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Ohio IG cites 18 wildlife officers for hunting
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state watchdog is referring 18 more Ohio wildlife officers for possible criminal prosecution after a follow-up investigation into illegal hunting while on duty uncovered additional cases across the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Friday it immediately would place 17 officers on administrative duty and remove their law enforcement powers pending an internal investigation. The 18th officer, a supervisor, has retired.

Inspector General Randall Meyer found in comparing deer harvest and payroll records that the officers had either hunted while on duty, or they were off duty and had falsified payroll records to collect pay for hours not worked.

Meyer launched the probe after an earlier investigation resulted in the conviction of two Brown County officers. He said he suspected it was more than an isolated incident.


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Ohio court sets Feb. 26 arguments in drilling case
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 14:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in a closely-watched lawsuit that challenges the state's authority to supersede local zoning laws with centralized regulation of oil and gas drilling.

The case brought by Munroe Falls, an Akron suburb, against Beck Energy Corp. will be argued Feb. 26.

It centers on a Beck project that began on private property in 2011 with state permission. In the process, the city contends the company sidestepped 11 local laws on road use, permitting and drilling.

Both foes and supporters of drilling are watching the case. Its outcome could prevent or allow cities to enact local drilling bans, which has implications for the spread of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Beck's well was traditionally drilled, but Ohio's state regulatory program oversees both well types.


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Quarter of Ohio third-graders lag in reading scores
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than a quarter of Ohio third-graders scored below the basic literacy level on tests that provide the first view of how many may be at risk of failing a grade this year.

Under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don't meet tough new reading targets.

State results posted Friday showed 32,905 students, or 26.2 percent of those who took the fall reading test, fell below the threshold to meet new targets on October tests. Third-graders will be tested again in six months.

Those who lag at year's end will have the chance to re-take reading in the summer. Officials said those still lagging targets after completing summer programs could advance to fourth grade even mid-year once targets are met.


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Ohio school workers plead not guilty in rape-related case
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 14:09

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Four eastern Ohio school workers entered not guilty pleas Friday to charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into other alleged crimes spurred by the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.

The four include Mike McVey, Steubenville's top school official, whose attorney promised to fight the charges.

"We are confident that we are going to prevail in these cases and prove they're unfounded," said McVey's attorney, Charles Bean. "This was an investigation that went nine months and this is all they have?"

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove accepted the not-guilty pleas Friday in Jefferson County court and let the four remain free without bond.

In total, six individuals have been indicted by the rape investigation grand jury, whose work is finished.

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Ohio teen hoops player dies after collapsing
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:45

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a 17-year-old high school basketball player who collapsed and died following a team practice in central Ohio.

Christopher Randolph, a junior at Westerville South in suburban Columbus, died at a hospital after collapsing Wednesday night. Nobody can say yet what happened, and an autopsy is planned.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fpyJy7 ) reports Randolph made the junior varsity team on this year's team and coaches said he was on his way to being a starter.

Varsity coach Ed Calo said nothing on Randolph's team medical forms indicated a problem. He'd had gone through practices and camps all year.

Randolph was born in Maryland and moved with his brother and mother to Ohio about nine years ago.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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