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New Ohio State president to earn about $1 million
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's new president will earn about $1 million annually in total compensation, or about half what his predecessor made, according to a copy of contract released Friday.

Michael Drake, former chancellor at the University of California, Irvine, will receive $800,000 in base pay and $200,000 in deferred annual compensation, according to the contract.

He can also boost his base pay by 25 percent a year by meeting goals which the contract did not spell out. The five-year contract is renewable.

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Ohio sheriff charged with theft denies wrongdoing
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:21

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio sheriff was indicted Friday on 25 counts, including felony charges of theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The allegations against Patrick Kelly date to 2008, the year he was first elected sheriff in Athens County.

Kelly, 63, is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations. The indictment also said members of his campaign committees didn't properly handle and report donations and funneled money through a personal bank account.

Kelly, who was the only person charged in the case Friday, denies wrongdoing.

"I have not committed or attempted to commit a criminal act, nor have any of my employees," he wrote in a statement released by his office.

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Building owner charged in Ohio firefighter deaths
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 17:48

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An apartment building owner has been charged in the deaths of two Ohio firefighters killed while battling a blaze this week.

Court documents filed Friday in Toledo say Ray Abou-Arab is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and arson.

The documents say an apartment resident saw the fire break out Sunday just after the building's owner left a garage on the site.

Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died while fighting the blaze near downtown.

Firefighters found both men inside the burning building, carried them out on stretchers and tried unsuccessfully to save them.

A phone message left at a suburban Toledo number for Abou-Arab was not immediately returned.

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Hamilton County official won't run for governor
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:20

CINCINNATI (AP) — A veteran Cincinnati-area officeholder says he won't be running in the Democratic Ohio governor's race.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has been trying to line up a running mate while gauging support around the state for his challenge to presumptive Democratic nominee Ed FitzGerald. The 55-year-old Portune had scheduled an announcement on his plans last week, then had to postpone because no one had agreed to run with him as lieutenant governor.

Candidates for the May 6 primary have a Feb. 5 filing deadline.

FitzGerald is the Cuyahoga County Executive and has been running for months with the backing of state party leaders. But Portune had said he was hearing from rank-and-file Democrats a desire for a choice.

No Republicans have filed to oppose Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik).


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New Ohio State president to earn about $1 million
Written by Sentinel-Tribune   
Friday, 31 January 2014 17:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's new president will earn about $1 million annually in total compensation, or about half of what his predecessor made.

The contract for Michael Drake, former chancellor at the University of California-Irvine, includes $800,000 in base pay and $200,000 in deferred annual compensation.

The agreement released Friday by Ohio State also includes a $1,200 monthly car allowance and $50,000 in annual research funds.

The university also will pick up Drake's moving expenses and pay social club dues excluding a golf membership.

The 63-year-old Drake receives free housing by the requirement that he live in the president's residence in suburban Bexley.

Former Ohio State president Gordon Gee (gee), who retired in July, earned about $2 million a year in total compensation.


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