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Ohio lawmaker home after donating kidney to wife
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:48

CLEVELAND (AP) — A state lawmaker from northeast Ohio has been released from the hospital after donating a kidney to his wife.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/1lPIXgX ) reports that state Rep. Ron Young, a Republican from Leroy Township, was released from the hospital Tuesday after fighting complications from the surgery.

Young was admitted to the hospital March 28 after going through numerous tests that showed he was a donor match for his wife Kathy, who had been on a dialysis machine.

Doctors performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. It was considered an immediate success for Kathy Young, who was released Monday.

But Ron Young had a second surgery a week ago after it was discovered that his small intestine had been perforated during the procedure to extract his kidney.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:54
 
Former Ohio fair treasurer accused of theft
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:46

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor will determine if a former central Ohio county fair treasurer will face theft charges for "borrowing" $211,000 in public money to help run his farm.

A financial audit Tuesday from state Auditor Dave Yost says former Franklin County Agricultural Society Treasurer Dave Brobst stole the money between 2010 and 2012.

Brobst, a 54-year-old farmer who lives in the Columbus suburb of Groveport, repaid the funds with multiple installments, Yost said, making the final repayment on March 3.

Brobst's attorney said he took the money in "a moment of weakness" because of a cash-flow problem at his family's farm and always intended to pay it back.

Brobst resigned from the post in December 2012 and told an official that an audit would uncover the irregularities.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:54
 
Michigan judge settles lawsuit in 'Hard Lemonade' case
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:48

DETROIT (AP) — A Wayne County judge has settled a lawsuit filed by a couple whose son was temporarily removed from their custody after he was mistakenly given alcohol at a Detroit Tigers game.

The case was closed Tuesday in a federal court filing. Attorneys for the parents and Judge Judy Hartsfield say settlement details are confidential.

Leo Ratte (Ra-TAY') was 7 years old in 2008 when his father mistakenly gave him "Mike's Hard Lemonade" at Comerica Park. University of Michigan professor Christopher Ratte says he didn't know the beverage had alcohol.

A police officer took steps to put Leo into protective custody for several days. His parents say their rights were violated by Hartsfield's practice of signing blank forms and leaving them to be filled in by authorities to remove children.


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Government: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data
Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:49

DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines, and they will accrue at $7,000 per day until it provides all the requested information.

In February, the agency began investigating whether GM was slow to provide information and respond to problems with the switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. GM has admitted knowing that the switch was defective at least a decade ago, but failed to start recalling 2.6 million compact cars worldwide until this year.

In a two-page letter to GM North America vice president and legal counsel Lucy Clark Dougherty, NHTSA's chief counsel, O. Kevin Vincent, said the company frequently stated that it did not respond to all the agency's requests because of an investigation being done for GM by former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas.

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Three accused of running illegal northeast Ohio casino
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:45

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged three men with running an illegal gambling operation in northeastern Ohio.

Investigators say the group ran a casino with 200 slot machines near Canton.

All three are charged with operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering. Prosecutors also want the men to turn over $1.3 million, along with four vehicles.

Documents say the group ran the illegal gambling operation for about five years beginning in 2008.

The Canton Repository reports that the Internal Revenue Service confiscated dozens of gaming machines during a raid in May.


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