Priest probed for alleged cash theft

After receiving a report from the Diocese of Youngstown, the Streetsboro Police Department is investigating the alleged theft of more than $160,000 in church funds by the late pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro.

Police Chief Darin Powers confirmed last week that detectives are investigating the report made by the diocese regarding the activities of the Rev. Pat Ferraro, who died Sept. 2, 2016 while away at a conference in Virginia.

"The church filed a report last week," Powers said. "It is an open investigation, so they are working on it."

A parishioner at another Catholic church in Portage County told the Record-Courier that a statement was read during Sunday Mass informing their congregation of the allegations.

Detectives "are looking into it more [to see] that there is no other involvement by anyone else," Powers said. "We just want to go through it again and make sure there's nothing else to it other than what the church has discovered."

Ferraro, who was 51 when he died, "was very loved and very highly thought-of" in Streetsboro, Powers said.

-- Dave O'Brien, Record-Courier

Maple syrup timearrives in the area

Continuing the next two Saturdays, Ohio maple syrup makers will open up their sugar houses to the public and demonstrate how maple syrup is made during the 2017 March Maple Madness Tour.

Goodell Family Farm, a seventh generation family owned farm in Shalersville, will offer its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12 and 19 at the Township Hall at Routes 44 and 303 in Shalersville.

The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage topped with Goodell's own pure maple syrup. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

"It's a wide variety of people," Nathan Goodell said. "A lot of locals and repeat people we see every year. There's always a new mix of people that enjoy pancakes and maple syrup. People come out from Cleveland and Akron. It's a fun experience."

The Maple Madness Tour stops include farms in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

"March is the traditional maple month," Goodell said. "That is why we do the Madness Tour in March. In Ohio, there's 900 maple syrup producers. Majority of them are in Northeast Ohio. Geauga County is the biggest county, but Portage has its fair share."

For the complete March Madness Driving Tour, visit