Child porn arrest
CUYAHOGA FALLS: A man was arrested Friday morning on child pornography charges after Cuyahoga Falls police detectives received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Steven J. Woods, 49, was arrested on two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, police Sgt. James J. Singleton said in a news release.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for a home in the 2000 block of Issaquah Street after the task force said child pornography was being downloaded at that location.
Singleton said detectives will review the large amount of evidence seized and that more charges are possible.
Woods was booked into the Summit County Jail pending an appearance Monday in Stow Municipal Court.
Leader to retire
HUDSON: Superintendent Steven Farnsworth has told the Board of Education he will retire, effective Aug. 1.
“It has been a great run,” he said of his six years in Hudson.
After 42 years in education, 26 of those as a superintendent, Farnsworth said he can’t think of a better way to spend a life.
Farnsworth left Brecksville schools after 35 years to take a job with the Ohio Department of Education. After a year with the state, Hudson recruited him to become its superintendent.
He said that six years ago it was a challenging time for Hudson schools. Currently, it “is in a very good place.”
Finances are stable and the district has high ratings academically in the state, he said.
The board will address Farnsworth’s retirement plans during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hudson High School.
Review of expenses
MEDINA: The state auditor will review a fund used to pay more than $265,000 for the Medina superintendent’s college education expenses.
The Medina Gazette reported that the Board of Education sought the review from Auditor Dave Yost after questions arose about the district’s fund at the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center.
The newspaper says Superintendent Randy Stepp approved payments from the account that the district board and treasurer didn’t have to approve. Coverage of his educational expenses was part of Stepp’s contract, but the community has questioned other payments he directed, including travel expenses.
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WADSWORTH: City officials said Friday that state House Speaker William Batchelder will not be able to attend the special meeting called for 1 p.m. today.
The City Council, however, still will hold a special meeting, now set for 2:15 p.m. in City Hall
Batchelder, R-Medina, was to address a bill designed to create more uniform processes for income tax collection.
City Auditor Catherine Fix has said Wadsworth could lose up to $100,000 yearly plus a one-time loss of $380,000 if the bill wins legislative approval.