Police: Two OD on heroin as kids play at McDonald's
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:28

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Indiana couple has been arrested in Ohio on child endangering charges because police say they overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's play area.

Hamilton County court records show that the fire department in Green Township, just west of Cincinnati, responded to a call Sunday of two adults needing attention in the restaurant's children's play area. Authorities say one was unconscious and not breathing; the other was conscious but unresponsive.

They recovered from what police say were "life-threatening overdoses" of heroin. Authorities say the couple acknowledged taking the drugs while caring for two children, a 5-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.

Court documents show each pleaded not guilty. Robert Paul Palmer, 37, was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, was being held on $6,000 bond.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:04
Ohio Ballot Board to review voter-access proposal
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Ballot Board is deciding whether a voting rights proposal contains more than one issue and should be divided.

The panel must review the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights" before its supporters can collect the signatures needed to get the initiative before voters this fall.

The proposed amendment seeks to get certain voter protections into the state constitution. It would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes to election rules. The effort is supported by a coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders.

Should the Ballot Board decide Thursday there is only one amendment, petitioners must then gather more than 385,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.

The board is chaired by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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Three dead after pileups on snowy Ohio Turnpike
Written by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 04:23

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Pileups on the Ohio Turnpike involving at least 50 vehicles killed three people and seriously injured a state trooper on Wednesday as a late-winter storm swept through the Midwest and the Northeast, ending a fleeting spring-like thaw.

Emergency workers on the busy toll road struggled to reach accidents and stuck vehicles because of snowy conditions and traffic backups. Pileups stretched across a 2-mile section in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike between Toledo and Cleveland. Another series of pileups about 10 miles to the east shut down the turnpike's westbound lanes near Sandusky.

Drivers sat for hours, a few braving the cold to stretch their legs, said Mike Ramella, a salesman from the Cleveland suburb of Westlake.

"I'm just sending emails, still working," said Ramella, who was in the middle of a 7-mile backup.

Ohio doctor in heroin death loses license
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio doctor sentenced to more than 36 years in prison last year for causing the death of an expectant mother with a heroin overdose has been stripped of his medical license.

The state medical board on Wednesday said it revoked the license of 45-year-old Ali Salim. He had pleaded guilty last year to two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2012 deaths of Deanna Ballman and her nearly full-term child in Delaware County, near Columbus.

The 23-year-old Ballman was found dead in the backseat of her car on a rural road a few miles from Salim's house the day after she answered an online ad that Salim had placed soliciting sex. Prosecutors said Salim injected her with heroin.

Salim has appealed the length of his prison term.

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Ohio lawmakers OK four extra 'snow days' for schools
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A compromise to give Ohio schools four extra calamity days headed to Gov. John Kasich's desk Wednesday, as more snow whipped and whirled around the Statehouse.

The conditions outside were not lost on state lawmakers as they prepared to vote.

"Mr. Speaker, it's snowing outside. We need to pass this immediately," said Rep. Gerald Stebelton, a Lancaster Republican.

Lawmakers came to an agreement on Tuesday after encountering an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.

Schools have been waiting for relief. Snow, ice and harsh temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days — most commonly called "snow days," in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

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