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Wheelchair-bound woman rescued from Ohio fire
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:41

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Good Samaritans stopped at a house fire in northeast Ohio in time to carry a wheelchair-bound woman to safety.

It happened Tuesday afternoon in Mentor, east of Cleveland.

David Roach tells The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/1hbGwix ) that he another employee of the county engineer's office were driving by when they saw smoke and flames coming out of the home.

Roach used his two-way radio to alert authorities, as a person across the street yelled that somebody was still in the burning house.

Roach forced the door open and within minutes he and others were hoisting a wheelchair-bound resident out of the house. Roach said the woman and another resident were apparently in shock and not making their way out.

Nobody was hurt. The fire apparently started in the attic.

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


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Ohioan gets 8 years in prison after DUI citations
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:31

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a southwest Ohio man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he was convicted of driving while under the influence for a seventh time in the last 14 years.

A Warren County Common Pleas judge on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Ralph Pottorf Jr. of Mason, to the maximum sentence allowed under Ohio law after a jury convicted him of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pottorf's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

A statement from county Prosecutor David Fornshell says Pottorf crashed into a fence along U.S. Route 42 in Union Township on Dec. 21. Fornshell says a sheriff's deputy reported Pottorf showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol, and he wouldn't take a breath test.


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Ohio panel to review gov's tax, education changes
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel is scheduled to delve into an election-year policy plan from Gov. John Kasich that includes cutting Ohio's income tax through increases in drilling and tobacco taxes.

The Republican governor released details of his proposal on Tuesday. Testimony on the measure is set to begin Wednesday afternoon in the GOP-led Ohio House.

The bill's prospects amid campaign season are uncertain.

Kasich, who faces re-election this fall, proposes cutting income taxes by 8.5 percent over the next three years, taking the top tax rate to 4.88 percent by 2016. Commercial activity, cigarette and drilling taxes would rise to pay for the reduction.

He also proposes streamlining Ohio's workforce development and poverty programs, tying all public-college funding to graduation rates and expanding vocational and dropout education offerings.


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Ohio bill targets theft crimes against military
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general and two state lawmakers are pushing for harsher penalties against scammers who commit identity fraud and other theft crimes against active-duty service members and their spouses.

The bill from Republican state Reps. Mike Dovilla and Terry Blair amends the current identity fraud and theft laws to increase penalties for those types of crimes against military families.

DeWine said in a statement Tuesday that identity fraud against the military is increasing in Ohio. It was up almost 20 percent last year. And DeWine says the proposed legislation would give Ohio one of the toughest laws in the country with respect to punishing identity fraud aimed at active-duty service members.

The proposed legislation also would allow identity fraud victims to pursue civil lawsuits against offenders.


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Ohio calamity-day bill clears conference committee
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers have struck a compromise on what to do about missed school days around Ohio brought on by the season's extreme winter weather.

A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days. The panel removed a provision that would have required teachers to undergo professional development training.

The decision followed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis.


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