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Family of late black golfing great accused of $1M theft

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 04:46 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of the late black golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him.

Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. Both are 48. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping.


Ohio Homeland Security leader Baron dies after illness

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 04:12 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety says Ohio's homeland security chief, Richard Baron, has died after an illness.

A department spokesman says the 54-year-old Baron died Tuesday in Columbus at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital.

The agency says Baron worked in public safety and emergency services for three decades. He served with the State Highway Patrol for 25 years and had led Ohio Homeland Security since 2011.


Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 02:01 PM

CELINA, Ohio (AP) — The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

Public health officials are also encouraging boaters and jet skiers to understand the risk of exposure to higher levels of the toxin microcystin (meye-kro-SEYE'-stihn), which can include rashes, hives and skin blisters.

Craig Butler, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency director, said Tuesday that the higher toxin levels are likely the result of record rainfall this year.


Sheriff's employees get diversity training after firings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:47 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — All 450 employees of the Montgomery County Sheriff's office in southwest Ohio were given diversity training after two employees were fired and another three were placed on leave for sending racist text messages.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ON0KRh ) reports Monday's diversity training was the first time all employees were brought together for such an exercise in 10 years.


Ohio funeral home owner pleads not guilty to corpse abuse

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:40 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a northwest Ohio funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay has pleaded not guilty to corpse abuse charges.

Robert Tate Jr. of Tate Funeral Services in Toledo was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts in Lucas County court. A trial is scheduled Sept. 8.

A message seeking comment was left for Tate's attorney, Derek Farmer. The funeral home has maintained it provided embalming in accordance with state law.


Judge sets $10M bond for suspect in fatal shooting near park

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:43 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in northeast Ohio has set a $10 million bond for a man who authorities say fatally shot one woman, wounded another and tried to rape a teenage girl during a crime spree Monday outside Cleveland.


1 person killed when car crashes into house in northern Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:10 AM

SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol is investigating after a car crashed into a house in northern Ohio, killing one person.

The accident happened in South Amherst in Lorain County Tuesday morning.

WEWS-TV reports a woman in the house was killed after the car struck the building. South Amherst is about 35 miles west of Cleveland.


Buckeye Lake businesses' reported losses are step toward aid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:49 AM

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — More than a dozen businesses near central Ohio's Buckeye Lake say they've lost significant revenue with the water kept low as plans are made to replace a deteriorated dam.

The businesses detailed their losses on forms intended to help the governor apply for an economic disaster declaration, which could lead to possible federal aid for the area.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) said Tuesday the office couldn't yet say when that request will be made to the federal Small Business Administration.


Ohio ex-lawmaker considering options after theft conviction

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:47 AM

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A former northern Ohio lawmaker who was convicted of theft and consequently removed from office immediately says he's disappointed in the verdict and will consider his legal options.

Republican Steve Kraus of Sandusky was accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer. He was convicted Monday on a theft charge but acquitted on a breaking and entering charge. A burglary count was dismissed earlier.


Ohio sheriff asks fairgoers to keep Confederate flag at home

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 09:05 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff has asked fairgoers to leave Confederate flags at home after the display of a flag led to a fight.

No one was hurt at the Clark County Fair Friday but a 17-year-old boy was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after arguing with deputies.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly tells WHIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1Kve0ey ) he wants people to understand the flag is currently a point of contention.


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