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Ohio wildlife officers get jobs back
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sixteen of the 18 Ohio wildlife officers referred for illegal on-duty hunting by the state watchdog have been cleared by the state and were returned to their jobs Tuesday.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said the officers got their guns and trucks back after being on administrative leave since December during an internal review.

One officer, who was not immediately named, has been referred for discipline, spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said. Another has retired.

The internal state review uncovered new evidence unavailable to Inspector General Randall Meyer, McCorkle said. Phone records, logs and individual accounts determined the officers — who all have home offices — weren't on duty when they hunted, she said. Meyer had requested to interview the officers, which they declined.

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Ohio prison leader named national warden of year
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio prison leader known for her work reducing prison waste has been named the national warden of the year.

The award from the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents honors Sheri Duffey, warden of the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Lancaster.

The honor announced by the state Monday singles out Duffey's work helping the prison become a national leader in green prison initiatives, including $90,000 a year in savings from its waste management program.

The prison also recycles game day waste from Ohio Stadium and uses revenue from recycling to raise trout which it then provides to the Columbus Zoo for its penguins and polar bears.

The 51-year-old Duffey started her corrections career in 1988 as a prison guard and has been warden since 2009.


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Girls spent days in Ohio apartment after dad died
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio coroner still hasn't determined what killed a man whose two young daughters apparently spent several days in their apartment with his dead body.

Franklin County coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kKiU7s ) that she is waiting on toxicology tests to help determine what caused the death of 48-year-old Earl Davis.

Columbus police said officers forced their way into the apartment last Thursday night and found Davis' body. His two daughters, ages 5 and 6, were hiding upstairs.

A neighbor told police that Davis had been missing about a week. The girls were taken to a hospital where they were determined to be unharmed. Child welfare officials will likely place them with relatives.

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


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Number of deer bagged by Ohio hunters falls
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is attributing a large drop in the number of deer bagged by Ohio hunters to the effect of liberal bag limits in past years meant to bring down the number of deer.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters took 191,459 white-tailed deer during the 2013-2014 season, down from 218,910 deer the previous season.

The state says deer populations in nearly all Ohio counties were above target levels in the past but those numbers have been brought closer to lower goals thanks to increased harvests.

Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody says this year's harvest indicates the state is on track to maintain a high-quality deer herd.


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Another major snow on the way for Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tired of snow yet? Hope not.

What could be the biggest snow storm to hit Ohio this season is on the way later Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's all over. The heaviest snow is expected to be between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday — meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.

A winter storm warning will be in effect for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning.

The storm comes on the heels of a major snowfall in southeastern Ohio Monday that closed schools and government offices, and left as much as 10 inches on the ground.


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