Judge allows Ohio vets raffle machines to operate
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 10:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has allowed veterans and fraternal posts to continue operating electronic raffle machines while a lawsuit by the groups against the state attorney general proceeds.

While a portion of the raffles' proceeds go to charity, Attorney General Mike DeWine has declared the devices to be illegal, and after months of enforcement delay ordered them shut down in October.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1joY7ZZ ) that Franklin County Judge Laurel Beatty's order on Thursday prevents DeWine, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and any cooperating agency from taking enforcement action against the machines.

Beatty's order came the same day lawyers for groups operating the machines argued in a lawsuit against DeWine that the devices are legal and posts and lodges shouldn't be subject to criminal or civil penalties.


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

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Ohio unemployment down slightly in November
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 10:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in November to 7.4 percent, down slightly from October but still well above the rate a year ago.

Ohio's rate also remains below the national rate of 7 percent, which dropped from 7.3 percent in October.

The state's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,000 over the month. It went from a revised 5.2 million workers in October, when the rate was 7.5 percent, to 5.19 million in November, the Department of Job and Family Services said Friday.

In 2012, Ohio's seasonally adjusted jobless rate November was 6.8 percent.

Ohio police charge mom, man after bullet hits girl
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 3-year-oldi girl wounded by gunfire was not hit by a stray bullet from a gun battle, Cincinnati police said Thursday as they accused her mother and a male friend of misleading investigators.

The adults initially said the man was carrying the girl outside while taking out the trash when she was struck by a bullet on Tuesday, but the mother later acknowledged they created a false account of what happened based on gunfire that had been reported in the area, police said in a statement.

Police did not disclose what they believe actually happened.

Investigators said the girl's mother, Ebony McDavis, 28, is charged with misdemeanor falsification. Her friend Cordero Warren, 24, is charged with evidence tampering and having weapons under disability, both felonies.

Detroit-owned Van Gogh appraised at up to $150M
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:16

DETROIT (AP) — The fair market values of some of the most popular pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts — including Bruegel the Elder's "The Wedding Dance" and a Van Gogh self-portrait — have been released.

Christie's auction house appraised about 2,800 paintings, sculptures, pottery and other city-owned artwork at the city's request. The list of the items and how much each would fetch at sale were released Thursday by the city.

"The Wedding Dance" is valued at $100 million to $200 million, while Van Gogh's "Self Portrait with Straw Hat" was given a price tag of between $80 million and $150 million.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr hired Christie's to do the work. Orr has said city-owned art in the museum can be considered an asset and could be vulnerable during a bankruptcy. He filed for bankruptcy in July, and federal Judge Steven Rhodes approved the petition Dec. 3.

Ohio judge says efficiency not good case for cameras
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:12

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman cited authoritarian regimes such as Cuba and North Korea as expedient, while saying the U.S. democratic system "can be messy."

"But it's a nice mess to have," Ruehlman said.

The Cincinnati-area village of Elmwood Place wants the judge, who in March ordered a halt to its camera use, to rule against motorists who are seeking nearly $1.8 million in refunds of speeding fines and fees. Attorneys for the motorists say Ruehlman should order the refunds without a trial, since he has already compared the speed cameras to a rigged card game.

Ruehlman said he will issue his decision Jan. 23.

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