NORTH CANTON SCHOOLS

Busing guidelines

NORTH CANTON: The North Canton Board of Education last week approved an administration recommendation to tighten safety procedures on district buses.

Effective Tuesday, each student will be allowed a maximum of two buses and stops during the school year. Previously there was no limit.

Further, changes from a set schedule must be made more than 24 hours in advance by notifying the district transportation office by email at transportation@northcantonschools.org or by written note signed by the child’s parents or guardian. Notes may be handed to the student’s bus driver.

“For some this will be a hardship and we are sorry for this. We recognize the need to be flexible, but we have gone beyond the realm of reason. The safety of our kids is paramount,” Superintendent Michael Hartenstein said Wednesday.

One student had five different bus stops on five days, Hartenstein said. In another instance, staff became alarmed when three children did not show up on the assigned bus; they had gotten on another bus.

Information on bus transportation is posted on the website www.northcantonschools.org.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Elections complaint

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Elections Commission last week found probable cause that state Rep. Zack Milkovich, a candidate for Barberton clerk of court, violated election laws with a yard sign and literature piece in the September primary.

Milkovich’s campaign materials said, “Zack Milkovich ... Clerk of Court,” which doesn’t make it clear that he doesn’t presently hold the clerk’s office, said Philip Richter, who heads the elections commission.

Candidates running for an office they don’t hold generally add “Elect” before their names or “for” between their names and the office they are seeking.

Ken Masich, a Summit County Common Pleas Court bailiff, filed the complaint against Milkovich. He said he is a voter in the Barberton clerk district and is friends with Diana Stevenson, a Republican and the current Barberton clerk, and her husband.

Milkovich, D-Barberton, said he was told the wording he used was OK for the sake of brevity.

“If that was improper, it was completely unintentional,” said Milkovich, who defeated Jon Poda, a former Summit County council member who now works for the county, in the Sept. 10 primary.

Milkovich will face Stevenson in the Nov. 5 election.

The elections commission has not set a date for a full hearing on the complaint, Richter said.

stark county

No lawn to cut

CANTON: A man who drove a lawn tractor into an OVI checkpoint Friday night in Stark County was arrested for driving with a suspended license, sheriff’s deputies said.

The story was posted on the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page Saturday and did not identify the man.

Deputies say the man was driving his lawn tractor near their checkpoint on state Route 172 near the Canton and East Canton city line to pick up a pizza Friday night.

“Unfortunately, he chose the only pizza place in town that had a checkpoint set up out front,” the department posted.

Deputies say the man was stopped and records showed he has a suspended license and arrest warrants pending.

“This came as quite a shock to the man, as he thought driving the mower on a suspended license would keep him out of trouble! He was wrong,” deputies said.

The man was taken to the Stark County Jail and the tractor was towed.

“No word on what happened to the pizza he ordered,” deputies said.

Big cat spotted

NAVARRE: The Stark County Sheriff’s department is investigating the sighting of a large cat in Navarre.

A resident in the 9200 block of Elton Street SW called police around 4 p.m. to report what appeared to be an exotic animal in the backyard.

Deputies responded and began a search of the area.

Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Navarre Police Department, Brewster Police Department, Bethlehem Township Fire Department, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Agriculture assisted in the search.

Authorities say officers were unable to locate the cat.