Ohio auditor to investigate charter school chain
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor is launching an investigation of a charter school chain after learning of alleged test cheating and other potentially criminal misdeeds at a Dayton school.
The Ohio Department of Education and the FBI are also investigating.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1jSTVTx ) that state Auditor David Yost opened the investigation at the request of the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union.
Yost says newer allegations corroborate older claims his office learned of last winter.
Four former teachers at Horizon Science Academy in Dayton gave the state school board Wednesday accounts of sex games and test tampering at the school.
Concept Schools, which operates the Dayton school and 18 others, says it makes ensuring a safe school environment a priority.
Indictment alleges mail carrier stashed deliveries
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says an Ohio mail carrier stashed thousands of pieces of undelivered mail at his home over 18 months.
The U.S. Postal Service began investigating last year after residents along the route in Columbus reported that DVDs had not arrived as expected.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1zM2XGc ) that Charles Moore has been charged with destroying or delaying mail.
The paper says investigators found 13,000 pieces of mail on top of Moore’s freezer, in closets, in a bedroom and in the basement when they searched his home in July 2013.
Moore resigned from his job in October after being suspended. Court records don’t list an attorney. He faces five years in prison if convicted.
Dad’s heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers
Written by By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:13
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face.
The response has been overwhelming.
Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family’s northwestern Ohio home and their inbox.
“I’m getting messages in languages from all over the world,” he said Wednesday. “It’s more than I can count.”
Cleveland mayor introduces gun offender proposal
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:47
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s mayor has formally introduced legislation to create a city gun offender registry to combat violence in the city.
The proposal by Frank Jackson is meant to give police and prosecutors the weapons they need to stop convicted felons from using guns to commit more crimes.
Jackson unveiled the legislation Wednesday along with other proposals such as prohibitions against transferring a firearm to a known felon or improperly discharging a firearm in a park or playground.
Additional measures would require people to report lost or stolen firearms and to tell police when they transfer firearms.
A pro-gun group calls the proposals redundant, unnecessary and possibly illegal.
Ohio returns $74.5M in unclaimed funds
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:29
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans collected a record amount of previously unclaimed money from the state during the past 12 months.
The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Unclaimed Funds said Tuesday that nearly $74.5 million was paid to Ohio residents for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. That was an increase of 7.6 percent from the amount paid out the year before.
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