Regional Roundup: Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, 2014

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In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers for your convenience. Here are the stories you don't want to miss from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, 2014.

Aurora
Aurora High School graduate comes a long way in political world

Christine Pennock, regional representative for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, has come a long way since she graduated from Aurora High in 2007.

"I was always interested in politics growing up," said Pennock. "It was something I really liked and my family was pretty political."

Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls woman ordered to repay workers' comp money after pleading guilty to fraud

A Cuyahoga Falls woman was ordered to repay nearly $4,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for working while receiving workplace injury benefits, according to a news release from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Brieanna Younglove pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Hudson
Pastor Tom Randall of Christ Community Chapel being held in Philippines

A pastor at Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St. is being held in the Philippines on charges connected to a human trafficking case.

Tom Randall, who was hired in September as pastor at large, was arrested on undetermined charges Jan. 12 while in Manila doing missionary work, according to the Rev. Joe Coffey, lead pastor at the Hudson campus of Christ Community Chapel.

Stow
Police dog badger barks up the right tree in her first year

For a dog who only works for the city part time, Badger has been busy.

The city's police K-9 responded to 83 calls in 2013, her first full year with the department, according to an end-of-year report.

Tallmadge
Tallmadge Police Department welcomes new officer

Derek Heatwall was sworn in as the Tallmadge Police Department’s newest officer during a ceremony in Council Chambers at City Hall Jan. 17. A 2003 graduate of Tallmadge High School, Heatwall attended Kent State University for one semester, and obtained his Ohio Peace Officer’s certification in February of 2011 after attending the University of Akron Police Academy.

Nordonia Hills
Macedonia standoff ends, man taken into custody

Police announced the scene of a standoff with an armed resident facing eviction ended without injury with the resident in police custody. Summit County Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland told the News Leader a team from combined Metro SWAT and the Summit County Sheriff's Office SWAT entered resident David Smith's Shepard Road home around 5:30 p.m. and arrested him. Holland said members of a county hostage negotiating team had been in contact with Smith, who was armed with a handgun. Holland said no shots were fired and neither Smith, nor officers who arrested him were injured.

Streetsboro
Stringz & Wingz closed 'until further notice,' says owner

“Until further notice,” Stringz & Wingz is closed, said Owner “Chef” Bill Thompson in an interview Jan. 14.

Thompson said he returned leased audio equipment from the business that afternoon, and shortly after that, police were at the facility with a representative from A & Z Management, the company that owns Streetsboro Plaza, where the business is located.

Twinsburg
With Video: Twinsburg Community Theatre steps 'Through the Looking Glass'

The fantastic world of author Lewis Carroll will open to residents of all ages Jan. 24 as the Twinsburg Community Theatre takes the audience "Through the Looking Glass," a unique stage adaptation of the British author's sequel to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

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