair will run July 18-20 at the church off Pioneer Trail in Mantua.

It features a wide variety of fair food, live entertainment, Friday night fireworks, Saturday morning 5K run/walk and -mile fun walk, an assortment of rides, games, contests and giveaways, over $7,000 in main raffle prizes and hourly progressive drawings and tractor, truck and semi pulls.

For details, visit or call 330-274-2253.