Northwest Ohio mechanic killed in freak accident
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Friday, 25 July 2014 13:33
FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A northwest Ohio auto mechanic has died after a fan blade broke off a car he was working on and struck him in the neck and face.
A Fremont city police official says 44-year-old Donnovan Roth was dead by the time officers arrived at the garage where the man worked Thursday afternoon. Fremont is about 40 miles southeast of Toledo.
Capt. James White says Roth was working on a car around 4:20 p.m. when it backfired and a blade from the fan broke off, cut through a hose and struck the mechanic. White says two of Roth’s co-workers and the car’s owner gave officers identical accounts of what happened.
White said Roth’s death was an accident.
Ohio State band marches on after director’s firing
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Friday, 25 July 2014 07:39
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they’re performing with the Columbus Symphony in what’s often considered the band’s unofficial season kickoff.
The university dismissed band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after an investigation determined that he knew about and failed to stop a “sexualized” culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often explicit nicknames.
Waters had led the 225-member band since 2012, succeeding 25-year veteran director Jon Woods. Waters’ halftime shows for what’s known to fans as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” were considered revolutionary.
Ohio woman won’t be jailed for abandoning 2 kids
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Friday, 25 July 2014 07:06
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has found a 31-year-old mother not guilty by reason of insanity on charges that she abandoned her two young children at a Cleveland homeless shelter in May.
That means Alisha Houston will go to live in a private residence monitored by a mental health agency and won’t be punished with jail time.
Houston was charged child endangerment after police say she left her 1-year-old son and 3-week-old daughter at a shelter near downtown Cleveland May 28. She was arrested days later in suburban Columbus.
WOIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1rh1bqJ ) reports that a city judge agreed with psychological evaluations finding that Houston is mentally ill.
The mental health agency will develop a plan to ease her back into the community. Her children remain in foster care.
Ohio again testing for West Nile virus
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Friday, 25 July 2014 07:08
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio is again testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus after the program became a victim of federal budget cuts last year.
The funding for the Ohio Department of Health program was restored in a mid-cycle budget bill that took effect July 1.
As 80 local health departments have used the suburban Columbus lab. State public health entomologist Richard Gary tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1AfmwXT) that the state lab has received about 36,000 mosquitoes in the past 10 days.
The lab had confirmed a West Nile virus-infected mosquito in Licking County, east of Columbus, this month.
Some cities and counties started their own testing after the program was lost. Gary says having a state lab gives a better picture of the West Nile situation across Ohio.
(Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com)
Land amends report to change bank account's status
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:45
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land on Thursday amended her financial disclosure statement to change the status of a checking account her campaign says is the source of nearly $3 million she's given her campaign.

Land released the report the same day the Michigan Democratic Party lodged a complaint with the Federal Election Commission questioning whether she broke the law by not having enough assets to self-fund.

Land spokeswoman Heather Swift said the couple has had the joint account for years and it was inadvertently mischaracterized this year and omitted last year because of an "administrative error." Swift said Land's self-funding is in "full accordance with FEC precedent."

The account is valued at between $50,000 and $100,000, according to the amended statement, leading Democrats to continue to question where her campaign money came from and — if it was donated by Land's husband, Daniel Hibna — whether it surpasses individual donation limits.

"After failing to meet basic disclosure law and hiding her millions, Terri Lynn Land still can't explain where she's getting the $3 million she's already spent on her campaign. She still reports only having $1.5 million in her personal accounts," said Kevin McAlister, a Democratic Party spokesman, who said she still has not amended her 2013 statement that does not include the account in question.

Land's campaign said the funds came from the joint account or her own individual account, and said the financial disclosure statement is a snapshot in time — not reflecting funds generated before or after the date filed.

Democrats also requested that Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson investigate into donations Land — Johnson's predecessor — made to her 2002 secretary of state campaign indicating she owned the family's real estate business. Land says she didn't own it.

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