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April 14, 2004 - 7:14am
6 years 18 weeks ago
State Auditor Betty Montgomery says the East Cleveland school district went broke partially because it wasted money.

Two stinging audit reports released by Montgomery yesterday accuse the suburban Cleveland district of overspending, failing to use responsible purchasing practices and keeping shoddy records.

They say the East Cleveland District hastened its financial collapse by ignoring dozens of cost-saving steps recommended five years ago.

State examiners...
April 14, 2004 - 6:41am
6 years 18 weeks ago
A Mansfield couple is fighting attempts by doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital to withdraw life support for their comatose son who they say is brain dead.

The attorney for the parents, Arica Heimlich and Matthew Stein says that the couple believes that miracles can happen.

But Stein also has a potential murder charge riding on his five-month old son’s fate.

The baby, Aiden Stein, suffered severe skull and brain injuries while in his father’s care on March 15th...
April 14, 2004 - 6:09am
6 years 18 weeks ago
A new website has been launched and brochures have been unveiled to promote Ohio's new Amber Alert System toll free hotline.

The website is ohioamberplan.org and the hotline is 877-amber-oh and it was put in place by Ohio's Amber Alert Steering Committee.

The announcements were made at Ohio's first statewide Amber Alert Conference in Columbus this week for public safety officials and broadcasters.

Rob Glenn of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said no...
April 14, 2004 - 3:56am
6 years 18 weeks ago
In August a Columbus mother let her baby drown in a bathtub after she drank eleven beers, took painkillers and smoked marijuana, yesterday she was sentenced to four years in prison for her infant son's death.

Twenty-two-year-old Sharina Burkes pleaded guilty last month to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of eight-month-old Marcus Burkes Junior.

She could have received up to ten years in prison.

Police say Burkes recalled giving the baby a bath...
April 13, 2004 - 9:15pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
There’s a boil advisory out Tuesday night for residents in Perry and Morgan Counties.

According to Jason Pierce with Portersville-East Branch Water Company, there is a boil advisory north of Port of Flamingo Road and west of Royma.

Pierce says the advisory is in effect until further notice.
April 13, 2004 - 4:00pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The state has now decided to do it’s part in helping physicians with malpractice law suits.

One local hospital official believes it’s a good step, but a small one in order to solve a much bigger issue.

President of Genesis Health care systems Tomas Sieber says, “in Zanesville I believe we’ve lost three physicians- two that retired early and one that left the community. I think that was directly attributed to malpractice insurance that wasn’t affordable.”

It’s no...
April 13, 2004 - 3:59pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
You’re not the only one preparing for the April 15th deadline- the Post Office is gearing up too.

Post Office Officials say that with the help of the electronic filing system, they expect not to see as many last minute procrastinators as they have in recent years.

Post Master Gary Haenish says, “We’re going to have normal retail hours, but we will have extended pickup of the mail vending machines both at Zane and McIntire facilities.”

The last collection pick up...
April 13, 2004 - 2:41pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
As the April showers continue, those who live in low-lying areas should pay close attention to the rising water.

Clifton Kilpatrick Resource Manager of the Dillon Dam says there is no risk of flooding right now, but that could change if the conditions worsen.

Kilpatrick says flooding can be controlled at the intake structure by adjusting the gates according to the appropriate level of water.

He also warns residents who live near low-lying areas to check for...
April 13, 2004 - 2:00pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
A Texas father came all the way to Ohio looking for support from Newark residents today as he hopes to re-gain custody of his kids.

John Paulson and a few supporters were out in the rain all day asking the public for help to try and get his two young boys back.

According to Paulson child protective services is not doing their job to keep his kids safe.

Paulson says, “Basically I’m here because my children are in immediate harm and child services isn’t acting...
April 13, 2004 - 1:24pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
If you have trouble hearing you are not alone. More than 21 million people of all ages have some degree of hearing loss.

But this is becoming more of a problem among young children.

Susan Beam, an Audiologist says, “Frequently what the parents tell me is that sometimes the kids will hear and sometimes they don’t. They’re turning the television up louder they’re not answering when they’re called even if it’s something they want to respond to. If a parent has concerns about...
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