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Bomb threat leads to evacuation of county courthouse

By Carol McIntire



The Carroll County Courthouse was evacuated July 19 as a precaution after an envelope was received in the mail containing “white powder” and a bomb threat.

Sheriff Dale Williams said the envelope was received by a clerk in the Clerk of Courts office. The clerk gave the letter to Clerk of Court Bill Wohlwend, who immediately contacted Williams.

“We contacted BCI, FBI and the HAZMAT team from Stark County,” Williams said, adding the investigation continued with the group gathering at the county fire station. “As the investigation continued, we learned a similar envelope was also received at courthouses in Coshocton and Columbus. The material in those envelopes was tested quickly and it was learned the white powder was a sugar substitute.”

Williams said once officials learned the white powder was not dangerous,  the envelope was opened and a note was found inside saying the courthouse was going to be bombed.

“As a precaution, we evacuated the courthouse in the afternoon and searched the building and nearby vehicles. Nothing was found.”

Williams said the FBI continues to investigate the case.

Remaining food at Thorne’s headed for landfill

The receiver appointed for the liquidation of Thorne’s Neighborhood Market has been authorized to have remaining grocery items removed to a waste facility.

The court order was issued July 10 by Carroll County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. on a request of the receiver (SELLit Receiver LLC) in connection with a foreclosure complaint filed May 18 by Huntington National Bank of Canton vs. CPW Properties, LTD which owns the property on W. Main St. in Carrollton.

According to the journal entry, the receiver found the power at the local grocery store was turned off for quite some time and frozen turkeys, meats and seafood was left in chest type freezers that did not have a lid.

The entry states the food products decayed, rotted and putrefied.

Carroll County Common Pleas Court general records now available online

Records of the general division of the Carroll County Common Pleas Court are now accessible online through the diligent work of Chief Deputy Connie Budinsky.

Effective Monday, July 17, you can look up all cases filed in the Carroll County Clerk of Courts office online at

“This has been a long time coming, but it’s here,” says Clerk of Courts William R. Wohlwend. “The public can search all cases filed in the Clerks office back to March 2000,” he added.

Romeo, Days crowned fair king, queen

By Carol McIntire


Members of the 2017 Carroll County Fair Royalty Court are shown above. Seated from left are: King Jacob Romeo and Queen Eliza Days. Standing from left are King Second Runner-Up Spencer Varney, Prince Austin Lozier, King first runner-up Dakota Walters, Queen First Runner-up Bailey McKarns, Queen Second Runner-up Sadie Romeo, Princess Runner-up Monica Lozier and Princess Lucy Pridemore.

An aspiring actor and a college student were crowned Carroll County Fair king and queen during a ceremony Tuesday, the opening day of the 167th annual expo.

Jacob Romeo, who was runner-up to the fair king last year, was crowned king and Eliza Days, a student at the University of Mount Union, was crowned queen.

Romeo, 17, is the son of Roger and Allison Romeo of Bowerston. He is a seven-year 4-H honor member, and has served as president of the Teen Leaders, treasurer of the Sharp Shooters and A-Z clubs, and vice president of Skills USA at Buckeye Career Center. He is a four-time 4-H State Fair participant, shows lambs and chickens and completes still projects through the 4-H program. He has been named to the 4-H Outstanding Court twice.

He attends Kent State University at Tuscarawas and Carrollton High School. He will be a senior this fall and plans to graduate from college with a degree in theater and become an actor.

Days, 19, is the daughter of Rodney and Connie Days of Carrollton. She is a graduate of Carrollton High School and will be a sophomore at the University of Mount Union this fall where she is majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.

At CHS, she was active in student council, FFA and sports. During her 4-H career, she has shown dairy heifers and cows, market hogs, carcass hogs, market chickens and a pet rabbit. She also participated in the diary products programs.

Waste District opts to purchase, not lease trucks for new recycling collection program

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


The Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District agreed to transfer funds from the principal retirement fund to the equipment fund to pay for two new trucks to be used in the department’s new solid waste pick up program during the July meeting.

Director Barb Walton said two new trucks are on order and will be paid for with the transfer of a total of $500,000 to the equipment account.

As of July 18, the district placed 135 containers in Carroll, Harrison and Columbiana counties.  Twenty-seven sites are completed with 77 more to go, according to Walton.

Walton has worked through access to fueling stations in both Carroll and Harrison and is working on such an arrangement with Columbiana County.

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