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Toledo fight rumors of more water problems

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:15 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Toledo — where a Lake Erie algae bloom made the city's tap water unsafe to drink earlier this month — are fighting rumors that water problems persist.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1BJtyVl ) reports that the rumors of another "do not drink" advisory became so persistent on Thursday that the city issued a statement asking residents not to panic.

Teen arrested in Cincinnati slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:47 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati have arrested a 16-year-old boy in the downtown slaying of a 36-year-old man earlier this month.

Police say Ceran Lipscomb was shot in the back of the head near a park on West Court Street on Aug. 1. He died two days later at a hospital.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1oirn5h ) reports that the 16-year-old was arrested Thursday and charged with murder.

Police did not say how they developed the teen as a suspect. His name hasn't been released.


Mastermind of Ohio tax fraud scheme sentenced

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mastermind of a $3.5 tax fraud scheme that unraveled because the conspirators misspelled the names of common cities on forms has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Roma Sims, of the Columbus suburb of Westerville, to prison for 100 months and ordered him to pay $3.5 million in restitution.

Sims and two others were charged last year with stealing the identities of more than 500 people between 2009 and 2012 to collect tax refunds of more than $3.5 million.

Man wanted for Ohio murder nabbed in Detroit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:07 AM

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they captured an Ohio murder suspect when officers raided the man's birthday party in Detroit this week.

They say Walter Delon Tate fatally shot a 32-year-old man in Painesville, east of Cleveland, on July 4. Investigators believed he fled to the Detroit area, where he has extensive family ties.

Favorite Ohio school cafeteria cookie removed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:46 AM

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — New federal nutritional guidelines for school cafeterias has meant the end of a favorite — and locally famous — treat in one northeast Ohio school district.

The federal government's edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol put an end of the sale of the traditional Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) pink cookie — a buttery sweet treat with pink icing.

Man dies in northeast Ohio industrial accident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:24 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fire department official says a 45-year-old man was killed after he was pulled into a machine while working at a northeast Ohio industrial company.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Elbert Woods of Garfield Heights.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1oXQfRt ) reports Woods was working at Cleveland Track Material in Cleveland when his clothing became stuck in a machine and he was pulled into it.

In Ohio, Walesa says US can take lead on Ukraine

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:02 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The leader of Poland's Solidarity movement that successfully challenged Soviet bloc communism says the United States can take the lead in a global response to Russia's role in Ukraine.

Former Polish president Lech (lek) Walesa (vah-WEN'-suh) says the world wants leadership in the situation. He says it's not up to the United States to solve the world's problems, but that Washington can provide the framework for solutions and help build a united front.

1st fully rebuilt bridge in Ohio program reopens

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is reopening the first bridge fully rebuilt under an Ohio partnership program intended to improve bridge safety and adding 10 more structures to the list of those being fixed.

Transportation officials announced last fall they'd spend about $120 million in federal money to fix or replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges over three years. The state says some projects came in below estimates, allowing more to be added to bring the total to 230.

26 accused in drug trafficking conspiracy in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 06:34 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Twenty-six people have been indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a Toledo drug trafficking conspiracy.

Law enforcement officials say the defendants have conspired since 2010 to bring large amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to Toledo from Arizona, California, Illinois and Mexico.

Twenty-four of those indicted are from Toledo. Two others are from Curtice and Oregon, Ohio. Three of the defendants also face charges of possessing a firearm as felons.

Cardiologist accused of $7.2 million medical fraud

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:07 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court indictment alleges a northeast Ohio cardiologist performed unnecessary procedures as part of an alleged scheme to overbill Medicaid and private health insurance companies by $7.2 million.

Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Harold Persaud (per-SAWD') of the Cleveland suburb of Westlake is accused of performing unnecessary tests, heart catheterizations and stent insertions. He also is accused of referring patients for coronary bypass surgeries they didn't need.

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