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Akron mayor calls for FBI to investigate police shootings
Other headlines: US Labor Sec. Perez addresses Cleveland City Club; Chagrin Falls student arrested for threatening Facebook post
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • US Labor Sec. Perez addresses Cleveland City Club
  • Chagrin Falls student arrested for threatening Facebook post 
  • Akron mom sentenced to prison for school brawl 
  • US Labor Sec. Perez addresses Cleveland City Club
    United States Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is speaking today at the Cleveland City Club.

    Perez is expected to tout the nation’s healthy employment growth of more than 200,000 jobs a month, according to the Plain Dealer.

    The U.S. has had 53 straight months of private-sector job growth, which Perez says is the longest streak on record.

    Other issues for the Labor Secretary are the plight of the long-term unemployed,  and calls to raise the minimum wage.


    Akron mayor calls for FBI to investigate police shootings
    Akron mayor Don Plusquellic is calling for the FBI to investigate police shootings across the nation in an effort to avoid the public outrage witnessed in Missouri.

    The Beacon Journal reports that Plusquellic and Akron Police Chief James Nice contacted federal authorities before the riots in Ferguson broke out with the idea to give the FBI jurisdiction in the event of a police shooting.

    Since the unrest began Plusquellic has taken the message to mayors across the country.

    Federal officials do not track the number of police shootings that take place each year.


    Chagrin Falls student arrested for threatening Facebook post
    A northeast Ohio high school student has been arrested after police say he threatened classmates in a Facebook post hours before school was to open for the year.

    The 17-year-old Chagrin Falls High School student was arrested early Tuesday and charged with inducing panic.

    The Facebook post included a photo of the teen carrying three toy guns. Police did not release the details of the written threat.

    The teen was arrested just after midnight Tuesday.


    Akron mom sentenced to prison for school brawl
    A judge in northeast Ohio has sentenced a 25-year-old mother to more than a year in prison for a violent outburst at her son's elementary school in February.

    The Summit County judge sentenced Jessica Smallwood of Akron to 14 months this week after she pleaded guilty to three counts of assault that were elevated to felonies because they involved educators.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Smallwood went to the Glover Elementary School cafeteria on Feb. 21 to have breakfast with her 7-year-old son.

    Prosecutors say she pushed a teacher and knocked the principal to the ground after being told she needed a visitor's badge. Police said she also punched a cafeteria worker.

    Smallwood's attorney said she was upset and surprised at the sentence and will seek early release.

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