Massive fire guts 10,000-square-foot Ohio mansion
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 12 January 2014 07:46

INDIAN HILL, Ohio (AP) — A massive fire in a Cincinnati suburb has destroyed a 10,000-square-foot mansion, leaving behind only a charred frame.

Lt. Jim Gilligan of the Madeira and Indian Hill Joint Fire District tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://bit.ly/19iSEzh) it took firefighters about seven hours to extinguish the blaze, which was reported Friday afternoon in Indian Hill.

No one was injured, but Gilligan says the 22-room mansion was a complete loss.

The Hamilton County auditor's website shows the home's market value at more than $4 million. The family who owns the mansion wasn't home when the blaze erupted, with flames stretching more than 30 feet.

Gilligan says a fire hydrant at the home didn't provide enough water to put out a fire of that magnitude.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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Pier jumping into Lake Michigan faces ban
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:25

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Berrien County officials are considering a ban on jumping from piers into Lake Michigan.

Some county commissioners say it would improve safety on the twin piers in St. Joseph in Michigan's southwestern corner. But critics say it's unnecessary.

The Herald-Palladium (http://bit.ly/1dDH51v) says commissioners held a public hearing Thursday. People who enter the water from the piers could be fined up to $250. Swimming would not be allowed within 50 feet except in cases of emergency.

A similar ordinance was considered in 2007 but there was much opposition.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:26
Dad of Ohio boy killed by van faces more charges
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Friday, 10 January 2014 16:33

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who accidentally killed his 4-year-old son after running over him with his van was leaving a construction site he'd been stealing from when the accident happened, a prosecutor said Friday as new charges were announced against the father.

Natividad de Jesus Hernandez also had a forged international driver's license and forged permanent resident card, said Union County prosecutor David Phillips.

An indictment filed Friday charges Hernandez with aggravated vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and two counts of forgery in addition to leaving the scene of the accident.

The theft from the construction site is contained in the involuntary manslaughter charge, Phillips said.

"When there is a death, when it involves a child, it's obviously very, very emotional," Phillips said. "We considered long and hard in terms of how to charge this."

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:27
Survey: Drivers choose Ohio Turnpike for its speed
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:22

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Turnpike's online survey shows most motorists use the 241-mile toll road because it's the fastest and most convenient route.

The reason why some motorists don't use the turnpike may seem just as obvious — the toll road across northern Ohio doesn't go where they are going.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1adSpkr ), the survey shows tolls don't deter most motorists from using the turnpike.

More than 26,500 people participated in the survey, which collected answers to 32 questions from late November through mid-December. It was the turnpike's first comprehensive travel survey.

When asked why they use the turnpike, 81 percent of respondents said it's because the highway is the fastest route. Fifty-four percent said it's the most convenient.

More than one answer could be picked.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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Ohio report takes aim at human trafficking
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Friday, 10 January 2014 14:33

CINCINNATI (AP) — A new report shows there were about 3,000 advertisements for sex services in the Cincinnati area alone over a three-month period.

That represents a "significant demand" that's helping drive human sex trafficking.

The report was released Friday by the Cleveland-based nonprofit Imagine Foundation.

It examines the patterns of commercial sex in the Cincinnati region to better understand sex trafficking, since the two are inextricably intertwined.

The report's findings mirrored other observations by the Imagine Foundation in other cities, including Cleveland.

That includes data showing that the sex trade largely operates in cities along major interstates, with the median price for services at $150 an hour.

The report concludes that to help decrease sex trafficking, the focus needs to be on the primary consumer of sex services: Adult men.

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