Portage

Bond set in slaying

RAVENNA: A Windham Township man is being held in the Portage County Jail on a $1 million bond after being charged with murder in the Christmas Day shooting of his nephew.

Joseph E. Thornton, 48, of South Chapel Street, Windham, was arraigned on the charge Friday in municipal court before Judge Mark K. Fankhauser.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said dispatchers received a call about 10:50 Christmas night from a concerned relative of the victim, Jason Canan, 39. The caller told dispatchers he had information that Canan might have been shot inside a South Chapel Street mobile home he shared with his uncle.

Doak said deputies and Garrettsville police responded and found Canans body inside. The investigation is continuing, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting in gathering evidence from the home.

A criminal complaint from Thorntons arraignment stated that he purposely caused Canans death. There was no record of an attorney for Thornton.

His next court appearance is scheduled Friday morning as a preliminary hearing in municipal court.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Noon Years Eve

CLEVELAND: The community is invited to the eighth annual Noon Years Eve party at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The family-friendly event will include a wild-animal show, music and dancing, ice-carving demonstrations, crafts, ReZoolutions and a special countdown to noon complete with a ball drop over the Welcome Plaza.

Activities are free with zoo admission of $8.25 a person, $5.25 for children 2 to 11, and free for kids under 2 and zoo members.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is at 3900 Wildlife Way.

For more information, visit www.clemetzoo.com or call 216-661-6500.

ZOAR

Classes offered

ZOAR: Historic Zoar Village is offering winter classes including knitting workshops and weaving classes.

There is also a watercolor workshop, a yarn spinning class and a rug-hooking class with programs from January to March.

Information on the classes, the schedule, the fees and how to register is available at www.historiczoarvillage.com. For reservations or more information, call 800-262-6195 or 330-874-3011.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Pipeline discussions

Activists in Northeast Ohio have scheduled seven informational meetings in Portage and Trumbull counties regarding pipelines and pipeline construction tied to Ohios Utica shale drilling.

The first meeting will be Saturday at the Garrettsville Library, 10482 South St.

The rest of the schedule, arranged by Concerned Citizens Ohio, is:

?Jan. 11, Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna.

?Jan. 18. Newton Falls Library, 204 S. Canal St.

?Jan. 25, Mantua Civic Center, 11670 Mantua Center Road.

?Feb. 1, Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakeman Road.

?Feb. 8, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave.

?Feb. 15, Randolph Community Center, 1639 State Route 44, Atwater Township.

All the meetings will run from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Greer at 330-472-8086.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Forum on coyotes

COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will present a program on the clever and very adaptive coyote on Jan. 9.

It will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Division of Wildlife District 3 offices at 912 Portage Lakes Drive.

Topics include coyote biology, ecology, population trends, current status, dispelling myths and what to do if you encounter a coyote.

The program is for ages 16 or older. Its free, but registration is required.

Contact Jamey Emmert at 330-245-3020 or jamey.emmert@dnr.state.oh.us.