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Published: August 7, 2016 12:00 AM

$400,000 raised for park for Chardon shooting victims

Chardon -- More than $400,000 in donations, grants and promises of services and equipment have been raised for a memorial park to honor the victims of a 2012 Northeast Ohio school shooting.

Supporters had hoped to raise $318,000 for the 17-acre Chardon Living Memorial Park, which will honor the three students killed and several others injured during a shooting at Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012.

"It's amazing how people are so generous," said Dina Parmertor, whose son Danny was one of the students killed. "It's touching."

The memorial includes play and fitness equipment, a renovated half-mile trail through an adjacent wooded area, plaques and a 10-foot tall statue titled "Echoes of the Heart." Two current facilities will become part of the park and a pavilion behind an adjacent elementary school will be renovated.

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Some plaques will honor the students who were killed. Another will honor the survivors and one will honor first responders.

City Manager Randy Sharpe said the park is also for the entire community who lived through the ordeal, not just the slain.

City officials are reviewing plans and hope to start construction in mid-September.

-- Associated Press

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Official: City to fix issues that forced Cedar Point closure

Sandusky -- A city official is promising that the Sandusky will fix the infrastructure problems that forced Cedar Point to close for a second time in two years.

Sandusky Commissioner Dick Brady tells The Plain Dealer in Cleveland the water main break that occurred over the weekend was on a causeway that links the amusement park to the city's mainland. A main also broke in June 2014, and Brady says those issues should prompt the city to look at a long-range plan.

After the break in 2014, the city replaced 1,700 feet of water line that travels under the park's main parking lot. But Brady says more needs to be done. He says commissioners will likely meet in the coming weeks to develop a "truly redundant system" on the Cedar Point peninsula.

-- Associated Press

State high court

to mull minimum wage dispute

Cleveland -- A union-backed group seeking to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Cleveland is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to put the issue on the November ballot.

City attorneys argue it's too soon for the court to decide anything because Cleveland's council hasn't voted on legislation automatically created by the group when it submitted wage hike petitions in May. Council is expected to vote on the legislation Aug. 10.

Council leadership and Mayor Frank Jackson oppose raising the minimum wage in Cleveland alone, fearing it could cause businesses to close or move elsewhere. Cleveland attorneys also argue that City Charter timelines won't allow for a November vote.

Attorneys for the group, Raise Up Cleveland, argue council must put it on November's ballot after the group submitted additional signatures.

-- Associated Press

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