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Construction, Suspicious Charities & New Year's Resolutions: A Week In Review

Catch some of the biggest stories this week from around Mentor

1. A Mentor man is accused of breaking a plate over his head and then using a shard of it to cut his sister on the neck.

Jimmy Ward, 36, is also accused of attacking his girlfriend and trying to resist arrest.

According to police, Ward would not let officers arrest him until K-9 Titan bit him.

You can read the story here.

2. Usually, anything involving a charity is a no-brainer.

But Mentor Planning Commission decided, in a 4-3 vote, against allowing Blue Water Bin Management to have two collection bins at 6994 Heisley Road.

The Commission members who voted against the bins expressed concerns about Blue Water's accountability and the poorly graded charity to which it donates some of its money.

That charity -- Childhood Disease Research Foundation -- received an "F" from CharityWatch; and, according to CharityWatch's August 2012 report, it only gave $2 of every $100 it raised to its nominal cause.

3. Don't let the construction on the Heisley Road bridge take you by surprise next week.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin construction work on the bridge Wednesday and it will affect drivers on both Heisley Road and State Route 2.

Two lanes of northbound traffic will be maintained across the bridge throughout construction, which is slated to last through mid-October.

However, Heisley Road over Route 2 will be closed during that time. Traffic will be detoured via Route 2's westbound lanes to Center Steet to Route 2 eastbound to Heisley Road during that time.

4. The Mentor Civic Ice Arena is celebrating its 30th anniversary Jan. 12.

Learn more about the party here.

5. Already backsliding on your New Year's Resolutions?

Here are five tips that will keep you on the straight and narrow.

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