Ohio House OKs bill targeting youth drug abuse
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth by requiring a guardian's consent before a minor is prescribed a controlled substance.

The House passed the measure Wednesday, and it now goes to the Senate.

The bill would require a youth's parent or guardian to sign a consent form before a health professional issues a non-emergency prescription for a controlled substance.

In a statement, Republican state Rep. Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard says the issue came to her attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs. Kunze says parents have an important role in preventing drug abuse.

Prescribers who ignore the consent requirements could face license suspensions under the measure.

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High court rejects Ohio killer's last-minute plea
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state made preparations on Wednesday to use a never-tried lethal drug combination to put a man to death for the slaying of a pregnant woman that went unsolved until he inadvertently helped authorities, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the execution.

Dennis McGuire, jailed on an unrelated assault charge, told investigators he had information about the woman's Feb. 12, 1989, death. His attempts to blame the crime on his brother-in-law quickly unraveled, and soon he was accused of being Joy Stewart's killer, prosecutors said. More than a decade later, DNA evidence confirmed McGuire's guilt, and he acknowledged that he was responsible in a letter to Gov. John Kasich last month.

The state planned to execute McGuire on Thursday with a new process adopted after supplies of its previous drug dried up when the manufacturer put it off limits for capital punishment. The two-drug combination has never been used in a U.S. execution.

(Updated)Three dead after shooting at Indiana grocery store
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:14

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man fatally shot two women in a northern Indiana grocery store Wednesday night and was lining up to shoot a third person when police officers found him in an aisle and killed him, authorities said.

Elkhart police received a call about a gunman at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said Thursday.

The 22-year-old man used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a 20-year-old employee and a 44-year-old shopper, Smith said. The victims' bodies were found about 12 aisles apart. Indiana State Police identified the gunman as Shawn Walter Bair of Elkhart.

Smith said two police officers responding to the scene heard a gunshot as they entered the near-empty store. They dashed to that area and found the shooter pointing his gun at a third person. Smith said the man then aimed his gun at the officers and that's when they shot him dead.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:44
Ohio man wants out of jail for daughter's funeral
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:21

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man charged with reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old daughter wants out of jail to attend her funeral.

Deandre Kelley's attorney filed a motion with the court Wednesday asking that he be allowed to go to the Saturday funeral of his daughter, Shanti Lanza, who was fatally shot last weekend in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1j86jwp ) reports that a noon hearing has been scheduled before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Melissa Powers, who will make the decision.

Evicted centenarian who got home back in 2012 dies
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:01

DETROIT (AP) — Texana Hollis, a Detroit centenarian who got her home back in 2012 after being evicted because of foreclosure, has died. She was 103.

Hollis died Dec. 31, according to James H. Cole Home for Funerals, which is handling arrangements. Deborah Hollis-Coburn told The Detroit News that her grandmother died of natural causes in Detroit. Her health had deteriorated in late 2013.

"It meant a lot to her to have the community surround her and support her and love her," Hollis-Coburn, told the Detroit Free Press. "She never expected anything from anybody. She was very, very grateful."

Hollis was evicted in September 2011 after her son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage. Two days later, a federal agency said the 101-year-old could return but then blocked her from moving in after an assessment determined the house was dilapidated.

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