April 25, 2014

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Juvenile prison head fired over allegations of harassment

COLUMBUS — The state has fired the head of an Ohio juvenile prison over allegations he sexually harassed several female staff members, including comments about their looks and repeated instances of unwelcome touching, grabbing, kissing and hugging. The Department of Youth Services said in a report Thursday that it found substantial evidence to back up Read More…

Ohio judges get new jury rules for social media, e-mail

COLUMBUS — A new instruction for Ohio juries warns against using smart phones, e-mail, blogs, Twitter and other social media to gather information about a case. The optional instruction announced today by the Ohio State Bar Association aims to keep courtrooms current with changing technology. The instruction, which also covers chat rooms and texting, updates Read More…

Ohio has most stimulus-funded water projects

COLUMBUS — A review by federal officials says Ohio has more stimulus-funded projects involving clean water and drinking water than any other state. The report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office says the state’s Environmental Protection Agency has funded 336 water projects using about $281 million in stimulus money. Of the projects, 118 met Read More…

Farm worker caught on video charged with cruelty for beating cows

CLEVELAND — An Ohio dairy farm worker has been charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals after a welfare group released a video it says shows him and others beating cows with crowbars and pitchforks. Marysville prosecutor Tim Aslaner says Billy Joe Gregg Jr. is jailed in Mechanicsburg. The Marysville Municipal Court says the Read More…

Ohio high court nixes state appeal over smoking ad

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the state’s argument that a cigarette company’s spread in Rolling Stone magazine violated a tobacco industry settlement. The court ruled 4-2 today without comment to decline Attorney General Richard Cordray’s appeal of a lower court ruling that sided with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. At issue was a Read More…

Air Force sergeant accused of sexually assaulting 9 women

DAYTON — Air Force officials are ready to hear allegations that a chief master sergeant in Ohio sexually harassed female airmen. A hearing starting today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton will help decide the outcome of 17 charges against 27-year veteran William Gurney, involving nine women. Officials said before the hearing began that Read More…

Warning: New scam targeting elderly Ohioans

COLUMBUS — Authorities are warning of a new scam preying on needy Ohioans who receive assistance payments from the state through debit cards. Attorney General Richard Cordray says some welfare recipients have received text messages telling them their cards have been frozen. The scam’s targets are instructed to call a phone number, where they’re prompted Read More…

Students brawled at Cleveland zoo, authorities say

CLEVELAND — Authorities say things got wild at the Cleveland zoo when scores of students on field trips got into a fight that injured an eighth grader and two adults. Cleveland Metroparks rangers say Monday’s melee in the zoo parking lot involved more than 100 students from two Cleveland public schools. Seven juveniles were taken Read More…

State paid $6,000 to keep man alive to kill him

COLUMBUS — Ohio paid about $6,000 in medical bills to treat a condemned man who tried to kill himself in prison nine days before his execution. Records show that hospital and doctors’ bills in Youngstown for inmate Lawrence Reynolds cost the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction $6,078. Records of bills released to The Associated Press Read More…

Ohio ‘Idol’ Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze make nice before finale

LOS ANGELES — If the two “American Idol” finalists are feeling any pre-show jitters, they’re hiding it well. At a news conference Monday in Los Angeles, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze joked around when asked about competing against each other. The 24-year-old DeWyze, from Mount Prospect, Ill., said he’d be happy for Bowersox if she Read More…