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Cleveland police chief announces new chase policy
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:42

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's police department is setting new guidelines dictating when officers can chase suspects.

The new policy made public Thursday comes more than a year after a chase involving more than 100 officers and 60 squad cars.

The pursuit ended with the deaths of two apparently unarmed people.

Cleveland's police chief says the revamped policy was in the works before that deadly chase in November 2012. But he adds what happened did impact the new guidelines.

One big change is a limit on how many squad cars can get involved in a chase without being authorized by a supervisor.

The chief says officers still will be able to chase someone suspected of a violent felony or drunken driving.

He also says there will be clear guidelines on when to end pursuit.


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Ohio high court strikes down child enticement law
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the state's child enticement law, concluding it's too broad and outlaws several activities protected by the state constitution.

The 5-2 decision came in the case of a Columbus man charged with child-enticement after asking a child to carry boxes to his apartment for money.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger says in the court's Thursday ruling that while the law has the admirable goal of preventing child abductions and lewd acts against children, it can't also ban protected speech and activity.

Last year a state appeals court in Akron threw out the conviction of a man accused under the same law of trying to entice a 13-year-old girl to be his Facebook friend.


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Dog rescued by U.S. Coast Guard reunited with owners
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:52

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A dog missing since last month that was rescued several miles from land on the ice of Lake St. Clair by a U.S. Coast Guard crew has been reunited with his owners.

Jodi Benchich and her father, David, greeted KC on Wednesday evening at Wilson Veterinary Hospital in Macomb County's Washington Township, the Detroit Free Press and The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reported.

"He's getting extra treats ... for sure," Jodi Benchich said.

The dog is expected to be OK. On Wednesday, he had a blue bandage on his right leg and was getting intravenous fluids. During the reunion, KC quickly began wagging his tail and licking Jodi Benchich's face.

"Stay home now," said David Benchich, 61.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:52
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State says fewer Ohio teens abusing painkillers
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fewer Ohio teens are abusing prescription painkillers and using heroin as efforts to address such abuse appear to be working, according to the state Health Department's most recent youth risk survey.

In less welcome news, the survey also found that nearly one out of every two Ohio teens has texted or emailed while driving a car, and not enough teens are eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and getting enough daily exercise.

About 13 percent of students reported using prescription painkillers at least once last year, down from about 21 percent in 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Health's 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The survey also found that the number of teens reporting they used heroin had decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent.

About one in five teens reported that they had recently used marijuana, a figure unchanged for the past 20 years. Fifteen percent of teens said they had smoked cigarettes on one or more days in the past month, down considerably from past years but unchanged since 2011, the study found.

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Colder winter pushing up Ohio natural gas prices
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest natural gas utility is blaming the colder-than-normal winter for higher bills about to be paid by residential customers on budget payment plans.

Columbus-based Columbia Gas of Ohio says the typical customer will pay $87 a month right away, a jump of $20.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/NWY1dZ ) that about one in every three of the company's 1.4 million customers uses a budget plan that evens out payments across the year.

Columbia Gas blames the 30-percent increase in budget payments on a jump in natural-gas prices caused by an increase in demand during a winter marked by unusual stretches of very cold temperatures.

The federal government's Energy Information Administration says gas prices hit a four-year high this winter.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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