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January storm could be one of Ohio's costliest
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:40

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio insurance officials say the early January deep freeze, accompanied by heavy snow and ice, will end up being one of the costliest winter storms in the state in recent decades.

Preliminary figures released Thursday by the Ohio Insurance Institute show that the bills for broken and frozen water pipes, ice buildup and wind damage Jan. 5-8 will end up running from $97.8 million to $124.4 million.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1dI6UhJ ) reports that insurers have received 14,748 claims so far, with about three-quarters from homeowners. Most of the rest are from businesses.

Wind chills as low as 49 below hit the state during that period along with ice, heavy snow and high winds. Several cities posted record low temperatures.

Winter storms in Ohio had not caused this much damage since December 2004, when insured losses totaled $105 million in today's prices. A blizzard in March 1993 caused insured losses of $193.5 million.

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Worker charged in Ohio group home resident's death
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:10

CINCINNATI (AP) — A care provider has been charged with murder in the death of a southwestern Ohio group home resident who had Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters says Janice Cooper was indicted Thursday on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2013 death of 52-year-old James Zito.

Court records don't list an attorney for the 55-year-old Woodlawn woman, who worked at a group home in the Cincinnati suburb of Mount Healthy.

The county coroner ruled Zito's death a homicide from blunt force trauma. The prosecutor didn't specify what caused Zito's injuries.

Deters says Zito functioned at the level of a 2-year-old child.

Cooper could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on all the charges against her.


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Feds: Ohio-based pharmacy will pay $4M settlement
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Friday, 28 February 2014 07:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say a Cincinnati-based company that provides prescription drugs for long-term care facilities agreed to pay the government more than $4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit in South Carolina alleging the company engaged in illegal kickbacks.

The Justice Department said Thursday that the civil settlement resolves allegations that Omnicare solicited and received kickbacks from the California-based drug manufacturer Amgen Inc. in return for implementing programs designed to switch Medicaid beneficiaries from a competitor drug to Amgen's Aranesp product.

The government says the alleged kickbacks included performance-based rebates, grants, consulting services and dinners. The government says the settlement involves claims and no liability was determined.

Omnicare didn't immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

The company provides pharmaceuticals and services to long-term care facilities.


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Prankster puts 'for sale' sign on Ohio traffic cam
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Friday, 28 February 2014 07:09

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) — A prankster put a "for sale" sign on a southwest Ohio village's speed camera in the aftermath of a judge's order to stop using them.

The sign taped to the camera apparatus listed a price of $1 million. That's the amount that the village of New Miami had collected in 15 months of automated traffic enforcement, according to court arguments heard Tuesday.

Butler County Judge Michael J. Sage ordered a halt to camera use for violations of motorists' due process rights. The village's attorneys indicated it will appeal.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1cqEHM0 ) reports that a village police officer removed the "for sale" sign from the traffic camera by midmorning Thursday.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront


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Ohio boy dies when stove falls on him
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Friday, 28 February 2014 07:06

WHITEHALL, Ohio (AP) — Police in a central Ohio suburb say a 4-year-old boy died when he apparently pulled a kitchen stove on top of himself.

Whitehall police and the county coroner identified the child in the Thursday afternoon accident as Carlos Mullins Jr. Whitehall is a Columbus suburb.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hHb8Jm ) reports that the child was pronounced dead at the apartment where the accident occurred around 2 p.m. Police at first thought the death was suspicious, but evidence seemed to indicate the boy died as a result of an accident with the stove.

The boy was home with his mother and a sibling at the time.

Police are still investigating and will wait for a coroner's report before making a final ruling in the case.

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


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