Ohio man charged for drone flight
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:35

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is facing charges after deputies say a video camera-equipped drone he was flying over an accident scene hindered the landing of a medical helicopter.

But Kele Stanley of Springfield said he's been unfairly charged. The hobbyist — who was flying the $4,000 drone over a crash scene to shoot photos and video on Saturday morning — said he would have landed it immediately if he knew a medical helicopter was en route.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Stanley several times refused to stop flying his drone while the helicopter was preparing to land. The helicopter was able to land and depart safely from the scene.

Stanley is facing a felony charge of obstructing official business, and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.

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Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:25

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights.

Cincinnati-based Judge Timothy Black ordered attorneys on both sides of the case to file their arguments over whether he should issue a stay no later than Tuesday afternoon. He indicated he would rule expeditiously.

Black said in his Monday ruling that he's inclined to stay his ruling pending appeal except in the case of the four gay couples who filed the February lawsuit that led to the court case.

If he rules as indicated, Ohio would immediately have to recognize the four couple's marriages and list both spouses as parents on their children's birth certificates.

Three of the four couples live in the Cincinnati area. They're all women and one spouse in each relationship is pregnant and due to give birth this summer.

The fourth lives in New York City but adopted their child from Ohio.

Report: cost of lost Ohio inmate property rising
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says the cost of lost or stolen Ohio prison inmate property rose 28 percent over the past five years.

The report by the state's Correctional Institution Inspection Committee says the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville in central Ohio paid $12,243 in property reimbursements during that time, the most statewide.

The report released Monday says the facilities with the highest reimbursement rates last year were Franklin Medical Center in Columbus and the state's highest security institutions.

The report says prisons reimbursed inmates a total of $128,011 from 2009 through 2013 for property loss, a figure that does not include awards through the Ohio Court of Claims.

The bipartisan prison inspection committee says Ohio is improving the training of guards related to packing up inmates' belongings.

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Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 14:34

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters.

Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and "unenforceable in all circumstances."

"The record before this court ... is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state's ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," Black wrote.

The order does not force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

Black delayed deciding whether to issue a stay of his ruling pending the state's appeal in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until after attorneys on both sides present arguments on the issue by Tuesday.

Work on historic Cleveland ballpark nears finish
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:25

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cries of "play ball" should be in the air again this summer on the site of League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s and Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run.

A $6.3 million city-funded project to restore and renovate what's left of the old ballpark on Cleveland's east side should be done by mid-July, The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1gSMHey) reported.

"We are looking for this to be a destination, not just a ball field," said Michael Cox, Cleveland's Director of Public Works. "We're hoping to give tours."

Little remains of the ballpark that opened in 1891 when Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young, now the Hall of Fame namesake of major league baseball's pitching award, threw the first pitch. The original first baseline grandstand wall and the three-floor ticket house are part of the restoration effort.

A new artificial turf field will be added in May with home plate with home plate in the same spot where it was for the Indians. The field's dimensions will be the same, too — 460 feet from center field, 375 feet from the left-field corner, and just 290 feet down the right-field line

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