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Two dead in Ohio Turnpike wrecks
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:36

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two people are dead as pileups in snow shut down both sides of Ohio Turnpike between Toledo and Cleveland.

A flurry of crashes on the snow-covered Ohio Turnpike blocked the toll road in both directions Wednesday afternoon, midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

A state trooper investigating one accident suffered serious injuries when another driver slid into him and pinned the trooper between two vehicles, said Staff Lt. Anne Ralston, a spokeswoman with the State Highway Patrol.

Accidents involving several tractor-trailers were reported about 10 miles apart in both the westbound and eastbound lanes just south of Sandusky.

Another crash involving an overturned truck was blocking the road's westbound lanes in Lorain County, said Adam Greenslade, a spokesman for the turnpike.

Heavy snow and stiff winds contributed to tough driving conditions throughout the day.

The accidents in Erie and Sandusky counties left behind big backups, and turnpike officials decided against diverting stuck drivers onto adjacent routes because both of those counties had ordered non-emergency drivers to say off the roads, Greenslade said.

Turnpike workers were having a difficult time getting to those areas because of the road conditions and the traffic backups, he said.

About a dozen counties across the top edge of the state from the Indiana state line to Sandusky told residents not to drive at times during the day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:39
 
Wheelchair-bound woman rescued from Ohio fire
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:57

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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Wheelchair-bound woman rescued from Ohio fire
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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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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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