FIRE DESTROYS RESTAURANT
DOVER – Dover firefighters say they will handle the investigation to figure out the cause of the fire that destroyed the Sunnyside Store restaurant in Parral early Sunday.  Firefighters say a passerby smelled smoke and reported the fire at the North Wooster Avenue restaurant at 2:43 a.m. Sunday.  Nobody was injured. The building was reduced to a pile of rubble.  Firefighters were on scene and power was out in the area until late Sunday morning.    

WATCH OUT FOR ECLIPSE WATCHERS
PITTSBURGH - Travel officials want people to be able to look back on the eclipse today with positive memories.  Some people are hitting the road to view it in one of the states experiencing more darkness than Ohio. AAA’s Jim Garrity says pull off the road if you want to see the eclipse from behind the wheel. Plus keep an eye out for other drivers who could be doing the same thing and drifting out of their lanes.  He reminds us to also treat it like nighttime driving by turning your headlights on.  

CLASSES BACK IN SESSION
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Summer comes to an end for area students as school districts resume classes. Strasburg goes back today, while most others begin mid-week. Dover Superintendent Carla Birney says this year will be highlighted by celebrations marking 100 years of the Marching Tornadoes. New Philadelphia Superintendent Dave Brand says his district is becoming one of just 15 in the state offering new AP diplomas. Tusky Valley begins its new district-wide common start time of 8 a.m. this school year.  Garaway has made improvements at all buildings, such as a renovated gymnasium at the junior high/high school building.   

COUNTY PURSUES PRISON ALTERNATIVE FUNDS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County wants to access funding being made available from the state to help with its goal of reducing the prison population. The county has applied for a nearly $300,000 Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison grant. Community Corrections Chief Probation Officer Steve Pompey says this would be used to cover the expenses of prison alternatives for non-violent, lower level felony offenders, such as house arrest and treatment programs. Pompey says the county will learn by the end of the month if it has been selected for the grant.                                               

SOROHAN GUILTY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Wainwright man whose family was found living with a decomposing body in its home in March has been found guilty in the case.  50-year old Brian Sorohan could get up to six months in jail and two years probation after changing his plea Wednesday to charges that include gross abuse of a corpse and theft.  Investigators say the Sorohans kept the body of 71-year-old Vietnam veteran Bob Harris in their home for several months while they collected his Social Security and veterans benefits.  Brian will be sentenced in six weeks.  His wife, 45-year-old Stacy Sorohan, is set to return to court on the same charges as Brian next month. Their 18-year-old daughter Brianna was given six months probation for failure to report a death.  

LIFE IN PRISON FOR COLAIACOVO
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A former Dover man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years for murdering 72-year old Arlie Gooch in October last year. 58-year-old Jeff Colaiacovo changed his plea to guilty unexpectedly this morning, to one charge of murder. One of the victim’s family members spoke during Colaiacovo’s sentencing this morning in Common Pleas Court Judge Elizabeth Thomokas’ courtroom. Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Mike Ernest says he was pleased with the guilty plea. Thomokas ordered the money found on Colaiacovo when he was arrested on a protection order violation be given back to the victims’ family after it was determined to be stolen from Arlie Gooch, totaling nearly $6,000. Colaiacovo originally faced a six count indictment, including two charges of murder and one charge of aggravated murder. Ernest says those charges were combined into one charge of murder. The robbery and tampering with evidence charges were dropped after Colaiacovo changed his plea today.

JFS INUNDATED BY DRUG EPIDEMIC
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY
- The conversation surrounding opiates continues, and now its reaching into a non-negotiable demographic, children. Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services Director David Haverfield says his office receives daily calls about a child living in dangerous or unhealthy environments as their parents’ battle with drug abuse. Haverfield says the issue is no longer reserved for lower class, struggling families, he says the problem has truly become an epidemic. The JFS office has become a last line of defense for kids removed from their home with nowhere else to go. Haverfield says his department’s first role is to protect children, but he says they also try to play a part in solving the problem by encouraging parents to find help, and also steering kids away from the same paths their parents took. He says about half of the cases his office handles stem from drug abuse, with the rest boiling down to other individual issues. 

PHILA EXAMINING NON-UNION RAISES
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The city’s non-bargaining employees could be getting raises soon. Council Finance Committee Chair Darrin Lautenschleger says non-bargaining employees such as the mayor, service director and other elected or appointed officials have gone years without pay increases. Council froze raises for those positions last year until a pay scale could be established. The committee is now crafting two pieces of legislation to grant raises retroactive to the beginning of this year and set a pay scale for the future. Council could give the legislation a first reading at its next meeting.   

STATE NEWS:

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police in Ohio say a homicide suspect killed himself when authorities came to his home with a search warrant. Lorain police say officers were speaking with a family member of the suspect on Sunday at his Amherst Township home when the 55-year-old man went to his garage and shot himself. Police say the man was a suspect in the shooting death of a 24-year-old woman on Saturday.  Police do not believe there are any other suspects. They continue to investigate.
 
ENON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school district has canceled classes after two students were killed in a car crash over the weekend. The Greenon Local School District in Enon said in a Facebook post Sunday that David Waag and Connor Williams were killed in the crash Saturday near Fairborn. The district says another student and a recent graduate were also involved in the crash. Police say they are expected to survive. The district says counselors will be available at the high school Monday.
 
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - The judge in the case of a woman charged in the death of her newborn infant found buried at her home has continued to bar attorneys and others in the case from commenting publicly outside court. The Warren County judge ruled last Friday that the gag order he issued earlier in the case against 18-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson will remain in place. Richardson has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in the infant's May death.
 
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading deep into Trump country with a Tuesday morning rally planned in southern Ohio. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate will talk about the economy and health care in Portsmouth, Ohio. Republican Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a more than 2-to-1 margin in Scioto County, and he dominated the vote around Appalachian Ohio.


     

NATIONAL NEWS:

SINGAPORE (AP) - The oil tanker involved in a collision with the USS John S. McCain destroyer in Southeast Asian waters had four deficiencies, including navigation safety violations, in its last port inspection. An official database for ports in Asia shows the Alnic MC was inspected in the Chinese port of Dongying on July 29 and had one document deficiency, one fire safety deficiency and two safety of navigation problems.
 
 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Mourners have wept and hugged each other as they visit the main memorial site of the Barcelona attack while the city tries to get back to normal with the beginning of a new work week. Other smaller flower and candle tributes are located at different points of Las Ramblas along where the van slammed into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring more than 120 others.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. The president has offered no clues about whether he would send thousands more U.S. troops into Afghanistan or order that they be withdrawn. The speech Monday night will also give Trump a chance for a reset after one of the most difficult weeks of his short presidency.
 
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The drills are largely computer-simulated war games and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an invasion rehearsal. The U.S. and South Korea say they are defensive in nature.
 


SPORTS:
MLB: Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs, Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. Kelvin Herrera gave up a run against the bottom of the Indians' order before finishing the game.

WEATHER:
TODAY:  Partly sunny, Hi 87
TONIGHT: Scattered showers and storms, Lo 69
TUESDAY: Afternoon showers and storms, Hi 82
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 86  


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