Relentless winter delays Ohio's maple syrup season
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Monday, 03 March 2014 07:15

CLEVELAND (AP) — The unrelenting winter is turning out to be particularly bitter for Ohio's maple syrup producers.

Syrup season in the state typically begins by mid-February, but many producers still haven't tapped their trees.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1bOZHBb) that's because of the unusually frigid February.

Ideal syrup conditions are warm days followed by below-freezing nights.

Of the 12 states in the country that produce syrup, Ohio typically ranks fourth or fifth. The state produced 155,000 gallons of the sweet stuff in 2013, beaten only by Vermont, New York, Maine and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Two teen suspects in Indiana killing arrested in Ohio
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Monday, 03 March 2014 07:14

HELTONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Extradition proceedings will begin this week against two southern Indiana teenagers arrested in Ohio in connection with the beating death of a man in his remote Lawrence County home, according to authorities.

Taylor Flynn, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Bedford, were arrested Saturday evening on murder warrants in Ironton, Ohio, Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig said.

The two are suspected in the slaying of Rodney Allender, 43, Craig said. A relative found Allender's body Thursday night in his northeastern Lawrence County home about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

"They're going to be held in Ohio" over the weekend, Craig told The Times-Mail (http://bit.ly/Nk6pnH ). "The extradition process will start at the first of the week to see about bringing them back here for their charges."

A third Bedford-area teen, Austin Curtis, 18, was being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail on Sunday, a day after being arrested on preliminary charges of murder and robbery, Craig said.

Fraternity at Miami U closes over hazing allegations
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Monday, 03 March 2014 05:31

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — An investigation into allegations including hazing and alcohol abuse has resulted in a fraternity closing its Miami University chapter in southwest Ohio.

Miami and Beta Theta Pi fraternity officials say the chapter closed last week on the Oxford campus and Miami endorsed the decision. Fraternity and university statements did not provide specific details about the allegations.

The fraternity founded on the Oxford campus in 1839 had about 112 undergraduates in the campus chapter.

Miami and fraternity officials say efforts to rebuild the chapter are expected to start in the 2016-2017 school year. They say they had monitored the chapter for some time and observed a pattern of irresponsible behavior.

Beta Theta Pi says it has about 9,000 undergraduates on 127 campuses in the United States and Canada.

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Man killed in Ohio snowplow crash
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Monday, 03 March 2014 07:11

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old man was killed when he slammed his car into the rear of a snowplow.

The patrol said Daniel D. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just before 9 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 6 in Sandusky County in northern Ohio.

Johnson was wearing his seat belt when he crashed his 2002 Pontiac Bonneville into the 2006 International truck driven by 54-year-old Donald E. Schlea, who was injured and taken to a hospital. There was no word on his condition.

The crash is still being investigated. Troopers don't believe alcohol was a factor.

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Ohio fire department gets $8M to hire firefighters
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Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cincinnati's fire department has received more than $8 million in federal funding to hire firefighters as part of a federal program aimed at improving emergency response.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is intended to help ensure that Cincinnati has the skilled responders and updated resources they need to do their job safely.

The funding comes through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, program. FEMA administers the grant program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

FEMA says grants under the SAFER program are intended to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

Brown says such funding is even more important with so many communities facing budget shortfalls.

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