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State reports record-low Ohio prisoner return rate
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fewer Ohio prisoners than ever are going back to prison after they've been released, the state announced Wednesday, attributing the drop to community programs that work with newly released prisoners, and new prison units that prepare people for life outside bars.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the current inmate return rate of 27.1 percent, down from 28.7 percent a year ago, is far below the national rate of 40 to 44 percent.

The rate affects not just the prison system's bottom line but the bigger goal of reducing crime in Ohio, prisons director Gary Mohr said.

"If our people being released from prison are committing less offenses, then we have less crime victims," Mohr told The Associated Press. "I think that's the most important piece."

Saving money on prison operations also means more state dollars can be spent earlier in people's lives on things like education, he added.

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Ohio governor OKs ban on e-cigarette sales to kids
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

The measure signed on Tuesday would prohibit minors from obtaining, possessing and using the products.

Groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have questioned the legislation because it defines the items as "alternative nicotine products" rather than tobacco-derived products. The organization has said the new category could exempt the products from taxation laws that govern tobacco.

Kasich also signed a bill to rename portions of several highways.


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Train derails in Ohio, spilling corn; no one hurt
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:25

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say part of a train hauling corn derailed north of Ohio's capital, sending nearly three dozen cars off the tracks and spilling their contents.

Emergency responders say no one was hurt when the middle of a southbound Norfolk Southern train derailed Tuesday afternoon near the sheriff's office in Delaware County, roughly 25 miles north of downtown Columbus. The cause of the derailment wasn't immediately clear.

The county's emergency management office says the derailment damaged Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines.

A statement from Norfolk Southern Corp. said it wasn't sure how soon the scene might be cleared.

The train had a total of 87 loaded cars and three locomotives. Norfolk Southern says it was headed from Clarksfield, Ohio, to Loudon, Tenn.


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Seven Ohioans charged with scamming elderly residents
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:28

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine says seven Ohioans are charged in a scam that targeted senior citizens and allegedly involved someone impersonating DeWine.

A Ross County grand jury indicted five men and two women on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft from an elderly person, conspiracy and telecommunications fraud.

The suspects are from Circleville, Derby and Stoutsville. It's not clear if they all have attorneys.

DeWine says they also impersonated lawyers and judges while stealing about $400,000 from six victims in Ross, Pickaway and Hocking counties since 2011.

Prosecutors say some victims were told a defendant was expecting money from a lawsuit and they'd get interest on their investment by helping with legal fees. Authorities say others were told they stood to inherit millions after paying fees.


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Charges pile up against Ohio municipal judge
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:24

BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Cleveland municipal judge indicted last year on bribery and prostitution-related charges is facing new charges of tampering with evidence and records in the case.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office announced the new grand jury indictment Tuesday adding charges against Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III.

The charges include two counts of tampering with evidence, one count of tampering with records, one count of possessing criminal tools and one misdemeanor count of failure to report a felony.

In December, Jacob was charged with six misdemeanor counts of soliciting sex from three women. He is also charged with bribery, and three counts of promoting prostitution, which are felonies.

One of his attorneys declined to comment on the new charges.


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