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Ohio judges get more options for ordering mental illness treatment
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Probate court judges would be given the authority to order outpatient treatment for people struggling with mental illness under a bill approved by the Ohio House.

Judges say the bill, which passed 87-6 on Wednesday, would give them options other than committing a person to a mental hospital. It now goes to the Senate.

Terry Russell, head of the National Alliance for Mental Illness Ohio, said it's a major step for the state. He said the bill would save lives by giving judges more clout to "help people who need help, but don't get help."

"This is for people who are seen repeatedly in front of a judge and their illness is so severe they can't stay out of harm's way," Russell said. "We've had so many catastrophes around the country where people resist treatment."

Russell said the bill would allow judges to place people in the "least restrictive environment," which is outpatient treatment. Commitment to a state hospital is far more restrictive and more expensive to taxpayers, he said.

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Ohio panel opts to add 220 area code to 740 region
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators have approved a plan to use a new 220 area code in parts of Ohio now covered by the 740 area code, which is expected to run out of numbers in 2015.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a plan Wednesday to let current 740 customers keep that area code on existing phone lines. The new 220 area code will be assigned for new numbers in parts of central and southeast Ohio.

Customers in the affected regions will have to use 10-digit dialing, including area codes, for local calls starting in March 2015.

The chairman of the utilities commission says the plan to use two area codes in the same region was fairer and less disruptive than splitting the region geographically into two parts with different area codes.


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Police: Farmer finds body in NE Ohio cornfield
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:35

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police say a body found in a northern Ohio cornfield is that of an adult, but they were awaiting an autopsy before releasing more information.

The Chronicle-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1cpfD75 ) reports a farmer plowing the field found the body Wednesday in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh), a little over 25 miles west of Cleveland.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino says it appears the body had been there for some time.

Police didn't immediately release other details, including the sex of person who died. The body was removed by the Lorain County coroner's office.

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Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram, http://www.chronicletelegram.com


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Ohio lawmakers OK 'Move Over' measure for drivers
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill passed by Ohio lawmakers would require drivers approaching construction and maintenance vehicles to slow down and shift lanes if possible, as they're already required to do when nearing emergency vehicles on the roadside.

The House passed the updated "Move Over Law" on Wednesday, sending it to the governor for consideration. It would apply when motorists approach construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles parked on the side of the road with their alert lights turned on.

The directors of the state Department of Transportation and the Ohio Turnpike say the measure would boost safety for roadway workers.

The Department of Transportation says motorists have had more than 600 collisions with its vehicles and equipment since 2008. In one case last April, a 27-year-old employee was killed.


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NE Ohio sheriff removed from office is reappointed
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:32

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio sheriff who was removed from office in November because he didn't have the required experience has been reappointed to the job by the Stark County Democratic Central Committee.

Local party leaders had first selected George Maier (MEYE'-er) in February, when the county sheriff's job was vacant because the elected Democrat was sick. The Repository in Canton (http://bit.ly/1kB2axz ) reports Maier was chosen again Wednesday, receiving 101 votes to Lt. Louis Darrow's 65.

Darrow had been runner-up in the first vote. He and interim Sheriff Timothy Swanson had asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel Darrow's appointment as sheriff in Canton.

The newspaper says Swanson has indicated he will again sue Maier and challenge the appointee's qualifications before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com


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