Regional Roundup: March 13 to March 19, 2014

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In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers every Thursday. Here are the regional stories you don't want to miss from March 6 to March 12, 2014.

Aurora
Superintendent: Winter has been hard on Aurora school operations

Schools superintendent Russ Bennett said late last week that this winter "has been difficult [for the schools] in so many ways."

His comments came one day after state lawmakers took final action on legislation to provide a few extra "calamity" days -- nine total -- for schools contending with snow, ice and frigid temperatures.

Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education meeting ends abruptly after complaint of 'overcrowding'

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department Lt. Steve Lyons interrupted the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, saying he was responding to "a complaint of overcrowding."  

The overflow crowd spilled out into the hall and others sat on the floor of the room in the Harold E. Wilson Administrative Center. Lyons observed the maximum capacity for the room was posted on a sign on the wall: 40 people. Lyons said he counted 39 people seated, so he asked those not seated to leave.

Hudson
Former Hudson man accused in death of California bicyclist faces new charges

A former Hudson man who has been charged in a hit and run in the death of a California nursing student in 2013 is facing two additional felony counts.

Riley Dean Hoover, 19, of Chico, Calif., was charged March 7 with two felony counts of money laundering during a preliminary hearing in California Superior Court.

Stow
Arrest made in Stow homicide

Stow Police Department has announced it has arrested Roxanne Lee Buck for the murder of Michelle Johnson of Stow. Buck lived at the same residence as Johnson.

A police officer making a welfare check on a Maplepark Road woman Saturday evening discovered a body in shed in the backyard, according to the Stow Police Department.

Tallmadge
Tallmadge Police arrest Akron man on heroin charges

Tallmadge Police arrested a man on heroin charges at Saxon Village Apartments on North Thomas Road March 19.

According to Operations Commander Lt. Ron Williams, Antwon D. Watson, 21, of Akron, is charged with one count each of aggravated trafficking and aggravated possession of heroin, both fourth-degree felonies.

Nordonia Hills
ODOT rejects I-380 proposal

State Route 8 will remain the same despite an effort to turn the busy highway into an interstate.

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently declined a proposal from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study to redesignate Route 8 as Interstate 380.

Streetsboro
Vacant Streetsboro Eat 'N Park site to become home to The Happy Moose

The vacant, former Eat ’N Park on Route 14 will soon become the home of The Happy Moose Bar and Grille, Mayor Glenn Broska announced March 19.

The Happy Moose Bar and Grille is a family-owned and operated restaurant whose first location is in Mentor. 

Twinsburg
Video: Davco Fastener employees give colleague another trip around the baseball diamond

Above the fold, a headline in a mid-1950s sports section of the Plain Dealer reads "Aaron hits two as Braves win." Just below, in a slightly smaller font, "Potts homers as Radiarts win."

Aurora resident Dick Potts, who celebrated his 88th birthday with his Davco Fastener Co. colleagues March 7, has embraced the game of baseball his entire life -- from his childhood growing up at 66th and Lexington in Cleveland, to his time in the minor leagues in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to his brief stint "in the show" with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948.

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