OH-MI-IN News
Man held in death of former Ohio police chief
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 07:22

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury will consider charges against a 22-year-old man who police say was drunk when he veered off an interstate highway in northeast Ohio and killed a former police chief who was changing a tire.

Police said Andrew Picha of Mayfield Heights was drunk and driving between 80 and 110 mph when he drove off Interstate 480 in suburban Cleveland on Feb. 2 and killed 64-year-old Lester Mitchell, a former police chief at Cleveland State University.

Picha was being held with a $50,000 bond on a preliminary charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. Other charges will be considered by the county grand jury. No attorney information was available.

Picha told police he swerved to avoid two people standing in the middle of the road before he crashed.


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Ohioan gets jail for drunken driving in school bus
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman accused of drunken driving on a school bus with two young students aboard is serving five days in jail.

Former Columbus bus driver Tia Denton had pleaded guilty to single misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and endangering children. A judge on Tuesday sentenced the 51-year-old Denton to 180 days in jail on each count and suspended all but five days.

Authorities say Denton was driving erratically and had a blood alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit when she was stopped while driving a bus in November. Denton later resigned.

Denton's attorney previously said she would enter an alcohol treatment program. Attorney Eric Nordman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Denton started serving her sentence Tuesday.


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Judge OKs Ohio child cancer suit against Whirlpool
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:17

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is allowing families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster to move forward with a lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. after dismissing some of the claims.

The families believe smokestacks from Whirlpool's huge washing machine plant in Clyde sent a chemical compound suspected of causing cancer into the neighborhoods of several children who were among the first diagnosed.

Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., has maintained that there is no scientific or medical fact to back up the allegations.

U.S. District Judge James Carr on Monday dismissed allegations of reckless conduct and fraud against Whirlpool along with claims that the cancer cluster hurt property values around the factory.

He did allow the lawsuit's claims of personal injury and wrongful death to stand.

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Ohio bill would ban sales of e-cigarettes to kids
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate panel has approved a measure to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

The bill aims to keep the products out of the hands of those under age 18. It was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Senate Criminal Justice committee.

The measure has raised some concerns from anti-smoking groups, such as the Ohio State Medical Association, because it defines the items as "alternative nicotine products" rather than tobacco-derived products.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate.

They have often been described as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes. But there are few studies exploring exactly what chemicals are in them, and in what concentrations, and whether those levels are harmful.


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Ohio sheriff facing 25 charges pleads not guilty
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:17

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio county sheriff charged in a public corruption case has pleaded not guilty to all 25 counts against him.

Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly denies any wrongdoing. The charges include theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The 63-year-old Kelly was arraigned Monday and released on a personal recognizance bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Feb. 28.

Kelly is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations.

The indictment also alleges his campaign didn't properly report donations and funneled money through a personal bank account.


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