April 2, 2015

Mostly clear

Obama reduces sentence for Cleveland man, 21 other drug convicts in federal prison

President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference. (AP FILE PHOTO)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. The effort could lead Obama Read More…

Critics call on Gov. John Kasich to leave out voter item in transportation budget

Gov. John Kasich

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Out-of-state college students in Ohio who want to vote in the swing state could be required to get an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicles here under a provision tucked into a state transportation budget that Gov. John Kasich has before him. Democrats, the League of Women Voters and the American Read More…

Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Republicans hoped to avoid a debate over social issues heading into the next presidential contest. Yet the backlash over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana is highlighting the party’s overwhelming opposition to same-sex marriage and forcing the GOP’s leading presidential contenders to weigh in. "It’s been a tough week," Pence said at the news conference. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwest Ohio city’s recognition for Read More…

Sheriff seeks help for heroin addicts through state grant funds

Tom Miller

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller has applied for an approximately $600,000 state grant that would fund a drug treatment program for inmates at the county jail. If the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services awards the grant for one year, Miller said the resulting treatment program would work to fight the heroin epidemic that has Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci wins award for supporting business

Jim Renacci

The National Association of Manufacturers presented U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at a recent event at RPM in Brunswick Hills Township. RPM is a member of NAM. “The manufacturing industry is essential to our economy in Ohio’s 16th District and across the country,” Renacci said in a Read More…

Conservative youth group visits Ohio to urge Republicans to accept gay marriage

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CINCINNATI — Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign Read More…

Cuyahoga County prosecutors: Police witnesses uncooperative in Ohio shooting

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CLEVELAND — Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, according to court documents. Most of the officers subpoenaed Read More…

Cub Scouts put on Pinewood Derby in Brunswick (PHOTOS)


Cub Scout Pack 3409 hosted a Pinewood Derby on Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Brunswick. Twenty Scouts participated in the derby. The first Boy Scout Pinewood Derby was in 1953, according to the Boy Scouts of America’s official Pinewood Derby website. The Scouts work with a parent or mentor to design, Read More…

Medina city officials to talk county trash plan today

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The city of Medina will hold a news conference today to address the county’s plan for running the Central Processing Facility that handles recycling. At 4:30 p.m., City Council President John Coyne, Service Director Nino Piccoli and Mayor Dennis Hanwell will address residents and media in the mayor’s office. “We feel the constituents need to Read More…

Brunswick man suspected in additional bank robberies

Larry Gore Jr.

Larry Gore, the Brunswick man suspected of robbing a FirstMerit bank in Columbia Station last week, is also a suspect in three other bank robberies within the past year in Medina and Lorain counties, Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said. “The joint bank robbery investigation was an amazing piece of collaboration,” Miller said. “There was Read More…