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 20 to March 26, 2014.
A famed piece of Cleveland history from yesteryear will make its return later this year.
The Euclid Beach Park grand carousel, which was built in 1910, operated until the amusement park closed in 1969. Now, the carousel that created so many fond memories is returning to Cleveland in a project spearheaded by the Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society, Euclid Beach Park Now and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
State ethics laws do not appear to prevent the directors of the Cuyahoga Falls marching band from accepting a free trip to Florida, according to information a school district official received March 18 from the Ohio Ethics Commission.
While awaiting a written ruling specific to Cuyahoga Falls' circumstances, band directors Brandon S. DuVall and Dustin Harris left town March 20, accompanying 149 band members to Walt Disney World.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued a public health alert for an undetermined amount of canned salsa and con queso product produced by Marcelita's Authentic Mexican Food restaurant, located at 7774 Darrow Road in Hudson.
All Marcelita's Salsa and Marcelita's Con Queso retail products should be discarded, as the product was produced in an environment where it may have become adulterated. Products subject to this alert were sold at the Darrow Road restaurant and Heinen's grocery stores.
Five days after a Stow police officer discovered the body of 21-year-old Michelle Johnson in a shed behind her Maplepark Road home, police arrested her housemate in her murder.
At a March 20 press conference, Police Chief Louis Dirker said 44-year-old Roxanne Lee Buck had been arrested and arraigned that morning in Stow Municipal Court on charges of first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony tampering with evidence, charges authorized by the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. She was being held in Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.
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.
After two years in office, Finance Director Monica James is resigning effective March 28, Mayor Jesse Nehez announced in a press release March 24.
"Ms. James informed me that due to personal and family matters, she needs a more flexible schedule that would prohibit her from meeting the demands of the director of finance position," Nehez said in the release.
The body of Julius Babul, 49, of Streetsboro, was found the afternoon of March 22 by a hiker on a trail about 500 to 1,000 feet off Kelly Lane, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Troy Beaver.
Following an autopsy March 24, the cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, according to Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro.
Glenn Wong's family life began to unravel in the months prior to the murder of his wife, prosecutors say, and jealousy and suspicion ultimately caused a "controlling" Wong to stab Tami Mitchell Wong more than 100 times on the morning of Feb. 24, 2013.
Wong's Akron-based attorney Brian Pierce contended on the first day of the murder trial March 25 that Wong's actions are not in dispute, and while irrational, they were not premeditated.