May 23, 2015

Mostly clear

Ohio Supreme Court: Police at private colleges are subject to open records law

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COLUMBUS — Private colleges’ police departments are subject to the state open records law, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case involving a lawsuit brought by a student journalist. The court’s 4-3 decision said the police department at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus is a public office because its personnel are state-certified Read More…

Florida judge: Fugitive since ’59 will be sent back to Ohio

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ORLANDO, Fla. — An Ohio fugitive who’s been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 will soon be on his way back up north after his recent arrest in Florida. On Monday, Judge Rhonda Babb released her ruling, denying 79-year-old Frank Freshwater’s attempt in court last week to contest the Read More…

Records prop up Ohio’s claim to birthplace of flight

This framed photo in the Medina Municipal Airport shows A.I. Root in the passenger seat of a Wright Flyer at the Medina County Fair in 1915. Root was a supporter of aviation and the Wright Brothers. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

In which state did someone first fly a machine-powered aircraft? As far as Ohio is concerned, Connecticut can go fly a kite following its recent announcement — and a Medina connection backs up the Buckeye State’s historical claim. Ohio fired back at Connecticut lawmakers this week, refuting the statement that a man named Gustave Whitehead Read More…

Bear owner accused of attempting to ‘smuggle’ in prescription drugs into jail

Jeffrey Gillium

A man whose pet black bear is at risk of being seized by the state has been charged with trying to “smuggle” prescription drugs into the Medina County jail. Jeffrey Gillium, 62, of Lodi, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Ohio gas prices up by a nickel to start work week

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COLUMBUS — Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week. A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.49 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up a nickel from a week ago and 12 cents from a month ago. Yet Read More…

Second marijuana legalization effort clears first step to Ohio ballot

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COLUMBUS — A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana and hemp in Ohio has cleared the first step on the path to making the ballot. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says it certified Thursday that the group Better for Ohio provided a fair and truthful summary of the proposal and had 1,000 required signatures for Read More…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ‘seriously considering’ 2016 presidential candidacy

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Gov. John Kasich told business leaders in Detroit on Monday that he was “seriously considering” a race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn’t setting a timetable for a decision. The second-term Ohio governor said he wouldn’t rush the decision, even as other Republicans join the race. GOP U.S. Sens Marco Rubio of Florida, Read More…

Veterans Affairs clinics rated for wait times, Lorain ranks among best

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Staff and wire reports The Veterans Affairs medical facility in Lorain ranks the best among 11 Northeast Ohio treatment centers when waiting times are measured for patient care. An Associated Press nationwide review of appointments and wait times at VA facilities was conducted from August 2014 through February. The data was compiled for total number Read More…

Poll reveals majority of Ohio voters favor marijuana legalization

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Staff and wire reports As advocacy groups collect signatures for legalization efforts, a poll reveals the majority of Ohio voters support marijuana legalization. The latest measure, set for the 2016 ballot, is championed by Cleveland-based Ohioans to End Prohibition, which began collecting signatures Monday. If approved by voters, the Cannabis Control Amendment would extend the Read More…

Indicted Cleveland cop: I can’t remember shooting suspects from hood of car

Michael Brelo

His footprints were found on the hood of a beat-up Chevy Malibu that had been strafed by police gunfire, killing its two unarmed occupants after a high-speed chase over streets and freeways in and around Cleveland. Yet Officer Michael Brelo told investigators he couldn’t remember standing on the hood and firing the final 15 rounds Read More…