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Court: mediation in Ohio college records suit
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:46

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a private college and a student journalist to try to resolve the student's lawsuit asking the college to turn over arrest records and other information.

Anna Schiffbauer, editor of a news website at Otterbein College in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, contends the college police department is a public office covered by the state's open-records laws.

Student journalists at the liberal-arts college have battled Otterbein over the release of records since the campus security force became a full-fledged police department of state-certified officers in 2011.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor ordered mediation in the case Tuesday.

Otterbein has argued it is exempt from public-records laws as a private institution and federal law requires it to protect certain information about students from release.


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Judge halts use of Ohio village speeding cameras
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:45

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered a southwest Ohio village to stop using speeding cameras, saying they violate motorists' rights to due process.

Butler County Judge Michael Sage also granted a motion for class action status, meaning thousands of drivers could seek refunds from the village of New Miami.

It was estimated during more than two hours of arguments Tuesday that more than $1 million has been collected from more than 10, 000 drivers

The ruling will likely be appealed.

The village's attorneys wanted the judge to reject the claims or wait until the Ohio Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit challenging Toledo cameras.

The New Miami lawsuit was filed in the aftermath of a ruling against speed camera use in a village in neighboring Hamilton County.


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Court: ex-Ohio court justice Thomas Herbert dies
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thomas Herbert, a former lawmaker and federal bankruptcy judge and one of two father-son pairings to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, has died. He was 86.

The Ohio Supreme Court says Herbert died on Sunday and memorial arrangements are pending.

Herbert succeeded his father, Paul Herbert, on Jan. 1, 1969, one day after his father finished his term as justice.

Thomas Herbert was elected to two six-year terms, then resigned in 1980 to go into private practice. He later served two years on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbus.

Herbert was a member of the Ohio House in the early 1960s and served on the Franklin County appeals court before running for Supreme Court justice.

Herbert's son, Paul Herbert II, is a Franklin County Municipal Court judge.


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Lawsuit reveals feud between Ohio sheriff, coroner
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:44

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit accuses a southern Ohio coroner of using deaths as political pawns in an ongoing feud with the local sheriff.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Cincinnati accuses Brown County Coroner Judith Varnau and her husband, Dennis Varnau, of disrespecting bodies and abandoning evidence.

The lawsuit says that as a result the family of Hanson Jones Jr. of Ripley will never know whether his August shooting death was a homicide or a suicide.

The lawsuit says the Varnaus left behind a shotgun and chunks of Jones' skull, later found by his sister, and never ordered an autopsy or tests to see if there was gun residue on Jones' hands.

The Varnaus declined to comment, but Dennis Varnau defended his wife as responsible.


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Ohio governor honors women freed from captor
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:03

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — The three women who survived a decade-long captivity in a Cleveland house before being freed received Gov. John Kasich's annual courage awards on Monday night.

Kasich called the women's story one of hurt beyond imagination, but also a story that didn't end there.

"It is also a story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them," Kasich said near the end of his annual State of the State speech. "No one rescued them, they rescued themselves_first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom."

The women were freed when one of them pushed her way through a door and sought help.

The presentation nearly overshadowed Kasich's speech given the women's popularity since their release. They were household names in Cleveland for years as missing persons, and their discovery electrified a community accustomed to bleaker outcomes.

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