New trial is ordered for

a convicted murderer

AURORA -- The April 2006 conviction of an Aurora man, charged with fatally stabbing his wife, has been overturned by an Ohio appeals court. James K. Warner, 58, was found guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court of two counts of murder for the November 2005 death of his wife, Carolyn. Warner is incarcerated at the Toledo Correctional Institute, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Web site. Judges from the 11th District Court of Appeals in Warren June 15 ordered a new trial for Warner because of the trial court's "failure to give an instruction on voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault" and its failure to allow certain expert testimony.

Bedford man, 21, killed

in police shoot-out

BEDFORD -- A Bedford man is dead after police say they returned fire after he shot at them June 20. Police stopped Joseph Picciano, 21, on Lincoln Avenue after receiving a call from his mother at about 5:15 p.m. that he had left his house on Johnson Avenue with a shotgun. Police say Picciano got out of his car and allegedly fired at officers. Police said a crisis intervention team tried to talk to Picciano, but at 6:45 p.m. Picciano allegedly fired at officers again. Police say officers returned fire, striking Picciano, who was later pronounced dead at UHHS Bedford Medical Center. Three officers are on administrative leave while an investigation is pending, according to a detective with Bedford police. No one else was injured.

BP staying open this year

BOSTON HEIGHTS -- Despite reports from the Ohio Department of Transportation that it was purchasing and would close the BP on Boston Mills Road June 4, the gas station remains open. According to a worker at the station, the bustling stop at the base of the Ohio Turnpike ramp at Route 8 and Boston Mills Road will remain open until the end of the year.

Former ambassador doesn't want park named after him

HUDSON -- The naming of park property on Veterans Way is back in the hands of the park board after former U.S. Ambassador to Norway John Ong asked City Council to remove his name from consideration. Council had been set to consider naming the park in honor of Ong, but withdrew the legislation after Council President Brian Daley said he received a letter from Ong asking that the park board not use his name. Daley said Ong was no longer in favor of the city using his name after members of City Council and the park board appeared at odds over whether it was the best name for the park property.

Streetsboro man dies in car accident

RAVENNA -- Police say Streetsboro resident Wayne A. Silva died after a June 17 two-car accident at the corner of Route 14 and Infirmary Road in Ravenna. Also involved in the crash were two minors who were taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital where they were treated and later released, according to a hospital official. Silva had "entered the intersection on a green light when it then struck the side of" a pickup driven by a minor, according to witness accounts cited by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The crash remains under investigation.

Grinders will not close before changing to Rockne's

STOW -- As Grinders Above and Beyond restaurant makes the transition to Rockne's, the establishment will not need to close, as owner Dan Mazzola previously had planned. Mazzola had expected Grinders to close Aug. 1 and re-open Sept. 1 as Rockne's at the same location, 4240 Hudson Drive in Stow. Now, Grinders will remain open, and the remodeling will take place during the evening hours. The remodeling is expected to begin in late June at an estimated cost of $250,000. The target date for the opening day of Rockne's has been changed to Aug. 1, he said. Mazzola said all 60 employees will remain on staff, and he expects to hire 10 to 12 by late July.

Lake Erie to benefit from research grants

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission awarded $50,000 to research projects officials say will benefit the lake and its environmental and economic resources. Included in the grant money is $10,000 earmarked for Cleveland State University to be used to investigate the nutrient structure of the Cuyahoga River. Case Western Reserve University also will receive around $10,000 to study the prevalence of a lethal fish virus in the lake's yellow perch. The rest of the grant fund will go to projects to be performed by the Center for Water Quality Research and the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, visit

City resumes JEDD talks with Suffield

TALLMADGE -- City officials will meet with Suffield Township officials June 28 at 7 p.m. at Suffield Town Hall to discuss a possible Joint Economic Development District. The benefit, said Mayor Christopher Grimm, would be improved water, sewer and economic infrastructure in Suffield. "It provides the ability to abate taxes to help get businesses going with the idea that they'll stay there," he said. Taxes would be collected from the income of employees of businesses and the corporate taxes within the JEDD, said Grimm, adding, "Tallmadge would initially get 100 percent of the JEDD tax, then 50 percent would go back to Suffield." Tallmadge's Economic Development Director Pat Sauner said 55 to 60 businesses are in the proposed JEDD area.