Ohio village turns to new traffic fine system
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 06:57

BRICE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio village that lost a major part of its revenue stream when the state abolished mayor's courts for some small villages has a new system for collecting money from traffic fines.

The village of Brice in Franklin County has installed a "civil-violations system," in which fines are meant to be paid directly to the village, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1jozB84 ) reports. The newspaper reports that police in the village of 114 residents have written more than 1,000 traffic citations, some for as much as $1,500 under the new system.

Citations have been issued for violations including speeding, suspended licenses and illegal window tints.

But drivers and others are questioning the system adopted a few months after state lawmakers stripped Brice and six other Ohio villages mostly supported by traffic tickets of their mayor's courts. The courts were banned in villages with fewer than 201 residents.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:01
Four dead, two critical after Indianapolis house fire
Written by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 06:41

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A fire swept through a small home in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, killing a couple and two of their children and leaving two surviving siblings in "very critical" condition, a fire official said.

The home is adjacent to a busy Interstate 70 overpass, and a motorist on that highway reported the fire about 9:10 a.m., Capt. Rita Reith said. Subsequent 911 calls led crews to the home's exact location in an east side neighborhood.

Firefighters found the parents and their four children — ages 14, 11, 8 and 6 — unconscious inside the small bungalow-style home and brought them outside, starting efforts to resuscitate them on the lawn, Reith said.

"They knew they had victims inside the house, but they were not expecting six," she said.

Ohio governor appoints state health, EPA directors
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the interim director of the state's Environmental Protection Agency now has the job.

Kasich appointed Craig Butler as the agency's director on Friday. He has been in the role since early January.

Butler was previously the administration's senior policy adviser on environmental, energy, public utility and agricultural issues. He also worked as district director of the Ohio EPA's central district and southeast district offices. He replaces Scott Nally, who resigned last month.

Kasich also has tapped a lawyer as the interim director of the Ohio Department of Health. Lance Himes has been an attorney with the department for more than 10 years. He has been its general counsel since 2011.

Himes is replacing Theodore Wymyslo (WIMZ'-loh), who wanted to return to private medical practice.

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Youngstown State trustees back tuition hike
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:35

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A Youngstown State University trustees' committee has recommended that undergraduate students pay $94 more per semester beginning next fall.

The recommendation by the finance and facilities committee also proposes graduate students pay $158 more per semester.

The Vindicator reports (http://bit.ly/1jlYXU2 ) that the full trustee board must approve the recommendation from this past Thursday.

The board is scheduled to meet March 12 to consider the proposals, which raise tuition about 2.4 percent for undergraduates and 3 percent for graduate students.

The increases will generate about $2 million in revenue, which officials say is needed to offset declining state funding and enrollment.

Neal McNally, director of YSU budget planning and treasury operations, says Youngstown State tuition is $1,600 below the state average even with the increase.


Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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Police: man shoots dog attacking Cincinnati woman
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 08:31

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a man shot and killed a dog that had broken free from its chain and was attacking a Cincinnati woman.

Police say the man who shot the dog and saved the woman kept walking after the incident.

WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reports (http://bit.ly/1c9HOaZ ) that the attack happened in the East Price Hill neighborhood about noon on Friday.

Police told the station a mail carrier was trying to get the dog off the woman when the man walking down the street pulled out a gun and shot the animal.

Neighbors said they didn't recognize the man. Police say he didn't do anything wrong and wouldn't be charged. The Hamilton County Health Department will test the dog's body.


Information from: WLWT-TV, http://www.wlwt.com

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