Ohio communities rally to fight back against heroin
Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:33

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Rachel Snelbaker fought the lonely battle against her daughter's heroin abuse for years, trying to get her into treatment and trying to track her down when she went missing to use drugs.

It ended suddenly and sadly when the 21-year-old died after a heroin overdose four months ago.

"Nobody wants to think that it's going to be their child," Snelbaker said. "That day, everything changed in my life forever."

Now, working alongside others whose lives have been torn apart by heroin, she's fighting back against the scourge.

Multiple efforts are underway in southwest Ohio's Butler County, where Snelbaker lives and where this year's heroin-related deaths are already running at a pace far ahead of last year's alarming 55 dead.

Ohio legislator wants stronger timber theft law
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:32

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker is pushing legislation to boost prosecution of timber theft in a move that has the state forestry association worried about overregulation.

The proposal by state Rep. Ross McGregor, a Springfield Republican, would require a written agreement between landowners and the timber harvester that specifically shows which trees should be cut down.

McGregor's bill also requires a written record of timber harvested from the landowner, helps identify errors made during the harvesting process, sets rules for property owner cost recovery and creates a stronger method of valuing timber, The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/PbiNXw).

McGregor says the current law is too weak.

"Right now, it's a very loose standard and very difficult for prosecutors to go after, even though clearly theft has occurred," he told the newspaper. He says illegal timber harvesters are likely selling it to timber mills.

Memorial for 11 serial-killing victims needs $250,000
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:23

CLEVELAND (AP) — Construction of a memorial at the Cleveland site where the remains of 11 women were found in a serial killer's home has been delayed because its funding is short by $250,000.

WOIO-TV in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1haTWK2 ) reports that construction at Anthony Sowell's (SOH'-wehlz) former property won't start as planned on Mother's Day.

Public and private funding would be used for the memorial at the site where Sowell's house once stood. The Mount Pleasant Ministerial Alliance has been working to create a memorial garden.

Sowell was found guilty in 2011 and sentenced to death. Many of his victims were drug addicts who were never reported missing.

Cost estimates for the project had initially ranged from $175,000 to $480,000. Proposed designs included a playground, stone walkways and a reflective pool.

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Invasive carp's DNA found in eastern Ohio river
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bighead carp DNA has been discovered in eastern Ohio's Muskingum River, raising concerns the invasive fish might have found a new route to Lake Erie.

A report released Friday indicated the genetic material was found in 10 of 222 water samples taken from the river last fall, various news outlets reported.

Researchers found the DNA 80 miles upstream of the river's mouth at Marietta, along the Ohio River. No fish have been found.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct additional tests in the Muskingum River in June.

Invasive carp pose a threat to local ecosystems and to Lake Erie's $1 billion-a-year fishing industry and $10 billion-a-year tourism industry.

Authorities worry that fish living in rivers could reach the lake, especially during flooding.

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Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:49

NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) — A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

The couple's eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported (http://ohne.ws/1in7erG).

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