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Ohio bill would require notice for overpaid taxes
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Businesses and taxpayers would be notified when they overpay their taxes under a bill passed by the Ohio House.

The measure was passed Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

It would allow Ohio's tax commissioner to give automatic refunds or provide credit toward future taxes if a taxpayer has overpaid — similar to when consumers overpay on their utility bills.

Under current law, the Ohio Department of Taxation can refund the overpayments, but only by request and only during the first three or four years, within the statute of limitations. The bill updates the law to ensure that taxpayers are notified no later than 60 days before the end of that limited three- or four-year period.

The state currently isn't required to notify taxpayers if they have overpaid.


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Child playing with lighters ignites Ohio house
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:15

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old playing with a lighter he found under a bed is being blamed for a house fire that destroyed the second floor of a northeast Ohio home.

The child's mother managed to get him and a sibling out safely Wednesday when fire swept through the bedrooms of a home in Lorain, west of Cleveland.

Lorain Fire Marshal Jeff Fenn says the child found the lighter underneath his brother's bed and lit a piece of paper before the fire spread to the bed covers and then "lit the whole bedroom up."

Fenn said the 5-year-old quickly alerted his mother to what he had done, and that allowed them all to get out of the house safely.

Fire officials were working on a damage estimate.


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Ohio governor OKs 4 extra 'snow days' for schools
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio schools will receive four extra calamity days this year under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich under the watchful eye of a group of fifth-grade students.

Kasich invited the students to the Statehouse for the signing after he received letters in support of the measure from some of the students at Stingel Elementary School in north-central Ohio. The Ontario school has used 10 calamity days this year.

Snow, ice and harsh temperatures caused 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.

Many schools canceled classes for nine or more days this year. Some Guernsey County schools in the eastern part of the state have topped 17 such days.

The new law lets districts use the additional calamity days only after holding class on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or school breaks.

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Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas
Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:09

DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes that scavengers had stripped of wiring and plumbing and anything of value. Some structures are already gone, and now officials aim to do much more, possibly tearing down as many as 450 empty houses each week across more than 20 square miles of this bankrupt city — a vast patchwork of rotting homes comparable to the size of Manhattan.

The huge demolition project holds the potential to transform large parts of Detroit into an urban-redevelopment laboratory like the nation has never seen. But community leaders here and in cities that have attempted similar transformations say Detroit's best efforts could still wither from lack of money, lack of commitment or harsh economic realities.

"What's the plan for lots to keep them from becoming a different type of blight?" asked Tom Goddeeris, executive director of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp., a nonprofit community improvement group representing a cluster of five Detroit neighborhoods.

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Ohio man pleads guilty in $1.8M investment fraud
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:35

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man accused of defrauding people out of $1.8 million in an investment scheme has pleaded guilty on 14 counts in federal court.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Anthony Davian of Copley pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of securities fraud, two counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and seven counts of money laundering.

Defense attorney Paul Adamson says Davian intends to do his best to pay full restitution. Adamson says Davian had good intentions but made some mistakes.

Prosecutors say Davian promoted and sold securities to at least 20 investors in several states between 2008 and 2013 through his hedge fund, Davian Capital Advisers LLC. Prosecutors say Davian misrepresented information about his business and used investors' money to pay personal expenses.

He'll be sentenced July 2.


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