More than 6 inches of snow falls in parts of Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:32

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than half a foot of snow is already on the ground in parts of southwestern and central Ohio as another round of wintry weather heads this way.

The National Weather Service says 7 inches of snow was reported in Harveysburg, Warren County and Oxford, Butler County. Five inches was reported in northwestern Cincinnati.

Forecasters say sunny skies on Saturday wouldn't last long, as more snow was forecast to hit parts of Ohio on Sunday.

Meteorologist Mike Kurz says more snowy weather is expected for southern Ohio on Sunday morning. He says that should change to a wintry mix as temperatures rise Sunday afternoon. He says parts of southern Ohio could get 1 to 3 inches of snow Sunday, with lesser amounts likely in central Ohio.

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Ohioan who posed as animal vet gets early release
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Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:31

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman convicted of posing as a veterinarian at a clinic has been released from prison after serving about half of her 18-month sentence.

Authorities said Brandi Tomko pretended to be an animal doctor in Akron to support a drug habit. She was convicted of animal-related offenses and drug-related crimes.

Tomko had posed as a vet from 2009 to 2011 at an animal hospital, where she drew blood, wrote prescriptions and performed animal surgeries despite not being properly licensed.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1cfCmCK ) reports a judge granted Tomko early release this week and put her on probation for two years.

Tomko's attorney says he's satisfied with the outcome of the case.

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Gordon Gee approved as interim president at WVU
Written by JOHN RABY, Associated Press   
Friday, 06 December 2013 16:12

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gordon Gee is returning to West Virginia University as interim president, five months after retiring from Ohio State University after remarks he made jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools were made public.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Gee's hiring Friday, a day after the WVU Board of Governors made its recommendation without announcing a name.

Gee's stay is expected to be temporary and his annual salary was set at $450,000. Former President Jim Clements accepted the same position at Clemson University in November.

It marks the seventh time Gee, 69, has headed a major U.S. university, including two stints apiece at West Virginia and Ohio State.

WVU board chairman James Dailey said in a statement he's thrilled with Gee's appointment.

Ohio Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:22

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

The move filed in court Friday will likely bring an end to a months-long fight between Sarah Hershberger's family and a hospital that began when her parents decided to halt the treatments because they were making the girl sick.

The guardian, an attorney who's also a registered nurse, was given the power to make medical decisions for Sarah after an appeals court ruling in October said the beliefs and convictions of the girl's parents can't outweigh the rights of the state to protect the child.

But the guardian, Maria Schimer, decided to drop the effort because she doesn't know where Sarah is now and it has become impossible to monitor her health or make any medical decisions, said Clair Dickinson, an attorney for Schimer.

Storm closes many Ohio schools, makes roads hazardous
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wintry weather that blasted into Ohio overnight closed hundreds of schools through the central and southwestern parts of the state Friday and made some nasty driving conditions.

The messy mix of freezing rain and sleet that fell early Friday was part of a sweeping weather system bringing snow and ice to the country's midsection. In Ohio, the mess was expected to turn into snow during the day on Friday, with 4 to 8 inches expected in some areas.

Central and southwestern counties were under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Saturday. A winter storm advisory was declared for counties farther to the north and west.

Canceled flights were reported Friday at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Crews treated roads before Friday's commute. The Ohio AAA auto club expected thousands of calls for help from stranded drivers. The city of Cincinnati said it expected to keep 65 to 70 trucks on the road with crews working 12-hour shifts.

Some areas of the state that began Thursday with highs in the 60s are expected to see temperatures plunge into teens for the weekend.

Winter storm and ice warnings were also in effect Friday for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The system has already brought frigid temperatures and dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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