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Ohio private police exempt from records law
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 20 January 2014 05:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Under current state law, more than 800 privately employed Ohio police officers who carry guns, use deadly force, and search, detain, and arrest people are allowed to keep their records secret, even from crime victims.

The private police officers, who work for 39 employers made up of mostly private universities and hospitals, are — like their employers — exempt from the public-records laws that public-sector police agencies must follow.

Critics, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, say it's time to demand the same accountability and transparency from private police officers.

"The public policy is clear, that the state is giving them the same power as (public) police departments. For all other purposes, we should be treating them the same insofar as openness and giving the public information," DeWine said.

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Family of drunken man killed by car sues Ohio police
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 20 January 2014 05:39

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a drunken man picked up by Ohio police officers and dropped off at a Taco Bell before he was fatally struck by a car has sued over his death, accusing authorities of racial discrimination and putting their loved one in danger as part of a "perverse joke" about his Mexican heritage.

The family of 22-year-old Uriel Juarez-Popoca filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, several of the agency's deputies and an officer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Jan. 8. It seeks unspecified damages.

An attorney for the patrolman said the discrimination allegations are ludicrous and that the officers gave Juarez-Popoca "a major break" by letting him go, especially considering that his legal status in the country was in question.

The Cincinnati lawyer representing Juarez-Popoca's family, prominent civil-rights attorney Al Gerhardstein, said that proceeds from any settlement in the lawsuit or a jury trial would go to the wife, two children and parents of Juarez-Popoca, who live just south of Mexico City and had become financially dependent on remittance checks they received from Juarez-Popoca, who worked various jobs.

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Ohio legislator wants to allow stronger beer
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation in the Ohio House would allow Ohio beers to hike up their alcohol content.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1i9d1lC ) that House Bill 391 would increase the maximum percentage from 12 to 21 percent for beers produced and sold in the state. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos of Lorain has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio brewers need to be able to use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer in other states. The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other stimulants in it.

"It's about leveling the playing fields with other states," said Ramos, who has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors for his latest effort to allowing punching up Ohio beers. "A lot of breweries in Ohio find themselves at a competitive disadvantage."

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he hopes legislators will look at how raising the alcohol percentage could impact drunk driving.

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Ohio toddler sustains burns in scalding water, man held
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 20 January 2014 05:33

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a 1-year-old girl was submerged in scalding water this weekend at a home on the city's East Side, severely burning her.

Police told The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1ji9IGF) on Sunday that a 23-year-old man has been arrested on a child-endangering charge but did not release his identity.

A police report says that paramedics responded to a report of an unconscious toddler on Saturday afternoon.

The report says the girl sustained second-degree burns from the waist down. She was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

Police have declined to release further information.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Ohio man convicted of fast-food restaurant slaying
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:22

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in eastern Ohio say a man representing himself in his aggravated murder trial didn't get the testimony he wanted from two former girlfriends.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports (http://ohne.ws/1h1Cyts ) that Timothy Daniel had hoped for support for a story claiming self-defense. But after his jury conviction Friday, he faces a potential sentence of life in prison for the slaying last Oct. 31 of Charles Hooper in a South Zanesville Burger King restaurant. Witnesses testified that Hooper had tried to intervene when Daniel angrily confronted his girlfriend of the time.

The newspaper reports that Daniel, 34, had hoped to present a tale of Hooper, 61, as the woman's "sugar daddy" and claim he was acting in self-defense. But the woman said she had never seen Hooper before Daniel hit him with a pistol and then fired into his forehead.

Then another former girlfriend surprised him when she took the stand.

"I'm not going to sit up here and lie for you, Tim. I won't," witness Heidi McGilton said.

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